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Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter 1898: The US declares war on Spain and defeats the declining European power, which cedes Cuba to Washington. 1902: Cuba becomes independent but remains under US protection. American troops return to the island a decade later to help put down black protests ...

Americas

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Text byFRANCE 24Follow france24_en on twitter Risks, routes, prices: A human trafficker shares details of refugees' journey from Middle East to Europe © 2014 Copyright France 24 – All rights reserved France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites Login Facebook Twitter Google+ Windows FrançaisEnglishعربي

EXCLUSIVE

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Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeENChinese people are in need of the “peace, compassion and non-violence” advocated by Tibetan Buddhist culture, the Himalayan region’s exiled spiritual leader has said in a wide-ranging interview with FRANCE 24.Visit our website: http://www.france24.comLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.Eng...Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en

This Lawmaker Wants Women to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion

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A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the victim of "legitimate ...

BREAKING

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Risks, routes, prices: A human trafficker shares details of refugees' journey from Middle East to Europe © 2014 Copyright France 24 – All rights reserved France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites Login Facebook Twitter Google+ Windows FrançaisEnglishعربي

New York State Just Banned Fracking

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After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by ...

Who is Alan Gross?

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Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- He spent more than 25 years traveling the world, helping people in more than 50 countries. But for the past five, Alan Gross had been stuck in a Cuban prison, losing his hope, health and more than 100 pounds. Gross, now 65, was a ...

Obama's Very Sly Cuban Move

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For years, President Barack Obama faced a tough problem: what to do about Alan Gross, the US subcontractor imprisoned in Cuban? And this dilemma encapsulated the larger puzzle of how to change US-Cuba relations, which have been frozen in a Cold War narrative. The Cubans arrested Gross in ...

Russia Has Already Blown Up the Global Economy Once. Will It Do It Again?

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Just in case you're thinking that Russia's economic problems are little more than a fitting karmic payback for Vladimir Putin, you might want to think twice. When the global economy is fragile, sometimes even small events can send the whole system into cardiac arrest, and that affects everyone,

Dalai Lama concedes he may be the last

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The Dalai Lama: "Whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to the Tibetan people" Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realises that he may be the last to hold the title. But he told the BBC it would ...

4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change

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If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest ...

BREAKING: New York Will Ban Fracking

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday where the results of a 5-year study of hydraulic fracturing were announced. After presenting the findings of an exhaustive five-year study on the potential environmental, economic, and public health effects of fracking, state Department of Environmental Conservation ...

New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

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Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States charged hundreds of Japanese military officials and ...

Obama Takes Executive Action To Protect Alaska's Coastline Forever

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On Tuesday, President Obama announced he was withdrawing a pristine and ecologically rich region of Alaska from any future oil and gas development. Using section 12 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Obama signed a memorandum removing Bristol Bay, a 52,000-square-mile area off Alaska’s southwest coast, in ...

BREAKING: US To Normalize Relations With Cuba

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The United States and Cuba will begin talks to normalize relations, including opening an embassy in Havana and putting to rest one most enduring Cold War standoffs, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The landmark initiatives appeared to be set in motion by a surprise prisoner swap that freed ...

How 'Black Liquor' Has Been Clogging Up D.C.'s Path To Sustainability

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On Wednesday, the Washington D.C. City Council will vote to amend its nearly 10-year-old Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard to exclude so-called “black liquor,” an industrial byproduct of the paper-making process, from its current position as a top tier renewable resource. Council members feel that the original intent of ...

Europe’s Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change

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North Korea Almost Certainly Did Not Hack Sony

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > WIRED.com © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Young Fidel Castro Wrote FDR to Ask for 10 Bucks

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In November 1940, a young Cuban student named Fidel Castro sent a handwritten letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Writing in English, Castro congratulated the president on his reelection and requested "a ten dollars bill green american…because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american ...

