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Restricted By YouTube, Gun Enthusiasts Are Taking Their Videos To Pornhub


The battle over firearms has officially entered the digital realm. YouTube announced that it will place more restrictions on firearms videos hosted on its website, and the move has angered some gun enthusiasts who are now publishing their content on a large porn site.

Starting next month, YouTube will ban videos that offer instructions on how to make firearms and accessories such as silencers and bump stocks. It will prohibit content in which firearms and accessories are sold, both directly and through other websites. Videos on how to install firearms modifications will also be barred.

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Hilarious: Disney Releases New Solo Posters, Without The Guns


By now most people have heard of the screw up surrounding the latest Star Wars movie posters, it turns out they were completely plagiarized from a 2015 set of Jazz album covers requiring them to be redesigned. Disney just can't do anything right when it comes to this Han Solo movie, now the company has re-released the posters for a third time, this time without any guns!

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Trump's Grandson Reels In A Giant Bull Shark


Donald Trump Junior captioned the image with a description saying the shot was from last weekend when Donnie caught his first bull shark. Trump Junior described how Donnie caught it with minimal help from his father and their fishing guide. They took a quick picture and then released the shark back into the ocean.

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Omnibus on track to deliver massive cash infusion to the Pentagon


The military’s funding hike is a little closer to becoming reality after Congress finally published its proposed fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill last night. After days of delays and anticipation, the omnibus release confirmed that the Defense Department is set for a major $61 billion increase over last year’s funding. Now, Congress has until midnight on Friday to pass the massive, 2,200-page piece of legislation or face another government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats will have to work together to move the omnibus to passage quickly and the House is expected to vote today.

But some hurdles could still pop up, such as Sen. Rand Paul. He seemed to be threatening Wednesday to hold up the bill on the Senate floor and possibly flirt with a government shutdown. “It’s a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni…wait, what?” Paul tweeted.

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15 years after the invasion of Iraq, still zero accountability for the war


Today marks the 15th anniversary of arguably the most ignominious act in the history of American foreign policy: the invasion of Iraq. It devastated the lives of millions of innocents and inflicted terrible casualties on America’s military and their families. One should not mince words. The decision to invade will forever tarnish America.

Saddam Hussein may have been a loathsome dictator, but he was not a threat to the United States. He possessed no weapons of mass destruction and had no role in 9/11. The argument that the Iraq invasion was a necessary “Phase Two” in the “War on Terror” is laughable. The invasion of Iraq was a reckless war of choice made by belligerent policymakers with imperialistic personalities and opaque motives.

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White House: President Trump Will Sign $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill

President Donald Trump will sign the proposed Omnibus spending bill, White House officials confirmed on Thursday, even though the 2,232-page bill has yet to pass through Congress.

“Let’s cut right to the chase: Is the President going to sign the bill?” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a briefing. “The answer is yes.”

The budget director made a practical case for the Republican-led budget process, even though he admitted that it was not “perfect.”

“This is how it works,” he said, adding that because of the 60 vote threshold, Democrats could get their “pound of flesh” of funding priorities.

Mulvaney said the $1.3 trillion spending bill funded the president’s budget priorities including a big boost in defense spending, opioids, school safety, workforce development. Infrastructure.



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Global CO2 Emissions Hit Record High Despite Paris Climate Accord


Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2017 to a record-setting 32.5 gigatonnes, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Emissions rose after stalling for three years in a row, IEA reported. The Paris climate accord was signed by nearly 200 countries in 2015, which went into effect a year later. One year into the Paris accord, and emissions are on the rise.

IEA’s report echoes findings published by the Global Carbon Project late last year, predicting global emissions would rise 2 percent. The group projected emissions to rise again in 2018.

CO2 emissions rose because of a 2.1 percent increase in global energy demand, 70 percent of which was met by fossil fuels, especially natural gas and coal-fired electricity. China’s 6 percent jump in electricity demand was met by coal, IEA reported.

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John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser


National security adviser H.R. McMaster is being replaced by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, President Trump announced via Twitter Thursday.

"I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor," the president wrote.

"I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9," he added.

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Citigroup sets restrictions on gun sales by business partners


Customers view semi automatic guns on display at a gun shop in Los Angeles, California. Citi restricts gun sales by business partners, says New York Times

13 Hours Ago | 03:09

Citigroup is setting restrictions on the sale of firearms by its business customers, making it the first Wall Street bank to take a stance in the divisive nationwide gun control debate.

The new policy, announced Thursday, prohibits the sale of firearms to customers who have not passed a background check or who are younger than 21. It also bars the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. It would apply to clients who offer credit cards backed by Citigroup or borrow money, use banking services or raise capital through the company.

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Bill requiring schools to display 'In God We Trust' motto passed by Tennessee lawmakers


Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill requiring that public schools in the state put up the motto "In God We Trust."

The legislation, which will go to Gov. Bill Haslam (R), passed the state House earlier this week, USA Today reported.

"Our national motto is on our money. It's on our license plates. It's part of our national anthem," said state Rep. Susan Lynn (R), who sponsored the legislation.

"Our national motto and founding documents are the cornerstone of freedom and we should teach our children about these things."

Under the bill, schools would have to display the motto in a "prominent location" such as a school entryway, cafeteria or common area.

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Shock Video - Mother Gives Marijuana Joint To 1-Year-Old Child


The video was re-uploaded by a social media user who urged authorities to arrest the mother and has already received 1.5 million views. The video has since been removed from Facebook but you can still view the video here.

Related coverage: Kiddie Porn Found In Bitcoin Blockchain

North Carolina authorities issued an arrest warrant for the mother in the video, 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton. She has been jailed on charges of child abuse, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Lofton appeared briefly in court Thursday before a Wake County judge who set her bond at $100,000 and ordered her to have no contact with her daughter.

Lofton's public defender, Caroline Elliot, said the charges are misdemeanors. "This is the first … kind of this charge that she has ever looked at," Elliot said. She also told the judge that her client lives with her mother and grandmother. "She does have family support," she said.

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Breaking - France Under ISIS Attack - Hostages In Supermarket - PM Calls For Calm


A vast police force is unraveling in the southern city of Trèbes for a terrorist hostage situation. It started soon after a man opened fire on several police officers this morning from his car in the city of Carcassones.

Although details are still sketchy, it is understood the individual, who claims to be acting on behalf of ISIS, then moved to Trèbes where he is holding several people hostage in a supermarket now.

He seems to have killed one already and entered with several grenades according to witnesses.

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Man Legally Changes Gender So He Can Retire Earlier


An Argentine man legally changed his gender so he could retire earlier, according to a Thursday report.

Sergio, 59, an Argentine tax official, legally changed the last letter of his name to Sergia, assuming the identity of a woman, so he could retire five years early, the Daily Nation reported. Argentine law allows women to retire at 60 while men have to wait until they are 65 years old. Their legislation also states a woman can retire at age 65 — the same as the age of a man — but they will receive a higher pension, according to the United States Social Security Administration’s website.

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Walmart Launches Small Army Of Autonomous Scanning Robots

Artificial intelligence will soon be put to work at Walmart stores around the country. And it could be a game-changer for retail.

The company is launching a small army of autonomous scanning robots.

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DNC email hacker Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian intelligence officer


The “lone hacker” who provided WikiLeaks with a trove of emails from the Democratic National Committee was an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate, GRU, and working out of their Moscow headquarters at the time of the massive hack.

The Daily Beast reported Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller has taken over the investigation into the hacker, known as Guccifer 2.0, and has brought in FBI agents who discovered the hacker's Russian identity.

The hacker, whose identity is still not publicly known, failed to activate their virtual private networking, or VPN, service, which exposed his or her Internet Protocol address as one of a GRU officer working in the agency’s Moscow headquarters.

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Democratic Solution to Parkland Massacre: Transparent Backpacks - Students Furious


The liberal mentality of the Democratic Party has never been one of high intellectual capacity - nor has it been one of logic or reason - but now - the Broward County Public School System - in a response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - has created a new level of stupidity - with suggesting that the use of “clear backpacks” and “identification badges” will somehow be a proper response to deter the next would-be mass shooter.

That's right America, the left wing is officially braindead.

I'm not sure how the superintendent of the Democrat-heavy Broward County Public Schools feels that the use of a transparent bookbag carried by students will prevent someone from bringing either a semiautomatic handgun or a revolver into the school, or how it will prevent someone determined to simply open fire on a crowd of students with an AR-15 from doing so, but that's the solution being brought to the table by the left.

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China strikes back in trade spat, aims tariffs at $3 billion U.S. goods


China unveiled plans on Friday to impose tariffs on up to $3 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation against U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products, as the world’s two largest economies stood on the brink of a trade war.

China was considering a 15 percent tariff on U.S. products including dried fruit, wine and steel pipes and a 25 percent tariff on pork products and recycled aluminum, the commerce ministry said in a statement on it website.

China has assembled a list of 128 U.S. products in total that could be targeted if the two countries are unable to reach an agreement on trade issues, the ministry added.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday targeting up to $60 billion in Chinese goods with tariffs, but only after a 30-day consultation period that starts once a list is published.

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Uber self-driving car “likely” not at fault in fatal crash


>Tempe police chief says victim "came from the shadows right into the roadway."

The chief of the Tempe Police has told the San Francisco Chronicle that Uber is likely not responsible for the Sunday evening crash that killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg.

“I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident," said chief Sylvia Moir.

Herzberg was "pushing a bicycle laden with plastic shopping bags," according to the Chronicle's Carolyn Said, when she "abruptly walked from a center median into a lane of traffic."

After viewing video captured by the Uber vehicle, Moir concluded that “it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway."

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Suit settled in death of Anton Yelchin, actor crushed by SUV


The parents of Anton Yelchin have reached a settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the SUV that crushed and killed the "Star Trek" actor in his driveway in 2016.

The confidential settlement agreement between Victor and Irina Yelchin and Fiat Chrysler was filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Fiat Chrysler said in a statement Thursday that it is "pleased that we've reached an amicable resolution in this matter" and that the car company continues to "extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss."

Messages left for Yelchin family attorney Gary Dordick were not immediately returned.

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Woman's DNA found on Marvel sweatpants and lightsaber after being raped and set on fire


>Two men are standing trial for the crime at Newcastle Crown Court.

A murdered mother's DNA was found inside the comic book-themed pyjama bottoms of one of the men accused of killing her, it has been reported.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen's DNA was also found on a gun and lightsaber toy which may have been used on her, a court heard.

Two men, said to have been motivated by "depraved sexual lust and financial greed", have been accusing of subjecting the woman to the terrifying ordeal in which she was held captive and then set on fire in her car.

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Putin’s dilemma: Scrap term limits or choose a successor


With his best election showing ever, President Vladimir Putin is shifting comfortably into his next six-year term, but the gnawing question of what comes next already looms on Russia’s horizon.

At his first appearance after Sunday’s victory, Putin was immediately asked about his plans beyond 2024, reflecting Russia’s nervousness about the succession issue that will dominate the political landscape for the near future.

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US Military Strikes Al-Shabaab Terrorists In Somalia


A March 19 airstrike in Somalia left two al-Shabaab terrorists dead and three wounded, according to United States Africa Command (AFRICOM).

The airstrike hit Mubaarak, a small town about two-and-a-half hours southwest of Mogadishu.

The airstrike was made possible through the close cooperation of Federal Government of Somalia forces and the United States.

“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats,” AFRICOM officials said in a statement.

A battle damage assessment conducted after the strike confirmed that one vehicle belonging to al-Shabaab was also destroyed.

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I Hope This Self-Righteous, Indignant, Motherless Band of Bastards ALL Lose Their Jobs


Facebook has not been very popular lately but will the negative press and scandal be enough to sink the social media giant? Since Facebook is often grouped with the FANG stocks, (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) perhaps the other companies have had enough of the Zucc's antics.

The reality is Facebook was once the leading social media trendsetter, now it seems the company looks to other social media platforms to stay trendy. New "features" such as hashtags and trends used to be the realm of Twitter alone, now Facebook has tried to force them into their experience.

The thing that Facebook has forgotten is social media has to be fast, it has to be easily accessible and people want unfiltered real-time information. When Facebook started curating users timelines they really did a disservice to the whole experience of the platform and marked the beginning of its undoing.

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EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack, recalls Moscow envoy


European Union leaders backed Britain on Thursday in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England and recalled their envoy to Moscow in a symbolic protest.

Diplomats said several countries were also considering their own retaliatory steps.

The show of support from the EU, at a time when Britain is grappling with its departure from the bloc, will boost Prime Minister Theresa May, who has also been asking other nations to match her decision to expel Russians over the attack.

In a joint summit statement, the leaders said the EU “agrees with the United Kingdom government’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation”.

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YouTube comedian convicted of hate crime after teaching Nazi salute to dog


A popular YouTuber was convicted of a hate crime in Britain on Tuesday after teaching a pet dog to give a Nazi salute and posting the video online.

Mark Meechan, better known as Count Dankula, was found guilty under the Communications Act after posting a video showing his girlfriend’s dog reacting to phrases such as “Sieg Heil" and "Gas the Jews" with what appears to be a Nazi salute.

Sheriff Derek O'Carroll said Meechan’s video was “grossly offensive” and did not buy the man’s defense that it was merely a joke to annoy his girlfriend, the Herald Scotland reported.

The YouTuber’s case became widely known after he was arrested in 2016 when the video went viral.

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Theresa May urges EU unity against Russia as Boris Johnson plays the Nazi card


>May wants an EU summit in Brussels to make a strong statement against Russian President Vladimir Putin after the poisoning

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged European Union leaders on Thursday to unite and condemn Russia, as Moscow slammed the U.K. as untrustworthy in its investigation of the poisoning of a former spy.

Amid a heated war of words between London and Moscow, Russia's ambassador to the U.K., Alexander Yakovenko, said his country "can't take British words for granted," and accused the U.K. of having a "bad record of violating international law and misleading the international community."

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Facebook having nightmare week as pressure mounts over Cambridge Analytica


>Facebook's stock tumbled 2 percent at the opening bell Tuesday following its worst trading day in four years.

Facebook is having one of its worst weeks as a publicly traded company with a share sell-off continuing for a second day.

Britain's Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told the BBC that she was investigating Facebook and has asked the company not to pursue its own audit of Cambridge Analytica's data use. Denham is also pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's servers.

Facebook's stock tumbled 2 percent at the opening bell Tuesday following its worst trading day in four years.

Facebook Inc. is coming under intense scrutiny since The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.

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Seema Verma won't say if Trump administration will limit insurers on Obamacare subsidies


The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would not say Thursday if the Trump administration is considering setting limits on how insurers that sell Obamacare plans structure subsidies for their customers.

"I'm not going to comment on the agency's deliberations," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said when asked by the Washington Examiner about rumors that had circulated about the issue. When pressed about whether any conversations had occurred, Verma said, "I'm just going to leave it at that."

Questions have been circulating about whether the Trump administration plans to block states from “silver loading” their coverage options so that premiums of Obamacare plans do not rise significantly for all of their customers.

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Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus dies at 94 as company heads to liquidation


Charles Lazarus, the founder of Toys R Us, has died at the age of 94, the company announced on Thursday.

Lazarus left Toys R Us 20 years ago.

Jim Silver, editor in chief of the toy review website TTPM, posted on LinkedIn today that he had been informed by former Toys R Us Chief Executive Michael Goldstein that Lazarus died.

Lazarus left Toy R Us 20 years ago.

“We will all miss Charles,” wrote Silver, who is a veteran toy industry journalist. He called Lazarus “a leader and innovator in the toy industry.”

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Trump proposes tariffs on Chinese goods and claims unfair trade practices


When President Trump is anxious, angry or ready to make a change, the targets of his ire almost never need to look any further than the president’s busy Twitter account.

This week, Trump’s legal team took the place of his Cabinet in the president’s line of fire.

Trump has made no secret of his impatience with the pace of the far-flung inquiry into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, taking to Twitter to call for an end to the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. This weekend’s tweet flurry was followed by a shake-up of the president’s legal team at a critical juncture of the investigation.

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Facebook FANG Friends Falling Further As Zuckerberg Is ‘Unliked’ (Video)

Facebook stock seems to have found a (temporary bottom) after losing 12% since the scandal broke as CEO Zuckerberg admitted that ‘mistakes have been made’.

However, with his FANG friends (FANG is the acronym which stands for the stocks Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) also dropping, Mr Zuckerberg may have gotten more ‘unliked’ than he wanted to.

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Israeli hackers reportedly gave Cambridge Analytica stolen private emails of two world leaders


Israeli hackers reportedly gave information from the hacked emails of two world leaders to Cambridge Analytica, the political-research company at the center of a massive Facebook-data scandal.

Cambridge Analytica received data from the hacked emails of Nigeria's now-President Muhammadu Buhari and now-Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris, during separate election campaigns in the countries, The Guardian reported, citing several ex-employees of the company.

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Citigroup Imposes Restrictions on Client Gun Sales

Citigroup announced Thursday it’s implementing restrictions on client firearm sales, making it the first major bank to impose such gun control measures.

In an email to employees provided to Infowars, Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Mike Corbat detailed new policies applying to “small business, commercial and institutional clients, as well as credit card partners.”

The policy is ostensibly “designed to respect the rights of responsible gun owners while helping keep firearms out of the wrong hands,” Corbat claimed.

Citi’s new “US Commercial Firearms Policy” requires firearms only be sold to people age 21 or older, that gun purchasers pass a background check, and restricts sales of bump stocks or “high-capacity magazines.”

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Dow falls more than 550 points, stocks hit session lows on trade fears

U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday, pressured by worries of a potential trade war and a decline in tech shares. The broader market was also pressured by a decline in bank stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 555 points, with Caterpillar, 3M and Boeing as the biggest decliners. The S&P 500 fell 1.9 percent, with tech, health care and financials all falling. The Nasdaq composite pulled back 1.7 percent.

Earlier, the Trump administration unveiled tariffs designed to punish China for intellectual property theft, imposing about $60 billion in retaliatory charges.

Equities have been under pressure recently as the Trump administration ramps up a protectionist trade agenda. Earlier this month, Trump announced the implementation of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, raising concerns about a potential trade war.

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Colombian Jewish TV news anchor resigns after refusing to cross herself on air


A Colombian Jewish journalist was ordered to resign from her anchor post on a daily TV newscast after she refused to cross herself while she was on the air.

Channel 1’s Cathy Bekerman was asked to resign after refusing the order by Yamid Amat, newscast director of the CM& broadcast network, the Agencia Judia de Noticias website reported on Wednesday.

“He told me to cross myself, I did not do it and he asked me to resign at that moment, to which I did not agree,” Bekerman told Colombian media.

The case came to light after radio journalist Azury Chamah, who is Jewish, tweeted about it. According to Graciela Torres, another well-known Colombian journalist, Bekerman showed up in the newsroom two days after the March 14 incident escorted by her father and a lawyer.

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Denmark’s foreign minister 'sees no reason' to congratulate Putin on election win


Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen says he sees no reason to congratulate President Vladimir Putin on winning presidential elections held in Russia on Sunday.

Samuelsen was asked whether he had congratulated Putin on the result, which gave the sitting president a 76.7 percent share of the vote.

“No, I don’t think there’s any particular reason for that. It has been confirmed that the election has taken place and Putin will continue [as president],” Samuelsen said.

