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Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extincti
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July 28, 2015 9:56 PM
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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Video Scouts' Decision on Gays Meets Acceptance in Founder's Hometown

One former Scout leader thinks organization will move past political, social debate, get back to its primary focus of turning boys into good citizens More

Asia

FILE - Muslim schoolgirls pose as they pray for world peace on the occasion of World Population Day at Jodhpur, India, July 11, 2014.

UN: India on Track to Be Most Populous Country by 2022

India will overtake China six years sooner than previously forecast, report says; Nigeria to overtake US for third spot by about 2050 More

Africa

Young people, some on bicycles, hang to the back of a truck outside the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, July 19, 2015.

Burundi Expat Dedicates Himself to Helping Street Children

Organization called Deo's Promise aids kids, orphans, foster homes, families - providing money, supplies, medical support More

Middle East

FILE - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks to media during a news conference in Geneva, Jan. 15, 2015.

UN Mediator Proposes Syria Working Groups on Issues in Conflict

Staffan de Mistura tells Security Council groups would be a step towards a 'Syrian-owned framework document' on implementing the Geneva Communique More

Americas

FILE - Members of Peru's Shining Path terrorist group are seen in a remote jungle region in southern Peru, Cuzco. Peruvian special forces rescued 26 children and 13 women, some of whom had been held captive for three decades, when they raided a southeastern jungle camp of the left-wing rebel group.

Peru Forces Raid Coca Region Rebel Slave Camp

Special forces rescue 26 children, 13 women, some of whom had been held captive for three decades, when they raided jungle camp of Shining Path rebels More

Science & Technology

Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Scientists say future of prosthetic hand may be not in motors, but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape, and they're experimenting with memory alloy muscles More

Arts & Entertainment

Venice Biennale President Paolo Baratta and Italian Festival Director Alberto Barbera, right, pose prior to a press conference to present the Venice Film Festival, in Rome, July 29, 2015.

Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival Lineup

Organizers announce 21-strong competition lineup for festival, which takes over Italian maritime city's Lido island for 11 days in September More

Europe

Video Booming London Property Market a Haven for Dirty Money

Billions of dollars from proceeds of crime, especially from Russia, being laundered through London property market, according to anti-corruption activists More

Health

FILE - A severely malnourished child lies in bed at a Doctors Without Borders hospital Bentiu, South Sudan, July 3, 2014.

Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Increase Child Malnutrition

Public health expert in Germany says that by 2050, 25 million more children's lives will be put at risk because of lack of nutrients tied to climate change More

Economy & Business

FILE  - Istanbul's skyline and the Bosporus, July 9, 2015.

Foreign Visitors to Turkey Fall, Security Risks Cloud Outlook

Foreign arrivals fell 2.25 percent in first 6 months of 2015 as heightened security risks weigh on tourists' appetite for visiting the country More

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