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
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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...)

French Official Tells VOA: 67 Dead in Paris Attacks

VOA News French President Francois Hollande has closed his country's borders after a series of attacks across Paris late Friday killed dozens. In a televised address, Hollande declared a state of emergency hours after the first attack. A French police offical told VOA that 67 people have been confirmed dead in the attacks (more...)

Russia Bans Egypt’s National Carrier

VOA News Russia's state aviation agency has banned Egypt's national carrier from flying to Russia, amid speculation a bomb was planted on the Russian airliner that crashed last month in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Rosaviatsiya on Friday notified Domodedovo airport in Moscow, where Egypt's air flights arrive, that the ban is (more...)

Veterans Day: U.S. Military Veterans Honored Each November

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, and parades, ceremonies and tributes to veterans and their families are planned throughout the country to honor those who have served, and are currently serving, in the U.S. military. “In an unbroken line of valor stretching across more than two centuries, our (more...)

US Tightens Airport Security

VOA News The U.S. moved Friday to boost security at airports in the Middle East where passenger and cargo flights take off for the United States, even as investigators continue to probe whether a bomb brought down a Russian jetliner over the Sinai Peninsula last weekend. Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said (more...)

Russia Mourns Plane Crash Victims

VOA News Russia is observing a national day of mourning Sunday for the 217 passengers and seven crew members killed in a plane crash Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Nearly all of the passengers were Russian tourists returning to St. Petersburg from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Three Ukrainians are also (more...)

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