The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world

By Mark Trainer In the U.S, and other nations, memorials stand as continual reminders of the horror of the Holocaust and the importance of confronting the evils that brought it about. The United Nations designated January 27 — the anniversary of the
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US Senate Paves Way to End Partial Government Shutdown

VOA Michael Bowman The U.S. Senate advanced a stop-gap funding bill on Monday that paves the way to reopen the federal government three days into a partial shutdown that was triggered in part by a partisan brawl over immigration. Thirty-three Democrats joined 48 Republicans to end debate in the 100-member chamber on a (more...)

Farewell: Americans We Lost in 2017

By Lauren Monsen Over the past year, Americans said goodbye to many talented people. Here are 10 who died in 2017, all of whom lived remarkable lives. Music legend Tom Petty, a prolific writer of chart-topping songs since the late 1970s, led his band the Heartbreakers for decades and co-founded the 1980s supergroup (more...)

2017’s Memorable Moments

By Christopher Connell 2017 was a momentous year. Americans celebrated the inauguration of the 45th president, Donald Trump, and gazed skyward at an awe-inspiring solar eclipse as well as the rising of a “supermoon.” They responded with kindness and determination to help those who lost homes in Hurricane Harvey, the California wildfires (more...)

How Iran Protests Play into Middle East Power Struggles

 "Part of me is feeling hope," said Arash Azizi, a New York University researcher, far from his home in Iran. "We see the rising up of the downtrodden." "But I am even more worried than hopeful," he added. More than 20 people have been killed and 450 arrested since a
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What Is The Jerusalem Embassy Act? And What’s Next For the U.S. Embassy?

By ShareAmerica When President Trump announced December 6 that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he also directed the U.S. State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Specifically, the president cited a (more...)

President Trump: ‘Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital’

By ShareAmerica President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In his speech from the White House, Trump noted that 70 years ago President Truman recognized the state of Israel and said that Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government, the home of the Knesset as well as (more...)

3 Сases That Show What Free Speech Means

By Mark Trainer Freedom of speech means a lot to Americans. A study found an overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. think people should be able to speak their minds — without government interference — (more...)

Mafia’s Capo di Capi Dead

VOA Sicily’s Mafia boss of bosses is dead. The former capo of the Cosa Nostra, Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, died in prison in the northern Italian town of Parma at the age of 87 after a long fight with cancer and heart disease — a far (more...)

Russia’s Hallowed October Revolution Now Seen as a ‘Communist Coup’

VOA Daniel Schearf For decades, the Soviet Union celebrated the October Revolution, which brought the communist Bolsheviks to power in Russia. Nowadays, there's much less celebration. The October Revolution, which took place in November 1917 under the modern Gregorian calendar, led to the rise of the Soviet Union and created the world's first communist (more...)

IS Claim for NYC Attack Raises Questions

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Jeff Seldin

Key differences between Islamic State's claim of responsibility for the New York City truck attack and claims for previous terror attacks have caught the eye of counterterror officials, who are trying to determine what it might mean for the state of terror group. Most notably, they said, the (more...)

Trump Declares Public Health Emergency to Fight Opioid Crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday declared a nationwide public health emergency to address an escalating opioid crisis that killed 64,000 people last year, proclaiming “we cannot allow this to continue.” “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it,” Trump said to applause before an (more...)

U.S. Withdraws From UNESCO

By Lauren Monsen The United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) while seeking to establish a U.S. permanent observer mission to the organization. UNESCO is widely known as the U.N.’s cultural heritage agency because one of its functions is helping to secure the world’s cultural (more...)

Enjoy the Majesty of Fall: 10 Free Autumn Classics Trees or Five Crapemyrtle

The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 free autumn classics trees or five free Crapemyrtle when you join the organization in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees. Everyone (more...)

Your Diversity Visa Questions Answered

The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program provides a limited number of visas each year for immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. The diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than 7 percent of
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