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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, April 23, 2014.

Multimedia Obama Praises 'Strong' Ties with Japan at Start of Visit

President's eight-day tour began in Tokyo where he had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe More

People make their way into Terminal A at Mineta San Jose International Airport near the Hawaiian Airlines gates, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

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Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi tells VOA's Somali service he was stunned to learn his son had made the risky trip to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing jetliner More

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland after a hearing in his court martial, August 20, 2013.

Wikileaks Scandal Soldier Gets New Name

Judge allows Bradley Edward Manning to become Chelsea Elizabeth Manning during brief hearing Wednesday More

U.S. paratroopers after being flown into the air base in Swidwin, Poland for weeks of joint military exercises, April 23, 2014.

US Paratroopers in Poland for Joint Exercises

Washington is sending a total of about 600 paratroopers to Poland and three Baltic states in response to ongoing tensions in Ukraine More

President Barack Obama speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members at the Oso Fire Department in Oso, Wash., Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Video Enroute to Asia, Obama Visits Landslide Victims in Western State

So far, 41 victims have been found in the disaster area, but at least two other people remain missing More



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US Deports 2 Million Illegal Immigrants During Obama's Tenurei
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Kent Klein
April 24, 2014 12:40 AM
The United States has deported about 2 million illegal immigrants in the five years since President Barack Obama took office. As VOA's Kent Klein reports, some Americans say the administration is too aggressive in enforcing immigration law, while others say it's not aggressive enough.
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Video US Deports 2 Million Illegal Immigrants During Obama's Tenure

The United States has deported about 2 million illegal immigrants in the five years since President Barack Obama took office. As VOA's Kent Klein reports, some Americans say the administration is too aggressive in enforcing immigration law, while others say it's not aggressive enough.
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Video News Business in the US Faces Big Challenges

The business of providing news and current affairs commentary in the United States is facing big challenges as the older audience diminishes and new digital services struggle to gain a foothold with younger people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the future of journalism may depend on the success of income diversification in media companies.
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Video Immigrants Benefit NYC Economy, Quality of Life, Study Shows

New York has long been a magnet for immigrants looking for a better life. But a new independent research study shows that immigrants help the city thrive as well. VOA’s Adam Phillips has more.
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Video Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture Continues to Inspire in Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright is known as the father of modern American architecture. Two historic properties in the state of Arizona show the grand expanse of his designs. One is Taliesin West - Wright’s rustic winter home and architecture school. Half-an-hour away is a Wright-influenced hotel that’s filled with eye-popping luxury. Shelley Schlender reports.
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Video Putin Strategy With Ukrainian Separatists Differs from Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin's approach to pro-Russian militants destabilizing southern and eastern Ukraine differs from his strategy on Crimea, where Russian forces took a more active role in breaking away the peninsula from Kyiv. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns looks at what is behind the change.
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Video Ukraine Resumes Operations Against Pro-Russian Separatists

Tensions in Ukraine continue to build as the government in Kyiv resumes what it calls "anti-terror" operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east, for which Russia warns it could retaliate, and U.S. troops begin joint exercises in Baltic states. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
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Video Enroute to Asia, Obama Visits Landslide Victims in Western State

President Barack Obama is on a four-nation tour of Asia, visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. On his way to Asia, the president stopped in the northwestern state of Washington to visit an area struck by deadly landslides last month. The landslides, caused by days of torrential rain, destroyed dozens of homes and killed at least 41 people. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Sub-Saharan Africa Takes Hard Look at Problems in Education

The World Bank says sub-Saharan Africa has experienced one of its best decades of growth since the 1960s. But some Africans say economic progress has not translated into faster job creation, especially for youth. Mariama Diallo looks into education, one area that development experts say needs to be re-evaluated and the ways to improve it.
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Video Biden: Russia Must ‘Stop Talking And Start Acting’ on Ukraine

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is calling on Russia to live up to its recent agreement to help defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Vice President Biden spoke in Kyiv Tuesday as pro-Russian protestors in eastern Ukraine refuse to leave the state buildings they stormed two weeks ago. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
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Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
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Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
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Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
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Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
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Video Biden in Ukraine as Geneva Deal on Crisis Faltering

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Ukraine for talks with government officials -- who Russia is claiming "crudely violate" last week's agreement to de-escalate the crisis. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports that agreement to avert wider conflict is faltering -- with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of backing down.
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Video At NY Auto Show Electric Cars Coming On Strong

Plug in your car, then unplug, and drive away. More and more consumers are doing just that. At the 2014 New York Auto Show many automakers unveiled electric or hybrid vehicle to address the growing global appetite for environment-friendly cars. While some technological challenges remain, the market is heating up. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
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Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
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Video Boston Hosts Marathon One Year After Bombing

One year ago, two bombs exploded at the finish of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed three and left many others as amputees. Participants in this year's marathon are running with a different spirit. VOA's Carolyn Presutti is there and spoke with residents who were at the race, as the drama unfolded last year, to ask how the city is different since then.
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Video Synetic Theater Celebrates Shakespeare Anniversary with Historic Hamlet

April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of famed playwright William Shakespeare. A Washington-area theater company recently marked the bard’s birthday with a revival of its original wordless version of Hamlet from its well-regarded “Silent Shakespeare” Series. Synetic Theater Company's Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili kicked off their independent career in 2002 with this silent version of Hamlet - which earned several major local awards. Maia Kay, of VOA's Georgian Service, has more.
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Video Selfies: Taking Photos of Yourself More Popular Than Ever

There’s a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be especially true these days with the huge amount of what are called "selfies" on the Internet. VOA’s Deborah Block looks at this popular trend of taking a picture of yourself.

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Several experts say Russian president sees separatists in southern, eastern provinces not as future Russians, but as a lever to influence what happens in Ukraine
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Video Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture Continues to Inspire in Arizona

Two historic properties, Taliesin West and Biltmore Hotel, show grand expanse of his vision
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Wikileaks Scandal Soldier Gets New Name

Judge allows Bradley Edward Manning to become Chelsea Elizabeth Manning during brief hearing Wednesday
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US, African Countries Team Up to Tackle Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

40 vessels have been attacked by armed gangs in Gulf of Guinea this year, according to senior US military officials
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Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety
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US Paratroopers in Poland for Joint Exercises

Washington is sending a total of about 600 paratroopers to Poland and three Baltic states in response to ongoing tensions in Ukraine
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'Little Evidence' of N. Korea Nuclear Test During Obama Visit

South Korea said this week it detected increased activity at the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, suggesting an underground test could be imminent
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President Kennedy remains popular, and many Americans continue to be inspired by the ideals and hope his legacy represents