“It was not a traditionally free election in the way we know it, with a free press and equal competition between candidates.

“It is over, and it was very predictable, and that is what we must take from it,” Samuelsen said in Brussels, where he was attending a meeting.

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Pope Francis tells aspiring priests to 'not be scared of tattoos'


>'With young people one should never be scared. Never. Because always, even behind the things that are not so good, there is something that will bring us to some truth'

Pope Francis told aspiring young priests “not to be scared of tattoos” and to use them as a talking-point to encourage dialogue.

There was a problem with “exaggeration” where people are covering their bodies, the pontiff said, but there was no problem with tattoos specifically.

“Do not be scared of tattoos," he said, before pointing out to the 300 strong crowd at the Pre-Synodal meeting at the The Vatican, that for years Eritreans had made a cross on their foreheads.

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South Korea Fines Facebook Several Hundred Thousand Dollars For Slow Service


South Korea is hitting Facebook with a fine for intentionally limiting user internet connections by illegally rerouting user connections to slower networks overseas without telling them in 2016 and 2017.

Facebook should pay $369,400 in fines for violating local laws, Korea Communications Commission, which began investigating the social media giant May 2017, said Wednesday, ABC News reported. Facebook’s illegal rerouting practices in some cases reportedly slowed internet service for South Korean users by as much as 4.5 times, causing some local internet service providers to receive an average of more than 30 complaints a day.

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The former director of the CIA said Wednesday he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin might have some kind of leverage over President Donald Trump that leaves the U.S. leader scared when the two interact.

Former CIA Director John Brennan's statement came just after Trump reportedly congratulated Putin in a phone call on his election win—in what is largely considered a sham election—despite a note from his national security advisers that read, in all caps, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE."

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China Acknowledges Sale Of Advanced Missile Technology To Pakistan


China has sold Pakistan an advanced tracking system that could boost Islamabad's efforts to improve ballistic missiles capable of delivering multiple warheads, according to The South China Morning Post.

The website of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced the deal with Pakistan and Zheng Mengwei, a researcher with the CAS Institute of Optics and Electronics, confirmed to the Post that the purchase was of a "highly sophisticated large-scale optical tracking and measurement system."

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UNTIL HE WAS stripped of his top-secret security clearance in February, presidential adviser Jared Kushner was known around the White House as one of the most voracious readers of the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified rundown of the latest intelligence intended only for the president and his closest advisers.

Kushner, who had been tasked with bringing about a deal between Israel and Palestine, was particularly engaged by information about the Middle East, according to a former White House official and a former U.S. intelligence professional.

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EU proposes $6.2-billion tax on Facebook, Google and other tech giants


European policymakers are suggesting a new tax on tech giants such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google in a measure that could raise $6.2 billion through what advocates say would be a fairer way of taxing how the companies make their money.

The proposal, unveiled Wednesday, would tap into digital titans' revenues in countries where they have the bulk of their users and customers, imposing a 3% tax on income from online advertising, the sale of user data and the connecting of users to one another.

The initiative, which would need several rounds of approvals, comes amid a rapidly heating trade conflict between Europe and the United States. Absent action by President Trump, new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are set to go into effect Friday, and EU leaders have threatened countermeasures to follow shortly after.

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Head Of Church Of England: ‘I Am Ashamed Of The Church’


The Archbishop of Canterbury is ashamed of the church’s cover-ups, he said at a public hearing on child sex abuse in the Anglican church.

Archbishop Justin Welby made the comments Wednesday at a public hearing that Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) conducted, the Church Times reported. The IICSA led the hearing in an effort to determine what extent the Anglican Church failed to report complaints concerning or instances of abuse and any other way in the church failed to protect children from sexual abuse when it was in its power to do so.

“I have learnt to be ashamed again of the Church. You can’t read the transcripts; you can’t read the evidence statements without being moved, at least you shouldn’t be able to,” Welby said in his closing statement, according to CT.

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German swimming instructor accused of abusing 40 young girls


A swimming instructor in southwestern Germany is suspected of sexually abusing 40 young girls, and using an underwater camera to film some of the abuse.

Baden-Baden prosecutor’s office spokesman Michael Klose told the dpa news agency Wednesday that the 33-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, was first arrested in September in connection with six cases following an investigation of parents’ complaints.

Klose says after further investigation, the man’s now suspected of 136 counts of sexual abuse of girls ranging in age from 4 to 8 in the Baden-Baden area from October 2015 until his arrest. Klose says he also intimidated at least two victims, with the “threat that he would kill them.”

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Alarming photos reveal devastating scale of rainforest destruction in Papua New Guinea


>Impact of forest loss on communities and ecosystems revealed in series of images and footage collected by environmental campaigners Global Witness following report on illegal logging in the South Pacific nation

Photos and footage documenting the devastating impact illegal logging on the people and ecosystems of Papua New Guinea, have been released by environmental campaigners.

One of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, the rainforests that cover much of the country and provide a home for many of its unique species are vanishing fast.

By 2014, nearly one third of the country's commercially viable forests had been logged and demand from the global timber trade is driving further deforestation and leading to abuses of indigenous communities’ rights.

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Jim Jordan fumes: 'The one thing we don't fund' is a border wall


House Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Thursday morning that the $1.3 trillion spending bill the House will pass today is among the worst he's ever seen, and said it ignores the GOP's biggest campaign promise: building a border wall.

"The one thing we don't fund is the one issue we all campaigned on, a border security wall, and that is not in the legislation," he said on Fox News.

Under the bill agreed to by GOP and Democratic leaders, the Trump administration can spend money on new fencing along the border, but can't build a concrete wall, and can't deploy any new technology to help secure the border.

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Death sentence reinstated for only woman on Mississippi's death row


A divided federal appeals court has reinstated the death sentence of Mississippi’s only woman on death row, after her capital murder conviction was previously overturned by federal judges.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 9-5 Tuesday that allegations of racial bias in jury selection were insufficient and shouldn’t have led to Lisa Jo Chamberlin’s sentence being reversed.

The ruling came nearly three years after a federal court ruling granted her a new trial in a 2004 double homicide in Hattiesburg, Miss., the Clarion Ledger reported.

In 2015, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ordered the state to grant Chamberlin a new trial, and said prosecutors intentionally struck black potential jurors from her capital murder trial, the report said. Chamberlain argued on appeal that her rights were violated, as she is white.

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Assad closer to Ghouta victory, as some rebels prepare to quit


The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns on Thursday and insurgents prepared to surrender another.

The army assault on eastern Ghouta, an area of towns and farmland just outside Damascus, has been one of the most intense in Syria’s seven-year-old war, killing more than 1,500 people in a relentless bombardment with war planes, shells and rockets.

A Reuters witness said 15 buses had driven into the town of Harasta to transport fighters and their families to opposition areas in northwestern Syria in a deal brokered by the government’s ally Russia.

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Seattle official to propose legislation requiring people to lock up their guns


A council member in Seattle plans to introduce legislation to require people to lock up their guns.

The legislation is still being drafted, KOMO News reported.

“It will require those individuals to secure, lock up their guns,” council member Lorena Gonzalez (D) said.

“We’re still exploring all of the contours and fine points of what the legislation could look like.”

Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) said she supports the proposal that is being drafted.

“Any responsible gun owner knows they should keep their weapon locked,” Durkan said during a news conference.

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France's Former President Sarkozy Under 'Formal Investigation' In Libya Probe


France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy is under formal investigation over allegations that he took millions of euros in illegal financing for his 2007 campaign from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, media reports said Thursday.

Following two days of questioning over the matter, French authorities on Wednesday placed Sarkozy under formal investigation, a designation that France24 says "indicates that magistrates have found sufficient evidence of wrongdoing."

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Austin bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in


>A law enforcement official identified the dead man as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.

The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could be out there.

The suspect's motive remained a mystery, along with whether he acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and wounded four others.

Police zeroed in on the 23-year-old man earlier in the week and located his vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the suburb of Round Rock. Officers were waiting for armored vehicles to arrive before moving in for an arrest when his vehicle began to drive away, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference.

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European Union needs to confront the cancer of corruption before more brave journalists are murdered


>Investigative journalists probing fraud and corruption in Malta and Slovakia have been assassinated in recent weeks.

Barely a few months after the assassination of Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, news of another journalistic assassination is breaking from Slovakia. I have commented previously on the Galizia murder, and was not expecting this sinister trait to continue. Sadly, I was wrong.

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Cambridge Analytica's Real Business Isn't Data


>The firm is part of a secretive political consulting industry that helps make fake elections look legitimate.

As the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolds, the Western world is meeting a little-known part of its political industry, the one that has operated in developing nations since at least the 1990s. CA's methods as revealed by the U.K.'s Channel 4 News, whose reporter posed as a potential Sri Lankan client, may be a bit extreme – but for the most part, the consultancy has been one of many firms that have brought Western-style electioneering to lawless environments in which it has been blatantly abused.

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CHEMICAL PANIC Nearly 200 people including schoolkids ‘poisoned in Moscow after chemical leak’


>Footage from a hospital in Volokolamsk shows hundreds, including children, queuing for treatment

AROUND 200 people - including school children - are reported to have been poisoned in a chemical leak just outside Moscow.

More than 20 kids have been hospitalised after a possible hydrogen sulphide leak at the nearby Yadrovo dump, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

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Special Counsel studies Trump campaign ties to Cambridge Analytica, sources say


As questions have mounted about data firm Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of Facebook data from up to 50 million user profiles, it has not only caught the eye of Congressional investigators but also the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team for the last several weeks has had a growing interest to better understand the relationship between the campaign, the Republican National Committee, and Cambridge Analytica, sources tell ABC News.

The company is also under investigation by British officials for its use of Facebook users’ data.

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UK passports 'to be made in France after Brexit'


The new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, according to the current British manufacturer.

The current burgundy passport, in use since 1988, will revert to its original blue and gold colour from October 2019.

The boss of UK supplier De La Rue told the BBC that Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto had won the £490m contract.

Culture Secretary Matthew Hancock said a final decision had not been made.

However, the Home Office said passports did not have to be made in the UK and some blank covers were already made overseas.

De la Rue boss Martin Sutherland told the BBC's Today programme: "Over the last few months we have heard ministers happy to come on and talk about the new blue passport and the fact that it is an icon of British identity.

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New titanium industry could grow out of oilsands waste


>$100M research project leads to plan for plant that would extract titanium and zircon and sell the metals

After several years and nearly $100 million of research, engineers say they have developed new technology to extract valuable metals from the waste produced by the oilsands in northern Alberta.

Canadian Natural Resources and Titanium Corp. have a proposal to construct a $400-million facility at CNR's Horizon oilsands site to produce titanium and zircon from the materials left over from bitumen production.

Zircon is used to make ceramic tiles and other products, while titanium is used in products ranging from golf clubs and bicycles to aircraft and missiles.

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Kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed in Nigeria


Nearly all of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says.

Officials said at least 101 girls were reunited with their families after being brought back to the town.

The girls were later flown to the capital, Abuja, where they were due to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reports suggest at least five girls died during their ordeal, and that a Christian girl remains captive.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg speaks out over Cambridge Analytica 'breach'


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients.

In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said a "breach of trust" had occurred.

In a later interview with CNN he said he was "really sorry", and pledged to take action against "rogue apps".

He added that he was "happy" to testify before Congress "if it's the right thing to do".

In his statement posted on Facebook, he promised to make it far harder for apps to "harvest" user information.

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Damning Russian ‘election rigging’ pictures show voters casting Putin ballots


>The claims come after Putin comfortably extended his rule of Russia for another six years winning 76.67 per cent of the vote - his highest score ever

The images come after Vladimir Putin’s record victory has already been soured by claims the ballots were rigged in his favour.

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WhatsApp cofounder: It’s time to delete Facebook


WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton said today people should get rid of their Facebook accounts. WhatsApp, a chat app with 1.5 billion monthly active users, was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for more than $16 billion.

“It’s time,” Acton tweeted, followed by #deletefacebook.

Acton left WhatsApp in September 2017. His opposition to Facebook comes in what has been a bruising few days for the social media giant, making it even more clear how wrong CEO Mark Zuckerberg was to discount allegations that Facebook was used to impact 2016 presidential election results.

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As data misuse scandal grows, Facebook investigated by FTC, meets with lawmakers


The Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook over potential misuse of the personal information of as many as 50 million Facebook users by Trump-connected data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook is also being investigated by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Healey, who said they sent a demand letter Tuesday.

And Facebook officials met with U.S. lawmakers Tuesday and are scheduled to meet with them again Wednesday to brief them on Cambridge Analytica.

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Saudi crown prince says women need not wear head cover


Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear head cover or the black abaya - the full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is "decent and respectful", the kingdom's crown prince has said.

With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the kingdom has seen an expansion in women's rights including a decision to allow women to attend mixed public sporting events and the right to drive cars from this summer.

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Uber self-driving car kills Arizona pedestrian, realizing worst fears of the new tech


An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., a tragic milestone that could lead to a major setback in the otherwise feverish development of driverless transportation.

The death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was crossing a street outside the marked crosswalk, appears to be the first time a self-driving car has been involved in the fatality of a person not inside the vehicle.

In 2016, a man was killed while behind the wheel of a Tesla that was driving itself in Autopilot mode when a truck cut across its path — the first such death related to a car in self-driving mode. Investigators found the driver failed to heed warnings to take back control of his car.

The Arizona accident is poised to become a focal point of a debate over the viability of self-driving cars, which promoters vow will save lives while skeptics contend it remains dangerously ill-prepared for prime time.

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Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies


President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.

Trump is expected to ease rules for such foreign sales under a long-delayed new policy on unmanned military aircraft due to be rolled out as early as this month, the first phase of a broader overhaul of arms export regulations.

U.S. drone manufacturers, facing growing competition overseas especially from Chinese and Israeli rivals who often sell under lighter restrictions, have lobbied hard for the rule changes.

The White House is expected to tout the move as part of Trump’s “Buy American” initiative to create jobs and reduce the U.S. trade deficit.

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State Dept. says Putin re-election ‘no surprise’


The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

The U.S. State Department says it’s “no surprise” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says some people in Russia were paid to turn out to vote. She says opposition leaders were intimidated or jailed.

Nauert is citing a preliminary report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that says Russia’s election took place in an overly controlled environment that lacked an even playing field for all contenders. She says the U.S. has every reason to believe that report is correct.

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Package bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility: fire department


A package bomb containing nails and shrapnel that was destined for an address in Austin, Texas, exploded at a FedEx Corp distribution center in San Antonio, injuring one employee, San Antonio fire officials said.

That blast came two days after the latest of four powerful homemade bombs set off in Austin this month that have killed two people and injured six more in what police warn appears to be the work of a serial bomber.

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Edward Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company rebranded as 'social media'


Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden ripped Facebook in a tweet Saturday after the social media giant suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm which worked worked for President Trump’s campaign.

Facebook accused the firm on Friday of not deleting data it had improperly harvested from Facebook users, which number in the tens of millions, but Snowden pinned the blame squarely on Facebook and lumped in other social media companies for being just as reckless.

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Fox News analyst quits, rips network as a “propaganda machine” in letter to colleagues


>He signed off: “As our president’s favorite world leader would say, ‘Das vidanya’” — Russian for “goodbye.”

A Fox News analyst quit in a scathing letter that accused the network of degenerating into “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”

Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a strategic analyst for Fox News, said he was leaving the network and laid out his reasoning in a fiery letter to colleagues, obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers,” Peters wrote. “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”

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Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s parent company) lets users opt out of installing carrier bloatware

Not many people in the U.S. know T-Mobile is owned by a company called Deutsche Telekom. This massive German telecommunications company is headquartered in Bonn and considered the largest telecommunications provider in Europe by revenue. They also own and are invested in subsidiaries all over the world with their major players being T-Mobile and T-Systems. It has just been revealed that Deutsche Telekom will now let users opt out of carrier bloatware and receive firmware updates directly from the manufacturer.

Unless you’re part of one of a carrier yearly upgrade plan, many of us Android enthusiasts will recommend you buy a smartphone directly from the OEM. Some companies originally didn’t offer this option (such as Samsung), but over time it has become an option that more manufacturers offer. These SIM unlocked devices are able to work on all supported wireless carriers in the region but the updates are being provided by the manufacturer instead of the wireless carrier.

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In Hidden-Camera Exposé, Cambridge Analytica Executives Boast Of Role In Trump Win


Top executives at Cambridge Analytica, the U.K.-based firm embroiled in a controversy over the mining of Facebook user data, have been secretly recorded describing the stealthy methods they used to help get Donald Trump elected.

In the second installment of a hidden-camera exposé by Britain's Channel 4, in a conversation between CEO Alexander Nix and two other Cambridge Analytica executives with an undercover reporter, the company officials also appear to allude to tactics that may violate U.S. campaign finance laws.

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An Islamic State suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 29 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year.

The Public Health Ministry said another 52 people were wounded in the attack, which was carried out by a bomber on foot.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack in an online statement, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites. IS said the attack targeted "a gathering of Shiites celebrating Nauruz."

The Persian new year, known in Afghanistan as Nauruz, is a national holiday, and the country's minority Shiites typically celebrate by visiting shrines. The Sunni extremists of IS have repeatedly targeted Shiites, who they view as apostates deserving of death.

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Families of IS India victims learned of deaths on television


Families of 39 Indians who were killed by the Islamic State group in Iraq say they only found out about their deaths when they were announced on television.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament on Tuesday that DNA tests proved the 39 men, who were kidnapped by IS in Mosul in 2014, had died.

Opposition parties say the government must apologise.

Families of victims say the government always said they were alive and efforts were being made to bring them back.

Thirty-one of those killed were from the northern state of Punjab.

"The government misled us, we used to ask them time and time again if my brother was alive and they kept saying yes," Gurpinder Kaur, the sister of one of the workers, Manjinder Singh, told BBC Punjabi.

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The CEO of Cambridge Analytica was secretly filmed offering to entrap politicians with bribes


The CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the political-research company at the center of a massive Facebook-data scandal, has been secretly filmed offering shadowy services to entrap politicians.

The bombshell footage, broadcast Monday as part of an investigation by Channel 4 News, comes days after Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica over an incident involving its harvesting of data from 50 million profiles.

An undercover Channel 4 News reporter filmed the data firm's CEO, Alexander Nix, and his colleagues over four meetings from November to January. The journalist posed as a fixer for a wealthy client hoping to get candidates elected in Sri Lanka.

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Trump legal team gives Mueller new documents to try to limit presidential interview


Lawyers for President Trump have given special counsel Robert Mueller’s office written descriptions of specific events that are under investigation, with the goal of limiting any interview between the president and Mueller's team, according to a report.

Sources told the Washington Post the president’s legal team provided Mueller’s office with the documents in hopes of narrowing the scope of an interview between Trump and Mueller to a few topics.

The president has reportedly told aides he is “champing at the bit” to meet with the special counsel, but his legal team is in the midst of negotiating the terms of such a session, according to the Washington Post.

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Kremlin shrugs off White House refusal to congratulate Putin


The Kremlin spokesman says it's no big deal that U.S. President Donald Trump didn't congratulate Vladimir Putin on his re-election as president.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't consider Trump's silence an "unfriendly move." Peskov said maybe Trump's schedule didn't allow it and suggested he might call later.

