U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the U.S. is changing its position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, dismissing the State Department's 1978 legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are "inconsistent with international law." The announcement is the latest in the Trump administration's moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Fresh protests erupted Wednesday in Bolivia hours after opposition Sen. Jeanine Áñez was sworn in as interim president. The country's longtime leader, Evo Morales, said he was removed by a coup and that he would continue to fight. He spoke from Mexico where he was granted asylum. The leftist leader resigned Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed presidential election result. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports Morales still has supporters in his country, especially among indigenous Bolivians.
The fate of about 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children is in the hands of nine Supreme Court justices. The court will decide if the Trump administration has the right to end the program, called DACA, which protects the young immigrants, known as dreamers, from deportation. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the U.S. high court heard arguments for both sides on Tuesday.
While many Americans celebrated Veterans Day Monday watching parades and basking in the autumn sun, residents across the Midwest spent much of the day clearing out snow. Two-thirds of the eastern states also were hit by unseasonably cold weather. Another arctic blast is expected to bring record-breaking low temperatures this week. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has this story.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says NATO remains one of the most important strategic partnerships in recorded history. Speaking Thursday in Germany at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pompeo said the alliance has a critical role amid dangers posed by communist governments around the world. Pompeo's remarks came after French President Emmanuel Macron said a lack of U.S. commitment is causing the "brain death" of NATO. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Britain's Parliament dissolved Wednesday for a five-week election campaign. Rising inequality is likely to be one of the central issues in Britain's pre-holiday general election, as conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces off with leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn. Johnson has called for the snap election to gain more parliamentary support for his Brexit plan. But for some British voters, employment, health care, the environment and other issues are more important. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.