November 8, 2018

VOA news. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer. He had endured more than a year of personal attacks from President Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Sessions announced his resignation in a letter to President Trump. He said the resignation came at "your request."

Mr. Trump is hailing Republican gains in the Senate and warning Democrats who will take House control now.

Associated Press Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the White House.

The president says it was nearly an absolute victory even though Republicans lost their monopoly in Washington. He says he is willing to work with Democrats in the House majority.

"It really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation."

But he is also issuing a warning to Democrats taking abusing their new found subpoena power to investigate him.

"If that happens then we're going to do the same thing and government comes to a halt, and I would blame them."

At a wide ranging news conference, the president also made impromptu confirmation that Vice President Pence will be his running mate in 2020.

A CNN national exit poll found that 55 percent of voters disapprove of the president's performance in office, 44 percent approve of it.

Two Muslim women were elected to the U.S. House on Tuesday. Also among the winners are several first time candidates, including two native American women.

They will be among the 100 women who will be sworn in when the new Congress takes over in January, a first for the nation.

Facebook says it has blocked more than 100 accounts with potential ties to a so-called Russian "troll farm" that may have sought to interfere with Tuesday's midterm elections.

In a statement Wednesday, the company said it blocked the accounts on Facebook and Instagram on Monday.

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Pakistan has released a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, from a prison in the city of Multan following her acquittal on charges of blasphemy.

Pakistani officials said the woman left the prison facility Wednesday and was flown to an undisclosed location. Officials say her whereabouts are being kept secret because of threats on her life.

Central Americans who said they will walk from their country through Mexico to the United States are deciding whether to continue their journey.

Associated Press correspondent Rita Foley reports.

There are about 4,500 immigrants staying at a stadium in Mexico City, sorting through donated clothing, food and lining up to make quick calls home at a Red Cross stand.

They are resting for at least a couple of days, deciding whether to accept Mexico's offer to stay or continue on toward the U.S.

One woman from Honduras said nobody is in a bigger hurry than she is to get to the United States but she said, "We have to go all together."

A Presbyterian Church official in the West African nation of Cameroon says 79 students who were abducted from their school along with their principal have been released.

(The) students were kidnapped Monday from the town of Bamenda. The principal is still being held.

U.N. agencies are warning that hundreds of thousands of severely malnourished children in war-torn Yemen could die because of food shortages and lack of money to provide life-saving treatment.

Correspondent Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.

The U.N. children's fund warns 400,000 children under age five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and are at risk of dying. UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac says every year, 30,000 children under age five are dying from malnutrition related diseases. He says one half of Yemen's young children are chronically malnourished.

Fighting in Yemen has led to the almost total collapse of the country's health system. It also has prevented the import of food, fuel, medicine and other supplies critical for the well-being of the population.

International aid groups pleaded Wednesday for the residents of a Yemeni port city trapped between warring government forces and Iranian-backed rebels to be allowed safe passage out of the crossfire.

Save the Children said one of its medical clinics had been damaged in the fighting in the densely-populated Red Sea city of Hodeida, population 600,000.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said one of the city's biggest hospitals is now "meters away from an active frontline."

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