North Korea: Diplomatic delegation ‘mugged’ at JFK Airport

June 19, 2017

… Mission to the UN and had no entitlement to diplomatic immunity. The package in question had no diplomatic protection from inspection,” a Homeland Security statement said. “DHS seized multiple media items and packages from the individuals, at which time the North Koreans attempted to physically retrieve the items but were prevented from doing so by DHS officers. The reported aggression was initiated by the North Koreans,” the statement continued. According the 1961 Vienna …

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Bodies Of Missing USS Fitzgerald Sailors Found In Flooded Compartments

June 19, 2017

The Navy said in a statement thatthe bodies were recoveredand were being transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, where they would be identified. Officials have not yet confirmed if the bodies of all seven missing sailors were recovered. The missing crew members were feared lost after the 8,300-tondestroyer collided with a 29,000-ton merchant vesselabout 55 miles southwest of Yokosuka, where the U.S. 7th Fleet is headquartered. Most of the sailors would likely have been asleep at …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… terse statement that day. An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input. Reversing Obamas Bears Ears designation would be an unprecedented assault on a presidential prerogative created in the 1906 Antiquities Act. Nearly every president has wielded the act to preserve tribal lands and natural wonders. Only Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush declined to use the law, according to . But no White House …

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84 Great Danes Rescued In New Hampshire In ‘Worst’ Squalor

June 18, 2017

… in more than 21 years of law enforcement, said Chief Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department said in a statement. Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in. Concerned citizens alerted investigators to the situation. We applaud them for coming forward, said the police statement. Police said Fay was selling puppies for $2,500 each at De La Sang Monde kennel. Her website featured photos of dogs posed outside what appeared to be an elegant …

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

June 18, 2017

… Humanitarian action is not the cause of this crisis but is a response to it, MSF told HuffPost in a statement. Frontex spokeswoman Izabella Cooper stressed in an email that the agency had never accused aid organizations of colluding with people smugglers. Frontex-deployed vessels have helped save tens of thousands of lives, she added. The agency said that its analyses had shown that In the past two years, the smugglers in Libya have changed their and have become more ruthless, Cooper told …

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Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

June 16, 2017

The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic State and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement to Reuters late Thursday, saying no decisions have been made regarding …

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Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… shouldn’t amount to a death sentence for anyone.” ICE has arrested 199 Iraqi nationals since May, 114 of them from Detroit last weekend, according to ICE press secretary Gillian Christensen. Iraq recently agreed to accept deportees in exchange for being removed from the countries listed in President Donald Trump’s travel ban. That agreement triggered a shift in the focus of ICE raids, Christensen said in a statement. Many detainees have criminal records “The vast …

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Death sentence for Facebook post amid Pakistan crackdown online

June 15, 2017

(CNN)A Pakistan government crackdown on freedom of speech online has reached worrying new levels, activists say, after a young man was sentenced to death over a series of Facebook posts. Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner, Nadia Rahman, said in a statement the conviction set a “dangerous precedent.” …

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Pakistan says slain Chinese misused business visas, were missionaries

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Two slain Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in Pakistan in May and whose deaths ISIS has claimed responsibility for had been missionaries and the “misuse” of their business visas contributed to their abductions and deaths, Pakistan’s interior minister said. The man, 24, and woman, 26, killed were among a group of Chinese citizens who obtained a business visa from the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing, the ministry statement said. …

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Gulf crisis threatens to separate Qatari mom from her children

June 12, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)In a large villa on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital Doha, one family gathers to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, handing out candy and singing songs. Dr Wafaa al-Yazeedi, a mother of three, is a Qatari single mother. Bahrain has asked her children, all Bahraini citizens, to leave Qatar. Food, fuel and flights: How Qatar may suffer …

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Gulf rift: Qatar ‘not ready to surrender’

June 9, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar has said “it’s not ready to surrender” as the diplomatic stranglehold placed on the tiny oil-rich country by its neighbors intensifies. “The State of Qatar has never seen such hostility, not even from a hostile state,“ a Foreign Ministry statement said Thursday. Unraveling the Qatar crisis Social sympathizers could face jail US suspects Russian hackers World cup a bargaining chip Qatar keeps gas flowing Philippines stops …

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection. In a statement accompanying the White House …

