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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands guard as OSCE and members of a Malaysian air crash investigation team inspect the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk region on July 22, 2014.

Evolving Ukraine Crisis Tests Obama Foreign Policy

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Johnny Winter: America's 'Down and Dirty' Bluesman (VOA On Assignment July 25, 2014)i
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VOA's Katherine Cole joins On Assignment's Philip Alexiou to discuss the legacy of late American blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
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Video Johnny Winter: America's 'Down and Dirty' Bluesman (VOA On Assignment July 25, 2014)

VOA's Katherine Cole joins On Assignment's Philip Alexiou to discuss the legacy of late American blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
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Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
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Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
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Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
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Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
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Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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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 One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo

Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA’s June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.

USA

Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water and apparently struck by lightning in Los Angeles, July 27, 2014.

Rare Lightning Strike at Los Angeles Beach Kills 1, Injures 8

Victims were apparently in the water or very close to it when the lightning struck during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach More

Asia

McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat. Food menu is displayed at a McDonald's restaurant in Hong Kong, July 2

McDonald's Meat Supplier in China to Address Meat Scandal

At least three McDonald's outlets in Shanghai and Beijing, visited by Reuters reporters on Monday, had stopped selling all or most of their meat products More

Africa

A video frame grab obtained from a freelance journalist traveling with the Misarata brigade shows an airplane on the tarmac at the airport belching black smoke during fighting between the Islamist Misarata brigade and a powerful rival militia, in Tripoli,

Fuel Storage Tanks Catch Fire Near Tripoli Airport

Early Monday, Libyan government appeals for 'international help' as burning fuel tanks threaten 'big disaster'; death toll rises to more than 150 people in past two weeks More

Middle East

Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor, right, speaks with United States U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, July 28, 2014.

UN: 'Immediate, Unconditional' Cease-Fire in Gaza

Security Council call follows new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting More

Americas

FILE - Demonstrators rally against the arrival of undocumented migrants who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California, July 1, 2014.

US Considers Screening Youth in Honduras for Refugee Status

Officials say children could be interviewed before they make dangerous journey to US border, as tens of thousands of children from Central America have done already this year More

Europe

From left, a Ukrainian Ministry Emergency officer, Donetsk People's Republic fighter and two members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examine a map as they discuss the situation around the crash site of MH17 in Donetsk, Ukraine, July 27, 2014.

International Team to Try Again to Reach Ukraine Crash Site

update UN monitors say at least 1,129 people have been killed, 3,442 wounded in the Ukraine conflict since mid-April More

Health

FILE - A nurse vaccinates a child against hepatitis to prevent disease in Constitucion, Chile.

Elimination of Chronic Hepatitis Feasible

In marking World Hepatitis Day, WHO says intensifying testing, prevention and treatment efforts is key to tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases More

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