With French troops driving back Islamist rebels in northern Mali, West African forces are expected to step in and help secure the country for new elections. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports this regional response has important implications for international efforts to fight terrorism.
All eyes are on the president on inauguration day, but it's the first lady who captivates the public's attention on inauguration night. VOA's Suzanne Presto in Washington has more about First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown and takes a look back at first ladies' fashion.
President Barack Obama was publicly sworn into office for a second term Monday, as hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall to watch the ceremony, waving American flags and cheering the nation's 44th president. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti brings us the sights and sounds from the country's 57th Inauguration.
Concern is growing for Malian civilians caught in the fighting in the north and central parts of the country. French and Malian forces are trying to dislodge al-Qaida linked rebels who have controlled northern Mali since April and who began a push south on January 9. Aid agencies say military security measures are restricting humanitarian access to combat zones. As fighting escalates, authorities are confronted by the question of how to protect civilians amid fears that the enemy is hiding among them. VOA's Anne Look has more from Bamako.
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.