Kerry to Focus on Syria, Ukraine During Russia Trip

VOA Pamela Dockins U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will use a visit to Russia to frame the next meeting of the International Syria Support Group, which is expected to take place Friday in New York, a senior State Department official said. The
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US Investigators Focus on Friend of California Shooter

VOA Ken Bredemeier U.S. investigators probing last week's deadly massacre in California are now intensely focusing on the activities of Enrique Marquez, who they say supplied the assault-style weapons to the husband-and-wife attackers who killed 14 people and wounded another 21. Authorities say that the 24-year-old Marquez spent hours tinkering (more...)

FBI Chief: California Shooters Radicalized Long Before Attack

VOA Mike Richman The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the two shooters in last week's California massacre were radicalized before they met online and started discussing jihad and martyrdom about two years ago. The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the two shooters in last week's (more...)

Obama Urges Americans Not to Give in to Fear

VOA News Following the recent attack in California, President Barack Obama has called on Americans not to give in to fear, while trying to assure the public that he and his administration take the threat of terrorism seriously. In a rare speech from the Oval Office in the White House, Obama Sunday (more...)

Police: Married California Shooters Were Heavily Armed

VOA News The husband-and-wife attackers who shot to death 14 people at a California holiday party fired as many as 75 shots in the horrific rampage and left behind a remote-controlled toy car rigged with three pipe bombs that failed to detonate, police said Thursday. San Bernardino, California police chief Jarrod (more...)

14 Killed in California Shooting, One Suspect Dead

VOA News At least 14 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Wednesday when three gunmen burst into a handicapped training center in San Bernardino, California and started shooting. Hours later, police killed one suspect and arrested another after stopping an SUV in which the gunmen escaped. Officers late (more...)

Terror Alert Issued as US Readies for Holiday Travel

VOA Smita Nordwall As millions of Americans are getting ready to head out of town for the holidays, the State Department put out a worldwide travel alert. "Current information suggests that ISIL [Islamic State], al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions," the department said (more...)

Europe’s Most Wanted Man Eludes Massive Dragnet

VOA Jamie Dettmer Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam evaded a massive manhunt Sunday night involving raids in Brussels and its suburbs, but security forces Monday were also focusing on towns in eastern Belgium, suggesting police fear Europe’s most wanted man might be trying to flee to neighboring Germany. On the third day (more...)

Death Toll at 27 From Mali Hotel Assault

VOA News Malian army spokesmen say the death toll from Friday's assault on a hotel in the capital stands at 27 people, including two gunmen who carried out the attack. Journalist Katarina Hoije, reporting for VOA from Bamako, says it is not clear if there was a third gunman in the attack (more...)

Officials: Ringleader Behind Paris Attacks Killed in Raid

VOA Lisa Bryant France confirmed the suspected mastermind of last week's Paris attacks was killed in a police raid Wednesday, and officials said he has been implicated in four of six foiled attacks in the country this year. The Paris prosecutor's office said the bullet-riddled body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national of (more...)

Russia: Bomb Downed Passenger Jet; Putin Vows Vengeance

VOA News Russia concluded Tuesday that a bomb brought down one of its passenger jets over the Sinai Peninsula last month, with President Vladimir Putin vowing vengeance against those who carried out the attack. "We will search for them anywhere they might hide," Putin said.  "We will find them in any part (more...)

US Responds to Blowback on Syrian Refugees

VOA Pamela Dockins, Nike Ching President Barack Obama’s administration is defending plans to admit thousands of Syrian refugees to the United States this year, in the wake of blowback from lawmakers, governors and presidential candidates who say the plan carries too much of a security risk. In a briefing Tuesday, senior administration officials (more...)

New IS Video Threatens Attack on Washington

VOA News A new video attributed to the Islamic State is warning of a Paris-style attack on Washington. The video, appearing on social media Monday, threatened all countries involved in military operations against the militant group, saying they will suffer the same fate as France. The person speaking in the video specifically singled (more...)

Americans Show Solidarity with France After Terror Attacks

VOA Mike Richman Americans have joined the global chorus of voices condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, offering condolences to the victims' families and expressing solidarity with the French people. Congressional lawmakers, presidential candidates, Muslim organizations and voices on social media are among those speaking out about the attacks, which left at least (more...)

IS Supporters Use Social Media to Celebrate Paris Attacks

VOA Ken Schwartz As it has in many recent global events, social media is playing a large role in the terrorist attacks in Paris. It is not a claim of responsibility, but an Islamic State supporter used Twitter to express joy over the bloodshed. He tweeted the grim words "Paris is Burning" and (more...)

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