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Police Academy Recruits Must Try Not to Laugh to Pass the "Chicken Test"
Among the many exercises to test police recruits, the Indiana University Police Academy uses “the Chicken Test” to gauge a cadet’s demeanor. The test is to see if the cadet can remain focused. If they fail, their “punishment” is to hold the plank position. VOA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/videos/10155047052798074/
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Philadelphia Man Scales Down 19-Floor Building to Escape Fire
A man scaled down the exterior of a 19-floor apartment building in Philadelphia to escape a fire Thursday night, and he made it down safely. Heavy smoke filled the hallways, prompting an evacuation. Four residents and three police officers were injured by smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. The fire started as a trash fire on the first floor and traveled up the trash chute of the building.(ABC)
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New Wind Turbine Design Good for Rural, Urban Environment
Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment. VOA producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mill Arcega narrates.
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Secret Service Drives Hard to Protect the President
Protecting the president of the United States involves far more than being willing to step into the path of gunfire. As VOA's White House bureau chief Steve Herman reports from the Secret Service's training center in Laurel, Maryland, every one of its agents and officers also has to learn how to drive. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/secret-service-drives-hard-to-protect-the-president/4864477.html
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Prince Harry’s life before engagement to Meghan Markle
It's now just a few days until Britain's sixth-in-line to the throne, Prince Harry, ties the knot with his U.S. actress fiancée Meghan Markle. Once portrayed as a royal wild child, 33-year-old Harry shed the image after joining the army where he carried out two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Final preparations are now underway for the wedding, which will take place on May 19th at Windsor Castle just outside London.
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A 50% More Efficient Internal Combustion Engine
Internal combustion engines in cars may be on their way out, but experts agree it will take a few decades before electric-powered vehicles become dominant. Meanwhile, the existing gas and diesel engines can be made more efficient and less polluting. With a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a U.S.-based company is using an old technological concept to build a power train that is 50 percent more fuel-efficient and just as powerful as conventional engines, as VOA’s George Putic Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3250126.html
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Left Behind in Vietnam | VOA Connect
Left Behind in Vietnam tells the story of a Vietnam War love affair, a baby, and 48 years later, a reunion. VOA's new weekly program VOAConnect brings together stories of people across the United States and around the world, from a virtual reality brain surgeon ushering in a new age of medicine to a Vietnam War vet connecting to the daughter he never knew. It's a place to meet street artists and high tech innovators, and everyone in between. SUBSCRIBE for the latest news and updates from VOICE OF AMERICA ► https://www.youtube.com/c/voanews?sub... Follow VOA News across the web: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/voanews INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/voanews Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations.
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Putin and Xi make pancakes
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did a spot of cooking Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The two leaders made Russian pancakes, stuffed with black and red caviar, washed down with some Russian vodka. The two toured a cultural expo following a day of meetings in the Far Eastern city.
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Remembering The Ghost Army that Saved US Lives in WW II
Life is often stranger than fiction as filmmaker Rick Beyer found out when he learned that an American Ghost Army helped defeat the Germans during World War Two. The story was classified for decades, and after it was declassified it took Beyer eight years to piece it together with hard-to-find footage, interviews with selected veterans, and artwork created by soldiers at the front. Beyer created the first documentary on this unit whose job was not to wage war, but to deceive the enemy. VOA's Penelope Poulou has more.
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Young Bluegrass Musician Headed for Nashville
Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York's Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA's Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.
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Algeria Crowds Celebrate AFCON Victory
Tens of thousands of cheering crowds lined the streets of Algiers to welcome home the nation's soccer team, winners of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, Saturday, July 20. Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time, Friday, July 19, when a freak second-minute goal by Baghdad Bounedjah gave them a 1-0 win over Senegal in the final. (Reuters)
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Midwest Farmer 'Still In A Daze' At What The Devastating Flood Left Behind
Farmers in the Midwest should be preparing for planting season this spring, but instead, they are dealing with flood water, mud and cleanup. In March, melting snow combined with a “bomb cyclone” storm caused historic flooding in fields and communities across the Midwest. One farmer in Nebraska says it may take years for his farm to get back to normal. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has his story. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4863018.html
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Philippines Call Center Workers Cope With Advantages, Disadvantages of Industry
When Americans call for customer support there is a good chance the agent on the other end of the telephone line is Filipino. The Philippines has the world’s largest business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry. It employs some one-million workers who assist clients from very distant time zones. Jason Strother reports from Manila, where there are efforts to cope with the downsides of the fast-growing industry. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/philippines-call-center-workers-cope-with-advantages-disadvantages/2661584.html
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Some Ohio Democrats Flocking to Trump
Some voters looking for a shake-up this election are flocking to Republican Donald Trump, a businessman, not a politician. In the midwestern state of Ohio, some lifelong Democrats frustrated with the lack of jobs and opportunities are switching parties to back his unconventional candidacy. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/some-ohio-democrats-flocking-to-trump/3233281.html
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Trump Enjoys State Banquet Dinner at the Imperial Palace with Japanese Emperor Naruhito
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday was received by the newly enthroned Japanese Emperor Naruhito for a banquet in his honor. The president and first lady Melania Trump were hosted by Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, at Tokyo's Imperial Palace. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, were also at the black-tie dinner with scores of other guests. The meal caps a busy Monday that made Trump the first word leader to meet with Naruhito since his May 1 ascension to the throne.
