How US is Confronting its Sexual Assault Crisis
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.
Since the 1960s, Trudy Lynn has been singing the blues, sometimes with well-known performers like Ike and Tina Turner. A couple of months ago, she hit the top of the Billboard Blues Chart with the CD “Royal Oaks Blues Café,” which she recorded with harmonica player Steve Krase in her hometown of Houston, Texas. They also went on the road, performing around the U.S. in Switzerland. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke to them in Houston about their musical collaboration.
'This is a game changer,' newly-freed political prisoner tells audience, referring to his release and the US policy shift toward Cuba
Rebuilding US-Cuba Relations
Plan will renew diplomatic ties, ease restrictions on travel and remittances, altering how Cubans and Americans can interact
Investors watch Federal Reserve statements with great care for hints about how soon and how much rates will go up
Beverage experts say drinks flavored with bitters and laced with vinegar are catching on beyond trendy bars and lounges
US Treasury put Netherlands-based Staroil B.V. as well as two Swiss-based firms, Rixo International Trading Ltd and Bluemarine SA, on list of sanctioned entities