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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey look at a map showing Islamic State ambition as they testify during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria an

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 16, 2014.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Washington this week amid a shaky cease-fire with Russian-backed separatists, the ratification of an EU pact, and moves to grant self-rule to eastern Ukraine. As he tackles a range of challenges, the Ukrainian leader is expected to press for greater U.S. support during talks Thursday with President Barack Obama at the White House. VOA's Aru Pande has more from Washington.
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Washington this week amid a shaky cease-fire with Russian-backed separatists, the ratification of an EU pact, and moves to grant self-rule to eastern Ukraine. As he tackles a range of challenges, the Ukrainian leader is expected to press for greater U.S. support during talks Thursday with President Barack Obama at the White House. VOA's Aru Pande has more from Washington.
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President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers
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President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers
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