Red Carpet and Tough Issues Await Macron in Washington

VOA News/Lisa Bryant PARIS — After laying out a dazzling Bastille Day parade and an Eiffel Tower dinner complete with stunning Paris vistas, French President Emmanuel Macron can expect return treatment when he heads to Washington Monday, for the first official state visit of Donald Trump's presidency. But along with dining at the historic landmark of Mount Vernon and a chance to address Congress, lie talks on serious transatlantic differences. Macron's three-day visit to the will test whether he can translate his reputation as Trump's "go-to" European leader into deliverables for France and for Europe. "If he gives the impression that…
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Several Former US Presidents to Attend Funeral of Barbara Bush

VOA News Several former presidents will be among the hundreds of mourners to pay their respects Saturday to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92. She was the wife of the 41st president, George Bush, and the mother of George W. Bush, the country's 43rd president. In addition to her husband and oldest son, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are expected to be among the former presidents to attend Bush's funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in the southern city of Houston, Texas. Bush and her husband began attending the church after moving to…
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EEUU: Miles de estudiantes recuerdan aniversario de tiroteo en Columbine

Voz de América Miles de estudiantes en todo Estados Unidos conmemoran el décimo noveno aniversario de la masacre en la Escuela Secundaria Columbine el viernes al abandonar las clases, en una muestra de unidad destinada a presionar a los políticos para que promulguen leyes más estrictas contra la posesión de armas. Se espera que los estudiantes de más de escuelas e instituciones salgan de clase a las 10:00 hora local, dicen los organizadores. Se les ha pedido que vistan de color naranja, un color que ha venido a representar el movimiento contra la violencia armada, y para observar un silencio…
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Informe de DDHH de EEUU destaca aumento de autoritarismo en Venezuela

Voz de América WASHINGTON — El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos dio a conocer el viernes su informe anual sobre Derechos Humanos en el cual destaca que Venezuela se está transformando cada vez más en una nación más autoritaria. El secretario de estado interino John Sullivan, presentó el documento, destacando los países del mundo que han cometido los abusos de derechos humanos más atroces, entre los cuales mencionó a Venezuela en el Hemisferio Occidental. El Informe de Seguridad Nacional Estratégica 2017, dijo Sullivan, reconoce que la gobernanza corrupta y débil amenaza la estabilidad global y los intereses de Estados Unidos.…
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US Says China, Iran, Russia Are ‘Forces for Instability’

The United States has labeled China and Russia "forces of instability" because of their human rights records, along with North Korea and Iran. In its annual global human rights report released Friday, the State Department singled out those four countries for violating basic human rights, including freedom of expression and the protection of religious and ethnic minorities. Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan said in an introduction to the report that the four countries "violate the human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis." Sullivan said states that restrict freedom of expression and allow violence against members…
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Senador Marco Rubio propone plan de ayuda para Venezuela

WASHINGTON — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio instó a implementar un Plan Marshall para reconstruir Venezuela cuando la nación sudamericana vuelva a la democracia. En un discurso, el jueves, en el Senado, el republicano por Florida, sugirió las acciones que los Estados Unidos y sus socios deben tomar para acelerar el surgimiento de una Venezuela posterior a Maduro y restaurar la democracia en el país. La semana pasada, Rubio viajó a la Cumbre de las Américas, donde fue coanfitrión de una conferencia de prensa y habló con los líderes regionales sobre la crisis venezolana. Rubio también se reunió con líderes de…
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Niegan fianza a presunto líder de MS-13 en la costa este de EEUU

El presunto líder de la pandilla MS-13 en la costa este de Estados Unidos deberá permanecer detenido sin derecho a fianza después de su primera audiencia el jueves en una corte en Long Island, donde es acusado de intervenir en una ola de violencia. Miguel Ángel Corea Díaz se hallaba encarcelado en Maryland por un caso aparte relacionado con drogas. Agentes de la Administración de Control de Drogas de Estados Unidos (DEA, por sus siglas en inglés), lo trasladaron el miércoles al condado de Nassau, donde compareció ante la corte. Cuando los cargos contra Corea y otros 16 acusados por…
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Earth Day Call to Arms: Skip the Straw

VOA News/Steve Baragona WASHINGTON — The United Kingdom is proposing a ban on disposable plastic straws. With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, advocates are asking everyone to follow suit and skip the straw. Straws and stirrers are among the top 10 items found in coastal cleanups worldwide, according to the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy, which has been conducting annual trash pickups for more than 30 years. The group says the ocean is littered with 150 million metric tons of plastic trash, clogging coastlines, ensnaring wildlife and even littering land far from any human settlement. And each year, another 8 million tons…
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US, Japan Trade Differences Remain After Trump-Abe Talks

  Steve Herman/VOA News WEST PALM BEACH — Despite frequent assurances that they continue to enjoy a warm friendship, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over two days of talks apparently failed to bridge significant differences on major trade issues. Trump declared his discussions with Abe “extremely productive,” but few details of success emerged during their joint news conference Wednesday. “President Trump and I agreed to start talks for free, fair and reciprocal trade deals,” said Abe, without providing specifics. Trump expressed his preference for a country-to-country “free trade agreement” between the United States and Japan, while Abe…
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Power Almost Fully Restored in Puerto Rico

VOA News/Gianpaolo Pietri/Wayne Lee     SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Eighty-percent of the more than million customers who were left without electricity in Puerto Rico have had power restored, the territory's power company said Thursday. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said power would be restored to the remaining 326,000 customers by late Thursday. It was the second island-wide blackout in a week. PREPA, the highly indebted company that generates and delivers all public power on the island, said Wednesday the blackout was caused when Cobra Energy, a private contractor, hit a transmission line with a crane, causing multiple…
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