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
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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...)

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...)

Trump: World Better Off With Hussein, Gadhafi in Power

VOA News The world would be a better place if dictators such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi were still in power, top Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired Sunday. Calling Iraq the "Harvard of terrorism," Trump told CNN's State of the Union the country had turned (more...)

Kerry Optimistic About Israeli-Palestinian Violence Solution

VOA Pamela Dockins U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced a "cautious measure of optimism" that a solution can be found to defuse deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence. Following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin, Kerry said it is time for both sides to move beyond "condemnations and rhetoric."   He added (more...)

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Options on Syrian Conflict

Pamela Dockins UNITED NATIONS— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed a number of different ways to address the conflict in Syria during talks Wednesday at the United Nations — and came up with some ideas. "Several options were agreed to (more...)

Official: Obama, Putin Have ‘Shared Desire’ to Solve Syrian Crisis

VOA Aru Pande UNITED NATIONS— During a one-on-one meeting Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared their views on Syria, disagreeing about the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but agreeing to stay out of each other's way militarily. “This was (more...)

White House: Ukraine Will Top Agenda of Obama-Putin Meeting

VOA News The White House says Ukraine will be at the top of President Barack Obama's agenda when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York. The Kremlin says the meeting is set for Monday when the United Nations General Assembly opens. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said (more...)

Republican Candidate Carson: Muslims Shouldn’t Be President

VOA News Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Sunday Muslims were unfit to be president of the United States, arguing that the principles of Islam are inconsistent with American values. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," Carson, (more...)

US Considering Military Talks With Russia on Syria

VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is considering Russia's offer of military-to-military talks on the war in Syria, as Moscow bolsters its military presence there. Kerry, who held talks this week by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said Wednesday he wants a "complete and clear (more...)

Putin: US-Russian Relations Key for Solving Global Crises

VOA News July 04, 2015 1:00 PM Russian President Vladimir Putin has said relations between Moscow and Washington remain the most important factor in ensuring stability and security in the world. In a congratulatory message to U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday on the U.S. Independence Day, Putin said that despite the differences, Russia (more...)

Amb. Power at U.N. Event Commemorating Srebrenica Genocide

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a High-level UN Commemorative Event on Srebrenica: Remembering and Honoring the Victims of the Genocide, July 1, 2015 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mirsada, for inviting us to join you in this important and moving commemoration. And thank you for (more...)

Obama’s Call from Russian President Putin

Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation called President Obama today. They discussed the necessity of countering ISIL and developments in the Middle East, as well as the situation in Ukraine. President Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfill (more...)

Protest Enters Third Night In Yerevan

" Nearly 6,000 demonstrators rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday after riot police used water cannon to break up an earlier protest against electricity price hikes", - an AFP journalist reported. - "Waving national flags and chanting "Shame!" and "No to robbery!" angry protesters flooded Yerevan's central Freedom Square (more...)

The 2015 G-7 Summit at Schloss Elmau, Germany

The President met with the other Leaders of the G-7 at Schloss Elmau, Germany on June 7-8 to make tangible progress on a wide range of economic, security, and development priorities. The G-7 stands resolved in its commitment to uphold the values of freedom and democracy, the rule of law (more...)

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