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Discovery of Two Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years Announced in Egypt

VOA - 10.12.2017

Egypt authorities announced Saturday that archaeologists had discovered two small ancient tombs in Luxor, a southern city. The tombs date back about 3,500 years and are located on the west bank of ...

Iran Sentences Fugitive Ex-bank Chief to Prison in Absentia

VOA - 10.12.2017

Iran's judiciary says the former head of the country's largest state-controlled bank who fled to Canada amid a massive embezzlement case has been handed a lengthy prison sentence in absentia.

Russian General Named in Bellingcat MH17 Report Plans to Sue

VOA - 10.12.2017

A senior Russian general who was accused in a recent investigation of being a coordinator of separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and of possibly playing a role in the downing of a civilian airliner ...

Pakistani Military Chief: Are Religious Schools Preparing Students for Job Market?

VOA - 10.12.2017

Pakistan's powerful army chief of staff has waded into the sensitive issue of madrassas, questioning how well the religious schools are preparing students in the age of technology.

Arab League Chief Calls for Recognition of Palestinian State After US Action on Jerusalem

VOA - 10.12.2017

The head of the Arab League has called on the nations of the world to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital, in response to U.S.

California Governor: Late-year Wildfires are 'New Normal'

VOA - 10.12.2017

California Governor Jerry Brown cautioned Saturday that more wildfires were in his state's future, as firefighters battled six major blazes that have killed at least one person and damaged hundreds ...

Ukrainian Author of Manafort Op-ed Says He Sought Input to Avoid Errors

VOA - 10.12.2017

KYIV, UKRAINE — The author of an article that U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller believes former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said Saturday that he ...

Law to Bring Down Mob Now Used Against Weinstein

VOA - 10.12.2017

NEW YORK — The federal anti-racketeering law has been used since the late 1970s to bring down mob bosses. Could it be used to prosecute Harvey Weinstein? Lawyers for six actresses who say they were ...

Remarks By President Trump at Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

VOA - 10.12.2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release December 9, 2017 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE OPENING OF THE ...

German Conservatives Reject 'United States of Europe' Ahead of Coalition Talks

VOA - 10.12.2017

BERLIN — Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they ...

Montana Tribe Wary of Monument Offer, Seek Land’s Ownership

VOA - 10.12.2017

BILLINGS, MONTANA — Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is pursuing creation of a new monument on the border of a ...

In Alabama, Democrat Fights History, Math in Senate Race

VOA - 10.12.2017

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — Renegade Republican Roy Moore may be plagued by scandal, but it will take more than that to convince the voters of 44th Place North to show up for Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday.

Thousands Protest Corruption, Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

VOA - 10.12.2017

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal ...

William and Harry Choose Sculptor for Diana Statue

VOA - 10.12.2017

LONDON — A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain’s coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said Sunday, to ...

With Opposition Sitting Out, Venezuela’s Socialists Set to Gain Mayors

VOA - 10.12.2017

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party looked set to sweep Sunday’s nationwide mayoral polls, deepening opposition splits and consolidating President Nicolas Maduro’s position ahead ...

Traders Brace for Launch of Bitcoin Futures Market

VOA - 10.12.2017

NEW YORK — The newest way to bet on bitcoin, the cyptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm with its stratospheric price rise and wild daily gyrations, will arrive Sunday when bitcoin futures ...

Japan, US, South Korea to Practice Missile Tracking

VOA - 10.12.2017

TOKYO — The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting Monday, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North ...

France’s Republicans Set to Elect Leader to Challenge Macron

VOA - 10.12.2017

PARIS — In his first seven months in office, President Emmanuel Macron has faced little opposition. But come Sunday, the once-dominant Republicans elect a new leader they hope might recover the ...

AP Fact Check: Trump Wrong on Black Homeownership, Trade, Wages

VOA - 10.12.2017

WASHINGTON — In his rally Friday night, President Donald Trump falsely stated that black homeownership has hit a record high under his stewardship and made the dubious claim that he set Canada’s ...

Aboriginal Masterpiece in Australia to Raise Money For Kidney Patients

VOA - 10.12.2017

SYDNEY — A rare painting by Albert Namatjira, one of Australia’s most iconic Aboriginal artists, is to be sold to raise money for kidney patients in remote parts of central Australia.

Syrian Government Returns to Geneva Talks

VOA - 10.12.2017

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The Syrian government's delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week's absence, but ...

Mass Vaccinations of Rohingya Refugees to Prevent Diphtheria Begins

VOA - 10.12.2017

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — A mass vaccination campaign is getting underway to stop diphtheria from spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

New Protests Erupt in Muslim, Arab World Against Trump's Jerusalem Decision

VOA - 10.12.2017

A new wave of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital erupted Sunday in parts of the Muslim and Arab world.

Sources: Yemen's Saleh Buried in Sana'a

VOA - 10.12.2017

DUBAI — Yemen's Houthi group has buried the body of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a, allowing only a handful of relatives to attend, sources from his General People's Congress ...

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Nuclear Powers to Sign UN Treaty

VOA - 10.12.2017

MOSCOW — Winners of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize warned that the world was "one impulsive tantrum" away from destruction, urging nuclear nations to adopt a U.N. treaty banning atomic weapons.

Thousands in Ukraine Demand Saakashvili's Release

VOA - 10.12.2017

Thousands in Ukraine rallied Sunday in protest of the arrest of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, calling for his release and the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.

Alabama Senator Shelby: State 'Deserves Better' than Election of Republican Roy Moore

VOA - 10.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Alabama's senior senator, Republican Richard Shelby, said Sunday the state "deserves better" than the election of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexual improprieties ...

California Wildfires Force New Evacuations

VOA - 10.12.2017

New evacuations were ordered in Santa Barbara county in Southern California Sunday morning as the largest wildfire currently burning in the state threatened a number of coastal towns.

Iraqi Kurds Criticize Abadi for Not Recognizing them in Fight against IS

VOA - 10.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Kurdish forces in Iraq, known as Peshmerga, Sunday criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for not mentioning the role of Peshmerga in defeating IS in Iraq.

UN: 4,500 Civilians Killed, Wounded in Somalia Since 2016

VOA - 10.12.2017

The United Nations says more than 4,500 civilians have been killed or wounded in the conflict in Somalia since the start of 2016. The U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N.

German FM: 'United States of Europe' Wouldn't Negate Nations

VOA - 10.12.2017

BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister says a "United States of Europe" proposed by his party's leader wouldn't spell the end of nation-states on the continent.

UN Envoy Haley: Trump's Accusers Have Right to be Heard

VOA - 10.12.2017

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have the right to be heard. "Women who accuse anyone should be heard," Nikki Haley ...

Romania: Protests of Laws Viewed as lax on Graft Renewed

VOA - 10.12.2017

BUCHAREST — More than 10,000 people on Sunday participated in another round of protests against Romanian legislation that critics say would make it harder to punish high-level corruption.

Polish Lawmakers Advance Legislation Giving Parliament More Power Over Courts

VOA - 09.12.2017

Poland's lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved legislation that gives lawmakers more control over the selection of judges, in defiance of warnings from the European Union.

After Stinging Athens, Turkey's Erdogan Woos Crowds in Northern Greece

VOA - 09.12.2017

KOMOTINI, GREECE — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave out toy cars and dolls to children on the final leg of a visit to Greece on Friday, a trip meant to boost ties but which has exposed the ...

Trump Sends Diplomat Known for Candid Views to Venezuela

VOA - 09.12.2017

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — The Trump administration will send to Venezuela as its top diplomatic envoy a former ambassador with a reputation for candidness and controversy at a time when relations between ...

Protesters Gather in Kyiv After Police Recapture Former Georgian Leader Saakashvili

VOA - 09.12.2017

KYIV — Ukrainian police recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday, prompting further protests in central Kiev by his supporters who freed him from police custody ...

US Military Kills 5 al-Qaida Militants in Yemen

VOA - 09.12.2017

The U.S. military said Friday that its airstrikes had killed five al-Qaida militants in central Yemen. A Central Command statement said the strikes, which took place November 20 in Bayda province, ...

Pope Singles Out Rome's Decay, Corruption on Traditional Feast Day

VOA - 09.12.2017

ROME — Pope Francis lamented the decay and degradation of Rome on Friday, using a traditional prayer on a national feast day to highlight problems such as environmental blight and corruption in the ...

White House: Trump Senior Aide Dina Powell to Resign Early Next Year

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, plans to resign early next year and return to her home in New York, the White House said on Friday.

UN Calls on Social Media Giants to Control Platforms Used to Lure African Migrants

VOA - 09.12.2017

GENEVA — The U.N. migration agency called on social media giants Friday to make it harder for people smugglers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face ...

US Presses Russia About Compliance with Landmark Nuclear Treaty

VOA - 09.12.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States says it is reviewing military, economic and diplomatic options to compel Russia to return to compliance with the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces ...

Pentagon 'Deeply Committed' to Laws of War as ICC Considers Investigation

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON/PENTAGON — The Pentagon has reasserted its commitment to complying with the laws of war, after news emerged that the International Criminal Court is seeking an investigation into alleged ...

Christie's: Abu Dhabi to Acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi'

VOA - 09.12.2017

New-York based Christie's auction house said Friday that Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi," a painting that sold for ...

USOC Says All Systems Go for Pyeongchang Olympics

VOA - 09.12.2017

The U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday said it would send a full team to compete at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February despite mixed messages this week from the White House about whether ...

'Star Wars' Cast Reflects on Legacy of Fisher, Leia

VOA - 09.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher may have been the "madcap Auntie Mame" to Mark Hamill's "square" homebody, but despite their differences, the Star Wars siblings got along famously right till the end.

From Poles to Filipinos? UK Food Industry Needs Post-Brexit Workers

VOA - 09.12.2017

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND — Britons who voted for Brexit in the hope of slashing immigration seem set for disappointment. In the farming and food industries at least, any exodus of Polish and Romanian ...

First Black Astronaut Honored on 50th Anniversary of Death

VOA - 09.12.2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — AP Photo NY560, NY561, NY562 America's first black astronaut, Air Force Maj. Robert Lawrence Jr., finally got full honors Friday on the 50th anniversary of his death.

'Worker Bee' Round of NAFTA Talks to Focus on Easier Chapters

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — NAFTA trade negotiators convene in Washington next week for a limited round of talks unlikely to move the needle on major sticking points, but aimed at demonstrating some progress toward ...

Maldives Rushes Through Trade Pact With China Despite Opposition

VOA - 09.12.2017

MALE — The Maldives government signed a free trade agreement with China during a visit to Beijing by its leader, Abdulla Yameen, it said on Friday, despite criticism from the opposition over the ...

Brexiters Accuse Theresa May of Capitulation

VOA - 09.12.2017

There was relief in London and Brussels Friday after Britain clinched an initial agreement on its terms of divorce from the European Union, opening the way for the next — and even harder — phase of ...

With Trump Attending, Some African Americans to Skip Mississippi Event

VOA - 09.12.2017

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — Many in Mississippi's African-American community had waited decades for a civil rights museum. But with President Donald Trump coming to the museum's opening Saturday, some ...

US High Court Blocks Release of Trump 'Dreamer' Immigrant Documents

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that ...

Mueller Probe Delivers Thousands of Documents to Manafort Defense

VOA - 09.12.2017

U.S. prosecutors say former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort may have violated a court gag order — an order not to speak or write about the case — by editing an opinion article that ran Thursday ...

