On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States, President Donald Trump says the U.S. is "hitting the enemy" in Afghanistan harder than ever before. This just days after he announced had canceled peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David. Some lawmakers and experts say Trump should be giving greater priority to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani than the militants. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg took her Friday school strikes to the gates of the United Nations, surrounded by hundreds of other young activists, calling on adults to take action on climate change. Thunberg will speak at a climate change summit of world leaders next month at the U.N. General Assembly. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from Washington.
Iran and the United States say they are not seeking heightened tensions or conflict, after President Donald Trump said at the G-7 summit he would be willing to hold talks with Iranian President Hassani Rouhani under the right conditions. But experts say obstacles remain to high-level talks — both in Tehran and in Washington. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.
President Donald Trump has abandoned his fight with Congress over slashing $4 billion in foreign aid and will allow the appropriated funds to be spent. But the State Department says it agreed with the White House to "redirect all funding that does not directly support our priorities." VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from Washington.
As Hong Kong braces for more mass protests, Trump administration officials are watching events carefully, but also sending mixed messages to China about fears of a potential violent crackdown by Beijing. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
For many years, the United States has been issuing advisories, warning potential travelers about countries plagued by terrorism or armed conflict. But now, Amnesty International, Japan, Uruguay and other countries are warning about the danger of travel to the U.S., citing gun violence. This sparked a response from President Donald Trump, as VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has stepped down after two years in his post as the top U.S. envoy to Moscow, calling it a "historically difficult period in bilateral relations." VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine looks at what his departure might mean for U.S.-Russia relations.