Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus. …

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …

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Nebraska Farmer Politely Schools Fox News Host On Dangers Of Keystone XL Pipeline

April 22, 2017

Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup urged the Trump administration on Friday to abandon plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline and focus instead on boosting renewable energy. In a four-minute interview on Fox News, Tanderup who heads a group of about 90 Nebraska landowners trying to block the pipeline politely countered each of host Sandra Smiths talking points as she repeatedly suggested his personal stake was the only real reason he opposed the project. Our premium goal would be to leave the …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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These 3 People Show Why Anti-Trump Tide Runs Against The GOP In Georgia’s Special Election

April 18, 2017

… Democrat, Rosenberg was ready. I said, Im not either, Rosenberg said. They found a bond: both, it turned out, had voted for Kasich in the GOP presidential primary. She was uncommitted by the time I left, said Rosenberg. Sandy Rosenberg When HuffPost first contacted Pearlman by phone, the call went to voicemail. She returned the call shortly afterward. Sorry, I thought you were a canvasser, she said, describing a barrage of phone calls to Democrats so ubiquitous that a local group, Cobb …

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

April 18, 2017

… own protocol. Even as the ballots were being counted on Sunday, the board decided to allow unstamped ballots to pass as legal votes — a move that the opposition says gave the green light to voter fraud. Tana de Zulueta, head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council for Europe election monitoring group said the decision “significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law,” …

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… .ns_datapic_stat–bombs-2017 .ns_outer_wrapper { background-image: url(https://news.files.bbci.co.uk/vj/live/idt-images/data_pic-bombs_2017/hi009829437_egq5w.jpg); } UK bombs and missiles dropped in Syria and Iraq From 1 January – 9 April 2017 37 Hellfire missiles Ministry of Defence Getty Images The current focus of the battle against IS has been for control of Mosul. It has been held by IS militants since 2014 and is the jihadist group’s last major urban …

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Councils urge chewing gum firms to aid street clean-up – BBC News

April 15, 2017

The campaign group said 64% of all UK roads and pavements are “stained” by chewing gum – where chewed gum has been squashed into the street. ‘Unsightly and unacceptable’ Councils have repeatedly asked for financial help to get rid of the problem, insisting gum manufacturers should take more responsibility. Councillor Judith Blake, the LGA’s environment spokeswoman, said it was “ugly, unsightly and unacceptable”. “Chewing gum is a plague …

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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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Some States, Cities Still Banning Government Travel To North Carolina

April 14, 2017

… states largest LGBTQ advocacy group, praised the cities and states continuing to oppose the North Carolina law. Other places that have reissued bans or are maintaining existing ones areMinnesota;Chicago; New York City; Seattle; Atlanta; Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; Cincinnati; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine; Baltimore; Burlington, Vermont; San Francisco; Oakland, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Wilton Manors; Florida; and Palm Springs, California. More From this …

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Why are India’s superstars descending on Hong Kong this weekend?

April 14, 2017

(CNN)Hong Kong is used to hosting a variety of events, international and regional. But this weekend, the island city will witness something unique. Bollywood megastar Salman Khan will lead a galaxy of Indian stars to Hong Kong, to perform at the largest Indian concert to ever take place there. The Hong Kong concert, which will also feature performers like Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and South Indian dance legend Prabhudeva, is part of the “Da-Bangg” world tour that will also …

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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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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… recently in recent years often by Islamic militants. The terrorists group ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said it was responsible for Sunday’s bombings. Condemnations of the attacks, condolences for the victims and support for Egypt’s government came in from political and religious worldwide. Meanwhile, police in Sweden say a man suspected in participating in a terrorist attack there had shown sympathy to extremist groups, including ISIS. Another suspect has also been …

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From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

April 10, 2017

… threatening the American way of life. They’re not real Americans. That’s what many Americans thought of German-Americans during World War I. If you think political battles over immigration are tough today, they were vicious when America entered World War I, “The Great War” shows. A wave of hysteria aimed at German-Americans swept the nation as it struggled to assimilate what was then its largest ethnic group. America didn’t just declare war on Germany — it …

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Coalition and Syrian opposition forces repel ISIS attack

April 10, 2017

(CNN)Anti-ISIS coalition troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have repelled an attack by the terrorist group on a joint base in southern Syria, according to the coalition. “Coalition and partnered forces engaged and defended the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said in a news release. It is not known how long the battle lasted. …

