U.S. Withdraws From UNESCO

By Lauren Monsen The United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) while seeking to establish a U.S. permanent observer mission to the organization. UNESCO is widely known as the U.N.’s cultural heritage agency because one
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Obamas Buy Washington Mansion for $8.1M

Former U.S. president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are putting down roots in Washington, at least for awhile, a short distance from the White House. Since he left office in January, the couple has been renting a Tudor-style mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood of the U.S. capital, long (more...)

Marking Memorial Day, Trump Notes Ongoing Battle on Terror

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday paid tribute to "a new generation of American patriots" who, he said, "are fighting to win the battle against terrorism." They are "risking their lives to protect our citizens from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself," (more...)

Britain Raises Terror Alert to Critical — the Highest Level

VOA Britain has raised its terrorism alert to critical -- the highest level -- and soldiers are being deployed to assist armed police, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday. May addressed the country one day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people (more...)

Reports of Gunfire Outside British Parliament

VOA The British parliament building in London has been put on lockdown following reports of gunfire outside the building Wednesday. Witness reports and photographs show two victims bleeding heavily on Westminster bridge, where London police said officers responded to a "firearms incident". The leader of Britain's House of Commons David Lidington said an (more...)

International Women’s Day – March 8

Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues As we mark International Women’s Day, we honor the accomplishments and special contributions of women all over the world. The past year has seen new milestones in the struggle for gender equality, illuminating the bravery and determination of so many women working on the front (more...)

Happy Old New Year!

“The Old New Year ( Russian: Старый Новый год, Ukranian: Старий Новий рік, Macedonian: Стара Нова година) or the Orthodox New Year (Serbian: Православна Нова година or Pravoslavna Nova godina) is an informal traditional Slavic Orthodox holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the (more...)

New Year Celebrations Mark 2017 Around the World

Much of the globe celebrated the beginning of 2017 with fireworks, parties and other festivities, though many were somber in reflecting on the politics and popular culture of the past tumultuous year. Revelers gathered in Times Square, New York City’s iconic tourist attraction, to watch the famed crystal ball mark the (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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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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