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Afghanistan Crisis Puts Blinken in a Rare Position: The Hot Seat
"Afghanistan will be the focus of lawmakers this afternoon. When secretary of state antony blinken testifies members of a house committee lincoln expected to be pressed about the fall of the afghan government and evacuations of americans and afghans before and after the us military's withdrawal impairs. Michelle kellerman says blinking. Testifies to a cynic committee tomorrow senator chris murphy democrat from connecticut is worried that republicans on the foreign relations committee may try to turn the hearing with lincoln into a circus and try to put the blame on joe biden for twenty years worth of mistakes in afghanistan. Let some democrats have questions for the secretary of state about the americans and at risk afghans. Who were left behind in the massive airlift operation that ended last month. The state department has facilitated dozens of departures in recent days of americans and green card holders from the airport in kabul and via overland
Blinken Greets Afghans in Germany Amid State Dept. Emails Fallout
"Secretary state anthony blinken is holding virtual talks with about twenty of his colleagues about afghanistan. The virtual gathering took place at ramstein air base germany. Npr's michelle kellerman reports. Lincoln also met with some of the afghan refugees who are transiting through the bays. Just outside a hangar on the air base where several hundred afghans are awaiting to the us blinken met with an afghan army officer. His wife and two small children hearing about their heroin escape from kabul. He also stopped by. What's called the youth pod where some of the unaccompanied teenagers just learned their cleared to go see. Blinken called them courageous. I just want you to know that you have a lot of people who are going to look out for you support you help you and welcome you the un children's fund has been working to reunite unaccompanied minors with family members
"michelle kellerman" Discussed on NPR News Now
"I'm janine herbst. The supreme court today issued an order they could force the biden administration to reinstate a controversial trump era immigrant program that forced asylum seekers to wait in mexican border cities as npr's john burnett reports. The court refused to block a ruling from texas. Judge that said president biden had unlawfully cancelled the program known as remain in mexico. The high court in a brief unsigned order told the biden white house that it cannot rescind the twenty nine thousand nine program that was harshly criticized by human rights groups. The program forced tens of thousands of migrants to wait in mexican cities like matamoros in tijuana where they lived in squalid tent camps and were preyed on by extortionists. The court cited a decision last year. That faulted the trump administration for arbitrarily and capriciously canceling daca. The program that protects migrants brought here illegally as children biden had sought an emergency. Stay from the court. With today's ruling the administration must now argue. Its case in front of a federal appeals court john burnett. Npr news president biden says the us has evacuated more than seventy thousand people from afghanistan. And he's hoping to be able to wrap up this operation by next week. This despite concerns of there are still thousands of afghans who fear for their lives under taliban rule. Npr's michelle kellerman reports biden's as the taliban have taken steps though that the us and its partners can get their people out but he calls it a tenuous situation and he hopes to finish it by next week the sooner we can finish the better each day of operations brings at restore troops state department says more than four thousand americans have been evacuated though. It's not clear how many are still trying to leave. Officials say they've been reaching out directly to americans to guide them through the airport gates. A taliban spokesman says the us must stick to it self imposed deadline. Michelle kellerman npr news. The state department. The house voted today to advance. A critical piece of president biden sweeping economic agenda. Npr's windsor johnston reports. The chamber narrowly approved a three and a half trillion dollar budget resolution. Setting the stage for new spending for childcare education and measures to curb climate. Change the vote to move ahead with. The budget resolution will allow house democrats to begin. Crafting the details of the spending plan. It also green lights the final passage of a roughly one trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure. Bill that cleared the senate earlier this month in a statement house speaker. Nancy pelosi says she's committed to passing the infrastructure bill by september twenty seventh and would rally her caucus to support it and furious windsor. Johnston asian markets are trading higher at this hour the nikkei in japan up about three tenths of a percent the hang seng in hong kong up eight tenths of a percent. You're listening to npr news. The house voted tonight along party. Lines to approve new legislation aimed at strengthening landmark civil rights era voting rights this in response to a wave of restrictive new election laws from republican controlled state legislatures. The bill named for the late georgia congressman and civil rights leader. John lewis who died last year supporters. Say it would make it more difficult for states to restrict future voting access but senate republicans say it infringes on states rights. Today marks the two year anniversary of the death of elijah. Mclean colorado man. Whose story was prominently featured during last. Summer's protests against police brutality. Colorado public radio's alison sherry has. More mclane was a black massage therapist. Who was detained by police. In two thousand nineteen. He was not suspected of a crime but was put into choke holds and given a powerful sedative by paramedics. He died a few days later at a hospital. His mother shannon mclean worked to pass a sweeping police reform law the next year in the state legislature which included a ban on choke holds. It was emotional. Because i was told that they weren't able to pass that bill before elijah's murderer and i think to myself if that bill had a pass before largest murder still be here. Several local state and federal investigations into mclean's staff are continuing for npr news. I'm alison sherry in denver. All street was higher by the closing bell. us futures contracts are trading flat. I'm janine herbst npr news..
Jill Biden helps honor women from 15 countries for courage
"First lady. Joe biden was on hand at the state department for the annual women of courage who was a bit different this year with the recipients attending virtually. Here's npr's michelle kellerman first lady. Joe biden is vowing to be bold telling the fourteen honorees this year quote. Your fight is our fight. The us ambassador to the un linda thomas greenfield says the department is also honoring seven afghan women who were assassinated in the past year. The violence is meant to silence and we cannot allow that to happen. We must address it head on must ensure that their voices continue to be heard. The activists from belarus maria kolesnikova couldn't attend because she's in prison. The state department hasn't been able to reach the human rights lawyer from china in the past couple of days
Sudan says it signs pact on normalizing ties with Israel
"Sudan has formally signed what are known as the abraham accords to normalize ties with israel treasury secretary steven mnuchin was on hand for the event. Npr's michelle kellerman has details. The trump administration has been encouraging arab states to normalize ties with israel in exchange for separate deals with the us in sudan's case the us remove the african nation from the state sponsors of terrorism list in order to ease sanctions after sudan agreed to compensate victims of several terrorist attacks in africa. Mnuchin also says he signed a deal to provide a loan to sudan to help it clear about one point two billion dollars in arrears to the world bank that could provide much-needed international help four sudan which had been a pariah state during omar shears thirty year role. He was ousted in twenty. Nineteen michelle kellerman. Npr news
Illinois reports more than 13,000 new cases and 126 new deaths statewide
"Live from npr news. I'm jack speer. With corona virus cases surging across the west new data released from the federal government shows just. How many hospitals in the country say they are facing critical staffing shortages. Npr selena simmons duffin reports nearly one in five hospitals in the us currently has a staffing issue states in the mid west and southwest are being hit hardest. North dakota has the highest percentage of hospitals reporting shortages. Texas has the highest number of hospitals when there aren't enough staff to treat the surge of patients. The concern is that you could get to the point where you have to start rationing care and then more people could die early on in the pandemic medical staff could volunteer to help in hot spots like new york city. But that's not really possible. Now with so many hospitals facing shortages and cases surging all over the country selena simmons duffin npr news eleanor. Like many other states seeing a big surge in coronavirus cases more than thirteen thousand new cases reported there with one hundred and twenty six deaths making it the third day in a row deaths their past the one hundred mark on governor. Jay pritzker reminding people his they've been state today. The numbers do not reflect what tomorrow's numbers might look like. You have to look at what the trajectory is. How fast it is that. They're likely to fill up. How fast they're coming into the emergency room and ending up in the bed. Laurie now is more than six hundred. Thirty four thousand coronavirus cases more than eleven thousand kobe. Nineteen deaths in the state. The death toll from covid nineteen pandemic has now reached more than two hundred and fifty thousand georgia's certified president elect. Joe biden has one that state's electoral votes but as a meal moffitt of member station w. a. b. e. in atlanta reports top georgia republicans are calling for changes to the state's election. Laws in one of the narrowest races in the country president elect joe biden topped president. Donald trump by about twelve thousand six hundred votes of the record. One point three million votes cast by mail and the state two thirds of them went to biden. Georgia's republican governor. Brian kemp echoed. President trump and casting doubt on the state's signature match program used to verify the identity of absentee voters voters casting their ballots. In person must show a photo. Id and we should consider applying that same standard to mail in ballots. Georgia's republican secretary of state also called for reform despite repeated assurances that he's seen no evidence of widespread fraud for npr news. I'm a meal moffitt in atlanta michigan state. Legislators met at the white house today with president trump as the president appears to be making an extraordinary effort aimed at overturning. Joe biden's overwhelming win. There were after the meeting. Officials said they have not been yet made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election by one michigan by an insurmountable one hundred fifty four thousand votes on wall street today. The dow closed lower down two hundred nineteen points. You're listening to. Npr president trump's state department and foreign policy advisors to the incoming baiju administration are both expressing concerns about recent arrests of human rights advocates in egypt. Computers michele keleman reports. The arrest came after. The activists met with european diplomats. The egyptian institute for personal rights as seen three of its members arrested this week charged with spreading false information and undermining public security. European diplomats had met with them earlier this month. The state department is expressing quote deep concern about the arrests biden's foreign policy adviser. Tony blinken says he shares that sentiment in a tweet. He writes quote. Meeting with foreign. Diplomats is not a crime nor is peacefully advocating for human rights. President trump wants called egypt's leader his favourite dictator egypt remains a major recipient of us aid michelle kellerman npr news washington asia pacific summit leaders set aside their differences today issuing their first joint communique in three years among other things a group calling for free and predictable trade to help a global economy leaders of the twenty one nation apec groups as been substantially weakened by the coronavirus pandemic the group whose members include president trump and chinese leader xi jinping also about not to resort to protectionist policies notwithstanding the ongoing us trying to trade battle apec countries fell to reach agreement in two thousand eighteen in part due to discord between the us and china crude oil futures prices ended the week on an up note oil closing up forty three cents a barrel and the session at forty two seventeen barrel in new york. I'm jack speer npr news.
