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April 16, 2014
President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
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Video Hindu, Buddhist Works from Ancient Southeast Asia on View in New York

An exhibit of Hindu and Buddhist sculptural works from first-millennium Southeast Asia opens next week (April 14) at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It features national treasures lent by Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Burma, also known as Myanmar, as well as other collections and museums from around the world. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has this report on the "Lost Kingdoms" exhibit.
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Video In Picturesque Thailand, Coal Plant Draws Protests

Environmental activists in Thailand are protesting plans to re-open an 800-megawatt coal plant in a coastal region, Krabi, that is popular with eco-tourists. The controversy pits Thailand’s growing energy needs against its image as a seaside paradise. Steve Sandford reports.
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Video As US China Seek Closer Military Ties, Differences Loom Large

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit to China this week highlighted a rapidly expanding effort between the two nations' militaries to boost ties, despite growing regional disputes. The trip also laid bare some of their sharp differences. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video Maryland Company's Technology Instrumental in Plane Search

Australian and U.S. navy officials say they've detected more acoustic signals that may belong to a black box from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The airliner's location can't be confirmed until wreckage from flight MH370 is located. The best clues have been picked up by a U.S. Navy black box detector being towed by an Australian naval ship more than 1,500 kilometers northwest of Perth, Australia. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti spent time with the pinger locator's manufacturer.
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Video US Hails Afghan Elections

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are hailing Saturday’s elections in Afghanistan, which are expected to produce the country’s first-ever democratic transfer of power. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, although Afghanistan’s next president may not be known for weeks, the Obama administration hopes the new leader will finalize a bilateral security agreement to keep a residual U.S. military presence in the country.
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Video Afghan Vote Deemed Success, Results Uncertain

Afghanistan's presidential vote is being hailed as a success, with seven million voters braving Taliban threats to go to the polls. But as Sharon Behn reports from Kabul, Afghans say the true success of the election lies with the candidates accepting the results.
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Video Afghan Women Await Poll Results With Hope

Hopes are high that Afghanistan's election Saturday may result in the country's first peaceful transition of power in more than a century. Militant attacks and electoral fraud are the main threats to the vote for a new president, who will take over after President Hamid Karzai ends his second term. Afghan women, whose freedom has often been curtailed, also worry about their future under a new government. Zlatica Hoke has this report.
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Video Carter Center Marks Progress in Fight Against Guinea Worm, River Blindness

Guinea worm disease and river blindness are among 17 tropical diseases the World Health Organization considers neglected. Thanks to the efforts of the Atlanta-based Carter Center, founded by former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, focused treatment and prevention are leading to the elimination of one, and the extinction of another. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh talked with the former president about progress in fighting these neglected diseases.
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Video US Emphasizes Upside of Drones, Acknowledges Difficulties

In some respects, it is harder for the drone pilot crews to engage in targeted killing than it is for someone who's in an aircraft thousands of feet above the ground, said one expert in pilots’ stress. VOA's Luis Ramirez reports from Holloman Air Force Base in the U.S. state of New Mexico.
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Video US Touts Asia Rebalance to ASEAN

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is wrapping up meetings in Hawaii with counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The trip will next take him to Japan, China and Mongolia for a tour the U.S. says shows its ongoing commitment to the so-called "Asia pivot." VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video Pakistan Decries US Drone Strikes in Tribal Regions

The U.S. drone program has been highly unpopular in countries like Pakistan, which frequently has denounced U.S. drone strikes on militants operating in the country's semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Regions. Pakistani officials allege the strikes often have killed innocent civilians and fueled the unsubstantiated perception that the strikes kill more innocent victims than militants. VOA's Muhammad Ishtiag reports from from northwestern Pakistan's North Waziristan region.
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Video India’s Tribal Councils Under Fire After Gang Rape

Two months after a woman was gang raped in eastern India at the orders of a tribal court, the Supreme Court has directed the state of West Bengal to compensate the tribal woman, saying it failed to protect her fundamental rights. The incident not only highlights the continued problem of sexual violence in India, but has led to increased scrutiny of tribal councils and the punishments they are said to dole out. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from West Bengal.
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Video Fears of Violence, Fraud, Cloud Afghan Elections

Millions of Afghans are being asked to defy Taliban threats and cast their votes Saturday for a new president. But Afghans are telling VOA's Sharon Behn in Kabul that their biggest fear is that the elections will be marred by fraud, and losing candidates will not accept the results.

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