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Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visiti
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January 26, 2015 9:33 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
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Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
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Video Obama, Modi Resolve Nuclear Deal Issues

In a visit promising symbolism and substance, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived Sunday in New Delhi with a pledge to take the U.S.-India relationship to a new level. He and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to deepen ties on a range of issues, including climate change and civilian nuclear cooperation. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the Indian capital.
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Video Obama Arrives in India, Will Attend Republic Day Festivities

Barack Obama is set to make history as the first American president to attend India’s Republic Day ceremony on Monday. White House officials say the visit, Obama's second to India, marks a seminal and transformational moment in relations between the two countries. VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
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Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
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Video New Engines, Materials Highlighted at Washington Auto Show

Visitors at this year’s Washington Auto Show would be hard-pressed to say which types of engines will prevail in the next few decades. Manufacturers are working with all kinds of power systems, as well as combinations of them, and new materials. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Thailand’s Ousted PM Impeached by Military's Hand-picked Parliament

Just hours after Thailand’s attorney general’s office announced the country’s former prime minister would be indicted for negligence of duty, the junta’s hand-picked national assembly impeached her in a secret ballot. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok reports this all comes eight months after Yingluck Shinawatra was forced out as the country’s political leader.
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Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.
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Video World Leaders Weigh in on Paris Attacks Amid Europe Counterterror Raids

While police in several European countries conducted raids on suspected terrorist cells, groups of Muslims in a number of countries held rallies protesting against what they see as insults and assaults against Islam. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video New, Old Car Technologies Still Competing

At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the world’s automakers presented a host of new models. The trend toward electric power continues, but lower oil prices still keep cars with internal combustion engines in the spotlight. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video US, China Face Distinct Challenges on Climate Change

The world’s two biggest polluters, the United States and China, recently announced a landmark deal aimed at breathing new life into global efforts to address climate change. VOA's Bill Ide has more.
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Video Pope’s Philippines Visit Highlights Catholic Dialogue With Muslims

Pope Francis is on his first visit to the Philippines, and outreach with the country's Muslims is high on his agenda. At a time when the terrorist attacks in Paris have highlighted divisions between some Islamic and secular values, the Pope is trying to promote peace through dialogue. Jason Strother has the story from Manila.
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Video Surge of Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar for Uncertain Future in Malaysia

Despite signs of political reform in Myanmar in recent years, life has not gotten any easier for the Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar's government refuses to recognize them as citizens. They have been subjected to violent mob attacks and driven from their homes into squalid camps. Many feel their best hope is to flee to neighboring countries, often at huge risk. Mahi Ramakrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where authorities have recorded a surge in arrivals.
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Video Japan Unveils Largest Ever Defense Budget

Japan announced Wednesday that its defense budget for the coming year will rise to almost $42 billion - the largest ever allocated. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was easily re-elected last month after calling a snap election. Abe says he will use the mandate to push ahead with controversial military changes that have already caused anger in Beijing. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Dogs Saved From South Korea Meat Farm Find New Homes

Twenty-three dogs from a South Korea dog meat farm have arrived in animal shelters in the U.S. city of Alexandria, Virginia near the nation's capital, and are waiting to be adopted by their new owners. As Yang Lin reports, these dogs were once destined to become a local delicacy before getting a new lease on life.
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Video US Holds Hard Line With North Korea After Cyber Attacks

Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have grown more contentious in the wake of the alleged North Korea cyber attack on the Sony Pictures movie studio. VOA’s Brian Padden reports that the U.S. was quick to reject a North Korean proposal to reduce regional tensions and is instead focused on pressuring and isolating the regime.

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