UN General Assembly: US-China tensions flare over coronavirus
"Pandemic is a test of international cooperation. One, the U. N secretary general says the world is failing is NPR's Michelle Kellerman reports that failure Was on display at the ongoing General Assembly. The secretary general is trying to use this virtual General Assembly to get countries to work together to fight the pandemic and many other global challenges. But one Security Council debate showed just how hard this will be. You know shame on each of you. I am astonish, and I'm disgusted. That's the U. S ambassador to the U. N. Kelly Craft accusing her colleagues, though not naming, which ones of playing politics with covert 19 members of the council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand. My goodness Craft defended the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the World Health Organization and said China should be held to account for quote, unleashing this plague onto the world. China's Ambassador John Joon, says the US is just trying to blame others for its own failings. The United the States has been spread in political virus on this information. And for 18 confrontation on division. Up to that point, it had been a rather dry Security Council meeting about global governance in the wake of covert 19. There was a lot of talk about multilateralism and a few veiled swipes at the Trump Administration's America first approach, Kraft said. The U. S has given you n agencies $900 million to counter the pandemic and compared that to others on the Security Council. NYU's year 4.6 million South Africa 8.4 million Indonesia five million. The US does give more to the U. N than other, says Richard Gallon of the International Crisis Group. But this is not just about money. Foreign diplomats had grown accustomed to trump attacking. Yuen arrangements like the Paris climate deal on mechanisms like the Human Rights Council. But they were genuinely shocked the Washington would walk away from the W. H O during a global pandemic. Speaking via Skype, he said diplomats are worried about what he calls a nasty fight between the US and China as Beijing tries to increase its influence in the world body on a day to day basis, Chinese diplomats in New York are often Very assertive, increasingly hard line and sometimes bullying colleagues from smaller countries. The reality is that for most members of the U. N, neither the US nor China Is offering an attractive vision of the future of multilateralism and the world needs multilateral solutions on a range of issues beyond the pandemic, says Latisha Courtois, who represents the International Committee of the Red Cross. She's raising the alarms about the forgotten conflicts from Yemen to this, the hell region of Africa has a triple threat of climate conflict and called it mansions. And for that they need to be a collective approach. The U. N Secretary General Antonio Guterres made the same appeal all week, reminding diplomats that the World Sol a previous period of fragmentation a century ago. The result was the first World War. Followed by the seconds. Over. 19 is casting a dark shadow across the world. And he called the band eh Mika warning that must spur US toe action. Michelle Kelemen. NPR news, the State Department
Democrats say Pompeo's speech to RNC is unethical, hypocritical, and possibly illegal
"Are working on a resolution to hold secretary of State Mike pompeo in contempt. NPR's Michelle. Kellerman reports the accuse him of Obstructing House oversight and breaking his own rules by appearing at the Republican National Convention the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrat Eliot Engel has a growing list of complaints about Secretary Pompeo. It includes the secretary's refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry and his quote willingness to bolster as Senate Republican, led smear against president trump's political rivals. Angle also accuses pompeo of. State Department Guidance and possibly the law by delivering this speech to the Republican National. Convention while on an official government trip abroad, the State Department describes angles press release as quote, political theatrics and an unfortunate waste of taxpayer
Watchdog: Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks
"An international chemical weapons watchdog has issued a report blaming Syria for a series of attacks in March of two thousand seventeen as NPR's Michelle Kellerman tells us the US calls the report damning and accuses Russia of trying to shield the Syrian government from Accountability Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo says the US shares the same conclusions as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons his statement says the US also believes that the Syrian regime retains quote sufficient chemicals and expertise to use Sarin and chlorine munitions and to develop new chemical weapons. Syria agreed to get rid of its chemical weapon stockpiles in two thousand thirteen under pressure from the US and Russia one State Department official says Russia has since blocked every effort to hold Bouchara. Assad's regime accountable. Even as Syria continued to carry out attacks. Like the ones documented by the
Pompeo on testifying in Trump impeachment inquiry: 'When the time is right, all good things happen'
"President. Donald Trump says he would love to to have have Mike Mike Pompeo Pompeo and and others others testifying testifying testifying testifying what what he he calls calls the the phony phony impeachment impeachment hoax hoax today. today. The The Secretary Secretary of of state state was was asked asked about about that that among among other other prominent prominent issues issues during during a news conference. We have more that from. NPR's Michelle Kellerman Secretary. POMPEO is making no promises about testifying when the time is right. All good things happen. He's defending the administration's approach to Ukraine. CRAIN's aim this when asked about President Trump's request that Ukraine investigate a conspiracy theory that Ukraine not Russia hacked. DNC emails a theory. That's that's been debunked anytime. There's information that indicates that any country has messed with American elections. We not only Have a right but a duty to make sure we chase down. A former National Security Council official who has testified says that particular theory was a false narrative promoted by
"michelle kellerman" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Heard and that they don't care enough to be able to come here and look face to face and talked as a human being so we are and they don't buy our lives in the comment debate as at all in an online post d._n._c. chair tom perez said it wouldn't be fair to change guidelines now since some candidates have made climate change a big part of their campaigns still says climate change should be featured prominently in the debates jeff brady n._p._r. news the trump administration's point person on ben is willa is accusing president nicolas maduro of knowing the needs of his people and spending money on the military that includes more arms deals with the russians here's n._p._r.'s michelle kellerman special representative elliot abrams as a u._s. hospital ship is in the caribbean to aid venezuelan refugees while russia is sending its worship the gorchkov and more military technicians a russian plane landed in venezuela monday few weeks after president trump claimed in a tweet that russia had informed him that they had removed most of their people from the country abrams is brushing off reports that president trump has lost interest in venezuela where the u._s. has been trying for months to push president nicolas maduro from power and replace him with national assembly president one go michelle kellerman n._p._r. news washington eleanor is now become the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana democratic governor jay pritzker signing a measure into law that will allow residents to purchase and possess up to an ounce of marijuana joins ten other states and the district of columbia and allowing recreational marijuana use the dow was down one hundred seventy nine points this is n._p._r..
