The U.S. State Department held its first, much-anticipated briefing Tuesday since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. Acting spokesman Mark Toner, a career officer, fielded questions about reports the president plans to slash the department’s budget and U.S. foreign aid by about 37 percent. VOA State Department Correspondent Cindy Saine has the story.
The world needs an international treaty to protect people's privacy from unfettered cybersurveillance, which is being pushed by populist politicians preying on fear of terrorism, according to a U.N. report debated on Wednesday
Weeks after a spate of snow and rain storms, various parts of the United States are now being hit by wildfires and tornadoes. At least five people have died in the wildfires raging in Southern states and tornadoes have wreaked havoc in several Midwestern states. Zlatica Hoke reports after a warm spell, snow may yet return to some of the northern states.
On the border of southern Arizona and Mexico, a vibrant culture penetrates the rusty metal barrier separating Nogales and Nogales — two cities that share the same name and a long history of mutual business exchange. But pending any mass deportation or unexpected immigration policy, both sides fear their cherished relationship could one day change. Ramon Taylor reports from Nogales, Mexico.
Millions of women took to the streets in the United States and overseas to highlight pay inequality, discrimination and other societal challenges during January’s massive rallies. On Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day, many hope to put the spotlight on the same issues, this time, by staying home as part of “A Day Without a Woman” strike. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from Washington.
President Trump signed a new, more limited travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries which revises the previous executive order he signed in January that led to legal challenges and chaos at the nation's airports. Immigrants in the U.S. are speaking out about the travel ban and VOA's Carolyn Presutti has this sample of opinion.