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What's behind the Japanese prime minister's outreach to Russia, a country that Japan never signed a peace treaty with? I looked into that in this story, with the help of the Asia Society and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying hard to improve relations with Russia, a neighbor with whom Tokyo has yet to sign a peace treaty after the end of World War II. Abe has a variety o...
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Why does India have a problem with sexual assaults on women? Amnesty International reacts to the latest alleged rape of a female Danish tourist in New Delhi, in my VOA story with Frances Alonzo:
Indian police announced that they have arrested two homeless men in connection with the alleged rape of a female Danish tourist in New Delhi, an incident that has drawn more criticism of India'...
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Pope Francis has made his first appointment of cardinals to advise him in leading the world's one billion Roman Catholics. The pope used his weekly Sunday blessing at the Vatican to announce hi...
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My VOA tribute to Peter O'Toole, with memorable lines from the films Lawrence of Arabia and Becket...
Actor Peter O'Toole, who shot to instant stardom in Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, died Saturday at the age of 81. O'Toole's agent said the acto...
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Here's my 2nd ever TV report filmed entirely with my iPhone, and it's about how U.S. military veterans here in Washington got up very early on the Veterans Day holiday yesterday to do a community service for fellow vets and others who have lost their homes:
A U.S. non-profit group has marked Veterans Day by bringing acting and retired military officers to a Washington, D.C. church to prepare meals for the homeless, many of whom are fellow veterans....
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D.C. is filled with architecturally interesting public spaces. To get an idea of how people are using these spaces, Curbed writers are spending twenty minutes in a given location and...
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How did the Philippines' Rose Fostanes win Israel's X-Factor? Listen to highlights of the finale in my VOA story:
Rose Fostanes, a Philippine caregiver who has worked in Israel for several years, is the first season winner of a popular Israeli television singing contest called The X-Factor Israel. ; Sh...
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What tensions marred U.S.-China relations in 2013? Here's my VOA story, based on The Wilson Center's year-end review by a 4-member panel of experts:
China and the United States faced several major sources of tension in their relations in 2013, overshadowing their efforts to build what they called a "new model" of ties between two majo...
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An international gathering in Botswana has come to agreement on the urgent steps to be taken to combat the illegal trade in ivory and protect elephant populations in Africa. ; The Internationa...
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A Spanish court announces arrest warrants for China's former president Jiang Zemin and other senior leaders... how can it do that? I explain in this story...
Spain's National Court has issued arrest warrants for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and four other officials on suspicion of involvement in alleged genocide in Tibet. VOA obtained a cop...
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Why is Xi Jinping creating China's 1st ever state security committee? I examine the reasons for VOA:
China's decision to create a state security committee to oversee its vast security agencies appears to reflect a desire by Beijing to do a better job of dealing with domestic and foreig...
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Michael covers international news for VOA on the web, radio and TV, specializing in the Middle East and East Asia Pacific. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_Lipin
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A U.S.-based women's rights group says China's one-child policy has contributed to the trend of pregnant Chinese women traveling to Californ

Former US Muslims Break Silence, Imam Supports Their Choice
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The gifts were mostly what used to be forbidden: liquor, condoms, even a framed portrait of Arabic calligraphy that read: “There is no God.”

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Chinese brands are having a tough time gaining recognition in America. But recently, surveys have revealed positive trends that some analyst

US Seeks More Tourists from China
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In one splashy television commercial segment, country music star Rosanne Cash croons about parts of the United States that potential visitor

Series: How Chinese Americans are Perceived by US Society
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As part of VOA’s continuing coverage of What Americans Think About China, series reporter Michael Lipin delves into three different aspects

VOA Exclusive: US Democracy Group Rebuts Hong Kong Meddling Allegations
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A U.S. nongovernmental organization accused of instigating Hong Kong's pro-democracy "Occupy" street protests says it is engaged in normal c

Anonymous Tip Reveals Secret Payments to Hong Kong Leader
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Pro-democracy Rally for Hong Kong Draws 200 People in Washington
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Supporters of Hong Kong’s five-day-old civil disobedience movement held rallies on three continents Wednesday in a global display of solidar

Chinese President's Risky Options for Dealing with Hong Kong Protests
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As Chinese President Xi Jinping considers how to respond to Hong Kong's unprecedented pro-democracy civil disobedience movement, he faces a

China's Landlocked Northeast Turns to Russian Port as Trade Outlet
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A landlocked province in northeastern China is hoping to open new export routes for its trade-starved economy by offering to help a Russian

Analysts: Insecurity Behind Tough Hong Kong Election Rules
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Beijing last week announced it will strictly vet candidates vying to become Hong Kong's first directly elected chief. Chinese leaders explai

Chinese Americans: Discrimination in US Still a Problem, but Improving
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At a White House ceremony on July 4, President Barrack Obama hosted 25 foreign-born members of the U.S. military in celebrating the annivers

US Public's Labeling of Chinese Americans as 'Asians' Poses Challenges
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Defining ethnic groups by race creates problems because doing so is largely a subjective exercise. ; And such definitions are made by outsid

Ground Game: Tunnels in Gaza, Korean Peninsula
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The Palestinian militant group Hamas may have drawn global attention for using tunnels in its latest war with Israel, but the Gaza Strip isn

Gaza Conflict Brings New Worries to Israeli Border Communities
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A temporary three-day cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza has brought a few days of peace to southern Israel but many

Hong Kong, Beijing Consider New Reality After Pro-Democracy Referendum
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Hong Kong and Chinese officials and lawmakers are considering how to deal with a new political reality in which almost 800,000 Hong Kong res

US World Cup Festival Draws Thousands to Washington Park, Again
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American passion for World Cup football was on full display in Washington as several thousand fans flocked to a popular neighborhood to watc

Hong Kong Democracy Activists Challenge Beijing with Referendum Plan
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Hong Kong appears to be heading toward more political confrontation in the coming weeks, as pro-democracy activists prepare to hold an unoff