US Muslim Candidates Run in Record Numbers But Face Backlash

Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:30 pm

US Muslim Candidates Run in Record Numbers But Face Backlash Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., holds a campaign sign as she meets residents of an apartment complex in Springfield, Massachusetts, June 18, 2018. SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS — A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.
When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic primary last month, the first-time candidate saw parallels with her own longshot campaign for Congress in western Massachusetts.
The 44-year-old Muslim, African-American civil rights lawyer, who is taking on a 30-year congressman and ranking Democrat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, said she wasn't alone, as encouragement, volunteers and donations started pouring in.
“We could barel..

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Putin Denies Having Compromising Info on Trump, Meddling in Elections

Posted: July 16, 2018, 10:15 pm

Putin Denies Having Compromising Info on Trump, Meddling in Elections A news ticker displays headlines from the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on the News Corp building in New York, July 16, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin denied having any compromising information on U.S. President Donald Trump and called the idea that Russia meddled in 2016 U.S. presidential elections “utterly ridiculous.”
During a contentious interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Putin said, “Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States — do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, looks over towards U.S. President Donald Trump, left, as Trump speaks during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The inter..

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After Putin Denies Meddling, Trump Wavers

Posted: July 16, 2018, 9:46 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin made a flurry of headlines in their meeting on Monday in Finland. But perhaps none bigger than their comments on Russia’s alleged meddling in U.S. politics, as VOA’s Bill Gallo reports from Helsinki.

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US Reporter Forcibly Removed Prior to Trump-Putin Press Conference

Posted: July 16, 2018, 7:54 pm

A man who identified himself as a working journalist was escorted out a room where a joint press conference in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to be held. Sam Husseini had received press credentials for the event through U.S.-based magazine The Nation. Husseini was holding up a sign that read, “Nuclear weapons test ban.”

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Remarks by President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki

Posted: July 16, 2018, 7:32 pm

Remarks by President Trump and President Putin in Helsinki U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin react at the end of the joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release July 16, 2018
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
IN JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE
Presidential Palace
Helsinki, Finland
5:10 P.M. EEST
PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere. I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of negotiations.
We carefully analyzed the current status — the present and the future of the Russia-United States relationship; key issues of the global agenda. It's quite clear to everyone that the bilat..

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Trump Declines to Back US Intel on Russia Meddling

Posted: July 16, 2018, 3:30 pm

Trump Declines to Back US Intel on Russia Meddling U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. HELSINKI — Donald Trump, standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, has declared he cannot see any reason to believe Moscow meddled in the election that led to him becoming U.S. president in 2016.
Every major U.S. intelligence agency has concluded there was such interference by Russia during the election and the matter is the focus of a major federal investigation that has targeted not only Russians, but members of Trump's election campaign staff.
“President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said of his query to Putin on Monday about the issue. “President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be,” he added.
Putin said he told Trump during their talks that “the Russian ..

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US Political Figures Shocked at Trump’s Russia Election Meddling Comments

Posted: July 16, 2018, 2:45 pm

US Political Figures Shocked at Trump's Russia Election Meddling Comments U.S. President Donald Trump, left, gestures while speaking as Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. U.S. political figures reacted with shock Monday after President Donald Trump failed to side with the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and said Russian President Vladimir Putin had given him a “very powerful” denial of Moscow's involvement.
At a news conference in Helsinki alongside the Russian leader after their summit, the U.S. leader branded special counsel Robert Mueller's 14-month investigation of Russian links to Trump's campaign “a disaster for our country.”
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16,..

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US Judge Temporarily Halts Deportations of Recently Reunited Immigrant Families

Posted: July 16, 2018, 2:30 pm

US Judge Temporarily Halts Deportations of Recently Reunited Immigrant Families FILE – Immigrants awaiting deportation hearings line up outside the building that houses the immigration courts in Los Angeles, June 19, 2018. A U.S. federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of immigrant families who were recently reunited after being separated earlier this year at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego blocked the deportations Monday for at least a week and asked the government to respond to a motion from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU said it was concerned about “persistent and increasing rumors” of “mass deportations” being carried out “immediately upon reunification” of children with their parents. It said the parents need a week after being reunified with their children to decide whether or not to pursue asylum in the United States.
The civil liberties group has been waging a court battle to require the government to quickly reunite immigrant chil..

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Obama in Kenya for First Visit to Africa Since Leaving White House

Posted: July 16, 2018, 1:24 pm

Obama in Kenya for First Visit to Africa Since Leaving White House Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses players at the basketball court during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya, July 16, 2018. NAIROBI — Former U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya on Sunday for his first visit to Africa since leaving the White House. On Monday, he spoke at the small village that was his late father's homeland.
This is the fifth time that Obama has visited Kenya, his father's birthplace.
Upon arriving in Nairobi on Sunday, he held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. On Monday, he inaugurated the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a sports and vocational training center set up by his half-sister in the small western Kenyan town of Kogelo.
Kogelo was the hometown of Barack Obama Sr. The former president last visited the village in 2006 when he was a U.S. senator..

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Obama Set to Speak on Mandela Legacy in South Africa

Posted: July 16, 2018, 1:19 pm

Obama Set to Speak on Mandela Legacy in South Africa Former US President Barack Obama gestures to the crowd, during an event in Kogelo, Kisumu, Kenya, July 16, 2018. JOHANNESBURG — Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits South Africa this week to deliver the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. The lecture honors the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was the central figure in the fight against white minority rule in South Africa.
All roads on Tuesday will lead to Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg to hear what former U.S. President Obama has to say about the legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
He will speak one day before what would have been the late icon's 100th birthday, and one day before Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual holiday declared by the United Nations in 2009.
Luzuko Koti, communications director at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, says about 15,000 people are expected to attend, including several former heads of states from Africa and f..

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