"michelle kellerman" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Walked in this morning. He said it's going to be a rough time for him because of obviously what happened. But I did not ask to draw the presented me with a letter this morning. That was his was his army secretary Mark s where will be the new acting Pentagon chief Shanahan had not been formally nominated to the position. Now it's been following a USA today report of domestic violence issues involving Shanahan his ex wife and the couple's son. The UN secretary general is calling on Turkey and Russia to stabilize the situation and it lib Syria. That's the last rebel stronghold in the country after eight years of war. Here's NPR's Michelle Kellerman Russia, which backed Syrian president Bush, I'll Assad and Turkey, which support some rebel forces had set up. What's known as a de-escalation zone. It live so UN secretary General Antonio Gutierrez says they have a special responsibility to stabilize the situation without delay. I am. Deeply concerned about the esscalation of the fighting in live. And the situation is, especially dangerous, given the involvement of an increased number of actors, the UN secretary, general says civilians are paying the price. It lib has been home. Do hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced from other parts of the country. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news. The State Department US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer is calling on congress to speed up its efforts to pass the new trade agreement that supposed to replace NAFTA is NPR's Jim zarroli explains. The also face skepticism over the Trump administration's use of tariffs to punish countries told the Senate finance committee that the agreement called the US, Mexico, Canada agreement is a watershed development that would slow the outsourcing of jobs. The agreement has to be approved by congress, including Democrats in the house who have issues over its labor protections during his testimony lighthizer faced some pushback from senators. Both parties about President Trump's repeated use of tariffs on foreign imports here was Iowa Republican Charles Grassley to be cleared American importers and consumers are paying for these stairs. President Trump recently threatened to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico to force it to stop illegal immigration. But he later dropped the idea. Jim zarroli NPR news word of upcoming U S, China trade talks push stocks higher. The Dow gained three hundred fifty three points today. This is NPR. President Trump is officially kicking off his twenty twenty reelection campaign threaten you remove millions of people who are in the US illegally late night message on Twitter, the president said, US, immigration and customs enforcement or ice will begin the process next week. Quickly administration official the effort were largely focused on those who've been issued final deportation orders by federal judges, but remain at large immigrations expected to be a central theme of Trump's campaign. He's appearing today in Orlando. Florida. So aside rates for analysts and young adults have risen since two thousand that's according to new study published in JAMA as NPR's redo Chatterjee explains unless males experience the biggest rise. The suicide rate for adolescents had been rising by about three percent every year between two thousand seven and two thousand fourteen then rates started growing by about ten percent annually. Adolescent, males had the highest rise in rates. Fourteen percent annually between two thousand five. Fifteen and two thousand seventeen the suicide rates for young adults h twenty and twenty four also rose during this time. But more slowly two thousand seventeen had the highest rates for both H groups in nearly two decades. More than six thousand adults and young adults died by suicide that here through tattoo, and PR news, new federal data's showing after decades of improvement air quality in some of the nation's major cities appears to be worsening were fifteen percent more days with unhealthy air in the US last year. And the year before then on average for two thousand thirteen to two thousand sixteen..
"michelle kellerman" Discussed on KCRW
"In Washington, I'm Windsor Johnston. The Trump administration is holding another round of talks with Mexico's foreign minister today. NPR's Michelle Kellerman reports the meetings come amid President Trump's threat to impose new tariffs on Mexican imports starting on Monday. Foreign secretary Marcello embroidered tells reporters outside the State Department that his meetings here have been productive. We have some advances. We are going to return later to continue discussing than than several points that we propose. President Trump says he thinks Mexico wants to make a deal. He's threatening to start imposing five percent tariffs on all Mexican goods next week unless Mexico does more to stem the flow of Central American migrants to the US Michelle Kellerman, NPR news. The State Department. World leaders gathered on the northern coast of France today to Mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the d day landings at a memorial service at the Normandy, American cemetery. President Trump paid tribute to allied troops, who lost their lives during the invasion. Remember those who foul and we honor who fought right here in Normandy, Trump met with French president Emmanuel Macron following d day commemorations. Jake sagana row reports the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including the Iran, nuclear deal just before private meeting. President Trump told the press that he mccrone don't have any differences on Iran. Even though the French president tried to persuade Trump. Not to withdraw the US from the agreement last year. Knock on said, only that France and the US share the same objectives for Iran, ultimately peace in the region and added that the allied unity of d day lives on today in there. Efforts takes again, arro- reporting America's trade deficit narrowed in April NPR's, Scott Horsely reports the new numbers from the Commerce Department reflect a period before the latest esscalation of trade tensions. Overall trade declined in April, but import shrank more than exports, narrowing the monthly trade gap to just under fifty one billion dollars US exports fell more than four and a half billion dollars. Fully half that drop was in commercial aircraft. Thanks in part of the grounding of Boeing seven three seven max jets while the overall trade deficit was down the goods deficit with China grew by more than two billion dollars in April that was before, President Trump increased tariffs on imports from China. Trump is also threatening to slap new tariffs on imports from Mexico next week. The World Bank says rising trade tensions are likely to be a drag on global economic growth, Scott Horsely, NPR news, Washington. At last check on Wall Street, the Dow was up one hundred eighty one points at twenty five thousand seven twenty. The NASDAQ up forty this is NPR news from Washington. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include the John D and Catherine T MacArthur foundation, recognizing exceptionally creative individuals. This year's MacArthur, fellows, and more information or at macfound dot org. And the listeners who support this NPR station..
"michelle kellerman" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Details on any surveillance software planned or currently in use. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes President Trump is ready to repair relations with Moscow US secretary of state Mike Pompeo explored the possibility Tuesday during meetings with Russian officials in Sochi NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports as he met Pompilio in so cheap. President Putin was again brushing off allegations of Russia's interference in US elections saying quote, however, exotic the work of special counsel Robert Mueller was it confirmed. There was no collusion. Putin's comments came after Pompeo had warned Russia's foreign minister to make sure that election interferences a thing of the past the Russians were engaged in that in two thousand twenty it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been and encourage them not to do that that we would we would not tolerate that says he was in so g because President Trump is committed to improving ties with Russia. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department. You're listening. Do you NPR news? There's some concern about the parts being used at the Hanford nuclear site in southeast Washington state. A federal watchdog is looking into all types of parts that a seventeen billion dollar construction project there and at similar sites across the nation. Details from Anna king, but the northwest news network, the inspector general for the department of energy found that a sample of parts going into a large waste treatment plant at Hanford has problems. Specifically parts are not documented properly to ensure their safety for nuclear waste processing Bechtel is the lead company building the treatment plant this meant to process. Fifty six million gallons of radioactive waste and the company has been under fire for the same issue in the past. The report says this problem might be a nationwide issue for the department of energy at all of its sights. The department of energy says that it firmly stands behind the safety of the items and services that were the subject of the federal report for NPR news. I'm Anna king in Richland Washington..
