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Proposed US Budget Cuts Could Have Severe Impact on Health Security

When the ebola crisis erupted in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent staff to help West African countries contain the pandemic. The National Institutes of Health funded research and supported pharmaceutical giants to produce a vaccine that would save lives but not turn a ...

Oregon Wildfire Causes Evacuations, Closes Roads in Prime Eclipse Zone

Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway.   The late afternoon order threatened to create more tie-ups ...

Navy Captain Pleads Guilty in ‘Fat Leonard’ Case

 A U.S. Navy captain has admitted to accepting bribes in the form of lavish hotel rooms and prostitutes from a Malaysian businessman nicknamed “Fat Leonard,” joining nearly two dozen current and former Navy officials who have been charged in what is being called the maritime branch’s ...

Mayor of Charlottesville Calls for Removal of Confederate Monuments

The mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, has called for the removal of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a white nationalist rally last week that turned violent. Mayor Mike Signer called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to let Virginia’s cities and ...

Roadblocks, Weapons Bans as Boston Braces for 'Free Speech' Rally

Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia. ...

Top US General Commits to Work With Tokyo to Strengthen Missile Defense

The top U.S. general and his Japanese counterpart have agreed to work together to strengthen missile defenses for Japan, as Tokyo announced that they will introduce the land-based Aegis Ashore system for additional protection against the North Korean missile threat. General Joe Dunford, the Chairman ...

Republican Romney Criticizes Trump's Handling of Charlottesville Protest

Former U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for his handling of last Saturday's violent white supremacist rally in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and 19 others injured. Romney's comments were in response to ...

Officials: State Department Suffers Worldwide Email Outage

U.S. officials say the State Department has suffered a worldwide email outage affecting its entire unclassified system. The officials said the outage began early Friday morning and that technicians were working to restore email as soon as possible. The officials said the outage was not caused by ...

Trump Approves Plan to Create Independent Cyber Command

President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group and other foes. The White House announcement Friday means U.S. Cyber Command may eventually be split off ...

Death Defying Trails No Deterrent to National Parks Traveler

As national parks traveler Mikah Meyer wrapped up the last leg of his journey across the western state of Utah, he appears to have saved the best for last -- with visits to Bryce and Zion national parks -- the last two of the five national parks that make up the ‘Mighty 5.’ Hoodoo! Who ...

Tillerson Condemns Hate Speech, Says Bigotry is Un-American

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values the U.S. was founded on and promotes abroad. In his most extensive comments on race and diversity since last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tillerson on Friday ...

US State Senator Refuses to Resign After Hoping for Trump's Assassination

A state senator in the Midwest is refusing to resign after hoping for the assassination of U.S. President Donald Trump, despite being roundly criticized by top members of her own party. On Thursday morning, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote on Facebook, "I hope Trump is ...

Day's End at Bryce Canyon National Park

Online Companies Bar Far-right Groups

They are being booted off or locked out of their websites. Some can no longer blog. Their electronic payment systems are being canceled. Even their music can’t be heard. For some white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, operating online has become much harder in the wake of last week’s ...

US to North Korea: US Stands Ready to Defend Itself and Allies

U.S. officials say the United States remains unwavering in its commitment to Asian allies in the wake of threats from North Korea. In the U.S.-Japan defense and diplomatic talks Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Washington would take immediate and specific actions to take down any ...

Online Companies Bar Far-Right Groups

They are being booted off or locked out of their websites. Some can no longer blog. Their electronic payment systems are being canceled. Even their music can’t be heard. For some white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, operating online has become much harder in the wake of last week’s ...

Top US General Meets Chinese President Xi to Discuss North Korean Threat

The top U.S. general has wrapped up his visit to China as tensions on the Korean peninsula are expected to increase. On Monday, U.S. and South Korea are expected to conduct joint military exercises. VOA’s Carla Babb is traveling with General Joe Dunford and has the latest from Beijing.]]

