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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministers hold a press conference to discuss progress in the negotiations in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, July 31, 2015.

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A rare "blue moon" is seen as it rises over U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland, July 31, 2015,

Kerry in Egypt for Talks on Security, Terrorism

US Secretary of State, on five-nation tour, arrives in Cairo for talks about security issues and regional terrorism, including threat posed by Islamic State extremists More

This handout picture taken on October 21, 2012 and released on July 28, 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called "Cecil" which was allegedly killed by an American tourist on a hunt using a bow and arrow, the Zim

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White House threshold for response reached; nearly 150,000 have signed petition demanding US dentist who killed popular lion in Zimbabwe be extradited there for trial More

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Firefighter Killed in California Wildfires

David Ruhl, engine captain from South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest, was killed fighting a fast-moving blaze in Modoc National Forest, about 100 miles south of Oregon border More

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt arrive at a hostel for female factory workers in the Hlaingtaryar Industrial Zone in Yangon, August 1, 2015.

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Mike O'Sullivan
August 01, 2015 2:10 AM
Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
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Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
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Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
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Video Non-profit Training Center Aims at Narrowing the 'Skills Gap'

Think of it. Thousands of unfilled jobs and employers just can’t seem to find the job-seekers with the necessary skills. And, you don’t have to be a college graduate to get one these good paying jobs. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports on how one non-profit organization is finding a solution.
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Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
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Video Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Still Mired In Controversy

Voter ID laws have sparked controversy across the US. More than 30 states enacted laws requiring citizens to show identification before they vote. Against fierce opposition, the state of Wisconsin recently enacted one the most restrictive voter ID laws in country. As Jeff Swicord reports, no one can predict its impact as the 2016 election nears.
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Video Gerrymandering Creates Favorable Districts for Candidates

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ensured federal enforcement of the right to vote for millions of African-Americans in many parts of the southern United States. Correspondent Chris Simkins reports on the current political debate over the practice of intentionally creating voting jurisdictions or districts that favor a candidate or one political party over another.
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Video Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.
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Video Kerry Five-Nation Tour to Cover Security, Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launches a five-nation tour Friday in a bid to strengthen economic and security ties and ease concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. In Southeast Asia, he will visit Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, but he will begin his trip in the Middle East. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

Special Olympics World Games are under way this week in Los Angeles, and the competition for people with intellectual disabilities has drawn thousands of athletes from around the world. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, some will take home medals, and all are experiencing the thrill of competition.
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Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
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Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
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Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video Obama Legacy Still a Work in Progress

President Obama this week completed a historic trip to Africa. Kenya, the birthplace of his father, was an especially significant stop for Obama, who is dedicating the remaining year and a half of his presidency to establishing a legacy that observers say is still too premature to define. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations still will be permitted to exclude gay adults from serving as unit leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. About two-thirds of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide are linked to religious institutions. The rest are chartered to civic groups and educational organizations. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Obama Sows Seeds of Nutrition in Ethiopia

While President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia focused on the key issues of security and development, the country is perhaps best known for famine and poverty and has tried hard to shed that past. Obama said a U.S. development project, Feed the Future, is trying to help Ethiopia do that. VOA's Anita Powell reports.
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Video Special Olympics Prompts Call for More Inclusive Treatment of Disabled

Athletes from around the world are competing this week in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Games. Heads of global organizations attending the event are calling for changes to ensure those who are intellectually disabled are not excluded by society. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
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Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.
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Video Obama: Africa's Progress Depends on Development, Democracy

In his farewell speech capping a historic trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, President Obama hailed Africa's extraordinary progress, while noting that such progress can only be sustained through continued development and democracy for all. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande has more from African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.
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Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.

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