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AP FACT CHECK: Trump Falsely Claims Progress on North Korea

President Donald Trump is trumpeting results of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that get ahead of reality.

He is declaring that North Korea has begun ridding itself fully of nuclear weapons following an agreement with Kim in Singapore earlier this month, even though his Defense Department says otherwise.

Trump also prematurely claimed the return of remains of U.S. servicemen missing from the 1950-53 Korean War.

A look at how his statements compare with the facts:

TRUMP: “The big thing is, it will be a total denuclearization, which has already started taking place.” — remarks Thursday at Cabinet meeting.

THE FACTS: That’s not what his Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, says. When asked by a reporter Wednesday whether he had seen any sign that North Korea had begun steps toward denuclearization, Mattis replied, “I’m not aware of any. Obviously, we’re at the very front end of the process. Detailed negotiations have not begun.”

At the summit, Kim committed to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but no details were worked out.

In May, before the summit, North Korea demolished tunnels at its sole underground nuclear test site, although outsiders have not inspected the result. Its nuclear program has many other elements, including nuclear materials production facilities, nuclear warheads, ballistic missiles and missile launchers.

Soldiers’ remains

TRUMP: “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 have been sent back.” — remarks Wednesday at rally in Duluth, Minnesota.

THE FACTS: No remains have been returned, although Pentagon officials say they are prepared to receive them. Although the Singapore declaration said this would happen immediately, U.S. officials have given no indication that North Korea has committed to any specific timetable for the return.

On Thursday, in remarks at a Cabinet meeting, Trump modified his claim, saying, “They’ve already sent back or are in the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war.”

Aside from uncertainty over when North Korea will return the remains it has collected over the years, it’s unclear whether all will be in a condition to permit their positive identification, or whether they all are even Americans. A number of allied soldiers who fought alongside the U.S. during the war also are missing.

Nearly 7,700 American service members are listed as unaccounted for from the Korean War, of which an estimated 5,300 were lost in North Korea.

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Депутати з «Народного фронту» причетні до контрафактного тютюнового бізнесу – «Схеми»

Тютюнова фабрика «Юнайтед Табако», яка у 2017 році розпочала роботу у Жовтих Водах на Дніпропетровщині, випускає сигарети із підробленими акцизними марками та пов’язана із депутатами Верховної Ради від «Народного фронту». Про це йдеться у розслідуванні програми Радіо Свобода та UA:Перший «Схеми» «Тютюновий фронт». 

Журналісти «Схем» придбали 11 пачок сигарет марки Pull, яка належить ТОВ «Юнайтед табако», та віддали на експертизу Управлінню державної політики у сфері пробірного нагляду та документів суворої звітності Міністерства фінансів.

Результат перевірки показав, що з 11 пачок сигарет справжня акцизна марка була лише на одній, всі решта акцизок виявилися підробками. Вони не мали захисних червоних волокон, не відповідали кольоровій гамі, на них відсутні деякі графічні елементи та термочутлива фарба.

«Таким чином, з 11 пачок сигарет Pull, які журналісти закупили і відправили на експертизу, держава отримала сплату у вигляді акцизу лише за одну. Тобто, 15 гривень 46 копійок. Вдесятеро більша сума – а це 154 гривні 60 копійок, – яку мали сплатити з решти, десяти пачок, у бюджет не потрапила», – йдеться в розслідуванні журналіста «Схем» Максима Савчука. 

Цю єдину справжню марку акцизного збору, за даними фіскальної служби, купило ТОВ «Юнайтед табако», сплативши акцизний збір.

Інша, трасологічна експертиза, яку замовили журналісти в Київському науково-дослідному інституті судових експертиз, показала, що упакування пачки з оригінальною акцизною маркою «Юнайтед Табако» та підробленою акцизною маркою відбувалося на одному обладнанні.

Таким чином, підсумовують журналісти, на обладнанні «Юнайтед Табако» випускають як сигарети із оригінальними акцизними марками, так і з підробленими.

