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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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EE.UU. endurece medidas contra delitos de inmigración

VOA News El secretario de Justicia de Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, anunció el martes una nueva estrategia de mano dura en los procesamientos judiciales de inmigración. Sessions, que hizo el anuncio durante una gira por la frontera sur de la nación, detalló varios cambios que dijo son el inicio de una nueva era para ayudar a las ciudades estadounidenses y a la frontera de lo que describió como "la inmundicia" que traen los carteles del narcotráfico. El secretario de Justicia estadounidense ha venido ampliando el rol de su agencia en la agenda de la administración Trump contra la inmigración ilegal.…
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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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Funcionarios de la CBP afirman en Consulado Dominicano en Nueva York no persiguen inmigrantes dominicanos en aeropuerto JFK

NUEVA director de Puertos de la Agencia de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés) en el Aeropuerto Internacional John F. Kennedy, y tres de sus inspectores aseguraron que ese organismo no tiene ninguna persecución contra inmigrantes dominicanos y de otros países latinoamericanos de manera indiscriminada. Los agentes de la CBP que ejercen sus funciones en el aeropuerto JFK, localizado en el condado de Queens, participaron en un diálogo abierto con el personal del Consulado General de la República Dominicana y funcionarios de otros consulados latinoamericanos, en el que trataron sobre las preocupaciones…
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