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President Barack Obama attends a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo,  April 24, 2014

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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.

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FILE - In this March 20, 2001 file photo, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home is seen in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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April 25, 2014 4:12 AM
The United States has accused Russia of orchestrating armed resistance in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday warned Moscow of crippling economic sanctions if it fails to adhere to commitments it made earlier this month in Geneva. Russia has begun military exercises close to its border with Ukraine and says it is ready to step in to defend pro-Russian separatists. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Kerry Accuses Russia of Ignoring Geneva Agreement On Ukraine

The United States has accused Russia of orchestrating armed resistance in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday warned Moscow of crippling economic sanctions if it fails to adhere to commitments it made earlier this month in Geneva. Russia has begun military exercises close to its border with Ukraine and says it is ready to step in to defend pro-Russian separatists. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video US Anti Apartheid Movement Helps Bring Change to South Africa

It's been 20 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa, the system of racial segregation that curtailed the rights of black South Africans for decades. One of the strongest protest movements outside South Africa to dismantle apartheid was in the United States during the 1980's. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Washington on how the American anti-apartheid effort played a pivotal role in bringing about change in South Africa.
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Video Detained American Provides Glimpse Into Chinese Forced Labor Practices

An American Fulbright Scholar who was arrested in China for stealing spent eight months in a detention center assembling Christmas lights. In this report by Yang Chen and narrated by VOA's Colin Lovett, the man's story offers a glimpse into forced labor in China.
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Video Obama Visits Malaysia Following MH370 Criticisms

President Barack Obama heads to Malaysia this weekend, where the host government’s handling of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airways flight has drawn international attention - and criticism. But even critics note that Malaysia has successfully used its diplomatic connections to cobble together a vast multinational search effort, in which both the U.S. and China have featured prominently. Mahi Ramakrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur.
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Video News Business in 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. The future of journalism may depend on the success of income diversification in media companies.
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Video Phone App Could Help Detect Down Syndrome

Scientists are developing a smartphone app they say can accurately detect Down syndrome in infants soon after birth. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Obama Says No Red Line for China on Japan Island Dispute

President Barack Obama has reassured Japan that a mutual defense treaty covers the islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with China, but says he has drawn no “red lines” that would result in a U.S. military attack on Chinese forces. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez is traveling with the president and has this report from Tokyo.
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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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Israel Rejects Link of Ukraine Crisis to Anti-Semitism

Jewish state offers measured assessment as Moscow asserts anti-Semitism allegations, and Washington condemns incident in pro-Russian city where Jews were handed leaflets reminiscent of Holocaust
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In addition to pop star and federal reserve chair, singer Beyonce also made list and is featured on the cover
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Video American Journalist Held in Ukraine Freed

Pro-Russian separatists release Simon Ostrovsky, who was held in eastern Ukraine for three days
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Tech Companies Fund Cybersecurity Initiative

Plan to donate millions of dollars to fund security improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL comes after the software's "Heartbleed" glitch sent the computer industry into a panic
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World's No. 1 Internet social network has message for Wall Street: Don't expect new revenue streams soon
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Apple Resets Clock as Investors Await Next Big Thing

Whether company can again devise a revolutionary new product remains the central question in the minds of investors and Silicon Valley executives
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Iconic 'Rubik's Cube' Toy Celebrates Milestone

Plastic multi-colored, multi-layered puzzle cube that has both entertained and frustrated scores of admirers worldwide
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Analyst Q&A: Obama’s Agenda for Asia Visit

VOA spoke with the International Crisis Group's Daniel Pinkston about Obama's trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines
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