The U.S. Capitol Dome, currently under restoration, and the Capitol Christmas Tree are seen illuminated during evening hours Dec. 11, 2014.
President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers have left Washington for the remainder of the year, but the city remains focused on historic and unprecedented developments on the world stage. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the coming week will bring continued scrutiny of a diplomatic opening between the United States and Cuba, as well as North Korea’s alleged role in hacking media giant Sony.
Spokesman for three-time world heavyweight champion says Ali's illness was caught early and he is expected to make a full recovery
US president says his Russian counterpart is currently facing 'the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis, a huge economic contraction'
Secretary of state says 11 million people of Cuba have waited far too long - more than half a century - to 'fulfill their democratic aspirations' and build closer ties with rest of world
US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world'
President says he does not consider hack of Sony Pictures an act of war, but a 'very costly, very expensive' example of cyber-vandalism
Police officers were sitting in patrol car in Brooklyn neighborhood when 28-year-old Ismayyil Brinsley walked up to them and opened fire
Deaths follow weeks of protests across US after cases in which grand juries declined to charge white police officers involved in deaths of unarmed black men
'We are the closest major food producer that Cuba has,' an American Farm Bureau Federation spokesman notes
In speech to lawmakers, Cuba's president says economic reforms will be accelerated, yet changes will be gradual
They were released at request of Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, after a review of their cases, including security factors
Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt
Urges US citizens traveling abroad to be "extra cautious" concerning their personal security following recent deadly hostage incident in Australia
In weekly radio address president says previous steps taken helped make 2014 'the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s'
Annual trek includes golfing on Hawaii's lush courses, family time on the beach
The New York Times says it obtained a copy of the FBI report about ''highly critical internal investigation' that discovered errors with almost half of the 41,000 pieces of evidence reviewed
N. Korea denies it hacked into Sony Pictures' computer network and posting embarrassing emails, but praises computer attack as 'righteous deed'
As economic crisis deepens, he urges Russians to prepare for 'certain difficulties' in months ahead
2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.