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Computer Crash Halts US Visa, Passport Operation

File - Outside a Department of State office, a World War II veteran holds his U.S. passport, June 2, 2014.

People around the world waiting for U.S. passports or visas can expect delays due to a computer problem.  The State Department said its global database for issuing travel documents has crashed. The unspecified problems in the Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in "significant performance issues, including outages" in the processing of applications for passports, visas […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Search Continues for Teen Pilot's Father After Pacific Crash

South Pacific Map VOA news

An American teenager attempting to become the youngest pilot ever to fly around the world was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific. Family members say 17-year-old Haris Suleman was piloting the single-engine Hawker Beechcraft airplane, with his father, Barber Suleman, along for the ride. Their aircraft had just taken off from Pago Pago […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

FILE - General view of the plenary room of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 27, 2013.

In a landmark ruling, Europe's top human rights court has found Poland violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by allowing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to secretly imprison them in the country more than a decade ago. The European Court of Human Rights says Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Australia Seeks to Secure MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine

Malaysian investigators along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, examine a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, July 23, 2014.

Australia has sent 50 police officers to London in anticipation of deploying them to eastern Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a proposed international team. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said foreign ministers from Australia and The Netherlands will go to Kyiv to iron out the details of deploying such a […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Stresses Cooperation in Phone Call with China's Xi

FILE - President Barack Obama, July 10, 2014.

President Barack Obama says he wants U.S.-China relations to be defined by more cooperation and better handling of disagreements. A White House statement says the pledge was made during a phone call Monday between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The statement said the two leaders also discussed shared regional and global challenges, including Iran's […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Facebook: World Cup Biggest Social Media Event Ever

Germany's Sami Khedira (L) and Philipp Lahm (2nd R) kiss the World Cup trophy as they celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014.

Reuters - SAO PAULO — Brazil's World Cup was the biggest social media event on record involving 350 million Facebook Inc users worldwide, the company claimed on Monday, as it made strides into the so-called “real-time” market dominated by Twitter. People increasingly are using social networking to comment on global events seen on television, like […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Lawmakers Press for Solution to Border Crisis

Women and their children walk on the tarmac after being deported from the U.S., at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula, July 14, 2014.

Michael Bowman - CAPITOL HILL — Bipartisan support appears to be growing on Capitol Hill to promptly address a growing immigration crisis along the southern U.S. border. Senate lawmakers agree a surge of undocumented underage arrivals must end, but the precise remedy and funding required to achieve it remain a point of contention.Bipartisanship and swift […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US: Return of Honduran Women, Children Sends Message in Border Crisis

Women and their children walk on the tarmac after being deported from the U.S., at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula, July 14, 2014.

Reuters - WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA —The U.S. government's deportation on Monday of a group of Honduran women and children should be seen by Central America as a message that President Barack Obama is serious when he says illegal migrants will be sent home, the White House said. The charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

America’s Shifting Statehouse Press Corps: Fewer Print Reporters Assigned to State Capitals

VOA news

July 10, 2014—Within America’s 50 state capitals, 1,592 journalists are assigned to state capitol buildings to inform the public about the legislative actions and issues of state government, according to a new Pew Research Center study that provides a first-ever detailed accounting of the nation’s statehouse press corps. Roughly half of these reporters (53%) cover […]

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

38 journalism groups accuse President Obama of politically driven suppression of news

President Barack Obama, July 1, 2014, courtesy VOA news

President Barack Obama The White House Washington, D.C July 8, 2014 Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. […]

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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