Reports: UN Envoy Expressed Willingness to Ease Tensions in N. Korea

VOA - 09.12.2017

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who visited North Korea this week, expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean Peninsula, state media said Saturday, amid a ...

Report: FBI Warned Trump Aide Hicks Over Emails From Russians

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The FBI found it necessary to deliver a special warning about Russian contacts to President Donald Trump’s close aide Hope Hicks after Trump took office last January, the New York Times ...

No Respite in Sight From Fast-moving Southern California Wildfires

VOA - 09.12.2017

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA — Exhausted fire crews made little headway Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in Southern California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged ...

White House Fully Briefed on Possible Security Fallout From Jerusalem Decision

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The White House was fully briefed on the potential security fallout from officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

Trump Boasts of Defeating ‘Savage Killers’ Here and Abroad

VOA - 09.12.2017

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA — President Donald Trump on Friday touted his efforts to secure the homeland, telling a raucous rally crowd in the Florida panhandle that his administration is “taking care of our ...

Venezuela's Chronic Shortages Give Rise to 'Medical Flea Markets'

VOA - 09.12.2017

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, VENEZUELA — Venezuela's critical medicine shortage has spurred "medical flea markets," where peddlers offer everything from antibiotics to contraceptives laid out among the ...

Wind, Fire, Ash Destroy Much of California Avocado Crop

VOA - 09.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — The wildfire that roared through the orchards of California’s Ventura County destroyed much of the region’s avocado crop not just with flames, but also with fierce Santa Ana winds and a ...

At Yayoi Kusama Show, a Long Wait to Experience Infinity

VOA - 09.12.2017

NEW YORK — If you want to experience infinity, you're going to have to wait a long time. On a recent Saturday, the line to see Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's new Infinity Mirror Rooms stretched all ...

Mexican President Asks Senate to Broaden Discussion Over Security Bill

VOA - 09.12.2017

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday asked Senate lawmakers to include civil society's views in their discussion of a divisive bill that critics say would give the military ...

UN Allows Peacekeepers in Mali to Help Sahel Force

VOA - 09.12.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday that will enable the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali to provide support to the new 5,000-troop African force that is ...

Forum Builds Network to Fight Worldwide Corruption

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Despite ongoing efforts to curb corruption, billions of dollars continue to flow illicitly from countries around the world. That’s led to a range of multinational efforts to stem ...

US Envoy Heads to Japan, Thailand to Discuss North Korea

VOA - 09.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S.

North Korea, UN Agree to Communicate Regularly

VOA - 09.12.2017

North Korea and the United Nations have agreed to communicate regularly. KCNA, North Korea’s state run news service, said Saturday this latest development is a result of a senior U.N.

Honduran Opposition Calls for Presidential Election Results to be Annulled

VOA - 09.12.2017

The leaders of the two primary opposition parties in Honduras have asked for the annulment of the results of the still unresolved presidential election.

Alliance of Communist Parties Leading Nepal Election Results

VOA - 09.12.2017

An alliance of two major communist parties is leading parliamentary election results in Nepal and could be forming the next government in the Himalayan nation.

Venezuela Prepares for Municipal Elections Sunday

VOA - 09.12.2017

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuelans will head to the polls Sunday for municipal elections that are expected to tighten leftist President Nicolas Maduro's grip on the beleaguered South American nation.

Warming Arctic, Drier Regions, and Wildfires: Is There a Link?

VOA - 09.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — Many scientists believe the Arctic, one of the fastest-changing places on the planet, could drive change in other parts of the world, including wildfire-ravaged Southern California.

Elections in India’s western Gujarat State Pose Crucial Test for Modi

VOA - 09.12.2017

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced his most crucial electoral test since he took office in 2014 as voters lined up Saturday to choose a local government in his home state of ...

Southern Snowfall Isn’t Deep, but Many Fear Overnight Freeze

VOA - 09.12.2017

A winter storm shrouded the Deep South in snow and threatened more overnight as it advanced eastward. With temperatures expected to sink below freezing across much of the region, forecasters warned ...

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza as Protests Around the World Continue Against Trump's Jerusalem Decision

VOA - 09.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from Gaza killed two men Saturday, in the latest fallout from the announcement from U.S.

Separatists Attack Cameroon Police

VOA - 09.12.2017

YAOUNDE — At least 6 armed separatists and a police official have been killed and several people wounded in the southwestern Cameroon English speaking town of Mamfe during an attack on a military ...

Australia’s First Same Sex Weddings to Be Held Within Weeks

VOA - 09.12.2017

SYDNEY — Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Australia has officially signed same sex marriage into law following a landmark vote in the federal parliament.

Trump Speaks at Opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

VOA - 09.12.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is "moved" by the opening of a civil rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi, where he praised civil rights leaders such as Medgar Evers and the Reverend Martin ...

Iraqi PM Says 3-Year War Against IS Has Ended

VOA - 09.12.2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Saturday that the three-year war aimed at driving Islamic State out of Iraq was successful and has come to an end.

Venezuela Opposition Heads Splintered Into Mayoral Elections

VOA - 09.12.2017

CARACAS — Only a few residents came out to greet opposition candidate Yon Goicoechea as he campaigned on a narrow street in this poor hilltop neighborhood outside Venezuela's capital in the countdown ...

Aid Groups Vowing to Boycott New Myanmar Camps for Rohingya

VOA - 09.12.2017

Humanitarian organizations are urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to ensure Rohingya refugees return to their home country in safety and on a voluntary basis.

Tears, Pomp, Extravagance as France Mourns Rocker Hallyday

VOA - 09.12.2017

PARIS — France bid farewell to its biggest rock star Saturday, honoring Johnny Hallyday with an extravagant funeral procession down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue, a presidential speech and a televised ...

Zimbabwe's New Government to Revise 'Indigenization' Law

VOA - 09.12.2017

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Zimbabwe's new government has unveiled a $5 billion budget for 2018 that it says will revive the country's moribund economy as long as the country can rein in corruption, hold a ...

Saakashvili Declares Hunger Strike Following Arrest in Kyiv

VOA - 09.12.2017

KYIV — Ukrainian opposition politician and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has declared a hunger strike, his lawyer told journalists on Saturday.

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Russia Says IS Has Been Defeated in Syria

VOA - 08.12.2017

Russia's military said Thursday that its mission to oust the Islamic State group in Syria had been accomplished and that the country was "completely liberated" from the group.

Analysis: Jerusalem Decision Could Boost Extremist Islamist Parties

VOA - 08.12.2017

Islamist parties are using the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a rallying cry that likely will resound in upcoming election campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries. U.S.

Worsening Ukrainian Crisis Suffers from Severe Lack of Funding

VOA - 08.12.2017

GENEVA — The United Nations is appealing for $187 million to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to 2.3 million of the most vulnerable Ukrainians who, it says, have reached the limits of ...

Southern California Fires Force 200,000 People to Flee

VOA - 08.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — Wildfires roared through canyons, hillsides and residential areas in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, while gusting winds hampered firefighters' ...

White House Says It Believes Saudi Arabia Will Open Yemen Port

VOA - 08.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The White House said on Thursday it believed that Saudi Arabia would allow a blocked port in Yemen to open after President Donald Trump urged Riyadh to lift a blockade to let ...

Pakistan Ambassador Urges Cooperation with Afghanistan on Border Security

VOA - 08.12.2017

The Pakistan-Afghanistan border must be secured to keep terrorists from crossing "at free will," Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. says. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told VOA Urdu in an interview that the ...

US State Department Issues Worldwide Caution for US Travelers

VOA - 08.12.2017

The U.S. State Department has issued a "worldwide caution" warning after President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American ...

FBI Says Its Support for Anti-corruption Unit Abides by Ukrainian Law

VOA - 08.12.2017

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is challenging suggestions of illegal conduct in an undercover sting operation targeting allegedly corrupt government officials in Kyiv, which the FBI ...

US Congress Passes Emergency Spending Bill

VOA - 08.12.2017

Congress has passed an emergency spending bill to fund the federal government for two more weeks, avoiding a partial shutdown that would have taken effect Friday night.

Pakistani Senate to Question Recovered Missing Persons About Disappearances

VOA - 08.12.2017

Pakistan's Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights announced Thursday that it would talk to recovered missing persons to inquire about the circumstances under which they went missing.

Why It Matters: The US Pivot on Jerusalem

VOA - 08.12.2017

JERUSALEM — Breaking with decades of U.S. policy, President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a declaration that set off a wave of clashes between Palestinians and ...

White House: Trump Decision on Jerusalem Doesn't Kill Peace Process

VOA - 08.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — The White House on Thursday denied that the president's announcement on moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem meant his administration was pulling out of the Middle East peace ...

How a Dry Spell Allowed Winds to Lash California With Flames

VOA - 08.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said.

Rowling ‘Genuinely Happy’ Johnny Depp in Next ‘Fantastic Beasts’

VOA - 08.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on Thursday defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the next Fantastic Beasts movie after a backlash from fans unhappy about the circumstances of ...

US Set to Deport 70 Cambodians

VOA - 08.12.2017

Cambodia’s immigration department has confirmed that about 70 Cambodians living in the U.S. are set to be deported in December, immigration advocates say.

Pyeongchang in a Cold Sweat Over Freezing Olympics Opening Ceremony

VOA - 08.12.2017

SEOUL — South Korea's winter Olympics organizers have worries other than a ban on Russia competing, poor ticket sales and tensions over North Korea. They fear it may be too cold.

Top US Congressman to Boycott Opening of Civil Rights Museum

VOA - 08.12.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, is one of the country’s best known living icons of the fight for civil rights in the 1960s.

With 'On Air,' Rolling Stones Look to Past Radio Recordings

VOA - 08.12.2017

The Rolling Stones have released an album of rarely heard radio recordings, but Keith Richards admits with a laugh: “I barely remember some of them.” “The Rolling Stones — On Air” was released last ...

Congressman Says Africa Next 'Hot Spot' for Islamic State

VOA - 08.12.2017

PENTAGON — The chair of the House Homeland Security Committee says Africa will be the next "hot spot" for Islamic extremism, amid growing concern about Islamic State migration and recruitment after ...

Honduras to Recount Nearly a Fourth of Ballot Boxes

VOA - 08.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — Honduras’ election tribunal will recount 4,753 ballot boxes that have cast a shadow on the results of the country’s presidential election, the tribunal chief said Thursday, ...

EU: Brexit Talks Make Progress, Ready for Next Phase

VOA - 08.12.2017

BRUSSELS/LONDON — The European Commission said Friday enough progress had been made in Brexit negotiations with Britain and that a second phase of negotiations should begin, ending an impasse over ...

Trump Presses for Tax Cut Victory as Russia Probe Intensifies

VOA - 08.12.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is counting on congressional Republicans to enact a package of tax cuts in the coming weeks, in the process delivering his first major legislative achievement ...

Study to Determine if 3-D Mammograms Produce Better Results

VOA - 08.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Mammography has been a standard screening device for breast cancer since the mid-1970s. And the practice is credited with a 30 percent decline in death, thanks to early detection and ...

Navy Sends Deep Water Experts to Find Plane, Sailors

VOA - 08.12.2017

The U.S. Navy is sending a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the transport plane that crashed into the western Pacific Ocean in November.

Bangladesh Asks NY Fed to Help it Recover Stolen Millions

VOA - 08.12.2017

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — Bangladesh’s central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world’s biggest ...

