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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri talk at the presidential palace in Cairo July 22, 2014.

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Arrival flight board displays various canceled and delayed flights in Ben Gurion International airport a day after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration imposed a 24-hour restriction on flights to the region, July 23, 2014.

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FILE - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance testifies at a hearing in New York, January 29, 2014.

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Jonathan Blackman, left, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves federal court in New York, July 22, 2014.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, answers a question as he and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference, White House Rose Garden, Washington, May 16, 2013.

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July 23, 2014 2:13 AM
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 Kerry: 'Hamas Has a Fundamental Choice'

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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Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

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Video Kerry: Hamas Has a Fundamental Choice

With Israel pressing its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the humanitarian crisis there is growing worse by the day. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from Cairo where Secretary Kerry called on Hamas to accept Egyptian proposals for a cease-fire.
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Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
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Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

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Video US Court Ruling Could Help Foreign Business Interests

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Video HIV/AIDS Stigmatized Among African-Americans

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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Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

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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Video Chinese Heavyweight Boxers Make US Debut

Two Chinese boxers are getting ready to debut as professional heavyweight fighters in the United States. Olympic medalist Zhang Zhilei is training on the East Coast. Another Asian amateur, Taishan Dong, is preparing for his first big fight on the West Coast. VOA correspondent Mike O’Sullivan and video journalist Deyane Moses spoke with Dong at a gym near Los Angeles.
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Video DC Area Islamic Charity Feeds the Poor for Ramadan

Every Thursday afternoon during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, hundreds of people flock to the Herndon High School, in Virginia. A hall has been converted into a market,and everything is free. It is “Food Boost”, an annual free food distribution run by the “Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help,” or FAITH. Ariadne Budianto reports for VOA that the grassroots organization was founded by members of the local Muslim community.
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Video Human Rights Watch: Bahrain Not Ready for National Dialogue

Human Rights Watch says Bahrain's expulsion of a senior State Department official last week shows the kingdom is not serious about political reforms. The human rights group also is criticizing the Obama administration's response. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has more.

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VOA60 America July 22, 2014i
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July 22, 2014 4:13 PM
Texas Governor Ricky Perry to deploy 1000 National Guard troops to US-Mexico border.
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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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Ex-Taliban captive Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has returned to active military duty

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