Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

April 28, 2017

… Chinese that they informed the (North Korean) regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions action on their own.” Trump: Chance of major conflict with N. Korea Tillerson said he was hopeful about cooperation with the Chinese. He also said he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a rational actor. “He may be ruthless,” he said. “He may be a murderer. He may be someone who, in many respects, we would say …

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

April 26, 2017

… table,” including military action. It’s also moving military assets to the region — including the USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group, though there was some confusion about the timetable, and one of its most powerful submarines — in what analysts say is a show of force. If North Korea believes Trump is serious about putting a military option on the table, that looming threat could push Kim to the negotiating table as it did his grandfather, …

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 22, 2017

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported by immigration authorities. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, says that he …

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Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

April 19, 2017

WASHINGTON Immigrant rights advocates were dismayed on Tuesday by reports that the first undocumented immigrant with active Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals protections under President Donald Trump. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had the opposite reaction. First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this ones for you, King tweeted, with a photo of a beer. infamously said in 2014 first reported by USA Today on Tuesday Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio said …

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Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

… Drugmaker McKesson Medical-Surgical sought the order to prevent the state from using the drug after learning the corrections department had obtained it for executions, which the company doesnt permit. A day after winning the restraining order, the company filed to withdraw its petition, saying the federal ruling that stayed the executions made the state court order Griffen drew criticism from Republican lawmakers for taking part in Fridays protest. Griffen faces potential disciplinary action …

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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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Facebook Cracks Down on 30,000 Fake News Accounts Ahead of French Election

April 15, 2017

The company is using automated methods to help screen out the fakes, such as finding content repeated on hundreds of the phony sites. Facebook said in a statement Friday that its taking decisive action against the accounts, presumably shutting them down. The company is relying on improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity without assessing the content itself, Shaik added. Facebook hopes toreduce the spread of material generated through …

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

April 13, 2017

… Koreans that the US would not take unilateral action against North Korea without consulting Seoul. “The United States makes it clear that it will not take a new policy or measure without consultations with us,” South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck told reporters. Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun warned people against being “blinded by exaggerated assessments on the security situation of the Korean Peninsula.” Moon Jae-in, leader of the …

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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… time the U.S. struck a Syrian government position since the country’s civil war broke out six years. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DAVID PETRAEUS, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: It certainly sends a message to friends and foe alike that this president will take action when lines are crossed and that is again potentially very significant. (END VIDEO CLIP) AZUZ: Syria denied carrying out the chemical attack last week and Russia and Iran, two countries that support Syria’s government say the U.S. strike …

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Russia to blame for Syria deaths – Sir Michael Fallon – BBC News

April 10, 2017

… Mr Assad played no part. He acknowledged achieving that was “not easy, but not impossible”. “By sending Tomahawk missiles to attack the airfield, aeroplanes and equipment believed to be involved, it has sent a strong signal to the Syrian regime to think twice before using gas in future,” said Sir Michael. “Justified and appropriate though US action was, it was also necessarily limited. We now need a long-term solution to this conflict.” Sir Michael said Mr …

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Why Trump’s Syria Strike Will Not End Well

April 9, 2017

… Iraq more than 52 times. Nor will it stop Assad from killing thousands of his own people using conventional weapons. The pictures may be less alarming, but the carnage will continue, making Trumps action difficult to defend. At that point, the very same people cheering Trumps intervention will turn against him, feeling betrayed and let down. In their view, Trump will have left the job unfinished. The impulse that something must be done to put an end to the humanitarian disaster in Syria is …

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Rubio hails Syria strikes, says Russians don’t have ‘standing’ to criticize

April 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Marco Rubio, a longtime hawk on Syria, praised the US airstrike on a Syrian airfield days after a chemical attack on innocents attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Following news that President Donald Trump had green-lit the US action, Rubio said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that Russia could not fairly criticize the military strike because Russia backed Assad — who is accused of perpetrating the attack on his own people. “They …

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What we know about Syria’s chemical weapons

April 6, 2017

… Ghouta area of the Syrian capital Damascus in August 2013. The attack prompted Obama to ask Congress to authorize military action against Syria. Shortly after, Syria agreed to a Russian proposal to give up control of its chemical weapons, leading Obama to retreat from threats of military action. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Russia: Syrian gas deaths due to ‘terrorists’ But Dan Kaszeta, a chemical weapons specialist and managing director of …

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

April 1, 2017

… this one is well-earned and enduring. Moscow’s intentions have bedeviled world leaders for more than a century. Winston Churchill famously declared that even he, the celebrated political prognosticator, could not “forecast to you the action of Russia.” “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” he said in October 1939. Some time has passed, but the old chestnut holds up. A world war and Cold War later, the Soviet Union eventually collapsed under its …

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