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New Policy Will Dramatically Alter US-Cuba Relations

FILE - A worker and his daughter make their way home on a bike in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 19, 2013.

December 17, 2014 11:46 AM
Plan will renew diplomatic ties, ease restrictions on travel and remittances, altering how Cubans and Americans can interact More

Video US Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise by Middle of 2015

Investors watch Federal Reserve statements with great care for hints about how soon and how much rates will go up

Taste for Bitter, Sour Cocktails Revives Taste for Bygone Drinks

Beverage experts say drinks flavored with bitters and laced with vinegar are catching on beyond trendy bars and lounges

US Slaps Sanctions on Swiss, Dutch Companies Over Syria

US Treasury put Netherlands-based Staroil B.V. as well as two Swiss-based firms, Rixo International Trading Ltd and Bluemarine SA, on list of sanctioned entities

Multimedia Obama Announces Historic Revamp of US-Cuba Relations

President says 'Isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach,' as US moves to ease five-decade-old trade embargo

Video A Special Edition of On the Line: Talk to America - Racial Justice

Three unarmed black men and boys killed at the hands of US police. Their deaths with no legal repercussions as yet sparked protests across the country. Americans are asking hard questions about justice and law enforcement: Are some police officers guilty of racial bias and using excessive force? If so, what solutions are necessary to provide equal justice for all? VOA brought together some of the nation’s top experts on Policing, Criminal Justice and Community Action for Talk to America.

US Says North Korea Behind Sony Cyberattack

It is not clear how investigators made the determination or how the White House will respond

Obama Signs 2015 Government Spending Bill

Obama said that the bill includes provisions he does not like, but that there are other parts that ensure progress on important issues

National Hockey League Players Hit by Mumps

Thirteen players affected so far, but one expert says wave of illness has about run its course

US Will Bid to Host 2024 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington are under consideration as sites; USOC to choose in January

US Pledges Resolve Against Terrorism After Pakistan Siege

Secretary of State John Kerry calls killings an act of terror that 'shakes all people of conscience'

Apple Wins iPod Lawsuit

Jury decides company did not act improperly when software update restricted music purchases

Obama to Approve New Russian Sanctions

Measure also authorizes president to provide $350 million in military aid to Ukraine

Video Girls Talk, Provide Guidance and Boost Self-Confidence

Girls are being mentored by former students

Video Girls Talk, Provide Guidance and Boost Self-Confidence

Halima Adenegan returned to her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, in 2012 - four years after she graduated - to start a mentoring program for girls there. She called it Imara Roose; Imara is Swahili for strong, and Roose is a play on the school’s name. The mentors are female college students who volunteer as big sisters and role models. Faiza Elmasry has more.

Police Seek Pennsylvania Murder Suspect, Find Body

Bradley William Stone was suspected of killing six family members, including ex-wife and former mother-in-law

Video How US is Confronting its Sexual Assault Crisis

Self-defense courses are important, but experts say what's most needed is shift in societal attitudes toward perpetrators

Dollar Grows Elusive as Russian Ruble Plunges

Currency exchanges update rates hourly as people scramble to protect savings

Jeb Bush Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Bid

Former Florida governor, son of one US president and brother of another, says he discussed possible White House bid with his family last month

Kerry Cites ‘Constructive Moves’ by Russia on Ukraine

Crediting sanctions, US secretary of state says drop in ruble's value, decline in oil prices also have added pressure on Moscow

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US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportionali
Aru Pande
December 19, 2014 1:45 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.

Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.

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

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.

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

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.

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

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