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From Washington, this is VOA news. I’m Bob Doughty reporting.
U.S. inadvertently killed hostages in a drone strike. A U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January accidentally killed 2 hostages, one American worker and one Italian man held by al-Qaeda on the Afghan-Pakistan border, the White House said President Barrack Obama personally apologized for the incident and an official statement said，was tremendously sorry over the death of two innocent hostages. American Warren Weinestein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto have both been working on aid project in Pakistan.
Mr. Obama said from the White House earlier today.
“As president and commander-in-chief, I take full responsibility for all our counter-terrorism operations, including the one inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni. I profoundly regret what happened. On behalf of the United States’ government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families.”
Mr. Obama told the reporters based on the intelligence we obtained at the time, including hundreds of hours of surveillance. We believe this was an al-Qaeda compound, that no civilians in the prison and capturing these terrorists was not possible.
European Union leaders considered a plan resovled the countless migrant ship crises by taking military action to destroy smugglers boats of Africa so they can not be used to ferry refugees in a perilous journey across the Mediterranean to the southern shores of Europe. Heads of states of 28 EU countries met in Brussels Thursday in the aftermath of last weekend’s Mediterranean disaster, in which about 800 more people were drowned with only 28 rescued, when a migrant boat headed from Libya to Italy capsized. This is VOA news.
More planes pounded Houthi rebels’ targets in Yemen Thursday 2 days after what was supposed to be the official end of Saudi-led bombing campaign. Witnesses say the raids hit areas around the main southern port city of Aden, where fighting continues between the Houthis and supporters of the country’s Alstead government. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon informed the Security Council that he is nominating Mauitanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as his new special envoy to Yemen. Cheikh Ahmed who has been serving as UN Ebola chief would replace Jamal Benomar, who resigned last week after losing the support of the Gulf countries for his mediation efforts in Yemen.
Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday top Chinese nuclear experts have expanded their estimate of North Korea’s nuclear capability beyond previous U.S. estimates, making Pyongyang’s arsenal a potential regional security threat. VOA’S Victor Beattie reports.
The Wall Street journal says the Chinese estimate that the North may already possess 20 nuclear warheads was relayed during a closed-door meeting with U.S. nuclear specialists at the China Institute of International Studies in February. Recently U.S. experts suggested North Korea had between 10 and 16 nuclear bombs.
Troy Stangarone of the Washington-based Korean Economic Institute said if the journal report is true, it underscores the growing difficulty of reaching any kind of denuclearization agreement with North Korea.
It raises questions of what North Korea would do to take and give up its nuclear arsenal and how likely is it do so?
Earlier this month the head of U.S. Northern Command Admiral William Gortney warned that Pyongyang is now capable of launching a nuclear armed missile that can reach the United States, but he said he has no indication it has been tested. Victor Beattie, VOA news, Washington.
Five months after her nomination by U.S. President, Loretta Lynch is expected to finally be confirmed by Senate as the nation’s next attorney general. Lynch’s nomination has been held up for weeks after Senate Democrats held up passage of legislation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking, due to an anti-abortion amendment inserted into the bill by Republicans. The impasse of the abortion measure was broken off early this week when a handful of Republicans and Democrats reached a compromise.
A U.S. public opinion survey shows Republican senator Marco Rubio leading the large group of hopefuls for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The poll also shows Rubio doing better against likely Democratic Presidential nominee Hilary Clinton in a potential general election matchup than the other Republican presidential hopefuls. Rubio trails former Secretary of State by 2 percentage points. I’m Bob Doughty in Washington. That’s the latest world news from VOA.
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