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Tillerson: Rusia debe decidir entre Assad y Estados Unidos

Voz de América El secretario de Estado de Estados Unidos, Rex Tillerson, advirtió este martes que Rusia tiene dos opciones de cara a la guerra civil en Siria: O se pone del lado de Estados Unidos y los países que piensan de manera similar sobre Siria, o se abraza a Irán, al grupo militante Hezbolá y al líder sirio Bashar al-Assad. Mientras se preparaba para embarcar hacia Moscú en su primer viaje como secretario de Estado a ese país, Tillerson dijo que no estaba claro si Rusia no había tomado en serio su obligación de asegurarse que Siria no tuviera…
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Mattis: “No es la primera vez que Assad usa armas químicas”

Voz de América El Pentágono ofreció su primera conferencia de prensa después del ataque con armas químicas en Siria y de la respuesta estadounidense que consistió en el lanzamiento de misiles dirigidos para destruir una base aérea en Siria. El secretario de Defensa, James Mattis, señaló que solo el presidente de Siria, Bashar Assad sabe por qué uso armas químicas, pero al mismo tiempo indicó que las autoridades estadounidenses creen que no fue la primera vez. Mattis dijo que confía en que Assad lamenta el ataque con armas químicas de la semana pasada, debido a las represalias estadounidenses. El Pentágono…
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Trump: North Korea ‘Looking for Trouble’ with Nuclear Weapons Development

  Ken Bredemeier/VOA News President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble" with its nuclear weapons development program and implored China to help rein in Pyongyang. Trump, in a pair of comments on his Twitter account, said, "If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!" He did not elaborate on what actions the might take. Trump said that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping at last week's summit between the two leaders that a Beijing trade deal with Washington "will be far better" for China "if…
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Hardliners Think Trump has Unfinished Immigration Business

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — One issue that President Donald Trump's hard-line supporters care most about is immigration. While the president has signed three executive orders on the subject, he has said nothing about the so-called dreamers, undocumented young people who were brought to the as children and protected under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or DACA. The immigration restrictionists are not happy. “DACA must be ended,” wrote Ronald W. Mortenson last month for a Center for Immigration Studies blog. “We fully expect them to do so,” wrote Roy Beck of Numbers USA, announcing an end-DACA Twitter campaign in…
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No Sanctions in Hand, Tillerson Arrives in Moscow

Luis Ramirez/VOA News LONDON —  Secretary State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russia to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad. But he had a tough ultimatum in hand, following reports quoting unidentified senior officials as saying that Russia had prior knowledge of the attack that killed scores of people including women and children. G7 ministers meeting Tuesday in the Italian city of Lucca failed to agree on targeted sanctions against the Russian and Syrian military, arguing that an investigation would first have…
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US Senators to Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Increase Sanctions Against Russia

Wayne Lee/VOA NEWS WASHINGTON —  Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham will introduce a bill Tuesday that would increase sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in November’s presidential election. The two senators, both critics of President-elect Donald Trump, will unveil the measure at a news conference Tuesday afternoon along with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, the bill’s main sponsor, and seven other co-sponsors, including former Republican presidential hopeful and Senator Marco Rubio. The legislation — called the “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017" — is designed to show that key Republicans are intent on punishing Russia despite Trump’s desire…
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President Obama Bids Farewell to Nation Tonight in Chicago Speech

WASHINGTON —  President Barack Obama will deliver what the White House describes as "a forward looking" farewell address tonight to the American people. The speech will recap Obama's accomplishments over the past eight years in office. It also is intended to “motivate people to want to get involved and fight for their democracy,” White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters Monday. The address will be delivered at 9 ET at McCormick Place, the lakefront convention center in Chicago, Obama’s adopted hometown. People brave the cold temperatures in hopes of getting a ticket to attend President Barack Obama's farewell speech…
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Trump’s Attorney General Nominee Defends Civil Rights Record

  Ken Bredemeier/Michael Bowman/VOA News WASHINGTON — Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for attorney general, defended his civil rights record Tuesday, telling a congressional hearing that he understands the tortured history of voting rights for blacks in the United States. Sessions, the first of Trump's Cabinet nominees facing a Senate confirmation hearing this week, assured Senate colleagues on the Judiciary Committee that he would lead "aggressive enforcement" of voting laws "without hindrance or discrimination, and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process." "As a Southerner I saw discrimination," Sessions said. "I know that was wrong. We needed…
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Retired US Military Officers Urge Trump Not to Reinstate Torture

VOA News Nearly 200 military officers urged president-elect Donald Trump not to reinstate torture, according to a letter acquired by The New York Times. "Torture is unnecessary. Based on our experience — and that of our nation's top interrogators, backed by the latest science — we know that lawful, rapport-based interrogation techniques are the most effective way to elicit actionable intelligence," stated the letter, signed by 176 retired officers from all branches of the military. Among the signatories are two former Afghanistan war commanders and Adm. William H. McRaven — the Special Operations commander who oversaw the raid that killed…
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All-time Market Highs Close Out 2016 with Bang

VOA News/Jill Malandrino NEW YORK — The year 2016 ended in spectacular fashion as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq broke all-time highs, and the retail investor went along for the ride. Macro events did not scare investors, but rather kept them engaged in the markets. The Investor Movement Index (IMX) is a proprietary, behavior-based index created by TD Ameritrade that aggregates Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors are actually doing and how they are positioned in the markets. The IMX gives a look into how we are approaching the markets, not just what…
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