Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks during a news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington, April 17, 2015.
U.S. lawmakers agreed on draft legislation this week to give the White House “fast track” authority to negotiate a free trade deal with Pacific nations. If approved, the bill gives lawmakers the authority to set trade objectives, but limits their ability to make changes once agreement is reached. Trade officials say the bill would help President Barack Obama realize his so called “Asia pivot,” but as Mil Arcega reports, it also sets the stage for economic and political divisions at home.
Reports in Iran say Jason Rezaian has been charged with espionage, but brother tells VOA indictment has not been made public
Days after Islamic State group captured three villages on Ramadi's eastern outskirts, area remains strongly contested by militants and Iraqi Security Forces
Like many people, Bree Britt dreamed of starting her own business. But unlike many people, the 16-year-old didn’t wait till she grew up to become an entrepreneur. She’s already launched her own business. Bree may not have the experience, but as Faiza Elmasry tells us, she has more than enough enthusiasm and support. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Efforts include probing US power grids for vulnerabilities, marking a significant escalation in hack attacks
US president made comment during joint press conference at the White House with visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Move seen as key test for Obama administration program aiming to shield 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation
White House says gathering will be an opportunity for leaders to discuss ways to enhance their partnership and deepen security cooperation
Bill and Denise Richard, whose son was killed in attack, say sentencing appeals will only extend their agony
Shenzhen-based DJI estimates that it already has about 70 percent of the commercial market worldwide and federal records suggest it is also expanding quickly in the US
Naturalized US citizen Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, left the US a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria
In line with philosophy dating to 1600s, there is no required curriculum, grades, homework or testing; students choose what and how to learn
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, charged with supporting terrorism and making false statements, faces up to 38 years in prison if convicted
Iraqi officials call Anbar capital's plight catastrophic, saying at least 2,000 families have fled and some accounts from inside describing city as ghost town
Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says it thinks documents belong in public domain
Trade Promotion Authority has critics, including many major unions
The recent shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in South Carolina has prompted new calls for the use of body cameras by US law enforcement. US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is sponsoring legislation in Congress to make this a reality. In a recent interview with HashtagVOA, Cleaver said his bill has wide support in both chambers of Congress. VOA’s Doug Bernard has more.
The democratic or “free school” movement, in which children have an equal say in school governance, and choose how to spend their days - whether in study or play - began more than 100 years ago. Today, there are several hundred such private schools scattered around the world, in countries as different as South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, Brazil and Colombia. By far, most are in the U.S. VOA's Carolyn Weaver visited the 11-year-old private Brooklyn Free School in New York.
City asks its downtown trolley-bus drivers to get in the spirit of this week's 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dress up like music greats