From Washington, this is VOA News.
I’m Frances Alonzo reporting.
Secretary of State John Kerry will promote the benefits of two trade pacts championed by the Obama administration during a Tuesday speech to government, civic and policy leaders in Los Angeles.
The State Department says Secretary Kerry will address national security opportunities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That is a landmark free trade deal among 12 Pacific Rim countries, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which is an agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and the European Union.
Ministers from those (Pacific Rim) countries signed an agreement in February, but it still needs U.S. congressional approval.
In Yemen, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a football stadium in the port city of Aden Tuesday, killing at least four people. Eight others were wounded. And the attack appears to have targeted young men lining up to register for the military.
The country's ceasefire is generally holding, despite what U.N. spokesman (Stéphane) Dujarric calls "pockets of violence."
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led Arab coalition trying to drive them out agreed on a truce ahead of another U.N. round of sponsored peace talks set for next week in Kuwait.
Mark Toner is a U.S. spokesman:
"This cessation of hostilities is crucial for the people of the Yemen, who have suffered from over a year of fighting and a massive humanitarian crisis, which has resulted in over 80 percent of the population requiring some form of emergency assistance."
More than 6,200 people have been killed in the past 13 months of conflict.
And the World Health Organization says yellow fever has killed 21 people in Congo. The organization said Monday that 151 people had been affected by the disease.
Words in This New
promote – v. to help something grow or develop
benefit – n. good or helpful effects or results
pact – n. agreement; treaty
champion – v. to speak publicly or fight in support of someone or something
speech – n. spoken expression by someone makes in front of a group of people
address – v. to speak to
opportunity – n. a likely combination of events, time and place; a chance for greater success
landmark – adj. of or related to a very important event
stadium – n. a sports center
despite – prep. without being prevented by someone or something
pocket – n. a small area of something
ahead – adv. or adj. in the front; to or toward the place where one is going
sponsor – adv. supported; organized
cessation – n. stoppage; suspension
crucial – adj. extremely important
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