The White House said Monday that it is "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's election, and that no congratulatory call was planned.

With U.S.-Russian relations at a long-time low, Peskov said, "Putin remains open for normalizing relations with our American partners where it is in our interests."

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Both Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Threatened To Sue Journalists Over Stories On CA's Use Of Face


Both Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Threatened To Sue Journalists Over Stories On CA's Use Of Facebook Data

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Cambridge Analytica: Facebook boss summoned over data claims


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been called on by a parliamentary committee to give evidence about the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica.

The consulting firm is accused of harvesting the data of 50 million Facebook users without permission and failing to delete it when told to.

Damian Collins, the chairman of the Commons inquiry into fake news, accused Facebook of "misleading" the committee.

London-based firm Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing.

Both companies are under scrutiny following claims by a whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, who worked with Cambridge Analytica and alleges it amassed large amounts of data through a personality quiz on Facebook called This is Your Digital Life.

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Polish priest wishes Pope early death over call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees


A Polish priest has been called to account for his actions after wishing an early death on Pope Francis.

Father Edward Staniek, a parish priest in the southern city of Krakow, had apparently been angered by the pope’s call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it was their Christian duty.

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YouTuber ‘Count Dankula’ Found Guilty in ‘Sh*tposting’ Case by British Court

Scottish YouTube personality Count Dankula — real name Mark Meechan — was found guilty at Glasgow Sherrif Court Tuesday of a hate crime, and potentially faces two months in prison after recording a video of his girlfriend’s dog doing Nazi salutes.

Reporting from inside the courtroom, journalist and street organiser Tommy Robinson said Meechan had been found guilty of being “Grossly Offensive” under the Communications Act of 2003. Meechan was due to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon but the judge decided to release him on bail, to return to court on the 23rd of April.

The case is over a 2016 YouTube video made by Meechan and published on his comedy Count Dankula page of his girlfriend’s dog Buddha raising its paw in return for a treat, having been trained to respond to phrases.

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Future Windows updates will take longer to install, but it’ll feel quicker


>It should now take about half an hour during the reboot phase.

One of the less appealing aspects of the twice-yearly Windows 10 feature updates is that they're slow to install and, for most of the installation process, your PC is out of commission, doing nothing more than displaying a progress indicator.

Thanks to a new upgrade process, the next update—expected to be released in April—should result in substantially less downtime. The install process is split into two portions: the "online" portion, during which your PC is still usable, and the "offline" portion after the reboot, during which your PC is a spinning percentage counter.

Microsoft estimates that the Creators Update, released almost a year ago, would take about 82 minutes on average during the offline phase. Improvements made in the Fall Creators Update cut that to about 51 minutes, and the next update (which still hasn't actually been blessed with an official name) will cut this further still, to just 30 minutes.

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Trump’s Lawyer: It’s Time to End the Mueller Probe

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, told The Daily Beast on Saturday morning that he hopes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference.

Reached for comment by email about the firing of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Dowd sent The Daily Beast the text of Trump’s most recent tweet on the subject, which applauded the dismissal.

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd then wrote.

In making the statement, a senior member of Trump's legal team joins the calls from his base to end the probe. As late as mid-December, another Trump lawyer, Ty Cobb, had brushed aside talk of stopped Mueller’s investigation, stressing that there was "no consideration at the White House of terminating the special counsel." The president himself has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt,” but has not publicly urged Rosenstein to shutter it.

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Trump Wants Death Penalty For Drug Dealers

US President Donald Trump gave a speech in New Hampshire during which he urged lawmakers to follow the plan his White House Administration will put forward shortly. A plan that includes much tougher penalties for drug dealers.

New Hampshire is a state badly affected by the nationwide opioid crisis and Mr. Trump explained how he wants to repair this. The solution for him would be a death penalty for drug dealers.

He, therefore, told the crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire: "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we're wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty."

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NYC launches investigation into Kushner Cos. false filings


A New York City council member launched an investigation Monday into the Kushner Cos.′ routine filing of paperwork falsely claiming zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings, saying that the deception should have been uncovered long ago because the documents are online for all to see.

Councilman Ritchie Torres said the city’s buildings department should have spotted the wrong numbers because they were contradicted by tax documents filed with another city agency.

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China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains


China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those who used expired tickets or smoked on trains, according to two statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website on Friday.

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Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe: crown prince


Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said.

With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the kingdom has seen an expansion in women’s rights including a decision to allow women to attend mixed public sporting events and the right to drive cars from this summer.

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''ISIS Children Will Not Be Actively Repatriated From Syria'' Says Belgian MP

Just like other western European nations, Belgium also has a lot of women and children staying in refugee camps in Syria who were once part of the death cult of ISIS but, as their husbands have now perished in battle, are alone and keen to return to the countries they fled in 2014-2015, when the Syrian war started.

According to European law, citizens who hold a valid passport should be aided during a repatriation effort when in danger abroad. The issue came into the spotlight in Belgium this weekend when the national broadcaster VRT showed a documentary by Mr. Rudi Vranckx who had visited some of the refugee camps in Syria and Iraq where European nationals are being held.

He had found some 15 women with Belgian or double nationality in these camps who had fled around 2014-2015 to Syria alongside their husbands to fight with ISIS.

Now they are alone with their children and speak perfect Dutch or French still, and stated on national TV that just for the sake of the children, they should be allowed to return.

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MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'


A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police.

Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people.

Reports say Voloshyn shot himself at home in Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea.

Ukraine described him as a war hero.

He had flown 33 combat missions in a low-flying Su-25 ground attack jet against Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and had been granted a medal for bravery.

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Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes 'heavy assault' vehicles


>'These are combat-ready vehicles and certainly not the jeeps that the government once told us that they were'

Canada's multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia includes a substantial number of "heavy assault" armoured vehicles and a maintenance deal that would see the Ontario-based manufacturer embed teams at multiple locations throughout the kingdom.

CBC News has obtained documents that — for the first time — lay out the major elements of the original agreement signed in early 2014 and approved by the previous Conservative government.

The $15 billion agreement was given the further blessing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government in the spring of 2016 when it began issuing permits for the export of the combat vehicles.

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Facebook stock drops after reports of FTC probe and UK summons of Zuckerberg in data scandal

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday.

The probe follows a weekend of turmoil for the social media giant. Reports this weekend said the research firm improperly gained access to the data of more than 50 million Facebook users.

"We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google," a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.

Facebook said Tuesday it expected to receive a letter from the FTC with questions, but has not been informed of a formal probe.

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Taylor Swift Surprises Couple At Their Wedding

Phenomenal music star Taylor Swift sure knows how to make an impact even when she’s not physically present, especially on her seemingly favorite occasion- weddings. From wedding gatecrashing and singing in the past, Swift made another couple’s wedding one for the books when she sent over a surprise champagne delivery with a personalized message for a lucky pair of newlyweds in New York on Saturday.

The couple, Edward and Margaret McNoble got their sweet surprise when The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York shared them the exciting news that a bottle of champagne was waiting for them with a special note from no less than the pop superstar, Swift.

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Interview with Former British Ambassador exposes UK government ‘Novichok’ hoax


Craig Murray gave a very revealing interview on RT, which blows apart the UK / Deep State lies about the nerve agent poisoning…

“Why would Russia ‘blow’ Novichok program by assassinating an old bloke?”

Murray notes that British government pressured scientists over nerve agent origin, and is now lobbying the OPCW to play along with the charade.

Murray reveals how Deep State controlled actors like UK government, US government, EU and the UN use words carefully to spit out their propaganda and warmongering…

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Tucker: Demographics In America Are Changing ‘Bewilderingly Fast’ — ‘Without Any Real Public Debate


Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spoke frankly on Monday about demographic change in the United States.

“Now, before you start calling anyone bigoted…”

“A recent piece in National Geographic tells you a lot about demographics in America, and about how bewilderingly fast they’re changing without any real public debate on the subject,” The Daily Caller co-founder said.

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Two-year-old girl dies after being rescued from 'stolen' car found in river


A two-year-old girl has died after being found in a car in a river in Wales. Kiara Moore died at the University Hospital of Wales, just days before her third birthday, after being rescued from a silver Mini in the River Teifi in Cardigan.

Her mother, Kim Rowlands, reported her car had been stolen, near the old Scout Hall, with her daughter inside, sparking a major search in the area yesterday afternoon.

Police searched for two-hours before finding the car submerged in the river.

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Facebook’s security chief to depart role over company’s handling of misinformation


>CSO Alex Stamos clashed with other executives over handling of Russian meddling.

Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief information security officer, will shift roles at the company. His transition will come in the wake of disagreements with other Facebook executives like COO Sheryl Sandberg about how to investigate and disclose Russian activity on the platform, The New York Times reports, citing employees of the social network. Stamos advocated for greater disclosure. Prior to his hiring at Facebook in 2015, Stamos was Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo.

Personnel on Stamos' security team—which previously numbered 120 but is now down to three—are being gradually transferred to the product and infrastructure divisions within Facebook, under his supervision. The NYT report suggests that this has been part of his responsibilities since December, when his normal day-to-day responsibilities as CSO were reassigned. He was asked by Facebook to stay through August for optics.

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BBC presenter reveals she tried to kill herself over corporation's handling of her tax affairs


BBC presenters attempted suicide and suffered “irreparable damage” because of the corporation’s “horrific” handling of their tax affairs.

The corporation has been accused by 21 workers, including prominent television and radio presenters, of forcing them to set up personal service companies or risk losing their jobs.

Many of them have since been pursued by HMRC over tens of thousands of pounds in unpaid tax, leading to significant “mental deterioration”.

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Ant McPartlin 'could have wiped out my family' says father involved in crash


A father involved in the crash with Ant McPartlin has said the television star could have "wiped out" his family.

Faheem Vanoo, who runs a restaurant, claimed McPartlin "drove like a maniac" before being arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The collision occurred as he drove to work with his chef wife Shilpa, four-year-old daughter Amaira and two colleagues.

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World's last male northern white rhino dies aged 45, Kenyan conservancy says


The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of him says, leaving only two female members of the subspecies alive in the world.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said in a statement the 45-year-old rhino was euthanased on Monday (local time) after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand.

His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds.

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Transparency on federal employee bonuses isn't a privilege, it's a right


President Trump wants to make the federal bureaucracy a meritocracy. He has proposed slapping a cap on federal employee salaries and shifting more dollars to merit-based performance bonuses.

Many will consider this a great proposal, but there’s a catch. While taxpayers can see most federal salaries, they can’t see performance bonuses.

In fiscal year 2016, the federal government awarded 1 million performance bonuses, racking up a $1.1 billion tab paid for by taxpayers. Every cent, however, was hidden from public disclosure. Anti-transparency language inserted into government union contracts is blocking the right of taxpayers to see how their money is being spent.

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Why Did Andrew McCabe Get Fired from the FBI?


The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese answers the question of the week: Why did Andrew McCabe Get Fired from the FBI?

“Andrew McCabe was fired for cause.”

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From plane tickets to pet fees: 8 hidden taxes draining your wallet


We all know the government taxes our income. But what about the many other ways the government covertly drains money from our wallets? Total personal income taxes in fact represent less than half our total tax burden.

Every year, Americans pay at least $657 billion in hidden taxes! Stealth taxes, which balloon the cost of countless necessary expenses and leisure activities, violate a basic principle of taxation: that taxes should be visible to the people who pay them.

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Boris Johnson warns Russia they are 'not fooling anybody' over the Sergei Skripal poisoning


Boris Johnson warned Russia that it is "not fooling anybody" with its response to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, and and described the Kremlin's reaction as "increasingly absurd."

Speaking on Monday as he arrived in Brussels to meet with EU counterparts, the UK foreign secretary accused Vladimir Putin's government of "trying to conceal the needle of truth in a haystack of lies and obfuscation."

Johnson is in Brussels to galvanize a joint EU condemnation of Russia as relations between London and Moscow continue to deteriorate.

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U.K. Seeks Search Warrant On Cambridge Analytica; CEO Seen In Hidden Camera Report


The British government says it is seeking a warrant to search databases and servers belonging to Cambridge Analytica, the London-based firm accused of using data from 50 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

U.K. Information Minister Elizabeth Denham had demanded access to Cambridge Analytica's databases by Monday following reports that the company improperly mined user data from Facebook to target potential voters. However, after the firm missed the deadline, Denham told Britain's Channel 4 "I'll be applying to the court for a warrant."

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French Ex-President Questioned On Claims He Took Funds From Gadhafi


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being detained for questioning as part of an investigation looking into allegations that he took millions of euros from Libya to fund his 2007 election campaign.

Police took Sarkozy into custody on Tuesday as part of investigation that began in 2013. He is being held at the Nanterre police station west of Paris while the questioning by French magistrates takes place, according to The Associated Press, quoting unnamed officials familiar with the case.

France24 reports that Libyan officials linked to the regime of the late Moammar Gadhafi say they helped finance the 2007 campaign that swept Sarkozy, then leader of the Union for Popular Movement party, into the presidency. Sarkozy served as president until 2012.

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Poland, Germany call for firm EU response to Russian spy poisoning


Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Warsaw Monday and called for a firm EU response to the poisoning of a Russian former spy in Britain.

London has claimed that Russia was behind the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury – accusations the Kremlin has rejected as nonsense.

"The Russian aggressor needs to know that it can't allow itself to attack a NATO member," Morawiecki told reporters alongside Merkel during her visit to the Polish capital after securing her fourth term as Germany's leader.

"We (Merkel and I) agreed to say that the European Union needs to provide a firm response, and not just a symbolic one, and we expect the topic of the Russian attack to figure among the European Council's summit conclusions" this week, Morawiecki added.

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U.N. warns of growing humanitarian catastrophe in DR Congo


Humanitarian needs caused by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have doubled over the last year and a cash shortage is the “largest single impediment” for a proper response, the humanitarian chief at the United Nations said on Monday.

“There is also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of it unreported and unaddressed, and much of it against children,” said Mark Lowcock in a statement to the U.N. Security Council.

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Warned of Boko Haram, Nigerian security lapses helped schoolgirls' abduction: Amnesty


Nigerian security forces were warned about the presence of Boko Haram fighters near the town of Dapchi, but failed to respond, allowing insurgents to kidnap 110 schoolgirls almost unharrassed, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

The kidnapping on Feb. 19 of the girls from Dapchi, aged between 11-19, had echoes of the Islamist insurgency’s abduction in 2014 of 276 students from the town of Chibok, which shot Nigeria’s conflict with Boko Haram, now nine years old, into the global spotlight.

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Spy poisoning: Corbyn says UK must still do business with Putin


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK must still deal with Russia despite "all fingers" pointing to it over the Salisbury spy attack.

He said he would "do business" with Vladimir Putin but assertively and on the basis of the UK's values.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says he believes Mr Putin was responsible.

But Mr Corbyn said he wanted "an absolutely definitive answer" about the source of the nerve agent used in the attempted murder before blaming Moscow.

In a wide-ranging interview with Radio 4's World at One, Mr Corbyn said if he won power, he would challenge the newly re-elected president on human rights and the whole basis of the UK's relationship with Moscow.

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in police custody for questioning over 'funding from Gaddafi


Detectives probing claims Mr Sarkozy's victorious 2007 election campaign received €50m cash payments from Libya

Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody over claims he received millions of euros in illegal election financing from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, according to French judicial sources.

The former French President was being questioned by officers at Nanterre police station, west of Paris, on Tuesday as part of a five-year investigation into the allegations.

Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody over claims he received millions of euros in illegal election financing from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, according to French judicial sources.

The former French President was being questioned by officers at Nanterre police station, west of Paris, on Tuesday as part of a five-year investigation into the allegations.

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Boy sexually assaulted, filmed by policemen in 'torture cell' near Lahore


While the Punjab police’s uniforms and the appearance of police stations may have changed, their standards of ethics and treatment of the commoners have not.

This was evident in the recent case of a young boy who was subjected to sexual assault by a police personnel at a private torture cell of Sher Kot near Lahore, Express News reported.

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Breaking mold, some Russian youth speak out against Putin


When Stepan Mikhailov, a 19-year-old linguistics student, talks about his lifetime spent under Russian President Vladimir Putin, a troubled look passes over his face.

“I don’t think I have a single friend who thinks that Putin is good,” he says from the kitchen of his dusty, bohemian Moscow apartment. “I think he is an evil character who only takes care of himself and his inner circle.”

Putin’s legacy depends not only on winning Sunday’s election — which he will, overwhelmingly — but also on ensuring that today’s first-time voters stay loyal to his vision.

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Russia’s rebel mayor calls for presidential election boycott


In Russia, where all governors and mayors are either Kremlin nominees or hail from Kremlin-friendly parties, Yevgeny Roizman cuts an odd figure.

The mayor of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city with 1.4 million people, is the only top regional official to openly criticize President Vladimir Putin. He has also called for a boycott of Sunday’s presidential vote, a move advocated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is banned from running.

Yet Roizman still epitomizes the helplessness of Russia’s opposition in the face of Putin’s well-oiled government machine.

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Pressure mounts on Zuckerberg to face data breach concerns


Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is facing intensified calls to appear in person at investigations into the social network's conduct.

His company has been accused of failing to properly inform users that their profile information may have been obtained and kept by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm widely-credited with helping Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election.

Facebook said on Friday it had blocked Cambridge Analytica from Facebook while it investigated claims the London-based firm did not, as promised, delete data that was allegedly obtained using methods that were in violation of Facebook's policies.

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Far-right German PEGIDA founder Lutz Bachmann refused entry into UK


The figurehead of the anti-Islam movement PEGIDA was detained at a London airport before being deported. He was due to speak at a far-right rally in central London's Hyde Park.

Lutz Bachmann said on his Facebook page that he was not allowed to enter the UK because he carried a copy of a speech by far-right Austrian activist Martin Sellner, who himself had been denied entry last week.

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Trump prepared to hit China with $60B in annual tariffs: report


President Trump is planning to hit China with $60 billion worth of annual tariffs, following up on his threats to punish Beijing for intellectual property theft, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Senior aides had provided the president with a $30 billion tariff package — but Trump ordered them to double it, according to the Post.

The package, which Trump is expected to announce on Friday, will target more than 100 products.

Trump argues that these products were developed using trade secrets from American companies that China either stole or forced them to give up in exchange for market access.

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Surrender to Brussels Agreed: Britain Obeys all EU Laws, no Control of Fisheries, Open Borders to 20

The United Kingdom will agree to follow all European Union rules after Brexit and keep the nation’s borders open for the duration of the transition period to 2022, with further bad news for fisheries and communities in Northern Ireland as a new agreement was reached in Brussels Monday.

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier made the announcement in a joint press conference with Britain’s David Davis in Brussels, where the pair presented what was introduced as a “legal text which constitutes a decisive step” towards a final agreement. Revealing the enormous extent to which Theresa May’s government has sold out the Brexit-voting British public, Barnier and Davis spoke on a number of key policy areas including immigration, British control over British laws, and regaining control over British fishing waters.

Speaking first at the meeting with journalists, French politician Barnier said Britain had agreed to continue following all Brussels laws for years after the offical Brexit date of March 2019 under the guise of a transition period, but would not be able to challenge or make decisions on that law itself.

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Britain labels Moscow’s nerve agent denials ‘increasingly absurd’


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British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has denounced Moscow’s denials of involvement in the nerve weapon attack on a former Russian double agent as “increasingly absurd”.

