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    A demonstrator wrapped in the EU flag takes part in a protest opposing Britain's exit from the European Union in Parliament Square following yesterday's EU referendum result, London, June 25, 2016.

    Aftershocks From Britain’s Stunning Decision to Leave EU Continue

    US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to London as Britain’s politics and its relations with the world plunge into deeper uncertainty post-Brexit 

    FILE - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to approve lifting a ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S. military.

    Pentagon Plans to Lift Ban on Transgender Troops

    Defense chief Ash Carter last year had called for review of ‘outdated’ regulations; move would affect policies from recruiting to housing 

    FILE - First lady Michelle Obama reacts to cheers from the class of 2016 during commencement for City College of New York, June 3, 2016.

    First Lady on Mission to Promote Girls' Education in Africa

    Michele Obama will be joined by daughters and actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto 

    FILE - Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, shown testifying before Congress in December 2015, has previously declared fiscal emergencies at the Government Development Bank and Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority.

    Puerto Rico Expands Emergency Debt Moratorium

    Action regarding US territory's infrastructure financing authority was necessary to protect government’s ability to provide essential services, governor says 

    FILE - A TransCanada pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska, March 10, 2014.

    TransCanada Sues US Over Keystone Pipeline Cancellation

    Oil company is seeking $15B to recover costs and other losses related to project that was to carry oil from western Canada to Gulf of Mexico refineries 


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    In Profile: Deputy Labor Secretary Christopher Lui
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    June 24, 2016 8:25 PM
    Obama administration's highest-ranking Asian American speaks with Adrianna Zhang of VOA's Mandarin Service about his ethnic heritage and what's on the horizon as the president winds down his historic tenure.
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    Video In Profile: Deputy Labor Secretary Christopher Lu

    Obama administration's highest-ranking Asian American speaks with Adrianna Zhang of VOA's Mandarin Service about his ethnic heritage and what's on the horizon as the president winds down his historic tenure.
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    Video Joy Hakim Finds the Story in US History

    All too often, school means textbooks, those thick, often boring tomes students must slog through every school year. Their bulk and format can disguise the fact that there's often a lot of great stuff between the covers. To make sure students are getting the great stuff, a former reporter is putting some zing into history and science. From Denver, Shelley Schlender reports.
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    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.
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    Video Worldwide Entrepreneurs Share Ideas at Global Summit in California

    Entrepreneurs from around the world are attending a global summit, sharing ideas on ways to improve education, increase infrastructure, and alleviate poverty. President Barack Obama leads the U.S. delegation at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in California's Silicon Valley. The two-day meeting aims to build connections among investors, educators, business representatives and government officials. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
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    Video Obama Blames Republicans for Status Quo on Immigration

    President Barack Obama and some Democrats in Congress have blamed Republicans for Thursday's tied vote in the Supreme Court on Obama's immigration plan. The Republican dominated Senate has refused to vote in a new justice, keeping the country's top court short one member. The eight justices were evenly divided on Obama's executive amnesty for undocumented immigrants. That deadlock leaves in place a lower court ruling that struck down Obama's plan on halting deportations. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video 'American Troops' in Russia Despite Tensions

    Historic battle re-enactment is a niche hobby with a fair number of adherents in Russia where past military victories are played-up by the Kremlin as a show of national strength. But, one group of World War II re-enactors in Moscow has the rare distinction of choosing to play western ally troops. VOA's Daniel Schearf explains.
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    Video House Democrats Sit-in to Force Gun Vote

    For a second consecutive week, Democrats in the U.S. Congress commandeered a chamber to demand action on gun violence.
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    Video House Democrats Stage Sit-in to Demand Action on Guns

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have staged a sit-in to force a vote on gun control, following a protest last week in the Senate. Democrats have renewed their push for gun control measures after the June 12 massacre in Florida. For years, Republicans in Congress have blocked any bill that would make guns harder to buy, despite a staggering number of shooting deaths in recent years. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video Experts: Very Few Killed in US Gun Violence Are Victims of Mass Shootings

    The deadly shooting at a Florida nightclub has reignited the debate in the U.S. over gun control. Although Congress doesn't provide government health agencies funds to study gun violence, public health experts say private research has helped them learn some things about the issue. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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    Video Muslim American Mayor Calls for Tolerance

    Syrian-born Mohamed Khairullah describes himself as "an American mayor who happens to be Muslim." As the three-term mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, he believes his town of 6,000 is an example of how ethnicity and religious beliefs should not determine a community's leadership. Ramon Taylor has this report from Prospect Park.
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    Video Trump Unleashes Broadside Against Clinton to Try to Ease GOP Doubts

