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US: Kurdish Advance on Sinjar Is ‘Promising’

US: Kurdish Advance on Sinjar Is ‘Promising’

December 19, 2014 8:35 PM
U.S. and coalition war planes have been focusing their fire power in the area of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, trying to boost an advance by Kurdish forces on an area held for months by the group known as the Islamic State. The initial success has both Kurdish and American officials hoping the campaign is a sign of things to come. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon. More

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.

Video Obama to N. Korea: US Will Respond to Hack Attack

President Barack Obama has told North Korea the U.S. will respond after U.S. authorities on Friday confirmed North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

Bid for library down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois -- and each has played an important part in the president’s life

Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian 'Occupation'

Measure includes sanctions on 24 individuals, companies identified as contributing to unrest in eastern Ukraine

George Clooney Criticizes Hollywood in Sony Cyberattack

Oscar-winner slams power players for not supporting studio in release of satirical comedy film, 'The Interview,' following threats by hackers

US Report: Immigration Officials' Apprehensions Rose in 2014

Apprehensions of Mexicans fall 14 percent; those of individuals from other countries, predominantly in Central America, rise 68 percent

Strife, Mutual Interests Mark Cuba-US Ties

Island nation was once a vacation destination for Americans; over years, many Cubans sought refuge across the Florida Straits

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings

Obama Hails Strength of US Economy

In his annual year-end press conference, Obama defended his policies but vowed to do everything to spur continued economic growth

Video Obama: US to Respond to N. Korea Sony Attack

During press conference, Obama also defends policies, saying US economy improving, before fielding questions on a range of issues

Obama's Year-End News Conference: What to Expect

The president is expected to field questions on a range of issues making headlines recently

US Congress Boosts Sanitation Programs for World’s Poor

Bill strengthens major funding for water, sanitation, hygiene programs that prevent childhood deaths from diarrhea or pneumonia

Video Obama, Cuba and the Fierce Urgency of Now

After years of battling congressional GOP, Obama seems eager to act alone on Cuba, immigration

Video Obama Faces Opposition on Cuba

Several legislative obstacles may stand in the way of normal relations with Cuba

Video Obama Faces Opposition on Cuba

President Barack Obama has announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba after an embargo of more than 50 years. But some opponents say Obama is overreaching his authority and that Congress can overrule him. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti looks at the legislative obstacles that may stand in the way of normal relations with Cuba.

Review Points to Deep Problems Within US Secret Service

Leader from outside agency needs to overhaul it; staffing, training improvements recommended as well

Panel to Advise Obama on Police-Community Relationships

Group will examine how best to build trust between police, minorities in wake of highly publicized deaths of blacks at hand of white officers

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US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
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Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
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Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
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Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
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Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
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Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
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Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
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Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
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Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
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Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

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