Johnny Cash's Children ‘Sickened’ to See His Name on White Supremacist T-Shirt

The late American entertainer Johnny Cash was a country music legend who embraced all races and religions. His children say they were “sickened” to see his name on the T-shirt of a white supremacist who marched through Charlottesville last Saturday. In a message posted on social media, ...

Widening Rift Between Trump, His Party Seen as Unprecedented

A rift between the U.S. president and his own political party widened Thursday as Donald Trump publicly criticized two Republican senators, and another senator from the party questioned the president’s stability and competence. The latest targets of the president’s wrath are Lindsey Graham ...

US Cities Debate Fate of Confederate Statues

As communities across the United States redouble efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces after a far-right rally in Virginia turned deadly, city leaders now face another conundrum: what to do with the statues. President Donald Trump described them on Thursday as "beautiful statues ...

US Navy to Remove Senior Leaders of Warship After Deadly June Crash

The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday. A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened ...

Canada Sees 'Unsustainable' Spike in Asylum Seekers at US Border

The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration's immigration crackdown head north. More than 3,100 people walked across the border ...

US Affirms Readiness to Defend Itself, Allies Against N. Korea

U.S. officials said Thursday that the United States remained unwavering in its commitment to Asian allies in the wake of threats from North Korea, while indicating diplomacy "has to be backed by a strong military consequence." In U.S.-Japan defense and diplomatic talks, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim ...

South Korea: Trump Promises Not to Attack North Without South’s Consent

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday said he has received assurances from U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington would not launch any attack against North Korea without Seoul’s approval. “The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military ...

Confederate Statues Explained: Why and When They Rose

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday stirred a long simmering debate about Confederate statues, with many people demanding their removal and many arguing history should not be erased. The Charlottesville protests centered around Emancipation Park, where there is a statue honoring ...

UN Experts: Charlottesville Exemplifies Rising Racism in US

U.N. human rights experts say racism and xenophobia are rising in the United States, pointing to far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the latest examples and urging U.S. authorities to punish the perpetrators of racist crimes there. The three experts on the issues of racism, ...

Amazon Opens 'Instant Pickup' Points in US Brick-and-Mortar Push

Amazon.com Inc is rolling out pickup points in the United States where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes, the company said on Tuesday. The world's largest online retailer has launched “Instant Pickup” points around ...

Oops? Trump Retweets Critic Saying 'He's a Fascist'

President Donald Trump appears to have mistakenly retweeted a message from one of his critics saying “he's a fascist.”   Trump deleted his retweet Tuesday after about five minutes, but not before the message sent to his 35 million followers racked up a big response.   Trump seems to have ...

US Sanctions Hit Russian Hopes of ‘Trump Bump’ for Investment

New U.S. sanctions on Moscow have forced Russian business chiefs to accept that Donald Trump's rise to power is not about to produce a "Trump Bump" in foreign investment. After Trump became U.S. president, some investors said they would be prepared to contemplate new deals with Russian firms if they ...

Asked to Serve, Some CEOs Say No More to Trump

First it was the leader of a major U.S. pharmaceutical, then the CEO of an athletic gear company, and before the day had ended, the chief executive of a $170 billion tech giant. Three of the nation's top executives resigned from a federal panel created years ago to advise the U.S. president. ...

Furor Over Charlottesville Follows Trump Home to Manhattan

President Donald Trump is back in the New York skyscraper that bears his name as the furor over his reaction to race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend shows few signs of dying down.   Protesters on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue tried to spoil Trump's homecoming Monday night ...

Taliban 'Open Letter' to Trump Urges US to Leave Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released an "open letter" to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 16 years of war.   In a long and rambling note in English that was sent to journalists by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, ...

Rouhani: If US Continues Threats, Iran Could Quickly Jump Start Nuclear Program

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country prefers abiding by the 2015 international agreement on its nuclear program, but that if the United States continues "threats and sanctions" then Iran could quickly revitalize its nuclear activity to an even higher level than before the deal ...

