White House Doctor Continues Fight to Be Veterans Chief

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier The White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, has decided to continue his fight to win Senate confirmation to take over the country's huge Veterans Affairs agency, even as lawmakers investigate allegations of professional misconduct and excessive drinking. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was leaving it up to Jackson to decide whether to walk away from his nomination to the Cabinet position, while appearing to nudge him toward withdrawing. But Jackson later met with Trump and told him he was not ending his bid to head the department that oversees health care for 13 million…
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US Probing Alleged Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

VOA News   The government is conducting an intensive investigation into allegations of heinous crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. According to a Reuters report, two officials said more than 1,000 Rohingya men and women in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh have been interviewed, detailing allegations of killings, rape, beatings and other possible crimes against humanity by Myanmar's military. About 20 investigators with expertise in areas of international law and criminal justice conducted the interviews in March and April. When asked to confirm details of the investigation, a State Department official told VOA "the program…
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US Supreme Court to Weigh Trump’s Travel Ban

VOA News/Aline Barros SUPREME COURT — After an intense oral argument over President Donald Trump’s travel ban Wednesday, the Supreme Court is expected to answer in June whether or not the executive order exceeded the authority the president has over immigration. The challengers in Trump v. Hawaii have said that Congress created a system of laws that address the security concerns the president addressed in his executive order limiting travel from certain countries. Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco told the justices the president is “well within his power” to issue the proclamation after a “worldwide multi-agency” review. “The president’s acting Homeland…
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White House Rejects US Press Freedom Downgrade

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — The White House is rejecting accusations President Donald Trump and his administration are hampering freedom of the press in the United States. A media watchdog and advocacy group has dropped the United States two places to 45th in its annual press freedom rankings, blaming Trump's repeated verbal attacks on reporters, publications and TV news networks. "I think we're one of the most accessible administrations that we've seen in decades," replied White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Wednesday's briefing just hours after the release of the Reporters Without Borders 2018 World Press Freedom Index.…
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Merkel Expected to Press Trump on Trade, Iran Deal

VOA News/Peggy Chang WHITE HOUSE — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a one-day working visit to the White House on Friday following a three-day state visit by French President Emmanuel Macon. The back-to-back visits are seen a tag-team effort to persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and to grant permanent exemption of the steel and aluminum tariffs to EU member countries. While Trump and Macron's 'bromance' was on full display during the French president's visit, Trump's relationship with Merkel is unquestionably cooler. It is widely reported that during their inaugural meeting in March 2017, Trump…
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Macron Urges US Lawmakers to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal Intact

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier French President Emmanuel Macron urged lawmakers Wednesday to ensure that the United States does not to abandon the deal to restrain Iran's nuclear weapons development. "Iran shall never possess nuclear weapons, not in five years, not in 10 years, never," Macron declared in a ringing 49-minute speech to both chambers of Congress. French President Emmanuel Macron reaches out to President Donald Trump as he speaks during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. The French leader did not directly address President Donald Trump's vocal opposition to the 2015 pact. Trump is…
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EEUU: Miles de estudiantes recuerdan aniversario de tiroteo en Columbine

Voz de América Miles de estudiantes en todo Estados Unidos conmemoran el décimo noveno aniversario de la masacre en la Escuela Secundaria Columbine el viernes al abandonar las clases, en una muestra de unidad destinada a presionar a los políticos para que promulguen leyes más estrictas contra la posesión de armas. Se espera que los estudiantes de más de escuelas e instituciones salgan de clase a las 10:00 hora local, dicen los organizadores. Se les ha pedido que vistan de color naranja, un color que ha venido a representar el movimiento contra la violencia armada, y para observar un silencio…
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Informe de DDHH de EEUU destaca aumento de autoritarismo en Venezuela

Voz de América WASHINGTON — El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos dio a conocer el viernes su informe anual sobre Derechos Humanos en el cual destaca que Venezuela se está transformando cada vez más en una nación más autoritaria. El secretario de estado interino John Sullivan, presentó el documento, destacando los países del mundo que han cometido los abusos de derechos humanos más atroces, entre los cuales mencionó a Venezuela en el Hemisferio Occidental. El Informe de Seguridad Nacional Estratégica 2017, dijo Sullivan, reconoce que la gobernanza corrupta y débil amenaza la estabilidad global y los intereses de Estados Unidos.…
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Reportes: Corea del Norte suspende pruebas nucleares y de misiles

VOA News Corea del Norte suspenderá las pruebas nucleares y de misiles de inmediato y abolirá un sitio de pruebas en la parte norte del país, en un intento por buscar el crecimiento económico y la paz en la Península Coreana, anunciaron medios estatales en Pyongyang, el sábado. El líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jong Un, dijo en un comunicado que su país ya no necesita realizar ensayos nucleares o pruebas de misiles balísticos intercontinentales porque ha completado su programa de armas nucleares armas, reportó la agencia de noticias estatal Korean Central (KCNA). El presidente de Donald Trump, cuyo…
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Pompeo-Kim Meeting ‘Very Positive Sign’ for US-North Korea Talks

Christy Lee/VOA News WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo's secret visit to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "is a very positive sign" that the United States is taking "sensible and necessary steps to prepare for an eventual summit" and increasing the likelihood that a summit will take place, analysts said. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Pompeo, his nominee for secretary of state, met with Kim over Easter weekend. The meeting was part of the preparation for Trump's summit with Kim slated for late May or early June and was the first high-level meeting between a official and a…
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