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FILE - President Barack Obama, pictured in the White House briefing room, says resistance from a handful of senators is all that's preventing rewewal of key National Security Agency surveillance powers.

Obama Steps Up Pressure for Renewal of Surveillance Measures

President has told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he expects Senate to quickly pass the USA Freedom Act on Sunday before deadline More

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter delivers a speech at the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS, Asia Security Summit, May 30, 2015, in Singapore.

US Defense Chief to China: Halt Land Reclamation

Ashton Carter says Beijing is going too far in building artificial islands in South China Sea and US opposes 'any further militarization of disputed features' More

Members of the Islamic Community Center, including Ilyas Wadood, right, talk with people attending the "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" outside the center in Phoenix, Arizona, May 29, 2015.

Muhammad Cartoon Protest Ends Without Incident

Organizers said rally was mounted in response to incident earlier this month in which two gunmen opened fire on similar contest in Texas More

FILE - The Cuban flag flies in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, May 22, 2015.

Cuba Not Off Hook, Despite Removal From US Terror List

Though it's off blacklist, Havana is not clear of all US embargoes and statutory restrictions More

Spores from the Sterne strain of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) are pictured in this handout scanning electron micrograph, May 28, 2015.

Pentagon Reports Higher Number of Anthrax Shipments

Spokesman now says live spores went to 24 labs in 11 US states, South Korea and Australia, but risk remains low or nonexistent More



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The United States' official removal of Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism is being celebrated on the communist island and welcomed by many Americans. The move Thursday brings the two Cold War adversaries a step closer to re-establishing diplomatic relations that were severed more than 50 years ago. Zlatica Hoke reports the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba remains in place until Congress decides otherwise.
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Video Havana Welcomes US Decision to Remove Cuba From Terror List

The United States' official removal of Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism is being celebrated on the communist island and welcomed by many Americans. The move Thursday brings the two Cold War adversaries a step closer to re-establishing diplomatic relations that were severed more than 50 years ago. Zlatica Hoke reports the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba remains in place until Congress decides otherwise.
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Video His Future in Question, Blatter Re-elected to Lead FIFA

As expected, Sepp Blatter was re-elected Friday as president of football's world governing body, FIFA, two days after the organization was rocked by a massive controversy. U.S. authorities issued a corruption indictment against 14 people as part of a sweeping probe into lucrative entity. Blatter was not indicted, but with multiple calls for his resignation in the face of the serious fraud allegations, doubts are surfacing about his future as FIFA's leader. VOA’s Mike Richman reports.
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Video Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threat

Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
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Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Robot Security Machines Aim to Cut Crime by 50%

Shopping centers, stadiums and university campuses soon may have a new tool to help fight crime. A company called Knightscope claims its roving robots can predict and prevent crime. It says the goal is to cut crime by half in the areas where the robots patrol. Elizabeth Lee has more for VOA from Los Angeles.
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Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
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Video US Agencies Ferret Out Alleged Corruption at FIFA

This week's corruption indictment against nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives came as little shock to many observers. It was the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and IRS that uncovered the alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. VOA's Parke Brewer reports.
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Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.
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Video More Arrests Expected in FIFA Corruption Case

Football fans around the world are still in shock over the corruption indictments of top FIFA officials, corporate officials and marketing companies by the United States government. And there is promise of more to come. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
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Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
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Video US, Swiss Authorities Unveil Major FIFA Corruption Cases

Football's world governing body, FIFA, was rocked Wednesday by a massive U.S. federal corruption indictment against current and former top officials and the announcement of a separate investigation by Swiss authorities into allegations connected to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. As she outlined details of the investigation, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says lies, corruption and bribery have plagued FIFA for over two decades. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
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Video US, Swiss Officials Unveil Major FIFA Corruption Case

Football's global governing body FIFA was rocked Wednesday by a massive U.S. federal corruption indictment against current and former top officials and the announcement of a separate investigation by Swiss authorities into allegations connected to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Several FIFA officials have been arrested in Zurich. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
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Video US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops

In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. According to a statement provided with the video, the ministry and the U.S.-led coaltion troops have started ''supplying the 16th army division with medium and light weapons in preparation to liberate Mosul and nearby areas from Da'esh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group).''
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Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.
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Video Obama Thanks US Military on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as part of his observance of Memorial Day. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was attended by dignitaries, military personnel and families of the fallen.
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Video US Flooding Kills 3, Destroys 400 Homes

Flash floods from record rains in the central U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma have left three people dead and washed away at least 400 homes.
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Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
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Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
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Video Congressional Inaction Could End Controversial Domestic Spying Program

This week, a US spy agency is reportedly winding down its collection of Americans’ telephone records after Congress failed to reform or extend the once-secret program that expires June 1.
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Video 71 Protesters Arrested After Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted

A total of 71 people have been arrested in the central U.S. city of Cleveland during protests following the acquittal of a white policeman in the shooting deaths of two unarmed blacks in 2012.

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Pentagon Reports Higher Number of Anthrax Shipments

Spokesman now says live spores went to 24 labs in 11 US states, South Korea and Australia, but risk remains low or nonexistent
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Reports say Hastert Case Linked to Sexual Misconduct

Indicted former US House speaker allegedly was paying a man $3.5M not to reveal decades-old activity
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Chicago Forum Focuses on Challenges Facing World's Cities

Crime, security concerns are among issues discussed at three-day event
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US Expresses Concern About Angolan Journalist's Conviction

It fears Rafael Marques' defamation conviction could have negative impact on press, speech freedoms in African country
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Video Texas Town's Residents Warned to Leave as River Rises

City of Wharton is on Colorado River, which is already above flood stage — and more rain is on the way
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Video One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

People from around the world lined up Friday to visit top of shiny new building, which reaches 541 meters into the sky
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Obama Steps Up Pressure for Renewal of Surveillance Measures

President has told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he expects Senate to quickly pass the USA Freedom Act on Sunday before deadline
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Video US Sanctions Against Zimbabwe to Stay in Place

US denies Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's charges that sanctions have been responsible for his country's economic woes
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The U.S. has once again rebuked China’s attempt to assert territorial rights in international waters
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The U.S. has once again rebuked China’s attempt to assert territorial rights in international waters
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U.S. officials have indicted 10 FIFA football federation officials on charges of corruption resulting from the multi-year
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The trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, imprisoned in Iran for nearly 10 months, began today in Tehran
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The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill that gives Congress the ability to review a developing nuclear deal with Iran
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Executives from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo accepted an award for courage from an American chapter of the literary organization PEN at its annual fundraising gala amid controversy