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VOA 2018-04-23
04-23-2018, 10:28 PM
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VOA 2018-04-23

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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Tommie McNeil reporting.

U.S. President Donald Trump accuses former FBI director James Comey of ruining former national security adviser Michael Flynn's life while profiting financially at Flynn's expense with a newly published book about Russian meddling and more. The memos had already been seen by special counsel Robert Mueller and select members of Congress before the Justice Department release them to Congress on Thursday. Comey previously said he began keeping the memos early on in the Trump's administration, because of the tone of his meetings with the President and other administration figures. Comey wrote that during a private White House dinner in January of last year Trump asked him for his loyalty, and also expressing concern about then national security adviser Michael Flynn's judgement. XX, Washington.

To mark the anniversary of XX massacre 1999 where two school students went through the halls of their school killing others and eventually themselves, students from the February 14 mass shooting in Florida of this year helped organize national protests. The Parkland Florida massacre triggered a national grassroots campaign for more restrictive gun control laws that include recent marches in Washington and other cities. Students from more than 2,600 high schools and other institutions across the country walked out of class for protest.

The U.S. refugee agency has reported the first group of 53 Sudanese refugees living in Chad now returning to their homes, the same ones that fled the North XX more than a decade ago. The U.N. refugee agency says that it hopes that this is the first repatriation of Sudanese refugees that will trigger the voluntary return of thousands more.

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Ahead of upcoming meetings between U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon says North Korea is not imposing conditions on summits. Moon met with South Korean media executives in Seoul Thursday to discuss the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He told the executives the North Koreans have not attached any conditions to the talks that the U.S. can not accept including a withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. He also indicated the North Korea was open to discussing ending its nuclear program. Moon said the dialogue between the two Koreas must continue after the April 27 summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and the North Korea-U.S. summit, for which no date has been set. The two Koreas opened hotline telephone connection between their leaders Friday a week before the summit between Kim and Moon in the demilitarized zone. Martin Seacrest, VOA news.

A Reuters source says some rebels from the Damascus suburbs will be evacuated to eastern Syria as President XX accelerates efforts on the remaining holdouts, as XX reports. A Reuters source familiar with negotiations between the insurgents and government said some fighters will be transported out, some will go to eastern Syria where Islamic States still hold some territory and others to rebel enclaves in the northwest. One thing that is clear those missiles and airstrikes by Britain, France and the United States against XX last Saturday have had no effect in stopping him from accelerating efforts against the last rebel holdouts. Meanwhile the international inspectors sent to investigate the suspected chemical attack that triggered the western counterstrike are still yet to reach the site.

A roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in eastern XX Province killed at least five civilians and wounded more than 10 others. The victims were traveling to a district from the provincial capital Jalalabad when their passenger vehicle struck the bomb. The Taliban insurgents and militants linked to the Afghan branch of the Islamic State terrorist group operate in XX and some other districts there. The province borders Pakistan.

Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large that scientists say that it's not nearly enough. Australian scientists XX and XX estimate using trash collected on U.S. coastlines during cleanups over five years. There are nearly 7,500,000 plastic straws lying around America's shorelines alone.

I'm Tommie McNeil, VOA news.

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