Corruption drains badly-needed funds from many nations -- and creates a climate where the rule of law is not respected. A global anti-corruption watchdog group has recently put out a list of countries where various forms of corruption take huge sums of money out of their economies, and, ultimately, from the hands of the people. VOA’s Jeffrey Young has details
A U.S. cyber security company says Chinese hackers, backed by the Beijing government, are trying to steal information -- in a sophisticated campaign of cyber attacks against American businesses and the government. VOA's Carla Babb has more from Washington.
While a U.S. computer security company links China’s government to scores of cyber attacks in the United States, there are fears in Washington that the U.S. risks losing a cyber-war. Analysts say computer hackers are attacking more often, in more sophisticated ways. President Obama has ordered government agencies to share information about cyber-threats with private companies, and Congress is considering new laws to increase protection for vulnerable firms. VOA’s Kate Pound Dawson has this report from producer Jim Randle in Washington.
A YouTube dance phenomenon called the Harlem Shake is drawing a huge Internet audience in the United States and abroad. In the past two weeks, thousands of people have posted short videos of themselves and their friends doing moves to a previously little-known electronic track by a New York DJ. Most of the videos follow a basic formula that has been easy to replicate for fans around the world, including in Washington, as VOA's Michael Lipin found out.
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.