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Pompeo to VOA: China on Wrong Side of Religious Freedom

Days ahead of the first-ever ministerial talks hosted by the State Department to advance religious freedom around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching on Thursday, addressing pressing issues including the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya, the repression of Uighurs Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists in China, and Russia’s activities in eastern Ukraine. Below is an edited transcript. Question: On the ethnic cleansing against the… Read Full Article

Afghan Female Commando Unit Actively Fighting Insurgents

The Afghan Female Tactical Platoon, an attachment to the elite unit of the Afghan special forces, was established less than a year ago by the Afghan Ministry of Defense with the help of the NATO-Resolute Support Mission. Afghan defense officials describe the platoon as a key part of the country’s special operations against various militant groups. VOA’s Mohammad Habibzada reports.

Pompeo to VOA: US Won't Allow Russian Questioning of Former US Ambassador

The U.S. has no intention of allowing Russia to question Michael McFaul, Washington's former ambassador to Moscow and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told VOA on Thursday. "It’s not going to happen," the top U.S. diplomat said in an interview at the State Department. Pompeo said Putin "made a proposal about a number of things during the course of the conversation" he had Monday at his Helsinki summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.… Read Full Article

US Politicians Urge Google, Facebook Not to Censor Vietnamese 

U.S. politicians are the latest critics of a new cyber law in Vietnam, openly asking Google and Facebook to defy parts of the measure they say abets censorship at a time when Hanoi is putting a U.S. citizen on trial after attending a protest. The two companies risk enabling a law that lets Vietnam delete web content, "access private data, spy on users, and further restrict the limited online speech freedoms enjoyed by Vietnamese citizens," according to two letters published Tuesday.… Read Full Article

Egypt sarcophagus: Mystery black tomb opened in Alexandria

Archaeologists unseal a huge black granite sarcophagus found in the ancient city of Alexandria.

Egypt sarcophagus: Mystery black tomb opened in Alexandria

Archaeologists unseal a huge black granite sarcophagus found in the ancient city of Alexandria.

Commerce Secretary: 'Too Early' to Say if US Will Impose Auto Tariffs

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday it was "too early" to say if the United States would impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars and parts, a suggestion that has been met with harsh criticism from the industry. The department opened an investigation in May into whether imported autos and parts pose a national security risk and was holding a hearing on the probe Thursday, taking testimony from auto trade groups, foreign governments and others. Ross' remarks came at the… Read Full Article

Trump 'Not Thrilled' With Fed's Decision to Hike Interest Rates

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was not pleased about the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates. "I'm not thrilled," Trump said in a CNBC interview that aired Friday. His remarks followed two interest rate hikes this year and Fed suggestions of two more increases before the end of the year. "Because we go up and every time you go up, they want to raise rates again. I don't really — I am not happy about it," he said. "But at the same time, I'm letting… Read Full Article

VOA Interview: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Days ahead of the first-ever ministerial talks hosted by the State Department to advance religious freedom around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching on Thursday, addressing pressing issues including the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya, the repression of Uighurs Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists in China, and Russia’s activities in eastern Ukraine.

Cope Taufan 18 Kicked Off in Malaysia

SUBANG KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT, Malaysia -- Approximately 500 service members from the U.S. Air Force