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September 2, 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David DeForest reporting.
A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is denying U.S. claims that his government has agreed to a cease-fire with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
The U.S. asked Turkey to halt its offensive against the Kurds and to instead focus its efforts on combating the Islamic State group. But the spokesman says that is "out of the question."
Senior United Nations [official] officials, meanwhile, are acknowledging that efforts to resume deadlocked Syrian peace talks and gain humanitarian access to besieged areas remain unsuccessful as fighting continues to escalate. Lisa Schlein has more.
High-level U.S. and Russian military, security and diplomatic experts are meeting in Geneva to try to finalize a cessation of hostilities agreement which would make it possible for U.N.-mediated intra-Syrian peace talks to go ahead.
This is a follow-up to last week's day-long meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, aimed at sealing a deal.
Lisa Schlein, Geneva.
Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro marched through the streets of Caracas Thursday. They are calling for a recall referendum against the president.
A separate protest by government supporters was also held on Thursday.
Gabon's interior minister says more than 1,000 people have been arrested since the capital erupted in violence Wednesday after officials announced the re-election of President Ali Bongo.
The United States announced additional sanctions on Russia over its continuing support of Ukraine's rebels and the annexation of Crimea.
The Treasury Department says it designated 37 new individuals and companies.
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An earthquake has struck off the coast of New Zealand -- no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was listed as a 7.1-magnitude quake.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has ended his flirtation with softer immigration policies. Trump declared in a speech late Wednesday in Arizona that he would deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country. He renewed his vow to build a wall along the U.S. southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
Democrat Hillary Clinton wants to retain executive orders signed by President Obama offering deferred enforcement to certain categories of illegal immigrants with no criminal records.
She has called for a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration policies similar to the one that has stalled in Congress.
Clinton's running mate Virginia Senator Tim Kaine spoke Wednesday in New Hampshire, accusing Trump of saying one thing during his visit with Mexico's president and another thing in his speech on immigration.
"It's kind of talking out of both sides of your mouth, I tell you. ???In the representing our country diplomacy keeping America safe, you can't have a leader that talks out of both sides of your mouth. You can't."
Trump campaigned Wednesday in Ohio, where his subject was jobs and economy.
"My economic plan is going to grow this economy, raise your wages, and create millions and millions of new jobs to this country." :Donald Trump.
The U.S. [Justice Department has], I should say, Department of Justice has sentenced a Romanian hacker named "Guccifer" to 52 months in prison.
Marcel Lehel Lazar was convicted of hacking into the email accounts of about 100 Americans.
In a case it exposed the private account used by Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.
An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded on its launchpad in Florida Thursday. NASA said SpaceX was testing the rocket when a series of blasts rocked the site.
No one was injured but the rocket and a satellite on board were destroyed.
The satellite was intended to beam high-speed Internet signals to Africa [from] for Facebook.
The explosion marks a major setback for both SpaceX and NASA.
Brazil's ousted President Dilma Rousseff has filed an appeal with the country's Supreme Court to challenge the Senate's decision to remove her from office for breaking budgetary rules.
The appeal demands "the immediate suspension of the effects of the Senate decision."
It accuses opposition lawyers of violating Rousseff's right to due process. If the court grants the injunction, the Senate trial will have to be repeated.
From the VOA news center in Washington, I'm David DeForest.
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