U.S. President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai said Friday American troops will hand the lead role in fighting the Taliban to Afghan forces in the next few months. The remarks followed a meeting of the two leaders at the White House. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel has details.
The Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences has announced the Oscar nominees for this year, including nine movies nominated for best picture. The winners are to be announced in a TV broadcast on February 24. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been in Washington this week discussing the future of his country when NATO-led troops hand off security responsibility to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. Still to be decided is how many, if any, U.S. troops will remain in the country. As VOA Pentagon correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, there is much uncertainty as U.S. leaders plan an exit from one of the longest and most expensive wars in American history.
Venezuelans could face an uncertain future if President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from a fourth cancer surgery in Cuba, is not able to return to Caracas soon. VOA’s Brian Padden reports that speculation about the president’s health has already sparked a constitutional debate over government plans to postpone the inauguration and the opposition calls for a new election.
ສະມາຊິກໃໝ່ຂອງລັດຖະສະພາສະຫະລັດ ກໍຄືພວກຜູ້ແທນທີ່ຖືກເລືອກຕັ້ງໃໝ່ ທີ່ຈະເຂົ້າມາຮັບຕໍາແໜ່ງເປັນເທື່ອທໍາອິດໃນເດືອນ ມັງກອນນີ້ ແມ່ນປະກອບດ້ວຍຫຼາກຫຼາຍເຊື້ອຊາດ ກ່ວາຊຸດຜ່ານໆມາ ໃນປະວັດສາດຂອງ ສະຫະລັດ. ຄວາມຈິງແລ້ວ ໃນຈໍານວນຜູ້ແທນ ສະພາຕໍ່າຈາກພັກເດໂມແຄຣທ 200 ຄົນນັ້ນ ປາກົດວ່າ ສະຕີແລະ ກຸ່ມຊົນສ່ວນນ້ອຍ ມີຈໍານວນລື່ນຜູ້ຊາຍຜິວຂາວທີ່ບໍ່ແມ່ນກະເທີຍ. ຜູ້ສື່ຂ່າວວີໂອເອ Carolyn Presutti ຈະແນະນໍາໃຫ້ພວກເຮົາໄດ້ ຮູ້ຈັກກັບຜູ້ແທນສອງສາມຄົນ ທີ່ກໍາລັງສ້າງປະວັດສາດຢູ່ໃນສະພາ ຄອງແກຣສ ແລະສະທ້ອນໃຫ້ເຫັນໄດ້ດີຂຶ້ນ ບັນດາປະຊາຊົນທີ່ ອາໄສ ຢູ່ໃນສະຫະລັດ.
After a dramatic day of unexpected twists and turns, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Senate compromise bill to avert massive tax increases and severe cuts to government spending known as the fiscal cliff. And President Obama said would sign the compromise. Earlier in the day, the outcome seemed in doubt, when House Republicans complained bitterly about the need for more cuts to government spending. VOA congressional correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Capitol Hill.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting off the new year in a hospital with a blood clot. Clinton, a former first lady, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains blood clots and what they could mean for Clinton’s future.
Those at the bottom of the economic ladder have much to lose if the country faces automatic tax hikes and spending cuts -- particularly if there are cutbacks in many federal assistance programs. Congress missed its deadline to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff when the House put off any votes Monday evening, even as the president and congressional leaders said they were closing in on a deal. In Los Angeles, Mike O'Sullivan talked with people at a charitable food pantry about their fears.