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Varadkar: EU must be open to new UK Brexit proposals Varadkar: EU must be open to new UK Brexit proposals
- April 04, 2019

Mr Macron said that credible justifications for an Article 50 extension for the United Kingdom could include an election, second referendum or alternative proposals for the future relationship, such as a customs union. The EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Tuesday that the EU was working with Ireland "on a unilateral basis in the event of no deal, to know where we can do these checks", but refused to elaborate further. (more...)
Stephen Colbert absolutely destroys Trump's threat to close the border with Mexico Stephen Colbert absolutely destroys Trump's threat to close the border with Mexico
- April 04, 2019

Not only do parts come into the USA from Mexico, but 37 per cent of United States parts are exported to Mexico, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labour and economics at the Centre for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (more...)
Whistleblower says White House overturned 25 denied security clearances Whistleblower says White House overturned 25 denied security clearances
- April 03, 2019

According to the memo , Newbold and a first-line adjudicator denied "Official 1" security clearance after a background investigation revealed "significant disqualifying factors, including foreign influence, outside activities ('employment outside or businesses external to what your position at the EOP [Executive Office of the President] entails'), and personal conduct". (more...)
House judiciary panel will OK subpoena for Mueller report, chairman says House judiciary panel will OK subpoena for Mueller report, chairman says
- April 03, 2019

The Judiciary Committee also plans to sign off on subpoenas for documents from five current and former Trump administration officials: House Counsel Don McGahn, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former communications director Hope Hicks, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former White House aide Ann Donaldson. (more...)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visits Ireland to Discuss Reform Pledge Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visits Ireland to Discuss Reform Pledge
- April 03, 2019

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post , Zuckerberg said governments and regulators, rather than private companies like Facebook, should be more active in policing the Internet. "We know there's dark money on many advertising campaigns on Facebook, on our social media, pushing that outcome at the moment", Lawless said. They discussed the regulation of social media, transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people and vulnerable adults. (more...)
European Union can not be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis: French President Macron European Union can not be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis: French President Macron
- April 03, 2019

He was speaking at a news conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris . Mr Varadkar said although Brexit would be the main topic of conversation, the European Union should not let itself be consumed by the issue. (more...)
Administration officials pull back Trump border threat Administration officials pull back Trump border threat
- April 03, 2019

Officials said facilities for handling the migrants - who for the moment can not be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum - are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions. "We're going to have a strong border or we're going to have a closed border", he told reporters as he met NATO's secretary general. "They say they're going to stop them". (more...)
Judge Blocks Trump's Small-Business Health Insurance Plan Judge Blocks Trump's Small-Business Health Insurance Plan
- April 02, 2019

A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the entire law was unconstitutional due to its insurance mandate, since Congress and the president already reduced the penalty for failure to get insurance to zero. "That's Trump's health insurance plan", he added. Sisters and Tea Party members of Atlanta, Georgia, Judy Burel (L) and Janis Haddon (R), protest the Obamacare in front of the U.S. (more...)
Connecticut Woman Accuses Joe Biden of Inappropriate Touching in 2009 Connecticut Woman Accuses Joe Biden of Inappropriate Touching in 2009
- April 02, 2019

Several former senior aides to Biden quickly took to social media to defend their former boss as a staunch advocate for women's rights who had never behaved inappropriately in their presence. I felt... I felt powerless. "He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best". "My brain couldn't process what was happening". (more...)
President Trump urges Congress to fix loopholes in immigration system President Trump urges Congress to fix loopholes in immigration system
- April 02, 2019

Meanwhile, the Trump administration said Monday as many as 2,000 USA inspectors who screen cargo and vehicles at ports of entry along the Mexican border may be reassigned to help handle the surge of migrants. Last week, CBP confirmed they have already taken 12,000 illegal immigrants into custody. This weekend, Customs and Border Protection officials moved the migrants, but acknowledged that it's having trouble handling the influx of migrants across the Texas , Arizona, and New Mexico ... (more...)
Whistleblower reveals ´grave breaches´ in White House security clearances Whistleblower reveals ´grave breaches´ in White House security clearances
- April 02, 2019