Trump administration imposes new Iran sanctions
"A year after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing oil sanctions. The Trump administration is now targeting another sector of Iran's economy NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports on new sanctions spelled out in an executive order. Three Mile Island was the site of the country's worst commercial nuclear power accident in nineteen seventy nine that happened at unit number two unit. Number one has continued to generate electricity. The plant was licensed to operate for fifteen more years, but the nuclear power industry is struggling to compete with less expensive electronically from natural gas and renewable energy Exelon which owns the plant argued that Three Mile Island deserves compensation for the carbon free electricity. It produces that argument has been successful before other state legislatures but not yet in
"michelle kellerman" Discussed on KCRW
"The twenty fifth listening to KCRW Santa Monica, Los Angeles, inlet inversion. Bentley news is next and then wrap up from south by south west. Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh. New Zealand is now grappling with with the prime minister characterizes as an unprecedented level of violence in that country at least forty nine dead. And nearly as many injured from a mass shooting today in Christ Church a gunman opened fire on two mosques where men women and children were gathered for Friday prayers. Three people are in police custody in connection with the deadliest salt. But his NPR's Julie McCarthy reports a twenty eight year old self-described white nationalist is charged with murder and will appear in court in a matter of hours. Australia's prime minister has confirmed. The man charged is an Australian citizen. Police are not confirming details of his history. But the Australian media are widely reporting that the suspect is the same man who holds extreme white supremacist views that he shared in a manifesto online reportedly filled with hate against Muslims. And there are. Mounting questions about why he is not on a watch list. NPR's Julie McCarthy reporting as public scrutiny intensifies over the role social media played in today's shooting rampage. Social media is a big reason so many environmentally minded students are again mobilizing today around the world there pressuring their governments to take more aggressive action against global warming. Young people on virtually every continent are skipping classes to take part in coordinated school strikes over climate change. The Friday rallies were inspired by sixteen year old Swedish activists who started last year picketing outside the Swedish parliament alone. She's not alone anymore around the world students are collectively rallying in the tens of thousands secretary of state. Mike Pompeo is lambasting senators who voted to curb US support for a Saudi led coalition fighting in Yemen NPR's, Michelle Kellerman reports Pompeo was defending the Saudi operation this Audis in their allies have been fighting since two thousand fourteen to restore. Your government that was ousted by Iranian-backed who the rebels secretary bomb? Peyot often overstate Iran's role and plays down the humanitarian consequences of the Saudi led bombing campaign that has devastated and already poor country. If you truly care about you many lives, you'd support the Saudi led effort to prevent Yemen from turning into a puppet state of the corrupt brutish Islamic Republic of Iran. The senators voted fifty four to forty six to end support for the Saudi led coalition because of the high civilian death toll in a country now described as the world's worst humanitarian disaster. Michelle Kellerman NPR news, Washington, President Donald Trump is expected to veto the congressional resolution rejecting his declaration of a national emergency at the southern US border. The Bill was sent to the White House last evening after twelve Republicans in the Senate voted with Democrats Trump has repeatedly said he would veto from Washington. This is NPR news..
US ramps up Venezuela sanctions as Guaido tours South America
"The Trump administration is adding six more Venezuelan officials to a sanctions list as NPR's. Michelle Kellerman tells us they're being punished for blocking humanitarian relief aid to their country. The Trump administration has been backing national assembly president one guidos efforts to force President Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela and call for new elections part of that effort is to support guidos attempts to get aid Venezuelans medoro has been blocking that now Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the US will target Madora loyalists who are quote prolonging the suffering of the victims of this made crisis six top security officials. The US says were involved in blocking aid have now been added to a US
U.S. Issues New Penalties Against Venezuelan Officials, Vowing ‘Maduro Must Go’
"London. The Trump administration is keeping up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to cede power NPR's. Michelle Kellerman tells us the US is imposing more sanctions and revoking the visas of officials close to the embattled leader the latest sanctions target security officials who helped nNcholas Maduro block US assistance. U S envoy, Elliot. Abrams says the State Department is also revoking visas for dozens of Medeiros supporters and
U.S. sanctions five top Venezuela officials close to Maduro
"The Trump administration is imposing more sanctions on Venezuela. Targeting officials close to the embattled president NPR's. Michelle Kellerman tells us the goal is to pressure nNcholas Maduro to step aside in favor of the man. Many are calling Venezuela's interim president the US is targeting several top intelligence officials and the head of Venice Walea state-owned oil company any assets, they might have in the US will be frozen. The Trump administration has already revoked the visas of a number of people close to Madero Madero who accuses the US of leading a coup tells the Associated Press that his foreign minister met recently in New York with US on voi- Elliot Abrams. The State Department doesn't deny that one official says it should come. As no surprise that. US officials quote exchange opinions with a variety of foreign interlocutors to ensure the safety of US embassy personnel in
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"Michelle Kellerman reports the US's enlisting the help of the country's opposition leader, whom it recognizes as Venezuela's. Interim president this department's point person on Venezuela. Elliot Abrams says the US is looking at ways to ramp up humanitarian aid to a country that the US says has been ravaged by socialist regime. The and corridor is something we are looking at. But of course, it requires. P cooperation of the regime. I don't know how practical that is it hasn't been possible to date the US has been trying to boost the prospects of interim president one Guido Abrahams says he's trying to help Guido's on voice. Find and seize Venezuelan government assets in order, he says to pay for humanitarian program. Michele Kelemen, NPR news, the State Department. The Federal Reserve continues to say it will be patient in deciding any changes to interest rate policy going forward assigned that after four rate hikes last year fed policy makers may be willing to take a breather. And it's ended meeting statement today. The fed said, it's keeping the fed funds rate. That's what member banks charge one another to borrow a range of between two and a quarter and two and a half percent chairman. Jerome Powell says the fed will remain vigilant though, the US economy is in a good place, and we will continue to use or monetary policy tools to help keep it their decision to hold interest rates steady on the part of the fed was unanimous stronger than expected earnings from. Airplane builder? Boeing and device maker apple coupled with the decision by the fed to keep interest rates steady. Set Wall Street up sharply days end the Dow gained four hundred thirty four points to close at twenty five thousand fourteen the NASDAQ was up one hundred fifty four points, the s&p five hundred closed up forty one points today. You're listening to NPR and this is WNYC. I'm Jamie Floyd mayor Bill de Blasio says his former acting chief of staff lied about his history of sexual harassment. When applying for his city hall job O'Brien was ousted last year after the substantiation of sexual harassment complaints from two female co workers before coming to New York he'd been fired from the democratic governors association because of another sexual harassment complaint. The city says he did not disclose that during his background check. But to oh says he hesitated to say what the consequences should be. I would ask the law department to consider what it means. I'm not familiar with the rules. But I'm certainly happy to ask law department what the ramifications should be the city's background investigation questionnaire states that lying on a form can result in termination of employment and possible criminal prosecution New Yorkers are paying their respects to Saint marks. Comex at thirty six year old east village comic shop that shutting its doors and picked up some bargains while they're at it one longtime customer Chris Chan said he now felt guilty about not having come more often. He was watching as staff told disappointed customers there would be no new inventory before the closure. You're seeing all these looks on these people's faces as they realized that they can't get their new comics here anymore. Just it's pretty sad. The store's owner says there are too many obstacles to running a storefront in New York City. Merchandise will be sold at a discount until the shop closes for good. At the end of February. And tomorrow is the last day for New Yorkers to sign up for healthcare coverage through the state's open enrollment period. The state health department says more than one million people across the state has signed up since enrollment began in November. That's about twelve thousand more than last year. State officials are urging eligible New Yorkers to apply for a plan which would last through twenty nineteen before tomorrow's deadline. We have a wind advisory in effect until ten o'clock tonight, otherwise mostly clear low around fourteen.