Mr Johnson’s remarks came as he received further support from the European Union and Nato on Monday over the attack.

The secretary of state for foreign affairs discussed the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at a session of EU foreign ministers, which he addressed. Mr Johnson also discussed the incident in a meeting with Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg after statements of solidarity last week by a host of Western governments.

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Putin's reelection takes him one step closer to becoming Russian leader for life


With his reelection, Vladimir Putin took one step closer to becoming Russian leader for life.

On paper, Putin's victory gave him a new six-year term as president. But some of his most visible allies quickly signaled they saw it as a mandate for something greater than that: leader of the Russian people, rising above politics at a time when the country's very existence is threatened by an aggressive West.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of pro-Kremlin network RT, wrote that Putin had turned from president to "our leader," or vozhd - a word with medieval roots that Soviets once used for Stalin. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist presidential candidate who supports Putin, predicted on national television that "these elections were the last ones." And a parade of pro-Kremlin commentators, politicians, and officials claimed that Putin's victory represented nothing less than the unity and determination of a people under siege.

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The Latest: White House ‘not surprised’ by Putin re-election


The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s re-election victory (all times local):

9 p.m.

The White House says it is “not surprised by the outcome” of the Russian presidential election that gave Vladimir Putin another six-year term.

Spokesman Hogan Gidley says there is currently no congratulatory call scheduled between Putin and President Donald Trump.

Putin’s leading opponent, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running because of a fraud conviction widely seen as politically motivated. Sunday’s results were tainted by reports of voting irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and efforts to block independent election observers.

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Data scientist who worked with Cambridge Analytica offers to testify to Congress


The data scientist who provided data on millions of Americans to the data firm Cambridge Analytica offered Monday to testify before Congress, following reports about how that data was used to help elect President Trump in 2016.

"I've also seriously been asked if the FBI has reached out, if the two congressional committees in the United States have reached out, and if Parliament or any authorities in the [United Kingdom] U.K. have reached out. No one has — I suspect they realize I'm actually not a spy. Though if anyone does, I'd be more than happy to testify and speak candidly about the project," Aleksandr Kogan said in an email obtained by CNN to colleagues at Cambridge University.

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Zuckerberg's Fortune Falls $4.9 Billion on Data Exploitation


Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped $4.9 billion Monday as investors weighed reports that a political advertising firm retained information on millions of Facebook Inc. users without their consent.

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Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company


The UK's Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica.

The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016.

Its executives have also been filmed by Channel 4 News suggesting it could use honey traps and potentially bribery to discredit politicians.

The company denies any wrongdoing.

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Facebook has suspended the account of the whistleblower who exposed Cambridge Analytica


In the latest turn of the developing scandal around how Facebook's user data wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica – for use in the in development in psychographic profiles that may or may not have played a part in the election victory of Donald Trump – the company has taken the unusual step of suspending the account of the whistleblower who helped expose the issues.

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Investigators Say Austin 'Serial Bomber' May Have Used Tripwire In Latest Blast


Authorities say a fourth device that exploded in Austin, Texas, this month indicates a "serial bomber" — and one who is more sophisticated than the earlier bombs suggested.

Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley said Monday that investigators believe a tripwire might have been used in the device that exploded in a Southwest Austin neighborhood on Sunday night, injuring two men.

"The belief that we are now dealing with someone who is using tripwires shows a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skill," he said, adding that if residents see suspicious objects that look out of place, "Do not even approach it, but instead call 911."

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Uber Halts Autonomous-Car Testing After Fatal Arizona Crash

A self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday evening, what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle. In response, Uber quickly halted its self-driving cars as the incident is investigated.

The woman was crossing the road when the Uber vehicle, operating in autonomous mode, struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. She was transferred to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. "Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation," Liliana Duran, a spokeswoman from the Tempe police, said in an emailed statement.

Uber said on Monday that it was pausing tests of all its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the greater Phoenix area. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. "We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident."

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Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania Republicans' fight over maps for U.S. House


The Supreme Court refused Monday to block the redrawing of Pennsylvania's congressional districts, handing Republican leaders a stinging defeat and giving Democrats a chance to make important gains at the polls in November.

The high court's action completed a one-two punch against the GOP-dominated state Legislature. Last month, the justices refused to block a state Supreme Court decision that declared districts drawn by Republicans unconstitutional because of their partisan tilt.

After that ruling, the state court redrew the lines. Republicans challenged the new maps as improperly drawn and asked that 2018 elections be held under the old lines, beginning with a primary May 15.

Earlier Monday, a federal district court composed solely of judges appointed by Republican presidents rejected that effort. The three-judge panel concluded unanimously that the GOP leaders lacked standing to bring the case on behalf of the entire Legislature.

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How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation


Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.

The social network is now under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.

Facebook's stock plunged 7 percent Monday in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain's information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica's servers because the British firm had been "uncooperative" in her investigation. After two years of failing to disclose the harvesting, Facebook said Monday that it hired an outside firm to audit Cambridge.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant just signed a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, according to the AP.

Why it matters: This is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country, and the state's one abortion clinic is preparing to challenge the move in court, according to CBS.

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

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Kennedy, Klobuchar Call For Zuckerberg To Testify Before Senate Judiciary


Sens. John Kennedy and Amy Klobuchar sent a letter to Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley Monday, urging him to call Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in regard to new reports of his company allowing political campaigns unmonitored access to user data.

“Facebook, Google, and Twitter have amassed unprecedented amounts of personal data and use this data when selling advertising, including political advertisements,” the letter reads. “The lack of oversight on how data is stored and how political advertisements are sold raises concerns about the integrity of American elections as well as privacy rights.”

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Fifth Harmony Splits, Sending Social Media Into A Twitter Storm

The US girl band Fifth Harmony announced today via social media that the group would be splitting to focus on solo careers.

Group members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui said: “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever.”

“We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”

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After 2017 election, US poised to fight fake news – in Kenya

Just ahead of Kenya’s disputed 2017 election, video clips started spreading on social media of a slick-looking CNN broadcast asserting that President Uhuru Kenyatta had pulled far ahead in the polls. But the CNN broadcast was fake, splicing together real coverage from CNN Philippines with other footage with the network’s iconic red logo superimposed in the corner.

It happened with a BBC video, too, and with a photo purportedly of Kenyan security forces killing protesters that was actually from Tanzania, and with thousands of spurious blog posts and other false reports that flooded the popular messaging app WhatsApp, fueling further divisions and turmoil in an election that morphed into a major political crisis.

So the U.S. government is gearing up to fight fake news — not at home, where it’s the subject of heated debate following the 2016 presidential campaign, but in Kenya, where America has sought to nurture a vibrant but volatile African democracy.

“Information is, of course, power, and frankly, fake news is a real danger,” U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said in an interview, adding that it had eroded confidence in Kenya’s real news media. “It’s being weaponized. It’s undermining democracy in Kenya.”

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Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several people, crushing cars


A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing several people, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

“There are several fatalities,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho told reporters at multiple media outlets.

At an afternoon news conference, Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp did not elaborate on the number of fatalities, saying only that the final number of victims had not yet been determined. Teams were in an "urgent search-and-rescue mode" and mobilized search dogs and heavy cranes, he added.

Kemp said eight cars traveling on the seven-lane highway were trapped under tons of rubble. Eight victims were taken to the hospital.

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Putin's giant Russian election victory sparks backlash, claims of 'charade'


Backlash grew around the world Sunday after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed a huge victory in his country's presidential election.

Putin was re-elected with more than 75 percent of the vote, exit polling data showed, which keeps him as Russia's leader for another six years — marking him as the country's longest-serving ruler other than Joseph Stalin.

The election sparked swift criticism from those who questioned the integrity of the election.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who gained infamy for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents from the National Security Agency in 2013, posted security camera footage of what looked like ballot stuffing. Snowden claimed it was part of "an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people."

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Immigration Advocates Warn ICE Is Retaliating For Activism

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics.

The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested and deported under tough new enforcement rules. And federal officials deny allegations of retaliation.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and volunteers who say they have been arrested or face fines for their work.

They say many of the activists who are undocumented don't have criminal records and only came to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of their activism.

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Shia Stretches: LaBeouf Plays His Own Abusive Alcoholic Dad

Shia LaBeouf is back again. Attempting to make his "triumphant return" to Hollywood after becoming something of a persona non grata due to his serious drug abuse, alcoholism and other personal issues. Ah, but don't worry, he's got a plan to make it all better. You may recall we covered his sob story explaining how the reason he's been so unhinged and is such a self-centered deluded jerk (basically his words and certainly my sentiments) all stems to his alcoholic and abusive father. It's ironic that he seems to be becoming the same kind of abusive alcoholic jerk himself, but wait it gets better.

In Honey Boy, Lucas Hedges stars as young Shia LaBeouf and Shia will (wait for it, wait for it) play his own father. The basic plot deals with Shia, the young child star trying to come to terms with his alcoholic dad. It's more than slightly autobiographical, of course. The film will be directed by Alma Har'el and produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and Delirio Films' Christopher Leggett. Fred Berger, also of Automatik is executive producer and Stay Gold Features is footing the bill. For their sake, I hope Stay Gold keeps the receipt and has good insurance)

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ISIS Chief Taken Out By SAS Sniper Headshot From A Mile Away

The UK seems to have found its own version of Chris Kyle, the famous ‘American Sniper’ able to shoot enemies from large distances made immortal in Clint Eastwood’s film.

According to a senior UK defense commander, an SAS elite trooper shot an ISIS terrorist commander with a bullet through the skull in near total darkness last week.

The report claims that the shot was achieved at a range of more than 1,500m with a window of opportunity of just 15 seconds.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Could Earn Up To $423 Million In Compensation, Advisory Firm Says

ISS Analytics, the data analysis arm of the proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services, estimates that Iger could earn as much as $423M over the next four years if he hits all the performance goals in his compensation package, according to Reuters.

That would rank Iger among the decade’s highest-paid CEOs in the U.S., Reuters reported.

“Iger’s generous compensation package suggests the Disney board believes he is singularly placed to lead the company over the next several years,” said John Roe, head of ISS analytics.

In return for extending his contract through 2021, Iger received a $25M stock award vesting over four years and, more significantly, large incentives to close the 21st Century Fox deal quickly, after which he will receive an additional $16M annually, ISS told Deadline. An additional balloon payout targeted at $70M at the end of 2021 is also in place. If all performance maximums are met, Iger’s total potential payout stands at more than $423M.

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Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

President Trump has decided to hire the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova, who has pushed the theory on television that Mr. Trump was framed by F.B.I. and Justice Department officials, to bolster his legal team, according to three people told of the decision.

Mr. diGenova is not expected to take a lead role but will instead serve as a more aggressive player on the president’s legal team. Mr. Trump broke over the weekend from the longstanding advice of some of his lawyers that he refrain from directly attacking the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a sign of his growing unease with the investigation.

The hire has not been announced, and Mr. Trump frequently changes his mind and sometimes adjusts his plans based on media coverage. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump planned to hire other lawyers.

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In Russian Elections, Some People Say They Were Ordered to Vote


Opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged that voters in Sunday's presidential election were being compelled to show up at polling stations in a Kremlin drive to ensure Putin's likely win is not tarnished by a low turnout.

Ivan Zhdanov, an aide to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is barred from running in the race, said Navalny supporters monitoring the vote reported people being bussed to polling stations by their employers.

"We would call this the 'shuttle bus election'," Zhdanov told a briefing. "Some organisations, some buses, are bringing massive amounts of people."

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Facebook shares slide after reports of data misuse

Facebook Inc's shares fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

The move would knock $23.8 billion off the social network's market value of $538 billion as of Friday's close and shares in other social media companies including Twitter Inc and Snap Inc also dipped in early deals in New York.

One Wall Street analyst said the reports raised 'systemic problems' with Facebook's business model and a number said it could spur far deeper regulatory scrutiny of the platform.

The head of European Parliament said on Monday that EU lawmakers will investigate whether the data misuse has taken place, adding the allegation is an unacceptable violation of citizens' privacy rights.

Facebook was already facing new calls for regulation from U.S. Congress and questions about personal data safeguards after the reports from the New York Times and London's Observer over the weekend.

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Adrian Lamo, former hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, dead at 37


>Intruder of Yahoo, Microsoft, and NYT was best known for reporting Manning leaks.

Adrian Lamo, the former hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to US authorities for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records, has died at the age of 37, according to a family Facebook post and a report from ZDNet, which cited two of Lamo's family members and a county coroner.

"With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquittances that he is dead," his father, Mario Lamo, wrote in a Facebook post. "A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son."

It's not yet known how Lamo died.

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Edward Snowden blasts integrity of Russia's presidential election, asks Russians to 'demand justice'


Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden Sunday criticized the integrity of Russia’s presidential election just before exit polls showed President Vladimir Putin had easily won a fourth term in office.

“The ballot stuffing seen today in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian election is an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people,” Snowden said in a tweet. “Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter. Take your future back."

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Police 'victim blame' Telford sex abuse victims as young as 11 with internal memo telling officers


Police have been accused of 'victim blaming' the children who were abused by grooming gangs in Telford.

Officers investigating the Telford sex abuse scandal, in which some of the victims were just 11, were reportedly sent an internal message saying 'in most cases the sex is consensual'.

Child abuse lawyer Dino Nocivelli slammed West Mercia Police for the way they investigated the case.

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Facebook and its executives are getting destroyed after botching the handling of a massive data


Facebook and its executives faced a torrent of backlash on Saturday following news reports that the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the Trump campaign in 2016, improperly harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users.

The company quickly faced calls for increased regulation and oversight, and Massachusetts' Attorney General, Maura Healey, even announced an investigation.

"Massachusetts residents deserve answers immediately from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica," Healey said on Twitter.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota also excoriated the company, demanding that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg face the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning.

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125,000 people sign petition demanding Canada ban trade in elephant ivory


>The current ban on elephant ivory in Canada affects only that from elephants killed since 1990. Diffculty in dating ivory, however, makes it easy for people to hide more recent ivory among legal products.

More than 125,000 people have signed a petition asking Canada to put a stop to the sale of all elephant ivory.

Tessa Vanderkop, director of strategic relations and advocacy for Vancouver-based Elephanatics, says when the petition was launched last year the hope was to get 1,000 signatures.

“Our next target was 5,000 and then it just went nuts,” she said. “I think it says that people just do not have any kind of tolerance for this kind of thing anymore and they want governments to do the right thing.”

Last week, 95 politicians and animal rights activists from Canada and around the world signed a letter to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna repeating the petition’s request to ban all domestic trade in elephant ivory and to also make it illegal to import, export and re-export elephant ivory.

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Zimbabwe crowns first 'Miss Albino' in bid to tackle stigma


Zimbabwe has put on its first "Miss Albino" pageant in an effort to stamp out discrimination and stigma surrounding the condition. The 22-year-old winner says she wants to fight for the rights of children with albinism.

Sithembiso Mutukura beat 12 other contestants to claim the crown at Zimbabwe's first-ever Miss Albinism beauty contest — an achievement she hopes will inspire others living with the rare disorder.

"We must continue to advocate for our rights and I hope my win will empower the girl child," the 22-year-old social work student said.

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Israeli jets strike Hamas post in Gaza, hours after bomb explodes on border


Israeli jets carried out airstrikes on a Hamas target in the central Gaza Strip late Saturday night in retaliation for a bombing on the southern border earlier in the day, the army said.

The raid just after midnight on Sunday came hours after a bomb planted near the Israel-Gaza border exploded, causing no casualties. Israeli tanks earlier on Saturday had destroyed a Hamas post in the area in response to the bombing.

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In California's rural, conservative north, there are big dreams for cleaving the state

The two young, blond women in figure-flattering ball gowns hoisted whiskey and shotguns.

An auctioneer rattled off bids. Above the stage in the banquet hall hung a green flag for the 51st state of Jefferson, with its pair of Xs called a “double-cross” representing a sense of rural abandonment.

Hundreds of people packed into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9650 hall on this chilly Saturday night, ready to crack open wallets to help fund their dream of carving — out of California’s northernmost reaches — a brand new state.

Someone offered $350 for a state of Jefferson belt buckle. Someone else won a lamb, still in its mother’s womb, that should be born in time to be butchered for Easter. Outside, vehicles bore bumper stickers supporting President Trump and the 2nd Amendment.

“We Okies are fun, aren’t we?” one man quipped.

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A third Russian exile in Britain is getting death threats after nerve agent attack


A Russian exile living in Britain says he has received death threats saying that people who poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal are coming for him.

Valery Morozov, a 63-year-old who fled Russia after exposing what he said were corrupt business practices, said that he received threats to his life via anonymous, encrypted emails.

Skripal was exposed to Novichok, a Russian-made nerve agent, which left him in critical condition in hospital and sparked a major diplomatic rift between London and Moscow.

Not long after he was poisoned, Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov was found dead in his London home in what police now believe was a murder. Glushkov had earlier warned that he was on a Kremlin hit list.

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France 'does not recognize' Russian vote in Crimea


France said on Sunday it would not recognize Russia's election in the Crimea peninsula, four years to the day after Russia formally annexed the territory from Ukraine in a move slammed by the West as illegal.

"Challenging borders by force is contrary to international law, including commitments made by the Russian Federation," the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

"France does not recognize the organization of Russia's presidential election in Crimea today," it added as Russians vote in an election overshadowed by a furious row with Britain and its allies over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.

Sunday marks exactly four years since President Vladimir Putin, who is seen as a virtual certainty for a fourth term, signed a treaty declaring Crimea part of Russia after taking control of the former Soviet territory following the ouster of a Russian-backed president in Ukraine's capital Kiev.

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James Comey warns Trump: The American people will 'soon' be able to judge 'who is honorable and who


Former FBI Director James Comey shot a message at President Trump after his former deputy Andrew McCabe was fired, warning that "the American people will hear my story very soon,"

"And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not," he added in a terse tweet. Comey has a book coming out next month and a planned media tour to go along with it.

Trump, who last night celebrated McCabe's ouster as a "great day for democracy," had just tweeted about how the "fake news" media was "beside itself" when "McCabe was caught, called out and fired."

"How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!" Trump said.

Right before Comey tweeted, the Associated Press reported that McCabe, like Comey, kept personal memos of his interactions with Trump, after which it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller had obtained them. Follow-up reports have indicated that McCabe interviewed with Mueller's team.

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Pressure builds on Sessions for second special counsel


Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under mounting pressure from the right to appoint a second special counsel to investigate conservative allegations of abuse at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI.

Up to now, those calls have gone quietly unanswered, with officials pointing to the existence of a Justice Department inspector general investigation that is expected to wrap up sometime this spring.

But Sessions last week revealed that he has tapped a former official outside of the Beltway “with many years in the Department of Justice” to review the need for a special counsel, suggesting the idea is receiving a serious look.

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Boris Johnson defends playing tennis with wife of Putin's ex-minister in return for £160,000 Tory


Lubov Chernukhin also paid £30,000 to have dinner with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson

>Lubov Chernukhin also paid £30,000 to have dinner with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson

Boris Johnson has defended playing a game of tennis with the wife of one of Vladimir Putin’s ex-ministers in return for a £160,000 donation to the Conservatives.