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

… loyalty and that Comey drop his Flynn investigation ultimately led to Comey’s firing. RELATED: Do Comey’s new revelations show obstruction of justice? “Congress must now determine whether the Director’s refusal to do either — or any other motivation to interfere with or obstruct any part of the Russia investigation — led ultimately to Comey’s firing,” Schiff said in a statement. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richad Burr, who has taken a …

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London attacks: British police officer seriously injured responding to incident

June 5, 2017

A British police officer was seriously injured Saturday while responding to the terror attacks at London Bridge, authorities said. British Transport Police said in a statement Sunday the officer received injuries to his head, face and leg and has serious injuries, but they are considered to be non-life threatening. Police said the officer was on duty at the time of the attacks and was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene. He is being treated at a hospital in central London and was …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isnt. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement. The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its signatories to slashing greenhouse gas outputs and coming back to the negotiating table every five years to seek more …

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Scott Pelley Reportedly Axed From ‘CBS Evening News’

June 1, 2017

The New York Post, which broke the story on Tuesday evening, saidPelley will remain with the networkat 60 Minutes. There is no word yet on who will replace him, but CBS Money is reporting that senior national correspondent Anthony Mason will likely fill infor now. Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News, Jeff Fager, who was then chairman of CBS News, said in a statement at the time. We like to think of CBS …

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University of California to end lavish spending on dinners

May 31, 2017

The University of California has announced it will no longer pay for the meals of its governing board after a newspaper reported lavish spending on dinners. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that UC President Janet Napolitano ‘s office reimbursed regents for more than $225,000 in dinner parties since 2012, including $17,600 for a banquet held the night before the board voted to raise tuition. UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano and Napolitano said in a statement that regents …

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The Portland Heroes Who Stood Up To Hate

May 29, 2017

… Ashland, Oregon. If he knew he was going to die, he still would have done what he did, Landt said. Namkai-Meche graduated in 2016 from Portlands Reed College, where he studied economics and made a lasting impression on students and teachers. Namaki-Meches mother, Asha Deliverance, memorialized her son in a statement on Facebook. He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever, she wrote. He was resolute in his conduct and respect …

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Noose found hanging on tree outside a museum in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON –  Authorities say a noose was found hanging from a tree outside a museum in the nation’s capital. U.S. Park Police say the noose was found Friday on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum. Officials said in a statement that it’s unclear how long the noose had been there. It was found by a Smithsonian police officer. The Washington Post reports that Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton said in an email to staff that the institution is committed to being a …

May 28, 2017
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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 go at anything and just loved life. “She had her dad and her …

May 28, 2017
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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years of marriage

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are heading their separate ways. The couple, who married in May 2000 after meeting on the set of a TV pilot called Heat Vision and Jack, have decided to split after being married 17 years, Entertainment Tonight first reported. With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate, Stiller and Taylor said in a statement released to Page Six. Our priority will continue to be …

May 27, 2017
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Ben & Jerry’s Bans Same-Flavored Scoops Until Australia Passes Marriage Equality

Ben & Jerrys currently operates 26 stores across the nation, and is placing the ban on same-flavored scoops as a statement of opposition to the countrys stance on same-sex marriage, where it is currently illegal for two men or two women to wed. The ban is part of the companys push for global LGBTQ rights. We are proud to be standing alongside The Equality Campaign to continue the fight for marriage equality in Australia, Imogen Rugg, Ben & Jerrys Australia spokesperson, said in a …

May 27, 2017
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Greenpeace Shines Message For Trump On Vatican Before His Visit With The Pope

… Exxon Mobil, has advised the president to remain in the deal, according to reports from The New York Times. If Trump decides to abandon the Paris deal, he will not only harm the planet but also his own country, Andree Boehling, an energy expert at Greenpeace Germany, said in a statement. It would be ecologically and economically foolish to try and slow down the clean energy transition. People across the world are demanding action and its time to deliver. …

May 25, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. …

May 24, 2017
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Ariana Grande On British Concert Horror: ‘Broken.’

The 23-year-old star was unharmed in an attack just outside the Manchester Arena by a suspected suicide bomber. At least 22 people were killed and 50 injured in the explosion. Scooter Braun, the New York company that represents Grande, also said in statement: Our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the live of children and loved ones taken in this cowardly act. The bomb exploded just as people were …

May 23, 2017
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