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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.

Video Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.

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"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the fifth installment of the successful 20-year-old spy franchise, based on the iconic 1960s TV series. The thriller offers an excellent plot and breathtaking action. Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, 53, is still at the helm as the executive producer and the charismatic lead spy Ethan Hawk. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Video Aviation Experts Believe Reunion Island Debris Could Be From Missing Malaysian Plane

International investigators have been dispatched to a tiny Indian Ocean island to determine if the plane wreckage that has drifted ashore is from the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 that disappeared last March during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. If so, the debris found on Reunion Island could help solve the aircraft's mysterious disappearance with 239 people on board. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Kerry Five-Nation Tour to Cover Security, Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launches a five-nation tour Friday in a bid to strengthen economic and security ties and ease concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. In Southeast Asia, he will visit Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, but he will begin his trip in the Middle East. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Malaysian Plane Crash

Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution seeking creation of an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. The incident took place July 17 last year in the territory controlled by pro-Russian insurgents. All 298 people on board were killed. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

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Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

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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.

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 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.


FILE - In this Friday, July 31, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, calls on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962, during a campaign stop at Florida  International University in Miami. Clinton is airing the first television ads of her presidential race, which are scheduled for  Aug. 4, 2015.

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File - Workers pick tea leaves at a plantation in Nandi Hills, in Kenya's highlands region west of capital Nairobi.

To Save Forests, Kenyan Factory Brews New Way to Dry Tea

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FILE - A man displays a picture of Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, on his mobile phone as he sits at a barber shop in the old quarter of Sana'a, Yemen June 16, 2015.

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Triathletes leave the water after swimming in the Copacabana beach during training ahead of the Triathlon Olympic Qualifier event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 31, 2015.

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An image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an endangered species projection to raise awareness, in New York, Aug. 1, 2015.

Video US Landmark Pushes Endangered Species

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Study finds that preschool-aged children who are extremely selective about what they eat and dislike even being near certain foods are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression, Aug 2, 2015. (Photo by Diaa Bekheet)

Most Picky Eating Harmless but Can Signal Emotional Woes

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FILE - An employee counts Russian ruble bank notes at a private company's office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Dec. 17, 2014. Sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis could end up costing Russia 9 percent of its gross domestic product, says International Monetary Fund.

IMF Says Western Sanctions Could Cut 9% off Russia's GDP

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