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July 22, 2014 1:24 AM
U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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July 21, 2014 4:41 PM
Activists hold rallies to support both sides of the fighting in the Mideast.
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Activists hold rallies to support both sides of the fighting in the Mideast.
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