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World Cup 2014

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Germany's Mario Goetze kisses the World Cup trophy as he celebrates their 2014 World Cup final win against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014.

Multimedia Germany Wins World Cup

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July 14, 2014 9:02 AM
Germany won the soccer World Cup Sunday night, beating Argentina by a score of 1-0 in extra time. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium where the match was played.

Video Germans Celebrate, Argentines Mourn as World Cup Ends in Brazil

Germany won the soccer World Cup Sunday night, beating Argentina by a score of 1-0 in extra time. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium where the match was played.

Video Congress to Focus on US Border Crisis

Clues could emerge this week whether America’s politically-divided Congress will approve funds requested by President Barack Obama to address a surge of immigrants illegally crossing the southwestern U.S. border. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Obama wants nearly $4 billion to hold and more quickly process tens of thousands of children arriving primarily from Central America, and to boost federal resources at America’s long border with Mexico.

Video Large Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Creates Huge Challenge

The tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have come across the Mexican border into the US state of Texas in recent months seeking refuge from violence and poverty represent not only a legal problem -- but a humanitarian challenge for government officials and private charities in border cities. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, Texas, the crisis is likely to continue for many more months.

Video New Lab to Test Energy-Saving Technologies

Most of the electrical energy in the U.S. is consumed by buildings and the building sector has the fastest growing rate, but up to now the country did not have a facility for comprehensive testing of new technologies that aim to make buildings more energy efficient. That has changed with Thursday’s opening of a cutting edge laboratory, in California, for evaluating the efficiency of new building methods and materials. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Video Gaza Fighting Takes Civilian Toll

Fighting between Hamas forces in Gaza and Israel's military has left about 100 people dead in the coastal Mediterranean strip, most of them civilians. Israelis living close to the border with Gaza have a well-developed system of air raids and bomb shelters where they retreat as needed. In Gaza, there are no sirens and no bomb shelters. Zlatica Hoke reports on how civilians on both sides are faring fare during the conflict.

Video For Ramadan US Muslims Reach Into Their Hearts, and Pockets

For millions of Muslims around the world Ramadan is a time to reach deep into their hearts. And for those who can afford it, it’s also a time to reach deep into their pockets and earn more blessings during this holy month. VOA’s Sarah Zaman attended a fundraiser organized by an American Islamic charity.

Video Hotel in Rio Favela Attracts Jazz Enthusiasts

You might not expect to find a hotel in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas -- the local name for the city's shantytowns. But VOA’s Brian Allen has the unlikely success story of “The Maze.” Though it's located in one of the poorest parts of the city, it has also been named as one of the best places to hear live jazz music in the world.

Video Pakistani Offensive Empties Biggest Town in Militant Sanctuary

Pakistan's military recently took a group of journalists to Miranshah, North Waziristan, the main city in a region that has been stronghold of militant and terrorist groups. Ayaz Gul brings us a first-person view of the trip to a city that is now empty of residents, but full of evidence of the militants who were once based there.

Video California Dance Company Aims to Break Belly Dance Stereotype

In the United States, and some other countries, belly dancing is often perceived as a seductive dance, performed mostly at specialty restaurants. One California dance company is trying to get more people to appreciate it as form of art. The group Bellydance Evolution is hoping to redefine people's view of belly dancing by fusing western dance styles with belly dancing and performing around the world. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.


FILE - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in an undated image provided by the U.S. Army.

Reports: American POW Bergdahl to Return to Active Duty

Defense officials say Bowe Bergdahl’s transfer from therapy phase to regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life More


FILE - Karen refugees leave after a church service at Mae La refugee camp in Ta Song Yang district of Tak province, northern Thailand.

Rights Groups Concerned About Thai Military Moves to Repatriate Myanmar Refugees

General Prayuth Chan-ocha says joint effort will be made in repatriation of more than 100,000 refugees living in camps along border More


A screengrab of a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

Boko Haram Claims Lagos, Abuja Attacks

Government says Lagos explosion caused by gas canister; security sources say story is a cover-up meant to prevent panic in country's industrial center More

Middle East

An Israeli police explosives expert carries the remains of a rocket fired from Gaza that landed in Ashdod, Israel, July 14, 2014.

Israel Shoots Down Drone from Gaza

update Hamas fires more than 20 rockets on Monday while Israeli warplanes, naval gunboats target dozens of sites in nearly weeklong conflict More


Undercover police officers detain a man after riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons to restrain a group of youths who hurled rocks and vandalized store fronts at a rally to celebrate Argentina’s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany.

Photogallery Violence Erupts in Buenos Aires After Germany's World Cup Win

Police arrest at least 50 people in overnight skirmishes between riot police, groups of angry youth More

Science & Technology

This undated image made available by the National Institutes of Health and National Center for Microscopyshow cancer cells.

Scientists Identify Cause of Cancer Wasting

Finding by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston opens possibility condition can be reversed, lives can be saved More

Arts & Entertainment

FILE - A reflection of YouTube's logo is seen in a person's eye.

Sources: YouTube Weighs Funding Efforts to Boost Premium Content

Talks with Hollywood, producers said to underscore Google’s desire to add programming that is more attractive for advertisers More


FILE - A pro-Russian separatist guards a road checkpoint outside the town of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Bringing Troops Up to Border

National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko tells reporters Russian units, military equipment have come across border from Sumy and Luhansk More


Mindful Movement Becomes a ‘Revolution’ as Stressed Americans Look for Relief

Video Mindfulness Movement a ‘Revolution’ for Stressed Americans

Previously used at spiritual retreats and in yoga centers, mindfulness meditation now is practiced in offices, schools, prisons and even the US military More

Economy & Business

FILE - WAN cabling is seen at a trade fair booth.

US Web Companies Press FCC for Net Neutrality

Firms urge regulators to restrict ability of Internet providers, mobile carriers to strike deals for faster delivery of some web traffic More

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