Wall Street Salivating Over Further Destruction of Financial Reform

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Conventional pundit wisdom suggests that Wall Street may have overreached last week. Yes, they won their battle to repeal the swaps pushout requirement in Dodd-Frank, but in so doing they unleashed Elizabeth Warren and brought far more attention to their shenanigans than they bargained for. They may have ...

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this ...

Congress Is Finally Going to Make Local Law Enforcement Report How Many People They Kill

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Over the weekend, tens of thousands of marchers rallied against police brutality, standing in solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. With public scrutiny zeroed in on deaths at the hands of law enforcement, one thing is noticeably missing: A federal record of just ...

Why Yet Another Lawmaker Just Used The Term 'Legitimate Rape'

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More than two years after former Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) infamously claimed that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t often get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” at least one of his GOP colleagues is still finding opportunities to ...

Four Executives Indicted From Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill

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Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries, takes a sip of water at a press conference on the chemical spill. The U.S. Attorney General’s office has filed an indictment against four executives of the company that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians this past January, alleging violations of ...

Here's How You Can Help Scientists Study Sex, Whales, and Distant Galaxies

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"There is so much we don't know!" said Dick Vane-Wright, the Keeper of Entomology at the London Museum of Natural History when author Sharman Apt Russell was asking about butterflies. "You could spend a week studying some obscure insect and you would then know more than anyone else ...

Jeb Bush on Climate Change: "I'm a Skeptic"

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Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican Governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis? With a mixture of skepticism,

Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions From Washington State's Major Polluters

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Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference as he stands with state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and construction workers Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Medina, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has big plans for carbon reductions in his state, as outlined in climate change and transportation proposals ...

Snacks, Spare Keys, And Other Ideas UVA Fraternities Have To Prevent Rape

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A month after Rolling Stone published a harrowing account of a gang rape that took place inside a fraternity at the University of Virginia — parts of which have been called into question after conflicting details of the story emerged — the school’s administration is enlisting fraternities to ...

New York And Other Major Cities Face More Power Outages Thanks To Climate Change

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Major cities like New York and Philadelphia could see a big uptick in power outages if climate change continues unabated, a new study warns. Climate change is likely to up the severity of future storms through a range of factors — higher precipitation, flooding, high winds, sea level ...

25 Families Forced To Flee Their Homes Due To Uncontrolled Gas Leak At Fracking Well

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Twenty-five families in eastern Ohio have been unable to return to their homes for the last three days due to a natural gas leak at a nearby fracking well. Households within a 1.5-mile radius of the well were evacuated this week after the well started leaking Saturday. Oil ...

Chilling Effects: Hollywood Studio Pulls Plug On Upcoming Steve Carell Film Set In North Korea

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Sony announced on Wednesday that it was pulling the plug on “The Interview,” a raunchy comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, about the attempted assassination of a North Korean dictator. The decision comes after Sony was targeted by a massive cyber attack which compromised terabytes of sensitive ...

Greenpeace May Have Permanently Damaged An Ancient, Sacred Site. Now What?

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Greenpeace activists stand next to massive letters delivering the message “Time for Change: The Future is Renewable” next to the hummingbird geoglyph in Nazca in Peru, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The Nazca peoples’ ancient geoglyphs are one of the country’s cultural landmarks. Greenpeace International set off a firestorm ...

I Almost Spent the Night With Chuck Johnson

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Hours before I was due to hop in a rental car to drive to his home last week, Charles C. Johnson laid down a new ground rule: He would talk only if I promised not to mention he lived in Fresno. The internet was full of crazy ...

New Research Says Latest International Climate Pledges Still Fall Short of 2°C Goal

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New commitments by Europe, China, and the United States to cut their greenhouse gas emissions still aren’t to sufficient to head off dangerous levels of climate change, a new analysis warns. In November, the United States and China forged an agreement that wedded the former country to an ...

These Are the Cutest Animal Videos of 2014, According to the World's Leading Science Journal

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Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute. This morning the ingenious folks in Nature's video department ...

