Opioid addiction has become a crisis in America. Opioid overdoses killed about 64,000 people in the U.S. last year, making it the leading cause of death for Americans younger than 50. As more and more Americans succumb to addiction, politicians are seeking ways to address this growing epidemic. One Virginia lawmaker is making it the central issue of his agenda because for him, it's personal. VOA's Julie Taboh has more.
An increasingly uncertain battle over funding the U.S. government until the end of the year has complicated the future of almost 800,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children. A permanent legislative fix for the DACA program will be just one of several end-of-year legislative items on the agenda as congressional Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi meet with President Trump Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has met with criticism in the Arab world as well as in Europe and elsewhere. In a speech Wednesday, Trump described the move as a "long overdue step" after his predecessors failed to abide by the 22-year-old U.S. pledge to Israel. But the status of Jerusalem is a contentious issue many believe should be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a controversial move strongly opposed by the Palestinians and Arab states. Despite the announcement, the physical move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv is years away. VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman reports