Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

April 30, 2017

… freedoms of our magnificent country,” Trump said, evoking the populist rhetoric of his inauguration speech after spending a large part of his Saturday remarks decrying the alleged shortcomings of the mainstream media. Among the crowd favorites at Trump rallies are the President’s attacks on the press, and this was true again on Saturday, when many in the media were attending the annual White House correspondents’ dinner in what Trump routinely calls the “swamp” of …

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How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

… screens around the country, exposed what black residents of Los Angeles had known for a long time: the LAPD was broken. Twenty-five years later, expert observers say the LAPD is a department transformed — and that the change was made possible, in large part, by a consent decree, a police agreement with the federal government. The future of similar agreements with 15 US cities — including Ferguson, Missour; Cleveland and Baltimore — was thrown into question this month …

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UK drawing up post-Brexit sanctions plan – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… level. The EU currently imposes some 30 sanction regimes, of which about half flow from the UN. These involve restrictions against people and institutions and trade in Russia, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Iran and many other countries. The new laws will allow the UK for the first time to impose substantial sanctions on another country’s trade by itself. At the moment, the UK has only limited powers to impose some financial sanctions unilaterally, such as through the Terrorist Asset …

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Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… has just started marketing its latest “self-service” machine. It claims users will never look at an ATM in the same way again – mainly owing to the fact that they think they are looking at a tablet computer. Image copyright NCR Image caption The first newly-designed ATM by NCR has just been installed in Switzerland As of 2014, Russia had the highest number of cash machines per one million inhabitants than any European country In Western Europe, Portugal had 1,516 ATMs …

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Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

… presidential spokesman Alex Huang said that she was responding to “hypothetical questions” in the interview and said Taiwan understands the United States’ priorities in affairs in Asia, adding there are no plans for a phone call between Tsai and Trump. Since coming to office, Trump’s rhetoric on China has improved dramatically as he seeks the country’s help in putting pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear tests. “Well, my problem is that …

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Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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The LA riots were a rude awakening for Korean-Americans

April 28, 2017

Los Angeles (CNN)Chang Lee gripped his fingers tighter around the gun and screamed at potential looters from the rooftop of the small strip mall where he stood. The 35-year-old had never held a firearm before the LA riots. Lighting up the blocks around him, Lee could smell the fires burning in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. “Where are the police? Where are the police?” Lee whispered over and over from his rooftop perch. Lee would not see law enforcement for three days — only …

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 28, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …

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Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

April 27, 2017

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuela will withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS), according to its foreign minister, who announced the decision on national television. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told VTV state television Wednesday that the beleaguered country, which is facing huge civil unrest, would take the unprecedented step of leaving the pan-American organization over what it sees as attempts by foreign governments to interfere in its affairs by sidelining with the …

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Bride of ISIS: From ‘happily ever after’ to hell

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Islam and Ahmed met online, looking for their “happily ever after” through a Muslim dating site. Fast forward four years — and three husbands – and she and her two small children are caught in limbo in northern Syria. Islam Mitat is from Morocco; Ahmed Khalil was originally from Kabul in Afghanistan, but had moved to the UK and become a British citizen by the time they met on Muslima.com. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More …

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Is a US-North Korea war imminent?

April 26, 2017

… in South Korea practiced evacuating the country in case of an attack last year. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Trump and China: What’s at stake? Analysts say all sides believe a full-scale conventional war would be devastating and not serve anybody’s ultimate interests. Incidents in the recent past — including the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship and the 2014 shelling of a South Korean island — haven’t led to war on the Korean …

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Anti-Semitism Soared Last Year: ADL Study

April 25, 2017

… as no surprise that members of the public follow their example. The uptick in anti-Jewish incidents fits into a pattern of increased hostility towards other minorities in the U.S. More recent FBI stats arent availablebut there have been a series of high profile crimes against minorities this year. A man in a Kansas bar shot two Indian men, one fatally, after yelling Get out of my country. There have been 35 threats against mosques this year, according to the Council on American-Islamic …

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Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The French electorate gave the country’s political establishment a wake-up call Sunday as it voted for two outsider presidential candidates: one who has never held elected office and the other the leader of France’s far-right party. Fed up of the parties that have dominated French politics for decades, voters opted for the two politicians that promised the biggest shakeup — Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, early results indicated. They will face each other in a runoff …

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To Ray Davies, America is a ‘beautiful but dangerous’ place – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… [Trump] has still got to face Congress, and it’s still a democratic country. I think the will of the people will be heard, and America’s constitution is strong. “It’s a difficult time of re-adjustment for them – but I think in time it’ll balance itself out. “It’s a beautiful place but a dangerous place, as I found out.” Ray Davies on BBC Music BBC Music homepage BBC Music News LIVE …