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"From NPR news in Washington. I'm Shay Stevens. The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on Venezuela's state owned oil company to squeeze nNcholas Medeiros. Embattled administration NPR's Michelle Kellerman reports on stepped up US efforts to get Madero to give up power national security adviser, John Bolton says the US wants to make sure Madero can no longer quote loot. The assets of the Venezuelan people Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the US is blocking the accounts of pedophilia. The state owned oil company the path to sanctions relief for is through the expeditious transfer of control to the interim president or a subsequent democratically elected government. Trump administration has recognized the head of the national assembly as Venezuela's interim president and has been trying to bolster one guidos chances of getting control over state and set. In the military. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department. The Justice department has announced charges against Chinese tech giant wall way. And it's chief financial officer as NPR's Ryan, Lucas reports the case heightens existing tensions between the United States and China. A grand jury in New York has handed up thirteen count indictment against wall way. Two of the company's affiliates in the firm CFO mung, Joe the charges include Bank and wire fraud violating UN sanctions, money laundering and obstruction of Justice. Prosecutors allege that while way master's control over an affiliate in order to trick financial institutions into carrying out transactions in violation of US, Iran. Sanctions monkeys the daughter of wild waves founder she was taken into custody and Canada in December at Washington's request or arrest edited yet another thorn in US China relations as the two countries try to resolve their ongoing trade dispute. US officials say they will formally request this week. Monks extradition from Canada. Ryan, Lucas NPR news, Washington. A federal judge in Virginia has postponed. The February eighth sentencing. A former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort for financial crimes conviction jets T S Eliot says he wants to await another court ruling.
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"Live from NPR news in Culver City, California. I'm Dwayne Brown. The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company to make sure the nNcholas Maduro and his embattled administration don't benefit from the oil trade as NPR's. Michelle Kellerman tells us the US is stepping up pressure on Maduro to give up power national security adviser, John Bolton says the US wants to make your Madero can no longer quote loot. The assets of the Venezuelan people Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the US is blocking the accounts of Pitta visa, the state-owned oil company the path to sanctions relief for pedal vase is through the expeditious transfer of control to the interim president or a subsequent democratically elected government. It Trump administration has recognized the head of the national assembly as Venezuela's interim president and has been trying to bolster one guidos chances of getting control. Rollover state assets and the military. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department. A new government report is forecasting slower economic growth this year as the effects of President Trump's tax cut on business investment began to drop off the Congressional Budget Office director Keith hall says federal debt is on an unsustainable course, and lawmakers will have to make significant changes to tax and spending policies. Federal dad is already large budget deficits over the next decade and beyond projected to keep pushing it up in relation to the size of the economy. Eventually data share of economic output would reach its highest level in our nation's history. The agency predicts one hundred eighteen billion dollar increase over last year's seven hundred seventy nine billion dollar deficit the recent government shutdown reduce government spending by about three billion dollars. The CBO. Also predicts the US economy will grow by two point three percent this year nearly one percent drop from a year ago. You're listening to NPR news. And this is WNYC. I'm Jamie Floyd advocates say it shouldn't just be high profile refugees who get waivers from the Trump travel ban three actors and a New York player among the well-publicized applicants from banned countries who've been let into the US, but Betsy Fisher from the international refugee assistance project says many lesser known people have been turned away in an opaque process. You shouldn't have to have celebrity to be free from discrimination that that just shouldn't be part of the process, and that level of arbitrariness really shows how this band is a mockery of the rule of law. Fischer says the Trump administration has not explained how people apply and hasn't disclosed. How many have been let in or turned away the twenty twenty election season hasn't even really gotten off the ground. But already someone's talking about running for New York City mayor in two thousand twenty one council speaker Cory Johnson says he's considering running he told reporters at city hall. Hall today that if he runs hill focus on the issues, he cares. Most about I love New York City. And I think the city faces big problems.
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"Two bills failed on the Senate floor earlier today for Thursday, January twenty fourth it's all things considered. I'm Mary Louise, Kelley Audie Cornish. Head this hour. The US calls for a Security Council meeting on Venezuela and says US diplomats in the country are saying put their personnel are still there. They've been invited to stay by the legitimate government consistent with their safety. That's our intention. Also, three big media companies announced big layoffs. And we remember Barbara Proctor the first African American woman to start an ad agency. In the US McCain quite apparent to me. And if I did not control my own destiny. I was going to have a changed about every five years. Those stories coming up right after the news. Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Windsor Johnston. The Senate has rejected two competing bills that would have reopened the government. One Bill was backed by Republicans the other by Democrats Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski was prepared to go with either one we just had to messaging votes, both of those votes failed. I voted for both of them. Because my message was I want to get this government open. I want to do it quickly. And with the sense of urgency that responds to the men and women who have been so significantly impacted hundreds of thousands of government employees are about to miss their second paycheck of the shutdown which is nearing the end of its fifth week. President Trump says he may be willing to support reopening the government if Senate leaders can reach a deal that would be acceptable to the White House. Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer have been meeting on Capitol Hill tonight in an attempt to reach a compromise on border security funding NPR's, I each Rosco has more senators from both parties have been discussing a possible short-term spending Bill that would end the government shutdown. Trump says any deal would have to include some funding for a border wall. But ultimately, the president said he would get money for barrier one way or another I have other alternatives. If I have to use those alternatives. If I have to go. Go through the system, we have to have a wall in this country. Trump did not specify what alternates he might use. But he's left open the possibility he might declare a national emergency to get the funding. The legality of such a move would almost certainly be challenged in court. I Sharaf go NPR news the White House, then as whalers and battled President Nicolas Maduro says he's bringing his diplomats home from the United States NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports the Trump administration is keeping its embassy in Venezuela. As it continues to express support for that country's self-declared. Interim president secretary of state Mike Pompeo says Medeiros government is illegitimate. And so two was his order to expel US diplomats from peyot says the US will do what it can to help. The interim president one guy do with an initial twenty million dollars in humanitarian aid Venezuelan people. We stand ready to help them even more to begin the process of rebuilding their country and their economy from the. Destruction wrought by the criminal incompetent and illegitimate Madero regime. State Department official says there are no plans to close the US embassy, though, family members and non essential employees are being evacuated. As spokesman adds the US will do it's needed to quote, keep our people safe. Michelle Kellerman NPR news, the State Department at the close on Wall Street, the Dow was down twenty two points. The NASDAQ up forty seven the SNP up three. This is NPR. In the last few years. Facebook has been engaged in what feels like a game of whack a mole with fake, news accounts, and hate speech NPR's. Jasmine guards reports the social media platform has announced a new set of guidelines with the goal of curbing misinformation and online harassment one problem fees because feast in the past is that when it shuts down a page that violates its community standards the pages author can just start another similar one. Facebook says that's going to change. Now, it will be removing pages and groups maintained by repeat offenders page managers will also be able to see why certain posts have been removed. What guidelines they violated Facebook announce it will be implementing these changes in the coming weeks jasmine guard NPR news, New York, Europe's human rights court has ordered Italy to pay financial damages to Amanda Knox stemming from her arrest in two thousand seven murder case. The European Court says Italian police failed to provide her with proper legal assistance the night. She was questioned about the death of her British roommate Carlo dollar, the Dover is Knox's attorney. Is satisfied to have once again, confirm that the case of Roja is probably the biggest mistake of the judicial history of Italy Italy has been ordered to pay knocks roughly twenty thousand dollars in compensation. That's well below the three million. She had sought Knox was acquitted in the death of Meredith Kirchner after a seven year legal battle, I'm Windsor. Johnston. NPR news in Washington. Support for NPR comes from.
