U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sharply criticized former President Barack Obama's policies in the Middle East, as he outlined the Trump administration's vision for the region. Pompeo called on U.S. allies in the Middle East and elsewhere to do more to fight Islamic State terrorists and counter what he termed Iran's "malign influence." VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.
The death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed just moments after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, sparked widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia and renewed fears for the safety of journalists worldwide. VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson reports on how U.S. lawmakers are keeping the focus on press freedom 100 days after Khashoggi's death.