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Trump Says He Has Opened Europe Markets for US Farmers 

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump, a day after reaching a truce in the escalating trade dispute with Europe, characterized his talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as a big economic victory and a historic agreement. But he provided few details.   "We just opened up..

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Cameroon's Escalating Conflict Triggers Alarm at UN

(VOA): The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, is seeking access to Cameroon to verify what he says are alarming reports of horrific abuse by separatist and government forces in the country's English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions. The U.N. human..

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Polls Point to Anti-EU Surge in European Parliament

(VOA): Euroskeptic parties could expand their strength in the European Parliament by over 60 percent at elections next May, adding pressure on EU leaders pressing for deeper integration after Brexit, a survey by Reuters of national opinion polls suggests. The snapshot of polls, conducted by a..

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Romania Minister Apologizes Over Auschwitz Gaffe

(VOA): A Romanian minister apologized Thursday for having compared the incineration of dead pigs infected with African-swine-fever to the Auschwitz concentration camp. "I respect all the members of the Jewish community and clarify that I only wished to describe the difficult situation facing..

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Britain Sizzles as Near-Record Heatwave Peaks

(VOA): Britain is bracing for possible record-breaking heat, as lawmakers warn that hot weather-related deaths could spike in the future if authorities don't act to prepare for more regular heatwaves.   Weather-watchers at the Met Office said temperatures could peak Friday to smash an..

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Arson Suspected in Deadly Greece Wildfires

(VOA): Greek authorities suspect arson may have been the cause of this week's devastating wildfires that killed at least 82 people and left an unknown number missing. "We have serious indications and significant findings of criminal activity," Public Order Minister Nikos Toskas said..

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Heat Wave, Wildfires Sweep Over Europe

(VOA): Europeans are coping with scorching heat, with temperatures rising still Thursday and Friday. Deadly fires have devastated coastal villages in Greece and claimed more than 80 lives. Even northern countries such as Sweden and Latvia are fighting forest fires. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports..

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IOC Hits Back Against Criticism by US Anti-Doping Chief

(VOA): The International Olympic Committee hit back Thursday at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after its chief accused the IOC of failing to hold Russia accountable for doping in sports. In a rebuke directed at USADA CEO Travis Tygart, the IOC chastised the US over its struggles in tackling..

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Demaci, 'Kosovo's Mandela,' Dies at 82

(VOA): Adem Demaci, a former long-term political prisoner known to ethnic Albanians as the "Mandela of Kosovo" for his resistance to Serb rule, died  Thursday at age 82, officials said. Demaci spent 28 years in Serb jails during Yugoslav times and was considered a symbol for Kosovo's..

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Trump Defends Putin Summit as Poll Shows High Disapproval Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

(VOA): President Donald Trump continues to defend his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said Monday on Twitter that he made no concessions to Putin in their meeting last week. The president’s performance got a negative review in the latest Washington Post-ABC News..

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Wildfires in Greece Kill More Than 70

(VOA): Fire officials in Greece said Tuesday at least 74 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in wildfires raging through resort towns near the country's capital. Regional authorities have declared a state of emergency in areas east and west of Athens and deployed the army to..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..