Mr Johnson confirmed that the game, paid for by Lubov Chernukhin at a Tory fundraiser last year, has now taken place.

Ms Chernukhin has also since paid £30,000 to have dinner with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who made waves last week when he told Russia to “go away and shut up” in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

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Exclusive: Sources contradict Sessions' testimony he opposed Russia outreach


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who told Reuters they have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees.

Sessions testified before Congress in November 2017 that he "pushed back" against the proposal made by former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a March 31, 2016 campaign meeting. Then a senator from Alabama, Sessions chaired the meeting as head of the Trump campaign's foreign policy team.

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Facebook suspended Donald Trump’s data operations team for misusing people’s personal information


Facebook said late Friday that it had suspended Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), along with its political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, for violating its policies around data collection and retention. The companies, which ran data operations for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, are widely credited with helping Trump more effectively target voters on Facebook than his rival, Hillary Clinton. While the exact nature of their role remains somewhat mysterious, Facebook’s disclosure suggests that the company improperly obtained user data that could have given it an unfair advantage in reaching voters.

Facebook said it cannot determine whether or how the data in question could have been used in conjunction with election ad campaigns. Cambridge Analytica did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Intelligence analysts have sounded the alarm over North Korea’s nuclear program.

Jane’s Intelligence Review has reported that satellite imagery shows the secretive state has been building a light water reactor (ELWR) at its nuclear facility in Pyongyang and that testing has begun.

It said that an image from February 25 shows an emission rising from the reactor's stack that "implies testing of the machinery at the site” and that the stack is "intended to vent non-condensable gases from the reactor's primary circuit.”

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Moscow plays the game and raises Britain one


>The expulsion of 23 British diplomats, to be complete within one week is accompanied by the decision to close the British consulate in St Petersburg

Earler this week the British Prime Minister Theresa May fired a shot at the Russian Federation, convicting Russia’s government, especially its president Vladimir Putin of culpability in the assassination attempt of a former Soviet spy and his daughter who was in Britain to visit her father. Sergey and Yulia Skripal remain hospitalized after suffering an attack by a nerve agent determined by British authorities to be Novichok, an agent developed in the Soviet Union. In the wake of this conviction, which came without any sort of substantive proof, she expelled 23 Russian diplomats with a rather scurrilous remark that these personnel were also spies.

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Drone Farming - The Next Big Thing According To Walmart


Just last week, the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office released the documents showing these patents.

Mr Jayson Lusk, head of agricultural economics at Purdue University said: “Companies like Walmart for a long time have created sustainability initiatives and this is really where the rubber is meeting the road. A way how this might come down is the imposition of standards on their suppliers.”

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Syria war: Turkey-backed forces oust Kurds from heart of Afrin


Turkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin.

Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday.

The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group.

Activists say 280 civilians have died, although this is denied by AnkTurkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin.

Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday.

The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group.

Activists say 280 civilians have died, although this is denied by Ank

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‘He Does Outstanding Things’: Danny Davis Clarifies His Position On Anti-Semite Farrakhan — Again


Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis thinks Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious racist and anti-Semite, does “outstanding work” but doesn’t agree with Farrakhan’s positions that white people are “devils” and Jewish people are satanic.

That’s what Davis told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview on Friday evening. Davis also said that black politicians refrain from weighing in on Farrakhan in order to help their electoral chances.

“I disagree with Minister Farrakhan in terms of white people being devils and Jewish people being satanic, and so I disagree with him saying that. But I also protect his right as a free individual to say and do whatever he wants to do, but I disagree with that statement. I know Minister Farrakhan, I’ve been to his house, I got the permit for the Million Man March. So I disagree with that statement, but other than that, I think he does outstanding things for, especially for blacks who are unsure about themselves, people who’ve been in prison,” Davis said.

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Brexit threat to the UK's position in the global art market


>Pontus Silfverstolpe is co-founder of Barnebys, the biggest art auction aggregator in the world.

"For a generation the UK has been able to hold its ground in the global art market through a combination of expertise, competitive costs and a comparatively benign regulatory and fiscal environment. Currently the UK is behind the US and just ahead of China in volume of art sales. But its market share is falling say Barnebys and BREXIT may well lead to a loss of its powerful position.

There are signs of snow in the air for the UK art market. The influential art auction search engine, Barnebys, which lists one million objects on any one day with 3,000 auction houses globally, notes that the UK market is falling along with most of the rest of the globe.

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Maduro challenger shakes up Venezuela's presidential vote


At each other’s throats for two decades, militants of Venezuela’s socialist state and opposition seldom agree on anything. Yet mention the name of presidential candidate Henri Falcon, and both are liable to spit.

“Traitor!” cry socialist stalwarts, who cannot forgive the former state governor for breaking with their beloved late leader Hugo Chavez in 2010.

“Chavista lite!” say opposition radicals, always suspicious that Falcon came into their ranks as a Trojan horse.

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US Strikes Kill 35 IS Militants in Afghanistan


American counterterrorism airstrikes in northern Afghanistan are reported to have killed up to 35 Islamic State militants and wounded a dozen more.

A regional Afghan military statement said Saturday the pre-dawn strikes took place in the Darzab and Qishtepa districts of Jowzjan province, where IS maintains bases.

The statement noted that seven nationals of the neighboring Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan also were among the dead.

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Mueller gives Trump's legal team questions for potential interview: report


Special counsel Robert Mueller has presented President Trump's legal team with a list of questions as investigators seek an interview with the president.

The New York Times reported Saturday that the questions were a sort of starting point for Mueller, whose team is working to negotiate an interview with Trump as part of the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

It was after his legal team received the questions that Trump launched into a series of tweets, in which he denied that his campaign coordinated with Moscow during the 2016 election and lambasted Mueller's investigation as unnecessary.

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BREAKING: Sergey Lavrov states Syria partition plans must be foiled


>Friday meeting for continuation of the “Astana talks” noted some progress at cessation of fighting in East Ghouta, but Lavrov called out the UK, France and the US for illegally operating in Syria against UN Charter

Authorities representing the foreign ministries of Turkey, Iran and Russia met to discuss the situation in Syria on Friday, 16 March. Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, met with Javad Zarif and Mevlu Cavusoglu. Other envoys were also present for the meeting to discuss the operation of de-escalation zones in Syria and also to deal with political and humanitarian issues.

Friday’s meeting is a continuation of talks that have been ongoing for about one year. The “Astana talks”, as they have been dubbed, have been instrumental in the creation of four de-escalation zones – in Idlib, which is north of Homs, Eastern Ghouta and Syria’s southwestern areas.

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Fake Veterans Allegedly Create Fake Charity, Raise $125,000 And Keep It All For Themselves


Four people in Indiana allegedly raised money for a fake veteran’s charity and pocketed $125,000 in an “elaborate fraud scheme,” according to a recent indictment.

The U.S. attorney in Indiana has charged the conspirators with fraud for creating bogus charities called the Wounded Warrior Foundation, Inc. and the Wounded Warrior Fund to trick donors into thinking they were supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, a real charity founded in 2003.

The ringleader of the conspiracy, James Linville, and another man Thomas Johnson, would frequently go by fake names to hide their identities. Linville would go by the alias “Sergeant Bob Johnson” to make potential donors think he was a former military service member.

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6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico pleads for help


Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in this plantain farming town high in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, leaving tens of thousands of people without power or running water. Desperate, residents of the town’s Barrio Mana neighborhood asked federal officials for a generator to pump water from the well that supplies the neighborhood’s 130 families.

That was nearly six months ago. Today, like everyone in Barrio Mana, World War II veteran Antonio Morales, 93, sleeps in a single-story concrete home with no running water, its floor covered with dozens of gallon jugs and plastic buckets of water that his nurse uses to bathe him.

“Barrio Mana is not even on the government’s radar,” said Morales’ 61-year-old daughter-in-law, Maria Perez, her eyes filled with tears. “Practically no one has shown up here.”

Super-charged with energy from unusually warm seas, Hurricane Maria caused roughly $100 billion in damage to Puerto Rico when it roared across the island Sept. 20, according to the government of the U.S. territory. In November, Puerto Rico asked Congress for $94 billion to fund needs ranging from power restoration to home repairs.

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Woman gets 20 years for DUI accident that killed cop, university employee


A woman has been sentenced to 20 years after admitting she was driving drunk when her vehicle struck and killed two men in Lexington, Ky., in 2016.

The deaths of a Louisville police detective and a University of Kentucky employee occurred outside a university building, where the men were standing and talking.

“I know I have to go to prison,” the driver, Suzanne Whitlow, 28, said in court. I shouldn’t have done what I did.”

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Single $456.7M Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania: report


A single ticket sold in Pennsylvania won the multimillion-dollar Powerball jackpot in Saturday’s drawing, lottery officials said.

The ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball to win an estimated $456.7 million jackpot, with $273.9 million cash value, PennLive.com reported.

The winner has the choice of taking the larger pot amount over the span of 29 years or the cash amount for a one-time, lump-sum payment.

After 19 straight drawings failed to produce a grand-prize winner, this pot is one of the biggest in the multi-state U.S. lottery’s history, Reuters reported.

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MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle apologizes after mocking Larry Kudlow's faith in 'God's will'


MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle has apologized for comments she made mocking Larry Kudlow, President Trump's economic adviser, for saying that he trusted "God's will."

Ruhle issued the apology on Twitter, saying she "meant no offense" and apologized "if my comments came off as dismissive of his faith."

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Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse


Facebook Inc faced new calls for regulation from within U.S. Congress and was hit with questions about personal data safeguards on Saturday after reports a political consultant gained inappropriate access to 50 million users’ data starting in 2014.

Facebook disclosed the issue in a blog post on Friday, hours before media reports that conservative-leaning Cambridge Analytica, a data company known for its work on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was given access to the data and may not have deleted it.

The scrutiny presented a new threat to Facebook’s reputation, which was already under attack over Russians’ alleged use of Facebook tools to sway American voters before and after the 2016 U.S. elections.

“It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves,” Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted.

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U.S. Government Launches Investigation Into Hyundai And Kia Airbags


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation Friday into problems with air bags in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. NHTSA says it is currently aware of six crashes in which air bags failed to deploy. The crashes led to four deaths and six injuries.

The models being investigated are 2011 Hyundai Sonatas and 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes, according to a document posted on the NHTSA website. The scope of the probe includes an estimated 425,000 vehicles.

Four of the crashes in question involved Hyundai vehicles and two of the crashes involved Kia vehicles, the document states. According to a statement from Hyundai spokesperson Jim Trainor, the company knows of "three rare and unique accidents where airbag control circuitry was confirmed to be damaged, and a fourth accident is under investigation."

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Financial measures could hurt Vladimir Putin most


The Russian response took maybe slightly longer than expected but in the end it was largely what the British Government had anticipated and prepared for.

By expelling precisely 23 British diplomats, the exact same number of Russian spies that have been ordered out of the UK, Moscow is sending a message that it wants to draw a line under this element of the stand-off.

Theresa May will chair a meeting of the National Security Council early next week, but it is unlikely she will announce further measures against Moscow, unless given new reason to do so.

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Fake news spreads significantly faster than the truth - but don't blame Russian bots


>MIT study says humans - not bots - are to blame for dissemination of false news items.

>People are more likely to share information that inspires "fear, disgust, and surprise."

>Automated bots share false and true news at the same rate on Twitter.

Fake news is 70% more likely to be shared on Twitter compared with real news stories, a study has revealed.

MIT-backed research, published in the latest edition of Science, claims that lies made on social media travel significantly "faster and deeper" than news items that are demonstrably true.

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Army Has Spent 18 Months Preparing for War in Korea: Milley


U.S. Army leaders mapped out a rough plan to lawmakers Thursday describing how the service has spent the past 18 months preparing for war with North Korea.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee expressed a keen interest in possible contingency plans should the proposed summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fail to result in an agreement over that country's nuclear weapons program

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One Candidate Murdered Every Four Days in Mexico Elections: OAS


A spike in assassinations in the run-up to Mexico's regional and national elections is "absolutely unacceptable," the Organization of American States (OAS) warned on Friday.

"It is an average of one murder of a candidate every four or five days: that is a margin of violence absolutely unacceptable in an electoral process, we are very worried," said OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

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Lung cancer patient says she's now in remission thanks to Cuban vaccine


A Regina woman who was diagnosed with lung cancer and given a year to live says she’s now in remission thanks to a vaccine she received in Cuba.

Judy Bryden, who received the devastating diagnosis in 2016, travelled to Cuba last year to receive treatment and pick up several doses of the CIMAvax EGF vaccine. The vaccine was developed for non-small cell lung cancer, which represents up to 85 per cent of all lung cancers.

After taking the vaccine doses over several months, Bryden said a recent scan of her lungs found no cancer.

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Xi Jinping reappointed as China's president with no term limits


China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

The National People's Congress also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice-president.

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S. Korea pushes to commercialize 10-gigabit Internet service


South Korea is pushing to commercialize 10-gigabit (Gb) transfer speeds for its online network systems, which is 10 times faster than Giga Internet, the fastest broadband service currently available, the ICT ministry said Sunday.

The Ministry of Science and ICT said it will work closely with local IT firms to adopt 10 Gb service, considered the core technology behind fifth-generation wireless technology as well as virtual reality and augmented reality.

Under the plan, the ministry plans to form a consortium to develop basic equipment and prepare networks for the rapid commercialization of the futuristic information superhighway.

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EU prepares revenue-based tax on US tech giants


The European Commission is to unveil plans for a digital tax on big US tech companies. The move is aimed at recovering billions of euros from multinationals that divert their earnings to low-tax nations.

According to a draft plan, Brussels proposes big tech companies should be taxed on overall revenue in the EU and not just on their profits, at a rate of around 3 percent.

The plan is fanning fears of a further worsening of trade relations between the EU and the United States as Brussels prepares to retaliate against US President Donald Trump's move to impose higher tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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Britain will punish Putin's oligarch cronies with new sanctions after spy poisoning


Ministers are plotting new sanctions against Vladimir Putin and Kremlin-linked oligarchs after the Russian government expelled 23 British diplomats and launched an assault on its cultural ties with Britain.

A government source said “detailed conversations” were taking place over the “next steps” after the Kremlin’s “disgraceful” order that the British Council’s offices in Russia, together with the UK’s St Petersburg consulate, should be shut down in the wake of Britain’s response to the poisoning of a former KGB spy and his daughter.

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Hacker who gave up Wikileaks source dies


Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker best known for passing on information that led to the arrest of Chelsea Manning, has died aged 37.

In online messaging conversations, Manning confided in him, describing confidential military material Manning had sent to Wikileaks.

Wikileaks published the video of a US helicopter strike that killed seven people, including a journalist working for the Reuters news agency.

The cause of Lamo’s death, confirmed to the BBC by the Sedgwick County coroner in Kansas, has not yet been made public.

On Facebook, his father Mario wrote: “With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquittances [sic] that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son.”

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Freeze the assets of Putin’s allies, U.K, U.S. lawmakers say: it’s ‘the only way to change


A group of lawmakers in the U.K., U.S. and Canada have launched a coordinated effort to urge the world’s richest countries to adopt sanctions targeting the allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The group is demanding that leaders of all G7 nations adopt legislation similar to the U.S.’s Magnitsky Act, which permits authorities to seize assets — including bank accounts and real estate — and ban the entry of Russians implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009.

The demands are laid out in a series of letters ahead of the G7 meeting in Quebec in June to U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump.

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Trump-linked data firm met with Russian executives: report


Cambridge Analytica, the data firm the Trump campaign used during the 2016 election, met with Russian business executives, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The firms’ employees had been in contact with executives from Russian oil giant Lukoil in 2014 and 2015, according to company documents.

There were reportedly three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey and Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters.

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Russian presidential vote kicks off in Far East


Polls have opened in Russia’s Far East regions for the presidential election in which Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in the Kremlin.

Voting started at 8 a.m. Sunday (2000 GMT Saturday; 4 p.m. EDT Saturday) in Russia’s Chukotka and Kamchatka regions. Voting concludes at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT; 2 p.m. EDT Sunday) in Kaliningrad, the Baltic exclave that is Russia’s westernmost region.

With Putin guaranteed to win another term despite facing seven challengers, authorities are conducting get-out-the-vote efforts to ensure a good turnout. Some Russian workers say they are coming under intense pressure to prove to their employers that they have voted.

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German serial killer nurse faces October trial over 97 deaths


Niels Högel. Photo: DPA

A German male nurse serving a life term for killing six hospital patients with lethal drugs out of "boredom" will go on trial in October for another 97 murders, the court said Friday.

The regional court in Oldenburg said in a statement that it would hear the proceedings against 41-year-old Niels Högel, accused of being the worst serial killer in German post-war history, which are expected to last until at least May.

The trial will take place in a large hall in the city to accommodate "120 co-plaintiffs, their 17 lawyers, interested members of the public and reporters".

Högel has admitted to injecting patients with drugs that cause heart failure or circulatory collapse so he could then try to revive them and, when successful, shine as a saviour before his medical peers and superiors.

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Duterte Pulls Philippines Out Of International Criminal Court

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has resulted in the deaths of over 12,000 people allegedly using and dealing drugs, has announced that the country will withdraw from the establishing treaty of the International Criminal Court.

His statement comes about a month after the ICC launched a preliminary investigation into those deaths. Human Rights Watch has called Duterte's term a "human rights calamity," as his administration "has rejected all domestic and international calls for accountability for these abuses, and instead has denied any government responsibility for the thousands of drug war deaths."

Duterte, whose term began in June 2016, promised to kill every drug dealer and user in the Philippines in his presidential campaign. Police officials and vigilantes alike have contributed to the killings.

The ICC launches investigations when a member state is unwilling to carry out investigations and prosecute suspected perpetrators themselves. Duterte claims this is not the case: "The deaths [have occurred] in the process of legitimate police operation" who didn't intend to kill, but acted in self-defense," he said.

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Landmark Report Concludes Abortion In U.S. Is Safe


Abortions in the United States are safe and have few complications, according to a landmark new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The report, called "The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States," examined the four major methods used for abortions — medication, aspiration, dilation and evacuation, and induction — and examined women's care from before they had the procedure through their follow-up care.

"I would say the main takeaway is that abortions that are provided in the United States are safe and effective," says Ned Calonge, the co-chair of the committee that wrote the study. He is an associate professor of family medicine and epidemiology at the University of Colorado and CEO of The Colorado Trust.

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Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow


Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats in a row over the nerve agent attack on an-ex spy and his daughter in the UK.

The Russian foreign ministry said the UK staff would be expelled from Moscow within a week in response to Britain's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats.

It also said it would close the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the British Consulate in St Petersburg.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain critically ill in hospital.

They were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire on 4 March.

The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok - the Russian government denies any involvement in the attack.

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Russia seen sending heavy naval firepower to the Mediterranean after threatening to strike the US


The US and Russia have become engaged in an increasingly hot war of words over the warfare and suffering in Syria, and Russia was seen sending heavy naval firepower to the region around the same time it threatened to retaliate to any US strikes.

Russia has supported Syrian President Bashar Assad for years during his country's seven-year-long civil war. Russia provides military support and airpower to help Assad cling to power as he fights off Islamist insurgents and a popular uprising in a war where his forces have reportedly killed the wide majority of the half million now dead.

