Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege warned Wednesday that the scourge of sexual violence and rape in all conflicts is now “a real pandemic” and without sanctions and justice for the victims these horrific acts won’t stop.The Congolese doctor told the U.N. Security Council in a video briefing that “we are still far away…


President Joe Biden has offered to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in a third country while at the same time warning Moscow amid a massive buildup of Russian troops that any aggression against Ukraine will have consequences. VOA’s senior diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports.Contributor: Luliia Larmolenko, Ukrainian Service …


The Biden administration says it will withdraw its remaining troops in Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 – 20 years after al Qaeda’s attack on American soil. Plus, the latest on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. …


The Biden administration says it will withdraw its remaining troops in Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 – 20 years after al Qaeda’s attack on American soil. Plus, the latest on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. …


Several U.S. states have temporarily stopped providing Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines in line with federal guidance after six people who received the shots developed rare blood clots. Meanwhile, several countries have suspended the AstraZeneca vaccines after reports it, too, may be linked to blood clots. White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara reports.  …


Turkey will host a peace summit for Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 meant to jump-start efforts to end the war and sketch out a possible political settlement, Turkish authorities said on Tuesday.The meeting would include the United Nations and Qatar as part of a U.S.-backed push to advance talks ahead of a May…


US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is in Israel Monday, meeting with Israeli officials about Iran. The meeting comes as a power failure at the Iranian nuclear site of Natanz reportedly caused massive damage to Iranian centrifuges. Iranian officials blamed Israel and threatened to avenge the attack. …


US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is in Israel Monday, meeting with Israeli officials about Iran. The meeting comes as a power failure at the Iranian nuclear site of Natanz reportedly caused massive damage to Iranian centrifuges. Iranian officials blamed Israel and threatened to avenge the attack. …


Iran’s nuclear chief called a blackout at the country’s Natanz facility Sunday an act of “nuclear terrorism;” however, he stopped short of blaming anyone for the alleged attack. The blackout comes after U.S. and Iranian officials praised last week’s indirect talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 international Iran nuclear deal.  …


An Egyptian court on Sunday convicted a former student at an elite university of attempted rape and drug possession, sentencing him to eight years imprisonment atop a previous punishment for other sexual misconduct convictions.It was the second verdict against disgraced former American University in Cairo student Ahmed Bassam Zaki, in a case that has rattled…


Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has ordered an urgent investigation into the assassination of one of the country’s top crime reporters. Greek media have long been targeted by far-left organizations and anarchists in a show of violent defiance to what they call links between them and the nation’s political and financial establishment. However,  journalist killings are…


The U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has arrived in Israel Sunday, his first stop on a two-day trip to the Middle Eastern country.“I’m looking forward to a series of robust discussions with our Israeli friends on regional security issues,” Secretary Austin posted on Twitter upon arrival. “I’m grateful to call Israel a major strategic…


French lawmakers voted late on Saturday to abolish domestic flights on routes than can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours, as the government seeks to lower carbon emissions even as the air travel industry reels from the global pandemic. The measure is part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut French carbon…