May 10, 2018
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting.
The three American citizens who had been held in North Korea are on their way home after being released by the Koreans.
President Trump said Wednesday he will greet the men when they arrive at an Air Force base near Washington DC.
"Right now, flying back are three, what they were calling 'hostages.' We call them 'fine people.' Three really fine people. Seemed to be healthy.
They'll be landing at two o'clock in the morning at Andrews Air Force Base, and I'll be there to greet them. Mike will be with me."
Also on Wednesday, the president said the date and location of his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will be announced within three days. It will not take place at the Korean demilitarized zone as Mr. Trump had previously suggested it might.
"We've picked a time. We've picked a place for the meeting, or 'summit,' as you like to call it. And I think it'll be very successful. But as I always say, 'Who knows?' Who knows what's going to happen."
Egypt is expressing reservations about President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
From Cairo, correspondent Edward Yeranian reports.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a group of students Wednesday the United States was merely hostile to Iran's existence, in general.
He says the United States says it opposes Iran's ballistic missile program or its nuclear energy program, but these are just excuses for its opposition to our presence in the Middle East in general and the existence of our Islamic Republic.
Edward Yeranian, for VOA news, Cairo.
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Heavily armed suicide bombers attacked two police stations in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 23.
The first attack happened midday, during which two suicide bombers targeted the police headquarters in the western Dasht-e-Barchi district of the capital.
About 30 minutes later, a group of at least five gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a police station in central Kabul's upscale Shahr-e Naw area.
The Taliban insurgency claimed its members carried out the attack.
Witnesses and Afghan officials expect the death toll to rise.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 15 others in a market in the Lower Shabelle region of [Ethiopia] Somalia, about 19 kilometers southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The attacker targeted a busy market in the town of Wanlaweyn about 4:00 o'clock local time. It's busiest shopping time.
A suspected al-Shabab attacker carried out the bombing.
The town has a military air base and now hosts a Somali Special military unit and its American trainers and advisers.
President Trump's choice to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, appeared before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday.
She began with a promise. "The law provides that no individual in U.S. custody may be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach that is not authorized by and listed in the Army Field Manual."
Haspel said she wouldn't obey a presidential order she believed to be immoral even if it was legal.
An American religious group is breaking away from an organization it had long worked with.
Associated Press correspondent Walter Ratliff reports.
The Mormon church will completely sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year. The religion will move its remaining boys into its own scouting-type program.
The announcement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Boy Scouts marks an end to a close relationship that lasted more than a century and was built on their shared values.
The exit by Mormon leaders comes after Boy Scouts decided in 2015 to allow gay troop leaders and announced last year it would allow girls into the ranks.
The Boy Scouts said last week it will change its name next year to Scouts BSA.
The religion has long been the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States.
I'm Walter Ratliff.
A breakaway group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives has defied their leaders and joined with Democrats in an attempt to force action on legislation that would protect a program that stops young, illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents from being deported.
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