Trump Sets Immigration Speech, Trip to US-Mexico Border

  VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas President Donald Trump says he is addressing the nation Tuesday about the "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the country's border before traveling there Thursday for a firsthand look at efforts to thwart illegal immigration. Trump announced the prime-time nationally televised address Monday shortly after news secretary Sarah Sanders said the leader would "meet with those on the frontlines" of controlling access across the 3,200-kilometer border with Mexico. She said more details of the trip would be announced soon. Trump's visit to the border would come in the midst of what is now…
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US: Airstrike Killed Alleged USS Cole Attack Mastermind

VOA News military officials have confirmed that a airstrike last week killed one of the alleged masterminds of the USS Cole bombing which killed 17 sailors in 2000. "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi," Trump tweeted Sunday, adding that efforts against al-Qaida will continue. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!," he said. military officials said a precision airstrike in Yemen’s Marib governorate Tuesday targeted al-Badawi, one of six al-Qaida operatives…
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US: No Abrupt Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

VOA News National Security Adviser John Bolton is due to hold talks Monday in Turkey as the Trump administration seeks assurances that Turkish forces will not target Kurdish fighters allied with American forces. The visit to Turkey comes a day after Bolton said protection for the Kurdish fighters who have helped battle Islamic State militants was one of the necessary conditions for a withdrawal of its 2,000 troops in Syria. "We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum so they don't endanger our…
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Talks to End US Government Shutdown to Continue Sunday

VOA News WASHINGTON — White House officials and congressional aides will meet again Sunday to continue discussions about how to end the partial government shutdown that has affected hundreds of thousands of federal workers and caused delays and inconvenience for Americans. The shutdown has entered its third week. The crux of the discussions is border security. President Donald Trump is adamant that he wants $ billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico to block undocumented migrants trying to enter the Congressional Democrats have vowed not to give the leader any money for the wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…
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US Delegation Arrives in Beijing for Trade Talks

VOA News A trade delegation has arrived in Beijing. The group is in China to hold two days of talks, beginning Monday, focusing on how best to carry out an agreement reached by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to postpone new tariff hikes. On December 1, the two leaders agreed to complete talks about technology, intellectual property and cyber theft issues within 90 days, and hold off on new tariffs in the meantime. officials have said that if the talks fail to produce a satisfactory agreement Washington will increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from…
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Mexico Demands US Investigate Use of Force Against Migrants

VOA News Mexico has formally asked the United States for an "an exhaustive investigation" into a Jan. 1 incident in which agents fired non-lethal weapons into Mexico to stop migrants from breaching the border. In a statement released Thursday, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said it lamented any violent acts along its border and repeated its call for an investigation into a similar incident on Nov. 25. A migrant with his face shaded white after receiving a treatment against tear gas, looks at the border fence as he attempts to get into the side to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico,…
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House Passes Funds to Re-Open Government, Not for Wall

VOA News WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are scheduled to meet late Friday morning at the White House to discuss how to end the government shutdown that has entered its third meeting comes a day after a new group of lawmakers was sworn into office in what is now a Democratically led House of Representatives. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, left, walks with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, , as Democratic leaders including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at right, arrive to speak to the media after meeting with President Donald Trump, Thursday night, the House…
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Partial US Government Shutdown in 13th Day, with No End in Sight

VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier The partial government shutdown is in its 13th day, with no end in sight after President Donald Trump and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement on how to reopen shuttered agencies. "The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump claimed Thursday in a Twitter comment. "The Democrats know they can't win based on all of the achievements of 'Trump,' so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security - and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!" About a quarter of government agencies remained closed, with uncollected trash piling up at some…
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White House Talks: No Progress on Government Shutdown

VOA News The new Democrat-led House of Representatives is expected to approve bills Thursday to end a partial government shutdown. The Republican leader of the Senate says he will not bring the measures to a vote. President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to keep the shutdown going “as long as it takes” to get border wall financing Democrats do not support. That is the state of the shutdown after Trump invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday and the two sides came no closer to agreeing on a resolution. They plan to try again with another meeting Friday. The…
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US Clergy Abuse Survivors Demand Inclusion in Vatican Reforms

Agence France-Presse CHICAGO — Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old. More than five decades later, the 61-year-old stood Wednesday in front of a throng of news cameras outside the downtown Chicago headquarters of the Catholic archdiocese in this sprawling American city, and demanded the church listen to survivors. "They've counted on our silence," Marchant said. "The horror of what happened to each of us needs to be out and spoken." Marchant was joined by leaders of two survivors' advocacy groups who sent an open letter to…
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