2014-12-29 16:34



From Washington, this is VOA News.

President Obama to unveil immigration reform plan shortly....

Final push underway on Iran nuclear talks....

I'm Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.

President Barack Obama is set to unveil his plan in about three hours from now to unilaterally protect millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States from deportation. In advance of his White House speech President Obama said that the country's immigration policies have been ineffective for too long, forcing him to take executive action after Congress failed to reach agreement on a new law. Republican lawmakers are angry at Mr. Obama's go-it-alone plan, noting he is frequently said he did not have the legal authority to change the immigration policies by himself. President Obama's remarks can be heard live starting at One Hour Universal Time Friday on voanews.com.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Vienna for high-level nuclear talks as a deadline looms just four days from now for a comprehensive agreement on Iran's atomic program. VOA's Al Pessin reports:

“Secretary Kerry and other western officials say Iran must still make the strategic decision to accept limits on its nuclear program -- a move that would contradict the so-called red lines' set by its supreme leader earlier this year. On Thursday, the Reuters News Agency quoted an unnamed U.S. official as saying the negotiators are talking about another extension, until March of next year. But earlier Thursday in Paris, Secretary Kerry said the opposite.

"We're not talking about an extension, not among ourselves. We have not talked about the ingredients of an extension. We're talking about getting an agreement.“ Still, Kerry said he would be willing to look at the possibility of an extension if the talks go to "the final hour."

Al Pessin, VOA News, Vienna.“

This is VOA News.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Ukraine for talks with the country's leadership on the possibility of fresh assistance to the Kyiv government, as it battles a pro-Russian insurgency near the Russian border. Vice President Biden will meet Friday with President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as controversy swirls over renewed calls for Washington to supply lethal aid to the Ukrainian military.

A new United Nations report finds the presence of large numbers of sophisticated weapons as well as foreign fighters, including Russian soldiers, are worsening the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine. Lisa Schlein has details:

“This seventh U.N. monthly report on Ukraine shows the situation in the rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine has worsened. The report says more than 4,300 people were killed and more than 9,900 wounded in the conflict-affected areas from mid-April to November 18th. According to the U.N., an average of 13 people have been killed every day since the government and rebels reached agreement on a cease-fire in early September.

Lisa Schlein for VOA News, Geneva.“

Police arrested seven people at Nigeria's National Assembly Thursday when security forces tried to block the speaker of the House of Representatives from going inside. Police fired tear gas when violence erupted between security forces and supporters of House speaker Aminu Tambu-wal. The lawmakers were meeting to debate President Goodluck Jonathan's request to extend the state of emergency in three northeastern states where the army is battling radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Health authorities in Mali say they are monitoring 338 people linked with the country's six fatal Ebola cases. The World Health Organization says all 118 people who had direct contact with the Ebola victims have completed their 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms. The WHO reports a total of 5420 deaths in the latest Ebola outbreak.

North Korea is threatening to conduct a new nuclear test in response to a U.N. committee's condemnation of alleged human rights abuses by Pyongyang. A U-N General Assembly Committee resolution recommends the Security Council refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. North Korea says the resolution is "filled with vicious slanders."

American film, theater, and television director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. Nichols died of cardiac arrest late Wednesday. During a career spanning more than a half-century, Nichols managed to win the four biggest awards in U.S. entertainment -- an Oscar for movie direction, several Emmys for television, a Grammy for a 1961 comedy album, and nine Tony awards for Broadway shows.

I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington.

That’s the latest world news from VOA.














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