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

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the Chinese. “In fact, we were told by the …

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

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group: What to know The pattern Domestic affairs and geopolitics are carefully considered when the secretive communist state conducts these tests. …

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Arkansas executions: ‘It was very methodical’

April 26, 2017

(CNN)After Arkansas conducted the first back-to-back executions in the United States since 2000, witnesses described what they saw when Jack Harold Jones Jr. and Marcel Wayne Williams died of lethal injection. Jessi Turnure of CNN affiliate KARK said she saw no visible signs of struggle when Williams died, such as “grimacing” or “clenching of the fingers.” But she acknowledged there may have been pain she couldn’t see. “It was very methodical,” she …

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

April 25, 2017

(CNN)President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Top of the menu: North Korea. In fact, speaking briefly for the cameras at that very lunch, the President made clear he finds the status quo on the peninsula “unacceptable,” and he called on UNSC members to …

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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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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …

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Fresno rampage suspect details each day of killing spree to police

April 20, 2017

(CNN)The Fresno killing spree that left several families fatherless started when the gunman thought a security guard disrespected him. So, police say, he killed him. But the shooter didn’t want to go down in history for just one slaying, police said. He vowed to eliminate as many white men as he could. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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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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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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Dr. David Dao’s United nightmare could be yours

April 12, 2017

(CNN)Imagine you’re a 69-year-old physician — a Vietnamese-American immigrant, traveling by air from Chicago to your Kentucky home. Imagine that the flight you’re on is overbooked, a consequence of decisions made by the carrier to pack its planes as tightly as possible in order to deliver maximum value to shareholders, even if in doing so it’s providing minimum comfort for travelers. Imagine that the airline decides four of its employees need seats to get to Louisville …

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China’s deadly secret: More executions than all other countries put together

April 11, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Every year, the Chinese state carries out several thousand judicial executions — more than the rest of the world combined. For the most part, the names of those executed remain secret, known only to their families. Secret killings While China is by far the most secretive country in the world over the scale of its executions, it is not alone. Secrecy is often a telltale sign of countries determined to continue with capital punishment. Chinese sleep on …

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Penn Jillette: Don Rickles was the kindest man on earth

April 7, 2017

(CNN)I first saw Don Rickles live in 1975 at the Latin Casino outside of Philadelphia. I was a punk. I cared about The Ramones and Iggy Pop, but I worked in comedy, so I was going to see a Vegas comic: Rickles. I expected to see a kind of cynical, laid back, phone-it-in, old pro performance. What I saw was more energy and power than I would see a few years later from the Sex Pistols. I was sitting way off to one side of the audience so I could see Don go into the wings. And he was …

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What we know about Syria’s chemical weapons

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Horrifying images and video show civilians — including children — struggling to breathe, foam coming from their mouths as they appear to die of asphyxiation after an airstrike on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Tuesday. Syria’s military has denied using chemical weapons and blamed rebels for the carnage, but activists say the regime is responsible for a chemical attack which killed at least 70 people. Russia, meanwhile, has blamed the deaths on a Syrian …

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Schiff: Trump promised documents, but WH staff is fighting release

April 6, 2017

(CNN)The top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Wednesday President Donald Trump personally promised documents at the center of “unmasking” allegations would be made available to all members of the House intelligence committee, but that White House staff is fighting those documents’ release. “The President, when I met with him, said that he is happy to have whoever we wanted review the documents. His staff has opposed that, they were …

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How Trump is squandering his power with China and Egypt

April 5, 2017

(CNN)Leaders of repressive governments, like Egypt’s and China’s, have long braced themselves for bilateral visits with American presidents and Cabinet officials, because they know they will be hearing about human rights and freedom of speech. They have to worry about protests, about the response from civil society and the uncensored press. This fear has long given American leaders of both parties the leverage to send a strong message to foreign leaders in support of our values. …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will come face-to-face with the leaders of two nations accused of grave human rights abuses in a spate of high-level talks with foreign counterparts this week. It will be the first in-person opportunity for the new US leader to confront those issues as commander-in-chief. Initial signs, however, indicate Trump will say little on the matter during his talks with the Presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, a dramatic shift away from the human rights …

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US-led coalition: 229 civilian deaths in strikes since 2014

April 2, 2017

(CNN)At a time of growing concern about civilian casualties in Iraq, the US-led coalition issued a report Saturday that says at least 229 civilians likely have been killed by coalition strikes there and in Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began nearly three years ago. The number could grow significantly if an investigation into airstrikes on a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq, in mid-March finds the operation unintentionally killed scores of residents. An senior Iraqi health official told CNN …

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Some EpiPens recalled, FDA says

April 1, 2017

(CNN)Thirteen lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday. “This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate,” the FDA said in a news release. EpiPens are used to give an emergency injection of epinephrine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. Replay More Videos … …

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

April 1, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s Russia problem is getting worse — and more complicated. Questions about his campaign’s alleged ties to Moscow seem to proliferate by the hour. The mushroom cloud surrounding his baseless allegations that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is spreading faster. The investigations have become difficult to keep track of — and those are just the ones we know about. But the revelation on Thursday that fired former Trump national security …

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