VOA goes to a gathering of old men who served in the American military during the war. They fought against Japan while their families were being detained in internment camps in the US. “I…felt very strongly that we needed to show that we were patriotic Americans.” | As It Is
Repeated cases of child abuse in China have shocked the country. They also have led to more protection of children’s rights. But child welfare activists say the government and private groups need to do more to stop neglect and violence against children.
Cambodian and Vietnamese social media have been reporting on a clash along the border between the two countries. The fighting happened Sunday. Hundreds of Cambodians and Vietnamese were involved. At least 10 people were reported injured.
The number of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis cases is rising. Multi-drug-resistant TB results from a bacterium – a group of small living things that can cause disease. The bacterium is hard to kill because it has become resistant to two or more common antibiotics.
8.7 million Americans are unemployed and 6.7 million are doing part-time work. But, many jobs remain vacant. Employers say many of those jobs are vacant because they cannot find people with the right skills to do the work. Some experts look at why that is the case and what to do about it.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has offered a proposal to avoid default on the country’s debt payment to the International Monetary Fund. On July 5th, Greeks will vote in a referendum on whether to accept new reforms or not. European leaders say it is a vote on whether to remain in Europe.
China is forcing private shipbuilders to build civilian vessels that can be used by the military during times of conflict. Experts say the new “dual-purpose” ships will strengthen China’s efforts to claim territory in disputed areas of the East and South China Seas.
But police say some motorcycle gang members are violent lawbreakers. Some gangs say they have been operating for many years and have never been charged with crimes. “It is no different than a ladies tennis club,” they say. | As It Is
A new report says cleaning up dirty air could prevent up to 2.1 million premature deaths every year. Most of those deaths are said to be in Asian countries. The report notes that many people also are dying at an early age in countries with cleaner skies. Read on to learn about “particulate matter."
Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn. He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.”
Health and medical experts gathered at the White House in Washington DC this week for talks on climate change and public health. The Lancet Commission report says the effects of climate change could threaten the past 50 years of gains in public health.
Teodor Currentzis is a Greek-born orchestra conductor. He is now leading a group of musicians and singers from around the world in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Their goal is to record the perfect operatic work of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the way the composer wanted it to be heard.
A few months after visiting Africa, Miriam watched “How I Became an Elephant,” a documentary about the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand, and a young girl’s campaign to save them. Miriam decided she wanted to launch her own effort to raise money to save elephants.
Many people in Za'atari, a refugee camp near Jordan's border with Syria, say for families separated by war, information and communication are almost as important as food and shelter.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the country. Many Americans are celebrating the decision. Others, including the chief justice, say the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution and abuses the power of the Supreme Court.
This week, the Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority on a vote of 60 to 38. The House of Representatives had approved TPA earlier. The measure improves chances for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
The movie continues the series that began in the 1990s. It already is the second most popular movie of 2015. Critics praise the new film as exciting. A group of paleontologists praised the film as well. But they said they found the science behind the dinosaur story to be weak.
Hungarian officials have announced a plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia to try to stop people from illegally entering the country. Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa have already entered Hungary. They traveled through Turkey and the Balkans.
Earlier this year, a United Nations report found that 10 percent of Cambodian children between the ages of seven and 14 are working. That is one of the highest rates in Southeast Asia. The report said one in four Cambodians aged 7 to 14 are forced to drop out of school to help their families.
Doris Buffett has given one million dollars to provide homeless people with houses to live in. The effort has reduced homelessness by more than half in a small city in the state of Virginia. Buffett is extremely happy with this project, and plans to donate even more money in the future.