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Trump Calls for Resignation of Congresswoman Accused of Anti-Semitic Comments

VOA News President Donald Trump has called for the resignation of Democratic freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who apologize Monday after drawing widespread condemnation from both Republicans and her fellow Democrats for comments deemed anti-Semitic. The president told reporters Tuesday that Omar's apology was "lame" and added, "She didn't mean a word of it." Trump called on Omar to resign Congress or at least resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which she serves. Omar, a Somali Muslim refugee who took office five weeks ago as a representative for the midwestern state of Minnesota, apologized Monday after drawing widespread condemnation…
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Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’ Found Guilty in US Drug Trial

Photo FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, VOA News Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking and related charges at a trial in New York. The jury convicted Guzman Tuesday after six days of deliberations on all ten counts against him and now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. The end of the three-month trial marks the end of…
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Fewer Feel the Love This Valentine’s Day

VOA News/Dora Mekouar Fewer Americans appear to be celebrating Valentine's Day now as opposed to a decade ago. The National Retail Federation says that 10 years ago, more than 60 percent of adults planned to celebrate the day that's dedicated to love, but that number has dropped to just over half in 2019. Valentine's Day, which is celebrated every Feb. 14, is a day when people show their affection for another person or people by gifting them with cards, flowers, sweets or some other expression of love or appreciation. In 2009, 72 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 34…
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Trump Unhappy with Border Barrier Deal Lawmakers Crafted

VOA News/Michael Bowman & Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not pleased with the agreement lawmakers reached for limited new barrier construction along the border, but that he does not foresee another partial government shutdown over the dispute. "I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," Trump told a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "It's not doing the trick." Yet the leader suggested he would sign legislation that includes $ billion to build 88 kilometers of new fencing at the border, about a quarter of the $ billion he wanted for a wall. The…
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El Paso Hosts Dueling Rallies Amid Border Security Debate

VOA News/Steve Herman WASHINGTON — Rival political rallies in Texas – just 200 meters apart – pitted the president of the United States against a possible election rival as they took opposite sides on the merits of a border wall with Mexico. “Today we started a big, beautiful wall right on the Rio Grande,” declared President Donald Trump, apparently a reference to fencing being erected along the river that divides Mexico from the United States. This comes just days before a deadline for Congress to agree on a border security plan to avert another partial shutdown of the federal government. Large…
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Pawtucket Police Arrested and Charged Two Residents on Drug Charges

On February 6, 2019, the Pawtucket Police Departments Narcotic’s Unit and the Providence Police Narcotic and Organized Crime Bureau executed a court ordered search warrant at 7 Dexter Ct. in the City of Pawtucket. The search warrant was issued after an ongoing investigation into the illegal distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl throughout the Pawtucket and Providence area. As a result of the investigation the two residents, Sergio Ricard, 31, and Savanah Rosa, 22, were arrested and charged with:   Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Deliver Manufacturing Possessing Delivering Fentanyl 1oz-1kg Manufacturing Possessing…
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UN Chief: There Is ‘Wind of Hope’ in Africa

VOA NEWS/Margaret Besheer UNITED NATIONS —  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that there has been a "quantum leap" in relations between the world body and the African Union and he hopes this can translate into progress on some of the continent's biggest challenges. "I am totally committed to the cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations," Guterres told VOA in an interview at headquarters Tuesday before he heads to Addis Ababa for this weekend's AU summit. "We are working more and more together in addressing a number of situations in Africa." He pointed to Tuesday's breakthrough on the…
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Trump Speech Stokes Allies’ Fears Over US Troop Withdrawal

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell allies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement of a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to be held later this month in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang. The planned meeting was the major foreign policy announcement Tuesday in President Trump’s State of the Union address. He said the rapprochement with Pyongyang, which began with a summit in Singapore last June, was a major success of his presidency. “Nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump told lawmakers and…
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RWU Launches SophoMORE Year Program

New program guides undeclared second-year students in exploring majors, expanding connections, getting ready for careers BRISTOL, – Brooke LaVallie, a sophomore at Roger Williams University, just discovered something about herself: She is a leader. On Jan. 21 & 22, the Center for Student Academic Success held its first-ever SophoMORE Year Program specifically designed for undeclared sophomores. LaVallie, a business management major from Montville, Conn., was one of the 20 sophomore students in attendance. The students participated in many portions of the event, but LaVallie enjoyed the strengths assessment most of all. The goal of the program was to help students maximize…
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RI State Police Increases Patrols for Super Bowl Sunday; Reminds Everyone to Arrange a Safe, Sober Ride Home

The Rhode Island State Police will have additional troopers on patrol throughout the state on Super Bowl Sunday to help keep everyone safe. "With the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl again this year, we know many Rhode Islanders will be gathering with family and friends to watch the game," said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry, Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Acting Director of the Department of Public Safety. "We encourage them to celebrate responsibly and to arrange for safe, sober rides home." Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the biggest party days of…
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