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July 21, 2014 11:45 PM
A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
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Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
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Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
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Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
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Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
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Video Anger and Sadness in Kyiv, as Rhetoric Rises

Ukrainian officials have further inflamed the rhetoric over the downing of the Malaysian airliner, claiming that a Russian crew was operating the anti-aircraft system that was allegedly used. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv the accusation comes in an atmosphere of both sadness and anger.
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Video Diplomatic Crisis Grows Over MH17 Plane Crash

The Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine is drawing reaction from leaders around the world. With suspicions growing that a surface-to-air missile shot down the aircraft, there are increasing tensions in the international community over who is to blame. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.
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Video Chinese Heavyweight Boxers Make US Debut

Two Chinese boxers are getting ready to debut as professional heavyweight fighters in the United States. Olympic medalist Zhang Zhilei is training on the East Coast. Another Asian amateur, Taishan Dong, is preparing for his first big fight on the West Coast. VOA correspondent Mike O’Sullivan and video journalist Deyane Moses spoke with Dong at a gym near Los Angeles.
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Video Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.

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Gov. Rick Perry listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in the governor's press room in Austin, Texas, July 21, 2014.

Texas Gov. Perry Orders State National Guard to Border

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Asia

FILE - Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Australia, July 19, 2014.

Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

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Africa

FILE - Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) protest on the streets of Durban, July 1, 2014.

S. Africa's Metals Employer Agrees to End Strike

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Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) walks with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Aaraby (R) in Cairo July 22, 2014.

Kerry Discusses Gaza with Arab League, Egyptian Officials

US top diplomat says he hopes to help push for immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire between Israel, Hamas More

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Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

Lab brings together top scientists and engineers to provide them with tools, funding, and space to create next breakthrough in energy storage More

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A scene from the 1943 film "Casablanca" with Ingrid Bergman, lower right, Humphrey Bogart, far left, Claude Raines, center, and Paul Henreid, right background.

'Casablanca' Piano to Be Sold at Auction

Iconic piano featured in Rick's Cafe American in 1942 Hollywood classic film expected to be highlight of a sale of film memorabilia in New York in November More

Europe

FILE - Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within" photographed at his home in London, May 10, 2002.

Britain Does U-turn on ex-KGB Agent Litvinenko Murder Inquiry

Reversal comes as PM Cameron leads calls for hard-hitting sanctions against Russia, including freezing assets of Putin's close allies More

Health

Activists display placards during a rally at the AIDS Conference 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne, on July 22, 2014.

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

Economy & Business

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Illinois.

Key Business Leaders Say US Economy Bouncing Back

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