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
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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...)

Obama Remembers Fallen Troops for Memorial Day

VOA News Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. "It's a day we remember those who never made it home; those who never had the chance to take off the uniform and be (more...)

Obama: Prison Sentencing Policies Hurt US Economy

VOA News President mobile spy app Barack Obama said Saturday that the $80 billion annual price tag for housing inmates in U.S. prisons has become prohibitive and 007 phone number spy (more...)

New Survey Reveals Americans Believe Country has ‘Lost its Identity’

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Captured American IS Fighter’s Story Raising ‘Red Flags’

VOA Jeff Seldin Intelligence officials are taking a close look at what an American Islamic State (IS) fighter is telling Kurdish media; parts of his account raise as many questions as answers. Mohamad Jamal Khweis, the 26-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, spoke just days after he claims to have fled (more...)

2016’s Best & Worst States for Women – WalletHub Study

With March being Women’s History Month and women outnumbering men in all but nine states today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Women. To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key (more...)

Obama Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Nancy Reagan

VOA News U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered flags at the White House and all federal buildings to be lowered to half-staff "as a mark to respect the memory of" former first lady Nancy Reagan. The steadfast partner of the 40th U.S. president, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan died Sunday of congestive heart (more...)

Analysts: Oregon Protesters Influenced by Extremist Militia Ideology

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The protesters occupying a U.S. national wildlife refuge in Oregon State are a diverse group with divergent concerns, say analysts, but they have been influenced by the extremist militia movement, which looks forward to a war with the federal government.
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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...)

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...)

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