In an unexpected move, U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "by May" to discuss ending the North's threatening nuclear program, following a White House briefing Thursday from a South Korean security adviser. VOA's Jeff Custer reports from Washington.
Disability can be a life-changing experience, particularly for U.S. military personnel injured on duty. But the medical and rehabilitative assistance available for wounded American soldiers can help most find ways to re-integrate into society to deal with the new challenges they face. But the same cannot be said for injured or disabled Afghan soldiers. Samir Rassoly of VOA’s Afghan Service filed this report, narrated by Brian Allen.
Myanmar wants to see clear evidence of what the U.N. and U.S. call "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population. About 700,000 of the ethnic group have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since an attack by insurgents sparked a brutal military crackdown in August 2017. Refugees accuse Myanmar's army of rape, mass murders and destruction of villages. A U.N. official speaks with VOA about his visit to a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Jesusemen Oni reports.
Residents of a mountainous city in the Kashmir region are worried their river, the cornerstone of their way of life, will be severely damaged by a new hydropower project. The government promises it has taken all necessary steps to minimize the impact. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
Despite opposition from many in his own party and warnings of retaliation by US trading partners abroad, President Donald Trump on Thursday rolled out tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, crossing off a major item on his trade agenda. The move came on the same day 11 countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, without the U.S., as VOA's Bill Gallo reports.