Cummings said Newbold, a manager in the White House personnel security office, said she was targeted for retaliation after declining to approve applications based on national security protocols. She stated: 'I'm terrified of going back. Newbold laid out her experience in the White House during a March 23 interview with bipartisan committee staff. (more...)
'Pitch up, pitch up!' pilot said before Ethiopian Airlines crash 'Pitch up, pitch up!' pilot said before Ethiopian Airlines crash
- April 02, 2019

A source with knowledge of the investigation has said an anti-stalling system, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), was activated shortly before the crash. Boeing designed the MCAS system, which lowers the aircraft's nose if it detects a stall or loss of airspeed . The suit accuses the aircraft manufacturer of designing a defective system . (more...)
Brexit in disarray: May under pressure to go for soft Brexit Brexit in disarray: May under pressure to go for soft Brexit
- April 02, 2019

EU27 leaders have granted Britain an extension to the article 50 deadline to 12 April, but if May wants to avoid no deal she will have to request a longer extension at an emergency European Union summit next week. The customs union allows businesses to move goods around the EU without checks or charges. The Times newspaper said May had been warned by some senior ministers that she faced resignations if she agreed to pursue a softer Brexit. (more...)
Samantha Josephson: Moment student gets into auto she thought was Uber Samantha Josephson: Moment student gets into auto she thought was Uber
- April 02, 2019

Friday until her body was dumped in woods off a dirt road in Clarendon County about 65 miles (105 kilometers) away. Josephson's blood and cellphone were found in Rowland's auto the next night when he was arrested two blocks away from Five Points, authorities said. (more...)
At least six UK Brexiteer ministers to resign if PM backs no At least six UK Brexiteer ministers to resign if PM backs no
- April 01, 2019

Speculation about a possible snap election has reportedly increased following May's three failed attempts to get parliament to back the Brexit deal she agreed with other European Union leaders. The federal government is warning Canadians in the U.K.to " exercise a high degree of caution " as Brexit protests intensify in London after a third "no deal" vote. (more...)
UK Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit agreement UK Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit agreement
- April 01, 2019

On Wednesday, UK parliamentarians voted against eight alternative Brexit options including leaving without a deal, holding a second Brexit referendum and abandoning the withdrawal plans. May is to hold further discussions with her cabinet over the weekend, amid reports that an immediate meeting held in Downing Street after the defeat was dominated by ministers insisting that May oppose a soft Brexit and prepare for a no-deal Brexit outcome. (more...)
Palestinians mass at Gaza border to mark protest anniversary Palestinians mass at Gaza border to mark protest anniversary
- April 01, 2019

Thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations near the Israeli border fence, marking the first anniversary of weekly protests in Gaza. Egyptian and worldwide mediators fear that if Hamas fails to restrain the anniversary protests, violence could escalate into a major conflagration between the bitter enemies. (more...)
Saudi women activists detail torture, sexual abuse at court hearing Saudi women activists detail torture, sexual abuse at court hearing
- March 31, 2019

At least one of the women tried to commit suicide following her alleged mistreatment, a close relative said. "The top adviser of the prince was threatening to rape my sister, kill her, cut her body into pieces", Walid al-Hathloul, Loujain's brother, told CNN. (more...)
Lawmakers introduce bill to admit Puerto Rico as 51st State
- March 31, 2019

The President responded Thursday afternoon by declaring that he had personally saved the island from ruination after Hurricane Maria in 2017. According to Puerto Rican officials, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, along with other senior officials, all but threatened the island's representatives during the meeting. (more...)
Landmarks turn off the lights for Earth Hour campaign Landmarks turn off the lights for Earth Hour campaign
- March 31, 2019

