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FILE - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Apr. 28, 2015.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Clean Power Plan at the White House in Washington Aug. 3, 2015.

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FILE - Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

US Lawmakers Focus on Verifying Iran’s Nuclear Compliance

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio participates via video conference during the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015.

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California firefighter Bo Santiago watches a backfire as the Rocky fire burns near Clearlake, California, Aug. 3, 2015.

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Obama Unveils Ambitious Clean Power Plan to Fight Climate Changei
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August 03, 2015 11:19 PM
President Barack Obama has announced the final version of his “Clean Power Plan” to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. The president said this is the single most important step the United States has ever taken in the fight against climate change. But Republican opponents are vowing to fight the tougher standards in the courts and in Congress, saying they will hurt coal-mining states.
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Video Obama Unveils Ambitious Clean Power Plan to Fight Climate Change

President Barack Obama has announced the final version of his “Clean Power Plan” to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. The president said this is the single most important step the United States has ever taken in the fight against climate change. But Republican opponents are vowing to fight the tougher standards in the courts and in Congress, saying they will hurt coal-mining states.
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Video Obama to Unveil Plan to Combat Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama will formally unveil an ambitious plan to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the initiative faces stiff opposition from coal-producing states and their representatives in Congress.
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Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
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Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
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Video Non-profit Training Center Aims at Narrowing the 'Skills Gap'

Think of it. Thousands of unfilled jobs and employers just can’t seem to find the job-seekers with the necessary skills. And, you don’t have to be a college graduate to get one these good paying jobs. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports on how one non-profit organization is finding a solution.
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Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
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Video Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Still Mired In Controversy

Voter ID laws have sparked controversy across the US. More than 30 states enacted laws requiring citizens to show identification before they vote. Against fierce opposition, the state of Wisconsin recently enacted one the most restrictive voter ID laws in country. As Jeff Swicord reports, no one can predict its impact as the 2016 election nears.
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Video Gerrymandering Creates Favorable Districts for Candidates

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ensured federal enforcement of the right to vote for millions of African-Americans in many parts of the southern United States. Correspondent Chris Simkins reports on the current political debate over the practice of intentionally creating voting jurisdictions or districts that favor a candidate or one political party over another.
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Video Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.
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Video Kerry Five-Nation Tour to Cover Security, Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launches a five-nation tour Friday in a bid to strengthen economic and security ties and ease concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. In Southeast Asia, he will visit Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, but he will begin his trip in the Middle East. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Experience Thrill of Competition

Special Olympics World Games are under way this week in Los Angeles, and the competition for people with intellectual disabilities has drawn thousands of athletes from around the world. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, some will take home medals, and all are experiencing the thrill of competition.
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Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
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Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
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Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
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Video Obama Legacy Still a Work in Progress

President Obama this week completed a historic trip to Africa. Kenya, the birthplace of his father, was an especially significant stop for Obama, who is dedicating the remaining year and a half of his presidency to establishing a legacy that observers say is still too premature to define. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations still will be permitted to exclude gay adults from serving as unit leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. About two-thirds of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide are linked to religious institutions. The rest are chartered to civic groups and educational organizations. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Obama Sows Seeds of Nutrition in Ethiopia

While President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia focused on the key issues of security and development, the country is perhaps best known for famine and poverty and has tried hard to shed that past. Obama said a U.S. development project, Feed the Future, is trying to help Ethiopia do that. VOA's Anita Powell reports.
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Video Special Olympics Prompts Call for More Inclusive Treatment of Disabled

Athletes from around the world are competing this week in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Games. Heads of global organizations attending the event are calling for changes to ensure those who are intellectually disabled are not excluded by society. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
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Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
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Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.

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