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'Art and Soul' of World's Most Expensive Violin
When many of us think of precious objects, it is often the largest gems or the most famous paintings that come to mind. But certain rare violins inspire the same awe - and command the same astronomical prices - as these other treasures. VOA's Adam Phillips tells us about one particular violin's pride of place in the rarified world of high-end stringed instruments.
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For African-American Muslims, Ramadan Has Special Meaning
As the month of Ramadan begins, many millions of Muslims around the world are joining in a collective fast intended to help purify their souls. But for the more than half a million African-American Muslims, many of whom descend from former slaves, Ramadan has a special meaning -- a link between the African-American experience and the Islamic tradition of spiritual freedom. VOA's Mana Rabiee has more.
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Trump, Abe Attend Sumo Event, Trump Presents Trophy to Sumo Winner in Japan
U.S. President Donald Trump presented a special "Trump" trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament in Tokyo, Japan, May 26 during his four-day state visit to the country. The giant eagle-topped "President's Cup" went to wrestler Asanoyama, who actually clinched the title before the matches that Trump attended on Sunday. The president hoisted the hefty cup into Asanoyama's arms with the help of an official. Trump and his wife Melania attended the sumo tournament to get a taste of one of Japan's most treasured cultural institutions. The president and first lady joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, and an estimated 11,500 fans who packed Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium to watch oversized, muscular men battling in loin cloths. (AP)
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French Inventor Flies Across English Channel on Hoverboard
French inventor Franky Zapata successfully flew from France to England on an airborne flyboard, Sunday, August 4. The 40-year-old completed the 35 kilometer journey in under a half hour. This was Zapata’s second attempt to cross the English Channel, the first attempt was cut short after Zapata collided with the refueling boat minutes into the flight. ––––––––– READ MORE: Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a French inventor flying over the English Channel on his hoverboard. Looking like a superhero, Franky Zapata successfully completed the famed 35-kilometer (22-mile) journey in just 22 minutes Sunday morning, reaching speeds of up to 177 kilometers per hour (110 mph) on the flyboard that has made him a French household name. Propelled by a power pack full of kerosene, Zapata set off from Sangatte in France's Pas de Calais region and landed in St. Margaret's Bay, beyond the white cliffs of Dover, in southeast England. He stopped only once, on the British side, to refuel his futuristic invention from a boat in the choppy waters. ––––––––– LINK: https://www.voanews.com/europe/he-made-it-frenchman-crosses-channel-flyboard
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Germany's Health Care: Quality Care for All
With Congress back in session, debate over reforming the American health care system is once again in full swing. Supporters of universal health care want the U.S. system to be more like those in Europe, with the government taking an active role to guarantee coverage for everyone. Those who oppose drastic changes in the U.S. system say greater government involvement and universal coverage guarantees will push the U.S. toward socialism. Germans have the oldest universal health care system in Europe - its origins go back more than a century - and they are generally pleased with the care they receive. Is there a lesson there for America? VOA's Sonja Pace reports from the German capital, Berlin.
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President Donald Trump Greeted by Japan's New Emperor Naruhito
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to a welcome ceremony at Japan’s Imperial Palace to meet Japan's newly crowned Emperor Naruhito, Monday, May 27. Trump is the first world leader to meet Naruhito since he ascended to the throne on May 1.
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Moroccan Villagers Make Their Desert Bloom
The edge of the Sahara desert seems an unlikely spot for an organic farm, but that didn't stop a group of poor villagers in the village of Hart Chaou, 300 kilometers southeast of Marrakesh, from planting one. Reporting for VOA, Solana Pyne describes a Moroccan community farm that could be a model for other drought-prone regions.
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US Military's Language School Draws Positive Attention
The U.S. Defense Language Institute (DLI) is the largest language school in the world. It was established a decade ago to provide linguistic and cultural instruction to the Defense Department and other Federal Agencies. Today, the Institute's Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) has 26 Language Training Detachments, supporting different types of missions worldwide. Reza Allahyari, of VOA's Persian News Network has this report from Monterey, California.
