Turkey Named ‘Drumstick’ Is Given Presidential Pardon

President Donald Trump, just prior to beginning his Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday, carried out a final pre-holiday executive action — pardoning a turkey. "Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned," the president declared in the White House Rose Garden, with his wife,
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Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating (more...)

‘We’re Not Giving Up on Crimea,’ US Defense Official Says

VOA Carla Babb Nearly two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the territory remains under Russian control, and in the eastern part of Ukraine there has been an uptick in the fighting. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb discussed the issue with Michael Carpenter, deputy assistant secretary of defense with responsibilities for (more...)

Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Philadelphia

The Armenian Diaspora and the international community from the Philadelphia area and beyond will unite to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide. Three events will take place in Philadelphia to educate the public on Turkish denial of the atrocities committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 (more...)

Kerry Expresses Support for U.N., Russian Peace Efforts in Syria

This article was originally published on the Voice of America website on January 14. .S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed support for U.N. efforts to halt the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as well as for Russia’s bid to restart peace talks for the (more...)

“Cheese” and “Mac” Got The Pardon

According to CNN News, " President Barack Obama pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey with a smile on Wednesday, but he admitted before saving the bird from it's likely demise that he found the decades-old tradition somewhat "puzzling.""It is a little puzzling that I do this every year, (more...)

Thanksgiving: A Favorite U.S. Holiday

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the (more...)

Sea Breeze Brings Ukrainian Helicopter to U.S. Ship

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Sahley salutes as a Ukrainian Navy Ka-27 Helix helicopter takes off from the USS Ross in the Black Sea. The two navies participated in the Sea Breeze 2014 military exercise September 8–10 along with Georgia, Romania and Turkey. Three NATO (more...)

An Interfaith Thanksgiving

By Susan Milligan Contributor The first Thanksgiving is notable for its cross-cultural friendship: Native Americans shared a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the English settlers, called Pilgrims. Since then, the holiday has evolved into a family affair, with the focus on traditional foods (turkey and trimmings, followed (more...)

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks for America’s Bounty

Thanksgiving in the United States began as a way to give thanks for the year’s harvest, and the contents of the dinner table continue to occupy center stage. Food preparation often begins at dawn, and many families sit down to the main meal at midday or (more...)

Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the (more...)

Global Norms Demand Response to Chemical Weapons Use

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States has a national security stake in defending international prohibitions on the use of chemical weapons. Syria’s apparent “flagrant violation” of that standard demands a response, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. President Obama is now engaged in deciding what that response (more...)

United States Adds $100 Million in Syrian Aid

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees already living outside of Syria and the several million displaced within the war-torn country, Secretary of State John Kerry says. The additional funding brings (more...)

United States Doubles Aid to Syrian Opposition

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is doubling nonlethal humanitarian assistance to the regime opposition in Syria to underscore America’s firm support for a political resolution to the two-year-old violent crisis in Syria. The aid was announced by Kerry (more...)

U.S. Providing Humanitarian, Nonlethal Aid to Syria

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States is providing an “exceptional amount” of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and rising levels of nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. The Syrian Opposition Coalition is the “legitimate representative of the opposition (more...)

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