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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou speaks as he announces his South China Sea Peace Initiative during the 2015 ILA-ASIL Asia Pacific Research Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, May 26, 2015.

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A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensionsi
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When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
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Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
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Video Cambodian Underwater Mine Team Finds Success

In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the country’s civil war. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Kandal province.
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Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
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Video Rohingya Migrant Boat Accepted in Indonesian Waters

More than 400 Rohingya migrants who were pushed back to sea in southern Thailand last week have ended up in Indonesia. Local fishermen rescued the migrants, many of whom were weak and starving, Wednesday and took them to the eastern province of Aceh. As Steve Sandford reports from Lipe Island, Thailand, thousands more may be stranded at sea, at risk of death.
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Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
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Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
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Video On Thai Coup Anniversary, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Friday marks one year since Thailand's army chief took control -- the latest in a long series of military coups to remove elected governments. As VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Bangkok it appears the generals running Thailand's government are in no hurry to return power to the civilians.
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Video Women to March for Peace Between Koreas

Prominent female activists from around the world plan to march through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea to call for peace between the two neighbors, divided for more than 60 years. The event, taking place May 24, marks the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament and has been approved by both Koreas. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Drug Use Rises in Afghanistan Following Record High Poppy Crops

Afghanistan has seen record high poppy crops during the last few years - and the result has been an alarming rise in illegal drug use and addiction in the war-torn country. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem has this report from Kabul.
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Video Thailand Feeds Migrants, Sends Them Back Out to Sea

Over the past month, thousands of Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar, joined by Bangladeshis escaping poverty, have taken to often-rickety boats in the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia. They face death by drowning, hunger or dehydration to try to reach land in Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia. Officials in those countries, frustrated by the steady flow of migrants, are starting to turn back boats, unless they are in immediate danger of sinking. Steve Sandford reports for VOA.
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Video A Long Way to Go for Mental Health Services in Cambodia

Cambodia has some of the world’s worst mental health statistics – largely due to the effects of Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime. Yet mental health services remain underfunded and – in the words of the World Health Organization – “critically neglected." There’s little sign of that changing in the near future, in part because few Cambodian students are interested in psychiatry as a career. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.
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Video Kerry: US, Allies 'Not Even Close' to Resuming N. Korea Talks

After diplomatic consultations in Seoul, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry virtually ruled out any possibility for renewed dialogue with North Korea over its nuclear program. Instead he called for strengthening U.S. military alliances in the region, and increasing international pressure to counter what he called Pyongyang’s provocative and disturbing behavior and disregard for human rights. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul.]]
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Video Kerry: US 'Not Even Close' to Resuming N. Korea Talks

After diplomatic consultations in Seoul, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry virtually ruled out any possibility for renewed dialogue with North Korea over its nuclear program. Instead he called for strengthening U.S. military alliances in the region, and increasing international pressure to counter what he called Pyongyang’s provocative and disturbing behavior and disregard for human rights.
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Video US and China Voice Differences Over South China Sea

The United States and China voiced their differences over territorial disputes in the South China Sea during a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry to Beijing Saturday and Sunday, with both countries calling for steps to reduce tensions and promote stability. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video US Asserts Role in South China Sea

U.S. officials say the Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military ships and aircraft to assert freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, in a direct challenge to China as it manufactures artificial islands in the disputed territorial waters. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more.

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