Reports: Former Guantanamo detainee to get $10 million from Canada

July 5, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian man who spent 10 years at Guantanamo Bay after fighting US troops in Afghanistan is getting more than $10 million and an apology from the Canadian government, according to media reports. Under a plea deal with US military prosecutors in 2010, Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that killed a member of a US Army Special Forces unit. He was 15 at…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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Trump vows to stick with social media despite recent backlash

July 3, 2017

President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to reaffirm his strategy to use social media to combat what he sees as fake news from media outlets and get out his message. Trumps most recent controversy was his tweet claiming that MSNBCs Mika Brzezinski had a facelift and was bleeding badly during a meeting around New Years Eve at Mar-a-Lago. The criticism for that tweet came from both sides of the…

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Jimmy Kimmel Pleads With Senator To Put Trumpcare to Kind ‘Kimmel Test’

June 26, 2017

Kimmel, whose baby son Billy required surgery shortly after birth to repair a congenital heart problem, tweeted to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Sunday: No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they cant afford it. Cassidy himself first coined what he called theJimmy Kimmel test in early May during a CNN interview when asked about caps on insurance coverage in Trumpcare. Cassidy said in his latest interview…

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Queen’s speech: All pomp and pageantry in British Parliament

June 21, 2017

London (CNN)Britain will take extra security precautions to protect Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her speech Wednesday — a member of Parliament will be held hostage at Buckingham Palace and guards with lanterns will check the cellars at the Palace of Westminster for explosives. Before the Queen leaves for the Houses of Parliament, a member of parliament is taken hostage and is locked away in Buckingham Palace. This tradition developed…

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Sofia Coppola Learns What The Bechdel Test Is During An Interview

June 20, 2017

So when a reporter for GQ asked the director about the Bechdel test, the feminist litmus test for film, her response was, in a word, confusing. Actors Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, director Sofia Coppola and actor Kirsten Dunst attend the premiere of Focus Features’ ‘The Beguiled’ at Directors Guild Of America on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Although the film has been hailed for a progressive cause, Coppola…

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The…

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Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

Aid workers from nine floundering vessels in distress off the Libyan coast on Thursday, in another intense day for the Italian Coast Guard and humanitarian organizations operating search-and-rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. The crews of Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish aid organization involved in Thursdays operations, two rubber dinghies and a wooden boat each crammed with more than 130 men, women and children. A 2-month-old baby with asthma was…

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking…

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Gabrielle Giffords’ Call For Sympathy And Understanding Is Met With… Hate

June 16, 2017

On Wednesday, she reacted to the news of ashooting at a congressional baseball practicewith deep sympathy for those affected. She also expressed appreciation for the Capitol Police, whose quick response undoubtedly stopped a tragic situation from becoming worse: While the vast majority of respondents from all sides of the political spectrum welcomed the compassionate tweet: Instead, a subset of angry internet trolls latched onto Giffords as a target, attacking her…

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Fraternity brothers due in court in pledge’s fatal fall

June 11, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. –  Members of a Penn State fraternity facing charges related to the death earlier this year of a pledge after a night of heavy drinking are due in court Monday for a hearing about whether there’s enough evidence to head to trial. Prosecutors in the case against the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi chapter and 18 of its members are leaning heavily on video surveillance recordings made the night…

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Brad Pitt Forecasts ‘No Future’ Thanks To Trump

June 9, 2017

Comedian Jim Jefferies closed out the debut of The Jim Jefferies Show on Tuesday by throwing it to his weather man. The mystery weather man was supposedly there to address Trump announcing the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreementand the environmental impact we can expect. Pitt, posing as a weather man in front of a very red-looking map of the world, motioned to everywhere, saying, Things are…

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Donald Trump May Find Time To Live-Tweet James Comey’s Testimony

June 7, 2017

Trump will weigh in if he feels the need to respond to anything Comey says, The Washington Posts Robert Costa reported on Tuesday. I was just talking to some White House officials this morning and their view is that the president himself wants to be the messenger, his own warrior, his own lawyer, his own spokesman, Costa said on MSNBC. The president is expected to be tweeting on Thursday in…

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

Reports that top White House adviserJared Kushner attempted to establish a secret communication link with Russiahas an ex-CIA official wondering if he was acting on his or following orders and if so, whose orders. Mudd was referring to last weeks Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlinthat could not be monitored by…

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Brentwood brush fire: Hillside inferno prompts major emergency response in Los Angeles

May 30, 2017

A brush fire on a Los Angeles hillside prompted a major emergency response Sunday. More than 150 firefighters battled the 30-acre blaze on a steep chaparral-covered section of Mandeville Canyon above Brentwood and sent up a plume of smoke that was visible for miles. Firefighters aided by water-dropping aircraft were able to contain 70 percent of the fire by late afternoon. Investigators said a private company working on a road…

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Manchester Attack: Family’s tribute to ‘just lovely’ Nell – BBC News

Fourteen searches are being carried out and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. The UK’s threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and police are guarding events across the country throughout the bank holiday weekend. ‘Loved life’ In the statement, the Jones family said: “Our Nell was just lovely. She was top class, she was clever and she was fun. She would have a…

May 28, 2017
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New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

Under the Back the Blue Act, introduced on May 16 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the Senate and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in the House, suing cops in federal court for violating the constitutional rights of civilians will be limited. So,even if the individual can prove their rights were violated by an officer, police departments would be able to claim an individuals injuries were a result of that persons…

May 27, 2017
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Manchester Arena blast: Election campaigning suspended – BBC News

“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said. Mr Corbyn said he was “horrified” by the incident. “Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives,” he said. The Labour leader said he had been briefed about the operational response by Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham. “I would like…

May 24, 2017
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1970s Rock Icon Has A Trigger Warning For Trump Supporters

Dont come to my show, Rundgren told Variety. Because you wont have a good time. Varietys Chris Willman said the new tune reminded him of seeing a couple walk out of a show last year after Rundgren criticized Trump from the stage.But the man behind hits such asHello Its Me, I Saw The Light and Bang The Drum All Day,said such a response doesnt bother him. I dont understand your…

May 16, 2017
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Hope You Don’t Expect The Senate GOP To Be Transparent About Obamacare Repeal

Senate Republicans have spent the last 10 days or so promising not to tackle health care in the same hurried, irresponsible way that their House counterparts did. We are not under any deadlines, Sen. (R-Texas) saidlast week, so we are going to take our time. They have also suggested they have little interest in drafting something that looks like the American Health Care Act the wildly unpopular House bill that…

May 15, 2017
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