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Commenting on Turkish children allegedly being sold to US soldiers based at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in an interview with Sputnik, local resident Mahmut Acar confirmed the reports, suggesting that the goal could be to convert the kids to Christianity and use them against Ankara.

In early January, media outlets reported about the US servicemen from the Incirlik Air Base allegedly buying Turkish children, who were then taken to the United States and converted to Christianity....

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League shows that murders by white supremacists doubled in 2017 — and that they killed more people than Muslim extremists.

As the Huffington Post reported Wednesday, the ADL’s Center on Extremism found that 34 people were killed by extremists last year. Of those, 20 people (or 59 percent) “were killed by right-wing extremists, a designation that includes white supremacists, members of the so-called ‘alt-right’ and ‘alt-lite,’ and members of the...

Thirteen siblings have been rescued by police after a number of them were found chained to beds in ‘foul-smelling surroundings’. A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s California home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.

The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her...

The number of hate crimes in major U.S. cities rose for the third consecutive year last year, driven by attacks on Jews, Muslims, blacks and LGBT people, preliminary police data exclusively provided to VOA show.

At least 1,056 hate crimes were committed in nine of nation’s largest cities in 2017, an increase of 18 percent from 2016 levels, according to police data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino.

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Gun violence in the US reached record heights in 2017 — more than 60,000 incidents, killing more than 15,000 people, according to a nonprofit organization that tracks gun violence. VOA's Mariama Diallo looks back at some of the year's deadliest US mass shootings.

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U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently asked the State Department to cease using the term “occupied” in official documents to describe Israel’s control of the West Bank, Israel Broadcasting Corporation reported Tuesday. The State Department objected to the request but agreed to discuss the matter soon due to “high-level” pressure. No explanation has been provided by the U.S. or Israel on the matter.

Friedman was a controversial candidate for U.S. ambassador due to his...

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sent a letter to representatives of UN member-states, warning them against supporting a resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The resolution, which expected to pass by sweeping majority, is slated for vote on Thursday.

"The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us," she wrote in a letter obtained by Haaretz. "Thank...

Police in Eustis, Florida have arrested a 93-year-old woman who refused to leave her retirement home after being evicted for falling behind with the rent. Bodycam footage shows Juanita Fitzgerald being dragged away by officers who were also trying to calm her down. The woman appears to be crying and shouting "ow" and "no". At the same time, an officer insists that he and his colleagues are not trying to hurt her. She is eventually put into a police car and driven away, having been arrested...

A teacher in the U.S. state of Texas reported a non-communicative 6-year-old Muslim boy with Down syndrome to the police for alleged "terrorism," leading to an investigation of the boy's family. A probe was launched after the teacher claimed Mohammad Suleiman was repeating "Allah" and "boom" in the classroom. His parents said the accusation is impossible, given that Mohammad "doesn't speak at all" and has "the mental capacity of a 1-year-old."

"Mohammad was born with Down syndrome...

A woman suffered a miscarriage after 'sadistic' prison guards used their Tasers on her, as a new investigation opens up serious questions about deaths and serious injuries in US jails. Martini Smith, who was 20 at the the time, is one of several inmates who were stunned for not following orders. Now video has emerged which appears to back up their claims.

News agency Reuters has identified 104 deaths involving Tasers behind bars, nearly all since 2000 – 10 percent of more than 1,000...

The Pentagon will allow the United States military to once again arm itself with older cluster munitions, a type of weapon that has been banned by 102 countries largely because of concerns that they disproportionately harm civilians. The change, detailed in a memo released on Friday, reverses a prohibition issued under President George W. Bush, and appears to be a concession by the United States that finding safer variants of the weapons has so far failed.

Most American cluster...

The US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy to the disputed city, Donald Trump said on Wednesday in a much-anticipated speech. “After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would produce a different result," said the US president in an announcement. Therefore I have determined that it is the time to officially...

US President Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right group early Wednesday. The videos were posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the group Britain First, who claims the men in each are Muslim. Later in the day, British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman criticized Trump's move, saying he was wrong to share the anti-Muslim videos tweeted by a U.K. far-right leader. May's spokesman, James Slack, said Britain First seeks to divide...

Donald Trump made a racial joke about Native Americans on Monday during a White House ceremony honoring Navajo veterans of the second world war. Addressing Native American veterans, Trump repeated a favorite taunt about Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, a political opponent who he refers to derisively as “Pocahontas”. “You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, speaking to the veterans from a podium placed in front of a portrait of US president Andrew Jackson. “Although...

A Virginia teen who alleges a teacher pulled off her Islamic headscarf is now being harassed online by other students and another teacher from her school, a Muslim civil rights group has reported. Student Yasmin Yahye said last week that that teacher Lesmond Saunders removed her headscarf without her consent and has since told the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that she has experienced cyberbullying. In a letter to Lake Braddock Secondary School principal David Thomas Tuesday,...