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"Behavior. You will try this again three months from now he will try this again the spending bills going forward. You don't reward a bully. President Trump plans to make an announcement about the shutdown tomorrow that the White House says involves the quote humanitarian national security crisis at the southern border. President Trump is planning another summit with North Korea's leader. At the end of February NPR's, Michelle Kellerman with that story on a rare. Visit to Washington North Korean negotiator, Kim, Young show had meetings and a lunch with secretary of state, Mike Pompeo and spent an hour and a half in the Oval Office with President Trump White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, says she expects the time and place of the next summit to be announced soon we continue to make progress. We're continuing to have conversations the United States is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on North Korea. Until we see fully verified denuclearization, North Korea. Still is not given the US an inventory of its nuclear and missile programs. And there have been no other signs of progress since the summit last June. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department. Stocks finished the week higher on Wall Street. This is NPR and you're listening to WNYC in New York. I'm Jamie Floyd, the New York City health department has started handing out letter grades for cleanliness to food carts and trucks just says it has for restaurants since two thousand eight mach mood. Abdul ahead has sold breakfast from a food cart down under Lancy street for eighteen years. And today, he got one of the first eight grades for mobile mobile food services. I heard about from.
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"Live from NPR news in Culver City, California, Dwayne Brown, despite the government shutdown. The State Department is telling its furloughed employees. It's found money to pay them, and they should report to work next week NPR's. Michelle Kellerman has this update in a message to employees ease the deputy undersecretary for management says he recognizes the increasing hardship to them caused by the lapse in appropriations so he says the department is taking steps to make additional funds available to pay employee salaries for the next two weeks most operations can resume. The statement goes on to say, but there are still budget constraints when it comes to travel secretary of state, Mike Pompeo and his wife took a week long trip through the Middle East during the shutdown. He also brought embassador from around the world back to Washington for meetings this week. Michelle Kellerman NPR news, the State Department after surviving a vote of no-confidence, British Prime Minister, Theresa May's reaching out. Cross party lines to build consensus. The UK government will hold a second vote on maize beleaguered Brexit plan in less than two weeks. NPR's Frank Langfitt has this update from London. It's not clear how may will alter her plan to win support after it suffered the worst defeat in the history of the British parliament after her plan failed Tuesday it lost by a record two hundred thirty votes. The prime minister said she's reaching out across party lines to build consensus, but Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition labor party leader said May's plan is hopeless, and he refuses to enter talks until the prime minister pledges. The UK won't leave the U without a deal NPR's. Frank Langfitt reporting lawmakers there have given may until Monday to come up with a plan b deal or no deal Britain is set to leave the European Union on March twenty ninth. Stocks finished higher today on Wall Street as hopes of a resolution to to the trade dispute between the US and China boosted healthcare and industrial shares.
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"Need solving without their boats out control the out. Let's see if they leave. Trump also rejected Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's request to reopen the government while talks over border security continue the White House shows no signs of backing down from its multi-billion dollar demand for a southern border wall. Democrats refused to fund it Windsor. Johnston. NPR news Washington Secretary pump Heo is wrapping up his swing through the Middle East talking through some difficult topics with Saudi Arabia and making a quick stop in Oman NPR's. Michelle Kellerman is traveling with secretary of state Pompeo secretary pump Eos trip was focused on building up a coalition against Iran. But in Riyadh he says he raised concerns about Saudi women activists now in jail, and he again called for accountability for the murder of journalist Jamaica show, kashogi Saudis are friends and win friends have conversations. You you tell them what your expectations are. Andy says he expects the Saudis to hold you account. Anyone responsible for Kashoggi's killing his final? Stop is a mon- which is played an important role in talks to resolve the war in Yemen. Michelle Kellerman NPR news, must got Florida. Governor Rhonda Santa's reportedly has chosen a second. Miami appeals judge. I see how the state supreme court Associated Press reporting today that the Santa's has announced Robert luck is his latest selection. Luck is a thirty nine year old former Miami federal prosecutor in circuit court judge most recently having served on the third district court of appeals last week to Santa's chose another judge on their core. Barbara logo of for the supreme court, China's two thousand eighteen trade surplus with the US has surged to record three hundred twenty three point three billion dollars. However exports contract in December. The Dow is down more than. One hundred points. This is NPR news. This is WNYC in New York. I'm Richard Hake. Stay twenty four of the partial government shutdown and some people who are not federal workers are also feeling the effects Jane from Staten Island called into the Brian Lehrer show this morning. She says her tenant in Cape May New Jersey is a member of the coast guard who's not getting paid. I told him you didn't have to pay rent. I couldn't you know, couldn't hold it to him. He's been with me for three years. He's a good tenant, and I'm okay financially right now. But if I wasn't, you know, it'd be a problem for him officials say an estimated twenty one thousand federal employees in New York and New Jersey, you're not getting paid New York. State lawmakers are taking a voting reform measures today in the.
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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Janine Herbst. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia where he is expected to meet crown prince Mohammad bin Salman Pompeo says he plans to renew his call for accountability for the killing of journalist Jamal kashogi is NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports pump was greeted at the airport by a top Saudi diplomat as well as the Saudi ambassador to the US prince Khalid bin Salman, he's the brother of the crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who US intelligence officials believe may have ordered the killing of kashogi secretary Pompeo says he will raise the case with the crown prince when they meet now expected Monday, he calls it a heinous murder and says there should be full and complete accountability. He's also argued that the US relationship with Audi Arabia is about much more than that. He's visiting all the Gulf allies trying to put pressure on Iran, which he says is. The main source of instability in the region. Michelle Kellerman NPR news, Riyadh, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he is encouraging President Trump to reopen. The government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a border wall before Trump takes the step of declaring a national emergency. And he says Trump is in a tough spot. It really does for plex me. How you expect this to end when you tell the president of the United States. You can't get it. You get one dollar for a wall. When in the past Democrats have appropriated billions for the wall. What is he supposed to do? Just give in he's not gonna give in Graham speaking there on Fox News Sunday house speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Trump must reopen the government I before negotiating wall funding the standoff over funding led to the partial government shutdown that has now in its fourth week without an end in sight, and is NPR's. Yuki Noguchi reports it could affect the country's overall employment picture, the labor market has been strong and last month. Hiring surged, but the government's closure will likely complicate the January employment surveys the unemployment rate currently stands at three point nine percent. But that could take up this month. That's because nearly half of the eight hundred thousand furloughed federal workers are not reporting to work. They will be counted as unemployed or temporarily laid off in the next government report, the remaining half, a federal employees who are working without pay will still be counted as employed depending how long the shutdown last analysts say it could push the unemployment rate up by two tenths of a percent. You can a good g NPR news Washington. Tens of thousands of teachers in Los Angeles are planning to walk off the job tomorrow despite a forecast of one to three inches of rain. The issue is pay smaller classrooms and more staff. United teachers LA union says despite the school district's claims of a deficit they say it actually has a big reserve with more than enough money to meet teacher demands some six hundred thousand. Thousand students could be affected by the strike. You're listening to NPR news. From kiki. Dee news. I'm Ryan Levy, PG and E might notify its employees as soon as Monday that could file for bankruptcy because of potential wildfire liability costs. That's according to a report by Bloomberg a new state law requires utilities to notify employees at least fifteen days before filing for bankruptcy. But they can always change their mind Mindy spat is with turn a utility watchdog based in San Francisco and Mindy if PG did file for bankruptcy. What would it look like to consumers consumers should not be frightened when they hear that PG? Andy may decide to file for bankruptcy bankruptcy in. This case is not going to be a physical condition. Simply a business move. Their lights are not going to go out. The little blue trucks are not going to stop coming. When something goes wrong. Consumers will not feel an immediate impact. Now PG filed for bankruptcy before in the early two thousands. When it got caught up in California's energy deregulation crisis. Were there any law? Long term impacts for consumers. Then basically what ended up happening? The main impact on consumers was that our rates did. In fact, go up to cover PG unease death, you mentioned that debt. And according to some reports PG could face up to thirty billion dollars in liabilities. But none of that has happened yet. And it probably wouldn't for awhile. So why all this talk about bankruptcy now? Well, certainly we can look back at last year and see that PG and E basically used the threat of bankruptcy to manipulate the legislature into giving it a bailout. But that's all it is at this point is a scare tactic. We don't know if anything we couldn't interpret this as PG any indicating that it expects to be found responsible in these fires that was Mindy spat with utility watchdog, turn PG and E has not responded to.