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Russian Monarchy Still a Touchy Issue, 100 Years After Revolution
Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, which ended centuries of monarchy and led to the rise of a new empire -- the Soviet Union.  Russia's "February Revolution," which was in March in the Gregorian calendar, saw Tsar Nicholas the Second abdicate in the face of a popular uprising.  But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Saint Petersburg, there are still Russians today who defend the monarchy as sacred, and a few who even hope for its return. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/russian-monarchy-still-a-touchy-issue-100-years-after-revolution/3751056.html
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Museum of Chinese in America Shows a Little-Known History
Chinese have been in America since before the United States was founded, though few in numbers until the 1840s. Like other ethnic groups, they faced prejudice and exclusion, until the civil rights movements of the 1960s began to tear down racial barriers in education and jobs. In 1980, a museum dedicated to their story started as the Chinatown History Project. The Museum of Chinese in America opened this year at a new site in New York's Chinatown. VOA New York correspondent Carolyn Weaver has more.
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2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Shares His Message
Andrew Yang is a former tech company executive who started "Venture for America" a group that places recent university graduates in small startup businesses across the U.S. Now he has qualified for the first round of the Democratic primary debate after raising more than $1.7 million from more than 80,000 unique donors. VOA’s Anna Kook spoke with Andrew Yang about his campaign for president as a political newcomer. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4863022.html
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Empowering Employees with Disabilities
Lifelong intellectual disabilities often can hinder a person's ability to acquire skills or get a job. The people who run the Wildflour catering company near Washington, DC know that, so they have made a special effort to hire people with disabilities. VOA's June Soh visited Wildflour and learned that the company gives its employees marketable skills, and sends them home with more than just a paycheck. Amy Katz narrates.
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Algeria Man Saves Baby Falling From 2nd-Floor Window in Turkey
Dramatic Closed Circuit Television footage shows the moment a two-year-old girl was caught as she fell from an apartment window in Turkey. The Syrian toddler, Doha Muhammed, was caught by 17-year-old Algerian immigrant Feuzi Zabaat who noticed she was about to fall from the window of her home in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Zabaat, who was working in a frame workshop on the same street, positioned himself underneath the second floor apartment window and caught the girl before she hit the ground. Muhammed survived the accident without any injuries. (Reuters)
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Looking Back: Beatles Take US by Storm
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearances in the United States, and the beginning of the U.S. version of "Beatlemania." When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 few knew that American music and culture would change forever. The Beatles arrived in a country still mourning the loss of President John F. Kennedy, assassinated just months before. Americans were ready for something that would lighten the somber mood. The Beatles delivered some levity and joy. The Beatles had come to America to perform on the Ed Sullivan TV show, and more than 70 million people tuned in. It was then the largest TV audience ever for an entertainment show. Laurel Bowman takes a look back.
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Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure
Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/latinas-converting-to-islam-for-identity-structure/2488234.html
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Secretary Mike Pompeo Meets with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington, Tuesday, July 23. This comes a day after Khan’s bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss, among other things, a political solution to the protracted war in Afghanistan.
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US President Chosen by Electors, Not Popular Vote
While millions of Americans will cast ballots for president in November, their votes do not directly send one of the candidates to the White House. In this segment of How America Elects, VOA's Jeffrey Young explains that the selection of the president is actually done by a group called the "Electoral College."
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Hijacked Bus Standoff on Brazil's Rio Bridge
A gunman holding a busload of passengers hostage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, August 20, was shot dead by police, officials said, ending the hours-long hijacking. At least six people were freed. Around 31 people had remained on the bus throughout the terrifying ordeal. (AFP)
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Philadelphia's Battle Against Opioids Takes Aim at Hard-Hit Neighborhood
President Trump's opioid commission is calling for more federal funding to battle addiction and deadly opioid drug-related overdoses in the United States. More than 175 Americans are dying every day and the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency”. VOA's Chris Simkins takes us to a hard hit Philadelphia neighborhood where the opioid epidemic is on open display. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4148055.html
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Afrikaner Farmers Migrating to Georgia
A South African court earlier this week convicted Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, of hate speech for singing "shoot the Boer, kill the Boer" at a rally last year. But some Boers, or white South African farmers, say they have had enough of violence and racial tension in South Africa and are planning to move out. VOA's James Brooke visited one Afrikaner who started farming this year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
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Talking Parrot
Meet Einstein, an African grey parrot at the Knoxville Zoo. He turned 30 last week and celebrated by showing off some of his amazing impressions.
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Going to Camp to Become a Sports Mascot
Mascots help to get crowds excited at every level of sports competitions - from high schools to professional teams. Companies and organizations also use the costumed characters to present a friendly corporate image. June Soh shows what it takes to bring those furry, comic costumes to life and what it is like being inside them, especially in the sizzling summer heat.
