Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

April 27, 2017

… “an order of peace and justice, to promote (member countries’) solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence,” according to its mission statement. On Wednesday, its representatives met in Washington and approved the resolution to convene the special meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela, according to a statement on the OAS website. In her speech, Rodriguez clarified “that …

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Trump’s first 100 days on the global stage

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)The 45th president entered office raging against a post-WWII order built by the United States, pledging instead that he would put “America First. The US, President Donald Trump said during his campaign, could no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. On the stump he also dismissed core alliances in Europe and Asia, raged at trade pacts, derided international organizations such as the UN and trash-talked allies (Mexico) and competitors (China) alike. But since …

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Fresno hate crime suspect describes anger toward white men

April 25, 2017

(CNN)A black man accused of fatally shooting three white men in what police are calling a hate crime said that he “snapped” after thinking “about all the injustice and the atrocities that my people go through.” Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, allegedly shot at the men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18. At the time, Muhammad was already wanted by police in the fatal shooting of Carl Williams, a 25-year-old unarmed security guard, on April 13, police said. …

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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far.

April 24, 2017

… mining operations. The rule required coal mining companies to avoid practices that permanently pollute streams, destroy drinking water sources, increase flood risk and threaten forests. The regulation mandated the testing and monitoring of waterways before, during and after mining operations, and required companies that had used controversial practices like mountaintop removal miningto restore land to its previous conditiononce mining is complete. The president signed an executive order …

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Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

… Why Putin and Trump both like Le Pen Macron vs. Le Pen: What do they stand for? Markets respond to first round vote Why you should care about the French election What the French elections mean for America The young political operator has been vocal on the fight against terror and for law and order, announcing proposals that would increase defense spending and hire more police officers. Speaking at the final presidential debate as news of last week’s attack on Paris’ famous …

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How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

… campaign, puts law and order and fighting terrorism, immigration and national identity at the heart. It makes it much more of a battle between Marine Le Pen and those who oppose her,” said CNN’s Melissa Bell. Opinion: The stakes for the French election just got higher Marine Le Pen, French presidential candidates salute police French candidate publicizes Obama call before Sunday vote The beginner’s guide to the French elections Emmanuel Macron: The next surprise …

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Jake Tapper Nails The Hypocrisy In Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Order

April 20, 2017

The president just signed an executive order to buy American, CNNs Jake Tapper said on The Lead on Tuesday in a clip posted online by Media Matters. So wait, does that mean that he wants me to stop buying Trump products? The presidents executive order includes a review of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreign workers. It does not include a review of the H-2B program, which Trump companies have used to hire more than 1,100 foreign workers since 2000, according to Reuters. More …

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

April 18, 2017

… The two vats of soup inside the kitchen turn like a furious, roiling sea, swathing the cramped, packed restaurant with a mighty spicy meat mist. There’s no need to order, as there is only one dish. Seonji gukbap — commonly referred to as a “hangover stew with clotted cow’s blood” — comes with four side dishes, rice, minced garlic and chili powder. It’s a wholesome, beefy, slightly sweet and thoroughly nourishing dish. Okya restaurant, 307 Ogya-dong, …

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Court blocks Arkansas from using lethal injection drug

April 15, 2017

(CNN)Plans by Arkansas to execute a group of inmates before the end of the month ran into more problems Friday. Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order that stops the state from using a certain drug for lethal injections. The supplier of the drug argued it wasn’t supposed to be used for capital punishment. It’s unclear what effect the ruling will have on the state’s plans to execute the men. …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 13, 2017

… you drain the swamp.” Trump proposes eliminating after-school program “The executive branch of government has never been rebuilt. It has grown organically” for decades, Mulvaney said. “The President of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch.” The subtext in this order is clear: Trump wants the government to run more like a for-profit business. And that was outlined by Mulvaney on Tuesday, who said …

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Dr. David Dao’s United nightmare could be yours

April 12, 2017

(CNN)Imagine you’re a 69-year-old physician — a Vietnamese-American immigrant, traveling by air from Chicago to your Kentucky home. Imagine that the flight you’re on is overbooked, a consequence of decisions made by the carrier to pack its planes as tightly as possible in order to deliver maximum value to shareholders, even if in doing so it’s providing minimum comfort for travelers. Imagine that the airline decides four of its employees need seats to get to Louisville …

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9 of the greatest rivalries from breakfast to best Australian city

