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Once considered Islamic State’s de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa is slowly recovering, nearly two years after its liberation from the Islamic State terror group. Local officials and residents complain there is too little money to rebuild their city. VOA’s Sirwan Kajjo reports from Raqqa. …

Former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse formally launched his bid for Sri Lanka’s presidency Sunday, vowing to battle “extremist terrorism” in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday suicide attacks. The 70-year-old — and his ex-president brother, Mahinda — have been critical of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s handling of the bombings,…

The apparent suicide while in federal custody of well-connected U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General. Epstein, who had friendships with U.S. President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, was facing the possibility of…

Indian authorities on Sunday mounted major rescue and relief efforts as the death toll from monsoon floods which cut off roads in the country’s south and west rose to at least 144. The southern state of Kerala — a popular tourist haven known for its pristine beaches, hill resorts and…

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is the leading Democratic presidential contender among two dozen candidates looking to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but Biden is proving to be unchallenged at committing verbal gaffes on the campaign trail. Biden, with four decades on the American political…

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir said that they eased restrictions Sunday in most parts of Srinagar, the main city, ahead of an Islamic festival following India’s decision to strip the region of its constitutional autonomy. Magistrate Shahid Choudhary in a tweet said that more than 250 ATMs have been made functional…

Pilgrims on the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia threw stones Sunday at pillars representing the devil, a symbolic casting away of evil. More than 2 million Muslims have gathered in Saudi Arabia for the annual, five-day-long pilgrimage. Worshippers spent the night Saturday at a large encampment around the hill where…

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after southern separatists effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been focused on battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. The Sunni Muslim coalition said it attacked an area that posed a “direct threat” to…

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters rallied Sunday, defying a police ban on marches in the Chinese-controlled territory and continuing a restive weekend of demonstrations that saw police fire tear gas overnight. Anti-government protests took place in different locations across the Asian financial hub, including one at the city’s international airport…

U.S. President Donald Trump has said for weeks he has “no problem” with North Korea testing short-range missiles, insisting they are not a threat to the United States. It seems Pyongyang got the message. North Korean state media on Sunday cited Trump’s comments, hours after rolling out what appears to…

Five years ago, the town of Ferguson, Missouri, made international headlines when a local white officer shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, triggering waves of riots. Masood Farivar recently visited to see what has changed in a town that has become a flashpoint for America’s struggles with poverty…

In 1988, sensing a need, religious leaders began delivering meals to people with HIV and AIDS who couldn’t leave their homes. From that simple idea, the nonprofit Food and Friends has grown into a Washington institution, bringing thousands of meals a day to the sick and those in need. VOA’s Unshin…