Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hit hard at the news media at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania to tout the accomplishments of his first 100 days, striking a tone both divisive and determined as he played to the populist sentiments of a cheering crowd. “It’s time for all of us to remember that we are one people with one great American destiny, and that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, and we all share the same glorious …

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Where the Mexico City Policy matters the most

April 30, 2017

(CNN) She has five children and works as a farmer in Budadiri, Uganda, east Africa. “I want to look after my children,” Mudua says. “But I am a woman alone, and any time a man could force me into sex and I could get pregnant.” Now organizations that offer abortions as part of their family planning services — or even refer patients to other clinics that can perform abortions — will be prevented from receiving any …

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… Paterson carried out hundreds of unnecessary operations on NHS patients, with a hospital trust paying out 17.8m in damages and legal costs. He was granted bail and is due to be sentenced in May. ‘He stuck a knife in me unnecessarily’ Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJade Edgington said the experience left her feeling “violated”. Jade Edgington was 16 when she found a lump in her breast and had four operations by the time she was 19. She …

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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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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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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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Lloyds Bank’s profits rise despite ‘challenging’ times – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… “This time last year they had to disclose a horrible loss due to volatility in their own bond prices. “There’s none of that this year, [but] they still had to make another provision for about half a billion pounds for sins of the past, PPI [payment protection insurance] and things like that.” Lloyds recently set aside an extra 350m to cover mis-sold PPI claims and 100m to cover compensation for victims of fraud by former HBOS staff. Mr Horta-Osorio said on Thursday that …

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Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

April 27, 2017

… Tumultuous times Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s presidency has endured strife since he was narrowly elected as the heir apparent of firebrand socialist former President Hugo Chavez. Less than a year after winning the presidency in July 2013, protests in response to economic problems and a spike in crime erupted, resulting in several deaths. Since then he has overseen a tumultuous time in Venezuela’s history, culminating in a January 2016 declaration of a state of “economic …

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Would visiting Parliament inspire you to vote? – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… ‘It is complex’ So did it work? “It was better than I thought it would be,” LaTifah says, with Big Ben looming behind her. “I do know who I would vote for and being here today, I can say that I would confidently vote for the first time in 26 years.” “It was massively different to how I thought it would be. I’ve come away now feeling that I have a good grasp of how politics works. But it is complex,” Chiara added. …

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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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An artist creates a mural of Michelle Obama and nobody’s happy

April 26, 2017

(CNN)A new mural of former first lady Michelle Obama, painted on a building in the Chicago neighborhood where she lived as a child and remains popular, would seem like an innocuous project. But the mural, by Chicago artist Chris Devins, has sparked intense debate — and not for the usual political reasons. Shortly after Devins finished the mural last Friday, criticism began bubbling up online. People accused him of copying the image from Rhode Island art student Gelila Mesfin, who had …

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Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin to work on special relationship

April 26, 2017

… rectangular slabs of various heights. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors. Trump converted to Judaism herself in 2009. In the evening, Trump will join Merkel at a W-20 gala dinner. The visit comes at a time when the Trump administration has not yet appointed a new ambassador to Germany, and there is no White House chief of protocol, an important diplomatic role. Chiefs of protocol hold the rank of ambassador and they accompany presidents on foreign trips and …

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‘Robbery of the century’: Brazen heist erupts into gun battles in Paraguay and Brazil

April 25, 2017

(CNN)More than 50 people took part in a multi-million dollar heist in Paraguay that authorities were calling the “robbery of the century.” The group made off with money from several vaults inside Prosegur, a private security firm in Ciudad del Este, police said. Ciudad del Este is Paraguay’s second-largest city and is along the border with Brazil and Argentina. A police officer was killed during Monday’s shootout that started around midnight (local time) …

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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

… complete. The MATS rule has been tied up in the court system for years. Shortly after the regulation was finalized, a coalition of industry groups and conservative states includingOklahoma, which Pruitt then represented sued the EPA to stop it. In 2016, Pruitt sued a second time to block the regulation. foundthe EPA had not adequately considered the regulations cost. The rule is expected to have a tremendous impact on public health. An earlier EPA analysis concluded that the regulation …

