US Electoral College Vote Officially Confirms Trump’s Presidential Victory

VOA Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump was officially elected as the 45th U.S. president Monday, his victory confirmed by the required vote in the Electoral College. Americans have known since early November that Trump, a Republican running for elected office for
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Donald Trump’s Family Roots

ShareAmerica By Mark Trainer Dec 12, 2016 The story of America is the story of immigrants chasing their dreams in a land of opportunity. It’s the story of Google founder Sergey Brin and business magnate Elon Musk. It’s also the story of (more...)

Tillerson’s World Oil Deals Drew Trump’s Attention

VOA Rex Tillerson's experience on the world stage negotiating billions of dollars of oil deals for ExxonMobil put the CEO in good stead with President-elect Donald Trump, who named him Tuesday as his secretary of state. Trump said Tillerson "knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a (more...)

76 Killed in Crash of Plane Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team

At least 71 people were killed when a plane carrying members of a Brazilian soccer team crashed late Monday near Medellin, Colombia. The death toll was lowered from earlier reports of at least 76. Among the six survivors on the plane were three members of the Chapecoense soccer team, at least (more...)

Trump Opposes Clinton Prosecution, Reversing His Campaign Taunts

VOA U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he has no intention of pursuing more investigations of Democrat Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server while she was the country's top diplomat, despite his vow during their lengthy race for the White House to put her "in jail." "I think (more...)

US Honors Nearly 22M Former Service Members on Veterans Day

As he presided over his final Veterans Day ceremony as commander-in-chief, U.S. President Barack Obama thanked the country’s former service members for preserving America’s democratic electoral process, a reference to Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory after a contentious campaign. “Veterans Day often follows a hard fought political campaign, an exercise in (more...)

13 Killed in California Tour Bus Crash

A tour bus traveling along a California highway slammed into a tractor-trailer early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring at least 31 others. The bus, operated by USA Holiday, was returning to Los Angeles from the Red Earth Casino in Thermal, California, Jim Abele, a chief of the California Highway Patrol (more...)

Strong Emotions Among Supporters and Candidates During Final Debate

VOA The clash between Republicans and Democrats began even before the start of Wednesday's final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 built a wall of taco trucks to protest the wall that Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S./Mexico border. “We (more...)

‘Monster’ Hurricane Matthew Bears Down on Florida After Killing 283 in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew is being called "a monster" and truly the proverbial "storm of the century" as it heads toward Florida's east coast. Matthew has already left hundreds dead in the Caribbean, including at least 283 on Haiti. As of late Thursday, Matthew was pounding the western end of Grand Bahama Island and (more...)

Cartoon Frog Called ‘Hate Symbol’

A cartoon depiction of a sad frog that has become a popular Internet "meme" is now considered a hate symbol. The Anti-Defamation League said "Pepe the Frog" has been appropriated to express racist views on the Internet. Pepe, who was created by Matt Furie, first appeared online around 2005, (more...)

Monday’s Trump-Clinton Debate Could be Defining Moment in Presidential Campaign

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It could be the defining moment of the 2016 campaign. Monday’s first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump may draw, by some estimates, 100 million viewers, who will be able to take the measure of the candidates for the first time on the same stage (more...)

Kremlin Reportedly Planning to Revive KGB-style Security Behemoth

The Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing unnamed sources, reported this week that before the next presidential election, scheduled for March 2018, the Kremlin plans to create a gigantic new ministry that will absorb most of Russia’s existing security agencies. According to Kommersant’s sources, this new security behemoth will be called the Ministry (more...)

Texas Aims to Withdraw from US Refugee Resettlement Program

Texas gave notice on Wednesday that it was withdrawing from participating in the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement program, citing security concerns after failing in federal court to halt the inflow of Syrian refugees into the state. The Texas State Refugee Coordinator sent a letter to the agency, giving 120 days’ (more...)

Minnesota Mall Attacker Identified as Somali-American

The man who stabbed nine people at a mall in ((the northern U.S. state of)) Minnesota has been identified as a 22-year-old Somali-American. The leader of the Somali community in the state told VOA ((Somali service) that the suspect, who was shot and killed by police during the attack Saturday, was (more...)

New York Police Investigate ‘Intentional’ Blast that Injured 29

A loud explosion that shook the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night was "an intentional act" that injured 29 people, according to New York authorities. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio declared the explosion outside 131 West 23rd Street was deliberate, speaking to reporters on the street near the scene of the (more...)

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