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Hawaii Volcano Destroys Dozens of Homes, Forces Evacuations

VOA News Associated Press Fumes come out of cracks on the asphalt road near the Leilani Estates in Pahoa, Hawaii, May 5, 2018. PAHOA, HAWAII — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County officials said another four unspecified structures were covered by lava. Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Some of the more than…
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Trump: CIA Nominee Criticized for Being Tough on Terrorists

VOA News President Donald Trump says his choice to run the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, "has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists." His tweet Monday morning came after news reports that Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination last week because White House officials worried about her role in the harsh interrogation of terror suspects. "Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!" Trump said. As first reported by The Washington Post, Haspel was wary of a…
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Smithsonian to Honor Native American Veterans With National Memorial

    WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian(NMAI) has announced the five finalists for the design of a National Native American Veterans Memorial, slated to open in Washington in 2020. “The significance of such a memorial on the National Mall is obvious,” said NMAI director Kevin Gover in 2013, shortly after the Congress charged the museum with creating a memorial to allow all Americans “to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans” in the armed forces, and “to accord these veterans the honor they have earned.” Native Americans have participated in every war…
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Trump Lawyer: President Doesn’t Have to Comply With Subpoena

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump's new lawyer asserted Sunday that the president does not have to comply with a subpoena involving the burgeoning Russia investigation stemming from the 2016 election and might invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination if he is forced to testify."We don't have to" honor a subpoena, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, told ABC's Sunday news program "This Week." He added, "He's the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have." Trump often has said he would like to sit for…
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Macron: Trump Likely to Pull US Out of Iran Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he believes President Donald Trump will pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal with Tehran to restrain its nuclear weapons development. "I don't know what the American decision will be but the rational analysis of all President Trump's statements does not lead me to believe that he will do everything to stay in the JCPOA ," Macron told a news conference at the conclusion of his three-day state visit. Asked if such a decision would indicate a personal failure, Macron said his role was not to convince Trump to "walk away…
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White House Doctor Withdraws Name to be Next Veterans Chief

The White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, dropped his bid Thursday to head the country's Veterans Affairs agency as lawmakers probed allegations of professional misconduct and excessive drinking. As he withdrew, Jackson described the attacks on him as "false allegations," but said they had "become a distraction" to President Donald Trump's effort to improve health care for veterans. Trump, in an interview on his favorite news talk show, "Fox & Friends," continued to defend Jackson, his personal physician, saying, "He runs a fantastic operation." Trump blamed Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, for the demise of Jackson's nomination to…
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Scrutiny of Trump Lawyer Cohen Adds to President’s Distractions

  VOA News/Jim Malone President Donald Trump often likes to point out how different he is from his White House predecessors in terms of style and substance. But it is unlikely any past president would envy the legal challenges facing Trump, from the Russia investigation to Stormy Daniels to the scrutiny law enforcement is giving his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. On Tuesday it was a night of pomp and glamor at the White House as President Donald Trump and Mrs. Trump welcomed French President Macron and his wife for a state dinner. The two presidents got along famously during their…
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Trump’s Body Language with Macron, Merkel Tell Different Stories

VOA News/Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT — When French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife arrived in Washington Monday for a lavish, three-day state visit, political observers across the world were watching to see signs of the much acclaimed “bromance” between him and President Donald Trump. The two men did not disappoint. Their long handshakes and embraces that were seen during Trump's Paris trip last July were repeated at the White House Tuesday. At one point, the president brushed a speck off Macron’s suit jacket before the two sat down in front of reporters in the Oval Office. Macron reacted with a…
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White House Doctor Continues Fight to Be Veterans Chief

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier The White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, has decided to continue his fight to win Senate confirmation to take over the country's huge Veterans Affairs agency, even as lawmakers investigate allegations of professional misconduct and excessive drinking. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was leaving it up to Jackson to decide whether to walk away from his nomination to the Cabinet position, while appearing to nudge him toward withdrawing. But Jackson later met with Trump and told him he was not ending his bid to head the department that oversees health care for 13 million…
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US Probing Alleged Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

VOA News   The government is conducting an intensive investigation into allegations of heinous crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. According to a Reuters report, two officials said more than 1,000 Rohingya men and women in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh have been interviewed, detailing allegations of killings, rape, beatings and other possible crimes against humanity by Myanmar's military. About 20 investigators with expertise in areas of international law and criminal justice conducted the interviews in March and April. When asked to confirm details of the investigation, a State Department official told VOA "the program…
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