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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 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 Survivors, Relatives Tell of Horror After Pakistan School Attack

Pakistan is mourning the death of more than 148 people, mostly young children, in an attack on a military-run school in Peshawar. Victims and relatives are pained and outraged at the massacre that authorities say was carried out by Taliban extremists. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from that northwestern Pakistani city.
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Video How US is Confronting its Sexual Assault Crisis

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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 Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.

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FILE - President Barack Obama has a lot of ground to cover in end-of-the-year news conference, Dec. 19, 2014.

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

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A banner for Sony Pictures' "The Interview," a film whose release was recently canceled, is posted high outside Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, Dec. 17, 2014.

US Formally Blames North Korea for Sony Hacking

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Hassana Ousmane rHassana Ousmane rests her head against the bed where 21-month-old Zeinab, suffering from diarrhea, rests, Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital, Accra, April 25, 2012.sts her head against the bed where her 21-month-old daughter Zeinab

U.S. Congress Boosts Sanitation Programs for World’s Poor

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FILE - Riken Center for Development Biology researcher Haruko Obokata.

Japanese Scientist Resigns in Stem Cell Scandal

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Director and executive producer Ava DuVernay poses at a screening of the film "Selma" during AFI Fest 2014 in Hollywood, California, Nov. 11, 2014.

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FILE - Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Sept. 26, 2013.

Turkey Orders Arrest of Opponents on Terrorism Charges

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US-Cuba Trade Could Grow Significantly

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