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Published Date : 2019-09-15T09:47:20.000Z

VOA News for Sunday, September 15th, 2019 This is VOA news. I’m Tommy McNeil. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saturday accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants that have cut the kingdom's output roughly in half as he ruled out Yemeni involvement and denounced Tehran for engaging in false diplomacy. Yemen's Houthi militia military spokesman Colonel Yahya Sarea claimed responsibility for the drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities and vowed to increase them if Saudi coalition forces continued their strikes on targets inside Yemen. He says the attacks are a response to what he called the on-going crimes of blockade and aggression on Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition began battling the Houthis 5 years ago. Edward Yeranian for VOA news, Cairo. It’s been a rocky week in Afghanistan peace talks, and NATO’s operational commander said allies “anticipate increased violence” on the ground as Afghan presidential elections inch closer. U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe(SACEUR), told a small group of reporters that Afghan elections “probably won’t be perfect,” but the 29-member North Atlantic alliance will “plan and execute to the ends of the Earth” to try to make the September 28 vote as safe as possible. British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chairman of NATO’s military chiefs, added Saturday that there was “no division” on that particuliar commitment. There's a watchful eye on the latest tropical storm to develop. A storm that has spared already reeling Bahamas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says that Humberto is set to become a hurricane in coming days. It did force officials to suspend aid efforts and close airports Saturday, in the Bahamas as it grapples to recover from the devastation by hurricane Dorian. This is VOA news. The White House says that US counterterrorism operation killed the son of the late al Qaida leader, Osama bin laden. AP correspondent Ben Thomas. The White House statement, issued in President Trump's name, says the operation was carried out in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region but offers no further details. American officials though, have said there are indications that the CIA, not the US military, conducted the strike. The CIA itself has declined comment. A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, tells the AP, Hamzah bin Laden, was killed in the past 18 months. The White House statement says Hamzah bin Laden's death deprives al-Qaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father and undermines important operational activities of the group. Ben Thomas, Washington. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, said Saturday he was seeking the support of US lawmakers with the demands of his fellow protesters who’ve led months of street demonstrations, including a call for free elections. Reuters has more. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong will visit Washington, DC, this week to ask for bipartisan support from US lawmakers. Wong, who has been at the forefront of this year's protest, told Reuters on Saturday their fight will continue through the anniversary of China's founding on October 1st. China has accused foreign powers, especially the United States, of fueling the unrest. A relatively small crowd, just thousands of mourners, filled about one third of Zimbabwe's national sports stadium to give a final public send off to former President Robert Mugabe. VOA’s Anita Powell reports. The flag-draped coffin had arrived, followed by black-clad family members, their heads bowed. Military members stood rigid and proud. All of the pomp and circumstance one would expect at the memorial for a man hailed as an African icon was in place Saturday for the final public sendoff for Robert Mugabe. There was just one thing missing. A crowd. Because, for the man known as the father of his nation, very few of Mugabe’s 16 million "children" showed up for his final public sendoff Saturday at Harare’s National Sports Stadium. Many Zimbabwians blame him for driving the nation’s once strong economy, into the ground. Many back here for the poor showing on Saturday. Anita Powell, VOA news, Harare. Find more at VOAnews.com. I'm Tommy McNeil, VOA news.
    

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Published Date : 2019-09-09T08:25:38.000Z