Місцевий телеканал «Жовта річка» у лютому 2018 року повідомляв, що ця тютюнова фабрика відкрилася за сприяння народного депутата від «Народного фронту» Олега Кришина.

Заступником директора із загальних питань «Юнайтед табако» працює Микола Журило – рідний брат Руслана Журила, який раніше працював на керівній посаді на державному підприємстві «Східний гірничо-збагачувальний комбінат». Руслан Журило фігурує як організатор розкрадань на мільйони доларів на цьому держпідприємстві у справі НАБУ разом із екс-депутатом та одним зі спонсорів тієї ж партії Народний Фронт Миколою Мартиненком.

«Схоже, для Миколи Журила, як і для брата Руслана, «Народний фронт»– справді не чужа політсила», – йдеться у розслідуванні.

У 2015 році міністр внутрішніх справ і «народофронтівець» Арсен Аваков подарував Миколі Журилу пістолет Форт-17.

«Юнайтед Табако» має одного засновника – британську Alderton Business LLP, яку на 75% контролює мешканка Жовтих Вод Олена Бойко. Як повідомляло раніше інтернет-видання “Наші гроші», Олена Бойко, як і брати Журило, пов’язана зі «Східним гірничо-збагачувальним комбінатом». Вона була бізнес-партнеркою екс-директора цього підприємства Сергія Дробота, а за часів керування «Схід ГЗК» Русланом Журилом постачала туди сталь. Згідно з аналізом «Наших грошей» – переважно за завищеними цінами.

Поспілкуватись із мешканкою Жовтих Вод Оленою Бойко, а також заступником директора із загальних питань тютюнової фабрики «Юнайтед Табако» Миколою Журилом «Схемам» не вдалося. Народний депутат від «Народного фронту» Олег Кришин, до якого журналісти звернулися по коментар у Верховній Раді, на питання не відповів, лише двічі повторив: «Це провокація. Я на провокації не відповідаю». «Схеми» також надіслали запит екс-депутату Миколі Мартиненку із проханням про коментар стосовно причетності до діяльності «Юнайтед Табако». Відповіді поки що не отримали.

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Trump’s Immigration Actions Could Shape Midterm Election

This week could turn out to be pivotal for the Trump White House as both major parties get ready for midterm congressional elections in November.

President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse a policy of separating families coming across the U.S. southern border came in the wake of a political firestorm that fired up opposition Democrats and alarmed even some Republicans. At the very least, it likely set the stage for immigration to be a key issue in November.

WATCH: Trump’s Immigration Actions Could Shape Midterm Election

​Defiant tone

Trump was in combat mode Wednesday during a political rally in Duluth, Minnesota, where he vowed to make immigration a central focus in the upcoming congressional campaign.

“If you want to create a humane, lawful system of immigration then you need to retire the Democrats and elect Republicans to finally secure our borders,” Trump said to an enthusiastic crowd, some chanting, “Build the wall!”

Just hours earlier, the president reversed his controversial policy of separating children from their parents by signing an executive order in the White House. 

“We are going to have strong, very strong, borders. But we are going to keep the families together,” he said.

​Outcry over separation

Trump decided to back away from the controversial policy of separating families after an outcry from around the country that included protests in several states, including Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Also driving the outrage was a recording of children crying out for their parents released by the investigative journalist group ProPublica.

The separation policy drew condemnation from Republicans including former first lady Laura Bush and a host of Democrats.

“We should be able to agree that we will not keep kids in child internment camps indefinitely and hidden away from public view,” said Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings. “What country is that? This is the United States of America!”

Divisive issue

Advocates for a tough border policy sided with the president including Art Arthur of the Center for Immigration Studies. He cited a recent upsurge in attempted border crossings.

“That large influx of individuals would suggest that we are starting to creep back up the numbers we saw during the Obama administration,” Arthur told VOA via Skype. “And the Trump administration needed to take action to respond, and this is an appropriate response.”

