‘We’re Not Giving Up on Crimea,’ US Defense Official Says

VOA Carla Babb Nearly two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the territory remains under Russian control, and in the eastern part of Ukraine there has been an uptick in the fighting. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb discussed the issue with
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Russian National Accused Charged With Foreign Bribery

The former owner and President of Chestnut Consulting Group Inc. and Chestnut Consulting Group Co. (generally referred to as the “Chestnut Group”) was indicted by a federal grand jury or his alleged participation in a scheme to pay bribes to a foreign official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices (more...)

Trump, Clinton Inch Closer to Presidential Nominations

​VOA William Gallo Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton moved closer toward securing their parties’ presidential nominations Tuesday, easily winning a series of crucial votes that further clarified the direction of what has been an unlikely primary election campaign. By winning the delegate-rich states of Florida, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina, ex-Secretary of State (more...)

Putin Orders Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Syria

VOA Jonas Bernstein Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, as new U.N.-mediated peace talks on Syria began in Geneva. Russian state media quoted Putin Monday as telling Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the tasks assigned to the defense ministry in (more...)

2016’s Best & Worst States for Women – WalletHub Study

With March being Women’s History Month and women outnumbering men in all but nine states today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Women. To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key (more...)

Obama Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Nancy Reagan

VOA News U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered flags at the White House and all federal buildings to be lowered to half-staff "as a mark to respect the memory of" former first lady Nancy Reagan. The steadfast partner of the 40th U.S. president, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan died Sunday of congestive heart (more...)

Hundreds of Children Sexually Abused by Priests in Altoona-Johnstown Diocese

Jurors issue report that details cover-up taking place over decades A statewide investigating grand jury has determined that hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of at least 40 years by priests or religious leaders assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's (more...)

Elections Make Americans Google ‘Moving to Canada’ (They Won’t)

VOA Chris Hannas It is 2016, a presidential election year in the United States, and that means it’s time for Americans to research about and threaten to move to Canada. Whether it’s a Democrat or Republican in the White House seeking another term, or an open race like this one, each cycle brings (more...)

Clinton, Trump Win Big on Super Tuesday

VOA News Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have strengthened their grips on their parties' presidential nominations, racking up wins in key states on Super Tuesday, the primary season's most important day of voting. Former Secretary of State Clinton won Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia, Texas and Massachusetts. Her rival, the (more...)

6 Dead in Michigan Mass Shooting

VOA News Authorities say they have detained a suspect in a deadly shooting spree that left six people dead and two others wounded in the northern U.S. state of Michigan. Police early Sunday arrested 45-year-old Jason Dalton, a driver for the ride hail company Uber. Officials say he has no known criminal (more...)

US East Coast Shaking Off Massive Storm’s Effects

VOA News The U.S. government was closed Monday, and children in Washington, DC, got the day off from school, giving the city a chance to dig out and clean up from the record-breaking winter storm. Many Washington streets and highways were still snow-covered as the sun came up. The day off for (more...)

Britain Under Pressure to Punish Putin Over Litvinenko Poisoning

VOA Luis Ramirez Calls grew Friday for the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron to penalize Russia following the release Thursday of the results of a public inquiry on the 2006 murder of dissident Alexander Litvinenko. The exiled former Russian spy died after meeting two Russian agents at a London hotel and (more...)

US East Coast Prepares for Major Snowstorm

VOA News Residents of the eastern United States are preparing for a major storm that threatens to dump as much as 60 centimeters of snow on Washington, D.C., the capital. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser Thursday declared a state of emergency ahead of the expected blizzard and issued a snow emergency that is (more...)

US Senate to Vote on Syrian, Iraqi Refugees

VOA Michael Bowman The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a test vote later Wednesday on whether to severely restrict America's acceptance of refugees from Syria and Iraq, because of continuing fears that the Islamic State group and other terrorist infiltrators could be among the millions who have fled horrific violence and (more...)

Civil Rights Activists Blast Michigan City Water Crisis

VOA News U.S. civil rights activists descended Sunday on the midwestern city of Flint, Michigan, describing its drinking water contamination crisis as "a disaster, not just an emergency." Longtime rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, led a delegation of activists, addressing a crowd of concerned and angered citizens packed into a local (more...)

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