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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministers hold a press conference to discuss progress in the negotiations in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, July 31, 2015.

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Afghan former Taliban fighters are photographed holding weapons before they hand them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad, Feb. 8, 2015.

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A computer model of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. Once built, the bridge would be the widest in the world and it would be the third spanning the Bosphorus Strait, which connects Europe and Asia.

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Aviation Experts Believe Reunion Island Debris Could Be From Missing Malaysian Planei
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July 31, 2015 4:16 AM
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
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Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.
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Video As Japan Expands Defense Role, Protests Follow

The Japanese government is moving forward with a controversial security bill that would authorize the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II. Leaders say it is critical to defend against rising threats from China and North Korea. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Japan on the big changes ahead, and the opposition they are drawing.
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Video Replacing Poppies with Coffee in Myanmar

The remote mountains of Myanmar’s Shan state are home to the second-largest opium-producing region in the world. After a drop during the 2000s, production surged in the past eight years to feed an increasing demand for heroin in China. But farmers are now making less on the crop, and the U.N. is hoping many will make the switch to growing coffee. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Taunggyi.
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Video In 'Look of Silence,' Relatives of Indonesian Genocide Victims Seek Answers

Two documentaries about the unreconciled history of mass killings in Indonesia 50 years ago are leading to calls for change in that country – and for the U.S. to apologize for its own part in sanctioning the bloodshed. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more about "The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence," both by American filmmaker Josh Oppenheimer.
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Video Pakistani American Drums Up Tradition

Pakistani Americans, like other immigrants, often face pressure to assimilate when they come to America. But as VOA's Urdu Service reporter Aisha Khalid reports, one man proudly brings the beats of his homeland to the streets of New York.
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Video Experts See Little Risk That China's Stock Market Turmoil Will Spread

China’s recent stock market chaos has pushed down stock and commodity prices in other countries, though the impact on the global economy may be limited. Some experts worry, however, that strong Chinese government efforts to calm markets could set back needed economic reforms in that nation. VOA’s Jim Randle reports.
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Video US Influences Both Sides of South Korean Gay Rights

South Korean Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] activists have been influenced and inspired by the success of the American and European gay rights movements that most notably includes the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage. But as VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, gay marriage opponents in Korea also have been influenced by U.S. activists.
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Video Obama, Vietnam’s Communist Leader Discuss Rights, Trade

In an unprecedented meeting, President Barack Obama hosted the leader of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, at the White House on Tuesday, with both leaders hailing stronger ties while also holding candid talks on trade and human rights. VOA’s Aru Pande reports.
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Video As IS Fights Taliban, Afghan Troops Strike Both

Even as the Afghan government is in talks with members of the opposition Taliban, government soldiers are engaged in battle with Taliban fighters, as well as another, emergent foe: Islamic State loyalists. With Bill Rodgers narrating, the VOA Afghan service's Zabillah Ghazi reports.
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Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Video Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisis

An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

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