Miami Citizens Become Scientists to Study Rising Seas

VOA - 08.12.2017

MIAMI — It’s a sunny Saturday morning in Miami, and Kiran Bhat is crouching ankle-deep in puddle water, watching the level creep up a measuring tape. At the bottom of the puddle is a storm drain.

When Violence Takes Away the Breadwinners, Hazara Families Suffer

VOA - 08.12.2017

QUETTA, PAKISTAN — Life for Shakar Nisa was comfortable. Her kids went to school, there was plenty to eat, and they could buy fruit. Then one day her husband went to work as usual, to his tire shop ...

US Catholics Pursuing Sainthood for Native American Visionary Nicholas Black Elk

VOA - 08.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Last month, U.S. Catholic bishops voted unanimously to pursue sainthood for Oglala Lakota healer and visionary Nicholas Black Elk, who is credited with bringing hundreds of Native ...

Protesters Lash Out at Trump Across Muslim World

VOA - 08.12.2017

Large crowds of protesters across the Muslim world staged anti-U.S. marches Friday after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with protests in Gaza leading to the death of one ...

Alabama Voters to Decide Key Senate Race

VOA - 08.12.2017

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA — A December 12 special election in the southern U.S. state of Alabama has the whole country talking. Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are vying for a seat in the U.S.

Bill Targeting Authoritarian Ex-leader Will Distance Taiwan from China

VOA - 08.12.2017

TAIPEI — Legislation in Taiwan that opens a probe into the heavy-handed rule of former strongman Chiang Kai-shek stands to distance Taiwanese people from their political rival China.

China, S. Korea Look to Sync Approach on Pyongyang

VOA - 08.12.2017

BEIJING — Analysts say issues surrounding North Korea and tensions on the peninsula will be a top priority when South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits China next week.

New Blaze Prompts Emergency in San Diego County, California

VOA - 08.12.2017

Firefighters continued to battle several wind-fueled wildfires in southern California Friday, including a new rapidly expanding blaze that erupted north of San Diego.

Pakistan Will Allow Convicted Indian Spy's Family to Meet Him Dec. 25

VOA - 08.12.2017

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan granted permission Friday for the wife and mother of a convicted Indian death row prisoner to visit him later this month. Former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was ...

Analysts Doubt Much Has Changed in Zimbabwe

VOA - 08.12.2017

JOHANNESBURG — On the surface, a lot has changed in Zimbabwe in the last month — longtime president Robert Mugabe finally resigned after 37 years in power after the army took over state institutions, ...

Somalia, Djibouti Say Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem is 'Dangerous'

VOA - 08.12.2017

Two East African countries say U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is "dangerous" and could spark an international crisis. "We are urging the U.S.

UN Chief Condemns Deadly Attack on Peacekeepers in DRC

VOA - 08.12.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations secretary-general has expressed his “outrage” after an attack on U.N. peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that killed at least a dozen ...

In 'America's Finest City,' Homelessness Spreads Disease

VOA - 08.12.2017

SAN DIEGO — For Christine Wade, the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot, was far better than their previous home — a shelter where rats ate through the family's bags ...

Tillerson Urges Saudi Arabia to Curb Military Role in Yemen

VOA - 08.12.2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia Friday to curb its military intervention in Yemen, a country in the throes of a humanitarian crisis triggered by a two-year civil war.

Activists Urge US to Impose Sanctions on Human Rights Abusers

VOA - 08.12.2017

As the world marks International Human Rights Day this Sunday, Chinese advocacy groups will be watching to see if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge earlier this year to sanction ...

UN: Conditions Not Ripe for Return of Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar

VOA - 08.12.2017

GENEVA — The United Nations refugee agency says conditions are not ripe for the safe and stable return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, a country they ...

Net Neutrality Advocates Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules

VOA - 08.12.2017

NEW YORK — Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. Now everyday folks are talking about it.

Repatriation of African Migrants in Libyan Detention Centers Begins

VOA - 08.12.2017

GENEVA — The International Organization for Migration has begun the voluntary repatriation of thousands of West African migrants being held in detention centers in Libya under abusive conditions.

Democrats Prepare to Curtail Superdelegates Ahead of 2020

VOA - 08.12.2017

ATLANTA — Democrats are considering a plan that would limit — but not abandon — the influence of “superdelegates” in the next presidential primary, after a bruising 2016 primary prompted allegations ...

Tillerson: US Embassy Move Does Not Affect Jerusalem's Final Status

VOA - 08.12.2017

PARIS — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it is up to Palestinian and Israeli negotiators to determine Jerusalem's ultimate status despite the Trump administration's decision this week to ...

Opponents Vanquished, Cambodia PM Hun Sen Eyes Peace

VOA - 08.12.2017

SIEM REAP — In front of the largest religious monument on Earth, the world's longest-ruling prime minister — Cambodia's Hun Sen — prayed for peace and happiness in front of 5,000 monks Sunday.

WHO: Rapid Action Brings Quick End to Marburg Outbreak in Uganda

VOA - 08.12.2017

GENEVA — Rapid action prevented the spread of the deadly Marburg virus just weeks after it was first detected in Uganda, the World Health Organization reports.

Russian General Identified as 'Figure of Interest' in MH17 Downing

VOA - 08.12.2017

A respected international investigative group says it has identified a senior Russian general as a figure of interest in the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

China Warns Citizens in Pakistan of Possible Terror Attacks

VOA - 08.12.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — China has warned its citizens in Pakistan to keep a low profile, saying it has received intelligence reports of plans for "imminent" terror attacks.

Trump Signs Spending Bill that Averts Partial Government Shutdown

VOA - 08.12.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an emergency spending bill Friday averting a partial U.S. government for at least two weeks. The stopgap measure gives lawmakers and the White House until ...

State Department: US Travel Ban Fully Implemented

VOA - 08.12.2017

The U.S. State Department said Friday that it had begun implementing President Donald Trump's order limiting travel into the country. The order, which was given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court on ...

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Dec. 9

VOA - 08.12.2017

This is the Top Five Countdown! We’re on the march with the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending Dec. 9, 2017.

US Isolated at United Nations Over Jerusalem Decision

VOA - 08.12.2017

UNITED NATIONS — Some of the United States' oldest allies turned their backs on Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate its embassy there, during an emergency ...

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Lajm - 07.12.2017

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Trump Urges Saudis to Immediately Allow Aid Supplies Into Yemen

VOA - 07.12.2017

Calls comes as country grapples with bloody conflict, cholera outbreak, lack of fuel, food and medicine President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. officials to urge Saudi Arabia to completely allow ...

‘The Last Jedi’ Aims to Capture That Old Star Wars Feeling

VOA - 07.12.2017

Han Solo is dead. Luke Skywalker is back, but changed. And Leia Organa's story will soon be coming to an end. The Star Wars that inspired four decades of passionate fandom appears to be slowly but ...

Refugees Say South Sudan Should Have Federalist Government

VOA - 07.12.2017

JUBA — South Sudanese refugees in Uganda's Adjumani district want to see a federal system of government introduced in South Sudan. They said federalism can put an end to conflicts resulting from ...

Whistleblower: Flynn Signaled End to Russia Sanctions Minutes Into Trump Presidency

VOA - 07.12.2017

Donald Trump was just 11 minutes into his presidency last January when his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, texted a former business associate from the steps of the Capitol that an American ...

Russia's Olympic Ban Strengthens Putin's Re-election Hand

VOA - 07.12.2017

MOSCOW — Opinion polls show Vladimir Putin is already a shoo-in to win a fourth presidential term. But a ban on Russia taking part in the Winter Olympics is likely to make support for him even ...

China's Sinopec Sues Venezuela in Sign of Fraying Relations

VOA - 07.12.2017

Sinopec USA, a subsidiary of the Chinese oil and gas conglomerate, has sued Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in a U.S. court, claiming it never received full payment for an order of steel rebar.

US House Passes Resolution 'Condemning Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya'

VOA - 07.12.2017

CAPITOL HILL — The U.S. House of Representatives condemned the "ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya" on Wednesday, passing a resolution by a two-thirds voice vote "calling for an end to the attacks" ...

Senate Panel's Russia Probe Must Run Its Course, Leader Says

VOA - 07.12.2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee has interviewed "well over a hundred" people as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, with more interviews still ...

More Than 200 Nations Promise to Stop Ocean Plastic Waste

VOA - 07.12.2017

NAIROBI — More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding ...

OAS May Request New Honduras Election to Correct 'Irregularities'

VOA - 07.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA — The Organization of American States (OAS) said on Wednesday it may call for new Honduran elections if any "irregularities" undermine the credibility of results in last month's disputed ...

US Officials Warn of Islamic State’s New Caliphate: Cyberspace

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The collapse of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate has not diminished the militant group's ability to inspire attacks on Western targets via the internet, U.S.

US Restricts Visas for Cambodians ‘Undermining Democracy'

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will restrict visas for Cambodians “undermining democracy” in the Southeast Asian nation following the dissolution of the main opposition ...

Climate 'Refugees,' Sidelined From Global Deal, Ask: 'Where Is the Justice?'

VOA - 07.12.2017

SUVA, FIJI — Vulnerable communities uprooted by climate change are being left out of a voluntary pact to deal with migration, campaigners said, after the United States pulled out of the global deal.

Memoir by Japan's Hirohito Fetches $275,000 in NY

VOA - 07.12.2017

NEW YORK — A memoir by Japanese Emperor Hirohito that offers his recollections of World War II fetched $275,000, nearly double its expected top price, at an auction in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Gene Therapy Offers Hope of a Cure for Blood Disease

VOA - 07.12.2017

Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the ...

Checks for Free:  a Mexican Plan to Combat Poverty

VOA - 07.12.2017

MEXICO CITY — An opposition alliance in Mexico wants to launch a universal basic wage to combat the poverty that blights the lives of almost half the population, touting an experimental reform ...

Super-size Black Hole Is Farther From Us Than Any Other

VOA - 07.12.2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole that harks back to almost the dawn of creation. It's farther away from Earth than any other black hole yet found.

Can US Presidents Modify Monuments? Courts Likely Will Decide

VOA - 07.12.2017

SALT LAKE CITY — A flurry of lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to chop up two large national monuments in Utah could finally bring an answer to the much-debated question of ...

Venezuela's Ramirez Attacks Efforts to Link Him to Corruption

VOA - 07.12.2017

HOUSTON — Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Wednesday the government would make one of its “worst political moves” if investigators target him in an anti-corruption purge, which is ...

New Jimi Hendrix Album With Unreleased Songs Coming in March

VOA - 07.12.2017

NEW YORK — Unreleased songs recorded by Jimi Hendrix between 1968 and 1970 will be released next year. Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings announced Wednesday that they will release Hendrix's ...

Number of Homeless Americans Rises for First Time in Years

VOA - 07.12.2017

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast ...

House OKs GOP Bill Expanding Gun Owners' Rights

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress ...

White House: Trump Will Sign Temporary Spending Measure If House Passes It

VOA - 07.12.2017

The White House is encouraging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign off on a temporary spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown.

7 Years in Prison for Former Top Volkswagen Manager

VOA - 07.12.2017

A federal judge in Michigan has sentenced a former high-level Volkswagen manager to seven years in prison for his part in the scheme to cheat emissions tests and defraud consumers.

FBI Agent: Saudi at Guantanamo Admitted Helping 9/11 Plot

VOA - 07.12.2017

A Saudi Arabian being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp has admitted to helping with flights and finances for seven of the 19 men who hijacked planes in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the ...

