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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo, April 24, 2014.

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FILE - Students hold messages for missing schoolchildren who are among the unaccounted for passengers trapped in a South Korean capsized ferry, at Danwon High School in Ansan.

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In Southern Thailand, Human Trafficking On The Risei
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Steve Sandford
April 23, 2014 5:26 PM
Cases of human trafficking are on the rise in Southern Thailand as authorities struggle to control criminal gangs transporting illegals across the border to other destinations. Steve Sandford reports on the exploitation and abuse that many of the victims face in their journey to escape the oppression in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
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Video In Southern Thailand, Human Trafficking On The Rise

Cases of human trafficking are on the rise in Southern Thailand as authorities struggle to control criminal gangs transporting illegals across the border to other destinations. Steve Sandford reports on the exploitation and abuse that many of the victims face in their journey to escape the oppression in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
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Video Ambassador Ahn Ho-young Interview

The Honorable Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States talks to VOA about President Barack Obama's visit to Asia.
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Video Death Toll Passes 100 as Divers Search South Korea Ferry

The death toll from the sinking of a South Korean ferry has risen to 117 as divers continue the search for 185 passengers still missing and presumed dead. Only 174 were rescued when the ship went down almost a week ago, filled mostly with high schools students on their way to the resort island of Jeju. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo, South Korea.
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Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
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Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video Body Count Rises as Korea Ferry Divers Finally Enter Ship

Divers in South Korea have finally entered a submerged, capsized passenger ferry that sank Wednesday, recovering 56 victims so far. Strong currents and murky water had delayed the efforts. But nearly 250 victims are still trapped on board, most of them high school students, and the death toll continues to rise. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo in southern South Korea.
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Video Parents of Disaster Ferry Passengers Lash Out at Authorities

Relatives of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have lashed out at authorities after they failed for a fourth day to enter the vessel. Twenty-nine bodies have been recovered from the water but some 270 remain trapped on board. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo.
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Video South Korea Arrests Captain of Sunken Ferry

South Korean police have formally arrested the captain and two crew members of a ferry that sank Wednesday morning off the country's southwestern coast with more than 470 people on board, most of them high school students. Twenty-eight people have been confirmed dead so far, and close to 300 are believed to be trapped inside the ship. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

A 2013 State Department report on human trafficking says there are 26 million people around the world who are victims of modern day slavery, many of them young girls. The problem is a growing concern, particularly in India. VOA's Kane Farabaugh spoke recently with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the problem, which is addressed in his new book, "A Call to Action."
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Video South Korea Continues Search For Survivors of Sunken Ferry

South Korea continues desperate efforts to save some 300 people still missing a day after a ferry carrying about 470 passengers sank off the country's southwestern coast. Most of the passengers were high school students and their teachers on an excursion. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far and about 180 have been plucked from the sunken vessel or the waters around it. Zlatica Hoke reports that a U.S. Navy ship stands ready to assist in the massive rescue operation
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Video South Korea Continues Search for Survivors of Sunken Ferry

South Korea continues desperate efforts to save some 300 people still missing a day after a ferry carrying about 470 passengers sank off the country's southwestern coast. Most of the passengers were high school students and their teachers on an excursion. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far, and about 180 have been plucked from the sunken vessel or the waters around it. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
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Video Hindu, Buddhist Works from Ancient Southeast Asia on View in New York

An exhibit of Hindu and Buddhist sculptural works from first-millennium Southeast Asia opens next week (April 14) at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It features national treasures lent by Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Burma, also known as Myanmar, as well as other collections and museums from around the world. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has this report on the "Lost Kingdoms" exhibit.
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Video In Picturesque Thailand, Coal Plant Draws Protests

Environmental activists in Thailand are protesting plans to re-open an 800-megawatt coal plant in a coastal region, Krabi, that is popular with eco-tourists. The controversy pits Thailand’s growing energy needs against its image as a seaside paradise. Steve Sandford reports.

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