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Pence pledges $16 million for Venezuelan refugees

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US Vice President Mike Pence in Lima, Peru. Photo: Manuel Medir/Getty Images

Vice President Pence announced on Friday at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru that the U.S. would contribute an additional “$16 million in humanitarian aid,” to help Venezuelan refugees, according to the Washington Post.

The details: The money is intended for Venezuelans who have fled the South American country in response to a stark economic downturn in 2013. 1.5 million people have left Venezuela and immigrated to other Latin American countries. Earlier this year, Trump imposed sanctions on 13 "current and former Venezuelan officials" who have been involved with corruption, human rights abuses, or those who are degrading order in Venezuela.

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North Korea says it is stopping nuclear and missile testing

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Kim Jong-un. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the country will stop conducting nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles starting April 21, and shut down a nuclear test site in the north side of the country, through a broadcast on the state news agency KCNA reports, and President Trump announced in a tweet, later adding quotes from the message.

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State Department report cuts references to Israeli "occupation"

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A Palestinian demonstrator at a protest today near the Gaza-Israel border. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The State Department dropped almost all uses of the term "occupation" from its latest annual report on the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Between the lines: This is a significant change, because the public language used by the State Department usually communicates a policy. The U.N., the E.U., Russia, China and almost all the countries in the world see the Israeli control of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since 1967 as "military occupation." But Israel doesn't, and now the U.S. might not see it that way either.