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Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIVi
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March 02, 2015 10:46 PM
Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Supporters of Slain Putin Critic Hold Memorial March in Moscow

In Moscow, tens of thousands of supporters held a memorial march Sunday for Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday while walking on a bridge in view of the Kremlin. Many blamed President Vladimir Putin for the killing, saying his policies have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hate in Russia. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow
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Video Washington Braces for Controversial Netanyahu Address to Congress

An increasingly-strained relationship between the Obama administration and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be on display this week, as the prime minister visits Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Netanyahu will decry a potential accord on Iran’s nuclear program in a speech organized by House Speaker John Boehner, without White House consultation, sparking controversy in Washington and Jerusalem.
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Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
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Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
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Video 'Jihadi John’ Unmasking Raises Questions for British Security Services

The identity of the masked man who has appeared in several Islamic State videos showing the beheading of foreign hostages has been widely reported as Kuwaiti-born Briton Mohammed Emwazi. He was previously known to British security services -- and questions are now being asked of why they did not prevent him from traveling to Syria. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
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Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
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Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
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Video Solar Plane Prepares for Global Circumnavigation

Pilots of the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 completed two successful test flights Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, in preparation for the first attempt to fly around the world. Officials say the plane performed flawlessly and that, weather permitting, it may start its journey as soon as March 3. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Video Falling Oil Prices, Internet-Savvy Youth Pose Challenge for Gulf Monarchies

As the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, Gulf States largely avoided the turmoil seen elsewhere. But there are warnings that the Gulf monarchies are dangerously out of touch with younger generations - and the falling price of oil is destroying the traditional economic bargain between the state and its people. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in the Library of the White House in Washington, March 2, 2015.

Obama Hopes for US Embassy in Cuba Before April Summit

But, in interview with Reuters president also cautions it will take more time to fully establish normal relations with Cuba after more than a half-century rupture More

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Money-Laundering Watchdog Calls On North Korea to Fulfill Pledge

Paris-based group remains concerned by failure to address 'significant deficiencies in its anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism regime' More

Africa

FILE - This Most Wanted flyer provided by the FBI shows Liban Haji Mohamed.

Somalia Detains US Suspect on FBI Watch List

The FBI said Liban Mohamed allegedly provided support to the Somali-based Islamist group al-Shabab as well as al-Qaida More

Middle East

Military vehicles of Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters are seen as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad, March 1, 2015.

Tikrit Offensive: Where is the US?

A senior US military official acknowledged that Iran is helping in the Tikrit offensive, and that as long as they are there, the US will not get involved More

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Dutch Government Says Sorry for Gas Field Causing Quakes

Apology follows a recent report by country's Safety Board that found government, along with Royal Shell and Exxon, had put profits before safety More

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FILE - A young woman is seen wearing headphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Jan. 6, 2015.

One Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music

To mark International Ear Care Day on March 3, UN agency urging teenagers and young adults to turn down the volume to prevent irreversible damage More

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(L-R) Pablo Diaz, member of U.S. Affairs department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry (not seen), former U.S. Agriculture Secretary John Block, Cargill executive and chairwoman of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, Devry Boughner, Paul Johnson, member of the U.S agriculture coalition, and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy attend a news conference in Havana, March 2, 2015.

US Agriculture Delegation Visits Cuba, Protests Embargo

Delegation began three days of meetings Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging Congress to lift embargo on trade with the island More

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