Efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian war resume this week as representatives and ministers from 85 countries gather in Brussels for a two-day conference Tuesday. Its stated aim is to mobilize humanitarian aid and boost support for the U.N.-led Geneva peace process. But with Syrian government forces - backed by Russia - seemingly determined to secure a military victory, hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough are low. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
A California charity is helping to educate youngsters in conflict zones, especially the strife-torn eastern section of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports, the group Justice Rising is attempting to meet a need that is largely unmet in trouble spots worldwide.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country is prepared to resume its nuclear program if U.S. President Donald Trump breaks the 2015 nuclear deal. Trump has criticized the agreement made between Iran and six other nations, including the United States, and said he would not recertify Iran's compliance by the due date, May 12, if it is not "fixed." Trump's French and German counterparts warn that an imperfect deal with Iran is better than none. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.