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In this July 17, 2014 photo, construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill.

US Economic Growth Speeds Up Sharply

Report says expansion due to businesses stocking up, increased spending by state and local governments, and growing US exports More

Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, left, arrives for negotiations to discuss a resolution to Argentina's debt problem with U.S. hedge funds to avoid a default ahead of a July 30 deadline in New York, July 29, 2014.

Time Almost Up for Argentina, US Bondholders in Debt Talks

South American nation has until end of Wednesday to either pay in full 'holdout' hedge funds, cut a deal or win a stay on court order that triggeered deadline More

Caracas, Venezuela

US Sanctions Venezuelan Officials for Rights Violations

State Department official would not publicly identify individuals because of visa record confidentiality More

University of Michigan’s 2014 solar car, Quantum, speeds down the highway in the American Solar Challenge. (Darren Cheng)

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

Rue Winiarzyk works with an interpreter for the deaf in Argentina. (Courtesy Rue Winiarzyk)

University Trains Students to Advocate for Deaf People Worldwide

Program prepares graduates to advocate internationally for access to education, jobs for people with disabilities More



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July 30, 2014 8:08 AM
U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says his agency will commit nearly $38 million to help set up four regional leadership centers in Africa to make sure there is continuity in the Young African Leaders Summit taking place this week in Washington. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports from Washington
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Video Young African Leaders Network With Private-Sector Representatives

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says his agency will commit nearly $38 million to help set up four regional leadership centers in Africa to make sure there is continuity in the Young African Leaders Summit taking place this week in Washington. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports from Washington
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Video New US, EU Sanctions Imposed Against Russia Over Ukraine

The United States and European Union are imposing tougher new sanctions against Russia for its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. Tuesday's sanctions announcement came as Ukraine's foreign minister accused Russia of continuing to send fighters and weapons across the border. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports.
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Video A Summer Camp for All the World

VIDEO: During workshops and social gatherings, the Global Youth Village summer camp encourages young people to cooperate and embrace their differences, while learning to communicate with people from other countries. VOA's Deborah Block has more.
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Video Historical Mill Makes Grist and History for Centuries

There are many famous historical sites in the Washington area that attract tourists. But one of the lesser-known attractions is a 19th century grist mill just outside the nation’s capital. Still operating the same way it did 200 years ago, the mill draws some visitors and offers fresh grits and flour for local residents and restaurants. VOA’s June Soh takes us to Colvin Run Mill, where the 19th century meets the 21st.
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Video US Envoy: Advanced Weapons on Russia-Ukraine Border

The United States says it expects to pass another round of tough sanctions against Russia for its alleged involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In an interview with Voice of America, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Russian President Vladimir Putin must take steps to de-escalate the crisis. He spoke to Henry Ridgwell at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.
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Video What Determines Who is Really a Refugee?

The flood of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States has given rise to a debate over whether or not they can stay, and that will largely depend on whether they are classified as refugees. But what exactly determines refugee status? VOA United Nations correspondent Margaret Besheer asks the experts.
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Video VOA Interview with Geoffrey Pyatt

Geoffrey R. Pyatt is the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. He was interviewed by VOA's Henry Ridgwell.
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Video Young Migrants From Central America Risk Life and Limb to Get to US

For the tens of thousands of young people from Central America trying to enter the U.S. illegally, the trip north is fraught with hardship and danger. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Honduras on the case of one migrant who suffered serious injuries and another who went missing.
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Video Jews and Arabs Campaign for Peace on Facebook, Twitter

Abraham Gutman, an Israeli Jew, and Dania Darwish, a Syrian-American Muslim, met in a global politics class at Hunter College in New York, and became friends, despite their political differences. As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalated in July, they were disturbed by the fury they saw on social media. Carolyn Weaver reports.
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Video Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting with Aspiring Young Africans

U.S. President Barack Obama says the future stability of the world depends on African nations' prosperity and self-reliance. Obama made the comment Monday to a group of 500 young people attending the first Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. As VOA's Mariama Diallo reports, the aspiring young African leaders have just finished a six-week program of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States.
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Video US: Respecting Religious Freedoms Safeguards Stability

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says countries that undermine religious freedoms ultimately threaten their own security. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on the annual U.S. report on international religious freedom.
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Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
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Video Clock Ticking for Congress to Act on US Border Crisis

This week is Congress’ last chance to respond to a surge of undocumented children arriving at America’s southern border before U.S. lawmakers leave town for a five-week recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, at issue is how much money to appropriate to house and process the juveniles, and whether to alter a 2008 law that entitles non-Mexican arrivals to an immigration hearing.
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Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
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Video President Asks Central American Leaders to Help Stop Migrants

President Barack Obama met with leaders of three Central American nations Friday to ask for their help in stemming the flow of thousands of unaccompanied minors to the southern U.S. border. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Fasting 5K Events for Children Take Off in US Cities

A group of around 30 people gathered on the National Mall, getting ready for a unique event which combines America’s favorite form of exercise with the teachings of Islam. Fasting 5K is an annual event held simultaneously in five American cities during Islam's holy month of Ramadan. The event, which takes place in Washington, Boston, New York, Houston and Huntington Beach, California, premiered last year, not long after the Boston Marathon bombing. Ariadne Budianto has more for VOA.
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Video Business of American-style Football

Baseball had long been considered America’s national sport, but in recent years it has become overshadowed by America’s other favorite sport - American-style football. Part of the reason is money. Andrew Saba talks to VOA reporter and football historian Mike Richman about how football has become as much a symbol of American business as it is American sports.
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Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
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Video Inner City Kids At Brooklyn School Dominate in Chess

A school in Brooklyn, New York, keeps churning out chess champions. Intermediate School 318 has won 32 chess titles, and even defeated high schools to win national championships. VOA’s Bernard Shusman visited the school to see the young champions at play.
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Video Woman-Owned Hardware Business Thrives in US Capital Area

More and more American women are starting businesses in fields that are traditionally associated with men. VOA’s Julie Taboh caught up with one of those women to find out why she entered -- and how she successfully competed in -- the hardware business.

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VOA60 America July 29, 2014i
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July 29, 2014 4:37 PM
Supporters of both Israel and the Palestinians hold opposing rallies in Chicago, Illinois
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Supporters of both Israel and the Palestinians hold opposing rallies in Chicago, Illinois
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The president of Honduras is linking Central America’s migration crisis to a policy divide in Washington
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Convicted murderer Joseph Woods is the latest inmate to suffer a botched execution as witnesses say it took nearly two hours to kill him.
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Texas Governor Ricky Perry to deploy 1000 National Guard troops to US-Mexico border.
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Activists hold rallies to support both sides of the fighting in the Mideast.

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If approved, deal will pay for medical testing for thousands of college athletes who believe they sustained brain injuries on the field
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Obama Names New Ambassador to Russia

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Camp sponsored by Legacy International gives teens from around the world to discover different customs, discuss ways to build peace, protect human rights
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House Plans to Vote on Border Funding Bill Thursday

Analysts say House bill is not likely to win support in Senate, leaving Congress at a stalemate
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Body of Stowaway Found on US Air Force Cargo Plane

Military officials say body of a young male found in the wheel well of jet that had landed in Germany after routine mission in Africa
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