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    Audio Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

    President Barack Obama announced a major change in United States’ policy toward Cuba this week. He said he wants Congress to ease more than 50 years of U.S. sanctions against the island nation. And he said the two nations should once again formally recognize one another.

    Audio Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Airstrikes

    Three top Islamic State leaders were killed in a series of targeted airstrikes in Iraq. U.S. not ruling out White House visit by Cuban President Raul Castro. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap over 100 women, children. Putin says Russia’s economy will improve in two years.

    Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

    After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview."

    Audio Taliban Kills at Least 130 People at Pakistani School

    At least 130 people are confirmed dead in Pakistan after Taliban militants raided an army-operated school. Also, Australians mourn the victims of a hostage-taking, and Korean Air faces possible fines and flight suspensions because of the actions of a top airline official. | In the News

    Audio Two Hostages, Gunman Dead in Sydney Hostage Crisis

    Australian police have ended a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three dead. Hong Kong’s chief executive says protests in the territory are over while demonstrators promise to return. US Secretary of State John Kerry is looking to move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward.

    Audio US Allies Named in CIA 'Torture' Report

    Security has been strengthened at United States embassies and offices after the release of a report on the Central Intelligence Agency. The report describes the CIA’s methods of questioning terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks. | In The News

    Audio Climate Change Talks End with Hope, Unresolved Issues

    The United Nations climate change talks in Lima, Peru aimed to create a plan for reducing greenhouse gases around the world. But rich and poor countries disagree over who should be responsible for reducing carbon pollution. And some say the plan does not do enough to protect human rights.

    Audio China Rejects US Report on Sea Claims

    The U.S. says China’s claims do not honor the U.N. Law of the Sea treaty. Also, a teenage suicide bomber kills at least one person in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. And, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces the nominees for Golden Globe awards.

    Audio Ukraine Cancels Peace Talks Set for This Week

    Talks between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels had been scheduled for Friday. Also in the news, blasts hit market in Kano, Nigeria; Activists Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi accept Nobel Peace Prize; and Time magazine has chosen Ebola health care workers as their 2014 "Person of the Year."

    Audio Last Remaining Hong Kong Protest Sites to Be Cleared

    Also, the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebel forces suspend fighting Tuesday to observe a 'day of silence' ; and the Iraqi prime minister asks the United States for more weapons and airstrikes to fight Islamic State militants. And, that's in the news.

    Audio Deadly Storm Moves Toward Manila

    Also, aid and rights groups call on the international community to help Syrian refugees; Indian Prime Minister urges people to vote despite violence in Kashmir; and many people have died in the crash of an overcrowded bus on a narrow mountain road in Nepal. | In the News

    Audio US Police Officials Examine Use of Force Rules

    Recent grand jury rulings have fueled demonstrations in some American cities. Power over grand juries rests with the 50 individual states, and the rules differ from state to state. The Obama administration has established a federal task force to examine policing policies.

    Audio New York City Announces Plan to Retrain Police

    Also, American space agency officials delay plans to launch a new spaceship for at least a day, the group Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula threatens to kill an American hostage and the Somali militant group Al Shabab says it has shot down a Kenyan military plane.

    Audio Kerry: It Will Take Years to Defeat Islamic State

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday it will take years to defeat IS militants. Also in the news, a suicide bomber kills three in Somali capital; WHO says Ebola is spreading faster in Sierra Leone; and an American husband and wife cleared of daughter's death are allowed to leave Qatar.

    Audio Lebanon Detains Wife, Child of Islamic State Leader

    Security officials say the Lebanese military has detained a wife and child of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Also in the news, Hong Kong protest leaders plan to surrender to police on Wednesday, and two top officials in Kenya have been replaced after a deadly terrorist attack.

    Audio Hong Kong Protesters Warned Not to Return After Clashes

    Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police officers in the Chinese territory. Also, Boko Haram is being blamed for an attack in Nigeria. In Afghanistan, police and civilians are killed in a suicide attack, and Uruguay's ruling coalition keeps power in the presidential election.

    Video After Protests, Ferguson Looks for Answers

    On Monday, protesters burned buildings and police cars and destroyed businesses in the Midwestern U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri. Their actions followed the announcement that a grand jury had decided not to send a white police officer to trial for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen.

    Audio US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same

    Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok; The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government.

    Audio New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

    An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced Monday -- more than three months after the shooting.

    Audio US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

    Also, Iranian and Western diplomats shave extended talks about Iran's nuclear program; Russia's finance minister says the country is losing billions of dollars a year from sanctions and falling oil prices; and a Swiss museum says it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden artwork.

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    Audio Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

    President Barack Obama announced a major change in United States’ policy toward Cuba this week. He said he wants Congress to ease more than 50 years of U.S. sanctions against the island nation. And he said the two nations should once again formally recognize one another. More

  • Santa Claus waves at the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Nov. 27, 2014.

    Video A Los Angeles Christmas

    The end of December is a time when many Americans are thinking about snow and cold weather. Yet the city of Los Angeles, California is almost always warm and sunny, even during the winter holiday season. Many people like all the holiday decorations and lights seen in and around Los Angeles. More

  • FILE - A man casts a fishing net on the Mekong riverbank in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Audio Disagreement Over Mekong River Dam Project

    A two-day meeting in Laos has left government officials and environmental activists deeply divided. The meeting was called to examine plans for a 260 megawatt dam on the Lower Mekong River. The Lao government is prepared to start work on the project. More

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    Audio Top Islamic State Leaders Killed in Airstrikes

    Three top Islamic State leaders were killed in a series of targeted airstrikes in Iraq. U.S. not ruling out White House visit by Cuban President Raul Castro. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap over 100 women, children. Putin says Russia’s economy will improve in two years. More

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    Video Sony Criticized for Cancelling 'The Interview'

    The company acted after a group of computer hackers attacked the company and threatened to attack movie theaters that show the film. Most people have criticized Sony’s decision to cancel the release. The US says North Korea was behind the cyber attack. North Korea denies the accusation. More

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  • Video Music Shows in Private Homes Gain Popularity

    Attending a live musical performance, be it in a huge arena or a small cafe, is an exciting experience. But here in the U.S., a very different kind of performance is gaining popularity: house concerts. “There's just a totally unique experience as opposed to playing like a coffee shop or a bar." More

  • Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

  • Uganda Playground for Disabled Children

    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

  • A microneedle used to inject glaucoma medications into the eye is shown next to a liquid drop from a conventional eye dropper. (Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

    Audio Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease. Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More

  • The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit. More

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