On December 12, Alabama voters will elect either Democrat Doug Jones or Republican Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate. Complicating this race are reports that Moore, a former chief justice of the state supreme court, engaged in sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl, followed by a string of additional accusations from women about Moore. For VOA, Deborah Bloom spoke with voters in Montgomery, Alabama about the upcoming election.
Rising seas driven by climate change are threatening coastal cities around the world. The Southern U.S. city of Miami is already feeling the effects. Every autumn, when tides are at their highest, residents contend with flooded streets. Now, scientists are turning citizens into scientists to help them understand the impacts. VOA's Steve Baragona spent time with volunteers splashing in puddles for science.
According to the United Nations, more than half a million Muslim Rohingya have fled persecution in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the past few months. Many of the refugees are living under difficult circumstances. VOA's Saba Shah Khan visited Syracuse, New York, to meet a man who is putting together his life from scratch.
In his first public comments since President Donald Trump sharply criticized the FBI on Twitter, Director Christopher Wray Thursday vigorously defended his agency as it came under fire from some lawmakers on a congressional oversight panel. Lawmakers questioned the impartiality of the nation's top law enforcement agency as it investigates Russian election meddling and possible ties to the Trump campaign. VOA's Congressional reporter Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.
President Donald Trump is pushing congressional Republicans to enact a package of tax cuts in the coming weeks as his first major legislative achievement after a previous failure on health care. But Trump and his administration also remain distracted by the probe into Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has more on the political turmoil that continues to swirl around the Trump White House.