Protesters gather in Chicago after the release of a video showing police shooting Laquan McDonald, Nov. 24, 2015. (C. Presutti/VOA)

Protests in Chicago After Fatal Police Shooting Video Released

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder over October 20, 2014, shooting that killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 

FILE - An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is supporting strike operations in Iraq and Syria, Oct. 10, 2015.

Obama Holds Security Talks as Hollande Urges Action Against IS

France has recently intensified its bombing of Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in aftermath of terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 

Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks at the 2015 World Air Transport Summit in Miami Beach, Florida, June 8, 2015.

Homeland Security Defends US Refugee Security Vetting

Department's deputy secretary says US governors opposed to accepting Syrians are basing decisions on unfounded fears 

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays during a ceremony Nov. 24, 2015, in the East Room of the White House.

Obama Honors 'Extraordinary' Americans With Medal of Freedom

17 people, from politicians to activists to entertainers, receive highest U.S. civilian award Tuesday 

FILE - In this courtroom drawing, Abid Naseer, front left, sits next to his court-appointed legal adviser, James Neuman, right, as they listen to the guilty verdict against Naseer in federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, March 4, 2015.

US Jails Pakistani Man for 40 Years for al-Qaida Attack Plot

Abid Naseer was convicted earlier this year of providing support to al-Qaida, conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and conspiring to use destructive device 

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President Obama awarded 17 distinguished individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor Tuesday. The honorees included athletes and musicians, politicians and protestors. VOA’s Katherine Gypson has more from the White House.

Video Spectrum of American Culture Represented in Medal of Freedom Honorees

President Obama awarded 17 distinguished individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor Tuesday. The honorees included athletes and musicians, politicians and protestors. VOA’s Katherine Gypson has more from the White House.

Video Obama, Hollande Vow to Intensify Fight Against Islamic State

Less than two weeks after terrorists opened fire in a deadly attack in Paris, U.S. President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande pledged unity in the fight against the Islamic State militant group, which claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 130 people. But as VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports, Tuesday’s talks at the White House also covered the downing of a Russian jet over Turkey.

Video Kurds Seek Reconstruction Help After Liberating Sinjar

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes liberated the city of Sinjar in Iraq from the Islamic State terrorist group earlier this month, and now are looking for help with reconstruction in the region. And the Yazidi population — a religious minority in Iraq's Kurdish region — is upset that nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped by the IS militants are still in captivity. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports, and Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.

Video Obama: US, France 'United' in Fight Against Terrorism

President welcomed his French counterpart to the White House for talks on how best to fight Islamic State militants in the wake of the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris.

Video People’s Tree on Capitol Hill Lights Up the Holiday Season

The 2015 Capitol Christmas tree, also known as the People’s Tree, arrived last Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Hill. VOA’s Yang Chen and Adrianna Zhang have more.

Video Ahead of Pope Visit to Africa, Ex-Pat Priest Pines for Home

There are more than 6,500 foreign-born Catholic priests in the United States. Many are from Africa, where the pope is visiting this week. VOA's Carolyn Presutti has the story.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Americans Sharpen Focus on Terrorism

Washington will be quieter than usual this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, even as Americans across the nation register heightened concerns over possible terrorist threats. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports new polling data from ABC News and the Washington Post newspaper show an electorate increasingly focused on security issues after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.

Video Kerry to Middle East for Talks on Syria, Israeli Unrest

Secretary of State John Kerry travels to the Middle East on Sunday for talks on the efforts to bring political stability to Syria. He is also expected to discuss the escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians in what will be his first visit to Israel in more than a year. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.

Video Concert Seeks to Unite Faiths in Divisive Times

The terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants are the most recent act of incomprehensible violence by a group that says the West is at war with Islam. For decades, the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington has successfully bridged gaps between religious beliefs. One of the many ways? An annual concert that celebrates all faiths. VOA's Alberto Pimienta reports.

Video N.J.-based Charitable Group Comes to Syrian Refugees' Aid

U.S. political rhetoric about Syrian refugees has been heating up, with Republican presidential candidates voicing opposition to accepting them into the United States. While one candidate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has said the U.S. shouldn't even take in orphans under 5, a charitable organization based in his state continues to help refugees find homes. VOA's Michael Lamon reports.

Video New American Indian Village Takes Visitors Back in Time

There is precious little opportunity to experience what life was like in the United States before its colonization by European settlers. Now, an American Indian village built in a park outside Washington is taking visitors back in time to experience the way of life of America's indigenous people. Carol Pearson narrates this report from VOA's June Soh.

Video Americans, Tourists, Reflect on Meaning of Thanksgiving

Every November, on the fourth Thursday of the month, Americans gather together for a Thanksgiving feast with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. This year, in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the mood of people in Washington was predominantly one of reflection and appreciation.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

Video World Leaders Head to Paris for Climate Deal

Heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to Paris (November 30-December 11) to craft a global climate change agreement. The new accord will replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that expired in 2012.

Video House Defies Obama, Passes Bill to Restrict Iraqi, Syrian Refugees

The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill that would require federal officials to certify that each migrant from Iraq and Syria seeking asylum in the United States is not a security threat. Republicans said the bill was a response to the danger posed by Islamic State. President Barack Obama said the measure betrays core American values. VOA’s Cindy Saine reports.

Video Clinton Says US Must Lead Effort Against Islamic State

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has laid out her strategy for dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic State. Clinton said the United States must lead, but Arab nations must do more militarily in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Several other presidential contenders have also weighed in on national security in recent days, as we hear from VOA national correspondent Jim Malone in Washington.

Video New York School Offers Dual-Language Instruction

One-hundred-seventy-six languages are spoken in the New York City public schools. With all of these languages, New York's Department of Education struggles to create educational opportunities that give every child an equal chance to learn. VOA’s Michael Lamon tells us about one school with an innovative solution to the problem.

Video Citizens Push to End Regular Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Livestock producers often guard against disease and speed the growth of healthy animals by feeding them frequent, low doses of antibiotics. Fears are growing that this common practice creates superbugs that medications can't stop. That's why some U-S consumers are pushing to eliminate the regular use of antibiotics in healthy animals. From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports.

Video Obama: US Rhetoric Against Syrian Refugees 'Needs to Stop'

U.S. President Barack Obama has criticized American politicians for opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees, saying their rhetoric could be used as a recruitment tool by terrorists. VOA White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas has more from Manila, where the president is meeting with Asia-Pacific leaders.

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