Cameroon Escalates Military Crackdown on Anglophone Separatists

VOA - 07.12.2017

YAOUNDE — Cameroon's government has ordered thousands of villagers to leave their homes in the Anglophone Southwest region as it deploys troops to root out armed separatists who have vowed to loosen ...

Can a US President Obstruct Justice?

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Amid growing signs that special counsel Robert Mueller may be building an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, one of the president’s lawyers has set legal experts ...

No End in Sight for Yemen War, Analysts Say

VOA - 07.12.2017

The killing Monday of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh by Iran-backed rebel Houthis, his uneasy allies-turned-foes, has plunged the war-torn country into further uncertainty and violence, ...

Yugoslav War Crimes Court Wins Praise, But Not From Russia

VOA - 07.12.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia, which is closing after 24 years, drew praise Wednesday from its president, the U.S.

Californians Fled the Flames, Return to Find ‘Everything is Ashes’

VOA - 07.12.2017

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA — They ran for their lives by the thousands when the devastating wildfires raced across a huge swath of brush-covered Southern California hillsides, and they survived.

Trump’s Jerusalem Move Welcomed by Most Major American Jewish Groups

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been welcomed by a majority of the top U.S.

UN Envoy Meets North Korean Foreign Minister

VOA - 07.12.2017

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — A senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North’s foreign minister Thursday. Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N.

Southern Nepal Votes in Second and Final Round of Elections

VOA - 07.12.2017

Millions of voters in Nepal are heading to the polls in a historic election that completes the troubled country's transition to full democracy. Thursday's vote is the second and final phase of ...

Australian Parliament Allows Same-Sex Marriages

VOA - 07.12.2017

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a ...

Palestinians Dismiss US Role After Jerusalem Pivot

VOA - 07.12.2017

The dramatic U.S. policy shift on contested Jerusalem is seen by the Western-backed Palestinian leadership as a dangerous betrayal and game changer that is bound to propel them into a risky ...

Mideast Braces as Fallout Begins From Trump Shift on Jerusalem

VOA - 07.12.2017

JERUSALEM — Palestinians shuttered schools and shops and called for protests in West Bank towns Thursday, in a show of anger at President Donald Trump’s recognition of bitterly contested Jerusalem as ...

Thai Court Agrees to Hear Experts in Academic’s Case

VOA - 07.12.2017

BANGKOK — A Thai military court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to prosecute a prominent historian and social critic who suggested that a famed duel on elephant-back won by a Thai king ...

For American Politician, Opioid Issue is Personal

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Virginia Delegate John Bell politely greets people at a town hall meeting, asking them about their concerns, which range from local road repairs to women’s rights to affordable health ...

China State Media: Sweeping Backlash to Trump's Jerusalem Decision

VOA - 07.12.2017

Chinese state media predict a sweeping backlash to President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in what is being characterized in Beijing as a risky and unwise ...

Unmasked: Anonymous Historian Leaked Islamic State Secrets

VOA - 07.12.2017

He would wander the streets of occupied Mosul by day, chatting with shopkeepers and Islamic State fighters, visiting friends who worked at the hospital, swapping scraps of information.

Nobel Laureates Say Change Coming for Women in Sciences

VOA - 07.12.2017

A group of 2017 Nobel Laureates have addressed the lack of female representation in sciences ahead of the prize-awarding ceremony in Stockholm. The seven winners of this year's Nobel Prize in ...

Netanyahu Confident Countries Will Follow US Move to Recognize Jerusalem

VOA - 07.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he has no doubt other countries will follow the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and that once the U.S.

Erdogan Visits Greece, Says Border Treaty Needs Changes

VOA - 07.12.2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday there is a need to update a 1923 treaty that among other things established Turkey's boarders with its neighbors.

Indonesia Slams American Embassy Move to Jerusalem

VOA - 07.12.2017

JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Indonesia strongly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a symbolic and controversial move that is ...

Thousands of Catalans Rally, Feeling Abandoned by EU

VOA - 07.12.2017

Tens of thousands of people from Catalonia are rallying in Brussels to complain about what they see as the European Union's failure to help them following a failed independence referendum in the ...

North Korea: Likelihood of War With US 'Established Fact'

VOA - 07.12.2017

North Korea says a large joint military drill between South Korea and the United States has made "an outbreak of war" on the Korean peninsula "an established fact.

Cambodia Offers Largely Muted Response to US Travel Ban

VOA - 07.12.2017

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — The Cambodian government has so far offered a largely muted response to travel restrictions the U.S. has said it will impose on senior officials in direct response to what the ...

UAE 'Surprised and Disappointed' Over EU Blacklisting

VOA - 07.12.2017

DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates says it is "surprised and disappointed" about being blacklisted by the European Union along with 16 other countries the EU deems guilty of unfairly offering tax ...

Strong Winds Complicate California Wildfire Fight

VOA - 07.12.2017

Authorities in southern California warned of extreme fire conditions Thursday with dry air fanned by strong winds complicating efforts to battle multiple fires that broke out this week near Los ...

Newly Recognized by US as Israel's Capital, Jerusalem Seen as Unique

VOA - 07.12.2017

JERUSALEM — It is rare and perhaps unique for the world to interfere with a country's choice of its own capital. But that is far from the only unusual thing about Jerusalem.

Palestinian-Israeli Clashes Erupt After Trump's Jerusalem Shift

VOA - 07.12.2017

Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops and street protests erupted Thursday in the West Bank and Gaza on the day after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the ...

Dementia Set to Triple in Next 30 Years as Global Population Ages

VOA - 07.12.2017

GENEVA — The World Health Organization warns the number of people living with dementia globally will triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050. WHO is launching a global monitoring system on ...

Opioid Overdoses Take Toll on Medical Community

VOA - 07.12.2017

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Within seconds of pulling out of the station parking lot, Major Mike Will gets his first call to respond to a crisis. Wills switches on his lights and siren and picks up the ...

Argentine Judge Seeks Arrest of Ex-president Fernandez

VOA - 07.12.2017

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — A federal judge on Thursday asked Argentina's Senate to allow the arrest and trial of former President Cristina Fernandez on a charge of treason for allegedly covering up ...

Experts Scramble to Monitor Long-dormant Iceland Volcano

VOA - 07.12.2017

ORAEFI, ICELAND — At the summit of one of Iceland's most dangerous volcanoes, a 72-foot (22-meter) depression in the snow is the only visible sign of an alarming development.

UN Syria Envoy to Assess Progress as Peace Talks Hang in Balance

VOA - 07.12.2017

GENEVA — U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura says he will assess progress in the Syrian peace talks next week and decide whether it is worth continuing the political process or whether it ...

Bitcoin Worth Millions Stolen Days Before US Exchange Opens

VOA - 07.12.2017

TOKYO — A bitcoin mining company in Slovenia has been hacked for the possible theft of tens of millions of dollars, just days before the virtual currency, which hit a record above $15,000 on ...

Putin to Visit Egypt Next Week

VOA - 07.12.2017

MOSCOW — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt next week to discuss expanding political, economic, energy and trade ties. During Monday's trip the Russian leader will hold talks ...

FBI Director Wray Defends Agency Before Lawmakers

VOA - 07.12.2017

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray defended the nation's top law enforcement agency before lawmakers Thursday, saying agents are "working their tails off" to keep ...

A Little Deja Vu as Atlanta Mayoral Runoff Splits Voters

VOA - 07.12.2017

Atlanta voters woke up to deja vu Wednesday in the racially polarized contest to choose the city's next mayor, with one candidate laying claim to City Hall while the other vowed to seek a recount ...

One Woman's Journey Through Oxycodone Addiction

VOA - 07.12.2017

MIAMI — Before it became the worst day of her life, Allison Norland spread a blanket on the grass outside her father-in–law's house so her infant daughter could crawl on the soft ground.

Shame Mingles With Self-congratulation in Oscar Season

VOA - 07.12.2017

NEW YORK — In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there's some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry.

Senator Al Franken Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

VOA - 07.12.2017

CAPITOL HILL — U.S. Senator Al Franken announced he will resign amid a growing firestorm stemming from sexual misconduct allegationsthe second Democratic lawmaker to announce a departure this week ...

Oscars Organization Adopts Code of Conduct After Weinstein Expulsion

VOA - 07.12.2017

NEW YORK — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced Wednesday that it has adopted its first code of conduct for its 8,427 members. Film academy chief executive Dawn Hudson introduced ...

Cameroon's Military Moves In on Separatist-held Villages

VOA - 07.12.2017

BAFIA, CAMEROON — Cameroon's military has taken over two villages held hostage by separatists the government says are terrorists. The suspects have been collecting taxes, rendering justice in their ...

Trump, Congressional Leaders Meeting on US Spending Issues

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is meeting Thursday with congressional leaders about key spending issues as the government faces a Friday midnight deadline to approve at least short-term ...

Kurdish Leader Goes on Trial in Turkey Facing 142 Years in Jail

VOA - 07.12.2017

ISTANBUL — The trial of Kurdish opposition party leader Selahattin Demirtas has started in Ankara. Demirtas is charged with terrorism and has been held for more than a year in pretrial detention.

Bengalis Come to the Restaurant Without Partitions

VOA - 07.12.2017

At 6 p.m., the place was still empty, and only one person had trickled in. Two hours later, seven people were crammed around a table meant for four, with newspapers, cups of tea and food items ...

Ukraine Parliament Extends Ban on Agricultural Land Sales

VOA - 07.12.2017

KYIV — The Ukrainian parliament voted on Thursday to extend a ban on the sale of agricultural land by one year, delaying what financial backers say is a key reform essential to Ukraine's long-term ...

US, Colombia Vow to Redouble Efforts Against Drug Trade

VOA - 07.12.2017

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — U.S. and Colombian officials vowed Thursday to redouble efforts against drug trafficking as the South American nation contends with a record surge in coca production that has ...

Poland Ready to Defend Migration Stance in EU Top Court

VOA - 07.12.2017

WARSAW — Poland is ready to defend its decision in the European Union's top court to refuse to accept migrants from Africa and the Middle East under an EU plan to redistribute them, Deputy Foreign ...

Pearl Harbor Survivors Remember Those Killed 76 Years ago

VOA - 07.12.2017

HONOLULU — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands ...

African Schools Weigh Teaching in Local Languages

VOA - 07.12.2017

DAKAR — In Alieu Samb primary school, in a working-class section of Dakar, second-graders are learning to read in French. Like most children in Sub-Saharan Africa, they are taught in their country’s ...

In Vienna, Tillerson Spars With Lavrov on Ukraine Conflicts

VOA - 07.12.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday the United States will not lift sanctions against Russia until Moscow withdraws its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Croatia Raises Minimum Wage, Its Quota for Foreign Workers

VOA - 07.12.2017

ZAGREB — Croatia on Thursday raised its minimum wage by 5 percent and increased the number of licenses for foreign workers in 2018 in a bid to boost the competitiveness of one of the weakest ...

Ex-South Carolina Cop Gets 20 Years in Prison for Black Motorist's Death

VOA - 07.12.2017

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in ...

Report: Ethiopia Targeted Dissidents, Journalists With International Spyware Attacks

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Since 2016, the Ethiopian government has targeted dissidents and journalists in nearly two dozen countries with spyware provided by an Israeli software company, according to a new report ...

