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Trump Tower Apartment, Site of Fatal Blaze, Had No Sprinklers

The apartment in Trump Tower in New York where a fire killed a prominent art dealer and collector and injured six firefighters had no sprinkler system.

The fire started on the 50th floor of the Manhattan building just before 10 p.m. EDT Saturday.

At a press conference Sunday, New York fire commissioner Daniel Nigro said the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived.

The fire sent thick, black smoke pouring from the windows of the skyscraper that bears the U.S. president’s name.

Fire sprinklers were not required in New York City high-rises when Trump Tower was completed in 1983. Subsequent updates to …read more

US Official: North Korea Willing to Talk to US About Denuclearization

North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about denuclearization, a senior U.S. official said Sunday.

These are the first tangible signs that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still willing to meet with President Donald Trump since the North first proposed the summit last month.

Trump has said he wants to meet with Kim before the end of May. Details on the talks are still unclear, including the exact agenda and place.

But U.S. officials have said there have been secret contacts between Washington and Pyongyang.

Trump has consistently called for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In the past, North …read more

White House Defends Sending Troops to US-Mexico Border

The White House is defending President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy military personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border, with only a few American states so far agreeing to provide National Guard troops to support federal border patrol agents. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where president’s larger immigration agenda has been blocked almost entirely to date. …read more