US: North Korea Months Away From Being Able to Hit US with Nuclear Missile

  VOA News WASHINGTON —  North Korea is likely just months away from being capable of striking the United States with a nuclear missile, according to two top U.S. officials. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told a forum in Washington on Thursday he is "deeply worried" about the advancing threat from North Korea and the possibility it could spark a nuclear arms race across … [Read more...]

Mass Shootings Around the World

  Police in Las Vegas, Nevada say a man opened fire on a country music concert late Sunday, killing 59 people and wounding 527 others, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. An edited list of mass shootings that have taken place in other parts of the world: Paris, France November, 2015 Terrorists claiming allegiance to Islamic State carried out … [Read more...]

Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico, Leaving 3.4M People Without Power

  VOA News September 20, 2017 The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost 90 years has knocked out power across the entire island of 3.4 million people. Hurricane Maria, with maximum sustained winds of about 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph), destroyed hundreds of homes and caused heavy flooding after making landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm. By … [Read more...]

Maria Becomes Major Hurricane, Powers Through Caribbean

  VOA News BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS —  Hurricane Maria picked up strength and roared towards the Leeward Islands on Monday on a track that could whip several eastern Caribbean islands with their second major storm this month. Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph (120 mph). It was located … [Read more...]

Trump Inspecting Flood-ravaged Texas as Tropical Storm Harvey Dumps More Rain

  U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump flew to Texas on Tuesday for a first-hand look at the flood-ravaged state, even as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump heavy rain on the region. Trump told rescue officials in Corpus Christi, near where Harvey, then a powerful hurricane, first made landfall last Friday, that he was "very, very proud" … [Read more...]

Residents Return to Diverse Iraqi Town Once Controlled by IS

When Islamic State (IS) fighters took over Bashiqa in June 2014, its mostly Yazidi, Christian and Kurdish residents deserted the town. But now many have returned and started to rebuild after IS was pushed out late last year. For VOA, Kawa Omar reports. … [Read more...]

North Korea ICBM Test Strengthens US Alliances

  VOA News SEOUL — July 31, 2017 North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is solidifying U.S. alliances in East Asia while exacerbating already difficult relations with adversaries in the region. Most significantly South Korea’s position now seems more in line with Washington in emphasizing increased military deterrence and economic … [Read more...]

Syria Declares Limited Cease-fire Ahead of Peace Talks

  The Syrian Army has declared a unilateral cease-fire in the south of the country until Thursday, ostensibly to support "reconciliation efforts." The announcement Monday came a day before peace talks set to be held in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana. Hours later, however, Reuters reported rebels and witnesses in the supposed cease-fire zone said Syrian government jets … [Read more...]

Egypt Hits Militant Bases in Libya After Attack on Copts

  Egypt answered a bloody machine-gun attack that killed dozens of Coptic Christians Friday with airstrikes on "terror bases" in Libya where the militant Islamist gunmen were believed to have trained. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced the retaliatory action in a televised address hours after masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians across the … [Read more...]

Syrian Town Rebuilds After Islamic State Occupation

The town of Tabqa near Syria's largest dam had been a key planning and coordination hub for Islamic State since 2013 until IS was ousted this month. Displaced residents are slowly returning and shops are re-opening after IS was recently ousted. … [Read more...]