Russia agreed to remove Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons in 2013, but international inspectors concluded in 2017 that Syria had used sophisticated chemical weapons in a massive attack on civilians.

The US responded with a naval strike that destroyed much of the airbase the Pentagon alleges carried out the attack. The next day, Russia vowed to retaliate if the US struck Syria, by destroying any missiles or launchers used.

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Russian-born businessman Felix Sater has confirmed a bombshell detail in the Russia investigation


Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman with financial ties to the Trump Organization, confirmed Friday that President Donald Trump's business was privately negotiating a deal with a sanctioned Russian bank during the 2016 US election.

The detail first emerged in a status report that democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released earlier this week in response to Republicans' decision to shut down the committee's Russia investigation. The report outlined dozens of leads — including witness testimony, document requests, and subpoenas — the minority said it was not able to pursue.

On Friday, Sater told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that a local developer in Russia worked on behalf of the Trump Organization to secure financing for a Trump Tower in Moscow from VTB Bank, Russia's second-largest bank and a US-sanctioned entity.

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And the Winner of Comey's Tweet War Is... James Woods!


The dishonorable and dishonest behavior that has become standard among the FBI's top brass has now lead to another top official being fired, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The move prompted former FBI Director James Comey to blast Trump on Twitter.

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Witness a David and Goliath Match in the World of 'Big Business Yoga'


When most people think of the word yoga they picture a physical practice involving stretching, and yes, asana (the positions) or "right is one of the limbs of yoga but, in fact, asana is the third limb of yoga. The first limb of yoga is yama, or ethical standards. The 8 limbs of yoga are actually closely related to the eightfold path of the Buddha, all founded on Samma ditthi (right understanding) and Yama (principles or adhering to a moral code). In its essence, yoga is a spiritual practice of mantra and meditative movement. The flexibility and health benefits are a side effect of that spiritual progression. When spirituality and commerce meet, however, many possible temptations can arise.

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Friend of dead Putin critic was strangled, British police say


British police launched a murder investigation Friday after an autopsy revealed that a Russian exile who was critical of Vladimir Putin was strangled in his home.

Nikolay Glushkov, whose body was found Monday, died as a result of “compression to the neck,” London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

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A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies.

AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it's to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment.

The Justice Department's antitrust lawyers say that if AT&T and Time Warner are allowed to combine, consumers will end up paying more to watch their favorite shows, whether on a TV screen, smartphone or tablet.

"On one hand, the government is saying this is the Old World and AT&T Time Warner is saying this is the New World," said Larry Downes, senior industry and innovation fellow at Georgetown University. "They're arguing completely different views of how the content industries look right now, let alone in the future."

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Unilever drops London for post-Brexit Dutch HQ


Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever on Thursday chose The Netherlands over London to host its headquarters, dealing a blow to Britain's efforts to keep multinational companies onside following Brexit.

Unilever, whose famous brands include yeast extract Marmite, PG Tips tea and Persil washing powder, announced in a statement that it "intends to simplify from two legal entities, N.V. and PLC, into a single legal entity incorporated in the Netherlands".

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Academy President John Bailey Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment

John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment.

The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday and immediately opened a probe, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Bailey was elected president of the institution in August. If he were forced to step down, he would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy’s vice president, until the next election in July.

Bailey’s tenure has been marked by a historic shift in the Academy’s approach to misconduct by its members. In October, the Academy voted to expel Harvey Weinstein less than 10 days after the New York Times first reported on his history of sexual harassment. The Academy also replaced Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010, as the presenter of the best actress award at this year’s Oscars.

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Oklahoma Set To Be The First State to Use Nitrogen Gas for Executions


Oklahoma will be the first state in the country to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once it resumes carrying out the death penalty. State officials confirmed on Wednesday that they plan to use nitrogen gas for capital punishment after being unsuccessful for months in obtaining lethal injection drugs.

The Department of Corrections will work closely with State Attorney General Mike Hunter to develop new protocols related to the new capital punishment method over the coming months.

Such development is due in large part to the challenges Oklahoma and other states are facing as regards to the death penalty. They haven’t been able to procure the drugs required for lethal injection due to opposition from drugmakers to having their products used in executions.

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FTC raids Amazon Japan over suspected antitrust violation

Japan’s antitrust watchdog raided the office of Amazon.com Inc.’s unit in the country Thursday, for allegedly violating the antitrust law by having its suppliers shoulder part of the costs to cover discounts the retailer applied on goods.

The Japan Free Trade Commission conducted the on-site inspection on the online retailer suspecting that it has demanded such payments at least since last year, sources close to the matter said.

“We will fully cooperate with the commission’s inspection,” Amazon Japan K.K. said.

It is suspected that the suppliers have been complying with Amazon’s demands so that they can continue to sell their products through its wider sales network.

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Britain First leader Paul Golding 'beaten up by inmates in prison' days after being jailed


Police are investigating reports the leader of far-right group Britain First was beaten up in prison – exactly a week after he was jailed for hate crimes.

Paul Golding, 36, was allegedly attacked by two inmates at HMP Elmley, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, according to sources.

The 36-year-old has now been separated from other inmates at the category C prison by being moved to another unit, PA understands.

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London Tube attack: Iraqi teenager found guilty


The device was made up of 400g of explosives and 2.2kg of shrapnel, and the explosion injured 30 people. On the witness stand he said he only wanted to cause a fire because he was "bored and stressed" and had developed a fantasy about becoming a fugitive.

It can now be reported he told a psychologist he was inspired by Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible action films.

A jury at the Old Bailey took just a day to find the 18-year-old, from Surrey, guilty of attempted murder.

Hassan, who arrived in the United Kingdom as a child asylum seeker, claimed to immigration officials that he had been groomed by the Islamic State group and "trained to kill". "But coming back to his devious nature, he kept it very secretive in relation to what he was doing, what he was planning, and nobody around him actually knew what his plot was".

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Zuma Faces Trial as South African Prosecutors Pursue Graft Case


Former South African President Jacob Zuma will face trial on 16 charges including graft and racketeering after prosecutors announced they’re pursuing a case shelved nine years ago amid allegations of political interference.

The decision on Friday compounded Zuma’s dramatic fall from power after he was forced to step down as president last month and was replaced by new ruling party leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. That, and a commission of inquiry into alleged undue influence by Zuma’s friends the Guptas over his administration, will bolster the new president’s campaign against corruption.

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Multistate Crackdown Against Child Pornography Yields Dozens of Arrests


A crackdown operation against child pornography and sexual exploitation of children yielded a total of 76 arrests including 34 people from Georgia .

The operation was led by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and was coordinated by nine Internet Crimes Against Children task forces in eight states. Called Operation Southern Impact II, the operation zeroed in on people downloading, recording and sharing of images of infants and toddlers after a two-month investigation.

The GBI said six of those arrested in Georgia traveled for the purpose of meeting and having sex with a minor. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said a lot of those arrested have a past history with child pornography. Some were even registered sex offenders.

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Slovakia protests: 65,000 join Bratislava anti-government protests


About 65,000 people have attended anti-government protests held in Slovakia for the third consecutive week.

Outrage over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova prompted Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign on Thursday.

But demonstrators say Mr Fico will continue to exercise power and are calling for early elections.

Mr Fico said his coalition government had a mandate to serve its full four-year term, which ends in 2020.

Mr Kuciak was investigating alleged political corruption linked to Italian organised crime.

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Saskatchewan to set legal age for cannabis at 19, won’t charge minors


>“This kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going,” Justice Minister Don Morgan said.

Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won’t end up with a criminal record.

The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.

Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government’s priority when it set the age at 19.

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Jimmy Kimmel consoles a drunk 'Geoffrey the Giraffe' about Toys R Us closure


Toys R Us's store closures have hit us all hard as we reminisce about our childhoods, but has anyone thought to ask Geoffrey the Giraffe about it?

Well, Jimmy Kimmel has, and in a hilarious sketch on last night's (March 15) Jimmy Kimmel Live, a drunk 'Geoffrey the Giraffe' was obviously distraught about the whole thing, blaming everyone for the administration.

"I have a question for everyone here. Do you guys like toys? Well I don't have any because we're bankrupt," explained 'Geoffrey'. "No, it's not [okay]. No, it's not because all you bitches bought toys on Amazon. Now I'm out of a job."

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Congressman: Child Sex Dolls Are Coming—And We're Not Ready

One of the great legislative challenges of history, from the Hittite abominations to the regulation of internet porn, has been anticipating the latent evils unleashed by man’s ingenuity. Now, child sex dolls—robots engineered to warm to the human touch and disturbingly lifelike in their prepubescent features—are being marketed to pedophiles. Made overseas, they’re increasingly prevalent stateside.

Republican Dan Donovan of Staten Island, a federal prosecutor for 20 years before his election to the House in 2015, has made it his mission to sound the warning about child sex dolls. “When I saw articles on the issues of child sex dolls abroad, I knew I had to act immediately to stop the proliferation of them within the United States,” Donovan said in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. (They’re already illegal in the United Kingdom and hotly debated in Canada.)

To wit, Donovan has proposed the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act to ban their import and make possession of them illegal. Donovan spent an entire career locking up pedophiles and he says that, “Every case has stayed with me—there is no situation where a child was hurt or victimized that doesn’t leave your thoughts.” And now, as then, he adds: “I will do everything possible to stop crimes against children.”

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Jury finds Iraqi teen guilty of planting London subway bomb


A teenage Iraqi asylum-seeker who told police he had been trained by the Islamic State group was convicted of attempted murder on Friday for planting a home-made bomb on a London subway train.

Ahmed Hassan, 18, showed no emotion as he was found guilty at London's Central Criminal Court.

The bomb partially exploded on a London Underground train at Parsons Green station on Sept. 15, sending a fireball down the packed carriage that left 23 people with burn injuries. Police say 28 more were hurt in a panicked rush to leave the train.

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Australian man convicted of sexually abusing boys in India fined $235, released same day


An Australian man living in India has been set free on the same day he was convicted of sexually abusing disadvantaged boys and young men.

Paul Henry Dean, 75, has been repeatedly accused of abusing dozens of children over almost four decades spent living among poor communities in India under false identities.

In a court case that lasted 17 years, Dean was convicted on charges of "unnatural sex" with 12 boys and young men.

The charges were laid in 2001.

Dean was sentenced to three years in jail and fined the equivalent of $235, but released on bail the same day, pending an appeal.

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'Lord of Butt': China's weird names for Western celebs


When it comes to Chinese names for Western celebrities, "Sweet Tea" is definitely hot, "Fruit Sister" is off the menu, and an ample posterior can have you anointed "Lord of Butt".

Chinese is expressed using idiomatic characters rather than an alphabet, making it difficult to use the language to transliterate foreign names, and opening the door for a range of creative and often bizarre appellations for well-known stars.

The recent Academy Awards minted a new star in China, Timothee Chalamet, a best actor nominee for – ironically – "Call Me By Your Name".

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Georgian President: West Awakening to Russian Security Threat in Historic ‘Now Moment’


Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is calling for American and European leaders to capitalize on what he calls a palpable, growing international consensus about the scope, magnitude and immediacy of national security threats posed by Russian election interference and suspected assassination attempts on foreign soil.

“There is a ‘now moment’ here in the United States; there is a ‘now moment’ in London; there is a ‘now moment’ in Brussels … a moment of comprehension of the [threats] to security for all nations that are challenged by Russia,” Margvelashvili said in a sit-down interview with VOA’s Georgian Service on Thursday.

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Putin critic who warned he was on Russian hit list was murdered, London police say


The Russian exile opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin who was found dead in London early this week was murdered, the British police say.

Nikolai Glushkov, 69, was found dead at his house in southwest London at about 10:46 p.m. on Monday. A subsequent pathologist report found that Glushkov died by a "compression to the neck," London's Metropolitan Police said on Friday.

Glushkov was best known for being a close associate of the Russian oligarch and prominent Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, who was found dead on the bathroom floor of his ex-wife's house in Ascot, southeast England, in 2013.

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Shoppers are complaining that Apple Stores have become a 'hell on earth' like the DMV — and it's a g


Apple Stores have become an almost mythical part of the tech giant's brand. Now, they could be killing it.

Founder Steve Jobs wanted Apple's stores to be different from those of traditional retailers, setting Apple apart from competitors with stylish, minimalist aesthetics. Apple Stores have specific, strict rules — from how employees interact to the exact angle of laptops — designed to create the perfect experience that transcends shopping.

For years, the investment has paid off.

In 2017, eMarketer and CoStar data showed that Apple Stores make a whopping $5,546 per square foot. That puts the retailer in the No. 1 spot across the retail industry — though that figure has declined since 2012, when the research firms reported that Apple averaged $6,050 per square foot in sales.

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Cambodians condemn 'thug of South-east Asia's' Australia visit


Protesting Cambodians have gathered at Sydney's Hyde Park to condemn Prime Minister Hun Sen, hours after he posed for photographs with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

They held signs calling Prime Minister Sen "the killer" and a "disgrace" in response to threats of violence.

Hun Sen, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, is in Australia for a special Australia-ASEAN summit this week.

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Egyptians flock to presidential polls across Australia


Egypt's ambassador to Australia, Mohamed Khairat, said the embassy in Canberra started to receive voters early Friday who came to cast their ballots in the 2018 presidential election.

He praised the Egyptian expatriates’ political awareness of the importance of participating in the elections, especially the youth who were keen to update their national IDs before the vote process.

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As a land of droughts and flooding rains, the threat of empty water supplies haunts every mainland Australian city.

That’s why our larger capitals have huge reservoirs compared to similar sized, or even much bigger, cities in Europe or the USA.

Like southern Africa, flows in Australia’s rivers change greatly from year-to-year. As South Africa’s Cape Town approaches Day Zero – when its citizens lack the basic levels of water needed for a developed city – could Melbourne or Sydney face a similar fate?

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Kenyan Family Who Perished in Suspicious House Fire in Canberra, Australia Laid to Rest in Emotional


A Kenyan mother and her two children who perished after their house caught fire under mysterious circumstances in Canberra, Australia last month were laid to rest on Friday in an emotional sendoff.

The remains of 45-year-old Anne Wachera Muhoro, her son Ezvin (8) and her daughter Furaha (5)were retrieved by firefighters from their house in Bonner on February 19th, following a suspected arson.

Ezvin and Furaha were fare-welled alongside their mother in a private burial ceremony held at the Norwood Park Crematorium in Gungahlin on Friday morning. The funeral was attended by family and members of the community.

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Japan's isolated older 'hikikomori' shun society for years


Ikeida leaves the house once every three days to buy food, shuns deliveries to avoid human interaction and has not seen his parents or younger brother for 20 years.

The 55-year-old has chosen to shut himself completely away from society – such a commonplace phenomenon in high-pressure, conformist and workaholic Japan that there is a word to describe it: "hikikomori".

Until recently it was thought to be an issue mainly afflicting those in their teens and 20s, but ageing Japan is seeing a growing number of older hikikomori cloistering themselves away for longer periods of time.

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Japan PM Abe’s support falls to 39 percent amid scandal doubts


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s support has fallen 9.4 points to 39.3 percent, a survey by Jiji news agency showed, as suspicion swirls over a suspected cover-up linked to cronyism, Abe’s worst crisis since taking office.

Abe and Finance Minister, Taro Aso, 77, have been under fire since the finance ministry said on Monday that it had altered records relating to a discounted sale of state-owned land to a school operator that had ties to Abe’s wife, Akie.

Abe and Aso have both denied wrongdoing.

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Japan parliament approves new BOJ leadership


Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has been approved for another five-year term after his current one ends in April. Masazumi Wakatabe, an academic known as a vocal advocate of aggressive easing, and career central banker Masayoshi Amamiya will become Kuroda’s deputies next week.

The nominees were approved during a lower house plenary session, following approval by the upper house. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition holds a comfortable majority in the both chambers.

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China evaluates vulnerabilities for attacks before disclosure


Look no further than the spread of WannaCry, prompted by a leak last year of a Windows vulnerability the NSA had kept under wraps, for evidence of the importance of addressing and publicly disclosing computer and network vulnerabilities.

Security experts have criticized U.S. intelligence agencies for stockpiling zero-day vulnerabilities rather than urging software companies to patch and then disclose them. In a November report, cybersecurity intelligence company Recorded Future argued that China, a notorious censor, is better than the United States at alerting companies and the public about vulnerabilities it discovers.

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London choosing confrontation: Russian Federation on May firing of envoys over spy attack


The escalating worldwide scandal is unfolding as Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition after exposure to the Soviet-designed chemical Novichok on March 4 in the English city of Salisbury.

But in a series of British media interviews early on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the evidence of Russian guilt was "overwhelming" because only Moscow had access to the poison used and a motive for harming Skripal.

"In connection with the introduction by Britain of unfriendly steps towards Russian Federation, we plan to introduce reciprocal steps, without doubt".

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Does the US have a trade deficit with Canada?


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Donald Trump loves to hate trade deficits. And he loves to hate what he claims is the US trade deficit with Canada. The problem is that’s something Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau denies having. 

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The latest flare-up came in a presidential tweet on Wednesday, after it was reported that Mr Trump simply made up the claim about the deficit in a meeting with Mr Trudeau. “I had no idea, I just said ‘you’re wrong’,” Mr Trump recounted to attendees at a fundraising dinner this week, according to a transcript reported by the Washington Post.

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Canada considering tax on internet giants


The Canadian government is looking at how to regulate and tax internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, as it moves to improve protections for its cultural sector, an official said Wednesday.

"The government of Canada recognizes that large internet companies are acting outside regulatory frameworks and may be a threat to our culture," Simon Ross, a spokesman for Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, told AFP. (READ: We should levy Facebook and Google to fund journalism – here’s how)

It will therefore be necessary to update Canada's 1991 Broadcasting Act to take into account the new digital landscape, he said.

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Sanders defends Trump's Canada trade talk


The Latest on President Donald Trump's assessment of U.S.-Canada trade (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump "didn't have to look at the specific figures" to claim the United States has a trade deficit with Canada.

That's according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Thursday that Trump "was accurate" when he made the claim to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Canada: Trump speaks to Trudeau over phone, stresses on fast NAFTA deal


"But I should stress that overcapacity of the steel industry is a global issue and can not be resolved by any single party alone", Lu told a regular press briefing.

Trump said last week he would impose import tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 percent for aluminum, effective later this month, but exempted Canada after an intense lobbying campaign arranged by Ottawa.

Canada is the United States' largest foreign provider of steel and aluminum, with about 85 per cent of Canadian exports being directed to that country.

"(The United States has) now decided they want to get it done quicker, which is good", Trudeau told Matt Frolick, one of the workers who had a question about the trade talks.

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Aurora chasers in Canada discover new type of northern lights named 'Steve'


The glowing ribbon of purple — and sometimes green — that runs east-west in the night sky has been observed and photographed by aurora borealis chasers for years.

“My involvement is being the goofball who named it Steve,” said Chris Ratzlaff, a Calgary photographer who’s a co-author of a research paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

The luminous light, distinct from traditional aurora, was previously undocumented in scientific literature and little was known about how it formed.

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The United States, Mexico and Canada have formally submitted their joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco is also hoping to stage the tournament, with a decision due to be announced by world governing body FIFA on June 13.

