Trump Now Opposes Bipartisan Accord on Health Law Changes

VOA U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his opposition Wednesday to a bipartisan accord on national health law changes, a day after saying he supported it. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday, "We've said all along that we want something that
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Totalny Diktant In Philadelphia

For the first time Totalny Diktant in the Russian language takes place in Philadelphia on April 8, 2017 at 15:30, at South Philadelphia Library (700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145-2392) . dictation" 
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Japan’s Much-Celebrated Gift Blooms in Washington

By ShareAmerica Washington’s famous cherry trees are blooming again. This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington honors the 105th anniversary of Japan’s gift of the flowering trees to the United States. It took coordination and the work of many to ensure the cherry trees’ (more...)

5 Little-Known Facts About Melania Trump

By Mark Trainer First lady Melania Trump is new to the White House, but is no stranger to the global stage. A former international model, the first lady has dedicated herself to several causes, such as fighting cyber bullying, that could shape her years in the White House. Here are five (more...)

Everyone Is Irish on March 17

By Stephen Kaufman St. Patrick’s Day, the feast day for Ireland’s patron saint, has come to embrace all ethnicities, not just the Irish. Some of the most popular traditions, now celebrated in countries around the world, got their start in the United States. New York’s parade, held each year, is the world’s (more...)

Welcome To Alcatraz: One Of the Largest Microgrids In the United States

By ShareAmerica Microgrids are small-scale electricity grids that can power everything from university campuses in urban settings to buildings in hard-to-reach neighborhoods — like Alcatraz Island, in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz is famous for its high-security penitentiary. In its day, during the 30 years it was open in the mid-20th century, (more...)

Inaugural Gown Previews a First Lady’s Style

By ShareAmerica The inaugural gown worn by the first lady offers an initial hint about her fashion sense and over the centuries has helped indicate the tone that the incoming administration might adopt. The role of the first lady is not clearly defined under U.S. law, and each presidential spouse has charted (more...)

Russian Orthodox Christmas Tradition

Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, January 7th has become an official national holiday. This is the date of the Russian Orthodox Christmas (more...)

Russian Pirozhki, Served West Coast Style

What happens when you combine a traditional Russian food with an American classic? Igor Avramenko, an émigré who lives in Los Angeles, may have discovered the answer in 2015 when he began selling pirozhki (rolls filled with a variety of fillings) from a shiny 1964 Airstream Bambi trailer. “Airstream has always represented (more...)

Across America, Winter Celebrations

Americans love a party, and winter offers several holidays for family and friends to meet and celebrate religious and cultural events. Winter solstice celebrations mark the return of the sun following the longest, darkest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, around December 21 or 22.

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Obama Issues His Last Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

VOA President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha. The lighthearted ceremony in the Rose Garden also featured Iowa-raised turkeys Tater and Tot, with the (more...)

Thanksgiving: Time for Pie

With all the savory food adorning the American Thanksgiving table, it can be difficult for some to save room for dessert, but for many it is the highlight of the meal — and it is usually pie. Pie has a storied history and is thought to have originated in Egypt around (more...)

You Are Welcome To The Oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade In Philadelphia

First held in 1920, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade has a vibrant legacy as the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in America. The parade was created by Gimbel Brothers Department Store for the children and residents of

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Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating (more...)

Russian Drug ‘Krokodil’ Threatens UK

Krokodil is a deadly, homemade alternative to heroin that surged through Russia in 2010. After reaching the United States in 2015, the drug is now close to the UK, with recently reported appearances in Germany and Norway. This dangerous ‘heroin moonshine’ is highly toxic and rots the flesh. The drug (more...)

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