WWF encouraged more than two million people to shut their lights off and stand up to climate change. The world's biggest landmarks - such as the Sydney Opera House , Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Carnaby Street, Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh Castle - switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment. (more...)
Report Finds Flight Control Feature Activated Before Fatal Plane Crash In Ethiopia Report Finds Flight Control Feature Activated Before Fatal Plane Crash In Ethiopia
- March 30, 2019

Together, the two crashes have claimed 346 lives. Investigators probing the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max in Ethiopia have reached a preliminary conclusion that a suspect anti-stall system activated shortly before it nose-dived to the ground, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Friday citing people familiar with the matter. (more...)
Maltese armed forces take control of ship hijacked by migrants Maltese armed forces take control of ship hijacked by migrants
- March 30, 2019

Salvini said weather conditions were not good and it was too early to tell if the ship was being directed toward Malta or Italy's Lampedusa island. "They are pirates", Salvini said in Italian in a Facebook post on Wednesday. The tanker was about 30 nautical miles (55.5km) from Malta when the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) established communications with the captain. (more...)
Trump threatens to close USA border with Mexico next week Trump threatens to close USA border with Mexico next week
- March 30, 2019

Trump praised USA border officials for catching illegal immigrants at the border but acknowledged that border enforcement had "run out of space" to detain them all. President Trump tweets a threat to close the southern border as CBP warns the crisis has reached a 'breaking point'. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry this month, more than half of them families with children. (more...)
Trump says investigation abused him, led to 'evil things' Trump says investigation abused him, led to 'evil things'
- March 30, 2019

Trump pledged new investigations but did not specify who would conduct them or who should be targeted. "Your March 24 letter concerning special counsel Robert Mueller's report leaves open many questions concerning the conduct of the president and his closest advisers, as well as the Russian government during the 2016 elections", they wrote. (more...)
Trump tells Russian Federation to 'get out' of Venezuela Trump tells Russian Federation to 'get out' of Venezuela
- March 29, 2019

Ireland has also confirmed its support for Mr Guaido . In January, Guaido invoked the constitution to assume Venezuela's interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. Most South American and Western nations have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader, while Maduro calls Guaido a puppet of the United States attempting to oust him in a coup. (more...)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to face questions over budget cuts Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to face questions over budget cuts
- March 29, 2019

The proposed elimination of $17.6 million in Special Olympics funding is part of $7 billion in education cuts outlined by the Department of Education, with numerous proposed cuts targeting services for students with disabilities . "Do you know how many kids are going to be affected by that cut?" -Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.)"The Trump administration seems to have no problem spending taxpayer money on the president's regular trips to golf and fly to Florida for weekends", wrote Pocan to ... (more...)
Trump says some ‘very innocent people’ targeted in Mueller investigation Trump says some ‘very innocent people’ targeted in Mueller investigation
- March 29, 2019

President Donald Trump has led the chorus against Rep. Schiff, who has always been a vocal critic of the president and is leading investigations into the administration and the Trump campaign on the back of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. (more...)
Australia hit with second `severe` cylcone in two days Australia hit with second `severe` cylcone in two days
- March 28, 2019

Mining giant BHP said in a statement Monday that Western Australia's Department of Fire and Emergency Services has lifted the Red Alert for Port Hedland. Significant river rises are expected with some areas getting 500mm of rain over the next few days. Western Australia's iron ore exporting Port Hedland and Port Dampier remained closed Monday after suspending operations on Friday due to an approaching cyclone, Pilbara Ports Authority said. (more...)
Saudi Arabia denounces USA recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory Saudi Arabia denounces USA recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory
- March 28, 2019

U.S. major allies, such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom, have similarly refused to back the US U-turn on the Golan , which runs against the UN Security Council resolutions. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Executive Committee, called it an "assault on worldwide law". As rockets were being launched deep into central Israel by the terror group Hamas in Gaza, the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel's security was on full display. (more...)
Indian ASAT a responsible deterrent, say experts Indian ASAT a responsible deterrent, say experts
- March 28, 2019

