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July 06, 2015 5:35 PM
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 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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Video Solar Plane Lands After Record-Breaking Pacific Crossing

Andre Borschberg, pilot of Solar Impulse, an airplane powered only by the sun, safely touches down in Hawaii after completing record-setting flight halfway across the Pacific from Japan, covering more than 8,000 kilometers and spending nearly 120 hours in the air. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video From Taliban to IS, Afghan Fighters Pledge New Allegiance

The Islamic State group appears to be attracting new followers in yet another country, with Afghan fighters raising the black flag in parts of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. In this report narrated by Roger Wilkison, VOA's Ashna TV reporter Sarwan Rahim Gul has more from Nangarhar's Bati Kot district.
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Video China Seals Economic, Trade Deals With Europe

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is wrapping up a visit to Europe, where he’s signed a series of economic accords and trade deals. Several European countries have signed up to China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - seen by some as a rival to the World Bank based in the US. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Analysts Wary of Asia Contagion From Greece Crisis

In Asia, financial analysts say Greece's economic woes have had little direct impact on regional stock markets, which are instead focused on signs of trouble on China's exchanges. But VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul that there is growing concern that the repercussions from the Greek crisis could be wider and more severe than initially anticipated
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Video Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement Gathers on Anniversary of Beijing’s Takeover

As Hong Kong marks its 18th year under Chinese rule, political divisions in the colony still run deep. On one side, lawmakers and activists who are loyal to Beijing and its policies. And on the other, longtime residents and students who want the right to elect their own leaders, without oversight from the mainland government. VOA’s Martin Secrest takes a closer look at this often bitter dispute.
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Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
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Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
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Video Pakistan Heat Wave Kills 1,000, Sparks Anger

More than 1,000 people have died so far from extreme heat in southern Pakistan and the death toll is growing. The heatwave peaked Saturday, when the high temperature reached 45 degrees Celsius in Karachi, but temperatures remain dangerously high despite some relief in the past few days. Zlatica Hoke reports many Pakistanis blame the government for failing to prevent deaths.
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Video US Human Rights Report Highlights Role of Terror Groups, Conflicts, Corruption

The U.S. government's 2014 report on human rights practices highlights terror groups, rising conflict, and corruption and poor governance as key problems around the world. But it also cites some progress. VOA's Mary Alice Salinas has more on the State Department's annual report released on Thursday.
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Video US, China Step Up Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

The United States and China are two of the world’s biggest markets for illegal wildlife. On the margins of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, officials from both countries pledged to broaden cooperation in fighting this illicit trade. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Over 800 Dead in Karachi Heat Wave

Pakistani officials say more than 800 people in Karachi have died in a devastating heat wave. While cooler weather is predicted, it is too late for some of the city's most vulnerable. VOA Urdu Service reporter Shaista Jalil has more from Karachi in this report narrated by Amon Rizvi.
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Video Chinese Volunteers Help Children in Need

A six-year-old girl in Yiwu is beaten to death by her own mother. Two girls in Nanjing die from starvation in their own home. A girl is found homeless in Shenzhen wandering in the streets with her mentally ill mother. Such repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country and led to more attention to the protection of children’s rights. VOA’s Helen Wu has more on how a small child protection service center in Shanghai is doing what it can to help children in need.
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Video Climate Change, Thorny Issues Top US-China Agenda

The U.S. and China are hoping to bridge gaps on tough issues such as maritime security, cyber security and human rights during the ongoing Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington. Also, the two countries – which are among the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters – hope to expand cooperation on climate change initiatives. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

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