Netanyahu Confident Countries Will Follow US Move to Recognize Jerusalem

  VOA News December 07, 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. Embassy moves to the city others will relocate there as well. Netanyahu said his government is in contact with other countries but … [Read more...]

Celebrations in Harare After Mugabe Resigns

  VOA News  November 21, 2017 The streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, erupted in celebration Tuesday after President Robert Mugabe resigned, ending 37 years in power. His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, according to top officials in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Car horns blared as people danced, … [Read more...]

Civilians Gradually Return to Demined Raqqa Neighborhoods

    As U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to clear Raqqa of explosives left behind by the Islamic State, civilians are starting to return to their homes — even as most of the city remains destroyed. VOA’s Mahmoud Bali reports from the region. … [Read more...]

At Least 8 Killed by New York Driver in ‘Cowardly Act of Terror’

  VOA News  NEW YORK —  December 31, 2017 At least eight people were killed Tuesday and more than a dozen others were injured when a man drove a rented truck onto a busy bike path in New York City. “Based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians," New York Mayor Bill de … [Read more...]

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...]