Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) holds up the game ball and acknowledges the crowd during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after passing Michael Jordan on the NBA all-time scoring list, in Minneapolis, Dec. 14, 2014.
While Washington continues to be rocked by last week’s report on CIA interrogation methods, the city is breathing easier now that Congress has approved almost all federal funding for another year. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, after years of nail-biting budget showdowns, lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion spending bill with comparatively little drama.
Family members of unarmed black men killed by white police officers urged demonstrators to continue pressing for changes to criminal justice system
Talks in Rome between US, Russian top diplomats come just days after Congress voted in support of providing military aid for Ukrainian forces
President denounces surge of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults in recent weeks by Taliban insurgents
Powerful parliamentary committee will ask US to hand over blacked out parts of report, to try to establish whether British spies were complicit in torture or rendition
The two recent high-profile cases in which white police officers were not indicted in the killings of unarmed black men have some Americans questioning the fairness of the U.S. criminal justice system. Community organizers of all backgrounds gathered in Washington Saturday for a protest march. Arash Arabasadi was in the crowd and files this report.
Arturo Pierre Martinez, 29, from El Paso, Texas, told reporters he had entered North Korea illegally, wanted to seek asylum in Venezuela
UN chief Ban Ki-moon praises outcome of Peru conference, urges countries to engage in 'substantive negotiations' ahead of Paris meeting in late 2015
Spending bill now heads to the White House where President Barack Obama has said he will sign it into law
Scholar and ex-diplomat Michele Dunne, headed to conference, was turned away at Cairo airport
Demonstration is part of widespread call for reforming police treatment of blacks
The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Friday, a week after passing in the House of Representatives
Any U.N. action now that moves Palestinians closer to statehood would add strain on Israeli leader, who is campaigning for re-election
Police in city of Portland say two boys, one girl have been shot outside Rosemary Anderson High School, and manhunt is underway for shooter or shooters
If President Obama signs into law Ukraine Freedom Support Act, US will provide Ukraine with anti-tank, armor-piercing weapons, counter-artillery radars, drones, communications equipment, ammo
First lady says she’s committed to empowering girls worldwide to get an education
After months of record-breaking drought, heavy rain, wind and even snow bearing down on California, Washington
Scientists in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are experimenting with two types of fusion nuclear reactors that could someday provide cheap and abundant energy and finally wean the world from fossil-based fuels. The U.S. technological giant Lockheed Martin has claimed it will have a working fusion reactor within five years. Now, scientists from the University of Washington say they are also on the path to creating sustainable fusion. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Criticism follows confirmation of soap opera producer with little knowledge of assigned country