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US Senator Casts Doubt on Arms Sales to Iraq

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FILE - Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez addresses audience at Conference on Unaccompanied Child Migrants, Tegucigalpa, July 16, 2014.

Honduran President Links Border Crisis to US Policy Divide

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File - Outside a Department of State office, a World War II veteran holds his U.S. passport, June 2, 2014.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, holds up an approximately $1-billion capital spending plan intended to create jobs and help repair Illinois roads and bridges, during a signing ceremony in Chicago, July 22, 2014.

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FILE - Immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas.

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Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700i
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July 24, 2014 8:58 PM
Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
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Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
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A school in Brooklyn, New York, keeps churning out chess champions. Intermediate School 318 has won 32 chess titles, and even defeated high schools to win national championships. VOA’s Bernard Shusman visited the school to see the young champions at play.
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With Israel pressing its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is growing worse by the day, but it is up to Hamas to stop that suffering by agreeing to an Egyptian-led cease-fire. VOA's Scott Stearns reports from Cairo
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Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
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Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA’s June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.
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African-Americans bear the brunt of the HIV crisis in the United States. They are more frequently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and more likely to die from this disease than any other racial or ethnic group in the country. There are many reasons, but as VOA's Carol Pearson reports, stigma is a major factor.
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In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
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Video Kerry Blasts Hamas, Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and pinning blame for the escalating conflict on the Palestinian Islamist group. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, Kerry also blamed Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine for Thursday’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet.
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Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
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Video US Confident Missile Came From Separatist-Held Territory

The United States says it is confident the missile that took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was launched from territory held by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The task of determining exactly who pulled the trigger, however, now falls to investigators, who will face some challenges. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.
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Video US Calls On Putin to Withdraw Support of Ukrainian Separatists

The United States on Friday called for an independent international investigation into the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, and for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on Washington's growing concern over the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the region.
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Video Obama Prepared to Send Kerry to Middle East for Talks on Gaza

U.S. President Barack Obama says he is prepared to send Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to help end violence between Israel and Hamas fighters in Gaza. As VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports, U.S. officials face a far different political climate than the last cease-fire in Gaza two years ago.
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Video Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.
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Video Immigrant Children Live in Numerous US Communities

Immigration has been a hot topic in American politics for years. But the recent surge of attention is different. While historically, the debate has been about migrant workers threatening the American job market, now, it’s about children coming to the U.S. all alone. And they’re being housed around the United States while their legal status is resolved. VOA's Arash Arabasadi has more from Virginia's Prince William County, outside of Washington.

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July 24, 2014 7:28 PM
Convicted murderer Joseph Woods is the latest inmate to suffer a botched execution as witnesses say it took nearly two hours to kill him.
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Convicted murderer Joseph Woods is the latest inmate to suffer a botched execution as witnesses say it took nearly two hours to kill him.
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Texas Governor Ricky Perry to deploy 1000 National Guard troops to US-Mexico border.
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Activists hold rallies to support both sides of the fighting in the Mideast.
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Obama is calling for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine.
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President Barack Obama announced new sanctions on Russian banks and energy companies

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