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    FILE - Afghan National Army (ANA) officers march during a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2015.

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    FILE - Workers wrap the bodies of dead fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a morgue in Aleppo, Oct. 30, 2014. The opposition Free Syrian Army said it killed the men near Aleppo city and that some of the dead had Iranian and Afghan nationalities.

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    FILE - One of 16 tigers cubs seized from illegal wildlife traffickers. It is believed that this cub was reared in an illegal tiger farm in Thailand and destined for China, Oct. 26, 2012.

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    FILE - A Cambodian woman takes a photo of riot police standing behind bard wire at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, May 1, 2014. U.S.-based Cambodian community activists are campaigning for a congressional resolution calling for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Cambodia.

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    FILE - Smoke rises from a building where Taliban insurgents hid during a fight with Afghan security forces in Helmand province,  Afghanistan, March 9, 2016.

    Taliban Vows Retaliation as US Resumes Afghan Airstrikes

    Militants also reject assertions that bombing operations ever paused; increase will be met with 'harsher' reaction, spokesman says 



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    Obama Set to Announce Funding Increase for Clearing Old Bombs in Laosi
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    President Barack Obama is expected to announce an increase in funding to help clear unexploded ordnance in Laos when he becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian nation in September. During its war with Vietnam, the U.S. dropped more than 270 million cluster bombs on Laos and millions remain unexploded today. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Xieng Khouang.
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    Video Obama Set to Announce Funding Increase for Clearing Old Bombs in Laos

    President Barack Obama is expected to announce an increase in funding to help clear unexploded ordnance in Laos when he becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian nation in September. During its war with Vietnam, the U.S. dropped more than 270 million cluster bombs on Laos and millions remain unexploded today. Daniel de Carteret reports for VOA from Xieng Khouang.
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    Video Ali's Fans in War-torn Country Fondly Remember Boxing Legend

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    Video US, China Soften South China Sea Rhetoric -- For Now

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    Video Pakistan Enforces New Border Crossing Regulation on Afghans

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    Video Report: Nearly 46 Million People Live in Slavery

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    Video Renewed Calls for Transparency as US Drones Target Terrorists

    From the recent U.S. strike in Pakistan that killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban to a March strike in Somalia that killed at least 150 members of the militant group al-Shabab, the United States has escalated its use of drones under President Barack Obama. As the administration prepares to release, for the first time, an accounting of those killed in such strikes, VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more on the expectations of transparency for a program long shrouded in secrecy.
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    Video Nootana Ensemble Gives Classical Indian Music a 21st-century Vibe

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