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The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… Conservative/Labour fight took place almost exclusively in the battleground seats. Recent elections have seen poor returns for the Conservatives in the north-east of England but it’s a part of the country that voted strongly for Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May hopes her focus on the issue will help them gain seats. Labour-held Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East is a good example. Its voters backed Brexit and there’s a considerable pool of almost 7,000 voters who went …

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FGM: The mother trying to protect her daughters – BBC News

April 23, 2017

My mother told my sister in the weeks before: “Someone is coming to cut you, like I cut your sisters, my mum cut me and my great-grandmother cut her. It is nothing.” Then I asked her about it. She said it was a man who cut me, I bled for an hour and nearly died. After that they didn’t cut my sisters until they were a bit older as they were scared they would die. Even though I knew this, I couldn’t tell my sister because if she didn’t have it done or tried to run …

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Around the world in seven years… on a bike – BBC News

April 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeigh Timmis ran out of money. But he didn’t go home. He kept cycling. Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of 5 (6.40) a day. As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, 35, thinks back over the previous 43,000 miles …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

(CNN)The penultimate stop on US Vice President Mike Pence’s tour to Asia was to Indonesia, a strategic move that should send positive signs about the Trump administration’s engagement to trade in the region. The largest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is important to the US as it is a vibrant democracy with a young and productive population and strong growth potential. It also has the world’s largest Muslim population and is known to practice religious tolerance. The US …

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Trump Is Even Less Popular Than United Airlines

April 21, 2017

United made headlines earlier this month aftera passenger was violently dragged off a flight to make room for an employee. Now a new poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that the airline had a slightly higher approval rating than the president. Thats pretty much the only bright spot for United; the poll also found that 40 percent believed it was the worst airline in the country. American was a distant second at 10 percent. The presidents numbers were similar to recent …

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How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

Paris (CNN)In a country riven by increasing divisions, Thursday’s shooting on Paris’ Champs Elysees, which left one police officer dead, has the potential to upend an already contentious and unpredictable election. With a record number of voters still undecided, analysts say the shooting, by a suspect said to be known to French security services for radical Islamist activities, could play into the narrative pushed by the far-right. “This recasts the final hours of the …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… candidates, allegations of corruption, and gaffes. So many gaffes. If you’re anywhere else in the world: See above how everyone hates too much change in the world. Also, anyone in a war-torn country in the Mideast or Africa casting a glance to France as a haven might find the door slamming shut. Immigration, especially from Islamic countries, may be the biggest issue in this election. Some of the candidates want to drastically reduce who gets to come into the country. One wants to …

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Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

April 20, 2017

… 1948. Kim passed on the mantle to his son Kim Jong Il, who became Supreme Leader after his father’s death from a heart attack in 1994. North Korea’s current dictator, Kim Jong Un, is the youngest son of Kim Jong Il. The Hermit Kingdom has been defined and shaped by a cult of personality surrounding its ruling family. Tens of thousands of memorials and statues of the Kim dynasty are proudly displayed across the secretive country. …

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

April 19, 2017

… tapping into Indian VFX companies for Oscar-winning productions like “The Jungle Book” and “Life of Pi” as well as HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Indian filmmakers are now making use of the home advantage. According to the KPMG FICCI Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2016, India has nearly 300 animation, 40 VFX and 85 game development studios with more than 15,000 employees between them. Since 2010, the country’s animation and VFX sector has …

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)Turkish citizens who did not want to give more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a very hard Monday. There was quiet discontent in Ankara, as if its pockets of opposition had been zipped tight. Duysen Talas, a 28-year-old born in the capital, Ankara, was slouched over in a chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition party Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters. Talas, like many of the country’s 24 million “No” voters, woke up in a …

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Eating Korea: 10 of South Korea’s most delicious dishes

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Graham Holliday has made a career out of eating. The author of “Eating Viet Nam” recently published a new book, this time chronicling his culinary adventures through South Korea. “Eating Korea: Reports on a Culinary Renaissance” explores the country’s rich food history and evolving contemporary culinary scene. Mid-morning, a line forms outside small, family-run Okya restaurant inside the Sin-Sijang market in the central-eastern city of Andong. …

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In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

… Erdogan’s name. Turkish flags created a sea of blurry red as convoys of cars moved through the city’s streets, honking in support of the referendum result. An ocean of supporters braved the pouring rain as Prime Minister Binali Yldrm first delivered a message from the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) headquarters in an effort to placate nearly half of the country who voted “No” to constitutional reforms that will give Erdogan unprecedented amounts of …

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