Trump Sets Immigration Speech, Trip to US-Mexico Border

  VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas President Donald Trump says he is addressing the nation Tuesday about the "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the country's border before traveling there Thursday for a firsthand look at efforts to thwart illegal immigration. Trump announced the prime-time nationally televised address Monday shortly after news secretary Sarah Sanders said the leader would "meet with those on the frontlines" of controlling access across the 3,200-kilometer border with Mexico. She said more details of the trip would be announced soon. Trump's visit to the border would come in the midst of what is now…
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US: Airstrike Killed Alleged USS Cole Attack Mastermind

VOA News military officials have confirmed that a airstrike last week killed one of the alleged masterminds of the USS Cole bombing which killed 17 sailors in 2000. "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi," Trump tweeted Sunday, adding that efforts against al-Qaida will continue. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!," he said. military officials said a precision airstrike in Yemen’s Marib governorate Tuesday targeted al-Badawi, one of six al-Qaida operatives…
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US: No Abrupt Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

VOA News National Security Adviser John Bolton is due to hold talks Monday in Turkey as the Trump administration seeks assurances that Turkish forces will not target Kurdish fighters allied with American forces. The visit to Turkey comes a day after Bolton said protection for the Kurdish fighters who have helped battle Islamic State militants was one of the necessary conditions for a withdrawal of its 2,000 troops in Syria. "We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum so they don't endanger our…
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Smithsonian Museum’s Latest Acquisitions Reflect a Diverse America

VOA News/Julie Taboh WASHINGTON — For the past 50 years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington has been telling America’s story with images of people who helped shape the history and culture of the United States. Telling America’s story Each November, the Gallery selects a number of portraits to add to its collection. This year, it added 28 more pictures in an effort to tell a more diverse and complete story of American society. While the display features well-known personalities such as former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, it also sheds light on some lesser-known “hidden figures.” Ann Shumard, senior…
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Talks to End US Government Shutdown to Continue Sunday

VOA News WASHINGTON — White House officials and congressional aides will meet again Sunday to continue discussions about how to end the partial government shutdown that has affected hundreds of thousands of federal workers and caused delays and inconvenience for Americans. The shutdown has entered its third week. The crux of the discussions is border security. President Donald Trump is adamant that he wants $ billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico to block undocumented migrants trying to enter the Congressional Democrats have vowed not to give the leader any money for the wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…
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New US Senators Bring Diverse Backgrounds, Voices to Washington

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — At the start of a new Congress, Republicans expand their Senate majority to 53 members, while Democrats number 47, including two independents who caucus with them. The 2018 midterm elections featured 33 Senate contests for six-year terms in the 100-member chamber. Up for grabs were 23 seats held by Democrats, eight by Republicans and both independents. Democrats won two Republican-held seats, while Republicans captured four Democratic seats for a net gain of two. Both independents won re-election. VOA takes a look at the senators who are new to the chamber, many of whom are already…
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White House Talks: No Progress on Government Shutdown

VOA News The new Democrat-led House of Representatives is expected to approve bills Thursday to end a partial government shutdown. The Republican leader of the Senate says he will not bring the measures to a vote. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to keep the shutdown going “as long as it takes” to get border wall financing Democrats do not support. That is the state of the shutdown after Trump invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday and the two sides came no closer to agreeing on a resolution. They plan to try again with another meeting Friday. The…
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China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell LONDON — China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute. Report author Justin Bronk says Beijing asks few questions when selling the technology overseas. “Because the United States in particular has refused — apart from the cases of the and France — to export armed models of its iconic Predator and Reaper series of armed drones, China has sort of stepped in to fill that gap. And while its offerings such…
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US Clergy Abuse Survivors Demand Inclusion in Vatican Reforms

Agence France-Presse CHICAGO — Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old. More than five decades later, the 61-year-old stood Wednesday in front of a throng of news cameras outside the downtown Chicago headquarters of the Catholic archdiocese in this sprawling American city, and demanded the church listen to survivors. "They've counted on our silence," Marchant said. "The horror of what happened to each of us needs to be out and spoken." Marchant was joined by leaders of two survivors' advocacy groups who sent an open letter to…
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In New US Congress, Each Party Controls a Chamber

VOA News Divided government returns to the United States Thursday with the swearing-in of a new Congress. After two years in which Republicans controlled the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives, Democrats will be the majority in the House. That is the result of the November midterm elections in which Democrats made big gains to end up with 235 seats in the 435-seat House when the new members take office. Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate, and now hold a 53-47 majority. Rep. Nancy Pelosi from California is expected to be voted House speaker, returning her…
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