But many religious leaders were critical, including Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities for Archdiocese of New York, who also spoke via Skype.

“To use the means of separating a child from his or her mother just is completely unacceptable for us as Americans,” he said.

​Political fallout

The immediate political fallout could be damaging for the president, especially with the midterms coming up later this year.

“It is a public relations disaster area for the Trump administration, and just about everybody but Donald Trump and his very strongly anti-immigration aides seem to realize that,” said University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato.

Sabato also told VOA via Skype that Trump’s tough stance is also aimed at shoring up his political base for the midterms.

“Of course, they are focusing on their base. They are trying to make sure that they are going to show up and vote and it could make some difference in close midterm elections.”

Polls pro and con

Trump’s poll numbers have improved of late, but that was before the firestorm over separating families at the border.

Recent polls by Quinnipiac University and the Associated Press showed a majority of Americans approved of his outreach to North Korea to defuse the nuclear threat.

But surveys by Quinnipiac and CNN also found Americans opposed his child separation policy by margins of 2 to 1.

There is also fresh evidence that Trump is firing up both political parties in the run-up to the midterm voting. The Pew Research Center found that 55 percent of voters who intend to vote for Democrats in November are more enthusiastic than usual.

But the survey also found that 50 percent of those who intend to support Republicans are also more enthusiastic, setting the stage for what could be a monumental get out the vote struggle for both parties come November.

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Trump’s Immigration Actions Could Shape Midterm Election

President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse a policy of separating immigrant families coming across the U.S. southern border came in the wake of a political firestorm this week. It also sets the stage for immigration to be a key issue in this year’s congressional midterm elections. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on the political fallout from Washington.

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Melania Trump Visits Migrant Children at Texas Detention Center

Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.

 

The first lady’s stop at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating these families. The visit to the one-story red brick building, which houses 55 children between the ages of 12 and 17, was intended to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman.

 

“She wanted to see everything for herself,” Grisham said.

Third-graders at the facility welcomed the first lady with a large paper American flag they’d signed taped to a wall. With the words, “Welcome! First Lady” written in black marker across the red and white bars, Mrs. Trump also signed the flag, which the children gave to her. Next to the flag on the classroom walls: A drawing of a flowering plant, a butterfly, a hummingbird and a heart, with the words, “New Hope, We Love You All, Staff” written in cursive.

Visiting another classroom, Mrs. Trump asked children where they were from, if they were friends and how long they’d been at the center where staff said children typically spend between 42 and 45 days. The children responded, sometimes in English, other times in Spanish, many of them wearing gray T-shirts with the red, white and blue words “We Are One.” She told children to “be kind and nice to each other” as she left for another classroom.

 

The first lady thanked the staff for their “heroic work” and asked them to reunite the children with their families as quickly as possible. In a makeshift conference room, Mrs. Trump met with staff from New Hope, HHS and border patrol, asking several questions about the children’s welfare and asking that the children be reunited with their families “as quickly as possible.”

 

New Hope staff reassured Mrs. Trump, who was accompanied by Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar, that the children are assessed for physical and mental health issues when they enter the facility and are often distraught. They attend school five days a week and have a variety of activities.

 

“We just have a tremendous passion for working with these children,” said program director Roy De La Cerda. “We see them as our own.”

The trip was intended to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman.

 

“She wanted to see everything for herself,” Grisham said.

 

The president had insisted incorrectly that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because children cannot go to jail with adults who are being criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. Trump had said only Congress could fix the problem and he specifically pointed a finger at Democrats.

 

He reversed course Wednesday by signing the order ending separations and keeping families together when they are in custody, at least for the next few weeks. The administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers, which has led to the removal of some 2,300 children from their parents since May, remains.

 

Accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Mrs. Trump met with the executive director of the facility and other staff in a makeshift conference room where she was told the staff treated the 58 children housed there as if they were their own.

