Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

August 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering “very strong” new sanctions against Pyongyang. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John…

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The 39 most eyebrow-raising Donald Trump quotes today

August 12, 2017

(CNN)After largely avoiding the media since a solo press conference in mid-February, President Donald Trump held two extended press availabilities on Thursday at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. So, when Trump said Tuesday that “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States, …they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” the problem wasn’t that he went…

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Where political comedy is no joke

August 12, 2017

(CNN)It’s the presidency that’s launched a thousand late-night comedy bits. Egypt Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef — sometimes referred to as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” — was summoned to court in 2013 to face charges of insulting then-President Mohamed Morsi on his comedy show. Although the charges were dropped, Youssef later canceled his show under immense governmental pressure after Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power in 2014. In November 2014,…

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UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns – BBC News

August 11, 2017

But now, with the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to end soon. Lord Evans said: “There’s no doubt that we are still facing a severe terrorist threat but I think its also important to put this in a slightly longer context because right the way back from the 1990s we have been experiencing difficulties from Islamist terrorists of one sort or…

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‘We could be gone tomorrow’: Life in North Korea’s crosshairs

August 11, 2017

Hagata, Guam (CNN)With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. “If it does happen, OK, it happens, but I just try not to really think about it,” Martinez told CNN. Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. They’re used to living with intimidation from North Korea, including in 2013 when Pyongyang warned that the island was within its…

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Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions

August 11, 2017

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)The President’s two unscripted appearances before the press here Thursday revealed a commander in chief with a well of pent up opinions looking for an escape. In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having held fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors.

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

August 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash gels with the President’s political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of…

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Get ready for a more militant and ‘woke’ NAACP

August 11, 2017

(CNN) The NAACP has described itself as the “oldest and boldest” civil rights group in America, but it may soon tack on another word to its billing: “woke.” But something changed when a local NAACP official recently found a way to catapult the group back into the national spotlight. He issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, urging “extreme CAUTION” for any person of color traveling there. The…

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Rogue Charles Dickens apostrophe costs council – BBC News

August 10, 2017

Image copyright Ben Kendall/PA Image caption Tesco said it would brush up on its spelling and grammar after making two mistakes in a single pack of baby clothes last year Some 140 was spent on correcting 48 sheets, 95 on delivering additional leaflets, 295 on reprinting advertising boards, 332 on flyers and posters and 290 on a window vinyl.

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Labour criticises government hospital asset sales – BBC News

August 10, 2017

The NHS is asked to contribute as a major property owner. NHS property being included for sale includes hospital buildings and some ambulance stations. But Labour said hospitals were being stripped of their assets and forced into a “fire sale”. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This government’s refusal to fund the health service has seen standards of care for patients drop and NHS building and upgrade works pushed back….

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Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death – BBC News

August 10, 2017

Her lawyer from Leigh Day solicitors said it was one of the worst cases he had known in more than 30 years. Dr Peter Wheeler was the doctor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was the man who identified her body after she died in a car crash 20 years ago. In his defence to Mrs Vavalidis’s civil claim, due to be heard at the High Court next year, Dr…

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Guam residents stoic in the face of North Korean missile threat

August 10, 2017

Hagatna, Guam (CNN)It’s the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm. The country’s military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Guam, stated media reported Thursday. The tiny Pacific island, the largest in the Marianas group, is home to two significant US military bases….

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Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

August 10, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation — largely due to both men’s propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership. One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain “fire and fury” over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North…

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Medical school places to increase next year – BBC News

August 10, 2017

Diversity drive The government wants many of the new training places to go to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve diversity in the medical profession. Medical schools will be able to bid to run some of the extra course places. Those that can demonstrate they are targeting under-represented social groups, such as poorer students, will be favoured, as will those covering regions that struggle to attract trainee medics – rural…

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Fox family team up for Leicester garden games – BBC News

August 10, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA family of foxes was spotted playing football in a Foxes fan’s garden A suburban garden has become a playground for a family of foxes, who even dabble in football. The garden of Anne Brookes from Leicester boasts a family of up to eight animals as regular visitors to their lawn. “Foxes” is the nickname of the local football and cricket teams…

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Crocodile Lemmysuchus named after Motorhead’s Lemmy – BBC News

August 9, 2017

The crocodile terrorised coastal waters around Britain more than 145 million years ago. It had a skull measuring just over a metre and large, blunt teeth perfect for crushing bones and turtle shells. The name was suggested by Natural History Museum curator and Motorhead fan Lorna Steel. She said: “Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we’d like to think that he would have raised a glass to…

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Premier League at 25: 2002-2007 – BBC News

August 9, 2017

The Premier League is 25 years old on 15 August 2017. To mark the anniversary, BBC Sport has produced five pieces, each covering a five-year period in the competition’s history. This is the third piece, focusing on the span from the 2002-03 season to the end of the 2006-07 campaign, when Arsenal went a season unbeaten, Jose Mourinho declared himself the ‘Special One’ and big money began flowing into the…

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Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

August 9, 2017

(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades. From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump’s threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary’s rhetoric — rather than an existential threat to…

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‘They have nothing to lose. We do’: Australia struggles with extremist threat

August 9, 2017

Sydney, Australia (CNN)For most young Australians, the violence and extremism of Syria feels a world away. But for a tiny minority, ISIS exerts a powerful allure, leading a small but significant number to head to the Middle East to take up arms. For some, the ISIS connection is real and immediate. “I know two friends, two personal friends of mine who traveled to fight for ISIS,” says a 20-year-old university…

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Canadian envoy arrives in Pyongyang, North Korean media says

August 9, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian government envoy, Daniel Jean, national security adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and his party arrived in Pyongyang, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. It gave no further details about why the Canadian official was there. In letters to family, friends, and members of his church in Mississauga, Ontario, Lim has complained of stomach pain and high blood pressure. Former N.Korea bodyguard details abuse

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Taylor Swift trial: Jury selection begins

August 9, 2017

Denver (CNN)Taylor Swift’s star power took center stage Monday as jury selection began in a civil trial over a backstage encounter between the superstar and a Denver disc jockey. He sued Swift, her mother, Andrea, and her radio promotions director, Frank Bell, in 2015. His lawsuit alleged that they reported the incident to his employers and pressured them to “do the right thing,” leading to his termination. He is seeking…

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Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid widespread mistrust

August 9, 2017

(CNN)Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can’t trust most of what they hear from the White House. Enthusiasm breaks against Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. Nearly half in the new poll say they strongly disapprove of Trump’s handling of the job (47%), while just a quarter say they feel strongly positive about…

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Milan kidnap case: Chloe Ayling was to be ‘sold in Middle East’ – BBC News

August 8, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChloe Ayling: “I’ve been through a terrifying experience” A British model who was allegedly held captive by a gang in Italy was told she would be sold in the Middle East “for sex”, her lawyer has said. Francesco Peschi also told the BBC how Chloe Ayling, 20, had been acting under duress when she was taken shopping by her captor before she…

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UK judges need clarity after Brexit – Lord Neuberger – BBC News

August 8, 2017

UK courts will continue to interpret ECJ case law – even after Brexit. What is the European Court of Justice? Lord Neuberger, who will step down as Supreme Court president next month, told the BBC that judges need more guidance on how they should do just that. “If [the government] doesn’t express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the ECJ after Brexit, or indeed any other topic…

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