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‘Hundreds’ of Syrian Refugees Denied Admission to US, Officials Say

Steve Hernan VOA News STATE DEPARTMENT—Seven percent of all screened Syrian refugees seeking to resettle in the United States this year have been denied approval, and 13 percent of the cases have been put on hold, government officials said Friday. The screening process, which has faced domestic criticism, is “rigorous and exhaustive,” said Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration. Highly trained officers conduct the screening to ensure that applicants aren't terrorists, said León Rodriguez, director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. “Hundreds have been denied,” Rodriguez told reporters…
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Politics

Trump Admits He Was Wrong on US Cash to Iran

VOA News Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has admitted that he was wrong in claiming to have seen video of a cash payment being delivered to Iran on the same day that Iran released four Americans it had detained. Trump, who extensively uses social media, has been expressing outrage about the money, which some Republicans called a ransom following media reports this week. Follow Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran! 6:39 AM - 5 Aug 2016 The Obama…
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US Denies $400 Million to Tehran was Ransom Payment

VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the "does not pay ransom" amid criticism of the Obama administration's payment of $400 million in cash to Iran on the same day Tehran released four American hostages. officials said the airlifting of $400 million in foreign currencies to Iran in January was to partially settle a decades-old dispute over an aborted arms deal. But critics, especially those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, have termed it a ransom payment. Marco Rubio Congressional criticism Florida senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the deal was "just unreal". House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce…
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