Staid Singapore Prepares for Historic Trump-Kim Summit

VOA News/Associated Press SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Singapore, a highly manicured city-state shaped by skyscrapers and luxury hotels, is preparing for perhaps the most crucial international diplomatic event of the decade. The June 12 meeting between tough-talking President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a brash young ruler with a nuclear arsenal, brings a bombastic set of personalities to the small island nation, which has hosted plenty of important meetings, but nothing as big as this. Kim wants security and Trump wants Kim to get rid of his nukes. A breakdown in the talks could be costly —…
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US Senate Committee to Vote On Trump CIA Pick Wednesday

VOA News/Reuters WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on Wednesday morning on President Donald Trump's nominee to be the new director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, a committee aide said on Monday. The vote will take place behind closed doors, as is customary for the intelligence panel. Haspel was grilled by lawmakers at her confirmation hearing last week over her role in the agency's past harsh interrogation system, pledging she would never restart the program or follow any morally objectionable order from Trump. The nominee, who would be the first woman director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is expected…
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Trump Vows Action to Ease Job Loss at Chinese Tech Giant

VOA News WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he is looking for a way to let a Chinese technology firm "get back into business fast" after a trade ruling severely crippled the company. "Too many jobs in China lost," Trump tweeted Sunday, days after ZTE announced it had ceased "major operating activities." The had cut off exports of parts to ZTE -- more than 25 percent of the components ZTE needs to build its wireless stations, optical fiber networks and smartphones. The cutoff came after ZTE was, in the words of one expert, "caught red-handed" putting the technology into products and…
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US Promises N. Korea Economic Investment After Denuclearization

Brian Padden/VOA News SEOUL — The has indicated it is prepared to open the North Korean economy to significant private investment, if a nuclear deal can be reached. But even if economic restrictions were lifted, the restrictive and repressive state would likely still present a challenging environment for foreign Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un complies with what President Donald Trump has demanded, the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, the United States would offer foreign investment “in spades” to build up the country’s infrastructure and develop its economy.…
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Pompeo: Trump Likely to Leave Iran Deal ‘Absent a Fix’

Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT — New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says no decision has been made on whether President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, adding that negotiations are ongoing. At his first news conference in his new job, Pompeo said, “Absent a substantial fix, absent overcoming the shortcomings, the flaws of the deal, he (President Trump) is unlikely to stay in that deal past this May.” Pompeo spoke in Brussels at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, one day after he was sworn in. Pompeo said he had discussed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint…
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Trump: House Report Proves ‘No Collusion’

VOA News President Donald Trump has commended the release of a report by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, saying it proves there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Questioned about it during a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said, “We were honored. It was a great report. No collusion, which I knew anyway.” He called the investigation “a witch hunt,” echoing a phrase he had tweeted earlier that morning, and added: “If we can get along with Russia, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. But there has been…
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Trump: No Iran Nukes Even if Agreement Folds

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — Standing alongside Germany’s chancellor, President Donald Trump emphasized on Friday that Iran would not be permitted to build a nuclear arsenal, even if a deal intended to prevent that scenario collapsed.“They’re not going to be doing nuclear weapons. You can bank on it,” Trump told reporters. Asked about possible actions, including use of force, that he could take if Iran restarted its nuclear weapons program, if the deal made in 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was abandoned, the president replied: “I don’t talk about whether or not I’d use military…
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Robert De Robbio Anuncia su Candidatura para Alcalde de Providence

Providence, Rhode Island,- El Dr. Robert A. DeRobbio, educador y emprendedor social con más de 30 años de experiencia en el sistema escolar y más de una década sirviendo en el Departamento Escolar de Providence, anunció su candidatura para Alcalde de Providence en la Antigua Casa de Estado en College Hill. DeRobbio hizo hincapié en la educación y la reforma de éticas en su anuncio, “Hace cuatro años, la administración prometió hacernos Una sola Providence, pero se parece más a A Tale of Two Cities/ Cuento de dos ciudades,” dijo DeRobbio. “Providence se merece un gobierno donde trabajar en el…
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Trump Lawyer Will Plead Fifth in Porn Star Case

VOA News President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer plans to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit filed against him by adult-film star Stormy Daniels. Michael Cohen said in a brief filed Wednesday in a California court that he decided to invoke his constitutional right after the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room earlier this month. The raids sought documents relating to Daniels and other matters. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen for defamation for suggesting that she lied about an alleged affair with Trump. Cohen has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 in…
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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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