US House Speaker Paul Ryan Denies Pension Issue

Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan on Thursday denied speculation about his possible retirement as reported by some media.

When asked at the end of his weekly press conference he would leave Congress "soon," Ryan laughed. and replied as he walked off the stage: "No."

Politico and Huffington Post in his preaching say that Ryan will quit after his two-year term, or even resign next week after Congress approves a $ 1.5 trillion tax cut. 19659002] Politico publishes a report detailing that the 47-year-old Speaker of the House has told people close to him that he will retire after the 2018 interim election. Ryan also "told some of his closest people that he would not try to take office again." [19659002] But Ryan's spokesman, AshLee Strong, called the Politico's report "pure speculation," and said, "Sepert "Speaker of the White House, Sarah Sanders, also said President Donald Trump called Ryan and said he would be sad if Ryan left the Congress.

19659002] "House Speaker Paul Ryan assured the president that it was not a very good report and they hope to work together for a long time," Sanders said. [sp/ii]

California Damkar Officer Killed When Extinguished Forest Fires

A firefighter was killed on Thursday when he extinguished a major fire in northern Los Angeles, California.

California Fire Department chief Ken Pimlott declined to provide any information about the tragedy, other than to say the victim is an engineer from San Diego.

The firefighters were killed while trying to extinguish the "Fires of Thomas", which blazed since December 4. The fires have destroyed nearly 98,000 acres of land and destroyed 730 homes in the Ventura and Santa Barbara region, Los Angeles.

Officials say the Thomas Fires are the fourth largest fire in California history.

Until Thursday, Thomas's fire was only 30 percent overcame. But the firefighters managed to overcome a number of other large fires in and around Los Angeles.

With so many great fires near San Francisco and Los Angeles, 2017 has been one of the worst fires in California.

Experts blame Earth's warming, dry weather extraordinarily recently, and the dry, hard winds that blow from the California mountains each fall.

California Governor Jerry Brown has warned residents that such fires will be a state of affairs in the state. [sp/ii]

America, Mexico Increase War on Drugs, Violence

US and Mexican top officials agreed on Thursday to step up efforts to combat deadly businesses run by transnational crime organizations or TCO.

During a meeting at the State Department in Washington, the Deputy Secretary of State for America John Sullivan said the drugs sold by TCO caused many casualties in America and Mexico.

More than 64,000 Americans died of drug overdose last year.

Sullivan says the death toll from synthetic opioids alone kills more people than heroin and painkillers obtained by prescription, and adds that close cooperation is the only way to solve problems that do not pay attention to international borders.

"The American government does not want to ignore the problem, America will not avoid the problem, "Sullivan said. "That's why President Donald Trump has made a commitment to fight an opioid epidemic that has ruined the lives of countless people and families across our country."

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray says the scope of drug problems requires America and Mexico to work together on sharing "Thousands of Americans have died of drug abuse, and thousands of Mexicans have been killed by violence caused by illegal drug trafficking. And we can only solve this problem by working together," Videgaray said. [sp/ii]

Islam in America: Annual Jewish-Muslim Dialogue of America

Although the current international focus is still centered on the issue of US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Jewish and Muslim American communities work together on various issues within the country. Last week, they held an annual dialogue forum held since 2014.

The forum is aimed at overcoming the challenges facing these two communities. What are they discussing, follow report reporter VOA Yuni Salim below.


– Fahmi Zubir / Imaam Center

– Yuni Salim / VOA-Fairfax-Virginia

– Walter Ruby / Community of Jewish Leaders

Iran 'Deliberately' Violates International Obligations

US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Thursday (14/12) showed evidence that Iran had "deliberately violated" its international obligations, the Pentagon said.

Haley, who appeared at a Washington military base, press conference on "Iran's continuing ups and downs in the Middle East and elsewhere," the Pentagon said in a statement.

"During the press conference, Ambassador Haley will present irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and tried but failed to cover up these violations, "the statement said.

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take a tougher stance on Iran, accusing Tehran of making illegal arms deals in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. 19659002] A secret report to the council said, UN officials have been checking missile flakes fired into Saudi Arabia pointing to "the origin has been common ", but there is no strong conclusion that the missiles were from suppliers in Iran.

Report from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, obtained by AFP news agency, said officials are still analyzing the information.

A separate team of experts The UN, which examined the missile fragments during a visit to Riyadh last month, found the missile may be linked to a factory in Iran, Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group, on the UN sanctions list. [ps/al]