 

The first lady asked that the children be reunited with their families “as quickly as possible.”

 

WATCH: Melania Trump at Texas facility

President Trump had come under pressure to stop the practice of separating families, including from GOP allies and the first lady herself, following a public outcry sparked by widespread images of children held in fence-like structures. Plans for a visit to a second facility where children housed in cages were seen by The Associated Press last week were canceled because of flooding.

 

The trip was intended to lend support to some of the more than 2,300 children who remain separated from their parents, Grisham said. In addition to the meetings with staff and children, Mrs. Trump also was briefed on the children’s medical care by nursing staff.

 

The president had insisted incorrectly that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because children cannot go to jail with adults who are being criminally prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. Trump had said only Congress could fix the problem and he specifically pointed a finger at Democrats.

 

He reversed course Wednesday by signing the order ending separations and keeping families together when they are in custody, at least for the next few weeks. The administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers, which has led to the removal of some 2,300 children from their parents since May, remains.

 

When asked Thursday if the first lady supports the policy, Grisham said, “She supports that the law should be followed.”

The trip came together within the past 48 hours, Grisham said.

 

“She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen,” she said.

President Trump spilled the beans about his wife’s trip to the border before it was announced, telling reporters during a Cabinet meeting: “My wife, our first lady, is down now at the border because it really bothered her to be looking at this and seeing it, as it bothered me, as it bothered everybody at this table. We’re all bothered by it.”

 

Grisham said that the first lady had the full backing of her husband.

 

“She told him ‘I am headed down to Texas’ and he was supportive.”

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing her husband to act.

 

Grisham released a statement last weekend saying the first lady “hates” to see children separated from their families and “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

 

WATCH: Melania Trump ask how often children speak to family

Hours before Trump used his executive order to halt family separations, a White House official let it be known that Mrs. Trump had been voicing her opinion to the president for some time, including that he needed to help families stay together. The official refused to be identified discussing Trump’s private conversations with his wife.

 

Trump acknowledged Wednesday that the mother of his 12-year-old son, Barron, had been prodding him.

 

“My wife feels very strongly about it,” he told reporters after he signed the order.

 

The pair of statements from the first lady amounted to an unusual public intervention by Mrs. Trump into a policy debate. Her four former living predecessors, seemingly encouraged after Laura Bush authored a scathing opinion piece, followed with sharper commentary of their own condemning the family separations as shameful.

 

The last-minute trip to Texas marks the first public action by Mrs. Trump since she announced in May an initiative named “Be Best” to focus on the overall well-being of children and help teach them kindness. She had been expected to travel to promote the campaign but was sidelined a week after the announcement following surgery to treat a benign kidney condition.

 

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Понад 200 випускників отримали максимальні бали із ЗНО – Карандій

222 учасники зовнішнього незалежного оцінювання (ЗНО) отримали 200 балів, а 12 із них отримали 200 балів із двох предметів, повідомив директор Українського центру оцінювання якості освіти (УЦОЯО) Вадим Карандій у Facebook.

«12 учасників (зірок) ЗНО 2018 року отримали оцінку 200 з двох предметів. 24 заклади загальної середньої освіти (лідери) мають більше двох результатів 200 балів», – написав Карандій.

За його словами, 200 балів, які отримували учасники ЗНО, були з математики, фізики, хімії, біології.

​21 червня на інформаційних сторінках учасників ЗНО 2018 опубліковано результатами тестування і бланки відповідей з історії України, географії, фізики та хімії.

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У разі виникнення сумніву щодо правильності встановлення результату тестування учасник може подати апеляційну заяву в письмовій формі до Українського центру оцінювання якості освіти (УЦОЯО) протягом 5 календарних днів (до 25 червня включно), повідомили в установі.

