Americans to Observe Labor Day on Monday

VOA News U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that Labor Day is a day "we set aside every year to honor the hardworking men and women who fought for so many of the rights that we take
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New Orleans Mourns Katrina Losses But Celebrates Its Renewal

VOA News Church bells tolled Saturday in the U.S. city of New Orleans and across large swaths of the Gulf Coast as residents marked the 10th anniversary of the deadly Hurricane Katrina. Dignitaries in the hard-hit city laid wreaths and eulogized the the storm's 1,800 dead, while celebrating the recovery of the (more...)

ADA: 25 Years of Changing America and Inspiring the World

“The day I cast my vote for the ADA was one of my proudest days as a United States Senator. We knew it would lead to great changes in America. Only through time have we come to realize how important the ADA is internationally.” – Secretary of State John Kerry The Americans (more...)

S. Carolina Lawmakers to Debate Removal of Confederate Flag

VOA News Lawmakers in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina will begin debating whether to remove the Civil War-era Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol. The debate follows an appeal by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to remove it. Hundreds of people have held weekly demonstrations urging lawmakers to (more...)

ADA: 25 Years of Changing America and Inspiring the World

“The day I cast my vote for the ADA was one of my proudest days as a United States Senator. We knew it would lead to great changes in America. Only through time have we come to realize how important the ADA is internationally.” – Secretary of State John Kerry The Americans (more...)

Attorney General Kane Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Same Sex Marriage

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage: “Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision affirming the legality of same sex marriage is a victory not only for same sex couples, their families and children, but affirms the rights of (more...)

State’s Malinowski on Annual Country Reports on Human Rights

ON-THE-RECORD-BRIEFING Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski On the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: All right. Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Hello, everyone. It’s good to be here. Before I answer your questions, let me take a few minutes to talk (more...)

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

The founders of the United States knew that independence was something to celebrate. And although U.S. Independence Day celebrations have evolved over time, July 4th festivities remain an important part of American life. But Independence Day wasn’t supposed to be on July 4. In the spring of 1775, after more than (more...)

Cuban & Russian Activists Received 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal Of Freedom

History has become a weapon in Russia's battle with the West over Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin looks increasingly to the past to whip up patriotism and rally support. Last month's lavish commemorations of the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII, several declarations by Putin and new history (more...)

Zoo Animals Roam Flooded Georgian Capital

VOA News TBILISI, GEORGIA— Residents of the flood-ravaged Georgian capital city of Tbilisi were warned Sunday to stay indoors, as lions, bears, a hippopotamus and other escaped zoo animals roamed the streets of the devastated capital. Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania, speaking on national television, said the flood waters had killed at least 12 (more...)

Harlem Globetrotters Have An Audience With Pope Francis

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS HAVE AN AUDIENCE WITH POPE FRANCIS, NAME HIM NINTH HONORARY HARLEM GLOBETROTTER IN TEAM HISTORY Vatican visit in celebration of Globetrotters’ 90th anniversary tour, which tips off in the fall The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, who just completed a record-setting tour of North America, named Pope Francis just the ninth Honorary (more...)

Obama on 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II. After more than five years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces (more...)

Europe, US Mark 70th Anniversary of VE Day

VOA News Europe and the U.S. are marking Friday the 70th anniversary of what is known as Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day - the day in 1945 when Nazi troops laid down their arms, ending World War II on the continent. In his weekly address, released early for the occasion, (more...)

Obama on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, with heavy hearts, we remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims of Nazi brutality who were murdered during the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah is a day to reaffirm our responsibilities to ourselves and future generations. It is incumbent upon us to make real those timeless words, “Never (more...)

German Jet Crashes in The Alps, Killing More Then 150 Passengers and Six Crews

Early Tuesday a German A320 Airbushas crashed in the Alps in southern France, killing more then 150 passengers and six crews, according to news agencies.The Germanwings flight was travelling from Barcelona in Spain to Duesseldorf in Germany. The plane was 44 minutes into its flight in relatively clear weather when it (more...)

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