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
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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...)

Earthquake Hits Central Italy, at Least 73 Dead

VOA A strong earthquake shook central Italy just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday causing extensive damage to three cities near the epicenter and killing at least 73 people, including children, according to unofficial numbers given by Italian media. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.2 with an epicenter about 10 kilometers (more...)

Former Soviet Citizens Mull Failed Hard-line Coup, a Quarter Century Later

VOA Twenty-five years ago, on August 19, 1991, a hard-line group calling itself the State Committee for the State of Emergency (known by its Russian acronym GKChP) announced that it was removing the Soviet Union’s reformist president, Mikhail Gorbachev, from power and taking control of the country. The GKChP’s goals were to (more...)

Trump, Clinton Vie for Votes in Battleground Pennsylvania

Will they decide to "make America great again" or are they with her? Voters in this predominantly white, working-class city of 77,000, set in a region buffeted by manufacturing losses, might readily align this November with presidential nominee Donald Trump for the Republican’s protectionist stance on trade. Or, (more...)

Poll: Five Percent of Americans Would Vote for Harambe

VOA News Americans are not exactly thrilled at the choice between Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with voters having unfavorable views of both in recent opinion polls. In fact, five percent say they’d rather vote for a dead gorilla, according to a new survey from (more...)

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