WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force base in Kyrgyzstan is packing up for closure after more than 12 years of flying troops and cargo in and out of Afghanistan, as Moscow boosts its military clout in the strategic region. Against the backdrop of the Russian actions in Ukraine, experts say Russia’s increasing economic and military […]
WASHINGTON - Plans to shrink the United States military to levels not seen since World War II are not sitting well with many U.S. lawmakers. Some expressed their frustration and anger to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
With U.S. troops in Afghanistan, waiting to come home, anger is boiling over in […]
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama says a “clear majority” of Americans are in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
In his weekly address the president said that half of all Republicans supported raising the minimum wage, but unfortunately they were not the Republican lawmakers serving in Congress.
The U.S. leader said Republican […]
ROME - Western countries voiced concern on Thursday that tensions in Libya could slip out of control in the absence of a functioning political system, and they urged the government and rival factions to start talking.
Two-and-a-half years after the fall of former leader Moammar Gadhafi, the oil-rich North African state is struggling to contain violence […]
WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in February, picking up the pace of hiring after two months of sluggish job growth.
A senior economist at the country’s biggest bank, James Glassman at JPMorgan Chase, tolds VOA the advance in the labor market last month is a favorable sign for the world’s largest economy. That is […]
WASHINGTON - The United States appears to be rethinking its aversion to natural gas exports so it could help meet Ukraine’s energy needs and weaken Ukraine’s dependency on Russia for its gas supply.
The top U.S. energy official, Ernest Moniz, said at an energy conference this week that he “would certainly welcome” discussions with congressional leaders […]
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday took a strong stand against a planned referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Obama imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on those the U.S. accuses of undermining democracy in Ukraine, even as thousands of Russian troops remained inside Crimea.
Congressional leaders are pledging support for those sanctions, […]
SEOUL - North Korea has rejected South’s Korea’s proposal for talks on resuming reunions between families separated by the 1950s Korean War.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the North delivered the message Thursday, saying a “proper atmosphere had not been created” to resume the talks.
A ministry spokesman, Kim Eui-do, said Seoul was disappointed in Pyongyang’s decision.
“Our side […]
JERUSALEM - The Israeli military says it seized a ship in the Red Sea Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets destined for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
It said the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Klos-C was boarded in international waters off the coasts of Sudan and Eritrea without resistance, and would be escorted […]
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department Wednesday issued a 10-point rebuttal to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s version of events in Ukraine, publishing a list of what it said are untruths.
The “fact sheet” is titled “President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine.” Observers say its publication is a notable departure from standard procedure at the […]
SEOUL - North Korea continued Tuesday launching short-range missiles into the ocean, as part of what Seoul says is a protest against U.S.-South Korean military drills.
The South Korean Defense Ministry says the North fired three artillery shells about 55 kilometers using a multiple rocket launcher off its southeast coast early Tuesday. Later, it fired four […]
NEW YORK - The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief says Iran has cut its stock of higher-enriched uranium that is closest to atomic weapons-grade.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said Monday that Iran had “reached the halfway mark” in efforts to dilute half its 20 percent-enriched uranium to a lower grade […]
CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned all activities of Hamas in Egypt, a judge said, in another sign that security forces plan to squeeze the Palestinian militant group that runs the neighboring Gaza Strip.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist group by Egypt’s army-backed government and […]
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is prepared to use all options to protect Russians in Ukraine, but that he hopes it will not have to use force.
Putin’s comments Tuesday come amid a growing crisis over Russia’s military presence in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The United States and its European allies […]
NEW YORK - The crisis in Ukraine is consuming Washington’s attention, with the Obama administration issuing stark warnings to Russia over its seizure of Crimea, while Ukraine mobilizes military reservists and accuses Moscow of declaring war.
With Russian troops deployed in Crimea and the threat of war in Eastern Europe growing by the day, U.S. Secretary […]
NEW YORK - Russia’s foreign ministry announced Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine, while the leaders of the G7 group of nations are condemning what they say is Russia’s “clear violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Russian forces have bolstered their presence in recent days on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, where they have surrounded […]
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will attempt to break an impasse in the latest efforts to reach a final Middle East peace accord when he hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday.
Obama will try to convince Netanyahu to agree to a framework on a final round of negotiations that would lead […]
NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session Saturday after Russia’s parliament unanimously voted to send troops to Ukraine’s Crimean region.
Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, asked Security Council members to stop the aggression against his country, adding that the number of Russian troops already inside Ukraine is “increasing every hour.”
He told […]
NEW YORK - Ukraine has called up its military reservists in response to the Russian parliament’s approval of the deployment of troops to Crimea.
Andriy Paruby, Ukraine’s top security official, said Sunday the mobilization was initiated to “ensure the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Ramussen said NATO supports the right of […]
WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has not yet agreed to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement [BSA] with the United States. The agreement would determine the scope of activity for American troops in Afghanistan after 2014. Karzai has been a U.S. ally for more than a decade — but in the waning days of his […]
WASHINGTON - As Ukrainian leaders accused Russia of carrying out an armed invasion in the Crimea region, U.S. President Barack Obama warned Moscow not to intervene militarily.
“We are deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” […]
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew more slowly than first thought in the last few months of 2013.
Friday’s report from the Commerce Department says the world’s largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.4 percent in October, November and December.
That is eight-tenths of a percent slower than a preliminary estimate published one month ago. […]
BAGHDAD - At least 52 people were killed Wednesday as a motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated in Baghdad’s Sadr City and militants targeted mostly Shi’ite neighborhoods around the country.
The motorcycle was parked in a second-hand bike market in the Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood that was filled with people, mostly young men, when it exploded late Thursday […]
NEW YORK - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden’s sons-in-law and a former spokesman for al-Qaida, heads to trial next week in New York on terror-related charges in a case that could feature testimony from several al-Qaida figures.
Prosecutors have accused Abu Ghaith of conspiring to kill Americans immediately after the deadly September 11, […]