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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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Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’ Found Guilty in US Drug Trial

Photo FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017, file photo, provided by law enforcement, authorities escort Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, from a plane to a waiting caravan of SUVs at Long Island MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, VOA News Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking and related charges at a trial in New York. The jury convicted Guzman Tuesday after six days of deliberations on all ten counts against him and now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. The end of the three-month trial marks the end of…
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Fewer Feel the Love This Valentine’s Day

VOA News/Dora Mekouar Fewer Americans appear to be celebrating Valentine's Day now as opposed to a decade ago. The National Retail Federation says that 10 years ago, more than 60 percent of adults planned to celebrate the day that's dedicated to love, but that number has dropped to just over half in 2019. Valentine's Day, which is celebrated every Feb. 14, is a day when people show their affection for another person or people by gifting them with cards, flowers, sweets or some other expression of love or appreciation. In 2009, 72 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 34…
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Trump Unhappy with Border Barrier Deal Lawmakers Crafted

VOA News/Michael Bowman & Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not pleased with the agreement lawmakers reached for limited new barrier construction along the border, but that he does not foresee another partial government shutdown over the dispute. "I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," Trump told a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "It's not doing the trick." Yet the leader suggested he would sign legislation that includes $ billion to build 88 kilometers of new fencing at the border, about a quarter of the $ billion he wanted for a wall. The…
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Trump Speech Stokes Allies’ Fears Over US Troop Withdrawal

VOA News/Henry Ridgwell allies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement of a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to be held later this month in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang. The planned meeting was the major foreign policy announcement Tuesday in President Trump’s State of the Union address. He said the rapprochement with Pyongyang, which began with a summit in Singapore last June, was a major success of his presidency. “Nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump told lawmakers and…
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US Lawmakers Address Global Concerns Ahead of Trump Speech

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — From Russia to Venezuela, lawmakers highlighted weighty global concerns and American foreign-policy challenges on the eve of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to Congress. A top Democrat on Monday savaged Trump's handing of matters on the world stage. "Tomorrow, the president will say, predictably, that the state of our union is strong," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said. "But the truth is … the state of the president's foreign policy is incoherent, inconsistent, cynical in the extreme, and has undermined American power and our national interest." Schumer added, "Russia,…
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White House Defends Trump ‘Executive Time’

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — White House officials are expressing anger after an insider leaked months of President Donald Trump’s private schedules. The release of the information is a “disgraceful breach of trust,” according to Madeleine Westerhout, the director of Oval Office operations. In a tweet, Westerhout said what the documents do not show “are the hundreds of calls and meetings” the president takes every day. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is also pushing back on the assessment that the schedules reveal the majority of Trump’s time is spent in unstructured "executive time" – reinforcing the image the president…
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US Jury to Start Deliberations in ‘El Chapo’ Drug Smuggling Case

VOA News After hearing nearly three months of testimony, a New York jury is set Monday to begin deliberations in the drug-smuggling case against infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The jurors heard testimony from more than 50 prosecution witnesses about the 61-year-old Guzman's rise to power as head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Prosecutors allege that he oversaw the smuggling of 200 tons of cocaine into the United States over two decades and was responsible for a wave of killings in turf battles with other cartels. He is perhaps best known for escaping twice from Mexican prisons…
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