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Myanmar President Thein Sein (front 3rd L) and Naing Han Tha (front 3rd R), a leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordinating Team (NCCT), shake hands after signing a nationwide ceasefire draft agreement at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon, March 31, 2015.

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FILE - U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris Jr. addresses the media during a news conference kicking off the RIMPAC exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 30, 2014.

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FILE - Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, shows the way to the guests who attended the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 24, 2014.

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Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinosi
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Jason Strother
March 27, 2015 2:29 PM
Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
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Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
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Video World Leaders in Singapore Sunday for Funeral of Lee Kuan Yew

Dozens of world leaders will be in Singapore on Sunday for the state funeral of the small country's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. As VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from our Southeast Asia bureau in Bangkok, Mr. Lee was greatly admired in the region where other leaders sought to emulate him and replicate his success.
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Video Asians' Musical Mix Applauded at Texas Festival

At the annual South by Southwest music festival last week in Austin, Texas, Asian groups were well-represented, playing rock, pop and hip hop. Some of these groups used traditional instruments and a mix of modern and ancient sounds. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
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Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia’s notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979, where they were tortured and then executed by Pol Pot’s murderous regime. Although many have welcomed the memorial, one aspect of it has proven controversial. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
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Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
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Video Afghan Leader Maps Path Forward to US Lawmakers

One day after President Barack Obama announced a delay in the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani mapped out a hopeful vision for his country in an address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Ghani expressed deep gratitude for U.S. sacrifices made in Afghanistan, and said his nation is eager to build a prosperous, secure, and self-reliant future.
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Video South Asia Analysts See Positives From Afghan Leaders' US Visit

The U.S. visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah is being closely monitored in South Asia. Analysts say there have been some positive results from the trip, but some offer caveats. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
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Video Obama Won't Draw Down US Troops in Afghanistan in 2015

President Barack Obama has announced he will slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and will keep just under 10,000 in the country through this year. That’s almost double the number of troops originally scheduled to remain there at year’s end. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video US, Afghanistan Herald 'New Era of Cooperation'

U.S. and Afghan leaders are heralding a "new era of cooperation" following talks Monday at the historic presidential retreat at Camp David near Washington, DC. Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, met with the top U.S. diplomat and defense and treasury chiefs to discuss the path forward for Afghanistan. VOA's Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
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Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
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Video Cambodians Hopeful Obama Visit Will Boost Education for Girls

Cambodians say they are hopeful the visit of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will make a positive difference in the educational future of their girls. Colin Lovett narrates this report from VOA's Say Mony in Siem Reap.
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Video Few Aware of Michelle Obama’s Visit to Cambodia

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia this weekend to launch "Let Girls Learn," an initiative to help keep 62 million girls worldwide in schools. However, there’s not a sign in Siem Reap, not even an American flag to show that she is visiting. VOA Khmer’s Reasey Poch reports.
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Video Rich Nations Criticized Following UN Disaster Risk Agreement

Delegates meeting in Japan have agreed on a new framework for reducing the human and economic toll of disasters around the world. But critics say rich countries are shirking their responsibilities to help poorer nations deal with climate change - with only the hosts putting any money on the table. Henry Ridgwell reports from the conference in Sendai.
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Video US Troop Levels, Development Remain Focus of US-Afghan Talks

Months after taking office in the first democratic transition of power in Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 24. The talks at the White House are expected to center on security, economic development and reconciliation with the Taliban. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.

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