VOA NEWS

August 9, 2017

From Washington, this is VOA news. Hello, I'm Steve Miller.



U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a stark warning to North Korea, saying it "bets not make any more threats to the United States, they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

The president's remarks came hours after several media outlets reported that U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency reached the conclusion last month that North Korea has successfully built a miniaturized nuclear warhead it could fit inside its missiles.

Trump [forced] used forceful language rivaling but frequently heard from Pyongyang. It is certain to prompt concern that war could resume on the Korean peninsula, where three years of combat in the early 1950s ended in a stalemate.



South African President Jacob Zuma has survived a no-confidence vote. Zuma has weathered seven similar votes in the past.

A successful vote this time would have required President Zuma and his entire cabinet to resign.

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance, characterized the vote as a choice between two polar opposites. "Today our choice is between right and wrong. Between good and evil."

The Democratic Alliance brought the motion to parliament and said Zuma's corruption allegations made him unfit to hold the highest office in South Africa.



Kenyans cast ballots in a highly contested nationwide polls, facing rain and both hot and cold weather conditions throughout the day.

The presidential race pits current President Uhuru Kenyatta against his longtime rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Official results are expected by Friday. However, early results put Kenyatta with 55 percent of the vote.



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The International Organization for Migration reports that since April its search operations in northern Niger have led to the rescue of 1,000 migrants making the perilous journey across the Saharan desert en route to Libya. Lisa Schlein has the story.

The International Organization for Migration says it plans to expand its search and rescue operations, given the success of its mission and the increasing dangers facing migrants in the desert.

The IOM says it will open more so-called flow migration points to better monitor the travelers and provide them with help.

Despite the dangers, thousands of migrants from impoverished African countries risk their lives in hopes of achieving a better economic future in Europe.

Spokeswoman Olivia Heaton tells VOA the migrants are at greater risk than before.

Lisa Schlein, for VOA news, Geneva.



Venezuela's new constitutional assembly took over the halls of the endangered, opposition-controlled Congress on Tuesday, issuing a decree declaring itself superior to all other branches of government. VOA's Mary Motta.

The order bars anti-government lawmakers in Congress from taking any action that would interfere with the laws passed by the newly installed assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, the super-body's leader, declared to unanimous approval.

Embattled President Nicholás Maduro convoked the constitutional assembly in what he contends is an attempt to resolve the nation's political standoff, but opposition leaders insist it is a power grab.

Since its installation on Friday, the assembly has already ousted the nation's outspoken chief prosecutor, established a "truth commission" expected to target Maduro's foes and passed decrees pledging "support and solidarity" with the unpopular president.



Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia on Tuesday and assured it of Moscow's military support and act of defiance to Western governments that have condemned Russia's backing for the separatists.

Putin arrived in the Black Sea resort of Pitsunda a week after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Tbilisi and issued a condemnation of Russia's presence in the Georgian territory.



Brazilian authorities say they have arrested a Rio de Janeiro city councilman for allegedly taking bribes to turn bodies from a public morgue over to private funeral parlors without the families' consent.



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