Elated Gross Speaks About Prison Release

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New Policy Will Dramatically Alter US-Cuba Relations

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Siraj-ul-Haq, fourth right, chief of Pakistan's religious party Jammat-e-Islami, leads a funeral prayer for a student killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 17, 2014.

Multimedia Pakistan to Respond to School Attack

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A Special Edition of On the Line: Talk to America - Racial Justicei
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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.

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.

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 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.

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.

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.

Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.

Video Thousands March in Washington Over Police Killings

The two recent high-profile cases in which white police officers were not indicted in the killings of unarmed black men have some Americans questioning the fairness of the U.S. criminal justice system. Community organizers of all backgrounds gathered in Washington Saturday for a protest march. Arash Arabasadi was in the crowd and files this report.

Video At UN Climate Summit in Peru, Protests Take Spotlight

As a two-week United Nations climate summit concludes in Lima, Peru, long-running divisions between rich and poor countries continue to hamper agreement on a global treaty to reduce carbon emissions. Environmentalists made a big showing, including a controversial action by Greenpeace at an ancient Peruvian site. Zlatica Hoke reports.


Alan Gross smiles as he walks in with his wife Judy before speaking to members of the media at his lawyer’s office in Washington,  Dec. 17, 2014.

Elated Gross Speaks About Prison Release

'This is a game changer,' newly-freed political prisoner tells audience, referring to his release and the US policy shift toward Cuba More


FILE - An HIV-positive patient rests at the Khmer-Soviet Hospital in Phnom Penh, Nov. 29, 2011.

Cambodia Investigates Health Clinic in Village HIV Outbreak

Authorities fear repeated use of an infected needle could be causing devastating outbreak in northwestern Battambang province More


President Barack Obama announces a new Cuba policy at the White House, Dec. 17, 2014.

Multimedia Obama Announces Historic Revamp of US-Cuba Relations

In explaining plans to begin normalizing relations with Cuba, president says, 'Isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach,' as countries move to ease 5-decade trade embargo More


Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Dec. 2, 2014

Ukraine's President: Peace Talks Could Resume Dec. 21

Petro Poroshenko says government could resume peace talks with Russian-backed separatists and Russia's government in Minsk Sunday More


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Age of First Menstruation Linked to Heart Disease in Women

New study by Oxford University researchers suggests those who start menstruating a few years before or after age of 13 appear to be at increased risk of heart disease, stroke More

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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, a man walks by a sign advertising currencies of an exchange office in Moscow, Russia.

Asia Central Bankers on Guard but Feel Safe from Ruble Crisis

Currency and stock markets in Asia generally firmed Wednesday after two-day sell-off that saw Indonesia's rupiah drop to weakest level since 1998 Asian currency crisis More

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