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US Security Chiefs Express Alarm About Election Meddling

VOA News/Steve Herman Just hours after top national security leaders made a rare joint appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday to express concern about efforts by Russia and potentially others to meddle in upcoming elections, President Donald Trump made an appearance at a rally where he seemed to be unable to come down hard on Russian President Vladimir Putin, even in the face of the mounting evidence of Russian election interference. “I got along great with Putin,” Trump said at the rally. Trump again accused the media of writing fake news, calling media reports of Russian interference in…
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US Objects to China’s Internet Restrictions

VOA News The "remains deeply concerned with China's long-standing restrictions on freedom of expression online," a State Department official said Thursday, reacting to Google's reported plan to relaunch its search engine in China. "We strongly object to all efforts by China to force companies to block or censor online content as a condition for market access," the official said. Google shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, citing government attempts to "limit free speech on the web." But a company whistle-blower who spoke to the online publication The Intercept said Google was in the advanced stages of launching a…
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US Presses Turkey to Release Detained US Pastor

VOA/Cindy Saine Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his Turkish counterpart Friday in an effort to obtain the release of Andrew Brunson, a detained pastor who Turkey accuses of backing terrorism. The Trump administration has placed sanctions on Turkish officials because of Brunson’s detention. Turkey says the sanctions are unacceptable. Pompeo and Mevlut Cavusoglu met on the sidelines of a meeting of regional ministers in Singapore. Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey, July 25, 2018. An American pastor who had been jailed in Turkey for over 18…
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Trump Touts Strong 2nd Quarter US Economic Growth

VOA News/William Gallo President Donald Trump touted the economy's strong second quarter performance Friday, saying "we're on track to hit the highest annual average growth rate in over 13 years." The economy grew at a annualized rate in the second quarter, its fastest pace in nearly four years, the Commerce Department reported Friday. "As the trade deals come in one-by-one, we're going to go a lot higher than these numbers, and these are great numbers," Trump told reporters outside the White House. Trump said the economy is on a growth track of more than three percent this year, and noted…
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Justice Dept.: US to Reunite All Eligible Immigrant Families by Deadline

VOA News officials say they expect to reunite all eligible children who had been separated from their parents after entering the country illegally by Thursday’s court-ordered deadline (0700 UTC Friday). The Justice Department said in a court filing Thursday afternoon in San Diego that more than 1,400 children 5 years old and older had been reunited so far. It said 378 were released in what it calls “appropriate circumstances,” meaning they were turned over to sponsors who can properly care for them. But 700 children are still in government custody and their fates are uncertain. Many of their parents have…
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US Plane Lands in South Korea With War Remains

VOA News A military plane brought back 55 cases of remains North Korea says are of service members killed in the Korean War more than six decades ago, the White House confirmed in a statement late Thursday. “A Air Force C-17 aircraft containing remains of fallen service members has departed Wonsan, North Korea,” the White House statement said. “It is accompanied by service members from United Nations Command Korea and technical experts from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The C-17 is transferring the remains to Osan Air Base (near Seoul), where a formal repatriation ceremony will be held on August…
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Deadline Passes for Reuniting Immigrant Parents, Children

VOA News The court-ordered deadline has passed for officials to reunite all eligible children who were separated from their parents after entering the country. officials said they expected to reunite all eligible children who had been separated from their parents after entering the country illegally by Thursday’s court-ordered deadline (0700 UTC Friday). It was not immediately clear if that goal was met. The Justice Department said in a court filing Thursday afternoon in San Diego that more than 1,400 children 5 years old and older had been reunited so far. Also 378 were released in what it calls “appropriate circumstances,”…
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Mexico President-Elect Writes to Trump About Migration, NAFTA

VOA News Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent a letter to President Donald Trump, seeking to initiate "a new stage in the relationship" of the two countries and to make progress in the areas of "trade, migration, development and security." Lopez Obrador handed the seven-page letter to a delegation that visited the country on July 13. Marcelo Ebrard, foreign minister-designate, read the letter to reporters on Sunday, and said Trump had received the letter. In the letter, Lopez Obrador said Mexico is home to the largest number of Americans living outside the and "the United States is the largest home…
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Trump Warns Iranian President ‘Never Threaten the US’

VOA News President Donald Trump has warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to "never threaten the United States," in a Twitter comment that came shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech critical of Iran's leaders. "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" Trump posted late Sunday. He appeared to be responding to reports earlier in the day quoting Rouhani…
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Pompeo to VOA: US Won’t Allow Russian Questioning of Former US Ambassador

VOA News/Nike Ching STATE DEPARTMENT — The has no intention of allowing Russia to question Michael McFaul, Washington's former ambassador to Moscow and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told VOA on Thursday. "It’s not going to happen," the top diplomat said in an interview at the State Department. Pompeo said Putin "made a proposal about a number of things during the course of the conversation" he had Monday at his Helsinki summit with President Donald Trump. "There were suggestions, comments, thoughts by President Putin with respect to that inquiry," Pompeo told VOA. "President…
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