April 10, 2017

… up in their own “we’re better than Sydney” pretension that it creates a reverse snobbery not worth even acknowledging. “Deep down, you wish you were me,” feels Sydney. “Let me get back to my champagne and don’t stick your reflection in my sunglasses ever again.” To prevent a family tragedy between these bitter sisters, the capital of Canberra was pretty much built from scratch somewhere in between. Charged with keeping things in order, the …

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Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

… behind,” said Spieth, who squandered a five-shot lead on the 10th tee while bidding for back-to-back wire-to-wire titles last year. “In order to win this golf tournament you have to play to win.” ‘Round of my life’ Barring one bad swing on the 16th — perhaps his Jordan Spieth moment — the 40-year-old Hoffman showed he has the mettle to contend, and has the experience of playing in the penultimate group in 2015 before finishing ninth. Moore, 34, is …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… did it. SEN. HARRY REID (D), NEVADA: It’s time to get the Senate working again, not for the good of the current Democratic majority or some future Republican majority, but for the good of the United States of America. CILLIZZA: The filibuster, whether real or threaten, had always been a way that the Senate distinguish itself from the House. The House very much runs in a “majority rule” rule. If you have the votes, you have the votes. In the Senate, in order to close off that …

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If Congress wants to put your browser history up for sale, why not buy theirs first?

April 5, 2017

Misha Collins needs to raise half a billion dollars. Or, at least, that’s what the “Supernatural” actor (and former White House intern) figures he’ll need in order to purchase the internet browsing data of every member of Congress who voted for a bill that get this makes selling people’s internet browsing data completely legal without having to get anyone’s permission. Wild, isn’t it? And while being a popular actor with steady work in TV and film …

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‘People who just dont exist’: 6 things to keep in mind as gay men disappear in Chechnya.

April 5, 2017

… with gay pride parades an irrational threat to any homophobe. GayRussia.ru, a gay rights group, had begun applying for permits in order to hold LGBTQ pride parades in many cities across Russia. The group didn’t expect any of the applications to be accepted under President Vladimir Putin’s notoriously anti-gay policies, of course (and, in fact, none of them were), but GayRussia.ru was planning to use the permit denials to build a civil rights case to take to the European Court of …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… own weight — with a shove from the West — and, by the early 1990s, the Russian state was depleted. The global superpower had begun to look (and act) like a gangster state. One with an uncomfortably large nuclear weapons cache. Enter Vladimir Putin. On December 31, 1999, the former KGB officer assumed power after the president, Boris Yeltsin, resigned. Putin has since claimed 21st century Russia as his own. His desire to restore Moscow to the head of the international order has never …

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Trump executive orders tackle trade abuses ahead of meeting with Chinese president

March 31, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday will make the next move in his bid to reshape US trade policy, signing two executive orders aimed at combating foreign trade abuses that contribute to the US’s half-trillion-dollar trade deficit. Trump’s executive orders will initiate a large-scale review of the causes of the US’s trade deficits with some of its largest trading partners and order stricter enforcement of US anti-dumping laws to prevent foreign manufacturers from …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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Councils ‘face funding gap’ to fix roads – BBC News

March 29, 2017

Despite that, councils were still nearly 730m short last year of what was required to keep the network in “reasonable order”, it said. The AIA recommends that roads should be resurfaced between every 10 and 20 years. ‘Tipping point’ Only London comes close to this, with the capital’s roads repaired every 23 years on average. The frequency of road surfacing in England is 55 years, while in Wales it is 63 years. Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the AIA, said the …

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MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote – BBC News

March 28, 2017

Follow the debate on Holyrood Live Ms Sturgeon wants the backing of the Scottish Parliament in pursuing a “Section 30” order from the UK government. The power to call a referendum is reserved to Westminster, and this order would transfer the authority to hold a vote to Holyrood. The debate on the motion started a week ago, on 21 March, but the two-day debate was suspended when Holyrood business was halted in the wake of the fatal attack at Westminster. Ms Sturgeon wants a …

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Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… “extremely disappointed” the government has not regulated discounting and price promotions to offer retailers a “level playing field”. But the committee welcomed moves by retailers “such as Aldi and Lidl” that have reduced the number of multi-buy deals and focused on a single price, in order to reduce consumption. Public Health England has announced it will start monitoring the effect price promotions have on people’s sugar intake. Figures from the …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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