Carlos Cordeiro, president of US Soccer, wrote on Twitter: “The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the USA to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup has been submitted! Our message to the world: with 23 world-class stadiums and 150 training sites already built and operating, we are ready to host.

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Air Canada To Use 737 MAX To Replace Some Rouge Flying


Air Canada's recently-announced plans to increase frequencies on several North American leisure routes next winter includes swapping Rouge-branded Boeing 767-300s to mainline flying with 737-8s. The service changes affect a total of seven routes linking Western Canada—five out of Vancouver (YVR) and two out of Calgary (YYC)—with Hawaii and Mexico. Current daily flights in the YVR-Honolulu and YVR-Maui markets will be upgraded to double-dailies. Weekly frequencies …

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Kentville represents on new MasterChef Canada season


Three people with connections to Kentville have made the cut for the upcoming MasterChef Canada season and are eager to stir up some competition.

Kentville natives Felix Fudge and Mike Schroeder, along with NSCC Kingstec student Layla Kelly, are getting ready to bring their A game to the show, which has a strong Nova Scotia presence this year, with six of the top 21 finalists on the show from the province.

Their cooking styles are as unique as their personalities and are set to resonate loudly with their audience this season, and, according to Schroeder, are eager to represent their province.

“It’s really cool to have had such a strong Kentville and Nova Scotia presence on the show this year. We aren’t going to disappoint,” he said.

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Canada sending troops to UN peacekeeping mission in Mali


The Canadian military will deploy helicopters and support troops, including medical teams, to the troubled West African nation of Mali later this year, CBC News has learned.

A senior government official, speaking on background, said a formal announcement will be made Monday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The deployment is in response to a direct request from the United Nations.

Details on how many choppers and personnel will be involved are still being worked out, but the official said the UN has been served with formal notice of Canada's participation.

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7 dead in US military helicopter crash near Iraq border


All seven military personnel aboard a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter were killed Thursday in a crash in western Iraq near the Syrian border, U.S. defense officials told Fox News.

It's the first deadly aviation crash for the U.S. military in the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since American involvement began in 2014. But U.S. Central Command said in a statement the crash "does not appear to be a result of enemy activity."

"This incident is under investigation," the statement said.

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MGA Entertainment, Investors Bid on Toys R Us Canada


MGA Entertainment Inc. and a group of affiliated investors have made a bid to acquire the operations of bankrupt Toys R Us in Canada.

A spokesperson for the Van Nuys toy manufacturer confirmed that MGA Entertainment Chief Executive Isaac Larian is seeking to purchase the ailing toy retailer’s Canada division, which includes about 80 stores. Toys R Us filed to liquidate the company on Thursday and will likely close all of its nearly 750 U.S. locations.

“Toys R Us Canada is a good business,” Larian said in a statement. “They run it efficiently and have good leadership. At the right price, it makes economic sense.”

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Eliport delivery robots won't need us humans


When you think about all the logistical challenges involved, perhaps the use of aerial drones to deliver goods to peoples' homes just isn't feasible. That's why several groups are now developing ground-based delivery drones. One of the latest, Barcelona-based Eliport, envisions a system in which people don't even need to be involved.

In the Eliport setup, autonomous four-wheeled robots will start by loading themselves up with 30 to 40 kg (66 to 88 lb) of cargo at a centrally-located warehouse/logistics hub.

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US Blames Russia For Cyber Attacks On Energy Grid, Other Sectors


The Treasury Department announced the sanctions amid withering criticism of Trump and his administration for failing to use its congressionally mandated authority to punish Russian Federation.

The announcement follows a lengthy delay that had caused anger on Capitol Hill and raised questions about Trump's willingness to confront Moscow.

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Russia should ‘go away and shut up,’ says UK defense secretary


Gavin Williamson uses first major speech to warn of Russian threat and announce new chemical weapons defense center.

By MAXIME SCHLEE 3/15/18, 12:15 PM CET Updated 3/16/18, 4:36 AM CET

Russia should “go away and shut up,” U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Thursday, describing worsening relations between the two countries.

The Salibsury attack, in which former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a Russian-made nerve agent, is evidence Moscow is “ripping up the international rule book,” Williamson said.

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US troops in Syria prepare for more Russian attacks after crushing up to 300 mercenaries in February


US troops in Syria are digging in and preparing for future attacks after a massive battle played out in the country's east that ended with up to 300 Russian mercenaries killed by US artillery and airpower.

Reporting from the ground in Syria, NBC News' Richard Engel and Kennet Werner spoke to Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga, whose forces beat back the pro-Syrian government advance on a well known US position near valuable oilfields.

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US warns travelers of deadly yellow fever in Brazil


A deadly and growing yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has killed at least four international visitors, and US health officials on Friday warned travelers to get vaccinated or stay away.

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne disease that often causes no symptoms. Some people may experience fever and nausea, and in about 15 percent of cases the infection can turn severe and lead to jaundice and multiple organ failure.

Since early 2017, the virus has been spreading in several of Brazil's eastern states, "including areas where yellow fever was not traditionally considered to be a risk," said the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Peter Dutton's white South African farmers resettlement gaining momentum


A conservative push to resettle "persecuted" white South African farmers in Australia is gaining momentum with several MPs calling for a special humanitarian intake.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has caused a diplomatic row with South Africa after declaring white farmers in the country were facing "horrific circumstances" and needed protection from a "civilised country".

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US opposes taxes on big tech firms


The United States said Friday it "firmly opposes" any new tax aimed at big technology firms, in a sharp challenge to a European proposal aimed at American digital titans.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued the statement days ahead of an EU summit debating the tax proposal.

"The US firmly opposes proposals by any country to single out digital companies," Mnuchin said.

"Some of these companies are among the greatest contributors to US job creation and economic growth."

Mnuchin added that US officials "fully support international cooperation to address broader tax challenges arising from the modern economy and to put the international tax system on a more sustainable footing."

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Vietnam marks 50 years since U.S. massacre at My Lai


Vietnam marked 50 years since the My Lai massacre on Friday in a memorial ceremony at the site of the killings that was attended by survivors of the massacre, their families, and around 60 U.S. Vietnam War veterans and anti-war activists.

American soldiers killed 504 people on March 16, 1968, in Son My, a collection of hamlets between the central Vietnamese coast and a ridge of misty mountains, in an incident known in the West as the My Lai Massacre.

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Facing far-right challenge, minister says Islam doesn't belong to Germany


New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam does not belong to Germany and set out hardline immigration policies in an interview published on Friday, as he sought to see off rising far-right challengers.

Seehofer told Bild newspaper he would push through a “master plan for quicker deportations”, in his first major interview since he was sworn into office on Wednesday.

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Daler Mehndi convicted in human-trafficking case, but granted bail


Punjabi pop sensation and Bollywood singer Daler Mehndi was convicted Friday, March 16, in a 15-year-old human trafficking case by a Patiala court. The singer was then sentenced to two years in prison, but was also granted bail by the court.

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EU proposes visa restrictions on countries refusing to take back illegal migrants


The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday announced plans to penalize citizens from countries that refuse to take back illegal migrants by restricting visas.

Under new rules proposed by the EC, countries that fail to cooperate on illegal migrant returns could face a restrictive visa policy. The restrictions may include longer visa processing times, higher costs, fewer exemptions given to visiting diplomats or greater restrictions on the length of time they can stay in the EU.

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Family of Egyptian student beaten to death accuse UK authorities of negligence


The family of an Egyptian student who was attacked in the UK city of Nottingham and died from her wounds in hospital on Wednesday has accused the British authorities of complacency and negligence.

Mariam Moustafa Abdel Salam, a student of engineering living in the town of Beeston, was reportedly beaten in the street by a group of women on 20 February in what her mother claimed was a racially motivated attack. She died after being treated for serious head injuries.

“We have had no support from the British authorities or police,” Mariam’s father, Hatim Abdel Salam, told Middle East Eye.

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U.S. sanctions Russians for meddling, but not Putin's oligarchs


The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for U.S. election meddling and cyber attacks but put off targeting oligarchs and government officials close to President Vladimir Putin, prompting lawmakers in both parties to say President Donald Trump needs to do much more.

With the United States under pressure to act, the steps announced by the U.S. Treasury Department represented the most significant taken against Moscow since Trump assumed office in January 2017.

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Tasmania leading the way on female representation in Parliament


To most observers, Tasmania might not seem politically ahead of the curve. But that's soon to change on the island state, with women about to outnumber men in Parliament.

History has been made by Tasmania becoming the first Australian state to return a female-majority parliament.

Thirteen women and 12 men have been elected to the House Of Assembly as counting is finalised in the state election which was held on March 3.

Election analyst Kevin Bonham said it was a significant moment in Tasmanian and Australian politics.

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Nerve agent planted in luggage of Russian agent's daughter - The Telegraph


The military-grade nerve toxin that poisoned former Russian agent Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she left Moscow, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the genteel southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. They have been in a critical condition in hospital ever since.

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Hong Kong proposes new law to make booing Chinese national anthem punishable by 3 years in jail


Hong Kong proposed new laws on Friday punishing mockery of the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in jail, mirroring new penalties in mainland China and raising fresh concerns over the city's promised freedoms.

Booing the national anthem has become a common form of political protest at soccer matches in Hong Kong, as youths express frustration at perceived creeping influence of Communist Party rulers in Beijing over the city's culture and freedoms.

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U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks


Standing on a windswept mound, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga pointed to the spot just a mile away from where Russian mercenaries and fighters loyal to the Syrian government fired at his soldiers.

"Those artillery rounds could have landed and killed Americans, and that's why we continue to prepare our defenses," said Braga, the director of operations for the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition.

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Afghan hostage shoots Taliban captors, killing seven


An Afghan man taken hostage by the Taliban made a dramatic escape by stealing a gun while his captors were praying and shooting dead seven of them and wounding 18 others, officials said Thursday.

Awal Khan and a local police officer were kidnapped Wednesday as they were driving in the eastern province of Paktika, provincial deputy security chief Abdul Rauf Masood told AFP.

Paktika is a Taliban stronghold bordering Pakistan.

The officer was killed and 36-year-old Awal taken to a Taliban compound in Gomal district where he was held for hours.

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Russia has 'stopped paying attention' to Britain over spy poisoning allegations, says Sergei Lavrov


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has hit back at Theresa May and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson over allegations the country poisoned an ex-spy with a powerful nerve agent on British soil, saying the Kremlin has "stopped paying attention".

The attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, in an Italian restaurant in Salisbury and the PM's subsequent decision to expel Russian diplomats from the UK, backed by Western powers, has greatly angered Moscow ahead of the country's forthcoming presidential election this Sunday.

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3 tons of gold-silver bars fall from the sky in Russia


A plane carrying $368 million of precious cargo littered a runway in Russia and the surrounding area with over 3 tons of gold-silver bars on Thursday after part of the plane ripped off during takeoff, according to Russian media and airport officials.

The plane spilled about a third of its 10-ton load onto the runway and on a nearby car market when it took off at an airport in the city of Yakutsk,

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Spy poisoning: Russia 'underestimates UK allies' - Nato


Russia has underestimated the "resolve and unity" of the UK's allies, the head of Nato has said after the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Nato was undergoing its biggest strengthening of collective defence since the end of the Cold War.

The UK believes Russia is behind the poisoning, although Moscow denies this.

Meanwhile, investigators say 131 people may have been exposed to the chemical used in the attack in Salisbury.

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Russian spy: Moscow vows swift response on expulsions


Moscow has vowed there will be a swift response to the expulsion of 23 of its diplomats by Britain.

President Vladimir Putin would make a final decision and "won't take long" to respond, his spokesman said.

The UK took its action after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy and his daughter in the UK.

Russia denies it was involved. Its foreign ministry called the allegations by Prime Minister Theresa May "insane".

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Thousands of women, men, children raped in Syria's war


Syrian government forces and allied militias have raped and sexually assaulted women, girls and men in a campaign to punish opposition communities - acts that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Thursday.

In a gruesome report, they found that rebel groups in Syria’s protracted civil war had also committed crimes of sexual violence and torture although these were “considerably less common”.

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Brazilians Protest After Black Human Rights Activist Is Murdered


Three days of mourning have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the murder of a black human rights campaigner who spoke out against the lethal methods routinely used by security forces within the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Many residents of Rio are hardened to daily incidents of deadly violence yet the killing of Marielle Franco, a city council member and civil society activist, is being met by a huge wave of anger and indignation on social media, and protests on the streets.

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Nova Scotia becomes 1st province to ban cat declawing


>Procedure has been equated with amputating the top of a human finger

Nova Scotia has officially become the first province in Canada to ban elective cat declawing.

The decision by the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association was announced in December. There was a three-month grace period before it took effect today.

"I see declawing as a mutilation of an animal for no direct benefit to the animal. It's something that's done mostly to protect furniture," said retired veterinarian Hugh Chisholm, who has advocated for a declawing ban for years.

The practice has already been banned in the U.K., Europe, Australia and several California cities. There also have been calls in other Canadian provinces to ban declawing.

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Texas - Worst Case Of Child Torture Porn Discovered In San Jacinto


A disturbing reality that exists in the deepest corners of the dark web has reared its ugly head in San Jacinto County. Three despicable excuses for men have been arrested after a hoard of child torture porn was discovered by San Jacinto County Sheriff's office.

The disturbing case of the worst kind deeds imaginable shocked even the top ranks of law enforcement in Texas. "This is the worst case I have ever seen in my 37 years as a law enforcement officer," Sheriff Greg Capers said. The investigation began in February when James Tumlinson was charged with sexually assaulting a child.

Now, two more men have been arrested in connection with the case. 28-year-old Cody Franklin has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and 47-year-old Patrick Tumlinson has been charged with failure to report aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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Trump, Jr. and Wife Vanessa Officially Announce They’re Separating


Before the joint announcement by the couple, there were earlier reports that say Vanessa filed divorce papers in Manhattan Supreme Court. The New York Daily News also reported that the couple’s divorce was uncontested.

Trump, Jr.is the President’s oldest son and serves as an executive at the Trump organization. He married Vanessa, a former model, in 2005. The two are both 40 years old.

The pair met in 2003 when they were introduced to each other by Donald Trump at a fashion show.

Vanessa kept a private and low-profile through-out Trump’s presidential campaign and into his more than a year-old presidency, but she was in the news last month when she opened a letter containing a suspicious substance. The content later turned to be nothing but corn starch. Vanessa was taken to the hospital then as a precaution but was unharmed from the incident.

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Matt Damon moving family to Australia because of Trump

Matt Damon is moving his family to Australia — in part because the liberal star’s fed up with President Trump.

Damon, 47, reportedly has purchased a property in Byron Bay, New South Wales, according to Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. The home’s next door to a place owned by Chris Hemsworth — with whom Damon recently appeared in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

A source exclusively tells Page Six: “Matt’s telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he’s moving the family to Australia” because the activist actor disagrees with Trump’s policies. The president’s frequently butted heads with liberal Hollywood A-listers including Meryl Streep. The source added, “Matt’s saying the move will not impact his work — as he will travel to wherever his projects are shooting. He’s also telling friends he wants to have a safe place to raise his kids.” Damon has four children with wife Luciana Barroso.

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Trump to Remove H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser


There have been rumors circulating for weeks that McMaster would be fired but the White House refused to confirm any such speculation. Now, it seems even the President is searching for a new national security adviser but will take his time to make sure he has a strong replacement.

President Trump and McMaster clashed when McMaster said last month that Moscown's interference in the 2016 election was "incontrovertible." Trump was quick to respond on Twitter to his three-star Army general's accusations.

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems," Trump said on Twitter.

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It's Raining Gold Bars! Precious Cargo Dropped On Russian Runway


The plane was loaded with over 9 tons of gold and other precious metals when it took off but once it was airborne it became noticeably less heavy after nearly 200 gold bars fell from the aircraft. The expensive blunder left gold bars scatted across the runway and on a nearby car dealer.

The incident occurred when a cargo hatch failed after the aircraft took off from an airport in Yakutsk. When the crew noticed that the valuables were missing they decided to land at the nearby airport of Magan, about 16 miles northwest of Yakutsk.

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Security Video Shows Broward Deputy Standing Outside School During Shooting


The video shows 54-year-old Broward County Sheriff Deputy Scot Peterson as he stands outside of the school February 14 while deranged school shooter Nikolas Cruz gunned down dozens of students and staff. The government Democrats who want more gun control will always provide the reasoning that citizens don't need guns, only the government needs guns because the government will protect you.

This is a perfect example of how the government won't always be there to protect you, in fact, most of the time they only show up after a crime has been committed to draw the chalk lines. The Broward County Sheriffs and the FBI both failed to stop Cruz despite 30 or more contacts with law enforcement that demonstrated he was a violent and unstable person.

Democrat pandering Sheriff Scott Israel blasted Peterson saying he should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer." But what Sheriff Israel doesn't say is that department policy doesn't actually require deputies to enter an active shooter situation and confront the shooter.

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Rihanna’s Rant Sends Snapchat’s Stocks Falling


Rihanna commands a strong presence online, enjoying one of the biggest following. She counts more than 86 million followers on Twitter, 81 million on Facebook and 61 million on Instagram.

The ad that Snapchat ran for the “Would You Rather” game asked Snapchat users if they would rather “Slap Rihanna or “Punch Chris Brown.”

Rihanna took to Snapchat rival Instagram to articulate her disgust for what the app in question has done to her. She wrote, obviously addressing, Snapchat: “You already know you ain’t my fav app out there! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV ( domestic violence) victims and made a joke of it!!!… shame on you.”

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BBC Today programme cuts off Russian MP interview after he compares UK to Hitler


>'This is a drama for British TV. It's a behaviour of Hitler when he blamed someone in burning of Reichstag'

BBC presenter cuts off interview with Russian MP when he compares UK to Hitler


Sketch: Yes, Gavin Williamson told Russia to 'shut up and go away'

Man who murdered woman in Aldi days before Christmas jailed

Jimmy Kimmel says he's filing a federal complaint against Donald Trump

UK, France, Germany and US release statement blaming Russia for attack

A Russian MP was cut off the air after he compared Britain's conduct to that of Adolf Hitler, as the UK accused Moscow of being responsible for the nerve agent attack on a former spy in Salisbury.

Vitaly Milonov, from the United Russia party, accused the UK of being behind a "fantasy" operation involving the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

He described as "fake news" the claim from Theresa May that it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the attack, saying it was nothing to do with Moscow.

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Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known time that the special counsel demanded documents directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president.

The breadth of the subpoena was not clear, nor was it clear why Mr. Mueller issued it instead of simply asking for the documents from the company, an umbrella organization that oversees Mr. Trump’s business ventures. In the subpoena, delivered in recent weeks, Mr. Mueller ordered the Trump Organization to hand over all documents related to Russia and other topics he is investigating, the people said.

The subpoena is the latest indication that the investigation, which Mr. Trump’s lawyers once regularly assured him would be completed by now, will drag on for at least several more months. Word of the subpoena comes as Mr. Mueller appears to be broadening his investigation to examine the role foreign money may have played in funding Mr. Trump’s political activities. In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s investigators have questioned witnesses, including an adviser to the United Arab Emirates, about the flow of Emirati money into the United States.

Neither White House officials nor Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer representing the Trump Organization, immediately responded to requests for comment. The Trump Organization has typically complied with requests from congressional investigators for documents for their own inquiries into Russian election interference, and there was no indication the company planned to fight Mr. Mueller about it.

