Daily Archives: December 23, 2016

US Embassy Move to Jerusalem Could Further Fuel Extremism

US Embassy Move to Jerusalem Could Further Fuel Extremism

WASHINGTON —  President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move which would break with longstanding American policy. His…

IS Video Prompts Turkish Social Media Blackout

IS Video Prompts Turkish Social Media Blackout

ISTANBUL —  Turkish authorities imposed a social media blackout following Friday’s release of the Islamic State (IS) video purportedly showing two Turkish soldiers being burned alive. For several hours…

December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016

A look at the best news photos from around the world. http://www.voanews.com/a/december-23-2016-day-in-photos/3648807.html…

Putin Touts Syria Peace, Pokes US Democrats

Putin Touts Syria Peace, Pokes US Democrats

MOSCOW —  In his annual end-of-year press conference Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin devoted a lot of time to economic issues, as the country struggles to get back to…

Afghan Investigation Details Islamic State Destruction in Nangarhar

Afghan Investigation Details Islamic State Destruction in Nangarhar

Afghan investigators say Islamic State (IS) fighters destroyed more than 200 houses, mostly burning them down, after seizing the Pachir Agam district of Nangarhar province for almost 45 days. According…

Legal Haze Clouds Cannabis for Pets

Legal Haze Clouds Cannabis for Pets

Largely overlooked in the aftermath of the November elections was the fact that more than half of U.S. states have now legalized medical marijuana. Another eight also allow the…

US Abstains as UN Condemns Israeli Settlements

US Abstains as UN Condemns Israeli Settlements

The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution condemning Israel’s practice of establishing settlements on Palestinian territory, and in a change from policy, the United States abstained…

Holiday Splurging Not an Option for Many Workers Scraping By

Holiday Splurging Not an Option for Many Workers Scraping By

ELIZABETH, N.J. —  At the brightly-lit mall, clothing stores highlight holiday sweaters and big signs tout the sales, while Duquan Allen keeps his expectations in check. Allen, who works…

Backlash Kicked up as the Rockettes Picked for Inauguration

Backlash Kicked up as the Rockettes Picked for Inauguration

The Radio City Rockettes will be dancing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next month but not everyone is kicking up their heels at the booking. One of…

After Online Threats, Software Engineer Plans Run for Congress

After Online Threats, Software Engineer Plans Run for Congress

BOSTON —  In the gaming world, Brianna Wu has earned a reputation battling the male-dominated online harassment campaign known as Gamergate. Now the 39-year-old Boston-based software engineer…