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NC Residents Wait for Water to Recede as Trump Pays Visit

Evacuees up and down the coast remained stranded by significant flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence Wednesday, as President Donald Trump traveled to the region to survey the damage. VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson talked to local residents about the impact of the president's visit.

Fate of Supreme Court Nominee Rests With a Divided Senate

The U.S. Senate remains divided over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied an allegation by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Ford and Democrats are seeking an FBI investigation into the alleged assault before she would testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee, while President Donald Trump and Republicans are so far resisting. More on the battle over Kavanaugh's nomination from VOA national correspondent Jim Malone.

Trump's Trade Spat With China Gets Limited Support from Lawmakers

The Trump administration's latest tariffs on Chinese imports have been welcomed by some in Washington who have advocated a tougher stance on China's trade practices. But as VOA's Bill Gallo reports, some are also questioning whether the White House is using the right strategy in its trade war with the world's second largest economy.

UN Backs Anti-Graft Investigator in Standoff with Guatemala

U.N. Secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday rejected a request by Guatemala’s government to name a new head of a U.N. commission investigating corruption in the Central American nation.  Spokeswoman Florencia Soto told The Associated Press that the agreement between Guatemala and the United Nations stipulates that Guterres gets to determine the head of the commission.  “The secretary-general does not see any reason to change his current position of support for Commissioner Ivan… Read Full Article

South Korea's Moon Jae-in makes history at Pyongyang Mass Games

South Korea's president was cheered by 150,000 North Koreans as he attended the iconic spectacle.

Rains Set Off Landslide, Burying 2 Philippine Villages

A landslide set off by heavy rains buried homes under part of a mountainside in the central Philippines on Thursday, and several people are feared buried, including two who sent text messages seeking help. The police chief said three bodies had been retrieved. The collapse buried about 30 small houses in two villages after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province. Roderick Gonzales, the police chief of Naga city, told The Associated Press by telephone that rescuers were at the scene and more… Read Full Article

US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the aim is North Korea's denuclearisation "by January 2021".

Cane toad DNA breakthrough 'may help stop' toxic pest

It may help stop the animal's rapid and destructive march across Australia, researchers say.

Rights Group Accuses Mexican Military, Police of Unlawful Killings

Mexican troops and police committed two extrajudicial killings while confronting presumed fuel thieves in the central state of Puebla in May 2017, a Mexican human rights group said Wednesday, adding to allegations of abuse against the military. A report by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said police and troops manipulated the scene by placing high-caliber firearms beside the two bodies. Eight other people died and 13 people, including four minors, were detained with excessive… Read Full Article

US Catholic Church Plans Hotline for Complaints of Abuse by Bishops

Catholic bishops in the United States plan to set up a hotline to field complaints about bishops who have sexually abused or harassed children or adults, in response to a growing sexual misconduct scandal in the church's highest ranks. The hotline was one of several moves unveiled on Wednesday by bishops to try to rebuild trust in the U.S. church hierarchy after recent allegations that bishops had abused children and covered up decades of sex crimes by priests. "Some bishops, by their… Read Full Article