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Trump’s 2020 Budget Includes $8.6 Billion for Border Wall

VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday unveiled a $ trillion government spending plan for 2020, a request that includes President Donald Trump's call for another $ billion for his signature project, construction of a wall on the border to thwart illegal immigration. Trump's request for border wall funding presages a new fight with lawmakers over the issue in the coming months during the third year of the Trump presidency. Key opposition Democratic lawmakers immediately vowed to block wall funding. The Trump budget plan calls for a 5 percent funding boost for the Pentagon and a 5 percent cut…
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Black Boxes Recovered from Crashed Ethiopian Jet

VOA News Ethiopian Airlines says searchers have recovered both flight recorders from the plane that crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people onboard. Ethiopia is observing a day of mourning for those who died when the Boeing 737 MAX-8 jet, headed for Kenya's capital, Nairobi, went down just six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa. At least 20 of the passengers were headed to the annual assembly of the Environment Program (UNEP) at its global headquarters in Nairobi. The flag was at half-staff when the delegates arrived at the meeting Monday. Moments of silence were observed at the start of the…
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UN In Nairobi Pays Respect to Ethiopian Crash Victims

VOA NEWS/ Sarah Kimani NAIROBI — Delegates at the United Nations Environment Assembly, meeting in Kenya, held a moment of silence Monday for the victims of Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash. At least 5,000 delegates, including environment ministers, experts, and activists gathered Monday at the United Nations offices in Nairobi. They paid respects to the 157 people who died in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash. The victims came from more than 30 nations and included 22 staff members. Six of them worked in Nairobi. The acting director general for the United Nations in Nairobi, Maimunah Sharif, fought back tears as she paid tribute…
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Syria Camp in Crisis as Forces Attack Last IS Stronghold

VOA NEWS /Heather Murdock / AL-HOL CAMP, SYRIA — “I pray my children will follow their father’s path,” said Intesar Mohammed, surrounded by three of her four children in a muddy, trash-strewn tent in northern husband was an Islamic State militant who was killed in 2018. Her fourth child is being held by security forces, accused of being a militant himself. Internationally-backed Syrian Democratic Forces watch as trucks filled with people evacuate Baghuz, IS's last stronghold in Syria on Feb. 26, 2019, near Baghuz. Internationally-backed Syrian forces are in the throws of what they believe is their last battle to…
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Father Sues to Allow Daughter Who Joined IS to Return to US

VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — The father of an American-born woman who defected to the Islamic State terrorist group filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Trump administration because he wants his daughter to be allowed to return to the United States. The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) filed the complaint on behalf of Ahmed Ali Muthana, the father of Hoda Muthana and grandfather of her young son. CLCMA said in a statement that the suit is “seeking declaratory relief recognizing (Hoda Muthana’s) citizenship, and injunctive relief requiring the United States to make good faith efforts to return her…
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Congress Could Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration, But It Wouldn’t Be Easy

VOA NEWS/Katherine Gypson CAPITOL HILL — Momentum is growing for congressional Democrats to challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, in order to shift billions of dollars from defense to construction of a southern border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California encouraged her caucus to support a resolution that Congressman Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, plans to file Friday that would attempt to reverse the president’s move. As of Tuesday night, 93 House members have pledged to support the bill. Many more will likely sign on in the coming days. Pelosi said lawmakers would…
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Trump’s Plan to Siphon Money from Military for Wall Meets Resistance

VOA NEWS/Rob Garver WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision last week to declare a national emergency related to the security of the Southwest border has created confusion and concern on military bases across the country, which could be facing unexpected cuts in funding for major construction projects and drug interdiction programs. In all, the White House is planning to use authority given to the president in times of national emergencies to redirect $ billion from the Pentagon’s budget to help fund more than 320 kilometers (200 miles) of the wall the president has promised to build on the southern border to…
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‘Trump’ and ‘Kim’ Go Head-to-Head at Hanoi Hair Salon

VOA NEWS/Khanh An WASHINGTON — At Hanoi's Tuan Duong Hair Salon, it's all about the haircut homage. As Vietnam's capital city prepares to host the second summit between North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump, salon owner Tuan Duong is offering free haircuts to customers eager to sport the distinctive hairstyle of either leader. "The idea came out from our love of peace," Duong told VOA's Vietnamese Service by telephone. "The Trump-Kim second summit is about peace. I am Vietnamese, who lives right in Vietnam's capital, where everybody loves peace. Thus, I want to contribute my very small…
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LA Showcases Quake Alert System

VOA NEWS/Mike O'Sullivan LOS ANGELES — California is earthquake country, and residents of Los Angeles can now get some critical warning, when conditions are right, after a quake has started and seismic waves are heading their way. The long-delayed system, called ShakeAlertLA, is the first of its kind in the United States. Earthquake alert systems like this save lives, said Jeff Gorell, deputy Los Angeles mayor for public safety, as he demonstrated the application on his smartphone. A mobile phone customer looks at an earthquake warning application on their phone in Los Angeles, Jan. 3, 2019. The app, called ShakeAlertLA, is…
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From Smarter Energy to Less Plastic, Caribbean Resorts Go Green

VOA NEWS/REUTERS ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO — At home in the United States, Kerrie Springer takes pride in being environmentally conscious. So when she booked a week's getaway at the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort in Aruba, she choose the "green stay" option, agreeing to reuse her sheets and towels rather than have them changed each day. "You don't do that at home, so why do it at a resort?" asked Springer, who visited the resort with her husband. "Water in the Caribbean is precious, so why use it if you do not have to?" Environmentally friendly tourism options --…
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