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I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
Afghan and U-S leaders hold talks: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah opened talks with U.S. officials at the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland Monday. Mr. Ghani said that Afghanistan's "partnership with the United States is foundational." He also spoke in an exclusive VOA interview...
“We have mutual interests and are faced with common threats. Given that, we have to create the type of co-ordination and co-operation that both insures Afghanistan’s national interests and secures United States’ vital interests in the region. “
Mr. Ghani was heard through an interpreter.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says Arab states will take measures against Yemen's Houthi rebels if a solution cannot be found to end their fight against the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Meanwhile, Yemen Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said Mr. Hadi was asking neighboring Arabian Gulf countries to intervene militarily against the rebels. Forces loyal to the rebels appeared Monday to have been stopped in their drive south towards the south as we hear from Edward Yeranian .
“Residents of Yemen's third largest city, Taiz, jeered a convoy of Houthi rebel fighters Monday outside a special forces base, demanding they withdraw. The rebels appeared to consolidate their grip on Taiz, but were pushed back as they tried to advance further south. A tribal fighter battling the Houthi forces trying to punch through to Aden insisted he and his men would sooner die than allow the Houthis to enter the south of the country. Edward Yeranian for VOA news, Cairo.”
Military forces aligned with Libya's internationally recognized government shot down a warplane Monday. The plane was flown by airmen linked to a rival Islamist government.
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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for free and fair elections in Nigeria this Saturday. He called for Nigerians to reject the violence that has marred the country's previous elections. In a video released Monday by the U.S. embassy in Abuja, President Obama said successful elections are key to stopping the insurgent group Boko Haram and allowing more than a million displaced Nigerians to return to their houses. VOA's Peter Clottey was asked about reaction to Mr. Obama's statement.
“Both parties welcome it. When I spoke with them earlier today, they all referred me to an agreement that both President Goodluck Jonathan and the opposition leader General (retired) Muhammadu Buhari signed promising to ensure that their supporters do not engage in acts of violence.”
VOA's Peter Clottey is covering the Nigerian election from Abuja.
Thousands of mourners have gathered outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Singapore to lay flowers and pay their respects to the country's founder, Lee Kuan Yew. Mr. Lee died early Monday at the age of 91. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia. This man spoke of the former leader's strength...
“He doesn’t bow down to--you know--threats and fear and things like that. He went ahead with what he decided on. So, and of course giving us what we have to be as well. Like I was telling somebody—right—I wouldn’t be cycling here today without for—without him and his policies.”
Singapore's prime minister's office said Mr. Lee, who ruled the island nation from 1959 to 1990, "passed away peacefully."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he regrets issuing a warning to his supporters during the country's recent election that Arab voters were heading to the polls "in droves." At an event at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, Mr. Netanyahu told members of the Arab community he recognizes the comment hurt Israeli Arabs. He said that was not his intention.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced Monday he is a candidate for president in the 2016 elections in the United States. Cruz made his candidacy official via Twitter just after midnight Monday."
Ukraine again accused pro-Russian separatists Monday of violating the cease-fire agreement the two sides signed in Minsk. A military official said the rebels had fired rockets and artillery at Ukrainian military positions in the eastern part of the country.
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks Monday in Berlin. Those talks were aimed at bridging sharp differences over Greece's tenuous economic future.
On Wall Street, U-S stock indexes closed down today.
In Washington, I’m Dave DeForest.
That’s the latest world news from VOA.
阿富汗与美国领导人展开会谈：周一，阿富汗总统Ashraf Ghani以及首席执行官Abdullah Abdullah在位于马里兰州戴维营的总统休假地与美国官员举行谈话。Ghani表示阿富汗与美国的合作关系是根基。他同时也接受了VOA的独家采访。
“双方都赞成这个观点。在今天早些时候对他们的采访中，他们都向我提到了Goodluck Jonathan和反对派领导 Muhammadu Buhari将军（已退休）签署的合约，他们承诺自己的支持者将不再进行任何暴力活动”。
以色列总理Benjamin Netanyahu于周一表示，他后悔在最近的国家大选中对他的支持者发布关于阿拉伯选民会们成群结队地来投票的警告 。”在耶路撒冷总理官邸举办的一场活动上，Netanyahu先生向阿拉伯社区的成员表示他认识到这些言论伤害了阿拉伯裔以色列人。他表示这并非他的本意。