Trump says wall needed to stop drugs ‘invasion’

US President Donald Trump defends his decision to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, saying “walls work 100 percent” and are necessary to stop an “invasion” of crime. Trump also says he expects his move to be challenged in court, but is confident he will prevail.

Trump says will sign ’emergency’ to build border wall

US President Donald Trump announces that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress. SOUNDBITE

Trump says negotiations with China going ‘extremely well’

US president Donald Trump says negotiations with China going ‘extremely well’ during a speech at the White House. SOUNDBITE

The US-Mexico border

Videographic map of the border between the US and Mexico. President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency to fund his controversial border wall.VIDEOGRAPHICS

US trade delegation leaves hotel after trade talks end

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer leave their Beijing hotel with other delegates after trade talks with China ended. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Thursday February 14th: Amazon cancels plans for its NYC HQ, Moment of silence in Florida for Parkland shooting, Over 100 Measles cases reported in US since beginning of 2019, A naturally formed heart-shaped diamond found in Russia.

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Eating scorpions, worms in Thai/US military drill

Thailand and the US hosted the opening ceremony for the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with participants learning jungle survival skills. (Feb. 14)

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Pence demands EU allies leave Iran nuclear deal

US Vice President Mike Pence demands that European Union allies leave the Iran nuclear deal and warned of further US sanctions on Tehran. SOUNDBITE from Mike Pence