U.S. officials say the Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military ships and aircraft to assert freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, in a direct challenge to China as it manufactures artificial islands in the disputed territorial waters. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more.
North Korea's military ambitions and China's maritime claims will be two of the focal points for Secretary of State John Kerry, when he travels to Asia this weekend. His visit to China comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over China's expanding land reclamation effor
President Obama has told Gulf Arab partners at a Washington summit that the United States will stand by them against external attacks and will deepen security cooperation against threats that include Iran and violent extremists. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Kurdish forces in northern Syria are making incremental gains against Islamic State militants, routing them from points along a key highway. With Rob Raffaele providing narration, VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer has more from the village of Qashqai.
In Bujumbura, sporadic gunfire could be heard from the direction of the ruling party headquarters, a day after a former army commander declared a coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza. Residents say the police and armed youths are keeping people away from the area, and may have entered into nearb