June 30, 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David DeForest reporting.
U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met Wednesday at the North American leader summit in Canada's capital, Ottawa.
Mr. Obama warned against isolationist tendencies in America and elsewhere.
Arguing for regional cooperation and free trade, the president said the solution to difficulties with the global economy is not to withdraw from it.
"We're gonna continue to deepen our trilateral cooperation in this hemisphere and around the world. And in short, we're gonna do more to speak with one united North American voice on the world stage." :President Obama.
European Union leaders focused Wednesday on carving out a future without Britain, wrapping up a summit in Brussels. Tuesday night, they bid farewell to outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron and called on Britain to exit speedily from the bloc. They said the U.K. should not expect any membership benefits.
Donald Tusk is the president of the European Council. "We reconfirmed that Britain's withdrawal from the European Union must be orderly and there will be no negotiations of any kind until the U.K. formally notifies its intention to withdraw." :Donald Tusk.
Egyptian investigators say a flight data recorder shows there was smoke aboard the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea May 19, killing all 66 people on board.
The recorder shows the smoke was in the lavatory and on some of the on-board electronics.
Russia and Turkey have agreed to resume cooperation on travel and trade. That agreement followed a telephone conversation between the countries' presidents, the first such conversation since Turkey downed a Russian plane last year.
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Turkey's prime minister is fingering the Islamic State group as probably responsible for Tuesday's deadly airport attack in Istanbul. Dorian Jones reports.
Flags across Turkey were at half-staff Wednesday as the country observed a national day of mourning in the wake of Tuesday's triple suicide bombing attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. Within hours of the bombings, Ataturk Airport was reopened.
Turkish security forces are now racing to identify the suicide bombers. The attackers appeared well organized and coordinated.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking hours after the attack, pointed the finger at Islamic State.
Dorian Jones, Istanbul.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is calling on the international community to take greater action in tackling the refugee crisis.
Power spoke Wednesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington. "At the end of 2015, more than 65 million people were displaced worldwide, over half of them children. That is the highest number on record since the U.N.'s refugee agency started collecting statistics."
Power announced U.S. plans to intensify resettlement efforts to admit 30,000 more refugees in 2016 and 2017.
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows U.S. President Barack Obama continues to get largely favorable reviews throughout much of the world in the final days of his presidency.
Fifteen of the 16 countries surveyed in Europe and Asia expressed confidence in Mr. Obama's ability to handle world affairs.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got mostly favorable reviews in Europe. But, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, didn't fare as well. In many of the nations polled, his confidence rating was only in single digits.
The Italian navy Wednesday began raising the wreckage of a boat which sank [April] in April of 2015, believed to be carrying as many as 700 African migrants.
The navy has recovered more than 100 bodies, but so far, many more, including those of women and children, are believed to be locked below deck.
A refrigerated transport structure is being used so that scientists may try to identify the bodies of the victims.
Human Rights Watch is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Saudi Arabia's membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing the country's leadership in a military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Human Rights Watch charges that Saudi Arabia is implicated in "numerous violations" of international humanitarian law.
Saudi Arabia has not commented directly on the statement, but in the past it has said that it is only responding to truce violations by the rebels and does not target civilians.
In Washington, I'm David DeForest.
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