President Barack Obama was officially sworn in for a second four-year term Sunday in a private ceremony at the White House. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports from Washington that preparations continue for Monday’s public inauguration ceremony, which will be held outdoors on the steps off the U.S. Capitol building.
People across the United States volunteered for community projects Saturday in an activity called the National Day of Service, tied to a holiday Monday honoring the memory of America's best known civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. In Washington, President Barack Obama appeared at an event, one of many moved to Saturday because the president's second inauguration will take place Monday. VOA’s Mike O’Sullivan reports from Los Angeles on some of the local projects around the country.]]
On Wednesday, January 23, outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify to Congress about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. VOA Senate correspondent Michael Bowman reports.
As French-backed government forces in Mali continue their offensive against Islamist militants, VOA French to Africa reporter Idrissa Fall is in the capital, Bamako. In this report he gives us his impressions of the situation there.
As the hostage crisis at a remote natural gas complex in Algeria continues to play out, there is anger in European capitals and beyond over the way Algerian authorities have dealt with the situation. The attack also has sparked fears for the vulnerability of foreign-owned assets across the region - and the implications for European security. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
More than half a million people are expected to converge on the area between the Capitol and the White House for Monday's presidential inauguration. That's about one third of the people who attended President Barack Obama’s first inauguration four years ago. Still, a large event like this poses security challenges. Jeff Swicord reports.
Syria's civil war drags on, with diplomatic efforts making little headway and, according to the United Nations, more than 60,000 people killed. Experts don't see a quick solution, and believe that even if the rebels succeed in ousting President Bashar al-Assad, the violence could well continue, and even get worse. VOA's Al Pessin reports from London
The United States and Somalia have restored diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 20 years. The move allows Somalia's new leaders to regain international assistance as they fight al-Qaida affiliated terrorists. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.
The United States is advocating a political solution in Mali while backing French military strikes against Islamist militants in the north of the country. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns has the story
It could be weeks before the U.S. Congress considers President Barack Obama's wide-ranging recommendations on reducing gun violence in the United States. The president wants universal background checks for gun buyers and a ban on military-style assault weapons, among other steps, but his proposals are likely to meet stiff opposition from some lawmakers. VOA’s Kent Klein reports from the White House.