VOA news for Thursday, October 10th, 2019
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Turkey began attacking Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria Wednesday.
But President Donald Trump said the US does not endorse the Turkish assault.
We get more from AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani at the White House.
The offensive started days after the President pulled US forces out of the area and after he said this morning the US needs to stop fighting “endless senseless” wars.
He says he's made clear to Turkey “it's a bad idea” but also specified no American troops are in the area.
“We've told President Erdogan how we feel. We are speaking to both sides and we're seeing what can be made out of a situation but we have no soldiers in the area.” Turkey is going after the Syrian Kurds militia that fought with the US against Islamic State militants.
Even top GOP backers say the President's abandoned an ally to be slaughtered.
Officials say the militia has now suspended operations against Islamic State militants to focus on fighting off the assault.
Sagar Meghani at the White House.
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday, for the first time, that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office.
During a campaign speech in New Hampshire, Biden said Trump is “shooting holes” in the constitution by asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election and then refusing to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry.
“To preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached.”
The President responded Wednesday afternoon that Biden's campaign was “falling like a rock”.
The White House calls the impeachment inquiry unconstitutional and demands the full House be allowed to vote on whether there should be an inquiry.
For more visit VOAnews.com. This is VOA news. A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews, tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany Wednesday on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day.
As Reuters Emily Whither(sic) reports, the man shot 2 people to death nearby, in an attack that was livestreamed online.
The shooting happened in the eastern German city of Halle.
According to German media, a hand grenade was also thrown into a Jewish cemetery and shots fired into a kebab bistro.
Police say they looking for suspects who fled the scene and asking citizens to remain in their homes.
The second shooting incident was reported in nearby Landsberg.
The attack happened on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, when Jews fast for more than 24 hours seeking atonement.
That is Emily Whither of Rueters.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company(PG&E) says as many as !2,000,000 people in California will remain without electric power at least through Thursday.
AP's Ed Donahue tells us why.
The reason: strong Santa Ana winds.
The fear is electrical equipment could set off a wildfire.
PG&E’s Mark van Seeson(sic) says they are on this.
“We have helicopters, ground crews, people on the ground, that will be inspecting every foot of our wires and our electrical components to make sure that there's no damage.”
This means lights are out, traffic lights are out, which can make driving through an intersection a challenge.
Deputy city manager Kip Harkness in San Jose, says this may not be over even when the wind threat is over.
“-then at that point it they can take up to 5 days for the last customer to be restored.”
Flashlights, candles, and coolers are among the hard to find items.
I'm Ed Donahue.
3 scientists won the Nobel Prize for chemistry for their invention of rechargeable lithium ion batteries.
Reuters correspondent Gracie Jerome reports.
The rechargeable battery laid the foundation of wireless electronics such as mobile phones and laptops.
It’s also used in electric cars restoring energy from renewable sources, making a fossil fuel-free world possible. British scientist Stanley Whittingham made the world's first functioning lithium function battery in the 1970’s then the following decade America’s John Goodenough doubled its power.
Japan’s Akira Yoshino then removed any pure lithium from the battery, making it much safer.
They've been awarded nearly !$9,000,000 for their discoveries.
It's not the first science prize John Goodenough won, but at 97, he's now the oldest winner in Nobel Prize history.
That's Gracie Jerome of Reuters. And the White House has denied a report in the South China Morning Post that said vice premier Liu He was expected to leave Washington Thursday after no progress in deputy level trade talks. For more visit VOA news.com.
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