US News

Trump, Unorthodox as Ever, Offers Grand Bargain to Beijing

Peter Heinlein/VOA News WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump appears to be offering a grand bargain to Chinese President Xi Jinping in which each would get something he dearly wants -- an assurance of economic stability ahead of a critical Communist Party Congress in exchange for Chinese help in halting North Korea's nuclear programs. The offer has come in a burst of television interviews and social media posts. In a pair of Twitter posts this week, Trump suggested he would agree not to launch a threatened trade war with China, helping to ensure a strong domestic economy as China's ruling party…
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NATO No Longer Obsolete, Declares Trump

  Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “no longer obsolete,” three months after he said the alliance had outlived its usefulness because it had not defended against terrorist attacks. “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism,” Trump said at a joint news conference with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. “I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.” Trump…
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Trump Adviser Page: ‘I Wasn’t a Foreign Agent’

William Gallo/VOA News Carter Page, an adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump whose communications were reportedly monitored under an FBI-obtained court order, denied Wednesday that he'd worked for the Russians. "Of course, I wasn't a foreign agent," he said in an interview with CNN. Last month, FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that his agency was investigating whether members of Trump's campaign had colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. intelligence officials believe Moscow intervened to try to sway the election in favor of Trump. The FBI obtained a secret court order last year to monitor the communications of…
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Tensions High as US, Russia Call for Syrian Chemical Weapons Probe

The United States and Russia agreed Wednesday to call for an international investigation of the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria last week that prompted President Donald Trump to launch a retaliatory missile strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The joint bid for the United Nations and weapons experts to investigate the sarin gas attack that killed more than 85 people and sickened hundreds more came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Moscow for hours of often contentious talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and later with President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson, the new top…
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LPR News

PBS Welcomes Back LATIN MUSIC USA

A Celebration of the Latino Contribution to the American Songbook (Boston, MA)– Discover the fascinating musical fusions that propelled Latinmusic to the top of the US charts with LATIN MUSIC USA, coming back for audiences on Fridays, April 28thand May 5that 9:00 ET (check local listings). Produced by public media leader WGBH Boston in co-production with the BBC, this two-part, four-hour documentary explores the Latin rhythms that influenced jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues, highlighting the enduring contributions made by Latino musicians to the American songbook. LATIN MUSIC USA invites audiences into a vibrant musical conversation that has helped…
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Entertainment

PBS retransmitirá LATIN MUSIC USA

  Una celebración de la música Latina y su influencia en la música y cultura estadounidense 27 de marzo de 2017 (Boston, MA)–Con el regreso de LATIN MUSIC USA, descubra las fascinantes fusiones musicales que impulsaron la música latina a la cima de las listas de éxitos. La serie se transmitirá el viernes 28 de abril y el viernes 5 de mayo a las 9:00 , hora del este (consulte su programación local). Este documental de cuatro horas, dividido en dos partes, es una coproducción de WGBH Boston y la BBC. En él se exploran los ritmos latinos que han…
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Entertainment

ALEXIS Y FIDO NOMINADOS A LOS PREMIOS HEAT DE LA MÚSICA LATINA 2017

LO CELEBRAN  LUEGO DE SU ÉXITO EN LOS CARNAVALES DE BOLIVIA El dúo más consistente del género urbano, también, está nominado a los Premios Billboard de la Música Latina    2 de marzo de 2017 (Miami, FL)- Dos días después de revolucionar con su música en los Carnavales de Bolivia, el dúo urbano puertorriqueño Alexis y Fido, fue nominado a los Premios Heat 2017.  Esta tercera entrega de los Premios Heat de la Música Latina, presentado por el canal HTV, tendrá como escenario principal las hermosas playas de Cap Cana, República Dominicana. Además, la gala se llevará a cabo el 8 de junio…
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Local News

LANGEVIN CALLS FOR JOINT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Bipartisan, Bicameral Joint Committee Would Cut Jurisdictional Red Tape   WASHINGTON, - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, and the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, today introduced a resolution that would create a bipartisan, bicameral Joint Committee to investigate the Russian election hacks and Russian contact with the Trump campaign and Administration.   “The Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 elections were an unprecedented attack on the fundamental right of our democracy – the right to vote – and cannot go unchecked. The cyber attack on the…
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Community

ACLU SETS UP HOTLINE FOR UHIP-RELATED FOOD STAMP COMPLAINTS

In recognition of a continuing backlog causing undue hardship to hundreds of poor residents, the ACLU of Rhode Island has set up a telephone hotline for people to call if they are having trouble with their SNAP (food stamp) application being processed in a timely manner.   The hotline is a supplement to a pending class-action lawsuit filed last month by the ACLU and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, charging that the ongoing UHIP system failures violate the constitutional and statutory rights of Rhode Islanders entitled to timely decisions on their SNAP applications under the law.  The…
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Local News

Department of Human Services Director Melba Depeña Affigne have resigned

Raimondo Takes Decisive Action to Address UHIP Challenges   Governor replaces DHS, IT leadership, withholds millions from project vendor Deloitte PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo took decisive action today to address challenges related to the rollout of the state's new health and human services eligibility computer system, announcing the resignations of Human Services (DHS) Director Melba Affigne Depeña and Chief Digital Officer Thom Guertin, who has been responsible for overseeing the technical implementation and design of the system. Governor Raimondo also announced that she will withhold nearly $15 million in payments to United Healthcare Infrastructure Project (UHIP) vendor Deloitte while the…
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