Maria Eloisa Melendez Altieri, the mayor of the seaside resort city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, was in Washington this week to speak to officials about economic development. She spoke to VOA Thursday about the need for the federal government to deliver the funding it has promised to help the island recover. Veronica Balderas Iglesias has more.
Though born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia, and educated in New York City, former President Barack Obama has adopted the city of Chicago, his wife’s birthplace, as his hometown. The South Side of Chicago, where he got his start in politics as a community organizer in the 1980s, is where he plans to build his Presidential Center. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is growing concern about the project despite its eventual economic benefits.
Exxon Mobil had signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, in 2011 that aimed to drill in difficult terrain, like Russia’s Arctic waters. It combined Exxon’s high level of technology with Rosneft’s access to the area
A researcher determined a glacier in which much of the poop has been dumped over the past decade probably is not decomposing the human waste. 'Who would like to see a big pile of human waste?' says Colby Coombs, owner of Alaska Mountaineering School. 'That’s disgusting'
Taken for granted by most Americans, the freedom to practice whatever religion one wants is an American value that the U.S. spends considerable effort exporting. Challenges, successes and best practices were part of the discussion in the latest episode of Plugged In with Greta Van Susteren. VOA's Steve Redisch reports.
Orchids are among the world's most beautiful flowers. Although the blossoms come in different shapes, sizes and colors, they all belong to one of the largest and oldest families of flowering plants on earth. The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington is showcasing some of the thousands of different orchid varieties in a spectacular exhibit that runs until the first week of April. VOA's Deborah Block takes us there for a fragrant look at the exotic world of orchids.
U.S. company Dick's Sporting Goods has decided to stop selling assault-style rifles in the wake of February's Parkland, Florida, high school shooting. The attack and its aftermath led other companies to cancel their discount programs for National Rifle Association members. This comes as President Donald Trump voiced support for new gun control measures in a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers in Washington. VOA's Elizabeth Cherneff has more.
The U.S. Congress paid tribute to famed evangelist Rev. Billy Graham Wednesday with a memorial service as he lies in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. Graham, who died at 99 last week, was one of the leading spiritual voices of the 20th century and played a key role in bringing evangelical Christianity into mainstream American politics. As congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson reports, Graham leaves behind a complicated legacy on women, gay rights and the role of religion in politics.
The investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia has intensified in recent weeks. There have been more guilty pleas from some of those implicated and the indictment of 13 Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election. Though the outcome of the investigation remains uncertain, the Russia probe has the potential to become a major issue in this year's congressional midterm elections. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.