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Kenya's FlipFlop Recycling Company turns Ocean's Trash to Treasure
While doing marine conservation projects at the Kenyan coast several years ago, one woman observed children making toys out of flip-flops that were washing up on shore. So she started a business to make colorful, fashionable products from flip-flops - while creating jobs and cleaning up the waterways. Jill Craig has more from Nairobi.
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Woman Converts to Islam After Relatives Are Killed on 9/11
When Islamic terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, some Americans were angry at Islam, because they see all Muslims as potential terrorists. Others now understand Islam better because it gets so much attention in the media. VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells the story of one woman experienced loss in 2001, but then turned to the same religion that some blamed.
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Trump, Polish President Watch F-35 Fighter Jets Fly Over White House
U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda took time away from their talks Wednesday to watch an F-35 fighter jet fly over the White House grounds. The two were joined by their wives to watch the flyover. Originally the White House said two jets would make the flight. Trump said he was considering moving about 2,000 additional U.S. troops into Poland from Germany or elsewhere in Europe earlier. (AP)
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Researchers See Trend of People Moving Between Texas, California
The recession and collapse of the housing industry in the United States is causing many Americans to move in search of jobs and a cheaper place to live. But a researcher at the University of California says there has been an unexpected decline in overall state to state migration since the recession. He calls it the "staying home phenomenon." Of those who did move, many are moving between California and Texas.
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Mississippi Has Highest Rate of Childhood Obesity in US
Residents of Mississippi favor pork barbecue, fried catfish, buttery biscuits and gravy and tamales. Generations of eating calorie-laden foods have lead to Mississippi's designation as having the fattest kids in the nation. But the southern state, where 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese, is fighting that ranking. VOA's Carolyn Presutti explains the state's healthy outlook.
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Be a Cowboy on an American Longhorn Ranch
Have you ever imagined being a cowboy - riding horses and herding cattle on a ranch? What does it take to be a cowboy, and what do you have to give up? VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang recently went to a longhorn cattle ranch near Dodge City, Kansas, and bring you the real lifestyle of a ranch family. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2982664.html
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American Muslims Travel for Hajj by the Thousands
One of a Muslim's duties, according to the five pillars of Islam, is to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca at least once during his or her lifetime. An estimated three million Muslims have traveled to Mecca to perform the Hajj. This year, 12,000 American Muslims are performing this particular pillar of Islam. Mohamed Elshinnawi has more.
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US Schools Try New Bilingual Education Method
Americans are not known for their ability to speak foreign languages, and efforts to teach them to children have often been ineffective and sometimes even controversial. Now, educators believe they've found a better way to do it. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky went to a bilingual school in a suburb of Washington, DC.
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Farming With Salty Water Is Possible
One of the many adverse effects of global climate change is the rise of sea levels, which scientists say can increase the salinity level of fresh water reserves. As saline water cannot be used for irrigation, farm fields close to the seashore are lost to agriculture. But a farm in Netherlands has managed to grow healthy and tasty vegetables in soil irrigated with salt water. VOA’s George Putic reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/farming-with-salty-water-is-possible/2509863.html
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World's Largest Advanced Water Treatment Plant at Work in DC
Water flows a long and winding path from the sink to the ecosystem, but not before making an all-important stop at a waste water treatment plant. It's more than just cleaning out dirt and debris we can see; it's about removing invisible contaminants that could poison nearby waters. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/worlds-largest-advanced-water-treatment-plant-at-work-in-dc/4058475.html
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Foreign Medical Students Talk About Challenges in US
International students who want to get their medical education in the U-S face almost insurmountable challenges. Most public schools won’t accept them, and private universities have very few openings for highly competitive slots. That said, it’s not impossible. VOA’s Linda Ringe spoke to some international students at Johns Hopkins medical school to see how they overcame the odds. Amy Katz narrates her report. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3617092.html
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Restaurants Recycling Oyster Shells to Help Restore Chesapeake Bay
More than 50 restaurants, caterers and seafood wholesalers from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia are participating in an unusual recycling program started earlier in the year by the Oyster Recovery Partnership. In nine months, they donated two million oyster shells to the University of Maryland to help restore the decimated oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. VOA's Elizabeth Lee explains why oysters are so important to the Chesapeake Bay and how recycling their shells can help grow their numbers.
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From Dishwasher to Millionaire, Ethiopian Refugee Achieves American Dream
Once a refugee, an Ethiopian immigrant to the United States is now a successful businessman running a multimillion dollar transportation company. VOA's Tigist Geme recently documented his journey to achieving the American Dream. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/dishwasher-to-millionaire-ethiopian-refugee-achieves-american-dream/4060119.html
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