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VOA 2018-04-14
04-16-2018, 05:19 PM
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VOA 2018-04-14

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From Washington, this is VOA news. I am Liz Parker reporting.

Washington officials continue to response to the United States President Donald Trump's twitter warnings Wednesday. Senior Russian lawmaker X said Trump's tweets reflect dangerously likeminded approach to critical situation. Trump tweeted missiles will be coming in response to Syria's suspected chemical attack. White House press secretary Sarah Hxxx Sanders was asked what the president meant at Wednesday's briefingļ¼š
Is the United States planning to target Russian assets, personnel in Syria as part of attack. President self said 'is coming - our missiles are coming.' What did he mean?
We are maintaining that we have number of options, and all those options still on the table, final decisions haven't been made yet on that front.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called government ministers to a Thursday meeting on Syria, which media reports said was likely to lead to London joining a military response to the suspected chemical attack in Syria. A spokesman for May said on Wednesday that the previously unscheduled meeting would focus on Syria.

A military transport plane crushed just after kick off in Algeria Wednesday. The crush killed 257 people in the worst aviation disaster in the north Africa nation history, plunging the country into mourning. Soldiers, their family members and a group of 30 people returning to refugee camps from hospitals stays in Algeria's capital died in the morning crush.

A German humanitarian worker was kidnapped Wednesday in western Niger near the border with Mali. That's according to Niger's attorney general. The official said armed men on motorcycles kidnapped X. Germany's foreign ministry has not yet responded.

This is VOA news.

The World Health Organization is demanding immediate unhindered access to victims of suspect chemical attack on the Syrian town of Dxxx. The WHO said it has received reports from its partners on the ground. There dozens of people have died, and estimated 500 people are showing symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. Here's more from VOA's Liza Schlein:
WHO spokesman X tells VOA the agency cannot verify reports of use of toxic substances last Saturday in Dxxx, because the WHO has no direct access to the area. He does say however the information WHO has received comes from national and international health partners with whom it has worked for years. X says these reports indicate the general population was exposed to toxic agents. Liza Schlein for VOA news, Geneva.

UN judges Wednesday found former Serbian deputy prime minister X guilty on appeal of crimes against humanity. But the firebrand politician will remain a free man because of times already served behind bars. X told AFP after the ruling that he was proud of the crimes he was convicted of, including inciting persecution, and willing to do the same again. The presiding judge sentence X to 10 years in prison at a hearing in the Hague.

After weathering heated questions from 2 Senate panels, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned capital hill Wednesday to face more questions from lawmakers about the social media platform transparency and user's privacy. Zuckerberg saying he believes it is inevitable there will be regulation of his industry. Here is exchange between representative X and CEO:
Someone urge that more regulatory environment might ultimately stifle new platforms, and innovators, some might describe as desperately needed competition.
on your point of regulation, the internet is growing importance around world, in people's lives, and I think it's inevitable that it will need to be some regulation. So my opposition is not there should be no regulation, but I also think that you have to be careful about what regulation you put in place.
Facebook has been reeling from its worst ever privacy failure. It comes after revelations last month that political data mining firm Cambridge Analytica which was affiliated with Trump's 2016 campaign improperly scooped up data on about 87 million users.

House representative speaker Paul Ryon will not run for reelection this November.

We have full coverage on I am Liza Parker reporting from Washington.

That's the latest world news from VOA.
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