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Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
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Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
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Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
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Video Karzai Leaving Mixed Legacy in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has led his nation for more than 12 years and will soon step down in what is expected to be a peaceful handover of power. While he leaves office with a list of achievements, analysts say his legacy is very mixed. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel has more.
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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 International AIDS Conference: Heavy Research, Heady Parties

In 20 years, the International AIDS Conference has ballooned from a gathering of some 2,000 scientists at the inaugural 1985 meeting in Atlanta, to this year’s multi-disciplinary gathering of 12,000 scientists, activists, and people living with the virus. The 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia covered a seemingly endless array of topics, from hard science to social issues. VOA’s Anita Powell was there and tried to take it all in.
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Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
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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 Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
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Video US Court Ruling Could Help Foreign Business Interests

A U.S. court ruled last week that the Obama administration violated the due process rights of a U.S. corporation that is owned by Chinese interests. Experts say the decision, which involved a wind farm project off the coast of Oregon could change the way the U.S. deals with foreign investments that involve national security concerns. But as VOA's Hu Wei reports, it might not change many outcomes.
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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 AIDS Society Mourns Six Researchers, Experts Killed in Plane Crash

The International AIDS Society has confirmed that at least six high-level researchers and AIDS experts were among those killed on a Malaysia Airlines flight downed Thursday over volatile eastern Ukraine. The victims include the former president of the society, which is holding its annual week-long conference beginning Sunday. Officials say this blow will not deter their work. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from the conference site in Melbourne, Australia.
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Video Hong Kong's Soaring Housing Prices Hit City's Poorest

Rising housing prices in Hong Kong are squeezing out low-income residents and often force them into unsafe and illegal living arrangements. Many have built rickety dwellings on rooftops of highrise buildings or rent them from shady landlords. Residents of these slums have poor protection against extreme heat and inclement weather. Zlatica Hoke reports the city government is unable to meet the growing need for affordable public rental housing.
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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 US: Malaysian Plane Shot Down over War Area in Ukraine

U.S. officials are saying a Malaysian jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down as it crossed eastern Ukraine. The downing of the jet --- the second loss for Malaysia Airlines in four months -- escalates tension in the civil war between Ukraine and Russia. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has more.

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