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California Endangers Americans Hiring Illegal Alien to State Position Salaried by Taxpayers


California continues to trample upon the federal immigration laws of the United States of America in defiance of both the rule of law and the order which is set in place to protect American citizens, enraging many from within the state's boundaries and across the nation after making the announcement.

The 33-year-old liberal attorney and “immigration rights” activist Lizbeth Mateo has now been appointed to serve on an exclusive committee which was “designed to increase college access for students from low-income or underserved communities,” according to Yahoo News.

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Emmanuel Macron to announce measures against Russia in response to nerve agent attack on former spy


>France had been slow to come around to the UK's position

Emmanuel Macron has said he will unveil measures against Russia in response to the poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal on British soil in the coming days.

The French president spoke with Theresa May on the phone on Thursday morning about “progress of the investigation” in the nerve agent attack, which the British Government says was carried out by Russia.

The apparent about-face comes after a muted response from France, with one spokesperson having said yesterday the country would wait until the “elements are proven” instead of relying on “fantasy politics”.

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Spy attack: British troops to be vaccinated against anthrax poisoning


>Thousands of soldiers who are held at high readiness will be vaccinated against anthrax, the Defence Secretary will announce.

Thousands of British soldiers are to be vaccinated against anthrax poisoning in a direct response to the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

The announcement is part of a range of measures that will be announced by the Defence Secretary on Thursday, including £48m that will be invested to create a "cutting-edge" Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Porton Down in Wiltshire.

"If we doubted the threat Russia poses to our citizens, we only have to look at the shocking example of their reckless attack in Salisbury," Gavin Williamson will say in a speech later.

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Saudi Arabia pledges to create a nuclear bomb if Iran does


Saudi Arabia has warned that it will develop its own nuclear weapon if regional rival Iran acquires one.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told US network CBS News his country did not want to acquire nuclear weapons.

"But without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we would follow suit as soon as possible," he added.

Iran limited its nuclear programme under a 2015 deal with several world powers - but US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from it.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have long been rivals in the Middle East. Each is dominated by different branches of Islam - Sunni for Saudi Arabia, Shia for Iran - and they have historically supported opposing powers in regional conflicts.

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Katy Perry Sexually Assaults Teen On American Idol?


Nothing highlights the double standard between young men and woman more than the experience of Benjamin Glaze when he competed on American Idol. The 19-year-old was on stage singing on the game show when judge Katy Perry kissed him on the lips, his first kiss ever.

Glaze described the kiss as "uncomfortable" and he said he had never been kissed prior and hoped his first time would be special. Instead, what he got was a washed-up pop star forcing him into the awkward smooch on national television, not quite the way he imagined his first kiss to go.

What is so repulsive about Perry's actions is that he was neither consulted prior to the kiss nor did she ask permission, something that would likely see criminal charges filed if the sexes were reversed. If Randy Jackson had approached a teen singer on the show and forcibly kissed her on the lips unannounced there would be a public outrage.

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American Woman Aids Pregnant Women Skirt Law By Leaving Their Countries To Abort


An American woman originally from Illinois is helping women leave their homes to get abortions because she thinks it’s unfair some women can’t legally abort in their countries.

“Abortion is legal, but not everybody can get one, and how is that fair?” Mara Clarke told CBS News, explaining she knew early in life her mission was to help women around the world have abortions if they so chose.

Clarke, originally from Le Grange, Ill., moved to New York in the early 2000s to work for a group that provided free housing for women who traveled to the U.S. to get abortions. Aborting in their home countries is against the law. Clarke, after her time in the Big Apple, moved to England where she sought to work at a similar organization dedicated to helping women have abortions.

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New Zealand censures diplomat for saying US Dems need to 'get your s--- together or we will all die'


New Zealand has censured the No. 2 diplomat to the U.S. after she tweeted that U.S. Democrats had to “get your shit together or we will all die.”

The New York Times reported that Caroline Beresford, New Zealand’s deputy high commissioner to the United States, tweeted the message in response to an op-ed from The Hill, with the headline “A Sanders-Warren ticket could win big in 2020.”

“No it couldn’t,” she tweeted. “Please get your shit together or we will all die.”

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U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russian entities over 2016 election meddling


>Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says America will level additional sanctions 'to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable.'

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped new sanctions on 24 Russian entities and individuals for interfering in the 2016 election and conducting a series of damaging cyberattacks, a major step toward punishing Russia for its increasingly bellicose behavior.

But the move is already prompting calls for more tough action against Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, particularly from Democrats who have lambasted President Donald Trump as overly reluctant to issue sanctions and to decry Moscow's interference in the affairs of western governments.

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U.S. Ambassador Haley Tells U.N. Russia Responsible for Chemical Attack


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday the United States believes Russia is responsible for a chemical attack in Britain on a former Russia double agent and his daughter, and the U.N. Security Council should take action.

"The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent," Haley told a Security Council meeting.

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After hesitancy, France backs Britain over Russian role in attack


French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he shared Britain’s assessment that Russia was behind a nerve agent attack on a former spy living in England and vowed to take measures in response in the coming days.

France initially hesitated in fully backing Britain’s position that Russia was to blame, saying on Wednesday it first wanted clear proof. But after speaking with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Macron sought to clear up any ambiguity.

“Everything suggests that the responsibility is in fact attributable to Russia and in this the work carried out by the British (intelligence) services, shared with the French services, confirms it,” Macron told reporters.

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Rwanda bans Kigali mosques from using loudspeakers


Rwanda has banned mosques in the capital, Kigali, from using loudspeakers during the call to prayer.

They say the calls, made five times a day, have been disturbing residents of the Nyarugenge district, home to the capital's biggest mosques.

But an official from a Muslim association criticised it, saying they could instead keep the volume down.

Some 1,500 churches have been closed for not complying with building regulations and noise pollution.

The majority of Rwandans are Christian. Muslims make up around 5% of the population.

The government says the Muslim community has complied with the ban.

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Russia spy: Allies condemn nerve agent attack


The leaders of France, Germany, the US and UK say there is "no plausible alternative explanation" to Russia having been behind the nerve agent attack in the UK.

They condemned the "first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War", calling it an assault on UK sovereignty.

In Washington, US President Donald Trump said "it certainly looks like the Russians were behind it".

The UK has expelled Russian diplomats.

"We do hold Russia culpable for this brazen, brazen act and despicable act," Prime Minister Theresa May said during a visit to the site of the attack in Wiltshire.

Mr Trump said it was a "very sad situation" that the US was taking "very seriously".

In France, President Emmanuel Macron is to snub the official Russian stand at the Paris book fair on Thursday, officials said. Earlier Mr Macron said he would announce more measures in the coming days.

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Ryan Zinke Fires Back At Dem Lawmaker Who Insulted Navy SEALs’ Intelligence


A bit of “inter-service rivalry” was on display during a Thursday congressional hearing when a Democratic lawmaker took a swipe at Navy SEALs’ intelligence while Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified.

Arizona representative and former Marine Ruben Gallego took a jab at the Navy SEALs’ intelligence during a congressional hearing on Thursday. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, was quick to fire back at Gallego.

Gallego asked Zinke how many meetings he took with the tribal organization that supported the Bears Ears monument President Donald Trump shrank the borders of in 2017. Gallego seemed to get frustrated with Zinke not giving him an exact number for the meetings.

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U.S. sanctions on Russia cite 2016 election interference — but remain largely symbolic


The sanctions imposed by the Trump administration Thursday include its first use of a new law intended to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election campaign.

But a closer look at the list of five entities and 19 individuals added to the sanctions list shows that the move is largely symbolic: About a third had already been sanctioned under the Obama and Trump administrations, and the individual-level sanctions are unlikely to have an effect on the Russian economy.

"Symbolism is important when it comes to sanctions," said Andrew Keller, a former deputy assistant secretary of State for sanctions in the Obama administration. That's particularly true here, he said, because "it’s really the first statement of the Trump administration, from a sanctions standpoint, with regard to Russia's election meddling."

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Parkland surveillance video shows officer standing outside school during shooting


Surveillance video released Thursday shows then-deputy Scot Peterson standing outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 students and staff.

Broward County Sheriff's Office, which released the video, identified Peterson in the footage, adding that it "speaks for itself."

On the afternoon of Feb. 14, Peterson, the school's armed resource officer, responded to the building where the shooting was unfolding within 90 seconds of the start of gunfire, Sheriff Scott Israel said. He positioned himself outside the building but never went in throughout the six-minute shooting, Israel said.

In the released video, a man can be seen running toward a school building at 2:23 p.m., when the initial 911 calls came in, and appears to stand outside for several minutes.

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YouTube accused of ‘providing platform for extremism’ as white supremacist video resurfaces


>Home Affairs Committee says 'search engines are promoting things that further and further radicalise people'

YouTube was accused of providing a "platform for extremism" by an MP after four versions of a video from the neo-nazi National Action group were found on the site more than a year after being flagged up by MPs

William McCants, global counter-terrorism lead for both Google and YouTube apologised before the Government’s Home Affairs Committee.

He said he would make it his “personal mission” to ensure YouTube was not a platform for extremist views and was rid of videos that promoted hate or violence.

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Investment in women's businesses falls as they suffer from 'unconscious bias', report finds


Investment in female-led businesses fell for the first time last year, figures from a Barclays study show.

The data shows that while a record level of investment went into new businesses, companies with at least one female founder saw the total put into their businesses fall by £1m.

This is the first time a drop has been reported since the data was first collected in 2011.

The proportion of funds invested in businesses with at least one female founder has risen from four per cent in 2011 to 15 per cent in 2016, but fell back to nine per cent last year.

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Man Behind the Kidnapping of Alex Davidoff Gets 10 Years Prison

The man responsible for the kidnapping of well-known Edmonton businessman Alex Davidoff that resulted to his life-altering injuries was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

31-year old Raheel Khalon did not show emotions as he stood in the prisoner’s box as Justice Debra Yungwirth gave a summary of his crimes.

Davidoff was president of Glenora Skyline, a luxury condominium project in west Edmonton, Canada in 2013 when he was kidnapped and beaten by Khalon and two other men.

Davidoff was kidnapped from his office and was held captive in a Sherwood Park home for one day and a half. He was rescued after that and freed.

Yungwirth in her summary said the three men placed the businessman to a dark bathroom in Khalon’s mother’s home. He was blindfolded and bound with duct tape.

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US says Russia hacked energy grid, punishes 19 for meddling

Pushing back harder on Russia, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of a concerted hacking operation targeting the U.S. energy grid, aviation systems and other infrastructure, and also imposed sanctions on Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election.

It was the strongest action to date against Russia by the administration, which has long been accused of being too soft on the Kremlin, and the first punishments for election meddling since President Donald Trump took office. The sanctions list included the 13 Russians indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose Russia investigation the president has repeatedly sought to discredit.

U.S. national security officials said the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies had determined that Russian intelligence and others were behind a broad range of cyberattacks beginning a year ago that have infiltrated the energy, nuclear, commercial, water, aviation and manufacturing sectors.

The officials said the Russian hackers chose their targets, obtained access to computer systems, conducted “network reconnaissance” of systems that control key elements of the U.S. economy and then attempted to cover their tracks by deleting evidence of their infiltration.

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Donald Trump: ‘I Look Forward’ to Visiting Ireland

President Donald Trump said that he was eager to visit Ireland, revealing that he had already received a formal invitation.

The president met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House on Thursday to recognize St. Patrick’s Day.

During the visit, Irish reporters asked him if he planned to visit in 2019.

“I will, I love it … it could happen,” he said. When asked if he would visit before the Irish elections, Trump joked with Varadkar that he would consider it, if it helped the Irish Prime Minister’s campaign.

“I look forward to being there,” he said. “I guess I have received a formal invitation.”

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Google opens up Maps API to game developers

Google is giving developers the chance to build games based on real-world maps by opening up the Maps APIs to them. On top of this, Google is bring Maps to the Unity game engine so developers can make use of real-time map data.

Titles such as Jurassic World Alive, The Walking Dead: Our World and Ghostbusters World will make use of augmented reality to create truly immersive gaming experiences. Developers have access to over 100 million 3D buildings, roads, landmarks, and parks from over 200 countries, allowing for great flexibility.

The company says: "Game studios can easily reimagine our world as a medieval fantasy, a bubble gum candy land, or a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic city. With Google Maps' real-time updates and rich location data, developers can find the best places for playing games, no matter where their players are."

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Android Wear has been officially rebranded as ‘Wear OS by Google’

The week started with news that Android Wear was about to get rebranded. A Redditor first discovered a new logo and name in the latest Google Play Services when setting up a watch. There several references to “Wear OS’ throughout the APK and the logo looked like a finalized product. Now that the surprise is out of the way, Google has officially announced the new branding for Android Wear.

The new official home for the operating system formerly known as Android Wear is wearos.google.com. There you’ll find the new “Wear OS by Google” branding and a bunch of flashy slides showing off watches, apps, and features. Wear OS also has a new slogan: “Make every minute matter.” Google says this branding will roll out to watches and the phone app in the “next few weeks.”

Android Wear didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Smartwatches did see a period of growth last year, but as a whole, the platform seemed to be stagnant. Major Android smartwatch OEMs Huawei and Moto have been quiet on the new device front. Some people think the problem is Google’s lack of focus. Hopefully, this new branding signals Google’s re commitment to the platform.



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Toys 'R' Us preparing to close all U.S. stores: source


Bankrupt Toys ‘R’ Us Inc is preparing to sell or close all 885 stores in its U.S. chain, risking up to 33,000 jobs, after failing to reach a deal to restructure billions of dollars in debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

In Britain, its 75 remaining shops will close within six weeks, joint administrators for the retailer said earlier on Wednesday after they were unable to find a buyer for all or part of the business, resulting in the loss of about 3,000 jobs.

Creditors decided they can get more from liquidating assets of the toy seller, the largest in the United States and one of the best known in the world, rather than finding a way to keep the business alive, the person said on condition of anonymity to discuss the private negotiations.

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Alaska Airlines Pilot Says She Was Drugged And Raped By Her Captain


Pina claims the captain of her aircraft put a drug in her wine and the next thing she remembered was waking up in his bed. "And I'm like, 'where am I.' And immediately I sit up and realize my bra and top is on and I'm sliding off the bed. It's wet and I smell vomit and the blankets and sheets are gathered up at the end of the bed. And I realize my pants and underwear are off," she said.

Pina was formerly a military helicopter pilot who flew combat missions in Afghanistan and she says the captain who assaulted her is still working for the airlines but she wants him fired.

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Monalisa Perez Sentenced For YouTube Stunt That Killed Her Boyfriend (Video)


Perez has now been convicted of his death and sentenced to six months in jail for killing her boyfriend in the botched stunt. The couple had hoped the video would go viral but now the story is getting recolonization for another reason. The ill-advised stunt killed Ruiz resulting in a charge of second-degree manslaughter for his girlfriend, Perez.

Related coverage: YouTuber Kills Her Boyfriend In Prank Gone Wrong

The mother of two will serve the six-month sentence in 10-day increments over the course of three years as her plea agreement recommended. Perez is also banned from owning firearms for the rest of her life and will be on probation for 10 years. As part of her plea agreement, she is also barred from seeking any financial gain from the case.

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Man Who Bid For Border Wall Contract Charged In Minnesota Mosque Bombing


The U.S. Justice Department has charged three Central Illinois men with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque in August.

Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 22, were charged with using an explosive device to damage the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, near Minneapolis. No one was hurt in the bombing, which exploded in the imam's office.

Interviewed by federal agents on Saturday, McWhorter said the three were also behind the attempted bombing of a women's health clinic in Champaign, Ill., in November.

It was Hari's idea to bomb the mosque, McWhorter told agents.

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Indonesia -Teacher Forced Student to Lick Dirty Toilet ,Forgets to Bring Homework


An elementary student in North Sumatra in Indonesia forgot to bring his homework to school. Naturally, his teacher wasn’t pleased with the boy’s negligence but the teacher’s mode of “punishment” for the kid did not only go overboard, it was shocking, repulsive and so vicious.

The teacher made her erring student lick the dirty toilet as severe punishment for the forgotten homework. The child’s mother said her kid was ordered to lick the toilet 12 times. The boy tried to comply, but after four licks, the child with the initials MB, vomited.

SH, the student’s mother, said as parents they would have understood if the teacher identified only by the initials RM only asked their child to clean the toilet as punishment, but what she made the boy do was way too much to still be acceptable.

The mother shared: “My husband stormed into the school to meet with the teacher. I’m angry, upset. How are there no other punishments?”

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Spain - Chelsea Fans Attacked After Barcelona Game (Video)


Man City beat Basel and Liverpool beat Porto, Sevilla knocked out Man United, Juventus beat Tottenham, while Barcelona gave a convincing victory against Chelsea last night.

Related coverage: Greek Soccer: President Invades Pitch With Gun, Threatens Ref (Video)

It was these Chelsea fans who say they were brutally assaulted by police wielding clubs after the game ended. Eye-witnesses used their phones to capture the scene on video. Even Chelsea FC called attention to the treatment of fans after a number were hurt in the incident.

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Brexit - Farage Blasts Speaker Bercow Over “b******* To Brexit” Car Sticker (Video)


Britain has a two sided parliament where the members of normally the largest parties discuss against one another. The Speaker is therefore assigned to be a neutral person who holds no sway over either side of an argument but simply acts as a referee.

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However Mr Bercow, who is of the Conservative Tory party currently heading the UK government, seems to have upgraded his personalised number-plated car (parked in his personal parking spot) with a personal message in the window saying “Bollocks to Brexit”.

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IMF Warns China For “Financial Distress”


The Chinese millennial generation has never known the hardships of their ancestors. Unlike them, they grew up (from 1995 till now) in a blossoming Chinese economy that has become the second largest industrial nation in the world. However, this has led to an adoption of what the Chinese call “Huo zai dang xia” (literally translated as “living in the moment”).

And thus, whereas the legendary saving skills of previous Chinese support today’s global financial system, the younger generation is piling up debt.

By 2021, it is predicted that household loans will double.

For this reason, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released a report in which it stated that China's debt is "very high by international standards" and has furthermore warned that there was "a high probability of financial distress."

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Australia Fast-Tracks Visas For ‘Targeted’ White South African Farmers (Video)


The history of both Australia and South Africa features episodes of British colonialism. It is therefore not very surprising to see that the country offering to fast-track the visa applications of white farmers currently being persecuted (and some claim even attacked) in South Africa, is Australia.

However, as this news highlights once again the targeting of white South African farmers, the South African government was quick to criticize the Australians for doing so.

A spokesperson the South African government’s international relations minister, Mr Lindiwe Sisulu, stated that: “There is no need to fear, we want to say to the world that we are engaged in a process of land redistribution which is very important to address the imbalances of the past. But it is going to be done legally, and with due consideration of the economic impact and impact on individuals.”

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Australia Fast-Tracks Visas For ‘Targeted’ White South African Farmers (Video)


The history of both Australia and South Africa features episodes of British colonialism. It is therefore not very surprising to see that the country offering to fast-track the visa applications of white farmers currently being persecuted (and some claim even attacked) in South Africa, is Australia.

However, as this news highlights once again the targeting of white South African farmers, the South African government was quick to criticize the Australians for doing so.

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