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August 22, 2017

From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Jonathan Smith reporting live.

Police in Spain have shot dead a man they believe was the driver of Thursday's deadly van attack in Barcelona.

Ending a massive manhunt, police killed Younes Abouyaaqoub after confronting him Monday in a rural area known for its vineyards about 45 kilometers west of Barcelona. Police say they shot the fugitive after he held up what appeared to be a bomb belt, but which they later discovered was fake.

The U.S. Navy is promising to take a "much more aggressive stance" as it tries to determine what led to a second collision between a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a commercial vessel.

Ten American sailors are missing. Five are injured. The USS John S. McCain sustained "significant damage" as a result of Monday's collision with a tanker near the Strait of Malacca.

In response to the incident, the Navy ordered an immediate operational pause across the U.S. fleet.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters while traveling in Jordan, he "fully supports" the Navy's broader investigation.


"I also fully support the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson's efforts right now. He has put together a broader inquiry to look into these incidents and to determine any of the causal factors, to determine what's going on, both immediate contributors to this incident, but also any related factors. And once we have those facts, we'll share them with you."

You're listening to news from the Voice of America in Washington.

After years of deriding the American war in Afghanistan as a "complete waste," President Trump on Monday is expected to explain why he now believes it is in the U.S. interest to remain committed to the South Asian country.

In a planned evening address from a military base outside Washington, Trump is likely to announce the deployment of several thousand additional American troops to Afghanistan as part of a wider shift in strategy.

Trump's decision follows a months-long policy review of the now 16-year-long conflict, which has become the longest U.S. war ever.

The president of the International Red Cross has wrapped up a visit to South Sudan and neighboring Uganda with a plea to the warring factions in South Sudan to begin negotiations to try to end the country's now three-year-long civil war.

Halima Athumani reports for VOA from Kampala.

Peter Maurer has visited conflict zones around the world, including Syria and Yemen. The International Committee of the Red Cross president paints a grim picture of what he has just seen in South Sudan.

Maurer visited refugee settlements in northern Uganda and planned to meet Monday with Ugandan president and regional heavyweight, Yoweri Museveni.

"President Museveni knows himself what to do, and if we come to the conclusion that there is no military solution to the problem, you better reinforce and redouble your efforts at the political side, and we have to have credible, inclusive national dialogue."

Museveni's role in regional mediation efforts in the past has been controversial, with the SPLA/IO rebels accusing him of backing the government of Salva Kiir.

But the few precursors to potential talks that have taken place recently have been held in Uganda, and some groups in the conflict think Museveni could use his influence to mediate an end to the violence.

Halima Athumani, for VOA news, in Kampala.

The United States will stop the issuing of all non-immigrant visas from Russia beginning Wednesday until September 1.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said the decision was due to the "Russian government-imposed cap" on its staff levels, in a fact sheet posted on the U.S. Embassy's website.

The Embassy said, "All non-immigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23." Visa issuing [resume] resumes September 1 but only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and not at consulates.

You can find more on these and other late breaking and developing stories, from around the world, around the clock, at voanews.com. I'm Jonathan Smith reporting live from Washington.

That's the latest world news from VOA.



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