As international visitors flock to newly-opened Burma, authorities are struggling to crack down on restaurants at some tourist spots that have long featured endangered wildlife on their menus. VOA's Daniel Schearf visited the popular "Golden Rock" Pagoda in Kyaiktiyo, northeast of Rangoon, and has this report.
With severe government spending cuts set to go into effect, many Americans are worried about losing their jobs, having their pay reduced or losing social services subsidized by the government. One group of Americans likely to be hard hit are low income elderly citizens, including those who get a hot meal and a sandwich every day from a network of organizations across the country known as "Meals on Wheels" VOA's Cindy Saine has the story from Takoma Park, Maryland.
A civil rights pioneer, and her groundbreaking action, were remembered by President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. They honored the late Rosa Parks with a full-sized statue of her in the Capitol Building. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.
During wars in Southeast Asia in the 1970s thousands of tons of munitions and explosives sank on supply barges in Cambodia's rivers. The munitions are still there and the country's main demining agency is now training to tackle the problem. Rick Valenzuela reports from Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
ຄັ້ງນຶ່ງ ມຽນມາເຄີຍຖືກຖືວ່າ ເປັນປະເທດທີ່ມີມະຫາ ວິທະຍາໄລທີ່ດີທີ່ສຸດ ຢູ່ໃນຂົງເຂດເອເຊຍຕາເວັນ ອອກ. ແຕ່ການບໍລິຫານປະເທດຢ່າງບໍ່ຖືກຕ້ອງເປັນເວລາຫຼາຍຟ້າຫຼາຍປີ ແລະການຍຶດເອົາທຸກຢ່າງໄປ ເປັນຂອງຊາດ ທີ່ໄດ້ສ້າງຄວາມຫາຍະນະນັ້ນ ໄດ້ເຮັດ ໃຫ້ລະບົບການສຶກສາໃນມຽນມາ ຕົກຢູ່ໃນສະພາບຊຸດ ໂຊມຢ່າງໜັກ ຈົນເຖິງຂັ້ນທີ່ພວກນັກຮຽນ ທີ່ມີພາຫາ ນະ ຕ້ອງໄດ້ພາກັນໜີໄປຮຽນຕໍ່ຢູ່ຕ່າງປະເທດ.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Sunday for Europe and the Middle East -- his first trip abroad as America's top diplomat. And as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, conflict in Syria tops Mr. Kerry's agenda.