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Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extincti
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Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.
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Video Obama: Africa's Progress Depends on Development, Democracy

In his farewell speech capping a historic trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, President Obama hailed Africa's extraordinary progress, while noting that such progress can only be sustained through continued development and democracy for all. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
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Video Young Maryland Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes

Over the last few months, a group of upper classmen at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School - known as BCC - in the U.S. state of Maryland, produced a film exploring the power of video and storytelling in tackling a serious problem: racial stereotypes. And it’s not only to expose the problem and the negative feelings it provokes, but to suggest solutions.
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Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
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Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
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Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
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Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
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Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
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Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
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Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
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Video Rock Climbers Boost Economy of South Africa's Cederberg Mountains

About a three-hour drive north of Cape Town, South Africa, there is an area called Cederberg Mountain which is known mostly for its production of Rooibos tea. But over the last ten years, it has also gained attention for another economy-boosting activity - rock climbing. As Emilie Iob reports for VOA, it is now considered one of the world's 10 top destinations for the bouldering form of rock climbing - and is attracting climbers from around the world.
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Video Robots Slowly Entering Everyday Life

From the entertainment and service industries to manufacturing, medicine, rescue operations and even sports, machines with artificial intelligence — what we usually call robots — are slowly but steadily replacing people. They are cheaper to operate, never get tired and will always keep us company. And for the younger generation, building robots may soon be as popular as building blocks. VOA’s George Putic reports.

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US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015.

Analysts: Obama’s Africa Trip Underscores Drive for Foreign Policy Legacy

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Asia

FILE - Chinese President Xi Jinping listens during the BRICS summit in Ufa, Russia, July 9, 2015.

Critics: China’s President Using Law to Tighten Grip on Power

President Xi, who has stressed importance of 'rule of law' and law-based governance, has exerted increasingly tighter grip over society since coming to office More

Africa

President of Cameroon Paul Biya, left, walks with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, following his arrival at the airport in Yaounde, July 29, 2015.

Nigeria President Visits Cameroon to Discuss Militant Threat

Muhammadu Buhari begins his first official visit to Cameroon as president to try to bolster support for multinational army to fight Boko Haram uprising More

Middle East

FILE - People gather on the rubble of shops destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike at a market in Sana'a, Yemen, July 20, 2015.

Saudi-led Warplanes Bomb Rebel Stronghold in North Yemen

Coalition forces say Houthi forces based in Saada, near Saudi-Yemeni border, have periodically shelled targets in southern Saudi Arabia during conflict More

Americas

Pregnant women lay on beds without sheets during their labor at a maternity hospital in Maracaibo, Venezuela, June 19, 2015.

Having a Baby Becomes Mother of All Battles in Scarcity-hit Venezuela

Currency controls, flailing local production fuel worsening shortages that are now a blight of daily life for many Venezuelans - especially those expecting a child More

Science & Technology

Lithium Find in Exploding Star Could Help Solve Astronomy Puzzle

Discovery of lithium being expelled in Nova Centauri could explain unexpectedly large amount of lithium in our galaxy, says European Southern Observatory More

Arts & Entertainment

UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the beginning of the preliminary draw for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 25, 2015.

Platini Confirms He Will Run for FIFA President

UEFA president and FIFA vice president wrote to member federations in Europe Wednesday, saying he will stand in election and is counting on their support More

Europe

FILE - Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, April 30, 2014.

‘Plain Packaging’ of Tobacco Lawsuit Likely to Be Heard in December

British American Tobacco, world's No. 2 cigarette maker, is challenging Britain's law that prohibits tobacco products from being sold with any branding, colors or logos More

Health

FILE - A child receives a meningitis vaccination at the community center in Al Neem camp for Internally Displaced People in El Daein, East Darfur, Oct. 8, 2012.

Africa Faces Acute Shortage of Meningitis C Vaccines

World Health Organization says Africa is at risk of a large outbreak next year in the 25 countries that constitute Africa’s meningitis belt More

Economy & Business

FILE - Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback in New Delhi, India, Nov. 2, 2012.

GM to Invest $1 Billion in India to Boost Exports

GM says it is confident of building profitable business in India despite market that is dominated by Japanese and Korean automakers More

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