Signs of Diplomacy Appear as North Korea Delays Guam Missile Test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday appeared to postpone a plan to fire missiles toward Guam, a move that could help defuse the potential for imminent conflict, and give new momentum to reported behind the scenes efforts underway to find a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis on the Korean ...

Trump, Abe Agree: Stopping North Korea Top Priority as North Puts Off Test

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed that stopping North Korea from launching nuclear missiles is their top priority. Abe and Trump reached the agreement during a phone call Tuesday, the Japanese leader told reporters in Tokyo. The dialogue between ...

Experts: Saturday's Violence the Result of Political Pressure Cooker

The videos that rolled across the television screen were startling: Americans beating each other with clubs and sticks on the streets of a quiet college town. White supremacists with torches; anti-fascists pushing back. An improvised flame thrower fashioned from an aerosol can. Bottles of frozen ...

AP Explains: How Robert E. Lee Went From Hero to Racist Icon

Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee was vilified during the Civil War only to become a heroic symbol of the South's "Lost Cause" — and eventually a racist icon. His transformation, at the center of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, reflects the changing moods in the United ...

Web Hosting Company Boots White Supremacist Web Site

The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. "We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 ...

First Black Woman to Lead Cadets at West Point Begins Duties

Simone Askew is making history as the first black woman to lead the Long Grey Line at the U.S. Military Academy. But first, she's joining a long, grimy line of cadets ending basic training with a traditional 12-mile march Monday. The 20-year-old international history major from Fairfax, Virginia, ...

Chinese Newspaper Warns Trump Risks 'Trade War'

A Chinese state newspaper warned Monday that President Donald Trump "could trigger a trade war" if he goes ahead with plans to launch an investigation into whether China is stealing U.S. technology. In a commentary by a researcher at a Commerce Ministry think tank, the China Daily said Trump's ...

Survey: One-Fifth of Americans Find Workplace Hostile or Threatening

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers — a share the study calls ...

Law Scholars Urge Trump to Keep Program for Young Immigrants

A group of legal scholars is urging President Donald Trump to keep a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and is outlining a legal argument to maintain it. Around 100 law professors and immigration attorneys are scheduled Monday to send Trump an open letter ...

With Budget Cuts Looming, USAID Chief Vows to Do More With Less

Facing potentially deep budget cuts to U.S. foreign aid, new USAID administrator Mark Green says he needs to do more with less and prove to President Donald Trump that development assistance can further his "America First" agenda. In a first meeting with Trump back in January, Green made his pitch ...

Charlottesville Victim Was 'Not About Hate'

Virginia Governor Terry McAulliffe held a moment of silence during a prayer vigil Sunday in Charlottesville for Heather Heyer - the woman killed when a man allegedly plowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters during violent clashes that erupted at a white nationalist rally. A memorial of ...

Protests, Vigils Around US Decry White Supremacist Rally

Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country on Sunday, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia. The gatherings spanned from a planned march to President Donald Trump’s home in New York to a ...

First American Woman to Conquer K2 Tells VOA Her Story

No American woman climber had sumitted the world's second largest mountain called, K2, in Pakistan until July 28, 2017 when 52-year old former banker Vanessa O'Brian led a team of 12 mountaineers to the top of what is known as "the savage mountain" and one the world's most dangerous peaks. She ...

'Meet a Muslim' Events Hope to Dispel Misconceptions

When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: "Questions and answers about being Muslim." The ad offered ideas for questions: Are women oppressed in Islam? ...

Victim in Virginia Melee Wept for Social Justice, her Boss Says

Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville with her friends to make a stand against white nationalists who converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honoring a Confederate war hero, her boss said on Sunday. The 32-year-old paralegal wanted to send a clear message to ...

CIA Director Pompeo: Venezuela's Situation Continues to Deteriorate

Venezuela crisis to be top agenda during Mike Pence trip to South America

Trump Facing Criticism for Initial Response to Charlottesville Violence

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing criticism for his initial response to violence during a protest against a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a car plowed into a crowd of counter-demonstrators killing one and injuring many more. VOA's Marcus Harton has the story