National Newscast 180427

President Trump received Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House today. She’s in town to lobby the President, and she agreed with him on at least one point – the Iran nuclear deal is only a first step to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. And as we’ve just heard, the President remained hard line in his public comment

 

TRUMP: The Iranian regime fuels violence, bloodshed and chaos all across the Middle East

 

Despite Merkel’s visit today and Macron’s one earlier this week, Trump is still expected to pull out of the multinational Iran nuclear deal by May 12.

 

The German Chancellor didn’t change the President’s mind on trade. The U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium products should kick in on May 1st

 

Violence continues in Gaza. Today hundreds of Palestinian protesters charged the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza stripe. Israeli troops responded by firing at the crowd. Three people were killed, and an Israeli newspaper reported that more than 8 hundred were wounded.

 

This was the fifth straight week of demonstrations in a series billed as the Great Return March. It’s meant to denounce the Israeli blockade of the enclave that has been going on for the past decade. 40 demonstrators were killed in the first four weekly protests.

 

T-Mobile and Sprint could be merging as soon as this weekend. That would create the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States, with more than a hundred twenty million customers. Reportedly, the two companies are still finalizing details of a deal, but nothing is confirmed yet.

 

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place tomorrow night. But President Trump will not attend, continuing his boycott.

 

Tonight will be quite cloudy and a little rainy in New York, with temperatures between fifty one and fifty five degrees. Maybe a reason to stay inside – and to listen to the new songs the Swedish band Abba released today for the first time in 35 years

 

Juliette Jabkhiro, Columbia Radio News.

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