Trump: ‘Spying’ Investigation by Barr Not Requested by Me

Posted: May 14, 2019, 7:24 pm

Trump: 'Spying' Investigation by Barr Not Requested by Me President Donald Trump listens to a question from a member of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 14, 2019. President Donald Trump says he did not order Attorney General William Barr to launch another investigation into the origin of the Mueller probe, but says he is glad Barr did.
“No, I didn't ask him to do that. I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it,” Trump shouted to reporters on the White House lawn.
He again called the Mueller report a “hoax,” even if he previously said it exonerates him of allegations that he and his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to oversee the new investigation into the beginnings of the Mueller probe.
FILE – John Durham speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., April 25, 2006. ..

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Uganda Police Arrest Musician-Opposition Lawmaker ‘Bobi Wine’

Posted: April 23, 2019, 12:00 pm

Uganda Police Arrest Musician-Opposition Lawmaker 'Bobi Wine' FILE – Ugandan musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, holds a news conference at his home near Kampala, Sept. 24, 2018. WAKISO, UGANDA — Ugandan musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name Bobi Wine, has called for peaceful demonstrations after police on Tuesday refused to allow him to leave his home.
On a Facebook post Tuesday, Kyagulanyi wrote that his home in Wakiso district, near the capital of Kampala, “is under siege. [Police] have surrounded my fence and installed barricades on all roads leading to my home.”
Kyagulanyi said that he had been headed to police headquarters to give notice of a “planned peaceful demonstration against police brutality, injustice and misuse of authority” but that he and his laywers “were blocked from delivering the letter and were ordered to leave or face arrest.” In response, his post urged defiance: “We shall go ..

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US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers

Posted: March 26, 2019, 12:31 pm

US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers a question during a news conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Department of State in Washington. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration’s ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don’t.
Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the Organization of America States because at least two of its agencies are allegedly lobbying for abortion availability in the Western Hemisphere.
Pompeo said the administration was committed to protecting “the sanctity of life” in the United States and abroad and would enforce the policy “to the broadest extent possible” by not allowing foreign non-governmental organizations to skirt the ban.
“We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign..

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Young Muslims Celebrate with First Somali-American in Congress

Posted: January 4, 2019, 1:39 pm

Young Muslims Celebrate with First Somali-American in Congress House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from left, poses during a ceremonial swearing-in with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., second from right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 3, 2019. On Thursday, the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were sworn into office, as inspired young Muslim Americans and refugees watched closely.
In the evening, a group of young Muslim men and women from Minnesota, Ohio and the Washington metropolitan area, were buzzing about the news as they gathered at an event in McLean, Virginia to celebrate Omar's journey from Somali refugee to U.S. congresswoman.
At the event, Omar told the celebrating crowd the story of her arrival in the United States from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya 23 years ago.
Suud Olat, 28, a Somali-American, journalist and a refugee advocate, came to the U.S. five years ago as a refugee, escaping ..

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US Launches New Strategy for Africa

Posted: December 14, 2018, 2:20 am

The Trump administration has unveiled a new strategy for Africa that's focused on countering Chinese and Russian influence on the resource-rich continent. And the administration is demanding more accountability for American aid. Patsy Widakuswara has more from the White House.

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US to Reorient Trade Deals, Aid to Africa

Posted: December 13, 2018, 9:43 am

US to Reorient Trade Deals, Aid to Africa The Trump administration has unveiled a new strategy toward Africa, saying that U.S. interests and priorities must come first in all dealings with the continent.
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton outlined at the new strategy in Washington Thursday.
He said trade and commercial ties must benefit both the U.S. and African countries. And he said the U.S. will no longer provide “indiscriminate aid” and will no longer support “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable U.N. peacekeeping missions.”
“We will target U.S. funding toward key countries and particular strategic objectives. All U.S. aid on the continent will advance U.S. interests, and help African nations move toward self-reliance,” Bolton told an audience at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
FILE – National security adviser John Bolton speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing at the White House. China
Part of Bolton's speech dealt with Chi..

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Rwandan Dissident Draws US Congressional Support

Posted: November 28, 2018, 4:59 pm

Rwandan Dissident Draws US Congressional Support FILE – Diane Rwigara, a prominent critic of Rwanda's president Paul Kagame, is escorted by police officers into a courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda, Oct. 11, 2017. U.S. congressional lawmakers are pressing Rwanda's government against incarcerating dissident politician Diane Rwigara, who faces up to 22 years in prison after being convicted of inciting insurrection and forgery.
Diane Rwigara, a former presidential candidate, is scheduled to be sentenced December 6, along with her mother, Adeline Rwigara. Both women were tried November 7, with the elder Rwigara convicted of insurrection and promoting ethnic hatred. They had been detained by police in October 2017 and jailed for a year but released on bail last month, prior to trial. They remain at home in Kigali, the capital city, under travel restrictions.
“Peaceful political expression is not a crime. Running for office is not a crime,” the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission — a bip..

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Sudanese-American Elected to US Public Office

Posted: November 16, 2018, 9:57 am

Sudanese-American Elected to US Public Office The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) The number of Sudanese-Americans holding elected public office in the United States has doubled – there are now two.
Mohamed Seifeldein won a city council seat on November 6 in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of the capital, Washington. He follows in the footsteps of Mazahir Salih, who was elected to a city council seat in Iowa City, Iowa in 2017.
Seifeldein, who prefers to be called “Mo,” came to the U.S. about 20 years ago. He was born in Sudan and grew up there during the civil war which culminated in South Sudan’s independence.
“I came here due to that situation, seeking a better opportunity and security and was fortunate enough to land here in the D.C. metropolitan area and I’ve been here since,” Seifeldein told VOA's South Sudan in Focus in an interview Tuesday.
Seifeldein says that when he came to the U.S., he didn’t speak a word o..

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Trump Administration Rethinks Foreign Aid With Eye Toward China

Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:35 am

Trump Administration Rethinks Foreign Aid With Eye Toward China A gleaming new $3.2 billion railway cuts in half the travel time from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to the coast. Major investments in transportation, energy and maritime infrastructure are turning Pakistan into a major economic corridor. A new industrial zone in Thailand boasts solar, rubber and industrial manufacturing plants and is slated to host 500 companies by 2021.
A train launched to operate on the Standard Gauge Railway line constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation and financed by Chinese government arrives at the Nairobi Terminus on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 31, 2017. All are parts of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, featuring billions of dollars in infrastructure investment across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. The global impact is forcing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink elements of its plan to cut back on foreign assistance under an “Ameri..

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