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

April 10, 2017

… Assad must depart and the search for stability begin. “Someone who uses barrel bombs and chemicals to kill his own people simply cannot be the future leader of Syria,” he stated. ‘Absurd’ decision Mr Johnson, who called off a trip to Moscow on Monday, is attempting to co-ordinate a united response from the G7 group of industrialised nations, whose foreign ministers meet in Italy this week. The Russian foreign ministry said Mr Johnson’s decision not to visit Russia …

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His name was Henry Summers – but who was he? – BBC News

April 9, 2017

Image caption Henry lived in a top-floor flat in Leith They went to the door of his top-floor flat on Easter Road and knocked but got no answer. Image caption Police beat down the door to gain entry to Henry’s flat A few years before that a woman had been found dead in Edinburgh, undiscovered for five years. The media were full of recrimination and finger pointing. I used to work with old people and had seen this before. It’s easy to de-personalise older people. We …

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

April 9, 2017

… with a double bogey via the water at the 16th. Behind Hoffman, the leaderboard shuffled with the frequency of the wheels on a Vegas slot machine Saturday, throwing up an intriguing prospect for the final round. Rose has the benefit of a major title — the 2013 US Open — and Olympic gold under his belt. The 36-year-old played in the final group with Spieth in 2015, finishing …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… was treated to the piece de resistance: Conservative media personality Ann Coulter a screenshot from the lefty site Alternet. Like many new aspects of U.S. politics, this alignment has been clear for years in Europe. The cause of defending Assad has brought together the left-wing group in the U.K., and far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen in France. A Spanish leftist figure invited an Assad representative into the European Parliament just this week. Conservative British provocateur …

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Japanese scientists want to be first to drill into the Earth’s mantle

April 8, 2017

(CNN)Humans have been to the Moon and explored almost every corner of the planet — but there’s one place they have never been. A group of Japanese scientists said they plan to be the first group to successfully drill into the Earth’s mantle, the planet’s vast molten-rock interior, which lies just beneath the outer crust. Researchers at Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) say they are hoping to discover more about how our planet was …

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Masters 2017: Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler in leading quartet

April 8, 2017

… four birdies, including a chip-in at the sixth, with five bogeys — the last after his approach to the 28th hit the pin and bounced off the green — to shoot 73 for one over par. Golf icons remember Arnold Palmer McIlroy needs the Masters to become only the sixth player to win all four of golf’s major titles — along with Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Of that illustrious group, only Sarazen achieved the feat at Augusta. …

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Male Lawmakers Suggest Women Go To The ‘Zoo’ For Abortions

April 8, 2017

… abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, and that their doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals, because the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that those laws are intended to shut down clinics rather than to make them safer. The advocacy group Progress Missouri denounced Onders drivel and lies. Onder later explained his rant in a Twitter post and clarified that he never intended to offer his draft amendment renaming the zoo. He …

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Theresa May’s Saudi Arabia balancing act – BBC News

April 4, 2017

… them after the agent gave them the serial numbers. But Saudi Arabia’s human rights record still makes the country a controversial ally for the UK which purports to have an ethical foreign policy. Commenting on Mrs May’s Saudi visit, human rights pressure group Reprieve said: “As the prime minister makes ever greater overtures towards the Saudi government, the kingdom continues to carry out appalling abuses, including torture, forced ‘confessions’ and death sentences …

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Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …

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Peter Taylor: How has terror changed in 50 years? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

I talked to Billy in his cell. He was doing life for the murder of his Catholic workmate. He had lured him into a car and then shot him in the back of the head. “The only way to stop them was to terrorise them. It was them and us,” he said. But the act of pulling the trigger had a profound effect on Billy. “Before I was a decent young man. It [the conflict] turned me into a killer. It felt like someone had reached down and ripped my insides out. You hear a bang and …

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David Letterman Fast Facts

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of former late-night talk show host David Letterman. Birth place: Indianapolis, Indiana Birth name: David Michael Letterman Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Extends his contract with CBS through 2014. December 2, 2012 – Is honored at the Kennedy Center Honors gala along with Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, Natalia Makarova and the musical group Led Zeppelin. October 4, 2013 – Extends his contract with CBS through 2015. April 3, 2014 …

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