This establishes India as a space superpower , after having successfully taken the rocket down in just 3 minutes. The PM then told the nation how India joins China , Russia and the USA as the fourth nation that has successful utilized the technology. (more...)
Netanyahu on US Support for Israel: 'It's Not about the Benjamins' Netanyahu on US Support for Israel: 'It's Not about the Benjamins'
- March 28, 2019

Omar, a vocal supporter of sanctions against Israel, responded later in the day by telling reporters on Capitol Hill that the BDS movement was an exercise of free speech . "It is imperative that Israel maintain its qualitative military edge, and America must ensure that it always does", Mrs. Pelosi said. '@ IlhanMN & I fight for equality & justice for all. (more...)
Mueller Report: Breakdown and Reaction Mueller Report: Breakdown and Reaction
- March 27, 2019

That included passage by the Republican-led Senate, in which 12 GOP senators - almost 1 of every 4 - joined Democrats in blocking him. Barr released a four-page summary of the Mueller report to Congress on Sunday that said Mueller's investigation did not find any evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election. (more...)
Lawyer Michael Avenatti charged Lawyer Michael Avenatti charged
- March 26, 2019

He was later arrested . The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the alleged co-conspirator in the alleged Michael Avenatti fraud scheme is CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos , who is also Jussie Smollett's lawyer. Avenatti also offered to accept a $22.5 million payment for his silence, prosecutors said. Three weeks ago, a former lawyer from Avenatti's Eagan firm accused him of defrauding a bankruptcy court by hiding millions of dollars . (more...)
Israel starts striking Hamas targets throughout Gaza in response to rocket attack Israel starts striking Hamas targets throughout Gaza in response to rocket attack
- March 26, 2019

And on Saturday, the Israeli army launched two separate air strikes against groups of Palestinians in Gaza who had allegedly flown balloons rigged with explosives into Israel. It isn't only the areas in Israel adjacent to Gaza for which precautions are being taken. Hamas has been leading weekly protests along the Israeli border for the past year in hopes of easing the blockade, but the demonstrations have done little to improve conditions. (more...)
Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead
- March 26, 2019

Police with the State of Connecticut Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the death, which does not appear suspicious, according to the statement. Richman founded the Avielle Foundation in memory of his daughter, a foundation that sought to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement and education. (more...)
Mueller offers no answer on whether Trump obstructed justice
- March 26, 2019

Mueller on Friday released his report to Trump-appointed Attorney General William P. Barr, who on Sunday summarized for the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mueller's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to influence the 2016 USA presidential election. (more...)
Collusion vs. Obstruction: Did the Mueller Report Really Exonerate Trump? Collusion vs. Obstruction: Did the Mueller Report Really Exonerate Trump?
- March 26, 2019

However, the attorney general says this does not amount to an offence. Mr. Barr delivered a summary of Mr. Mueller's findings to Congress on Sunday that found no collusion between President Trump's team and Russian meddlers in the 2016 campaign. (more...)
American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max-related flight cancellations following deadly crashes American Airlines extends Boeing 737 Max-related flight cancellations following deadly crashes
- March 25, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN on Saturday that the simulator the pilots trained on can not replicate the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a new automated feature on the 737 Max 8 planes that crash investigators are scrutinising. (more...)
Death of second Parkland student being investigated, police say Death of second Parkland student being investigated, police say
- March 25, 2019

She graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, one month after the devastating shooting that killed 17 students and staff and shook the nation. Her funeral took place Friday. "Killing yourself is not the answer". "Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time", Pollack continued. It's important to look out for warning signs, says Jackie Rosen, who founded Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention after her own son killed himself 31 years ago. (more...)
Cruise ship off Norway evacuated due to strong winds, engine trouble Cruise ship off Norway evacuated due to strong winds, engine trouble
- March 24, 2019

They said rescue attempts for the cruise ship were delayed as a effect, but all passengers and crew were deemed safe. The Viking Sky , a luxury vessel carrying 1,300 passengers and crew members, signaled for help after it was hit with the engine problems and began migrating landward, The Associated Press reported, citing the Norwegian newspaper VG. (more...)