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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to workers during a visit to the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, December 16, 2014.

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President Barack Obama answers questions during a  press conference in the briefing room of the White House, Dec. 19, 2014.

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Washington Week: Focus on Cuba, North Koreai
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Michael Bowman
December 21, 2014 9:23 PM
President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers have left Washington for the remainder of the year, but the city remains focused on historic and unprecedented developments on the world stage. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the coming week will bring continued scrutiny of a diplomatic opening between the United States and Cuba, as well as North Korea’s alleged role in hacking media giant Sony.
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Video Washington Week: Focus on Cuba, North Korea

President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers have left Washington for the remainder of the year, but the city remains focused on historic and unprecedented developments on the world stage. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the coming week will bring continued scrutiny of a diplomatic opening between the United States and Cuba, as well as North Korea’s alleged role in hacking media giant Sony.
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Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
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Video US: Kurdish Advance on Sinjar Is ‘Promising’

U.S. and coalition war planes have been focusing their fire power in the area of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, trying to boost an advance by Kurdish forces on an area held for months by the group known as the Islamic State. The initial success has both Kurdish and American officials hoping the campaign is a sign of things to come. VOA's Jeff Seldin reports from the Pentagon.
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Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
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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 US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
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Video Obama Faces Opposition on Cuba

President Barack Obama has announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba after an embargo of more than 50 years. But some opponents say Obama is overreaching his authority and that Congress can overrule him. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti looks at the legislative obstacles that may stand in the way of normal relations with Cuba.
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Video Cosby Scandal Tarnishes His Reputation, Shakes Hollywood

More than 20 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct. And while the comedian denies the accusations — and has not been charged with a crime — the scandal has tarnished his reputation and has shaken Hollywood. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
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Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
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Video UN Focus on Palestinian Resolution Could Impact US Mediation Efforts

In the wake of stalled U.S.-mediated peace talks, Palestinians have presented a draft resolution to the United Nations that would set a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories. VOA State Department Correspondent Pam Dockins looks at how an increased focus on U.N. action could affect U.S. diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.
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Video US-Cuba Relations to Normalize After 50 Years

The U.S. decision to normalize relations with Cuba after more than half a century is getting mixed reaction. Many agree with President Barack Obama that keeping Cubans at bay is an outdated approach that has failed to advance U.S. interests. Critics say normalizing relations with Cuba will endorse its authoritarian communist regime. Mr. Obama's announcement Wednesday coincided with an exchange of prisoners the two countries held on spying charges. Zlatica Hoke has this story.
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Video How US is Confronting its Sexual Assault Crisis

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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Video US Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise by Middle of 2015

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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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.

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December 19, 2014 7:31 PM
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in federal court Thursday under tight security for a final hearing before his trial next month.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in federal court Thursday under tight security for a final hearing before his trial next month.
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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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