Why These Americans Are Honorary British Knights and Dames

By Mary Jane Maxwell One doesn’t necessarily have to be British — or even an aristocrat — to know what it’s like to be “knighted” by the reigning monarch of England. Several dozen Americans, upon recommendation of both the British government and 
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Americans Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

By ShareAmerica Americans this month are observing Holocaust Remembrance Day — or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew — in honor of the victims of the Nazi era and to commit themselves to help prevent future genocides. In Washington, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on April 10 was surrounded by portraits of Holocaust survivors, (more...)

Shooting at YouTube HQ in California Wounds at Least 3, Female Suspect Dead

A woman opened fire at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, sending employees scrambling into the street and at least three victims to local hospitals before taking her own life, police said. Police did not release any further information on the suspect or speculate on her motives for the (more...)

Russian Shopping Mall Fire Kills 64; No Alarms Reported

With the fire alarms silent and staff reportedly nowhere to be seen, a fire at a shopping mall packed with children and their parents on the first weekend of the school recess killed 64 people in eastern Russia. The fire at the Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo, a (more...)

State, Federal Investigators Take Over Florida Bridge Collapse Probe

The death toll stood at six Friday in the collapse the day before of a pedestrian bridge under construction on the campus of Florida International University. The number was expected to climb as searchers dug through rubble, where several cars remained buried. Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp said the primary (more...)

Stalinism Resurgent in Russia as Critics Warn Against Whitewashing Soviet History

Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is fierce debate over the legacy of one of its most brutal dictators. Josef Stalin, who ruled from the 1930s until his death in 1953, is held responsible for the deaths of millions of his countrymen. Yet, an opinion poll last year (more...)

Trump Proposes Banning Devices that Make Some Guns More Lethal

VOA Steve Herman After recommending a ban on devices that can make firearms more lethal and calling for stronger background checks on gun buyers, U.S. President Donald Trump is hosting a "listening session" Wednesday at the White House with students, parents and teachers who have been victimized by mass (more...)

Trump Denounces Women Who Accused Him of Sex Abuse

VOA U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday denounced Rachel Crooks, one of 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, and the Washington Post, for publishing an article about her allegations. The Post story offers her detailed account of how Trump allegedly forcibly kissed the then 22-year-old on January 11, 2006 while the two were (more...)

The Holocaust memorialized throughout the world

By Mark Trainer In the U.S, and other nations, memorials stand as continual reminders of the horror of the Holocaust and the importance of confronting the evils that brought it about. The United Nations designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “This (more...)

Farewell: Americans We Lost in 2017

By Lauren Monsen Over the past year, Americans said goodbye to many talented people. Here are 10 who died in 2017, all of whom lived remarkable lives. Music legend Tom Petty, a prolific writer of chart-topping songs since the late 1970s, led his band the Heartbreakers for decades and co-founded the 1980s supergroup (more...)

2017’s Memorable Moments

By Christopher Connell 2017 was a momentous year. Americans celebrated the inauguration of the 45th president, Donald Trump, and gazed skyward at an awe-inspiring solar eclipse as well as the rising of a “supermoon.” They responded with kindness and determination to help those who lost homes in Hurricane Harvey, the California wildfires (more...)

3 Сases That Show What Free Speech Means

By Mark Trainer Freedom of speech means a lot to Americans. A study found an overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. think people should be able to speak their minds — without government interference — (more...)

Russia’s Hallowed October Revolution Now Seen as a ‘Communist Coup’

VOA Daniel Schearf For decades, the Soviet Union celebrated the October Revolution, which brought the communist Bolsheviks to power in Russia. Nowadays, there's much less celebration. The October Revolution, which took place in November 1917 under the modern Gregorian calendar, led to the rise of the Soviet Union and created the world's first communist (more...)

Trump Declares Public Health Emergency to Fight Opioid Crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday declared a nationwide public health emergency to address an escalating opioid crisis that killed 64,000 people last year, proclaiming “we cannot allow this to continue.” “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it,” Trump said to applause before an (more...)

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 of its functions is helping to secure the world’s cultural (more...)

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