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Yemeni Man Pleads Guilty of Conspiring With al-Qaida

FILE - Yemeni boys look at a vehicle destroyed during a police raid on an al-Qaida militant hideout in the Arhab region, north of Sanaa, Yemen, May 27, 2014.

May 26, 2015 9:05 PM
US federal court papers say Saddiq al-Abbadi left Yemen for Iraq to fight against US troops from late 2005 to early 2007 More

Continuing Rain Torments Flooded Areas in Texas

Though most parts of Houston held up well through recent storms, critical roadways were cut off by floodwaters

Video State Department Spokesman Discusses Rezaian Trial

U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke discusses the Jason Rezaian trial, now underway in Tehran.

Information on 100,000 US Taxpayers Stolen, IRS Says

Thieves used online service provided by Internal Revenue Service to gain access to returns, other information on file

Cleveland to Overhaul Police Department

Settlement with US Justice Department addresses a pattern of abuses detailed in a report last year

Court Refuses to Lift Hold on Obama Immigration Orders

States' lawsuit arguing against president's authority to act should be allowed to play out, appellate panel says

Obama Urges US Senate to Renew Phone-Records Program

Barring last-minute compromise when senators reconvene for a rare Sunday session, specific provision of federal law will expire at midnight May 31

Texas Resident Charged With Conspiracy to Provide Support to Islamic State

Asher Abid Khan, 20, accused of trying to travel to Syria to fight for militant group, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted

Amtrak to Install Long-Sought Cameras in Locomotives

Move follows deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to train engineer's actions just before crash

Video US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops

In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. According to a statement provided with the video, the ministry and the U.S.-led coaltion troops have started ''supplying the 16th army division with medium and light weapons in preparation to liberate Mosul and nearby areas from Da'esh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group).''

Video Extreme Weather Wreaks Havoc in Texas, Mexico

More than 1,000 homes damaged or destroyed in Texas, thousands of residents displaced; Tornado cleanup continues near Mexico border

Video US Military Planes Search for Boat People in SE Asia

US Embassy in Bangkok says military surveillance flights are searching off west coast of Malaysia, supporting efforts to look for migrants believed stranded at sea

Video US Urges Greater Transparency in Journalist’s Trial in Iran

Jason Rezaian’s brother says relatives waited for hours outside Tehran courthouse to attend trial's opening but were not allowed inside

Spy Trial of Washington Post Reporter Opens Tuesday in Tehran

The charges are vague and no one has said exactly on what and for whom Rezaian is accused of spying

Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Memorial Day is a US holiday and a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country

Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.

Some Native Hawaiians Disapprove of 'Aloha' Movie Title

Some say that titling movie 'Aloha' is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning

Video Obama Thanks US Military on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as part of his observance of Memorial Day. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was attended by dignitaries, military personnel and families of the fallen.

Iraqi Military's Will to Fight Questioned

Pentagon chief criticizes Iraqi forces; others say sectarian divisions fracture effectiveness against Islamic State

Air France Flight Lands Safely at JFK After Chemical Threat

Anonymous threat prompted US military to scramble its jets as plane arrived at New York airport

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