Six batteries of U.S. made, but NATO-backed, missile defense systems have been set up in southeastern Turkey to protect against aerial attacks from war-torn Syria. VOA's Scott Bobb visited one installation near the city of Gaziantep and has this report.
Thousands of opposition supporters in Bahrain jammed a major highway leading to the capital Friday, as clashes broke out for a second day in rallies marking the second anniversary of the uprising against the country's Sunni rulers. Carla Babb reports from Washington.
The uprising in Bahrain, which the government has continually suppressed, marked its second anniversary Thursday and one teenage protester was killed. The opposition plans more demonstrations on Friday. Carla Babb reports from Washington.
North Korea’s nuclear test this week is also putting the spotlight on Iran, which has been moving forward on its nuclear program despite Western and U.S. opposition. VOA's Guita Aryan and Jeff Seldin examine the political fallout on Iran.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Last year more than a quarter of a million people worldwide died from the disease, and that number is rising. But recently, a 16-year-old Maryland student created a simple test that can detect pancreatic cancer at its earliest stage of development -- a breakthrough that promises more effective diagnosis and treatment. The gifted young scientist, who was an invited guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the President's State of the Union address Tuesday, is getting his career off to a roaring start. VOA’s Julie Taboh has this profile.
Relief agencies say the fighting in Syria is displacing a growing number of people. Over 700,000 are refugees in neighboring countries. And an estimated two million are displaced inside Syria, where conditions are harsh and despair is deep. VOA's Scott Bobb reports from the Bab al-Salama camp in northern Syria.
With more than one third of Americans telling pollsters they want the president to focus on the economy, President Barack Obama did just that in his State of the Union Address in Washington Tuesday night. In setting his agenda for the coming year, the president also called for reforms of America's gun laws and declared America's involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan nearly ended. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti reports on the speech and reaction from the opposition party.
U.S. leaders have condemned North Korea’s announced test of a nuclear device - the third since 2006. U.S. intelligence agencies, meanwhile, are analyzing the blast to learn whether North Korea’s nuclear program is making progress. VOA Pentagon correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.