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President Barack Obama announces a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 17, 2014.

Multimedia Obama Announces Historic Revamp of US-Cuba Relations

President says 'Isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach,' as US moves to ease five-decade-old trade embargo More

Video How US Is Confronting Its Sexual Assault Crisis

Self-defense courses are important, but experts say what's most needed is shift in societal attitudes toward perpetrators More

Howard Zucker, New York state's acting health commissioner, answers a reporter's question after presenting the state's findings on hydraulic fracturing at the Capitol in Albany, Dec. 17, 2014.

Report on Risks Leads New York State to Ban 'Fracking'

Reports of polluted water, leaking fumes near wells have fueled vigorous opposition to controversial oil and gas drilling technique More

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares for a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Dec. 17, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

American Lawmakers, Others Split on US-Cuba Moves

Some praise approach; Florida Senator Rubio denounces ‘victory for oppressive Cuban government’ More

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Recent news reports about gang rapes in India and sexual violence at U.S. universities have thrust the issue of sexual assault into the spotlight. Julie Taboh reports on what is being done to prevent and resist such attacks.
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Recent news reports about gang rapes in India and sexual violence at U.S. universities have thrust the issue of sexual assault into the spotlight. Julie Taboh reports on what is being done to prevent and resist such attacks.
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The Federal Reserve has delivered its clearest signal yet that key U.S. interest rates will rise next year. Although the Federal Reserve says economic conditions remain consistent with its earlier assessments that interest rates will remain low for a considerable time -- it also opened the door to the possibility of an earlier rate increase if needed. Mil Arcega has more.
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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 Obama Starts Dismantling Cuba Embargo

President Obama has announced a major shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba and begun dismantling the decades-old embargo against the communist island nation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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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 Parade of Boats Glitter With Festive Holiday Lights

Every December, a large crowd gathers along the harbor in historic Annapolis, Maryland to enjoy the festive and colorful annual boat parade of lights. A holiday tradition for 32 years, illuminated boats decorated with winter holiday themes, circle the harbor. VOA’s Deborah Block took in the holiday cheer on board one of the boats.
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Video Veteran Blues Singer Trudy Lynn Loves to Collaborate

Since the 1960s, Trudy Lynn has been singing the blues, sometimes with well-known performers like Ike and Tina Turner. A couple of months ago, she hit the top of the Billboard Blues Chart with the CD “Royal Oaks Blues Café,” which she recorded with harmonica player Steve Krase in her hometown of Houston, Texas. They also went on the road, performing around the U.S. in Switzerland. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke to them in Houston about their musical collaboration.
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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.
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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.
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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 Washington's Partisan Spending Battle Mostly On-hold for a Year

While Washington continues to be rocked by last week’s report on CIA interrogation methods, the city is breathing easier now that Congress has approved almost all federal funding for another year. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, after years of nail-biting budget showdowns, lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion spending bill with comparatively little drama.
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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.
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Video Scientists Close In on Sustainable Nuclear Fusion

Scientists in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are experimenting with two types of fusion nuclear reactors that could someday provide cheap and abundant energy and finally wean the world from fossil-based fuels. The U.S. technological giant Lockheed Martin has claimed it will have a working fusion reactor within five years. Now, scientists from the University of Washington say they are also on the path to creating sustainable fusion. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Obama Draws Fire for Ambassador Nominations

The Obama administration has drawn criticism for appointing an unusual number of political donors as ambassadors. That criticism peaked this week after the Senate confirmed a soap opera producer with little knowledge of Hungary to serve as ambassador to that country. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
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Video Films from African Diaspora Celebrated in New York

Films from the length and breadth of Africa, Algeria to South Africa - and many other corners of the world -- are screening at this year’s African Diaspora International Film Festival <http://nyadiff.org/> in New York. It’s the 22nd year for the Festival, founded in 1993 by Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, who is of Jamaican-Haitian descent, and his French-Malian wife, Diarah N’Daw-Spech. More from Carolyn Weaver in New York.
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Video CIA Chief Defends 'Enhanced Interrogation'

The director of the CIA has defended the spy agency during a rare news conference, following the release of a U.S. Senate report that said agents used torture in the country’s war on terror. But John Brennan also said the agency, at times, fell short. It’s an admission that comes as calls to hold the CIA, and the United States, accountable are growing louder. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports.
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Video US Federal Employees Donate to Their Favorite Charities Through CFC

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas around the corner, many people spend thousands of dollars shopping for themselves and loved ones during the holiday season. Some also give money to their charities of choice in hope of making a difference. While some find it hard to write a big check for a given charity, the U.S. government has made it easy for its workers to pool their efforts and together make a big difference. Mariama Diallo 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 US Police Shootings Draw Calls for Reforms

The shooting death last August of unarmed African — American teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson touched off weeks of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. And as VOA's Chris Simkins reports, that incident — and other recent high-profile cases involving blacks being shot by white police officers -- have re-ignited calls for reform and increased scrutiny of police tactics, particularly in minority communities.
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Video US Officials: Respecting Human Rights Boosts National Security

U.S. officials say respecting human rights contributes to U.S. national security. On International Human Rights Day, VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on some of the reaction to a Senate report of the CIA’s alleged use of torture against suspected terrorists.

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Secretary of State John Kerry meets Israeli PM Netanyahu
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Secretary of State John Kerry meets Israeli PM Netanyahu
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Video VOA60 America- December 12, 2014

The U.S. Congress has approved a last-minute, two-day extension of government funding, narrowly averting a partial federal government shutdown
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Video VOA60 America December 9, 2014

The nine-year-old daughter of Rumain Brisbon, the black man killed in last week’s police shooting in Phoenix, Arizona, led a rally of protestors.
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Video VOA60 America December 8, 2014

Protests in Berkeley, California against police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown turned violent with some of the protesters hurling concrete objects at officers, attempting to set fire to a police car, blocking a freeway, and more.
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Video VOA60 America December 5, 2014

NASA launched a spaceship that the agency hopes will usher in a new era of space exploration. NASA portrays the 4.5-hour test flight as a first step toward deep-space exploration.

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