Republicans Freak Out Over Obama's New Cuba Policy

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Republicans and at least one senior Democrat swiftly condemned President Barack Obama’s announcement on Wednesday of a normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. The announcement came after the Cuban government released Alan Gross — a prisoner who was being held on espionage charges for trying ...

On Torture, Dick Cheney Isn't the Problem. We Are.

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After a week of condemnations of the CIA interrogation program, and talk everywhere of how it violated our values and weakened our standing in the world, the verdict of public opinion is in: People support it....In the case of Cheney v. Feinstein, Cheney wins—at least with the public.

Cuba's retro rides

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Cars are driven as the sun sets over Havana's seafront boulevard 'El Malecon', April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan Cars are driven on Havana's flooded seafront boulevard 'El Malecon' as a cold front rolls over Havana, November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan A bride rides a convertible car during a ...

Wisconsin jails pregnant woman and denies her prenatal care to “protect” her fetus

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Feministing is a labor of love and all our staff has other full-time jobs to support their work on the site. Your donation is much appreciated, and much needed. Wisconsin has a law on the books that allows the authorities to lock up a pregnant person who’s used ...

Gay W. Virginia high school soccer player comes out by dancing with homecoming king

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Michael Martin, an all-state goalie, slow danced with the guy who gave him the courage to be himself. Inspired by Robbie Rogers, Martin now hopes to inspire others. It was something I thought I'd never do -- dance a slow dance with the homecoming king at his high school. I am an 18-year-old senior all-state high school soccer goalie for Musselman High School in West Virginia. I also have been on the school's football, tennis and swim teams. And I am openly gay. Growing up in rural West Virginia, it's ...

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

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GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday. Patching up ties with Tehran could ease Hamas's financial and political isolation. Israel is blockading the Gaza Strip, while ...

The A-10 jet carries out its first airstrikes against the Islamic State

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet has been carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State since late November on a near-daily basis, a U.S. military official said Tuesday. It marks the first time the use of the pugnacious plane against the militant group has been confirmed, although U.S.

This Is the Best C-SPAN Call of All-Time

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The brothers Woodhouse sit staunchly on opposite ends of the political spectrum. They regularly take to C-SPAN to publicly squabble over their ideological differences. Their mother, Joy Woodhouse, has finally had enough: "Oh god it's mom," a slightly panicked Dallas Woodhouse mumbles upon realizing the next caller is ...

No, American Christians Should Not Support Torture

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Last Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a harrowing executive summary of a new report detailing the CIA’s use of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” on prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay and other prisons. The summary described the agency’s willingness to use brutal methods such as water-boarding, force-feeding, and sexual ...

November in Books; 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year

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China Is Building a New Silk Road to Europe, And It's Leaving America Behind

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November 18, 2014: it's a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex ...

The Great Paradox of Bitcoin: If It Ever Succeeds, It's Doomed

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Will Bitcoin ever become a major competitor to the world's more conventional currencies? It certainly has some advantages over existing payment networks, thanks partly to its technical structure and partly to the fact that it's largely free of regulation. But Henry Farrell argues that its freedom from regulation ...

Rubio Attacks Pope For Helping Broker Cuba Deal

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Today, Barack Obama made a historic announcement to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. Initially, both countries will reopen their embassies, travel restrictions will be loosened and the economic embargo eased. Cuba released American Alan Gross, a ...

Doctors May Have Violated Medical Ethics By Helping The CIA Torture Prisoners

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A week after the release of a comprehensive Senate committee report on the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods of terror suspects, a medical advocacy organization is taking to task the health professionals who were involved, saying that their participation gave the U.S. government legal cover and “betray[ed] the most ...

German cabinet approves training mission to Iraq

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet on Wednesday agreed to send around 100 German troops to northern Iraq to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria and declaring an Islamic "caliphate". Western ...
 

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