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    Russia Pitches Syria Cease-fire, West Skeptical

    State Department presses for 'immediate cease-fire'; diplomats who talked to VOA see Russian offer as delaying tactic that would allow intense airstrikes to continue


    FILE - Free Syrian Army fighters inspect a pick-up truck with a weapon installed on it as they gather during what they said was an operation to travel to the northern countryside of Aleppo to fight Islamic State fighters, in Aleppo, Syria.

    How Aleppo Rebels Plan to Withstand Assad's Siege

    Rebels in Aleppo are laying plans to withstand a siege by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in likelihood the regime cuts a final main supply line running west of city

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at a news conference during a NATO Defence Ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 11, 2016.

    US Defense Chief Appeals for More Help in Fighting IS

    Ash Carter appeals to counterparts in US-led coalition conducting aerial attacks on Islamic State for more military and financial help to carry out campaign

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    Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meetingi
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    February 10, 2016 11:27 PM
    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.

    Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority is welcoming an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church.


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    After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolinai
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    Zlatica Hoke
    February 11, 2016 5:34 AM
    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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    Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rightsi
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    February 10, 2016 7:36 PM
    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote

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