A courtroom sketch depicts Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sitting in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January.
Statement confirmed that Vatican diplomats facilitated talks between two countries, 'resulting in solutions acceptable to both parties'
Army Lieutenant General James Terry says first US air strikes were just four months ago and he counsels patience
Regional leaders say initiative would further ease ideological battle that has divided Americas for decades
Google argued the proposed class action should be dismissed; plaintiffs countered that default settings are set to them and most consumers do not know how to switch
US government investigators determine North Korea instigated cyberattack leading to leaks of sensitive documents and email
A White House statement said although past US policy toward Cuba is 'rooted in the best of intentions, it has had little effect'
The U.S. decision to normalize relations with Cuba after more than half a century is getting mixed reaction. Many agree with President Barack Obama that keeping Cubans at bay is an outdated approach that has failed to advance U.S. interests. Critics say normalizing relations with Cuba will endorse its authoritarian communist regime. Mr. Obama's announcement Wednesday coincided with an exchange of prisoners the two countries held on spying charges. Zlatica Hoke has this story.
Recent news reports about gang rapes in India and sexual violence at U.S. universities have thrust the issue of sexual assault into the spotlight. Julie Taboh reports on what is being done to prevent and resist such attacks.
The Federal Reserve has delivered its clearest signal yet that key U.S. interest rates will rise next year. Although the Federal Reserve says economic conditions remain consistent with its earlier assessments that interest rates will remain low for a considerable time -- it also opened the door to the possibility of an earlier rate increase if needed. Mil Arcega has more.
After major American theater chains decided not to run a new Hollywood comedy about a U.S. plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, its financial backer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, decided not to release it. The decision follows a threat by mysterious computer hackers to attack theaters showing the movie. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul that North Korea's reaction to the “The Interview” underscores its intolerance for any ridicule of the country's young leader.
Reports of polluted water, leaking fumes near wells have fueled vigorous opposition to controversial oil and gas drilling technique
Cuban revolution, outreach to Soviets set off years of antipathy between Washington, Havana
President Obama has announced a major shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba and begun dismantling the decades-old embargo against the communist island nation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Hollywood comedy about US plot to assassinate North Korean leader draws Pyongyang’s ire, widespread attention
A new Hollywood comedy about a U.S. plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has drawn widespread attention after the film's release was linked to a massive cyber attack on its financial backer, Sony Pictures Entertainment. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul the film “The Interview” is testing the young leader’s reaction to ridicule.
Some praise approach; Florida Senator Rubio denounces ‘victory for oppressive Cuban government’
US-Cuba Relations, 1959-2014
Rajiv Shah says he's leaving development agency with mixed emotions but gave no reason for departure
Every December, a large crowd gathers along the harbor in historic Annapolis, Maryland to enjoy the festive and colorful annual boat parade of lights. A holiday tradition for 32 years, illuminated boats decorated with winter holiday themes, circle the harbor. VOA’s Deborah Block took in the holiday cheer on board one of the boats.