North Korea Suspends Nuclear and Long-Range Missile Tests

VOA News North Korea says it has suspended nuclear tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the military is also suspending long-range missile tests and said the suspensions went into effect on Saturday. The announcement said the government is making the moves to shift its national focus and to improve the economy. The development comes less than a week before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit to try to end the nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. The…
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US Says China, Iran, Russia Are ‘Forces for Instability’

The United States has labeled China and Russia "forces of instability" because of their human rights records, along with North Korea and Iran. In its annual global human rights report released Friday, the State Department singled out those four countries for violating basic human rights, including freedom of expression and the protection of religious and ethnic minorities. Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan said in an introduction to the report that the four countries "violate the human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis." Sullivan said states that restrict freedom of expression and allow violence against members…
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Protestas por Seguro Social en Nicaragua dejan tres muertos

Voz de América Tres personas fallecieron el jueves en manifestaciones a favor y en contra de una polémica reforma de la Ley del Seguro Social en Nicaragua. El segundo día de protestas dejó heridos y detenidos así como la censura de cinco canales independientes que retransmitieron los incidentes violentos. La Policía Nacional reportó la muerte del oficial antidisturbios Jilton Manzanarez por un disparo de escopeta en las inmediaciones de la Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua, así como de un joven estudiante del centro que participa en las protestas, en un deceso que las autoridades calificaron de “pleito de pandillas”. En el…
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Senador Marco Rubio propone plan de ayuda para Venezuela

WASHINGTON — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio instó a implementar un Plan Marshall para reconstruir Venezuela cuando la nación sudamericana vuelva a la democracia. En un discurso, el jueves, en el Senado, el republicano por Florida, sugirió las acciones que los Estados Unidos y sus socios deben tomar para acelerar el surgimiento de una Venezuela posterior a Maduro y restaurar la democracia en el país. La semana pasada, Rubio viajó a la Cumbre de las Américas, donde fue coanfitrión de una conferencia de prensa y habló con los líderes regionales sobre la crisis venezolana. Rubio también se reunió con líderes de…
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Niegan fianza a presunto líder de MS-13 en la costa este de EEUU

El presunto líder de la pandilla MS-13 en la costa este de Estados Unidos deberá permanecer detenido sin derecho a fianza después de su primera audiencia el jueves en una corte en Long Island, donde es acusado de intervenir en una ola de violencia. Miguel Ángel Corea Díaz se hallaba encarcelado en Maryland por un caso aparte relacionado con drogas. Agentes de la Administración de Control de Drogas de Estados Unidos (DEA, por sus siglas en inglés), lo trasladaron el miércoles al condado de Nassau, donde compareció ante la corte. Cuando los cargos contra Corea y otros 16 acusados por…
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Earth Day Call to Arms: Skip the Straw

VOA News/Steve Baragona WASHINGTON — The United Kingdom is proposing a ban on disposable plastic straws. With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, advocates are asking everyone to follow suit and skip the straw. Straws and stirrers are among the top 10 items found in coastal cleanups worldwide, according to the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy, which has been conducting annual trash pickups for more than 30 years. The group says the ocean is littered with 150 million metric tons of plastic trash, clogging coastlines, ensnaring wildlife and even littering land far from any human settlement. And each year, another 8 million tons…
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Are Undocumented People Seeking Sanctuary in US Churches Safe?

  Aline Barros/VOA News   The number of undocumented people taking refuge in places of worship across the United States has increased six-fold in the past 15 months. Nationwide, there are now at least 42 people trying to avoid deportation by living in sanctuary in 28 cities. “We didn't see the numbers go up until after the elections … when it was like seven people. Now you have over 40 people that are currently taking sanctuary,” Myrna Orozco, an associate with the Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program, told VOA. The number of churches, mosques and synagogues offering sanctuary…
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US, Japan Trade Differences Remain After Trump-Abe Talks

  Steve Herman/VOA News WEST PALM BEACH — Despite frequent assurances that they continue to enjoy a warm friendship, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over two days of talks apparently failed to bridge significant differences on major trade issues. Trump declared his discussions with Abe “extremely productive,” but few details of success emerged during their joint news conference Wednesday. “President Trump and I agreed to start talks for free, fair and reciprocal trade deals,” said Abe, without providing specifics. Trump expressed his preference for a country-to-country “free trade agreement” between the United States and Japan, while Abe…
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Power Almost Fully Restored in Puerto Rico

VOA News/Gianpaolo Pietri/Wayne Lee     SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Eighty-percent of the more than million customers who were left without electricity in Puerto Rico have had power restored, the territory's power company said Thursday. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said power would be restored to the remaining 326,000 customers by late Thursday. It was the second island-wide blackout in a week. PREPA, the highly indebted company that generates and delivers all public power on the island, said Wednesday the blackout was caused when Cobra Energy, a private contractor, hit a transmission line with a crane, causing multiple…
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Rudy Giuliani to Join Trump Legal Team in Russia Probe

VOA News Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has joined President Donald Trump's legal team dealing with the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. "I'm doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller," Giuliani told The Washington Post on Thursday, referring to the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has had notable difficulties in recruiting new lawyers since the resignation of John Dowd last month. "Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a…
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