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World leaders head to Switzerland for Ukraine peace summit

Leaders from nearly 90 countries will gather in Switzerland this weekend to discuss ending Russia’s war in Ukraine. The Swiss and Ukrainian governments organized the summit at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. VOA’s Myroslava Gongadze reports. Camera: Daniil…

Contraception, in-vitro fertilization become key campaign issue

The debate over the right to an abortion has divided U.S. politics for decades. But two years after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, sending that decision back to the states, a new front has opened — the debate…

New ‘crypto bill’ could mainstream digital currencies in US

The lack of laws governing digital currencies has slowed their expansion in the United States. Cryptocurrency investors tell VOA’s Deana Mitchell they are encouraged that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a new legal framework for electronic money. Source:…

Swiss-hosted summit aims to start peace process for Ukraine

Washington —  The Swiss-hosted Ukraine Peace Summit will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Burgenstock Resort on Lake Lucerne with about 90 countries participating. The Swiss government says the summit aims to “inspire a future peace process” that could…

US, Kyiv and NATO allies blast Putin’s cease-fire conditions for Ukraine

The United States, Ukraine and NATO have dismissed conditions for a Ukraine cease-fire set Friday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said he would halt his offensive in Ukraine provided Kyiv withdraws from territories claimed by Moscow and abandons its…

G7 leaders focus on Russia, Chinese trade practices, AI ethics

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies aim Friday to forge a united stand on economic security threats they say China poses to the global economy — including its overcapacity in electric vehicles, support for Russia’s war machine and…

Conflict and lawlessness hamper food aid delivery in Gaza: WFP

“Driving through Gaza City to Jabalia, the destruction is unbelievable.  In the North of Gaza, I didn’t see one single building intact and there was constant shelling with drones buzzing overhead,” he said.  “The people here are traumatised and exhausted….

‘Better late than never’: Gazans react to Security Council ceasefire resolution

The US-led resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire, the release of some hostages together with Palestinian prisoners, followed by the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas and the return of Palestinians to their homes throughout Gaza while humanitarian aid…

Russia, Ukraine exchange drone, missile attacks

Kyiv, Ukraine —  Kyiv and Moscow staged dozens of drone and missile attacks overnight, officials said Friday, leaving several wounded in Ukraine and damaging a fuel reservoir site in a Russian border region. The two sides have stepped up cross-border…

US Supreme Court rejects bid to restrict access to abortion pill mifepristone

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against restricting access to the abortion pill mifepristone on Thursday, turning back a challenge from anti-abortion advocates. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the pill in 2000, and it’s currently used in more than…