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Obama Not First US President to Try to Normalize Ties with Cubai
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Jerome Socolovsky
July 01, 2015 5:25 PM
After the U.S. military’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis the following year, President John F. Kennedy chose a different tack on U.S.-Cuban relations by engaging in back channel negotiations with Prime Minister Fidel Castro. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky has more.
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Video Obama Not First US President to Try to Normalize Ties with Cuba

After the U.S. military’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis the following year, President John F. Kennedy chose a different tack on U.S.-Cuban relations by engaging in back channel negotiations with Prime Minister Fidel Castro. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky has more.
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Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
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Video Fish Exercise Body Crunches to Eat

About half of all vertebrates are fish with bony rays or spines. These 30,000 ray-finned fish species have evolved a similar feeding motion. Researchers at Brown University have X-ray video that shows the process in action, in great detail. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
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Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video New Jersey Governor Christie Enters 2016 Presidential Race

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially joined the 2016 presidential race Tuesday, becoming the 14th Republican candidate in what promises to be a long and hard fought campaign for the party nomination next year. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
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Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
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Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
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Video NY Transit Authority Seeks to Bar Ads for Muslim-Themed Film

The New York City transit system is being challenged in court by two Muslim comedians who want to advertise their new film on subways. The Metropolitan Transit Authority says the film contains disputed, pro-Muslim content, and it wants to block the ads, but the plaintiffs say that's a violation of their free-speech rights. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.

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FILE - Javier Yanez stands on his balcony in Old Havana, where he hung U.S. and Cuban flags after learning that the two nations would begin restoring diplomatic ties, Dec. 19, 2014.

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Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses people during the launch of a "Digital India" project in New Delhi, July 1, 2015.

Modi Revives Campaign for 'Digital' India

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Africa

Ivory Coast Reinforces Border Security After Mali Attacks

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Middle East

Ismet Yilmaz, the ruling Justice and Development Party's candidate and the Defense Minister in the outgoing government (C-R) shakes hands with the Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli at the Parliament after his election as the new Speaker in Ankara, July 1, 2015.

Turkish Parliament Elects Ruling Party MP Speaker

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Americas

The power station Central San Juan of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 30, 2015.

Puerto Rico Power Company Forced to Sell Bonds Amid Crisis

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Peter Gash (L), owner and manager of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, snorkels with Oliver Lanyon and Lewis Marshall, Senior Rangers in the Great Barrier Reef region for the Queenlsand Parks and Wildlife Service, during an inspection of the reef's condition in an area the 'Coral Gardens' located at Lady Elliot Island, Australia, June 11, 2015.

UNESCO: Australia's Great Barrier Reef Outlook Poor But Not 'In Danger'

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Europe

FILE - Fadila Efendic prays near memorial plaques at the Potocari genocide memorial center near Srebrenica, March 18, 2015.

UN Marks 20 Years Since Srebrenica Genocide

Security Council expected to adopt resolution, which calls for accountability for perpetrators, urges educating future generations to prevent recurrence of such atrocities More

Health

FILE - A man is sprayed with disinfectant after he celebrated the memory of a loved one who died due to the Ebola virus at a newly build grave yard for Ebola virus victims in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Liberians held a church service Wednesday

Ebola Returns to Liberia

Liberian health minister tells VOA teenager died June 24 and was given safe burial the next day More

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A bank manager tries to explain the situation to hundreds of pensioners queuing outside a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece, July 1, 2015.

Shares Rise as Investors Watch Greek Debt Talks; China Down

Investors taking a wait-and-see stance, but remain cautious as default could eventually lead Greece to drop out of euro currency More

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