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Trump: Trade Negotiations with China ‘Going Extremely Well’

President Donald Trump is hailing progress in ongoing trade talks with China, with negotiators set to meet next week in Washington as the March 1 deadline approaches. "It’s going extremely well, who knows what (that) means because it only matters if we get it done. But we’re very much working very closely with China and President Xi, who I respect a lot, very good relationship that we have, and we’re a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal," Trump told reporters at the White House Friday. Earlier in the day, China's President…
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Migrants Wait, Hope in Mexican Border Towns

VOA News/Mike O'Sullivan TIJUANA, MEXICO — Migrants have arrived in Tijuana and other border cities in caravans of thousands, while others come in small groups of a dozen or so. They have often walked for days through Central America, then ridden buses or gotten rides on trucks through the vast expanses of Mexico. In border cities like Tijuana, they find help in shelters run by charities. Asylum seeker Angela Escalante is here with her husband and 7-year-old son. “The situation is very bad, there are no jobs,” she said of her country of Nicaragua, blaming political violence there on President Daniel…
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Trump Declares National Emergency

VOA News/William Gallo WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, bypassing Congress to build a wall along the southern border, and setting up a legal challenge that could help determine the limits of presidential power. Warning against what he called “gang monsters” and an “invasion” of drugs and crime, Trump said the emergency declaration was a “great thing to do.” At one point, Trump mentioned “monstrous caravans,” an apparent reference to the repeated groups of Central American migrants that have attempted to reach the during his presidency. “We are talking about an invasion of our country,” Trump…
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Bezos Allegations Against US Tabloid Tests Limits of Press Freedom

VOA News/Brian Padden WASHINGTON — Accusations of extortion and blackmail made by the world’s richest man against a national gossip newspaper may have breached the legal limits of broad press freedoms protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, who owns both the Amazon online shopping site and The Washington Post newspaper, recently claimed that the publishers of the National Enquirer newspaper’s parent company, American Media Inc. (AMI), threatened to publish intimate photos of Bezos unless he halted an investigation into the tabloid’s aggressive coverage of his divorce. The Amazon founder, who is reportedly worth $136 billion, said he…
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Entrepreneur Makes European-style Chocolate with Special Needs Youth

VOA News/Julie Taboh GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND — Sarah Dwyer has always loved chocolate. Especially caramels. “When I was little I used to like to squish all the ones in the box to find the chocolate-covered caramels,” she says. So in 2009, when she decided to leave a lucrative job in banking to spend a year in France, she had no idea it would give her an opportunity to channel that childhood passion. A trip to Paris and a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu was a life-changing experience for Sarah Dwyer. (S. Dwyer) A labor of love While in Paris, she enrolled in…
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Trump: Governor’s Response to Racist Photo ‘Unforgiveable’

VOA News President Donald Trump waded into the controversy surrounding the governor of Virginia over a racist photo that appeared on the governor's medical school yearbook page. Trump tweeted late Saturday that Gov. Ralph Northam's initial apology for the photo and subsequent denial that he was in the picture are "Unforgiveable!" The president's tweet also referenced a controversy surrounding comments Northam made earlier last week about late term abortion. Northam, a Democrat, quickly apologized Friday after reports emerged of a photo in his 1984 yearbook page that shows a man in blackface standing next to a person dressed as a…
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Trump Won’t Rule Out Another Shutdown in Border Wall Dispute

VOA/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump is refusing to rule out the possibility of another partial government shutdown to win congressional approval of funding for a wall along the southern border with Mexico. But he also signaled strongly he plans to declare a national emergency to build the barrier without assent from lawmakers. "I don't take anything off the table," Trump told the CBS News show "Face the Nation" in an interview broadcast Sunday, a week after a record 35-day shutdown of a quarter of government operations was ended. "I don't like to take things off the table. It's…
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For Americans, It’s ‘Super Bowl’ Sunday

VOA News/Mark Young Today is 'Super Bowl' Sunday, the day of the national championship for American football. This year the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta for the National Football League's (NFL) Vince Lombardi Trophy. This will be the 11th time the Patriots compete in the Super Bowl, and the third straight year they've contended for the title. They lost last year's game to the Philadelphia Eagles. It's the fourth appearance for the Rams, who last played in the Super Bowl in 2002 when they were defeated by the Patriots. At that time the Rams…
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A Complicated Path to Denuclearization as Trump-Kim Summit Nears

VOA News/Steve Miller SEOUL — Despite the Trump administration asserting there’s been ongoing progress in talks with North Korea over its commitment to denuclearize, it is unclear what has been achieved ahead of the announced summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Bruce Klinger, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, says “that while some speculate that behind the scenes there had been quiet successes between the two sides, in reality, that really hasn't been the case.” North Korea’s denuclearization process has been stalled for months with little signs of outward progress, despite a call by South…
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Trump Visits Martin Luther King Memorial

VOA News/Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has paid a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. Trump arrived shortly after 11 to pay his respects on a frigid and windy day. He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied Trump in laying a wreath at the foot of the memorial statue. Trump told reporters it was a “great day” and a “beautiful day.” He did not respond to questions about the government shutdown during the short appearance.
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