February 10, 2017
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David DeForest reporting.
A federal appeals court Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven nations - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The vote in the three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was unanimous.
Last week, District Judge [Robart] James Robart of Seattle issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban after the states of Washington and Minnesota sued.
The government is now expected to appeal to the Supreme Court and Mr. Trump tweeted moments ago, "See you in court."
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told the Armed Services Committee Thursday he believes the U.S.-backed Afghan forces are "in a stalemate" in the 15 year-old war. General John Nicholson said he needs "a few thousand" more soldiers to break the stalemate.
"I want to acknowledge the brave men and women of the Afghan Security Forces and the people of Afghanistan fighting for secure and stable country. The success of our mission depends on their courage, determination and sacrifice."
Top U.S. officials sought to reassure Afghanistan of continuing American support under the new administration.
Pakistan says India's rapid development of its nuclear weapons poses a threat to the region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Thursday at a weekly news conference that India is stockpiling nuclear materials outside international standards.
"It is also building a secret nuclear city in south India, which, according to foreign policy investigative reports, is to produce thermonuclear weapons."
India promptly rejected the allegations
Turkey says a Russian airstrike has accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria.
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U.S. President Donald Trump says he will make a major tax announcement in a few weeks.
"Lowering the overall tax burden on American business is big league. That's coming along very well. We're way ahead of schedule, I believe. And we're going to announce something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal."
The president spoke during a White House meeting with airline executives.
"I, Jeff Sessions do solemnly swear. I, Jeff Sessions do solemnly swear."
Former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the next U.S. attorney general Thursday at the White House. He promised to tackle what he said was a growing problem of crime in the U.S.
"We will deploy the talents and abilities of the Department of Justice in the most effective way possible to confront this rise in crime and to protect the people of our country."
Sessions also said the U.S. needs a lawful system of immigration and vowed to uphold laws that he said were largely unenforced during the last administration.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Thursday in Washington, where he will have an Oval Office meeting with President Trump and a White House lunch. He will later have a golf outing in Florida.
The administration hopes to reassure Japan's leader that the Trump administration stands with its ally (quoting now) "shoulder to shoulder 100 percent."
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Thursday with the European Union's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini.
Mogherini's task Thursday was to test the waters for Europe's relationship with the new administration, beginning with Tillerson, the top U.S. diplomat.
Afterward, Mogherini pronounced the meeting in Washington "fruitful."
A Palestinian attacked shoppers at an open air market in central Israel Thursday.
Police say the man attacked the shoppers with gunfire and a screwdriver.
At least six people were wounded.
An Egyptian organization that specializes in treating torture victims were shut down by authorities Thursday.
The psychiatrist who founded the El Nadeem Center says the closure is part of a security crackdown on civil society in Egypt.
The center which also documents cases of police abuse had been fighting a court order to close down.
A top Hungarian official says migrants waiting for placement in Hungary will wait in border camps made up of shipping containers.
The prime minister's chief of staff, János Lázár says once new rules are in place, undocumented migrants will be returned across the border.
A judge on Kenya's high court says the Dadaab refugee camp will remain open. He said the government order to close the world's largest refugee camp was discriminatory.
He complained that the government's decision specifically targeted Somali refugees.
From the VOA news center in Washington, I'm David DeForest.
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