World Bank to Extend Up to $200M for Western Balkans Projects

VOA - 07.12.2017

SOPHIA — The World Bank is ready to extend up to $200 million for projects that will boost transport and trade links between Western Balkans countries, its chief executive officer Kristalina ...

Polish Ruling Party Replaces PM Ahead of Elections

VOA - 07.12.2017

WARSAW — Poland's ruling conservatives named Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as the country's new prime minister on Thursday as they gear up for a series of elections in the coming years.

Albania Woos Luxury Hotel Brands with Tax Breaks

VOA - 07.12.2017

TIRANA — Albania is planning to try to lure five-star hotel brands with tax breaks, including scrapping profit and property taxes, to increase its appeal for the higher-end of the tourist trade.

UN: Sale of Migrants as Slaves in Libya May Be Crime Against Humanity

VOA - 07.12.2017

NEW YORK — The sale of migrants into slavery in Libya may amount to crimes against humanity, the United Nations Security Council said Thursday, voicing "grave concern" after footage appearing to show ...

US EPA Chief Says He May Launch Public Climate Debate in January

VOA - 07.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to ...

Evicted White Zimbabwean Farmer Told He's Going Home

VOA - 07.12.2017

HARARE — A white Zimbabwean farmer kicked off his property at gunpoint in June has been told he will be going home within days, the first signs of the post-Robert Mugabe government making good on ...

US State Department Braces for Violent Fallout from Jerusalem Recognition

VOA - 07.12.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — The State Department has issued security warnings at scores of U.S. embassies around the world, bracing for protests or violence from President Donald Trump's decision to recognize ...

Trump Administration Praises Honduras Amid Election Crisis

VOA - 07.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — Amid a deepening electoral crisis in Honduras, the administration of President Donald Trump on Thursday certified the country's progress in protecting human rights and ...

Paraguay Congress Legalizes Planting of Medical Marijuana

VOA - 06.12.2017

ASUNCION — Paraguay's Congress passed a bill Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses, a decision that followed other countries in Latin ...

Coalition Says Fewer Than 3,000 IS Fighters Remain in Iraq and Syria

VOA - 06.12.2017

BAGHDAD — The United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State estimates that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, its ...

Rebellious Police Add New Wrinkle to Disputed Honduran Vote

VOA - 06.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — Groups of police refused to enforce a government-ordered curfew designed to quell protests over a disputed vote count from Honduras' November 26 presidential election, as the ...

Donald Trump Jr to Face House Panel Questioning

VOA - 06.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Donald Trump Jr. is set to testify Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session as lawmakers continue their investigation into Russian interference in last ...

Senate Confirms Nielsen to Head US Homeland Security

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Deputy White House chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen as President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Comic-book Heroes Flock to TV, But Why Are They So Popular?

VOA - 06.12.2017

NEW YORK — When Marvel's The Punisher debuted on Netflix last month, it was greeted with great interest and high anticipation. But it arrived as just one of many comic-book adaptations.

US Interior Secretary Urges Size Cuts, Management Changes to More National Monuments

VOA - 06.12.2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size and change the management of more national monuments in the western United States, and lashed out at ...

Students, Teachers Sue California Over Literacy Skills

VOA - 06.12.2017

A group of students and teachers is suing the state of California, charging the education department has no program to adequately teach children how to read.

Trump Set to Announce US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

VOA - 06.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump is planning to announce Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But analysts and officials say the president is not ...

Biological Cartilage Changing Way Knees Repaired

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Our knees handle more stress than any of other joints. So it’s no wonder that knee pain affects so many of us. If you go to any sporting event, you’ll notice that the athletes’ knees ...

Out-of-control California Wildfire Ruins Hundreds of Homes

VOA - 06.12.2017

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA — A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of ...

South Korean Media: US B-1B Bombers to Fly Over Peninsula

VOA - 06.12.2017

American B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean Peninsula Wednesday in the combined air force exercise with South Korea, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday citing an unidentified ...

Analysts: Maduro's Cryptocurrency to Fare No Better Than Venezuela Itself

VOA - 06.12.2017

CARACAS — Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than ...

US National Spelling Bee to Offer Wild Cards, Expand Field

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling ...

A Look at the Santa Ana Winds Fanning California Fires

VOA - 06.12.2017

The wildfires raging in Southern California are being fanned by Santa Ana winds, the notoriously gusty and witheringly dry blasts that are linked to some of the worst infernos in the region's history.

UN: Peru's Coca Area Expands for First Time in 5 Years

VOA - 06.12.2017

LIMA — The area planted with coca in Peru expanded 9 percent in 2016, ending a streak of four years of consecutive declines, as global demand for cocaine grows, the United Nations Office on Drugs and ...

France's War on Waste Makes It Most Food Sustainable Country

VOA - 06.12.2017

LONDON — A war on food waste in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking ...

US Rejects Federal Protection for White-tailed Prairie Dogs

VOA - 06.12.2017

PINEDALE, WYOMING — The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its ...

Obama Talks at Climate Change Summit as Mayors Sign Charter

VOA - 06.12.2017

CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the “new face of ...

Flourishing Esports Eye Olympic Games Link for Extra Boost

VOA - 06.12.2017

BERLIN — Booming esports do not need the Olympics to maintain their explosive growth, but a link with the world's biggest multisports event would validate gaming worldwide and give the Games a ...

Officials: Jihadist Plot to Kill British Prime Minister Thwarted

VOA - 06.12.2017

Two men were charged Tuesday in London with terror offenses over an alleged plot to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to British government officials.

US House Passes Measure to Limit Aid to Palestinians

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to sharply reduce the annual $300 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it take steps to stop making what lawmakers ...

Honduras Opposition Proposes Election Recount or Run-Off

VOA - 06.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA — The Honduran opposition battling President Juan Orlando Hernandez over a disputed presidential election proposed on Tuesday that a run-off be held if authorities would not recount the ...

Argentina Seen Sticking with Submarine Program Despite Disaster

VOA - 06.12.2017

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in ...

GOP Leaders Now Backing Moore, Despite Allegations

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Washington are coming to grips with the possibility — perhaps even probability — that Alabama's Roy Moore will win his special election next Tuesday and join them ...

Brazil, US Identify Molecule to Help Fight Citrus Greening Disease

VOA - 06.12.2017

SAO PAULO — Researchers have identified the molecule that attracts the insect that transmits citrus greening disease, a development expected to help farmers control a plague that has destroyed trees ...

Hard History: Mississippi Museums Explore Slavery, Klan Era

VOA - 06.12.2017

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — In the 1950s and '60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.

Mexican Acquitted of Murder in San Francisco Faces Gun, Immigration Charges

VOA - 06.12.2017

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. authorities on Tuesday charged a Mexican man with new immigration and gun violations less than a week after a San Francisco jury acquitted him of murder for the shooting death of ...

Nigeria Ramps Up Crusade Against Human Trafficking

VOA - 06.12.2017

ABUJA/LONDON — By rewarding whistleblowers, boosting prosecutions and challenging beliefs in black magic, Nigeria is ramping up its crusade against human trafficking, backed by millions of pounds of ...

Supreme Court Hears Gay Wedding Cake Arguments

VOA - 06.12.2017

The Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of their biggest cases of the year Tuesday, a five-year-old controversy over whether a baker should have been obligated by law ...

Saleh's Death Puts Yemen's War at a Crossroads

VOA - 06.12.2017

CAIRO — Former Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh's death at the hands of his own allies, the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, has put the impoverished nation's 3-year civil war at a crossroads, and ...

Winds Churn California Wildfires, Keep Aircraft From Helping

VOA - 06.12.2017

VENTURA, CALIF. — The same vicious winds that turned three Southern California wildfires into destructive dynamos were also making the firefight more difficult.

Amid Positive Talk, Some in GOP Offer Blunt Take on Taxes

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Sounding a discordant note among the positive talk on the tax bill, a number of Republicans are delivering a blunt assessment, casting the bill as a boost to big corporations and the ...

Agreement Aside, China Boosts Control over Disputed Asian Sea

VOA - 06.12.2017

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Beijing’s new move to assert air control over the disputed South China Sea risks alarming countries that had agreed last month to work out differences diplomatically.

Russian Lawmakers Vote to Bar Access to VOA, RFE/RL Journalists

VOA - 06.12.2017

Russia's lower house of parliament voted Wednesday to bar access to journalists from VOA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The decision by the State Duma comes a day after the Russian justice ...

Russia Says it Needs to Analyze Winter Olympics Ban Before Taking Action

VOA - 06.12.2017

Russia says it needs to carefully analyze a decision by the International Olympic Committee to ban Russia from competing as a country in the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, before ...

Rock Icon Johnny Hallyday, Known as French Elvis, Dies at 74

VOA - 06.12.2017

Johnny Hallyday, France's biggest rock star for more than half a century and an icon who packed sports stadiums and all but lit up the Eiffel Tower with his pumping pelvis and high-voltage tunes, has ...

Pope, Translator Cite 'Rohingya' Repeatedly After Silence

VOA - 06.12.2017

Pope Francis is making up for his silence about the Rohingya refugee crisis while in Myanmar: During his general audience Wednesday, Francis or his translator cited the "Rohingya" by name at least a ...

UN: Syrian Men, Boys Victims of Widespread Sexual Violence

VOA - 06.12.2017

GENEVA — A study by the U.N. refugee agency found what it calls "shocking evidence" of widespread sexual violence against Syrian men and boys inside Syria and in neighboring countries where they seek ...

Saakashvili Defiant as Police Clash with Supporters at Kyiv Protest Camp

VOA - 06.12.2017

KYIV — Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned Ukrainian opposition leader, has vowed that he will continue to resist arrest after his supporters dramatically freed him from custody ...

Washington's Bejeweled 'Diamond Eagle' Medal on Display

VOA - 06.12.2017

PHILADELPHIA — A jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington is going on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago.

'The Silence Breakers' are Time Magazine's 2017 Person of the Year

VOA - 06.12.2017

Time Magazine has named a broad range of people, primarily women, who raised awareness about sexual harassment and assault in the U.S. as its 2017 Person of the Year .

India to Phase out 'Petcoke' Imports After AP Investigation

VOA - 06.12.2017

NEW DELHI — India's government says it plans to phase out imports of a dirty fuel known as petroleum coke, or "petcoke," after an Associated Press investigation found U.S.

Tillerson: US Believes Mideast Peace Still Possible

VOA - 06.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. still thinks there is "a very good opportunity for peace" between Israel and the Palestinians, even as President Donald ...

Tillerson Says Diplomatic People in Cuba Were 'Targeted'

VOA - 06.12.2017

The Latest on incidents in Cuba that sickened American diplomatic personnel (all times local): 7:25 a.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is convinced the incidents harming the ...

Zimbabwean Business Forum Doubles Efforts to Lure Investors

VOA - 06.12.2017

JOHANNESBURG — Since taking office last month, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has put economic revival at the center of his administration. He has gone a step further to state his resolve to ...

Rohingya Refugees, Host Communities Face Dire Conditions

VOA - 06.12.2017

GENEVA — More than 100 days have passed since an upsurge in violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state forced nearly 626,000 Rohingya to flee for safety to Bangladesh.

AP News Break: Accusers Take on Toxic Culture in TV Newsrooms

VOA - 06.12.2017

Women who say they were sexually harassed or mistreated by powerful men in television news have banded together to form a support network aimed at changing a newsroom culture they say has given men a ...

