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VOA 2018-04-20
04-23-2018, 10:23 PM
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VOA 2018-04-20

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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting.

America's former first lady Barbara Bush has died at age 92. A family statement says she died Tuesday evening with her family close by. The family has given few details in her health but said she suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She recently declined to seek further medical treatment as her condition worsen in recent days. She was the wife of former President George H W Bush and the mother of ex-President George W Bush and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

President Trump said Tuesday the talks are underway to plan a meeting between him and North Korea leader Kim Jeong-eun. The President is not saying whether he himself has talked with Kim but during a meeting with Japan's leader in Florida says his administrations and discussions with Pyongyang. We have had direct talks at very high levels extremely high levels. He says he's hoping to meet Kim Jeong-eun by early June. The President says he's also giving his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decades-long war, and is taking credit for the Korea's talking at all. XX, Washington.

One passenger was killed and seven injured when the engine on a south-west airline flight failed on Tuesday. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board have not said what cause of the female passenger's death was. But witnesses said engine part hit a window, and the passenger was almost sucked out of the jet before pilots were able to make an emergency landing. This is the first fatality on a commercial flight in the U.S. since 2009.

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There was confusion Tuesday whether a team of international experts had arrived in the Syrian city of Douma to determine whether chemical weapons were used in an attack there ten days ago. Syrian state TV and the White Helmets Volunteer rescue group said separately that a fact fighting team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had come to Douma. But a U.S. State Department spokeswoman contradicted those reports on Tuesday afternoon.

The U.N. Refugee Agency says a sharp increase in intercommunal violence in central Mali has forced about 3,000 people to flee for their lives to XX over the past few weeks. Correspondent Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from U.N. HCR headquarters in Geneva. The U.N Refugee Agency warns intercommunal violence is on the rise between the XX and XX communities in the XX area of central Mali. Since February, it says dozens of people have been killed at homes and other properties destroyed as clashes between the two groups have increased. U.N. HCR spokesman XX says his agency fears more people will flee as extremist and intercommunal violence escalates. Lisa Schlein, for VOA news, Geneva.

The new U.N. representative for Yemen Martin XX warns the Security Council Tuesday that reports of a possible military operation under a major urban center and a key sea port could ruin any hopes of ending the country's civil war.

A large American coffee company is going to educate its 175,000 employees to try to prevent more excessive discrimination. AP correspondent XX reports. Starbucks says it will close its more than 8,000 stores in the Unites States for several hours the afternoon of May 29th for racial vice training. The coffee chain says its 175,000 employees will take part. The move comes to meet rising anger over the arrests last week of two black men employees trying to reject from Starbucks in FXX. CEO XX met with the men to apologize. He's called their arrests reprehensible. Company says the employees who called police on them no longer works there. XX, New York.

And our top story of the hour: America's former first lady Barbara Bush has died. She was 92 years old. She's the mother of former President George W Bush, the country's 43th President, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and the wife of former President George H W Bush.

You can find more on these and other late breaking and developing stories from around the world, around the clock, at From the world headquarters of the Voice of America in Washington, I'm Christopher Cruise, VOA news.

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