U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in the Middle East for talks focused largely on combating terrorist groups. The trip comes as Mattis takes an elevated role in the Trump administration’s foreign policy, reports VOA's Bill Gallo, who is traveling with the Pentagon chief.
Another woman — the fourth — has spoken out against the longest-serving member of Congress, Democrat John Conyers, Thursday, accusing him of harassing her repeatedly over the decade during which she worked for him. Meanwhile, Conyers' lawyer told reporters that the 88-year-old congressman has been admitted to the hospital. Esha Sarai reports.
As the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case about privacy and technology, Los Angeles, California, is becoming a city that is ever more connected. From cell phones to televisions to refrigerators, more devices are being connected to the Internet. L.A. wants to use the prevalence of these "smart" devices to help the city run more efficiently, turning it into a city of the future. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details of the project and the security and privacy implications of a more connected city.
The White House dismissed reports Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo as reported in the news media. The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other major U.S. news outlets quoted senior administration officials saying the plan to oust Tillerson could be set in motion as early as December or January. But as VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, it is not clear the president has made a final decision on the issue.