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EU Leaders on Russia: After Sanctions, What Next?

December 19, 2014 12:34 PM
The new head of the European Union, former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk believes the EU needs to forge a long-term strategy in dealing with Russia More

Obama: US to Respond to N. Korea Sony Attack

During press conference, Obama also defends policies, saying US economy is improving and that America is leading around the world, 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

Obama, Cuba and the Fierce Urgency of Now

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

Kurdish Forces Claim Victory on Mt. Sinjar

Peshmerga fighters reportedly have reclaimed corner of northern Iraq from Islamic State

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

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 Cosby Scandal Tarnishes His Reputation, Shakes Hollywood

More than 20 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct. And while the comedian denies the accusations — and has not been charged with a crime — the scandal has tarnished his reputation and has shaken Hollywood. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.

Obama Urges el-Sissi to Respect Rights of Egyptians

US leader expressed concerns about mass trials, imprisonment of journalists and activists, and status of non-governmental organizations

US Racial Justice Quest Comes Full Circle in 'Selma'

Film about Martin Luther King Jr. arrives in theaters next week, just as race relations are back on top of the national political agenda

US Expects January Talks With Cuba

Meeting, that was originally a periodic review of Cuba-US migration, will now include talks on restoring diplomatic relations

Obama Signs Into Law Bill Authorizing More Russia Sanctions

President says administration doesn't intend to impose sanctions now, but Act provides 'additional authorities that could be utilized, if circumstances warranted'

Study Paints Complex Picture of Americans’ Ethnicity

Genetics firm finds, for instance, that African-Americans, European-Americans, Latinos can have ancestry from any or all of those continental regions

Video UN Focus on Palestinian Resolution Could Impact US Mediation Efforts

In the wake of stalled U.S.-mediated peace talks, Palestinians have presented a draft resolution to the United Nations that would set a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins looks at how an increased focus on U.N. action could affect U.S. diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.

Video UN Focus on Palestinian Resolution Could Impact US Mediation Efforts

In wake of stalled talks, Palestinians present draft resolution that would set a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from territories

US-Cuba Trade Could Grow Significantly

Analysts say US exports to Cuba could eventually hit $5.9 billion annually, while Havana's exports to the US could reach $6.7 billion

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December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
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 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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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