Arabs, Muslims Warn Trump Against Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

VOA - 06.12.2017

JERUSALEM — The Middle East is on edge as President Donald Trump plans to make a controversial change in U.S. policy on Jerusalem. Palestinians are calling for three "Days of Rage" to protest Trump's ...

Afghan Peace Body Offers Kabul Office for Taliban Talks

VOA - 06.12.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — War-torn Afghanistan's official peace-negotiating panel offered Wednesday for the first time to let the Taliban open a representative office in Kabul or in a country of its own ...

Serbia, Bosnia Seek to Boost Ties after War Crimes Tensions

VOA - 06.12.2017

BELGRADE, SERBIA — Serbian and Bosnian leaders said Wednesday they want to resolve problems left over from their 1990s conflict after tensions soared over the conviction of former Bosnian Serb ...

UK Government Made No Analysis of Brexit's Economic Impact

VOA - 06.12.2017

LONDON — The U.K. official shepherding Britain's departure from the European Union acknowledged Wednesday that the government has made no formal assessments of the economic impact of leaving the ...

US Records Strongest US Worker Productivity in 3 Years

VOA - 06.12.2017

U.S. worker productivity rose 3 percent in the third quarter, the best showing in three years, while labor costs fell for a second straight quarter. The increase in productivity in the July-September ...

6 Women Claim Weinstein Cover up was Racketeering

VOA - 06.12.2017

NEW YORK — Six women filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday, claiming that the movie mogul’s actions to cover up assaults amounted to civil racketeering.

Nurse Assistant Program Gives Students Hands-on Training

VOA - 06.12.2017

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND — Sometimes, the best way to learn is by doing. That's what a dozen high school students in Rockville, Maryland, are doing, as they explore the real world of nursing.

Nigerian Migrants Return From Libya With Tales Of Horror

VOA - 06.12.2017

LAGOS, NIGERIA — Some knelt and placed their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Several carried small children. After being stranded in Libya on a failed attempt to reach Europe, more than 400 ...

Trump's Announcement on Jerusalem Explained

VOA - 06.12.2017

What has US President Donald Trump done with respect to Israel? Donald Trump has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the first U.S.

Turkish President, Jordanian King Unite Against US President Over Jerusalem Move

VOA - 06.12.2017

ISTANBUL, PAKISTAN — The news of the United States' intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel dominated talks Wednesday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King ...

Poll: Mexico's Ruling Party Presidential Hopeful Trails Leftist

VOA - 06.12.2017

MEXICO CITY — Former Mexico finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, who resigned to seek the presidential nomination of the ruling party, is lagging far behind in public support ahead of next year's ...

Too Chic for Amazon: Luxury Firms in EU Can Pick Sales Sites

VOA - 06.12.2017

BRUSSELS — Luxury goods companies may ban sales of their products on online platforms like Amazon to preserve their aura of exclusivity, the European Union’s top court said Wednesday.

Rare Skeleton Shown of Human Ancestor, 3.6 Million Years old

VOA - 06.12.2017

JOHANNESBURG — Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call "by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.

Six Arrested in Zambia in Crackdown on Illegal Sale of Foreign Aid

VOA - 06.12.2017

NEW YORK — Six people, including two pharmacy owners, have been arrested in Zambia and accused of the illegal sale of HIV and malaria testing kits as part of an international crackdown on ...

Botched Saakashvili Arrest Seen as Tarnishing Ukraine's Image

VOA - 06.12.2017

High drama degenerated into farce with the attempted arrest of Mikheil Saakashvili by Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday, leaving international experts puzzled about the motives behind the move but in ...

Italy's Former PM Renzi Loses More Allies as Election Nears

VOA - 06.12.2017

ROME — Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose Democratic Party (PD) is shedding support in opinion polls, suffered a further setback on Wednesday when two allies said they would not ...

California Wildfires Force More Evacuations

VOA - 06.12.2017

Schools were closed across Ventura County in Southern California as a wildfire continued to burn Wednesday, threatening 12,000 structures. Dozens of homes have burned since the fire erupted Monday 60 ...

US to Review Ended Protections for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

VOA - 06.12.2017

BILLINGS, MONTANA — U.S. officials said Wednesday that they would review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for ...

US Attorney General Calls for Efficient Review of Immigration Cases

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called on the nation's immigration courts to decide cases more efficiently, amid a burgeoning backlog that is hampering the Trump ...

Thousands March in Helsinki in Rival Political Protests

VOA - 06.12.2017

HELSINKI — Supporters of the far right in Finland and anti-facists staged rival marches in the capital Wednesday as the country celebrated 100 years of independence.

International Community's Anxiety Rises Over US Jerusalem Decision

VOA - 06.12.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The international community reacted swiftly to President Donald Trump’s announcement the United States would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that could ...

NATO: Upgrading Afghan Army Base, Not Building New One

VOA - 06.12.2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan has denied reports that construction material and equipment being imported and transported through neighboring Pakistan are being ...

Libya Launches Voter Registration with Election Date Unclear

VOA - 06.12.2017

TRIPOLI — Libyan electoral officials announced Wednesday the opening of a two-month voter registration period, though it is unclear when elections will next be held in the divided nation.

Lawmakers Debate Immigration Measures as US Government Shutdown Looms

VOA - 06.12.2017

CAPITOL HILL — Two days before U.S. government funding expires, lawmakers appeared no closer to resolving a potential sticking point on a spending bill to avert a shutdown: the plight of hundreds of ...

Pakistani Social Activist Goes Missing in Lahore

VOA - 06.12.2017

A Pakistani social media and peace activist is feared to have been abducted from the eastern city of Lahore. Raza Khan, 40, is said to have gone missing after arranging an open discussion Saturday ...

"Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready," Takes Singer/Songstress Back to Her Roots

VOA - 06.12.2017

“I could always sing. I thought everybody could sing because I could always sing and I never had any formal training.” That is what Dee Dee Bridgewater has always thought about herself.

‘Swiss-Made’ Label Lacks Precision for Watch Industry

VOA - 06.12.2017

ZURICH — If you buy a "Swiss-made" watch thinking it's almost entirely produced in Switzerland, you might be mistaken. The manufacture of components including dials, sapphire glass and cases is ...

China’s Exports to Cuba Slump as Island’s Cash Crunch Deepens

VOA - 06.12.2017

HAVANA — Chinese exports to Cuba have plunged this year in the latest sign of a worsening in the Communist-run island's financial situation, which began in 2015 with the economic crisis in its top ...

New Dinosaur Looks Like Odd Mix of Duck, Crocodile, Ostrich, Swan

VOA - 06.12.2017

With a bill like a duck but teeth like a crocodile's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.

Ivory Coast to Retire 1,000 Soldiers to Slim Down Military

VOA - 06.12.2017

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST — Ivory Coast will cut its armed forces by about 1,000 troops by the end of the year, a government spokesman said Wednesday, in a bid to rationalize a costly and sometimes unruly ...

US Air Force Unveils Criminal Reporting Reforms in Wake of Texas Shooting

VOA - 06.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force is toughening its rules for reporting criminal records to the government's gun owner background check database, after a man convicted of assault while in the service ...

Ukraine Tries to Fend Off Critics as West Cranks Up Pressure on Corruption

VOA - 06.12.2017

KYIV — Ukraine's general prosecutor denied on Wednesday that his office was impeding the work of a new anti-corruption body as he sought to deflect charges by Kyiv's Western backers that Ukraine was ...

Two Illegal Drugs May Soon Be Legal Medicine in US

VOA - 05.12.2017

BOULDER, COLORADO — Doctors across the U..S could soon be prescribing formerly illegal drugs as therapy for two hard-to-treat diseases - childhood epilepsy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Analysts: Egypt Needs Comprehensive Strategy to Counter Growing Insurgency in Sinai Peninsula

VOA - 05.12.2017

Faced with a growing threat from terrorists, Egypt needs a better approach to combat the issue, some leading Washington-based anti-terrorism experts told VOA.

Native Americans to Sue Trump Over National Monument Downsizing

VOA - 05.12.2017

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes on Monday said they will immediately file a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump, who signed a executive order shrinking two national monuments on land in ...

Ex-Illinois Rep. John Anderson, Who Ran for President, Dies

VOA - 05.12.2017

CHICAGO — Former longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980, has died at age 95. His daughter, Diane Anderson, said her father died Sunday night in ...

Nativism, Uncertainty Prompting European Flight From Britain

VOA - 05.12.2017

Twenty-nine-year-old Spanish translator Maria del Mar Illescas has had enough. She is fed up with battling anxiety about her future status in Britain and alarmed by what she sees as rising nativist ...

After Violent Night, Honduran Tally Favors President in Disputed Vote

VOA - 05.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA — A preliminary ballot count in Honduras' disputed presidential race pointed on Monday to a win for incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez, but authorities held back from declaring a winner ...

US, Russia Deep-search Vessels Join Hunt for Argentine Sub

VOA - 05.12.2017

BUENOS AIRES — U.S and Russian ships carrying remotely operated vehicles capable of deep seafloor searches are joining other vessels hunting for an Argentine submarine that went missing in the South ...

Book on Syria's Food Culture Seeks to Revive Country's Human Face

VOA - 05.12.2017

Al Naeem Square in Raqqa was bustling with life before Islamic State took over the city and declared it its de facto capital in 2014. During the group's reign of terror, Al Naeem — or "Paradise ...

Mattis' Softer Approach Is Latest Effort to Foster Change in Pakistan

VOA - 05.12.2017

President Donald Trump’s policy of pressuring Islamabad to rout terrorists seems to have had little effect, adding to the need for U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’ to mend badly frayed ties, ...

Qatar's Ruler to Attend Gulf Meeting in Kuwait Amid Dispute

VOA - 05.12.2017

KUWAIT CITY — Qatar's ruling emir will attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week in Kuwait, his government said Monday, a summit coming amid a boycott of the energy-rich country by ...

Pelosi Slams Republican Bill Easing Gun Restrictions

VOA - 05.12.2017

WASHINGTON — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday slammed a Republican bill that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines ahead of a House ...

Olympics Committee Faces Tricky Decision Over Possible Russia Ban

VOA - 05.12.2017

LAUSANNE — Under intense pressure from all sides, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide Tuesday whether to ban Russia from next year's Winter Olympics over alleged institutionalized ...

Bolivians Spoil Ballots in Judicial Vote to Protest Morales

VOA - 05.12.2017

LA PAZ — More than half the ballots cast in Bolivia's judicial elections on Sunday were spoiled, or nullified, by voters, a sign that the opposition said showed dwindling support for President Evo ...

Defense: Government Delayed Evidence in Turkish Banker Case

VOA - 05.12.2017

NEW YORK — The government's star witness in the New York trial of a Turkish banker once said it’s necessary in America to admit crimes that never occurred to get out of prison, defense lawyers wrote ...

Mali: Saudis Pledge $100M to African Anti-jihadist Force

VOA - 05.12.2017

DAKAR — Mali: Saudis Pledge $100M to African Anti-jihadist Force Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million to a new regional military force battling jihadist groups in West Africa's Sahel region, force ...

Maldives Defends Trade Deal with China Against Opposition Criticism

VOA - 05.12.2017

COLOMBO — The Maldives government on Monday defended its free trade agreement (FTA) with China against criticism from the opposition that it was signed in haste and with insufficient parliamentary ...

