President Trump, protecting South Korea is not a real estate deal

April 30, 2017

… deliberate and strategic approach they have taken to the problem of North Korea’s provocations. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson was downright sober and succinct Friday at the United Nations, laying out in clear language how seriously the United states is taking the issue and how unafraid we are to lead the rest of the world in solving it, if need be. In that vein, there is a powerful and important geostrategic purpose to the THAAD deployment, one that far outweighs any cost of putting it …

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

April 28, 2017

… that Sino-US ties will witness more troubles in his early time in the White House than any other predecessor,” said an op-ed in the Global Times. Before the call, no US President or President-elect had spoken directly to the Taiwanese leader since the 1970s, and the then-Secretary of state said the Trump transition team had not contacted the Department of state ahead of the call. Despite being bullish on the future of the US’ official position on the matter, Trump eventually …

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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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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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China launches its first homegrown aircraft carrier

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The first aircraft carrier designed and built in China was launched Wednesday amid streamers and champagne. The as-yet unnamed vessel isChina’s second aircraft carrier. Early on Wednesday morning it was towed from Dalian Shipyard, Liaoning, to a nearby wharf, China’s Ministry of National Defense said. China first announced the construction of its new carrier in late December 2015. state media said it would be “independently designed in China.” Replay …

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Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

… Pen argues her push for an independent France and a new, lower-value currency — the “nouveau franc” — would give a huge boost to the French economy. She has also promised a “re-industrialization” plan to promote French business and cooperation with the state. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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91 wildfires burn across Florida; thousands evacuated

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of homes have been evacuated as firefighters continue to battle 91 wildfires across Florida, the state’s forest service said. Since Thursday, more than 25,000 acres have burned in the state, Florida Forest Service spokesman Joe Zwierzchowski told CNN. “The state is really dry. Thank God we have the firefighters we have all around the state,” Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters. Out of the 91 wildfires, two fires caused the evacuation of thousands of …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

… time specifically mentioned restrictions on agriculture imports and licensing and local content in mobile technology. Indonesia also remains on the priority watch list of the United states Trade Representative Special 301 report, which monitors the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. What is important to Indonesia is that a win-win strategic partnership is one which not only focuses on the issues and problems, but can build on the high complementarity …

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French presidential candidates halt campaigns in wake of Paris attack

April 21, 2017

Paris (CNN)French police are hunting a man identified by Belgian security services in connection with an attack on police officers in Paris Thursday, a French interior ministry spokesman said. A gunman, who shot three police officers on the Champs-Elysee, killing one, was later claimed by ISIS through its media wing Amaq as an Islamic state “fighter” they dubbed “the Belgian.” French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France’s Europe 1 radio …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… election? Round 1 is April 23. Then the top 2 vote-getters face off in Round 2 on May 7. Yes, it’s a two-step process. That’s different from the US where a presidential candidate’s fate ultimately rests on one day. (But it sure drags on and on to get there). And it’s very different from, say, Indian state elections that are staggered over five weeks. Who are the cast of characters? Marine Le Pen Who she is: She’s the leader of the far-right …

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

April 20, 2017

… most aligned in their confrontation with the US. Syria’s state news agency has even referred to the US as a “common adversary” of Syria and North Korea. Shea Cotton, Research Associate from James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, believes their mutual pariah status could push the two countries closer together. “They are both fairly isolated countries and both have stuff that the other can deliver. North Korea desperately needs hard currency and Syria desperately …

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Florida State Senator Drops Racist, Profanity-Laden Rant On Colleagues

April 19, 2017

The vulgar rant reportedly occurred during a private conversation over drinks Monday at a members-only club in Tallahassee, two senators told the publication. Artiles was speaking with fellow state Sens. Audrey Gibson (D) and Perry Thurston (D), who are both black, when he said that six n****rs had helped get Senate President Joe Negron (R) elected. Negron is white. Patricia Mazzei.And he called Negron a pussy. The Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday that it spoke with four people present …

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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

April 18, 2017

… post-referendum haze — looking for answers to a referendum tainted by complaints during the campaign, the voting and preliminary results. Erdogan declared victory on Sunday night after state-run media Anadolu reported 51.4% voted for his “Yes” campaign. The razor-thin majority of votes had opponents crying fraud and saying the “Yes” side would not have had so many votes and even could have lost, if the Turkish Supreme Board of Elections had followed its …

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Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The United states has lost its strategic patience with North Korea. So what’s a had-it-up-to-here superpower to do to stop a pariah nation bent on putting its nuclear weapons on top of a missile that could reach America? Tough talk, for sure. Lean on China to turn off its life support to its neighbor, for another. But for all the warnings that Trump will fix the showdown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it’s so far unclear whether at its foundation, his …

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In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

Ankara (CNN)“Tell us to kill, we will kill. Tell us to die, we will die. Erdogan, Erdogan, Erdogan.” state-run Anadolu Agency reported a 51.4% victory for Erdogan’s “Yes” campaign — with 99.8% of the ballots counted — although the Turkish Election Commission isn’t expected to release the official results for up to another 10 days. In Ankara, scores of AKP supporters filled the streets, beating drums and singing victory songs in …

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Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 17, 2017

… that 131 new schools had been approved under the free school programme, creating around 69,000 places. ‘More choice’ Free schools are state schools that are outside of local authority networks and which are set up by groups such as academy trusts, charities, parents and community groups. There are now about 800 free schools either open or in the pipeline. The NUT said the 138.5m on the closed or unopened schools would have paid for 3,680 teachers for a year. Mr Courtney added: …

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Trump names Garrett, Bachus to Export-Import Bank

April 15, 2017

… corporate welfare program known as the Ex-Im Bank. #CronyCapitalism.” Garrett served as a New Jersey Republican congressman from 2003 to 2015 and was a state representative for 12 years prior. He was one of the nine founding members of the House Freedom Caucus. …

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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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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… proposed stadium and mixed-use development. The funding from Cobb County was approved not by a public vote but instead by county commissioners. The new surrounding neighborhood, still a work in progress, is called The Battery. The Braves tout that the area, which includes housing, restaurants, a live music theater and retail, as “the first of its kind — a destination that will simultaneously build and integrate a state-of-the-art Major League Baseball ballpark with a multi-use …

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Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)North Korea is a country prepared for conflict. Still technically at war with its southern neighbor, ordinary North Koreans are warned to be in a state of constant vigilance to threats from the outside, particularly from the US. Those fears seemed to be confirmed this month, after US President Donald Trump launched a surprise strike on a Syrian airfield and dispatched a naval battle group — which he described as “an armada” — to northern …

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Trump says China has turned back N. Korean coal ships, lauds it as ‘big step’

April 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump says China has turned a fleet of coal-carrying cargo ships back to North Korea this week, describing it as a “big step” towards cracking down on the rogue state. China banned all imports of coal from North Korea in mid-February, soon after Pyongyang tested a new intermediate-range missile. Almost all coal shipments to the Chinese city of Dandong, on the North Korean border, since February have been turned back, a source with knowledge of …

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Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State

April 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s deputy, the White House announced Tuesday. Sullivan is a partner at Mayer Brown in Washington and co-chairs the law firm’s national security practice. His nomination to the No. 2 spot at the state Department would fill one of the key national security positions still vacant as Democrats slow-walk the President’s nominees. Sullivan previously served as …

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