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August 11, 2017

From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Jonathan Smith reporting.



President Trump had another warning Thursday for North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump said his promise this week that the United States would inflict "fire and fury" on North Korea for its nuclear weapons development program maybe [were] was not tough enough.

"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody (has) seen before - what will happen in North Korea."

President Trump said if North Korea doesn't change its ways, it is going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.



Global stocks declined again Thursday as President Trump and North Korea continued their exchange of angry rhetoric and threats of military action.

American stocks were down sharply at the close of trading, with the Dow off more than 200 points. The S&P 500 down nearly one and a half percent and the NASDAQ sliding more than 2 percent.

Earlier, key indices in Hong Kong, Germany and London fell by one percent or more.



President Trump has declared America's addiction to painkillers, opioids, are "national emergency."

He told reporters that the drug crisis afflicting the nation is "a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had."

He said he is drawing up documents to so attest the designation will allow states and localities to unlock more support and resources to address the drug overdose and [emic] epidemic, that is, such as additional funding and expanded access to various forms of treatment. It will also give the government more flexibility in waiving rules and restrictions to expedite action.



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The U.N. migration agency says six Ethiopian migrants have died and 13 are missing after smugglers forced 160 migrants out of a boat as it neared the coast of Yemen.

The agency said the drownings on Thursday happened a day after about 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were "deliberately drowned" by a smuggler in another boat off Yemen.



The Kenya presidential election which took place on Tuesday has still not been decided. Correspondent Matthew Larotonda reports some in the country fear a repetition of the violence that took place after a vote in 2007.

Kenya waking up to the smoldering remains of days of unrest, surrounding fraud allegations in its Tuesday presidential election.

Witnesses say at least four people were killed in protests spanning multiple cities - three thought to be shot dead by police, a fourth killed by protesters.

These men are chanting "Uhuru must go. President Uhuru Kenyatta."

Kenya's polling chief has confirmed allegations made by Kenyatta's opposition, Raila Odinga, that the election commission did suffer a hacking attempt, but they say the voting system wasn't compromised.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is leading one of the observer missions in the country. He says if a hacker got in, it still many not affect early polls giving Kenyatta the lead.

"The question is whether they are able to change any material results, whether they are able to change anything. And that is measurable."

Kerry also criticized Odinga for making what he called "veiled threats" that his supporters might be called up for violence.

Odinga's campaigns released 50 pages of computer logs they say prove his theory. But an independent cyber security expert voters spoke with says the evidence was inconclusive.

So far, the new violence has been largely contained, for the country is nervously weary of a repeat of 2007. Then, Odinga urged people to take to the streets in another election marred by irregularities and around 1,200 people were killed in a campaign of ethnic clashes that followed.



Canada's consular affairs office says one of its diplomats in Cuba is suffering from the same mysterious hearing loss that apparently forced several American diplomats to leave Havana.

Global Affairs Canada, a spokeswoman, said officials "are [unaware of unusual] aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working, including with U.S. and Cuban authorities, to ascertain the cause."



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