Daily Archives: December 29, 2016

Japan Criticized by East Asian Neighbors for Visit to Controversial WWII Shrine

Japan Criticized by East Asian Neighbors for Visit to Controversial WWII Shrine

Japan is being roundly criticized by neighboring countries after its top military official Thursday visited a controversial shrine that honors its war dead, including convicted war criminals. Defense Minister Tomomi…

Nationwide Syria Cease-fire Announced

Nationwide Syria Cease-fire Announced

The Syrian government and several rebel groups have agreed to a nationwide cease-fire beginning Friday. As with previous halts in fighting, the deal applies to the Syrian military and…

Bahrain Activist Detained Again After Being Granted Bail

Bahrain Activist Detained Again After Being Granted Bail

A prominent Bahraini rights activist was to have been freed Wednesday on bail, until authorities ordered that he remain in jail for other charges. Nabeel Rajab has been in prison…

US Would Act if China’s Island Building Were Serious

US Would Act if China’s Island Building Were Serious

MANILA, PHILIPPINES —  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the failure of the United States to thwart China’s island building in the South China Sea showed there was no…

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Should Leave Syria

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Should Leave Syria

ANKARA —  Turkey says Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group should withdraw from Syria and a nationwide cease-fire should come into effect before the end of the year. The Iran…

South Africa Ruling Party Looks to Zuma’s Successor

South Africa Ruling Party Looks to Zuma’s Successor

In South Africa, the next presidential election is still over two years away but the possible candidates are already a hot topic of national debate after the turbulent political ups…

US Senators Call for Sanctions on Russia in Election Hacking

US Senators Call for Sanctions on Russia in Election Hacking

Key U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies have called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election. Senator Lindsey Graham said the U.S. Congress in 2017…

Iraqi Troops Resume Mosul Fight After 2-week Lull

Iraqi Troops Resume Mosul Fight After 2-week Lull

MOSUL —  Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed deeper into eastern Mosul on Thursday in a multi-pronged assault after a two-week lull in the operation to…

Billionaires and Generals Predominate in Trump's Proposed Cabinet

Billionaires and Generals Predominate in Trump's Proposed Cabinet

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is naming a record number of generals and billionaire business executives to his Cabinet. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports that the evolving composition…

Teens Among 7 Killed in Philippines Drug House; Vigilantes Suspected

Teens Among 7 Killed in Philippines Drug House; Vigilantes Suspected

MANILA, PHILIPPINES —  Three minors were among seven people shot dead by suspected vigilantes in the Philippines at a house storing illegal narcotics, police said Thursday, in the latest killings during…