VOA News for Monday, September 9th, 2019 This is VOA news. I’m Tommy McNeil. Reactions and questions about the fate of the 10tative peace agreement that had been reached between the US and Taliban, President Trump did an about face with Taliban and Afghan leaders. More from VOA's Rush Ara Bashadi(sic). Plans to end America's longest running war have hit a wall. Thursday in Kabul, a car bomb killed 12 people, including an American soldier. Secretary of State Mike Pompeii says he supports the decision to call off US-Taliban Taliban talks, “-got to get it right -got to protect American national security interests so the terror can never strike again from Afghanistan. At the same time reduce America's treasure and blood that we've given for now almost 2 decades.” The US has for months been meeting with the Taliban to broker a peace deal between the 2 while eyeing a withdrawal of American forces. Meanwhile the Taliban increased attacks since reaching an in-principle draft agreement. President Donald Trump tweeted he canceled secret peace talks at Camp David just days before the 8eenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Rashaw Bashadi(sic), VOA news, Washington Iranian oil tanker at the center of a major diplomatic dispute with the United States has sold its cargo in violation of international sanctions, according to Iran. The news came out for via Iranian state-news media. The tanker was carrying !2,100,000 barrels of Iranian crude oil. The ship was detained by British marines off Gibraltar in July suspected of violating European Union sanctions against oil sales to Syria. Since then, US has pursued the tanker, trying to offer a multi-million bribe to its captain to turn over the ship and issued sanctions against the crew. Also, Sunday an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman hinted that Iran might soon release the British flag tanker seized by Iran in what many saw as a retaliatory move. This is VOA news.
    

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Published Date : 2019-09-15T22:27:36.000Z

Hong Kong police fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters as they threw petrol bombs, broke windows and trashed a subway station, Sunday, September 16. ––––––––– READ MORE: Anti-government protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong again on Sunday, with demonstrators hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at authorities who responded with volleys of tear gas and blasts of blue-dyed water fired from water cannons. Some of the thousands of protesters threw bricks at police outside the Chinese People's Liberation Army base and tore down and set fire to a banner proclaiming the 70th anniversary of the October 1 founding of the People's Republic of China. ––––––––– LINK: https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/hong-kong-demonstrators-clash-police-99th-day-protests
    

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Published Date : 2019-09-13T10:34:25.000Z

VOA News for Friday, September 13th, 2019 This is VOA news, I’m Tommie McNeil. The 10 leading US democratic contenders stood unified in their goal to unseat President Donald Trump from the White House but highlighted their differences during their third debate Thursday night on ABC news. Sharing the debate stage for the first time were front runners Vice President Joe Biden, US senators Elizabeth Warner and Bernie Sanders. VOA’s Jim Malone. At one point there was a clash between South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, over whether Democrats should attack one another. “-everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington and -scoring points against each other -poking at each other.” All ten of the contenders onstage for Thursday's debate on ABC, have also qualified for the next debate in mid-October, along with billionaire environmental activist, Tom Styler. Jim Malone, VOA news, Washington. And while the Democrats were debating, President Trump listed his administration's accomplishments in a speech to House Republicans. AP correspondent Tim McGuire has details. In a speech to Republicans meeting in Baltimore, President Trump touted wins, including the tax cut, higher military spending and cuts in regulations. He also talked about what he sees as opposition from more than just Democrats, “-and the media. It's as if their one, because they are one, they're working together, they’re colluding and their obstructing.” Trump also slammed energy efficient light bulbs, not just because of the cost, “-the lights so good- I always look orange.” Trump highlighted this weeks special congressional election wins in North Carolina, telling Republicans he expected them to take back the house next year. I'm Tim McGuire. This is VOA news. China on Thursday extended the latest gesture of goodwill in the ongoing trade dispute with the United States as the world's 2 largest economies prepare for high level trade talks. The Chinese commerce ministry spokesman said that that China was looking into purchasing US agricultural goods such as pork, and soybeans. He said that the China welcomes goodwill action from President Trump and the administration and that China hopes the two sides will continue to create favorable conditions for the trade negotiations. On Wednesday, President Trump announced he was postponing tariffs on $250,000,000,000 in Chinese goods from October 1st to October 15th. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denies a report that Israel set up spying devices near the White House saying it's a complete fabrication. A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Washington also denied the report by the Washington-based news site Politico. Their VOA Israel doesn't conduct espionage operations in the United States- period. Later, Thursday, US President Trump appeared to agree with the Israelis. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn, the President said, I don't believe that Israel would deploy surveillance technology outside the White House.”
    