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UN: US Withdrawal from Human Rights Council Uncharted Territory

The United Nations has begun the process of filling the seat the United States left vacant at the U.N. Human Rights Council now that it has received official notification that Washington is resigning from the council.

The U.N. body wasted no time adjusting to the new reality. It already has removed the U.S. nameplate from the area where the 47-members of the Human Rights Council sit and has placed it among the observer states.

Council spokesperson Rolando Gomez told VOA the seat eventually will be filled by a new member elected by the General Assembly.

“This is new uncharted territory,” he noted. “This is something — a first — that has never happened before where a member of the council has withdrawn its membership. So, we are moving the best way we can in following the proper procedures.”

Council members are elected from five regional groups — the African, Asian, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean, and Western groups. Gomez said the U.S. vacancy will be filled by a country from the Western Group, including Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Israel.

“In theory yes, Israel could assume membership as they are members of the western group,” he said. “Any state within the western group has potential to fulfill that vacancy.

The irony of such an outcome is not lost on observers considering that Washington blames what it calls the hypocrisy of the U.N. council and its chronic bias against Israel for its decision to quit the council.

Gomez said the United States can continue to participate and play an influential role as an observer state. He said it is their prerogative to engage or disengage.

“The key difference between a member and an observer is that members can vote, and observers cannot,” he said. “… The United States would be able to sponsor resolutions, hold side events, influence language and resolutions. The key difference is they would not be able to vote.”

While the United States can continue to exert immense influence as an observer, Gomez noted it is always better to be part of the equation than to be on the sidelines watching.

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Trump to Meet Jordan’s King Abdullah at White House June 25

 U.S. President Donald Trump will welcome King Abdullah of Jordan to the White House on June 25, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

“Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Jordan. The leaders will discuss issues of mutual concern, including terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” it said.

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Теніс: Цуренко спробує слідом за Світоліною вийти до чвертьфіналу в Бірмінгемі

Друга ракетка України Леся Цуренко сьогодні зіграє в другому колі турніру в англійському Бірмінгемі з призовим фондом понад 936 тисяч доларів. Цуренко зустрінеться з шостою сіяною на турнірі росіянкою Дарією Касаткіною.

20 червня в Бірмінгемі перемогла в другому колі і вийшла до чвертьфіналу перша ракетка України Еліна Світоліна. П’ята ракетка світу виявилася сильнішою за француженку Алізе Корне (41 місце у світовому рейтингу) – 6:4, 6:2.

Наступною суперницею Світоліної стала румунка Міхаела Бузарнеску. Саме цій тенісистці Еліна три тижні тому програла в третьому колі відкритого чемпіонату Франції в Парижі.

Змагання у Бірмінгемі відбуваються на траві, провідні тенісистки проводять таким чином підготовку до неофіційного чемпіонату світу на цьому покритті – Вімблдонського турніру. Цей турнір розпочнеться на кортах Всеанглійського клубу лаун-тенісу та крокету 2 липня і триватиме до 15 липня.

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На Закарпатті розпочалися зйомки історичного екшена «Захар Беркут» – Держкіно

На Закарпатті у Синевирській Поляні розпочалися зйомки повнометражного історичного екшена «Захар Беркут» режисера Ахтема Сеітаблаєва.

Як повідомляє Державне агентство України з питань кіно, завершити знімальний процес планують наприкінці серпня, а прем’єра стрічки відбудеться у 2019-му році.

У зйомках екшена «Захар Беркут» за мотивами однойменної повісті Івана Франка візьме участь велика міжнародна акторська команда з України, США, Казахстану, Великобританії та Монголії. 

Продюсерами фільму з американського боку стануть Джефф Райс, Юрій Карновський і Раджа Коллінз. Водночас за всю творчу і змістову частину «Захара Беркута» відповідатиме українська команда.

Голлівудські партнери забезпечуватимуть комунікацію з міжнародним акторським складом стрічки і допомагатимуть просувати проект на північноамериканському ринку.

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