As Burma's government promises reform and change, hundreds of political prisoners still languish behind bars, under terrible conditions - victims of the previous government's iron-fisted rule. Even those who have been freed warn that they still face challenges after leaving prison.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), which promotes gun ownership and the constitutional American right to bear arms, is a powerful voice against gun control in the United States. It successfully opposed efforts to reinstate a ban on assault weapons which expired in 2004 and now faces a new challenge after the Connecticut school shootings. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
An independent panel investigating September's attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi says State Department management failures contributed to inadequate security. Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the attack. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports.
President Barack Obama’s expected choice to lead the State Department after Hillary Clinton‘s departure, Democratic Senator John Kerry, has vast experience on the world stage gained through a lifetime of public service. VOA Senate correspondent Michael Bowman has more in this report.
Time Magazine has named President Barack Obama its "Person of the Year" for 2012, following a tumultuous year in U.S. politics. Mr. Obama won re-election after a hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney. But the president has no shortage of challenges awaiting him in a second term, as we hear from VOA national correspondent Jim Malone.
Republicans in the U.S. Congress Tuesday made a tactical move designed to give them more leverage in fiscal talks with President Barack Obama. VOA senior White House correspondent Dan Robinson reports that both sides are maneuvering as negotiations continue.
Gun control advocates took to the streets of Washington to demand tougher gun laws only days after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut. Until the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers were reluctant to propose tougher controls on guns. But as Jeff Swicord reports, that could change.
President Barack Obama says the United States is not doing enough to make sure all of its children can live out their lives in happiness. He made the remark at an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, after meeting individually with grieving families that lost loved ones in Friday’s mass shooting at a local elementary school. VOA correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports.
Friday's mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has again sparked a national discussion about gun control. While arms possession enjoys constitutional protection premised on the need to protect the security of a free state, thousands of Americans die every year because of gun violence. VOA Correspondent Peter Fedynsky looks at the issue from the point of view of the town reeling from the latest incidence of such violence.
European Union finance ministers have agreed to create a single body to oversee the eurozone's biggest banks. It's seen as the first step towards a full banking union across the currency bloc part of moves to try to prevent another euro debt crisis. The finance chiefs also agreed to give Greece another chunk of its multi-billion dollar bailout. But many economists warn the crisis is far from over, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.