Snowden Asks to Stay in Russia

by VOA News on August 1, 2014

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to renew his political asylum status in Russia. The temporary political asylum Snowden received last July was good only through midnight Thursday. A lawyer in Russia representing Snowden said he can stay in the country at least until there is a decision on his application, and perhaps longer. Russian authorities declined to say anything about an application, declining even to confirm an application from...

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Philadelphia Laundry Succeeds by Being Green

by Faiza Elmasry on August 1, 2014

When Gabriel Mandujano opened Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia four years ago, the 26-year-old social innovator had three goals in mind: making a profit, developing community and staying green.  Four years later, he has not only succeeded in achieving these goals, but he is expanding the business as well.   It is hard not to notice them on the streets.  Wearing bright orange T-shirts, Wash Cycle Laundry cyclists pick up and deliver laundry around Washington, pulling big...

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Washing Company is Green and Competitive

August 1, 2014

When Gabriel Mandujano opened Wash Cycle Laundry in Philadelphia four years ago, the 26-year-old social innovator had three goals in mind: making a profit, developing community and staying green. As Faiza Elmasry tells us, four years later, he has not…

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Huge Gas Explosions Kill 15, Injure Hundreds in Taiwan

July 31, 2014

A series of massive gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s port city of Kaohsiung late Thursday, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 200 others.

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah said at least five explosions shook the city of 2.8 million r…

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US to Evacuate at Least 1 American Ebola Victim from West Africa

July 31, 2014

An American aid worker who became sick with the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning to the United States within the next several days.

Hospital officials at Emory University confirmed the patient would be treated in a special isolation unit there,…

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Tesla Motors Building Huge Battery Factory

July 31, 2014

U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors and the Japanese Panasonic Corporation agreed to build the world’s largest battery manufacturing plant.

According to a deal signed Thursday, the plant – known as Gigafactory – will be built in the U.S. and…

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Chinese Netizens Happy, Suspicious of Zhou Investigation

July 31, 2014

Beijing’s anti-corruption policies have become the subject of a debate amongst many Chinese netizens (Internet users) following China’s announcement that it will investigate its former security chief.

Legions of supporters are celebrating the investig…

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Women Lead US Economic Recovery

July 31, 2014

The U.S. unemployment situation is improving gradually but unevenly, with women, especially, recovering the jobs they lost in the recession and adding more. Hispanic Americans were hit harder by the downturn and are recovering more slowly.  

The rece…

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Women Lead US Economic Recovery

July 31, 2014

The U.S. unemployment situation is improving gradually but unevenly, with women, especially, recovering the jobs they lost in the recession and adding more. Hispanic Americans were hit harder by the downturn and are recovering more slowly. VOA’s Ji…

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At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

July 31, 2014

Chum Mey, an 82-year-old survivor of the Khmer Rouge, sits on a plastic chair outside his book kiosk in the courtyard of the former prison that once held him. He sells books about the Khmer Rouge and about himself in what is now called the Tuol Sleng G…

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