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Obama Not First US President to Try to Normalize Ties with Cubai
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Jerome Socolovsky
July 01, 2015 5:25 PM
After the U.S. military’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis the following year, President John F. Kennedy chose a different tack on U.S.-Cuban relations by engaging in back channel negotiations with Prime Minister Fidel Castro. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky has more.
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Video Obama Not First US President to Try to Normalize Ties with Cuba

After the U.S. military’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis the following year, President John F. Kennedy chose a different tack on U.S.-Cuban relations by engaging in back channel negotiations with Prime Minister Fidel Castro. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky has more.
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Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
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Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

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Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
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Video New Jersey Governor Christie Enters 2016 Presidential Race

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially joined the 2016 presidential race Tuesday, becoming the 14th Republican candidate in what promises to be a long and hard fought campaign for the party nomination next year. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
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Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
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Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
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Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
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Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
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Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
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Video NY Transit Authority Seeks to Bar Ads for Muslim-Themed Film

The New York City transit system is being challenged in court by two Muslim comedians who want to advertise their new film on subways. The Metropolitan Transit Authority says the film contains disputed, pro-Muslim content, and it wants to block the ads, but the plaintiffs say that's a violation of their free-speech rights. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.

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BP to Pay Nearly $19B in US Oil Spill Damages

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Afghanistan Protests Clashes on Pakistan Border

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Africa

FILE - U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini addresses a news conference at the United Nations offices in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, May 2, 2013.

UN Official: Donor Fatigue, Insecurity Threaten Somalia Progress

Outgoing UN humanitarian coordinator Philippe Lazzarini says he sees a lot of positives in Somalia but constant challenges remain More

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At least 27 people, including foreign tourists, were killed when at least one gunman opened fire on a Tunisian beachside hotel in the popular resort of Sousse, Tunisia, June 26, 2015.

Tunisia Detains 12 in Resort Attack

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Americas

FILE - Pedestrians walk at San Francisco square where an image of Pope Francis is displayed in La Paz, Bolivia, June 30, 2015.

Pope to Tour 3 South American Countries

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Mick Jagger, right, performs with Keith Richards, center, and Charlie Watts on drums as The Rolling Stones play in their "Zip Code" tour in Pittsburgh, June 20, 2015.

Rolling Stones to Stage Exhibit at London Gallery

'EXHIBITIONISM' will run from April to September 2016 at Saatchi Gallery in British capital, showcasing band's 50 years and about 500 items More

Europe

Romanian military personnel stand in formation during a speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the site of the first NATO Force Integration Unit in Bucharest, Romania, July 2, 2015.

NATO Chief Visits Site of Future Facility in Romania

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New US Report Has Recommendations to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

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