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Pamela Dockins
January 31, 2015 2:29 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ukraine and Germany next week for talks on issues including the heightened tensions over what the U.S. and its Western allies say is Russian aggression in Ukraine. Kerry is expected to raise the issue when he meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a security conference in Germany. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Kerry, Lavrov to Hold Talks on Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ukraine and Germany next week for talks on issues including the heightened tensions over what the U.S. and its Western allies say is Russian aggression in Ukraine. Kerry is expected to raise the issue when he meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a security conference in Germany. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Later

Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
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Video Threat of Creeping Lava Has Hawaiians on Edge

Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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The northeastern United States is cleaning up after a powerful snowstorm that hit the region this week, forcing airports, schools and businesses to close. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the snowfall left people wondering whether the event was linked to climate change in a warmer world.
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Video Romney Out For 2016 Presidential Bid; Bush Could Benefit

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney told supporters Friday he will not run for president in 2016. Romney spoke during a conference call with supporters after weeks of saying he was interested in a third try for the White House next year. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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Video Former Secretaries of State Weigh In on US National Security

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Video US Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline Project

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Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

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Video Financial Literacy Class Teaches Teens Money Skills

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Video As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

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Video Strains in US-Russia Relations Predate Current Crisis

There are signs of increased strains in U.S. relations with Russia. On Monday, the U.S. accused three Russian citizens in the United States of having ties to a Russian spy ring, a charge Russia denies. The charges follow stepped up U.S. criticism of Russia for what Western powers say is Moscow's continued support of separatists in Ukraine. Analysts say relations between the two countries had begun to fray even before these two incidents. VOA's Pam Dockins has the story.
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Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
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Video Crowded Republican Presidential Field Off to Early Start for 2016

It seems early, but the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign is already heating up. Though no one has officially announced a candidacy, several potential Republican contenders have been busy speaking to conservative groups about making a White House run next year. Many of the possible contenders are critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone reports.
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Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
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Video Exercise: New Prescription for Parkinsons Disease

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Video NYC Officials Defend Shutting Down City for Blizzard That Wasn't

Winter Storm Juno, as it's being called, dumped as much as 60 centimeters (almost 2 feet) of snow on parts of the northeastern United States but failed to live up to its "historic" billing in New York City. Still, officials there are defending their decision to effectively shut the city down ahead of the storm. VOA's William Gallo reports.
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Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
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Video US Warns of More Sanctions Against Russia; Ukraine Waiting for ‘Lethal’ Aid

The United States is echoing concerns from Western allies about Russia’s continued interference in eastern Ukraine. U.S. military officials say Moscow’s support for separatists is “troubling,” as is the presence of what they call “a strong Russian force postured along the Ukrainian-Russian border.” VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.

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U.S. Senate votes to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill on Thursday, amid President Barack Obama's threats to veto
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