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VOA news 2019-05-14

This is VOA news. I’m Liz Parker.

There is unease on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday after China retaliated against a new round of American tariffs by hiking duties on U.S.-made goods. Even so, senators of both parties say China must be confronted. They are expressing hope for a swift but comprehensive resolution.

VOA’s Senate correspondent Michael Bowman reports.

Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen spoke with VOA. “We need to challenge China to change a lot of its trade practices and its domestic business practices.”

But Van Hollen faults President Donald Trump’s focus on tariffs.

“What I see is a tariff-only strategy. I don’t see a more comprehensive strategy towards China.”

Among the most vocal expressing trade war concerns are American farmers. Republican Senator Roy Blunt represents agriculture-rich Missouri.

“We were selling about one out of every four rows of soybeans just to China.”

But Blunt believes Americans understand that short-term economic pain is necessary to secure better trading terms with China.

“They have not been fair traders.”

Michael Bowman, VOA news, the Capitol.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at the European Union headquarters in Brussels Monday. He met with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for what the State Department called a chance to discuss Iran’s recent threatening actions and statements.

Here is Mogherini: “We still invite Iran to comply with all its nuclear commitments and we will do our part on our side to continue to fully implement the nuclear deal.”

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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Albanians protesters threw fire bombs at the police on Monday evening in the capital, Tirana.

Supporters of opposition parties calling for the resignation of socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama and early elections.

Opposition supporters marched in front of the main government buildings amid rain, throwing fire crackers at the prime minister’s offices.

Here is one anti-government protester. “The government ruling the country is a government with a crime behind their work. So there is no law. There is no rules any more. That’s why we are here, because we want democracy.”

Hours earlier, officials from the U.S., European Union and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe had called for restraint.

Reuters reports one military police officer has been killed and many other protesters wounded in Khartoum, Sudan.

Violence flared late Monday after the military council and opposition groups said they had agreed to a loose power structure for the government following President Omar al-Bashir’s ouster.

Swedish prosecutors are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Speaking to reporters Monday in Stockholm, Eva-Marie Persson, deputy director of public prosecutions, said that “there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape.”

She added that it is for Britain to decide whether to extradite him to Sweden or to the United States where he is wanted for allegedly hacking into a Pentagon computer.

President Trump met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday, the first visit of the controversial leader to the White House since he returned to power in 2010.

Orban has been criticized by the European Union as well as international human rights groups for a perceived decline in human rights and democracy in his country.

Trump applauded Orban’s hardline immigration policies, saying Orban has “done the right thing” on immigration.

Speaking from the White House, “I would like to express that we are proud to stand together with the United States on fighting against illegal migration, on terrorism, and to protect and help the Christian communities all around the world.”

The two leaders said their talks were to focus on trade and global political issues.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter broke his hip Monday and is now recovering following a successful surgery.

A spokeswoman for the Carter Center said the 94-year-old was on his way to go turkey hunting Monday morning when he fell at his home in the southern U.S. state of Georgia.

I’m Liz Parker, VOA new.

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