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Actors Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) were on hand to help honor the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

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""You really are one of the great?est filmmakers on the planet,"" Serkis told the 53-year-old New Zealand-born director in a short speech before Jackson received his star.

He was honored nine days before the US release of the final movie in the Hobbit trilogy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

A red-carpet premiere is to be held in Hollywood on Tuesday (local time).

Jackson's star is on the sidewalk directly outside the Dolby Theatre, the venue for the Academy Awards at the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season, which is just getting into gear.

Jackson won best director Oscar and shared best adapted screenplay in 2004 for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, after securing two Oscar nominations in 2002 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

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CARACAS, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The resumption of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has led many around the world to believe Washington has embarked on a new era of improved relations with Latin America.

But many Latin American political observers are skeptical, believing the U.S. is more interested in bolstering its image and resurrecting its influence in the region.

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"With the beginning of diplomatic relations, we are pledging to engage with each other to talk about our differences...and to try to build a relationship that benefits the people of Cuba, the people of the United States, the people of the region," said Kerry.

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At that hemispheric gathering, Caracas received the unanimous support of 32 nations from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in condemning a White House executive order declaring the South American nation a threat to the U.S. national security.

Countries around the world also were vocal in their criticism of the strongly-worded decree, which justified economic sanctions against several Venezuelan officials.

According to Tajeldine, Washington is still determined to thwart Latin America's socialist governments and increasing regional integration, but without the direct participation of U.S. officials.

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Tony Boza, a well-known Venezuelan political analyst, agrees, saying Washington's recent "goodwill" actually "camouflages" its economic and political interests.

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Only by ending the economic, trade and financial embargo imposed on Cuba in 1962, in addition to several other steps, will the two nations be able to normalize relations, said Rodriguez.


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MEXICO CITY Women's Nike Air Force 1 High Blue 321813-411 UK Sale , July 22 (Xinhua) -- Restoring diplomatic ties would benefit both the United States and Cuba, and Latin America in general, if recent events are to go beyond being merely feel-good group photos to bookend U.S. President Barack Obama's second term.

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