U.S. President Donald Trump is about to embark on his first foreign trip, a 9-day journey that takes him to the seats of the world’s three Abrahamic religions and signals a sharp change from his predecessor’s approach toward the Middle East. VOA White House correspondent Peter Heinlein reports the first stop is Saudi Arabia, where Trump hopes to re-energize the Sunni Muslim coalition against Iran.
Recently, one of the largest computer hacks of its kind hit companies and governments around the world. It is an example of the challenges in digital security and keeping ahead of technology. The U.S. military has developed a way to tap into the innovation and speed unique to Silicon Valley and tech startups. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has more details on this initiative.
Like elsewhere in America, farmers and fruit growers in the eastern state of Pennsylvania rely heavily on immigrants, mainly Hispanic, to tend the fields and harvest the crops. Many entered the U.S. illegally but have settled in rural communities across the country, raising families while working the fields and paying taxes withdrawn from their paychecks. But stepped up immigration enforcement by the Trump administration is threatening this way of life. VOA’s Bill Rodgers reports.
A U.S. appellate court in Washington State is considering whether to uphold the suspension of travel restrictions for the nationals of six majority Muslim countries to the United States, as well as the arrival of refugees. Three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle heard oral arguments on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban from early March and whether it violates the Constitution. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
The US House of Representatives returns to work on Capitol Hill after a tumultuous week caused by President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey Tuesday. The resulting political firestorm set off renewed calls by Democratic lawmakers urging their Republican colleagues to fund and create an independent investigation. VOA's Congressional reporter Katherine Gypson has more on the pressure lawmakers face in their home districts.