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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Sept. 18, 2014.

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine

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Secretary of State John Kerry, center, is flanked by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., right, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking member, left, as he arrives to shore up President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 17, 2014.

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FILE - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Sept. 17, 2014.

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Dehydration Is Top Killer of Among Southern Arizona's Migrantsi
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Ramon Taylor
September 18, 2014 6:23 PM
The border separating the United States and Mexico spans 3,200 kilometers from the Gulf of Mexico to Baja California. Yet for the countless undocumented immigrants who attempt to cross each year, the journey is difficult, and often deadly. VOA's Ramon Taylor takes us to southern Arizona, where dehydration among migrants is the number one cause of death.
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Video Dehydration Is Top Killer of Among Southern Arizona's Migrants

The border separating the United States and Mexico spans 3,200 kilometers from the Gulf of Mexico to Baja California. Yet for the countless undocumented immigrants who attempt to cross each year, the journey is difficult, and often deadly. VOA's Ramon Taylor takes us to southern Arizona, where dehydration among migrants is the number one cause of death.
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Video US Attempts Crackdown on Trafficking Along Southern Border

Nogales, Arizona, is notoriously known as a 'tunnel city,' utilized by drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics into the United States. The U.S. Border patrol and local authorities have responded with new technologies and a heavier presence in the area to help uncover and destroy the tunnels before they are completed. VOA's Ramon Taylor has more from Tucson.
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Video Kerry Defends IS Strategy Before Wary US Lawmakers

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has defended the Obama administration’s plans to combat Islamic State militants in the face of pointed and, at times, contentious questioning from a Senate panel. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that moments after Kerry spoke, the House of Representatives voted to authorize the training and equipping of moderate opposition forces in Syria to fight the Sunni radical group also known as ISIL or ISIS.
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Video Obama Pledges No US Ground War in Iraq

President Barack Obama is repeating his pledge to not embroil the U.S. military in another ground war in Iraq. His remarks to American forces in Florida come a day after the country's top military commander told Congress he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops to Iraq if it were to become necessary. VOA's Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Ukrainian Leader to Seek Greater US Support on Visit

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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Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
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Video Efforts Underway to Reduce Confrontations Between Police, African American Youth

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 touched off days of unrest and racial tension in the Saint Louis suburb. The incident also highlighted the problem of racial animosity between police and Ferguson's African American community. Now some African-Americans parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. VOA's Chris Simkins has more.
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Video Obama Unveils Plan to Contain Ebola

President Barack Obama has announced a plan to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, indicating the world is relying on the United States to confront the outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video US Defense Secretary: Islamic State War to be 'Complicated'

When President Barack Obama intensified the fight against Islamic State militants, he warned this would not be a quick victory. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed that sentiment testifying before Congress Tuesday. VOA Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb has more.
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Video UN: Climate Change Action Boosts Economic Growth

A landmark report released Tuesday at the United Nations finds that economic growth is compatible with taking action on climate change. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
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Video Top US General Does Not Rule Out Ground Troops in Iraq: White House Scrambles to Clarify

America’s top military commander says he does not believe U.S. ground forces will be required to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but would recommend their use under certain conditions. The Obama administration moved quickly to clarify its position that no ground troops will be sent in. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Capitol Hill.
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Video World Powers to Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program

Iran and and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany are set to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program Thursday in New York -- in a bid to reach an agreement before a November deadline. The two sides agreed to extend an original July deadline after negotiators failed to come to terms on a number of key issues. As VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins reports, analysts have mixed views on whether negotiators will make progress in New York.
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Video Hot Tech Ideas Seek Investors at San Francisco Expo

The TechCrunch exposition in San Francisco is a place where tech start-up companies can meet potential backers for their new products. Under the banner ‘Disrupt,’ inventors tried to convince investors their gadgets may be the next big thing. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africa

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video After Ferguson, New Focus on Other Cases of Police Shootings in US

August 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed African American teen in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer has brought new attention to other such cases in the United States, and family members of some victims are demanding answers. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has this report on the issue of police force and racial bias.
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Video World's Top Diplomats Pledge Iraq Support

Nearly 30 countries have promised to coordinate in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Their pledge to help the Iraqi government came Monday at a Paris meeting, where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry worked to build a broad coalition. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story from Paris.
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Video After Ferguson, New Focus on Race and Policing

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, has brought new attention to other allegations of excessive force and bias against racial minorities and poor communities. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more from New York.
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Video US Touts Coalition to Fight Islamic State Group

The Obama administration is expressing confidence in the formation of an international coalition to combat Islamic State radicals who control swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where congressional action in support of the effort is a matter of growing debate.
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Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
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Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

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A federal grand jury has indicted 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, New York on charges of attempting to provide support and resources to the Islamic State group
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A federal grand jury has indicted 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, New York on charges of attempting to provide support and resources to the Islamic State group
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President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers
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Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Paris, France to meet with foreign ministers and French President Hollande to discuss strategy against Islamic State
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Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara to discuss setting up an alliance to fight Islamic State extremists
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President Barack Obama lays out strategy against militants of the Islamic State group

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