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

… former US secretary of Defense William J. Perry told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. In 1994, Kim Il Sung, the then-President of North Korea, “believed that the United States was prepared to take military action, and that played a big role, I think, in his calculus,” he said. “Today, I think it’s probably true that the present North Korean President believes it’s possible the United States is prepared to take military action,” Perry said. …

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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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Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

April 19, 2017

… Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agents more leeway to do what they thought was right, vastly expanding the scope of who should be considered a priority for deportation. Still, the president and Homeland Security secretary John Kelly have said DACA recipients would not be the target. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a longtime advocate for Dreamer protections, said in a statement that he was disturbed by reports about Montes removal and had demanded an explanation from ICE. Just …

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

April 18, 2017

If Republicans on Tuesday manage to lose the suburban Atlanta congressional seat they have held consistently since the late 1970s, they can pin some of the blame on Sandy Rosenberg, a longtime resident of Marietta, Georgia. The House seat was recently vacated by Tom Price, who is now President Donald Trumpshealth and human services secretary. Before that, it was held by Johnny Isakson, now a senator. Before Isakson, it was the home base of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Rosenberg, a …

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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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Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 16, 2017

The union’s general secretary Kevin Courtney said ministers should apologise to teachers and parents for the 138.5m “thrown away” on these abandoned projects. ‘Appalling waste’ “These figures make clear that the free school, UTC and studio school programmes were ill-thought policies which, in many cases, resulted in an appalling waste of significant sums of money,” said Mr Courtney. University technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools have an …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… swelling of lower limbs This is double what has been spent annually in the previous four years, the Department for International Development said. International Development secretary Priti Patel said the UK’s support would protect more than 200 million people “from a future blighted by tropical disease”. “These diseases belong to the last century. They cause unimaginable suffering and pain to some of the world’s poorest people, forcing them into a deeper cycle of …

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The Anti-Defamation League Is Offering Sean Spicer Remedial Holocaust Lessons

April 14, 2017

During a press briefing on Tuesday, Spicer Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of ADL, sent Spicer a letter on Thursday offering to conduct a training on Holocaust awareness for the press secretary and his staff. When the first days of Passover ended and we turned on our phones and televisions yesterday evening, we learned about your comment that Hitler did not gas his own people, Greenblatt wrote in the letter, published on ADLs website. Your comparisons between Assad and Hitler were not only …

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Trump Rushes Into World Affairs

April 13, 2017

… Bannon in a corner. Yes, the meister was laughing in the front row of Wednesdays press conference with the head of NATO. But it was a chuckle of the condemned. Everyone in town saw the presidents dismissive distancing of himself from Bannon in Trumps hometown newspaper, the New York Post. Everyone also has seen Tillerson, Defense secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster shred Bannon to pieces for the amusement of vengeful First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner. …

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Rex Tillerson Will Get A Colder Russian Reception Than He’s Used To

April 12, 2017

Tillersons trip marks the Trump administrations most direct diplomatic effort in Russia, and it puts the secretary of state in a difficult position of attempting to ease the strain between the White House and the Kremlin while also pressuring Putin to pull back on his support for Assad. Russiaappears to be lividover the U.S. strike and is sticking to its initial claim that it was rebel fighters and not Assad that possessed the chemical weapons. In the days since the U.S. strike, the Kremlin …

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

April 10, 2017

Johnson calls off Moscow visit ‘Terrorists’ celebrating US strike Syria attack: What we know Syria attack: What now? Why is there a war in Syria? Referring to Russia, Sir Michael wrote: “This latest war crime happened on their watch. “In the past few years, they have had every opportunity to pull levers and stop this civil war. Russia must show the resolve necessary to bring this regime to heel.” The defence secretary said Syria needed a government in which …

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Why Trump’s Syria Strike Will Not End Well

April 9, 2017

… correct. But when that something can only mean military measures, the U.S. makes itself part of the problem rather than the solution. Helping ensure that children and civilians arent trapped in Syria should be the first and most obvious thing the U.S. can do to help. Second, a far more robust dedication toward finding a diplomatic solution is needed, although such a solution is now more difficult to achieve. Former U.S. secretary of State John Kerry should be commended for his efforts to …

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London attack: Royals to attend Westminster service – BBC News

April 6, 2017

BBC correspondent Peter Hunt said the service would attempt to offer hope rather than being a memorial. There will be a focus on the diverse nature of society, with prayers offered to protect the country from the forces of division and hatred, he said. The victims were Aysha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London; and father-of-two PC Keith Palmer, 48. Home secretary Amber …

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Extra school places and building repairs in 2.4bn boost – BBC News

April 3, 2017

There will be 980m for extra school places, including an expansion in selective schools. Speaking last week, the education secretary promised a “new model” for grammars and said local communities would have a “choice over how selection works”. There will be 1.4bn to improve the condition of schools, with 1,500 school building projects to be funded. But a recent report from the National Audit Office said that it would cost 6.7bn to get all schools in England into an …

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Police bail limit of 28 days comes into force – BBC News

April 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrandon Lewis said there was no end in sight for many on bail A 28-day limit on police bail has come into force in England and Wales. The move follows criticism of the use of police bail during Operation Yewtree – into historical sexual abuse – and other high-profile investigations. The then Home secretary Theresa May ordered a review of its use in 2014. But professional body the College of Policing has criticised the …

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

April 3, 2017

… improve troubled US relationships, including with Russia, where President Vladimir Putin is accused of cracking down on free speech and jailing political opponents. Last week, secretary of State Rex Tillerson lifted all human rights conditions on the sale of F-16 jets to Bahrain, a country accused of jailing political dissidents without legal due process. And when Tillerson’s State Department released its annual report on the state of global human rights last month, he skipped holding the …

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

April 1, 2017

… wavered. The US mostly embraced Putin at the beginning of his reign. In the post-Soviet scramble, he appeared to leaders anxious over global stability (and all those nukes) like a steady hand. Cunning perhaps, but a pragmatist. Someone you could work with. But the relationship soured. Various attempted “resets” failed and, by 2011, Putin was accusing the US of ginning up domestic protests against his government. Putin reportedly blamed the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. …

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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

… it’s too late. [I] never felt a whole person again.” Image caption Peter Taylor covered the early years of the Troubles The blanket protest by the IRA prisoners in the Maze started in 1977. They refused to wear prison uniform, insisting they were political prisoners and not criminals. The protesters resorted to wearing only a blanket to try and force the issue. To try and understand the situation from the other side of the cell doors, I met Desmond Irvine, the secretary of the …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… } Click to see content: daysoffschool_birmingham Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “It is important that children miss as little time at school as possible. “The cumulative effect of missed days can be harmful to children’s education. The best way to ensure children are learning and progressing is for them to attend school during term time. “However, the system of fines is clearly too blunt an instrument and in many …

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