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"FBI coast guard, we just had a woman from the White House. The list goes on Brittany may a purchasing agent at the national institutes of health was there with her five-year-old daughter to pick up some fresh vegetables and canned food. She says that although the H is operating during the shutdown. Her family is still hurt by the uncertainty. It's caused are we going to be shut down. Are we not going to get paid those of us live paycheck to paycheck? We're scared may says she used to think government job was stable. Now, she's thinking about going into the private sector. Ter-? Jon Stewart NPR news Rockville, Maryland secretary of state, Mike Pompeo is on a swing through Persian Gulf states talking about ways to counter Iran and keep up the fight against ISIS NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports from the fact that a couple thousand uniform personnel will be leaving Syria. Doesn't change the US goals to fight ISIS and to get quote every Iranian booed out of Syria. He's building up a coalition to pressure. Iran, do as he puts it behave like a normal country, the coalition is big and growing and the tools that we get from heavy that coalition all work together on that mission. Give us an opportunity to create that chance for the Iranian people. That will be a major theme of an international conference. He's co hosting in Poland next month. Michelle Kellerman NPR news with the secretary in Dhabi. President Trump isn't the only leader who won't be attending the World Economic Forum and Avas Switzerland later this month, Jason general. Reports. French president Emmanuel Macron says he won't be going either president macaroni and will instead host one hundred and fifty French and foreign business leaders at a forum called choose France. The president's office says it will highlight business opportunities across the country for foreign investors. The macro we'll have a big challenge to attract foreign investment. With the recent social unrest of the yellow vest movement. Jake sagana row reporting. From Paris yellow has turned out across France today for a ninth consecutive Saturday. Some eighty thousand police officers were deployed in more than one hundred people were arrested in Paris alone..
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"Religious freedom of work essential country presidency. Clearly made a point by putting this this largest cathedral in the Middle East. I hear this place Pompeii who started his speech by noting that he's an evangelical Christian and keeps bible open on his desk at the State Department also visited a mosque nearby. He heads next to era Gulf countries where he's again likely to keep the focus on Iran. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news Cairo. Now, we're going to talk about a glaring absence in the secretary of state's Middle East tour of the nine countries secretary Pompeii was visiting this week five don't have a Senate confirmed US ambassador, we're talking about countries that are crucial to US foreign policy like Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Former US ambassador to Kuwait Richard lebaron spent decades as a diplomat mostly in the Middle East, and he's now with the Atlantic Council. Welcome to all things considered. Thank you begin by explaining why it matters whether any given country has a Senate confirmed US ambassador or not the White House often says that in these countries a highly. Qualified career diplomat is serving as acting ambassador. So so what's the difference? Well, are there several factors at play? And I think it's good to keep in mind that investors are the president's personal representatives. They're appointed by the president given consent by the Senate and the absence of them just removes a tool for any president's foreign policy. Secondly, when there's not an ambassador in place. Sure, there's a very capable staff at our US embassies, and I've been a sharp J. So I don't want to diminish the importance of a shark in the field charge as the term of art for the acting ambassador the career diplomat. Yes, it is. And that's the person who is in charge investors around. But that person almost inevitably doesn't have quite the influence of an ambassador because he or she is not the president's personal Representative. That's the host government tends to look upon that person as a lesser interlocutor. And that person may. Not have the same level of access to information to people as a sitting ambassador. So that's really important. So let's take a specific example Saudi Arabia. There's been a lot of US Audi diplomacy about the killing of Washington Post analysts Jamal kashogi about the war in Yemen in that specific example, how things go differently. If there were a Senate confirmed US ambassador in that post. Well, I think one thing that might be different is that an ambassador would be able to interpret for the Saudis just how seriously we take some of these responsible actions by the Saudi government, if he has her she has the authority of the president behind them that might make the Saudis take another look at some of these policies. I can't guarantee that and much of the relationship with the Saudis is directly with Washington. But I think it does make a difference to have an empowered Representative of the president on the ground not only can represent his views, but to inform the president and the secretary of state. Of what's going on at the highest levels of government in Saudi Arabia. Can you tell how much of this is a result of the White House failing to nominate people versus the Senate not acting to confront people once they're nominated. Well, I don't want to assign blame but the ministration is two years in. So it seems to me that there are a disproportionate number of vacancies at it reflects, I think a certain attitude on part of the president that he doesn't need help. That's unfortunate because these ambassadors are perfectly willing and able to help him succeed in his policy, and I would add that this is a president who wants the United States to do less in the Middle East, and in that case ambassadors need to do more because they need to convince other countries in that region to take on more of the burden themselves. So there's a role here that's unique to this administration as well. This problem started when Rex Tillerson was secretary of state and Pompeo is asked about it during his confirmation hearings. He said he would address the large number of vacancies. Why why do you think that has? What happened? Well, I think secretaries are state tend to get caught up in policy matters. And he lacks some of the key appointments in the State Department that would help facilitate the appointment of ambassadors, but I can't really assign blame I think it's just a matter of putting a priority on the matter of getting.
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"Syria. Iran and Yemen will dominate secretary of state Mike Pompeo's trip to the Middle East next week NPR's. Michelle Kellerman reports that Pompeo will also visit Saudi Arabia where he hopes to get more information on the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamaica Shuki official briefing reporters on the upcoming trip says Saudi Arabia needs to have a quote credible narrative about what happened did Jamalpur show. G who was killed in the Saudi consulate in is Dan
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"NPR news in Washington on trial Snyder as the partial government shutdown moves into its third week today. Top White House officials and congressional staffers are scheduled to meet to seek an end to the standoff. Vice president Pence is to host a meeting. The democratic led house has approved a spending package to reopen the government, but it does not include the border wall funding, President Trump is seeking Syria. Iran and Yemen will dominate secretary of state Mike Pompeo's trip to the Middle East next week impairs. Michelle Kellerman reports at Pompeo will also visit Saudi Arabia where he hopes to get more information on the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal kashogi official briefing reporters on the upcoming trip says Saudi Arabia needs to have a quote credible narrative about what happened did Jamal Bishop g who was killed in the Saudi consulate in is Dan, boom. The US also wants to see full accountability. So far, the official says the narrative and. Legal process have not yet met that threshold of credibility. Adding that it is in Saudi Arabia's interests to quote, get this albatross off their backs. This will be on Bao's second trip to Riyadh since the Washington Post. Columnist was killed eleven suspects are on trial in Saudi Arabia. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department national security adviser John Bolton already in the Middle East. He left yesterday for a trip that takes him to Israel and Turkey. The supreme court says it will hear a case challenging electoral maps in Maryland and North Carolina. Jason Bruin of member station. W UNC reports this will be the first time that the high court has taken a partisan gerrymandering case, racial gerrymanders are illegal the courts have made that clear, but there has never been a ruling on drawing congressional districts to benefit a political party this session that will change the court declined to hear a different partisan gerrymander case last year that court still included Justice. Anthony kennedy? He has been replaced by Justice Brad Kavanagh for NPR news. I'm Jason Dobrynin in Durham with the economy going strong. The head of the Federal Reserve is seeking to calm concerns about.