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Published Date : 2019-09-08T09:05:19.000Z

VOA News for Sunday, September 8th, 2019 Thanks to http://gandalf.ddo.jp This is VOA news. I'm Gene Randall. Hong Kong leaders are limiting transportation services to the city's airport today, trying to prevent destructive pro-democracy demonstrations. Air travelers are acting accordingly. “My wife’s flight is at midnight, by the afternoon it might be stopped the at what expense side we come earlier-- about a hour.” Some pro-democracy leaders want more protests even though earlier this week Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam announced the formal withdrawal of an extradition to China bill, a proposed measure that initially sparked months of political turmoil in the streets of China's semi-autonomous territory. Violence broke out late Friday in Hong Kong after demonstrators besieged a police station and a subway stop Hong Kong police used tear gas and rubber bullets against them. A prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine is under way, according to AFP, the French news agency. The swap apparently means freedom for the 24 Ukrainian sailors apprehended when Russia seized their ship off the coast of Crimea last year. Charles Maynes reports for VOA in Moscow. Early Saturday, buses were seen leaving Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison, and a Ukrainian state plane arrived at Vnukovo airport in the Russian capital. But the exact number, list and timing of the prisoner exchange is not yet known. The leaders of both countries have insisted a large scale trade was imminent in recent days. “ -in the coming days we will jointly make an announcement as we agreed with the authorities in Ukraine,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin while addressing the prisoner exchange issue at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok on Thursday. That was Charles Maynes in Moscow, reporting for VOA. To stay up to date on all the day's news you can always go to our website VOAnews.com, there is also a mobile app. From Washington, this is VOA news. The head of Iran's atomic energy organization says Tehran has begun using its arrays of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium beyond the limits of the 2015 6-nation nuclear agreement, a pact US President Donald Trump abandoned last year. We get a report from AP correspondent Zharia Shackley(sic). The comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi signal a further cut into the one year experts estimate Tehran would need to have a enough material for building a nuclear weapon if it chose to pursue one. Iran maintains its program is peaceful. Iran already has breached the stockpile and enrichment level limits set by the deal, while stressing it could quickly revert back to the terms of the accord if Europe finds a way for it to sell its crude oil abroad despite crushing U.S. sanctions. The accord saw Iran limits its enrichment of uranium in exchange for sanctions relief. I'm Zharia Shackley(sic). The Indian space research organization says it lost contact today with its Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft minutes before a module was to make a critical touch down on the surface of the moon. Millions of people in India stayed up all night to watch live images of the planned soft landing that was to place the lander on the unexplored South Pole of the moon around 2:00 AM local time. K. Sivan is the chief of the space organization, "the Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed, up to--. Subsequently, communication from lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed." Chandrayaan-2 entered the moon's orbit on August 20th after a 6-week journey from earth. Success would have made in the only the fourth country other than the United States, Russia and China to put a space craft on the moon and the third to operate a robotic rover on the lunar surface. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's said despite the setback he was proud of his country’s space scientists. Britain's House of Lords has approved a bill designed to prevent the country leaving the European Union next month without a divorce agreement. Here's AP correspondent Charles de Ledesma. Parliaments unelected Upper Chamber, has voted for the bill which has already been passed by the elected House of Commons. The law, backed by opposition lawmakers and conservative rebels, compels Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to ask the EU to postpone Brexit if no divorce agreement is in place by October 19th. It will become law within days once it gets the formality of royal assent. Johnson has maintained Britain must leave the block on the currently scheduled date of October 31, even if there is no deal. Charles de Ledesma, London. More news at VOAnews.com. There is also with the a news mobile app for your listening convenience. Gene Randall, VOA news.
    

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Published Date : 2019-09-15T15:33:38.000Z

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were on Hong Kong's streets Sunday, including Causeway Bay, Hong Kong's famous shopping district. The weekend demonstrations have continued for three months despite the Hong Kong government's promise to withdraw extradition legislation that sparked the protests. Dissenters have since broadened their demands for the direct election of their leaders and police accountability. The protesters saw the bill that would have allowed some Hong Kong criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial as an example of the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. More than 1,300 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began in early June. The increasingly violent demonstrations have further damaged Hong Kong's economy, which had already been weakened by the U.S.-China trade war. Earlier Sunday, demonstrators gathered outside the British consulate where they sang "God Save the Queen." https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/hong-kong-protesters-police-clash

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