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Obama to N. Korea: US Will Respond to Hack Attacki
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Luis Ramirez
December 20, 2014 1:17 AM
President Barack Obama has told North Korea the U.S. will respond after U.S. authorities on Friday confirmed North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Obama to N. Korea: US Will Respond to Hack Attack

President Barack Obama has told North Korea the U.S. will respond after U.S. authorities on Friday confirmed North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Exiled Myanmar Singer Still Not Able to Return Home

In Myanmar, thousands of refugees have returned home in recent years, drawn by democratic changes, a growing economy and loosened restrictions on political freedoms. But not everyone is welcome. Steve Sandford reports on one former activist who remains in exile, despite his desire to return.
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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 Mocking Kim Jong Un, a Serious Matter

After major American theater chains decided not to run a new Hollywood comedy about a U.S. plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, its financial backer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, decided not to release it. The decision follows a threat by mysterious computer hackers to attack theaters showing the movie. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul that North Korea's reaction to the “The Interview” underscores its intolerance for any ridicule of the country's young leader.
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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 Mocking Kim Jong Un, a Serious Matter

A new Hollywood comedy about a U.S. plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has drawn widespread attention after the film's release was linked to a massive cyber attack on its financial backer, Sony Pictures Entertainment. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul the film “The Interview” is testing the young leader’s reaction to ridicule.
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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.
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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 Taliban Militants in Pakistan Kill 141 in School Attack

Taliban militants in Pakistan have killed at least 141 people, most of them students, in an attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. VOA's Jeff Custer has details.
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Video US-China Year in Review: Hong Kong to Climate Change

The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
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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.
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Video Indonesian Province to Expand Sharia Law

Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population and a legal system based on Dutch civil law and Indonesian government regulations. But in a 2001 compromise with separatists, Aceh province in Sumatra island’s north was allowed to implement Sharia law. Since then, religious justice has become increasingly strict. VOA correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh.
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Video Hong Kong Clears Remaining Protest Sites

Authorities in Hong Kong have begun a final push to clear barricades and encampments from streets outside government offices in the port city, drawing more than two months of pro-democracy protests to a close. VOA’s Bill Ide reports.
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Video US Allies Implicated as CIA Torture Report Sends Shockwaves Across Globe

Security has been tightened at U.S. facilities around the world following the publication of a U.S. Senate report detailing CIA torture of terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Several U.S. allies are implicated in the CIA program - and the shock waves of the heavily redacted report are being felt around the world. More from Henry Ridgwell in London.
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Video Indian, Pakistani Nobel Peace Laureates Call for Action

As they received the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo Wednesday, the teenaged Pakistani advocate of girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai, and long-time Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi called for action now to improve the plight of disadvantaged young people around the world. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

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