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Seven ways it helps to have rich parents – BBC News

April 23, 2017

The upshot is that today’s young adults are the first generation since at least World War Two not to start their working lives with higher incomes than those born before them. By their early thirties, the 1980s generation had accumulated wealth of about 27,000 each, on average. By the time they had reached the same age, the 1970s generation had twice as much wealth on average – 53,000 each. A large part of the explanation is that an individual’s wealth is mainly made …

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

April 23, 2017

… programme. It was hard work but, in a strange way, we built a loyal fanbase in that time.” So perhaps it’s no surprise that Davies sings “I want to make my home/Where the buffalo roam” on the title track of his new album. Near-death experience Indeed, he moved to the US for several years, finding his spiritual home – and sanctuary – in New Orleans. Ray Davies on writing lyrics “Nobody taught me how to write songs, I sort of picked it up as I went along …

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The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… seats. There’s not much point in spending lots of time and money in constituencies that they already hold comfortably, or where they’re so far behind they have no realistic chance of winning. There are exceptions to this. In 2015 the SNP surge in Scotland was so powerful that apparently “safe” seats fell. And the collapse of the Lib Dems saw them lose some seats they’d held with sizeable majorities. Such large swings are rare though. And even in 2015 the …

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

April 23, 2017

… anything left to give. They said to give her water and tried to clean her up. That was all she had to make her feel better – water. Find out more For links to organisations offering support on FGM visit BBC Action Line World Health Organisation factsheet on FGM Crimestoppers are encouraging people to report FGM Image caption Campaigners believe young girls are targeted for FGM in the summer holidays – when there is time for them to recover No way will I let someone do …

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Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona – BBC News

April 22, 2017

… other Stoke-on-Trent expats, an old recipe was discovered and Jeff began making his own. Such was his desire for the perfect oatcake, special frying pans were bought. When work saw him move again, this time to Aberdeen, he took his special recipe with him and the advent of social media sent it global. Requests have come via Facebook from folk as far afield as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai, he says. A global phenomenon? It appears the Staffordshire oatcake’s appeal has truly …

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Was ITV’s The Nightly Show a success? – BBC News

April 22, 2017

… New” schedule. But, says Duthie, where The Nightly Show was concerned, it may have suffered due to its chosen timeslot. The most successful chat shows in the US start much later in the evening. “In the UK we’re much more conservative,” she says. “By 10:30pm, peak time is over. But if a show is on later, you’re catching people coming home from the pub late at night, and a lot of younger viewers.” She adds that part of the problem facing any new nightly …

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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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Sarah Palin Reacts To Bill O’Reilly’s Exit By Victim Blaming

April 22, 2017

During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNNs The Lead, Palin hinted that she wasnt happy during her time as a Fox News contributor but would not divulge details even when asked about Fox News corporate culture in the age of Bill OReilly. Then Palin turned her focus on the women who made accusations of sexual harassment, telling them that its their responsibility to quit their jobs and change the workplace culture. As a strong woman, she added, I say we should feel more empowered than that …

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Trevor Noah Has Proof That Donald Trump Is Always High

April 22, 2017

The Daily Show host provided very convincing evidence for his theory during Thursday nights 4/20 themed episode.Noah also admitted to being high when he came up this idea, but his video footage of Donald Trump only strengthens his argument. Noah even brought up some of the presidents bigger mix-ups like the time Trump claimed he was sending a very powerful armada to North Korea that was actually headed in the opposite directioninstead. At a time when support for legal marijuana is at the …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… spending. He wants better pay for teachers and unity at a time where France is riven with fractures. Fun fact: As a 17-year-old, he told his high school teacher that he’d marry her one day. And he did. Francois Fillon Who he is: He represents the Republican party and has been called the “French Thatcher” for his conservative policies. He was once the frontrunner in the race. But then a scandal erupted about his family members getting paid for jobs they …

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