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Pompeo Pledges Ongoing Support for Ukraine During Kyiv Visit

KYIV - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Friday that the Trump administration would not waver in its support for Ukraine and denied charges at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Pompeo met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday and denied allegations that vital military aid and a White House visit were conditioned on a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden's family. "It's just simply not the case. We will find the right time, we will find the appropriate opportunity (for the visit),'' Pompeo said at a press conference after a meeting with Zelenskiy. Pompeo is…
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Trump Impeachment Trial Could End Friday

VOA News A Republican senator says there is no need to call witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial because Democrats have already shown Trump’s actions are "inappropriate" but not impeachable. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said in a statement Thursday, "There is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense. ... The Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year's ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate.…
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Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies

CNN News By Nicole Chavez and Rafy Rivera, CNN Ponce, Puerto Rico (CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said. A warehouse filled with bottled water and emergency supplies was opened Saturday by residents in Ponce, Puerto Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico's Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him. Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of…
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Justices Taking up Bans on State Money to Religious Schools

VOA News By AP WASHINGTON - A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. Montana is among…
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EE.UU. extiende licencia a Chevron por tres meses para operar en Venezuela

VOA News El Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos renovó una licencia que permite a Chevron continuar operando en Venezuela durante otros tres meses, como una exención a las sanciones contra la estatal petrolera PDVSA que buscan presionar la salida del poder del presidente en disputa, Nicolás Maduro. La Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros del Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos informó que emitió la licencia general número 8E que permite a Chevron, la última gran compañía estadounidense en Venezuela, operar hasta el 22 de abril del 2020. "La licencia general no autoriza cualquier transacción o trato relacionado con…
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Puerto Rico: Cesan a jefe de emergencias por suministros

Photo: La escuela pública Agripina Seda se ve parcialmente derruida tras un terremoto en Guánica, Puerto Rico, el 7 de enero de 2020. (AP Foto/Carlos Giusti) VOA News By AP SAN JUAN — La gobernadora de Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, despidió el sábado al comisionado del Negociado para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres (NMEAD) tras el hallazgo de un almacén lleno de agua embotellada, camas plegables y otros suministros sin utilizar en momentos en que la isla pasa apuros para recuperarse de un fuerte sismo. Vázquez dijo que la inacción de Carlos Acevedo era inaceptable ante los sacrificios…
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House Outlines Impeachment Case; Trump Team Has Fiery Answer

VOA News By Associated Press President Donald Trump's legal team issued a fiery response ahead of opening arguments in his impeachment trial Saturday while House Democrats laid out their case in forceful fashion, saying the president had ``abandoned his oath`` and betrayed the public ; The dueling statements previewed arguments both sides intend to make once Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday. Both sides are seeking to make their case for a Republican-led Senate and for an American public bracing for a presidential election in 10 ; The House's 111-page brief pulls together the private and public testimony of a…
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National Archives Removes Exhibit With Altered Images of Women’s March

VOA News by Reuters WASHINGTON - The National Archives, home to foundational documents such as the Bill of Rights, apologized Saturday for altering images critical of President Donald Trump at an exhibit on women's fight for voting rights and said it had removed the ; The entrance to the Washington exhibit had featured interlaced photographs of a 1913 women’s suffrage march and the Women's March that took place on January 21, 2017, each visible from a different angle. In the 2017 photograph, the word "Trump" had been blurred in at least two signs carried by demonstrators, including one that originally read "God Hates Trump."  The word "vagina" and other anatomical references…
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Gun Rights Activists Scheduled to Rally Monday in Virginia

By VOA News A major gun rights rally is scheduled for Monday in the capital of the southeastern state of Virginia. Thousands of pro-gun activists, included armed militia members, are expected to gather in Richmond at a time when Democrats have full control of the state legislature for the first time in a generation. Democratic lawmakers have made passing tougher gun control laws a central campaign theme. The Virginia Senate approved legislation late Thursday requiring background checks on all firearm sales and limiting handgun purchases to one a month. The senate also passed a bill to restore local government right to…
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Trump Dismisses Dispute Over Whether Possible Soleimani Attack Was Imminent

VOA News By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed as irrelevant questions about how imminent a threat Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani posed to American interests in the Middle East when Trump ordered a drone strike that killed him. Trump offered no evidence supporting his claim that Soleimani was about to blow up four embassies, after key officials declined Sunday to say they had seen such a specific threat. On Twitter, Trump said the mainstream news media and "their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was…
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