Tillerson Heads to Ukraine Following Trump-Putin Meeting

Ukraine was among the issues raised when U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be taking the issue next to Ukraine’s capital and a meeting with the country’s president. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching previews Tillerson’s trip (narrated by VOA’s Steve Redisch.) …

Detroit Judge Extends Stay on Iraqi Deportations

A federal judge has extended a stay of deportation for Iraqi nationals, blocking their removal for another two weeks. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit on Thursday halted deportations nationwide until July 24, saying he needs more time to decide whether he has jurisdiction in the case. The judge had issued an injunction against …

Two-time US Prison Escapee Captured Again

A South Carolina prison inmate has been captured — for a second time — after an elaborate jail break. Authorities say Jimmy Causey may have utilized wire cutters dropped from a drone as well as smuggled cellphones, guns and nearly $50,000 in his latest escape, which went unnoticed for 18 hours and lasted two days …

US Judge Extends Halt on Iraqi Deportations

A federal judge on Thursday halted the deportation of all Iraqi nationals detained during recent immigration sweeps across the United States until at least July 24, extending a stay that was originally set to expire Monday. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit said there was “good cause” to extend the stay, which was sought …

Hobby Lobby Accused of Hypocrisy Amid Smuggling Case

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy. The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine Wednesday over its role in what federal prosecutors said was …