Fighting continues in Syria despite brokered ceasefire

October 18, 2019 01:00 PM
International Edition: Fighting continues in Syria despite brokered ceasefire
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Fighting is continuing in a Kurdish-held Syrian town despite Thursday's cease-fire announcement. To take a look at how recent events will further shape the region, International Edition’s Steve Miller spoke with Craig Albert, Professor at Augusta University. Plus, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged in a back and forth with reporters at the White House that U.S. President Donald Trump held back military aid for Ukraine earlier this year in part to pressure Kyiv to look into allegations about the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mulvaney also announced that next year's G7 summit would be held at the President’s  Doral resort, immediately bringing up concerns of self-dealing and violating the constitution's emoluments clause. The Acting Chief of Staff said the summit would be held at cost so the President wouldn't be benefitting from it. International Edition’s Steve Miller spoke with Joel Paul, Professor at the University of California Hastings Law School and VOA Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson. And Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam had a bad week, as opposition politicians shouted her down twice as she tried to present her policy agenda for the year. On the streets, protesters over the past few days have been calm, but anti-government protesters plan to push on with a major demonstration on Sunday, although police have been banned it. International Edition managing editor Kate Pound Dawson spoke with VOA’s Anita Powell in Hong Kong.