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FILE - Bosnian Muslims pray near the coffins of relatives during a funeral for bodies found in a mass grave, in Kozarac, near Prijedor, July 20, 2014.

Report: US to Deport 150 Bosnians Over War Crimes Ties

New York Times says officials identified 300 Bosnians who hid wartime past when they came to US, and number could double More

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 28, 2015.

Netanyahu: I Respect Obama, but Israeli Security is My Priority

With controversial speech in US days away, he says 'it is my obligation' to take stand for future of Jewish people More

FILE - President Barack Obama, Feb. 18, 2015.

Obama: Hardworking Americans Should Retire With Dignity

President says most financial advisers are good at prioritizing clients' futures, but some direct them toward bad investments in return for kickbacks, hidden fees More

This Venezuelan government photo shows President Nicolas Maduro waving a flag to celebrate the anniversary of the "Caracazo" revolutionary uprising; in a speech at the rally, he announced the arrest of a U.S. pilot for alleged spying, Feb. 28, 2015.

Venezuelan Leader: Arrested US Pilot Was Spying

Nicolas Maduro says American was caught with 'documentation'; US Embassy offers no comment More

U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, talks to reporters after a failed afternoon vote on a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 27, 2015.

US Lawmakers Extend Domestic Security Funding for a Week

Stopgap measure postpones a final reckoning in a raucous partisan battle over President Obama’s executive orders on immigration More



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NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Diningi
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Ramon Taylor
February 28, 2015 10:30 PM
New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
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Video NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
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Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
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Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
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Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
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Video Intense Exercise Program Not Just for Athletes

Exercise is good for your health, at any time, at any age. Besides giving you energy and making you feel better, regular exercise regulates your weight and protects you against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, new research reports that a workout recommended for athletes is having positive results for people with chronic diseases.
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Video War of Words Escalates Between White House, Israel

The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week. National security advisor Susan Rice’s remarks rebuking that decision have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

On her first trip to Washington since her country declared a state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak last July, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the difference American involvement made in the fight against the deadly virus. She also discussed the need for economic reconstruction and sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure to help prevent future outbreaks. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video US: IS Losing Ground, Remains 'Formidable'

Top U.S. intelligence officials warn the Islamic State remains a “formidable and brutal threat” even as coalition airstrikes and fighting on the ground begin to erode its strength. But there are also indications that the constant bombardment is starting to take a more permanent toll. VOA National Security Reporter Jeff Seldin has more.
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Video Scientists Say Pacific Trash Patch Is Sea of Chemical Sludge

A huge garbage patch in the north Pacific Ocean traps debris from both hemispheres and is a major environmental threat to sea life. Researchers in Honolulu are tracking the trash. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video New Pentagon Chief Goes on International Offensive

His nomination was barely confirmed, but within hours new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was jetting off to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He met with U.S. troops, top officials in the region and vowed to go after militants of the so-called Islamic State, Carter has had plenty of experience having previously served as a top Pentagon official, and experts say on his first trip as Secretary of Defense, Carter was looking for perspective. Carla Babb reports.
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Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building’s energy efficiency. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
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Video Three Brooklyn Men Charged With Conspiracy to Support IS Group

The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Every year Somalis in the U.S. send hundreds of millions of dollars back home to help their families make ends meet. But in February the U.S. bank that handled more than half of these cash transfers to Somalia decided to shut down its services, and smaller banks providing such services are also planning to eliminate them soon. That has left Somali communities worried for their families back home who are now desperate for new ways to get the funds. VOA’s June Soh has more details.
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Video US, British Lawmakers Discuss Response to Russia's Aggression

French and German leaders still hope to salvage the shaky truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east. But officials in the United States and Britain are accusing Russia of working to further destabilize the region. Zlatica Hoke reports that lawmakers in both countries are discussing how to respond to what they call Russia's aggressive plans.
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Video As Lawmakers Face Off, US Braces for Homeland Security Shutdown

Members of the U.S. Congress are locked in another partisan showdown, this time over a $40 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, known as DHS. House Republicans have linked DHS funding to a measure to block President Barack Obama’s executive action delaying deportations of some undocumented immigrants, a delay Democrats support. VOA’s Cindy Saine reports.
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Video US West Coast Ports Busy, Struggling With Backlog

Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since negotiators reached a tentative settlement Friday in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, both sides say with the cargo moving again, they can focus on long-term problems.

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HIV Prevention Trials Show Flexibility in Antiretroviral Dosing

Recent studies reveal that there’s no single dosing strategy that works for everyone who wants to protect themselves against AIDS virus
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'Star Trek' Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

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US Lawmakers Extend Domestic Security Funding for a Week

Stopgap measure postpones a final reckoning in a raucous partisan battle over President Obama’s executive orders on immigration
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Activists Work to End Homelessness One Tiny House at a Time

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Video US, Cuba Make Progress in Restoring Diplomatic Ties

Friday's session focuses solely on opening embassies in Washington and Havana as quickly as possible
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Saudi national Kahlid al-Fawwaz faces life sentence following conviction in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in east Africa
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Saudi national Kahlid al-Fawwaz faces life sentence following conviction in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in east Africa
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Dozens of people are injured after a passenger train struck a vehicle in southern California
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for a second day for talks on Iran's nuclear program
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The United States and Turkey are forging a partnership to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State
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President Barack Obama called for strengthening non-military measures to counter violent extremism