    Recent public opinion polls show Republican Donald Trump slipping behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election matchup for November. Trump trails her both in fundraising and campaign organization, but he's intensifying his attacks on the former secretary of state. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.
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    Video Comic Book Fans Combine Fantasy Costumes, Role Playing

    Several decades ago, fans of comic books and science fiction and fantasy genres in the United States started dressing up as characters from their favorite books and movies to attend gatherings. The practice came to be known as cosplay, a mashup of costume and role play. The colorful cosplayer outfits have now become a major attraction at events such as Comicpalooza, a multiformat pop culture convention held this past weekend in Houston, where VOA’s Greg Flakus prepared this report.
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    Video Florida Gets $1 Million in Emergency Government Funding for Orlando

    The U.S. government has granted $1 million in emergency funding to the state of Florida to cover the costs linked to the June 12 massacre in Orlando. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the grant Tuesday in Orlando, where she met with survivors of the shooting attack that killed 49 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Video Internal Rifts Over Syria Policy Could Be Headache for Next US President

    With the Obama administration showing little outward enthusiasm for adopting a more robust Syria policy, there is a strong likelihood that the internal discontent expressed by State Department employees will roll over to the next administration. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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    Video Unique Puppet Theater Delights Children and Adults

    Puppet theaters used to be prevalent in the United States, but these days only about 40 exist. Currently, the only one in West Virginia is the Wonderment Puppet Theater, where owner Joe Santoro says he was "made" to be a puppeteer. On weekends, he makes audiences laugh with his captivating shows. VOA's Deborah Block takes us there.
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    Video Big Somali Community in Minnesota Observes Muslim Religious Feast

    Ramadan is widely observed in the north central US state of Minnesota, which a large Muslim community calls home. VOA Somali service reporter Mohmud Masadde files this report from Minneapolis, the state's biggest city.
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    Video Obama Warns of Climate Change Effect on Parks

    U.S. President Barack Obama is warning that negative effects of climate change are already visible in the country's first protected public land and is calling for more effort to protect nature for future generations. The president addressed the need for conservation during a weekend visit to Yosemite Park, a 300,000-hectare National Park in central California. Zlatica Hoke reports
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    Video Senate Gun Control Votes Expected After Orlando Mass-Shooting

    One week after the deadly mass-shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a series of proposals to block gun sales to terror suspects and expand screening of people buying firearms in the United States. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, it is not clear that any gun control measure can pass Congress, where majority Republicans say Islamic State-inspired domestic terrorism is to blame for the slaughter in Orlando.
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    Video Pitting Islam Versus Islamism in the Wake of Orlando

    US presidential contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have sparred over how to describe the violent actions of certain killers both in the US and abroad - were they inspired by radical Islam or radical Islamism? Why are the words important?
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    Video Some US States Taking Lead in Offering Paid Parental Leave

    The United States is the only developed country that does not mandate paid parental leave for its citizens. That leaves working mothers and fathers with limited options when a new baby arrives. But a few states in the nation have taken the lead in implementing paid leave policies. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.

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    VOA60 Elections - ABC News: Donald Trump is calling Britain's vote on leaving the EU ‘historic’i
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    June 24, 2016 5:46 PM
    ABC News reports Donald Trump is calling Britain's vote on leaving the EU ‘historic’.
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    Video VOA60 Elections - ABC News: Donald Trump is calling Britain's vote on leaving the EU ‘historic’

    ABC News reports Donald Trump is calling Britain's vote on leaving the EU ‘historic’.
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    Video VOA60 Elections - CNN: Hillary Clinton invited Elizabeth Warren to join her rally in Cincinnati

    CNN reports Hillary Clinton invited Elizabeth Warren to join her rally in Cincinnati.
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    Video VOA60 Elections - CNN: Polls show growing lead nationally for Hillary Clinton

    CNN reports on the latest public opinion polling and a growing lead nationally for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton
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    Video VOA60 Elections - CNN: Republican donors have growing concerns about supporting Donald Trump

    CNN: Republican donors have growing concerns about supporting Donald Trump
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    Video VOA60 Elections - New York Daily News: Bernie Sanders called on his supporters in a war to defeat Donald Trump

    New York Daily news says, in a live video address from his home in Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders called on his supporters in a war to defeat Donald Trump