The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan tells VOA that Kabul has consciously decided to concentrate its security forces around population centers, which is partly what has led to the Taliban gaining territory. The comments came shortly after General John Nicholson appeared on Capitol Hill asking for more troops for his mission. VOA's Amy Katz reports.
The death of Fidel Castro comes just a couple of years into the thawing of U.S. relations with the communist island nation after a freeze of more than 50 years. VOA's Amy Katz takes a look at what impact his death may have and how President-elect Donald Trump may handle the relationship.