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Reports: US Army to Cut 40,000 Troops

Members of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade practice during the combined Lithuanian-U.S. training exercise at the Gaiziunai Training Area, west of Vilnius, Lithuania, July 7, 2015.

July 07, 2015 7:40 PM
USA Today says 17,000 civilian employees will be cut, too; result will be active-duty Army of about 450,000, smallest since before WWII More

Obama Chimes in on Pop Culture Via Twitter

US president shares views on sports, music, even Supreme Court rulings, 140 characters at a time

Video Police Officers, Firefighters Gather for Friendly Competition

Athletes from 60-plus countries come to Virginia for World Police and Fire Games

Video US Officials Grilled on Strategy to Defeat Islamic State

One day after President Barack Obama restated his commitment to defeating Islamic State militants, Republican senators vented frustrations over the administration’s strategy. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, faced tough, direct questions Tuesday at an Armed Services Committee hearing.

Video Police Officers, Firefighters Gather for Friendly Competition

More than 10,000 firefighters, policemen and other active members of public service agencies from around the world converged on northern Virginia recently for some friendly but serious,competition in the World Police and Fire Games. VOA’s Zeke Ouellette reports.

Video New York Craft Distillers Embrace New Laws

Relaxing age-old rules, state made it legal for small-scale distillers to not only operate but also to self-distribute and have tasting rooms

Video New York Craft Distillers Embrace New Laws

Now local distillers have set up shop in New York City creating innovative spirits with locally farmed ingredients. Daniela Schrier visited two Brooklyn-based distilleries whose spirits are gaining fans far beyond city limits.

Annual Pilgrimage Keeps Memories of WWII Internment Alive

First Minidoka Pilgrimage held 13 years ago, nearly 200 people journeyed to the site on the final weekend in June for the 2015 event

Alamo Makes UNESCO's 2015 World Heritage List

Alamo, part of five San Antonio Missions in Texas, is just one 27 properties to make the international roster of historical sites

Obama Meets Vietnam's Communist Leader

President says despite differences between two countries over 'political philosophy,' they are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues

SC Senate Passes Bill to Remove Confederate Flag

Bill now goes to South Carolina House of Representatives, where debate will likely begin Wednesday

Hoax Letter to Russian Media Seeks to Tie US Senator to Ukraine

Intent appears to have been to coax Russian journalists into believing Richard Durbin exerts direct influence over PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Video Getting it Done Beyond a Nuclear Deal

If a nuclear deal is reached between Iran and world powers in Vienna, it will be a highly technical road map to be used to monitor nuclear activity in Iran for years to come to ensure Tehran does not make nuclear weapons. Equally as complicated will be dismantling international sanctions that were originally intended to be ironclad. VOA’s Heather Murdock talks to experts about the key challenges any deal will present.

Video Senate Panel Grills US Military Leaders Over IS Strategy

Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledges for first time US is presently training only about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle IS, well below thousands envisioned by Obama administration

Obama to Meet Vietnam’s Communist Party Chief

Rights groups and lawmakers are urging President Obama to continue putting pressure on Vietnam to improve its human rights record

Video Senior US Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Hinges on Tough Choices

Official tells reporters 'we are probably closer than we've ever been' but questions remain whether deal can be reached after two deadline postponements

Video Obama Vows to Intensify Fight Against Islamic State in Syria

President Barack Obama made a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to speak with national security advisers about refining the U.S. strategy to defeat Islamic State militants. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.

US Tests Vaccine for West Nile Virus

Virus, spread mostly through mosquito bites, led to nearly 100 deaths in United States last year, and more than 2,200 cases

Americans Divided Over Calls to Remove Confederate Monuments

After most wars, statues and memorials are erected to honor the victors, not the vanquished - but that was not the case after the Civil War

Police: Reports Are False of US Military Hospital Shooting

Alarm scrambled law enforcement to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Monday morning

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