One of World's Largest Diamonds Fetches $6.5M to Aid Sierra Leone

VOA - 05.12.2017

NEW YORK — One of the world's largest diamonds was sold for $6.5 million by Sierra Leone on Monday to fund local development projects, dealing a blow to smugglers in the West African nation.

Chris Stapleton's Bold But Simple Plan: To Put Music First

VOA - 05.12.2017

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — These last few years, Chris Stapleto n is often surprised by early-morning texts of congratulations from his friends. Take, for instance, last week, when the Grammy Award ...

Supreme Court to Hear Colorado Bakery Case Highlighting Clash Between US Laws

VOA - 05.12.2017

Do U.S. laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation infringe on religious freedom and freedom of expression? The question lies at the heart of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd v.

Iraq Child Marriage Bill Draws UN Ire

VOA - 05.12.2017

NEW YORK — A proposed law that could allow marriage for children as young as 9 years old in Iraq would rob boys and girls already scarred by war of their childhoods, top U.N. officials said Monday.

Mission Chief: Somalia's Peacekeeping Mission Could Be Hurt by Cut in Force Size

VOA - 05.12.2017

MOGADISHU — The African Union's plan to trim its Somalia peacekeeping force (AMISOM) will hurt the mission unless extra equipment is found to offset the troop decrease, the mission's leader told ...

Mexican Media Outlets Team Up to Combat Journalist Murders

VOA - 05.12.2017

MEXICO CITY — More than three dozen Mexican media organizations announced Monday that they are joining forces to try to combat a wave of journalist killings in the country, including at least nine ...

Immigrants Become Illegal While Waiting to Serve in US Military

VOA - 05.12.2017

They have raised their right hands, and sworn an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. They have college degrees, and have enlisted in the U.S. Army.

AP Word Cloud Reveals Patterns in N. Korean Propaganda

VOA - 05.12.2017

TOKYO — Kim. Nuclear. War. The message embedded in North Korea's propaganda is summed up best in those three words. That's what the world hears — and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual ...

Trump Delays Announcement on Whether US Embassy to Be Moved to Jerusalem

VOA - 05.12.2017

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Donald Trump will not announce a decision on Monday on whether he will again delay moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a White House spokesman said, ...

Tillerson to Affirm 'Ironclad' US Commitment to NATO During Trip to Europe

VOA - 05.12.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he plans to affirm an "ironclad" U.S. commitment to NATO during a visit to Belgium, Austria and France this week.

Colombia's Chief Negotiator With Rebels Steps Down

VOA - 05.12.2017

BOGOTA — The Colombian government's chief peace negotiator with the country's last rebel group said Monday he will step down in January when a ceasefire with ELN guerrillas comes to an end.

OAS Refuses to Back Honduran Results After Vote Count Chaos

VOA - 05.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA — The Organization of American States on Monday said it could not be sure Honduras' president won a second term in an election last week, citing irregularities and errors in the process ...

UN Rights Team Warns Mexico of 'Crisis' in Journalists' Safety

VOA - 05.12.2017

MEXICO CITY — The United Nations said on Monday the Mexican government is struggling to keep journalists safe and prosecute their oppressors, after officials toured regions of the country that are ...

Russia Designates 9 US Media Outlets as Foreign Agents

VOA - 05.12.2017

Russia's justice ministry on Tuesday designated nine U.S. media outlets, including the Voice Of America, as "foreign agents." The ministry further listed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and several ...

US Calls for Immediate Cease-fire in Yemen

VOA - 05.12.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States has joined the United Nations in urging all sides in Yemen to refrain from violence and restart political talks to end the civil war, amid worries that tensions ...

UN Official Begins Rare Diplomatic Mission to North Korea

VOA - 05.12.2017

A high-ranking United Nations official has arrived in North Korea to help lower tensions over the secretive regime's nuclear and ballistic missile testing programs.

Southern California Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate

VOA - 05.12.2017

SANTA PAULA, CALIF. — Ferocious winds in Southern California whipped up an explosive wildfire that forced thousands of homes to evacuate and could soon threaten a city of more than 100,000, ...

Protected but Stifled, a Pakistani Minority Feels Imprisoned in its Own Community

VOA - 05.12.2017

QUETTA, PAKISTAN — Ali Haris dreamed of getting a college degree and a well-paid job. Instead, he had to quit his education after high school. Going to Balochistan University, the only public ...

Saakashvili Detained After Apartment Search in Kyiv

VOA - 05.12.2017

KYIV — Ukrainian security forces stormed Mikheil Saakashvili's Kyiv apartment and arrested the former Odesa governor, now an adamant opponent of President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of criminal ...

Women In Delhi Slum Use Indian Information Act to Access Water

VOA - 05.12.2017

NEW DELHI — It is not easy for residents of New Delhi’s largest resettlement colony to rush out of their homes and scramble to fill water jars on cold, foggy winter mornings when they hear a water ...

Winds Spreading Southern California Wildfire

VOA - 05.12.2017

High winds are helping spread a wildfire in the western U.S. state of California that has prompted authorities to order 8,000 households to evacuate. The fire is located in Ventura County, about 40 ...

IOC Deciding Whether to Ban Russia From Pyeongchang Games

VOA - 05.12.2017

The International Olympic Committee is expected to announce Tuesday whether it will ban Russia from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Official: US to Tap Longtime Diplomat to Run Havana Embassy

VOA - 05.12.2017

BRUSSELS — The Trump administration intends to name a former U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and Bolivia to run its embassy in Cuba. A U.S. official says the administration has selected Philip ...

International Police Operation Shuts Down 'Andromeda' Malware System

VOA - 05.12.2017

AMSTERDAM — A joint operation involving Germany, the United States and Belarus has taken down a malware system known as "Andromeda" or "Gamarue" that infected more than 2 million computers globally, ...

Ireland to Start Collecting $15 Billion in Tax From Apple

VOA - 05.12.2017

LONDON — Ireland has struck a deal with Apple to collect up to 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes and hold it in an escrow account pending an appeal before the Court of Justice of the ...

In Brussels, Tillerson Offers EU Strong US Support

VOA - 05.12.2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged strong U.S. support for the European Union, as he met with officials in Brussels Tuesday. "The partnership between America and the European Union, I think as ...

Frustration, Confusion as Beijing Carries out Mass Evictions

VOA - 05.12.2017

BEIJING, CHINA — In the wake of a deadly fire that killed 19 people, nearly half of them children, authorities in Beijing have launched a sweeping campaign in the name of safety that has seen tens of ...

Saleh's Son Vows to 'Confront Enemies of the Homeland'

VOA - 05.12.2017

DUBAI — The son of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed on Monday, vowed to "confront enemies of the homeland," according to a written statement received on Tuesday.

Joint US-Afghan Operation Kills Top al-Qaida, Taliban Leaders

VOA - 05.12.2017

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan's security forces, in joint counterterrorism raids with U.S. partners, this week have killed several high-profile leaders of al-Qaida, along with 80 other members of the ...

UN Official: Treatment of Rohingya May Contain Elements of Genocide

VOA - 05.12.2017

GENEVA — The top U.N. human rights official is condemning the persecution, and widespread and systematic brutal attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar, suggesting this treatment might verge on ...

Thousands Flee Villages in English-speaking Parts of Cameroon

VOA - 05.12.2017

BUEA, CAMEROON — Thousands of people are fleeing villages in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon less than a week after President Paul Biya declared war against anglophone separatist groups.

Trump Informs Leaders of Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

VOA - 05.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump is telephoning several Middle East leaders ahead of an expected announcement as early as Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital ...

Trump Travel Ban Takes Full Effect, for Now

VOA - 05.12.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s order restricting travel goes into effect Tuesday in its entirety - for the first time since the original travel order was signed last January.

Obama, Chicken Nugget Guy Among Most Retweeted in 2017

VOA - 05.12.2017

NEW YORK — What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They all made the biggest splash on Twitter this year.

US Immigration Arrests Up, Deportations Down

VOA - 05.12.2017

The U.S. government is detaining more immigrants in the U.S. interior under President Donald Trump’s administration, while deporting fewer, federal immigration officials announced Tuesday. U.S.

Reports: Special Prosecutor Subpoenas Deutsche Bank's Trump Loan Records

VOA - 05.12.2017

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, investigating Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election, is now also looking at the financial affairs of President Donald Trump.

After Africa Trip, France's Macron Breaks 50 Percent Popularity Rating

VOA - 05.12.2017

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rose above 50 percent for the first time since he was elected in May with people approving of the way he defends the country's interests abroad, ...

Venezuela's UN Envoy Says He Resigned on Maduro's Orders

VOA - 05.12.2017

CARACAS/HOUSTON — Venezuela's powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Tuesday he resigned from his job as U.N. envoy on orders of the president, a sign of growing rifts in the Socialist Party ...

Somalia's Puntland Region Declares State of Emergency Over Drought

VOA - 05.12.2017

BOSASO — Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland declared a state of emergency Tuesday and appealed for food and water because of shortages triggered by a severe drought.

Spain Withdraws International Arrest Warrant for Former Catalan Leader

VOA - 05.12.2017

MADRID — Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s former leader, now in self-imposed exile in Belgium after an illegal independence referendum, in a ...

Trump Nomination for Singapore Envoy Stalled Over Russia Concerns

VOA - 05.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The nomination to be ambassador to Singapore of K.T. McFarland, a former security adviser to President Donald Trump, has been delayed due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over ...

Mexico Senate to Take Up Security Law Blasted by UN Rights Boss

VOA - 05.12.2017

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's Senate on Tuesday prepared to debate legislation enshrining the use of the military in law enforcement, prompting criticism from the United Nations human rights body, a decade ...

Middle East on Edge Ahead of Possible Change to US Policy on Jerusalem

VOA - 05.12.2017

STATE DEPARTMENT — Criticism of President Donald Trump's reported plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is pouring in from across the Middle East, Europe and around the world.

Democrats Demand Immigration Vote as US Government Shutdown Looms

VOA - 05.12.2017

CAPITOL HILL — Funding for the U.S. government runs out Friday, and some Democratic lawmakers are threatening to vote against spending bills unless Congress addresses the plight of roughly 800,000 ...

Gulf Rulers Boycotting Qatar Skip Annual Summit

VOA - 05.12.2017

KUWAIT — Qatar's Emir said on Tuesday he hoped a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait would help maintain stability in the region, Al-Jazeera TV said, though three Arab heads of ...

Jobless Senegalese Migrants Likely to Head for Europe Again

VOA - 05.12.2017

DAKAR, SENEGAL — Thousands of migrants flown back from Libya are likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe again unless they find jobs at home, Senegal said Tuesday, after reports that slave ...

UN's World Food Program to Stop Aid to Eastern Ukraine

VOA - 05.12.2017

KYIV, UKRAINE — The U.N. food agency said Tuesday that it would stop providing food aid to conflict-affected people in the eastern part of Ukraine at the end of February because of a lack of funding, ...

Poland Kicks Off Year of 100th Anniversary Celebrations

VOA - 05.12.2017

WARSAW, POLAND — Poland's president kicked off a year of celebrations for the country's 100th independence anniversary by praising the Polish government that is at odds with the European Union.

EU Names, Shames 17 States Deemed International Tax Havens

VOA - 05.12.2017

The European Union named and shamed 17 states that it accuses of being tax havens Tuesday, and put another 47 countries on notice that they risk being blacklisted, too, unless they start tackling tax ...