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"Hungary's decision to reject a US extradition requests. She says we'll make the world less safe. She also says it raises questions about Hungary's commitment to law enforcement cooperation and undercuts the work that U S in Hungarian agencies have done together. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news. The State Department Mississippi is holding a runoff election today for a US Senate seat Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde. Smith is facing democrat Mike Espy, President Trump held two rallies in Mississippi for Hyde. Smith yesterday democrat SB is a former congressman and US agriculture secretary on Wall Street Dow Jones industrial average is down twelve points at twenty four thousand six hundred twenty seven the NASDAQ is up more than seventeen at seven thousand ninety nine the S and P five hundred is up four. You're listening to. NPR and from KCRW, I'm Cheri Glazer was state and local headlines. The death toll from the camp wildfire. Northern California continues to climb it. Now stands at eighty eight. After investigators determined that three separate sets of human remains contained remains for more than one person and more than two hundred people are still unaccounted for meanwhile, groups of doctors, nurses, and medical students from around the state are rolling their time to help people affected by the campfire. They're treating evacuees for everything from wounds and asthma to the norovirus, which broke out at some shelters. One of those volunteers is Shannon Watson, she's a registered nurse and a first year physician assistant student from UC Davis health and Sacramento Watson says even though the fire is now fully contained evacuees still need medical care. They aren't going to have primary care docs to go back to they're not going to have the hospital to go back to if they go to dialysis every week and a dialysis center burned. How are they going to meet that need in the next six months? So we have to start mobilizing volunteers here to help meet that need up there. Medical experts say the focus on primary care will need to be expanded to mental health care in the weeks to come as evacuees deal with issues like depression and post traumatic stress disorder. The LAPD says it's got a man in custody who's accused of trying to run over two men outside a synagogue in Hancock park. LA police chief Michael Moore says authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime just
Yemeni officials say Saudi airstrike kills 19 civilians
"Deadly airstrike near a port city in Yemen. A Saudi Arabian led coalition has been pounding the area in a fight against Iranian-backed rebels. The civilian toll is mounting UN. Aid officials have another big fear. They warned at half the country is on the brink of famine NPR's, Michelle Kellerman has that story the UN's humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has been trying to raise the alarm about Yemen for weeks now in September. He warned that aid workers are losing the fight against famine this week, he told the Security Council. The situation is getting worse. There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen, much bigger than anything any professional in. This field has seen during their working lives. U? N officials are particularly worried about the fighting at the port. Of who data and the collapse of Yemen's currency. They're urging Saudi Arabia to help stabilize the riyal. So that Yemenis who do have money can afford to buy food in the markets and the UN wants the Saudis and their coalition partners to avoid civilian targets as they fight for control of the port used by aid workers, given the fighting there and around the country. It's hard for aid groups to get a full picture of the needs of the country. And there are some doubts in Washington about the UN figures, but the scenes are grim says Christie, della field of mercy corps, who is in Yemen. Last month. I visited malnutrition screening clinics that mercy corps works in in both north and the south and sat with mother after mother holding her child her infant our child on her lap telling me, I don't know where I'm going to get food to feed my child the UN now estimates that fourteen million people that is half. Yemen's population are facing pre-famine conditions della field says she. Nothing like it. This is a manmade crisis. There are things that we can do to help people there. And we need to be doing the US is a major donor to the humanitarian response. It also provides logistical support to the Saudi led coalition and secretary of state Mike Pompeo recently gave the green light for that to continue despite deadly airstrikes on civilian targets. Senator Chris Murphy, a democrat on the foreign relations committee wants congress to cut off that military aid writing. In a recent op, Ed that the war has killed thousands of civilians led to a massive humanitarian crisis and has a quote
Pompeo meets king as Saudis expected to say journalist killed accidentally
"Is in Saudi Arabia meeting with the Saudi King and crown prince hanging over all the handshakes, and smiles is the disappearance of a Saudi journalist Jamal kashogi who has not been seen since he walked into the Saudi consulate in stumbled Turkey two weeks ago. Turkey says the Saudis killed him NPR's. Michelle Kellerman is traveling with the secretary of state, which means she too is in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Hi, michelle. Hi there. Mary louise. So I'm going to get to the substance of these talks today in a minute but start with the optics. They are tricky. I I mentioned friendly handshakes. And smiles, meanwhile, the agenda is to discuss an alleged murder plot by the Saudis. Yeah. It was kind of striking because you know, on the face of it looked like this, very typical. Visit by secretary of state going to see the king at his palace. A brief stop at the foreign. Ministry and a lot of time with the crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who's this young very powerful figure here. We're told that the conversations have been direct and candid, diplo speak for quite tough. But you wouldn't know it by watching these men, greedy niche other in front of the cameras and talking about how important this relationship is talk about the substance. What did they say to each other in these direct and candid talks? Well, they've the US officials have said very little about that. I mean, they say that Trump sent Pompeii oh here to convey, the message that it's really important for the Saudis to conduct a thorough transparent investigation into the disappearance of this Washington Post columnist US officials haven't weighed in about all of these reports in the news at the Saudis are now portraying this as like interrogation gone horribly wrong. We don't know exactly how the Saudis have been spending this with bump AO in private or. Or if he believes them, but we do know that President Trump seems to at least according to his Twitter feed. Trump says he spoke by phone to the ground prints who was with Pompeii or at the time. And he says that the crown prince, and this is a quote on Twitter, totally denied any knowledge of what took place in the consulate. It does seem as the pump AO has been sent to walk this really fine line. President Trump has threatened severe punishment has words to whoever's responsible for Jamal kashogi disappearance, maybe murder, but but there's also a lot more at stake here in the in the wider US Saudi relationship in this country. Mary Louise is is really key to the Mideast strategy of the Trump administration. There are big US arms deals at stake, the US policy on Iran is is vital here. The sanctions are going back into force and the the US needs the Saudis to keep the oil market stable. And then on the other hand the administration is facing a lot of pressure from congress members of congress are outraged over this apparent murder in the consulate in Istanbul and over the Saudi conduct in the war in Yemen. So I think you're totally right there. The administration is trying to walk. This very fine line secretary Pompeo is headed next which means you are headed next to the capital of Turkey. To anchor of what's the agenda there? Well, he's going to be meeting with the foreign minister there, obviously Turkey is also really important ally in a country that wants to get to the bottom of this to valise in Turkey today were searching the Saudi consulate and say they found evidence that the Saudi journalists was killed there. So it's going to be to follow up on those investigations. MPR's Michelle Kellerman. Reporting from Saudi Arabia is not just governments figuring out how to deal with Saudi Arabia's role and the suspected death of Jamal kashogi. Major corporations are sensing themselves from the kingdom top executives have pulled out of an investment conference scheduled to take place in Riyadh next week. They include leaders of J P Morgan and Ford Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times also planned to attend and moderate panels. Not only did he pull out. He is also now reporting on how CEO's made the decision to withdraw from the Saudi conference and he joins us. Now. Welcome. Thank you for. Having me you say this incident is forcing business executives to become reluctant statesman. Why reluctant well, I think that over the past year or two really under the Trump administration CEO's have been forced into these uncomfortable positions of having to speak out on moral issues. This conference in Riyadh known as Davos in. The desert has become a crucible of sorts for so many CEO's over the past week. And all of the being done without really direction from Washington. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is still going CEO's have been
Canada sticks to plan to stay at NAFTA talks despite Trump attack
"The office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is disputing President Trump's comment that Trump said no to a one on one meeting with Trudeau to discuss trade amid efforts to finalise a reworked North American Free trade agreement NPR's Michelle Kellerman says Trump talked about it yesterday in his our plus news conference following meetings at the UN Trump has met with various world leaders at the UN this week. But he says he turned down talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because tariffs are too high. And he doesn't seem to want to move. And I've told them forget about it. And frankly with thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada. That's the mother lode. That's the big one at Trudeau spokesperson says no meeting was requested. Adding, quote, we don't have any comment beyond that Trump. However went on a long time complaining that he's not getting along with Canadian negotiators. He's trying to replace NAFTA. With what he says, no call you as MC US, Mexico, Canada or just US. SM if candidate doesn't