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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of nuclear negotiations Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Kerry, Zarif Continue Nuclear Talks

Iranian foreign minister said Tuesday his country entered talks with 'ultimate sincerity' but would not yield to 'greedy and illogical demands of the parties involved in the talks' More

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, March 2, 2015.

US Congress Awaits Controversial Netanyahu Speech

White House concerned that Tuesday’s address could reveal sensitive details of tentative nuclear deal with Iran, damaging ongoing negotiations More

FILE - Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. President Barack Obama

Netanyahu’s Speech Before Congress Echoes Deep US Roots

On eve of controversial speech to US Congress, Israeli PM knows halls of political power in America as well as many home-bred US politicos More

FILE - This Most Wanted flyer provided by the FBI shows Liban Haji Mohamed.

Somalia Detains US Suspect on FBI Watch List

The FBI said Liban Mohamed allegedly provided support to the Somali-based Islamist group al-Shabab as well as al-Qaida More

A boat paddle is shown on the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California January 21, 2014.

Studies: Climate Change a Factor in Disasters in Syria, California

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The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports, that tradition remains strong, even though Houston's urban area has grown much larger.
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Video Horseback Riders Kick Off Rodeo Season in Houston

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports, that tradition remains strong, even though Houston's urban area has grown much larger.
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Video Washington Braces for Controversial Netanyahu Address to Congress

An increasingly-strained relationship between the Obama administration and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be on display this week, as the prime minister visits Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Netanyahu will decry a potential accord on Iran’s nuclear program in a speech organized by House Speaker John Boehner, without White House consultation, sparking controversy in Washington and Jerusalem.
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Video NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
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Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
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Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
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Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
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Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
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Video Intense Exercise Program Not Just for Athletes

Exercise is good for your health, at any time, at any age. Besides giving you energy and making you feel better, regular exercise regulates your weight and protects you against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, new research reports that a workout recommended for athletes is having positive results for people with chronic diseases.
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Video War of Words Escalates Between White House, Israel

The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress next week. National security advisor Susan Rice’s remarks rebuking that decision have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

On her first trip to Washington since her country declared a state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak last July, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the difference American involvement made in the fight against the deadly virus. She also discussed the need for economic reconstruction and sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure to help prevent future outbreaks. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video US: IS Losing Ground, Remains 'Formidable'

Top U.S. intelligence officials warn the Islamic State remains a “formidable and brutal threat” even as coalition airstrikes and fighting on the ground begin to erode its strength. But there are also indications that the constant bombardment is starting to take a more permanent toll. VOA National Security Reporter Jeff Seldin has more.
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Video Scientists Say Pacific Trash Patch Is Sea of Chemical Sludge

A huge garbage patch in the north Pacific Ocean traps debris from both hemispheres and is a major environmental threat to sea life. Researchers in Honolulu are tracking the trash. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video New Pentagon Chief Goes on International Offensive

His nomination was barely confirmed, but within hours new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was jetting off to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He met with U.S. troops, top officials in the region and vowed to go after militants of the so-called Islamic State, Carter has had plenty of experience having previously served as a top Pentagon official, and experts say on his first trip as Secretary of Defense, Carter was looking for perspective. Carla Babb reports.
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Video New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building’s energy efficiency. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
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Video Three Brooklyn Men Charged With Conspiracy to Support IS Group

The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
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Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
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Video Disruption in Sending Cash Home Distresses Somali Immigrants

Every year Somalis in the U.S. send hundreds of millions of dollars back home to help their families make ends meet. But in February the U.S. bank that handled more than half of these cash transfers to Somalia decided to shut down its services, and smaller banks providing such services are also planning to eliminate them soon. That has left Somali communities worried for their families back home who are now desperate for new ways to get the funds. VOA’s June Soh has more details.
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Video US, British Lawmakers Discuss Response to Russia's Aggression

French and German leaders still hope to salvage the shaky truce between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east. But officials in the United States and Britain are accusing Russia of working to further destabilize the region. Zlatica Hoke reports that lawmakers in both countries are discussing how to respond to what they call Russia's aggressive plans.

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Secretary of State John Kerry downplays rift between U.S. and Israel
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Saudi national Kahlid al-Fawwaz faces life sentence following conviction in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in east Africa
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The United States and Turkey are forging a partnership to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State