Uzbekistan Seeks Eventual Sea Access With Afghan Railway Deal

VOA - 05.12.2017

TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN — Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed an agreement Tuesday to extend a railroad connecting the two countries in a move that may eventually give Uzbekistan a direct link to seaports.

Kosovo’s President Wants International Missions to Leave Country

VOA - 05.12.2017

PRISTINA, KOSOVO — Kosovo's president on Tuesday openly called for international missions to leave the country and complained that the international community is discriminating against Kosovo when it ...

IGAD Softens Position on Riek Machar's Attendance at Peace Forum

VOA - 05.12.2017

The special envoy of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to South Sudan Ismail Wais told South Sudan in Focus in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he expects rebel leader Riek ...

US Imposes Sanctions on Jamaica-based Cleric for Supporting IS

VOA - 05.12.2017

U.S. Treasury authorities on Tuesday sanctioned a Jamaica-based Islamic cleric for suspected links with the Islamic State terrorist group. Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal has been added to the Specially ...

US Justice Department Weighs 'Bump Stocks' Ban

VOA - 05.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that it was considering whether to ban certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the ...

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Gunbattles Rage as Yemen's Rebel Alliance Unravels

VOA - 04.12.2017

Gunbattles erupted in the Yemeni capital Sana'a Sunday as an alliance between the Iran-backed Shi'ite rebels known as the Houthis and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared to have fallen apart.

Reports: Syrian, Russian Jets Bomb Residential Areas in Eastern Ghouta

VOA - 04.12.2017

AMMAN — Jets believed to be Syrian and Russian struck heavily crowded residential areas in a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus, killing at least 27 people and injuring dozens in the third week of ...

Trump Tweets About Russia Probe Spark Warnings From Lawmakers

VOA - 04.12.2017

WASHINGTON — A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and ...

Facebook Opens New London Office, to Create 800 UK Jobs

VOA - 04.12.2017

LONDON — Facebook opens its new London office on Monday and said it would add 800 more jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

S. Korea, US Kick Off Largest Air Exercise Amid N. Korean Warnings

VOA - 04.12.2017

SEOUL — South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a ...

After Return Home, Former Egypt PM Says Still Mulling Election Bid

VOA - 04.12.2017

CAIRO — Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still ...

Met Opera Suspends Conductor James Levine Over Allegations of Sex Abuse

VOA - 04.12.2017

After shaking the halls of Congress, network newsrooms, and Hollywood, a sex abuse scandal has now reached the epitome of high culture -- grand opera.

Venezuela Maduro Gains Control Over Oil Contracts Amid Purge

VOA - 04.12.2017

CARACAS — Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday gained more powers over the OPEC member's oil contracts, as a deepening purge looks set to strengthen the leftist leader's control of the key ...

Arab Leaders Warn Against US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

VOA - 04.12.2017

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi says he told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the "dangerous consequences" that would follow if the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's ...

Venezuela to Launch Cryptocurrency to Fight U.S. Sanctions

VOA - 04.12.2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government will launch a cryptocurrency (digital currency) to circumvent what he called a financial "blockade'' by the U.S. government.

Philadelphia Struggles with Fighting Massive Drug Epidemic

VOA - 04.12.2017

PHILADELPHIA — Anthony walks the streets of Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood looking for two competing things: His next heroin fix – and help in what he says is his struggle to end addiction.

Blogger Sentence Shows Vietnam Fed up With Criticism over Graft, Inefficiency

VOA - 04.12.2017

TAIPEI — Vietnam’s 10-year sentence for a blogger who questioned her government’s response to a toxic chemical flap joins a pack of actions that point to growing official impatience with online ...

Airstrikes, Battles in Yemen's Capital as Rebel Alliance Unravels

VOA - 04.12.2017

Airstrikes struck Yemen's capital, Sana'a, overnight and into Monday with witnesses saying the bombings hit Houthi rebel positions. A Saudi-led coalition that has launched airstrikes against the ...

Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar Cancel Chinese Projects, Jolting Belt and Road Plan

VOA - 04.12.2017

BEIJING — In the short space of just a few weeks, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar have confirmed the cancellation three major hydroelectricity projects planned by Chinese companies.

Ongoing Labor Abuse Found in Pepsi’s Indonesian Palm Oil Plantations

VOA - 04.12.2017

JAKARTA — Workers at several Indonesian palm oil plantations that supply Pepsi and Nestle suffer from a variety of labor abuses, including lower-than-minimum wages, child labor, exposure to ...

Rwanda Ramps Up STEM Education for Girls

VOA - 04.12.2017

KIGALI, RWANDA — 18-year-old secondary school student Yvonne Kevia pours a clear liquid into a burette, watching the bubbles flow down the long, glass tube.

Red Line for North Korea Questioned Amid Massive War Games

VOA - 04.12.2017

SEOUL — As the United States and South Korean air forces on Monday launched their largest ever joint drills, questions are being raised whether North Korea’s missile test has shown it has already ...

Judge Orders Release of 6 Catalan Politicians

VOA - 04.12.2017

A Spanish Supreme Court judge ordered the release of six jailed Catalan politicians Monday, but upheld the continued detention of two separatist activists and two other former members of the regional ...

Portugal's Finance Chief Tapped to Lead Eurozone Group

VOA - 04.12.2017

BRUSSELS — The finance ministers from the 19 countries that use the euro are deciding who should lead their regular meetings, with Portugal's Mario Centeno widely tipped to take the helm of a group ...

Malta Announces 10 Arrests in Investigative Journalist's Murder

VOA - 04.12.2017

VALLETTA, MALTA — Ten suspects were arrested Monday over the October 16 car bomb murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's prime minister announced.

Honduras President Holds Lead as Vote Count Nears End

VOA - 04.12.2017

TEGUCIGALPA — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez held on to a lead of more than 52,000 votes in the country's hotly-disputed presidential race, with less than 0.04 percent of ballots left to ...

Trudeau: China Trade Pact Should Reflect 'Canadian Values'

VOA - 04.12.2017

BEIJING, CHINA — Canada hopes a trade agreement with China will reflect "Canadian values" in the areas of labor rights, environmental protection and gender equality, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ...

Indian Tycoon Calls Money-laundering Accusations ‘Baseless’

VOA - 04.12.2017

LONDON — Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya insisted Monday that he was innocent of money-laundering accusations after an evacuation of the court building during a London hearing put him the in the center of ...

Trump Endorses Republican Roy Moore in Alabama US Senate Contest

VOA - 04.12.2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Roy Moore on Monday in next week's U.S. Senate election in Alabama, rebuffing calls by other prominent Republicans that Moore drop out of the ...

Zimbabwe's New President Mnangagwa Swears in Cabinet

VOA - 04.12.2017

HARARE — Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has sworn in his Cabinet. He immediately called for unity as his government attends to the broken economy.

Ex-US Congresswoman Brown to Be Sentenced for Fraud

VOA - 04.12.2017

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — A federal judge is expected to sentence former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on Monday for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as ...

Trump: Fired National Security Adviser Treated Unfairly

VOA - 04.12.2017

WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been treated unfairly by investigators looking into Russia’s influence on the 2016 ...

Yemen's Former President Saleh Killed

VOA - 04.12.2017

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed, his party confirmed Monday, as a video showing what appeared to be his corpse circulated on social media.

Ex-Boko Haram Fighters Hardly Finding Peace

VOA - 04.12.2017

KOLOFATA, CAMEROON — The U.N. is working with the governments of Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad to encourage communities to reintegrate rehabilitated ex-Boko Haram fighters and people held captive by the ...

S. Sudanese Opposition Politicians, Activists Embrace 'Troika' Statement

VOA - 04.12.2017

JUBA — South Sudanese activists and opposition politicians say they welcome the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway to support a revitalization forum on South Sudan’s 2015 ...

Critics: Tanzania's Magufuli Bulldozes Too Much

VOA - 04.12.2017

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA — In his two years in office, President John Magufuli has brought many changes to Tanzania, though critics say not all of them are for the better.

Apple, Google at China Internet Fest Shows Lure of Market

VOA - 04.12.2017

HONG KONG — The high-profile attendance of the leaders of Apple and Google at a Chinese conference promoting Beijing's vision of a censored internet highlights the dilemma for Western tech companies ...

Report: Governments Must Act to Help Adolescents Tackle HIV Stigma

VOA - 04.12.2017

LONDON — Governments must do far more to include the needs of young people in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, according to a new report. Despite progress in tackling the disease, it is ...

Trump Sharply Shrinks Size of Utah Monuments

VOA - 04.12.2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday sharply shrunk the size of two massive wilderness monuments in the western state of Utah, condemning what he has described as a "massive federal land grab" by ...

Britain, EU Fail to Reach Brexit Divorce Pact

VOA - 04.12.2017

Britain and the European Union failed Monday to reach a Brexit divorce deal, but their leaders remained optimistic that they would reach an accord within days.

Top UN Official to Visit North Korea This Week

VOA - 04.12.2017

For the first time since 2011, a United Nations official is slated to visit North Korea, which has ramped up its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests this year. The U.N.

'Tens of Thousands' of Unexploded IEDs Remain in Raqqa

VOA - 04.12.2017

KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT — It will take years to remove improvised explosive devices left behind by Islamic State fighters who fled Raqqa, the Syrian city that served as the capital of the terror group's ...

Ankara Steps Up Threats Against Syrian Kurdish Enclave

VOA - 04.12.2017

ISTANBUL — For security reasons, Turkey is ratcheting up its threat to intervene militarily against Kurdish forces in Afrin, a Syrian region on Turkey’s border.

UN Regrets US Pulling Out of Migrant and Refugee Pact

VOA - 04.12.2017

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says it regrets the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Global Compact on Migration, but adds that there is still time for the United States to ...

Rights Commission: Mexico's Indigenous Migrant Workers Risk Enslavement on Farms

VOA - 04.12.2017

BOGOTA — Mexico must step up efforts to protect vulnerable indigenous migrant workers who are at risk of becoming trapped in forced labor and enslaved in farms, the government's human rights ...

Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement of Trump Travel Ban

VOA - 04.12.2017

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

Youth are leaving Kamenica due to lack of perspective

Kosova Live - 04.12.2017

Faruk Krasniqi, a 22-year-old from Kamenica, says that when he was 16 he started to work to gain money for his own needs. Even though he finished sociology studies at the University of Prishtina, he ...

Lipjan`s youth see migration as a solution for lack of employment

Kosova Live - 04.12.2017

Fahrie Rexhepi from the municipality of Lipjan says that she will be forced to leave Kosovo because of the hard lifestyle she has in Lipjan. First of all, she can’t find a job with normal working ...

With ideas and creativity, through self-employment, towards dreams

Kosova Live - 04.12.2017

At the entrance of the Palace of Youth and Sports in Prishtina, there is a shelf full of jewelry on the right. One can buy bracelets, earrings and several kinds of rings.

Lack of moral and financial support is pushing people to abandon their children

Kosova Live - 04.12.2017

Fitore Vitija, a 26-year-old mother, is expecting her second child this month. On her due date she was at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo and says that she was very concerned that night.

Kosovo women are not free from stigma associated with divorce

Kosova Live - 04.12.2017

F.SH., a-25-year-old from Peja, tells what she has been through when she decided to get divorced from her husband. “ I was judged by the people around me when I decided to get a divorce.

Even the correctional center needs some “corrections”

Kosova Live - 04.12.2017

The bathrooms were damaged and reeked. There was mold and the level of cleanliness left much to be desired. There were no sheets on the beds for minors.