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    Corporate representatives speak with job seekers at a job fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30, 2016. Friday's Labor Department numbers on job gains are weaker than expected.

    US Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 5 Percent

    Friday's report from the Labor Department was weaker than most economists had predicted 

    Video Growing Asian-American Community Could Influence US Elections

    Members of one organization want to remove barriers they say are in the way of getting Asian Americans to vote, hoping to reverse low voter turnout 

    Retired Air Force Col. Don Christensen, president of Protect Our Defenders, a national organization dedicated to addressing the problem of sexual assault in the military, is pictured in his office in Washington, April 15, 2016.

    Reported Sexual Assaults in US Military Fell Only Slightly in 2015

    There was a 1 percent decline in reported cases, even though the US military population has shrunk by thousands 

    FILE -  Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, at a 2008 naturalization ceremony in Hawaii.

    US Navy Officer Allegedly Admitted to Spying

    Case centers on espionage and prostitution, but defense attorney accuses government of ‘nefarious scheme’ of entrapment 

    FILE - In this 2015 photo, a fence stands at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala.

    Obama Commutes Prison Sentences of 58 Non-Violent Drug Offenders

    President says many non-violent offenders forced to pay for mistakes with penalties that are 'unduly harsh' 



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    Sen. Lankford: 'The lens I look through'i
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    Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) on balancing faith and politics in office.
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    Video Sen. Lankford: 'The lens I look through'

    Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) on balancing faith and politics in office.
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    Video Growing Asian-American Community Could Influence US Elections

    The growing number of Asian-American voters in the United States doesn’t necessarily translate into political clout in U.S. elections. Many who are eligible to vote sit on the sidelines. One organization wants to remove some barriers it says are in the way of getting Asian-Americans to vote. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
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    Video Online App Teaches Girls Computer Coding

    Women face obstacles in the male-dominated field of computer technology, but new initiatives are teaching girls to write computer programs. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports on a startup called Vidcode that is bridging the gap between young girls and technology.
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    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
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    Video Energy Lacking at Annual Offshore Oil Conference

    Depressed oil prices have dampened hydrocarbon exploration and development activity worldwide. Oil companies and the service industry that supports exploration and production have laid off tens of thousands of workers, so it comes as no surprise that attendance is down this year at the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. But, as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, a lot of oil services companies are there anyway, focusing on ongoing industry needs and an eventual recovery.
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    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
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    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
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    Video Peshmerga Regroup to Re-take Iraqi Town from IS

    U.S. Defense Department officials say an American Navy SEAL has been killed by enemy fire during an Islamic State attack on a Kurdish Peshmerga position in northern Iraq. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said the service member was "advising and assisting Peshmerga forces" north of the city of Mosul when they came under attack. VOA’s Kawa Omar spoke with some of the Peshmerga fighters as they re-grouped after the assault. Robert Raffaele narrates his report.
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    Video Obama Visits Flint Residents to Discuss Water Crisis

    President Barack Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan, to meet with citizens whose water supply has been tainted and see first-hand how federal aid is being used to relieve the crisis. He is scheduled to meet with officials in charge of the food bank that has been crucial in response to the water crisis and address about 1,000 people at a predominantly African-American local high school. Zlatica Hoke reports the visit is said to be in response to a letter from an eight-year-old Flint girl.
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    Video Trump Presumptive Republican Nominee After Indiana Victory

    Billionaire real estate mogul and political newcomer Donald Trump effectively wrapped up the Republican Party’s presidential nomination Tuesday with a convincing victory in the Indiana primary. Trump easily defeated main rival Ted Cruz, who promptly suspended his campaign, leaving Trump on a glide path to the party nomination. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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    Video Younger, More Diverse Voters Reject Presidential Candidates

    Many Americans are having trouble getting behind a candidate in this year's presidential election campaign, especially younger voters. VOA’s Katherine Gypson visits a college campus in northern Virginia to learn why younger and more racially diverse potential voters tend to stay away from the ballot box in general elections.
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    Video Freedom of Information Under Threat

    Twenty-five years after the world declared that freedom of information is a fundamental human right, journalists are under increasing threat of official censorship, harassment, imprisonment, and even assassination.
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    Video Malinowski on Free the Press Campaign

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski discusses press freedom and the State Departments Free the Press campaign.
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    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
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    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.
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    Video US Sees 1st Zika Death Amid Funding Stalemate

    The first known death from the Zika virus on U.S. territory was reported Friday as lawmakers left Washington for a weeklong recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, neither house of Congress has approved funding to combat Zika, despite increasingly dire warnings from U.S. health officials.
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    Video President Obama Addresses the White House Correspondents' Dinner

    U.S. President Barack Obama was the main attraction as journalists, politicians and celebrities attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night in Washington.
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    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.
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    Video Jobs and Trade Agreements Top Concern Among Indiana Workers

    On the presidential campaign trail in the Midwest state of Indiana, a top concern is the loss of manufacturing jobs, which many workers blame on trade agreements like the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, while several presidential candidates oppose such accords, they cannot necessarily expect support from workers facing unemployment.
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    Video Boy Makes His Mark with 3-D Printing

    People often underestimate what young children can learn and handle. One 9-year-old boy in Baltimore, Maryland, has made adults think twice. His passion for 3-D printing got him to the White House, and a meeting with President Barack Obama. VOA's June Soh has more on the boy who has future plans to help and give back to society. Carol Pearson narrates.

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    VOA60 Elections - Donald Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee for Presidenti
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    May 04, 2016 7:01 PM
    Donald Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee for President
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    Video VOA60 Elections - Donald Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee for President

    Donald Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee for President
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    Video VOA60 Elections - NBC News: Trump is closer to being the Republican presidential nominee

    NBC News says billionaire Donald Trump is closer to being the Republican presidential nominee
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    Video VOA60 Elections - CNN: Protesters took to the streets outside a Trump campaign event in California

    CNN says protesters took to the streets outside a Trump campaign event in California
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    Video VOA60 Elections - CNN: Ted Cruz has named former Republican rival Carly Fiorina as his VP nominee

    CNN reports Ted Cruz has named former Republican rival Carly Fiorina as his Vice Presidential nominee
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    Video VOA60 Elections - Trump Sweeps 5 Primaries, Clinton Takes 4 as Front-runners Extend Leads

    Trump Sweeps 5 Primaries, Clinton Takes 4 as Front-runners Extend Leads