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  • Parkland Suspect's Brother Arrested, Accused Of Trespassing At School news

    The younger brother of accused gunman Nikolas Cruz was arrested on Monday for

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:32:02 -0400
  • Wisconsin congressman offers McCabe a job news

    Representative Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, offers former FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe a job so that way he may receive his full pension, something that was withheld from him due to his firing.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:15:36 -0400
  • John Kelly Sure Seems Like A Jerk news

    WASHINGTON ― When John Kelly took over as President Donald Trump's chief of

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:48:06 -0400
  • Putin continues to consolidate power news

    Russian President Vladimir Putin overwhelming won an allegedly tainted reelection in a time of escalating conflict with the West.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:47:17 -0400
  • Mark Dombroski: Missing 19-year-old student found dead in Bermuda news

    A 19-year-old US student who went missing while travelling with his university rugby team in Bermuda has been confirmed dead. Police said they found the body of Mark Dombroski, a first-year student at Saint Joseph's University, at the base of a colonial-era fort on the British Island territory on Monday – one day after he was reported missing. Friends and family remembers recalled last seeing him just after midnight Sunday, at a local restaurant where revellers had gone after competing in the 2018 Ariel Re Bermuda International 7s Rugby Tournament.

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:01:00 -0400
  • Supreme Court Rejects GOP Plea To Keep Gerrymandered House Map In Pennsylvania news

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to step in and block a new

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:22:59 -0400
  • Thomas Phelan, a 9/11 Hero, Dies of Cancer Linked to Toxic Dust news

    He's credited with rescuing hundreds people on the tragic day.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:41:58 -0400
  • Pres. Trump sharpens attack on Mueller news

    White House lawyer Ty Cobb insists the President isn’t trying to get rid of Mueller, but Mr. Trump blasted the investigation on Twitter this weekend, calling it “a total witch hunt with massive conflicts of interest!”

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:03:04 -0400
  • Jim Carrey Starts Controversy With Painting That Looks Like Sarah Huckabee Sanders news

    Comedian Jim Carrey ruffled feathers Saturday when he tweeted a photo of a

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:38:47 -0400
  • India confirms 39 Indians missing in Iraq since 2014 are dead news

    By Malini Menon NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India said on Tuesday that 39 Indians, who were kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Iraq in 2014, had been confirmed dead after their bodies were found and DNA samples matched. The bodies were recovered from a mound in Badush, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was freed from the Islamic State last July. DNA tests had confirmed the bodies to be those of the construction workers who went missing from Mosul, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:43:52 -0400
  • 8 of the Most Beautiful Museum Staircases in the World

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    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400
  • Shooting At Maryland High School Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured news

    A shooting at a high school in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday left one

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:57:22 -0400
  • Trump opioid plan includes death penalty for traffickers news

    President Trump announced new steps to combat the opioid addiction epidemic on Monday, calling for tougher sentencing of drug dealers.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:58:31 -0400
  • Syria Aid Worker: 'A Motionless World' Is Watching 'Wholesale Slaughter' news

    An aid worker in the besieged Syrian region of eastern Ghouta has spoken of

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:27:25 -0400
  • Vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from airport seized for forensic tests news

    The vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from Heathrow when she arrived in the UK from Moscow has been seized by the military for forensic testing. The development suggests that detectives believe the Novichok nerve agent used to poison both the 33-year-old and her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, a fortnight ago may have been unwittingly carried over by her from Russia the previous day. Barely 24 hours later, the pair were found on a bench in the centre of Salisbury in a catatonic state. Miss Skripal was picked up from the airport on Saturday March 3 by Ross Cassidy, one of Col Skripal's closest friends, who drove her back to her father's house in Salisbury. Intelligence officers have suggested that the toxin may have been hidden in her luggage, either impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father. Mr Cassidy confirmed when contacted by The Telegraph that his pick-up truck had been seized at the concrete plant in Amesbury where he works. Ross Cassidy, a close friend of Sergei Skripal, who is understood to have picked Yulia Skripal up from Heathrow Meanwhile, police investigating the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov said they had found no evidence of forced entry into his home. The 68-year-old was found apparently strangled at his terraced house in Clarence Avenue, New Malden on March 12,  prompting fears that a new Moscow-sponsored attack had been carried out on UK soil. The former Aeroflot deputy director, a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, was granted asylum in the UK after fleeing Russia in 2006.  His death was initially treated as unexplained but four days later, following a post-mortem examination, Scotland Yard launched a murder inquiry. Mr Glushkov, who was close friends with Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was wanted over fraud allegations in his native Russia. He was also outspoken after Mr Berezovsky died in 2013, refusing to accept that his friend had taken his own life. Sergei Skripal with his daughter Yulia Credit: Social media Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into Mr Glushkov's death but have stressed that there is no evidence to link it with the attempted murder of Col Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. On Monday officers were carrying out house-to-house inquiries near his Clarence Avenue home and appealing for witnesses to come forward. Metropolitan Police Commander Clarke Jarrett said: "I would urge anybody who may have information to get in touch if they have not already done so. We will have officers in Mr Glushkov's local neighbourhood today so please come and speak to us if you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious last Sunday or Monday. "The investigation is progressing; we have taken a number of statements and have over 400 exhibits which are being processed. We have found no sign of forced entry thus far, but the forensic examination at Mr Glushkov's home continues and we expect to be there for some time. "I must stress that there is nothing we have found in our investigation so far to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury and I would like to reassure the public in New Malden that there are no wider public health concerns in relation to this investigation." Officers at the cordon near the tent covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found poisoned Credit: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls The bodies of Russian dissidents who have died in the UK are likely to be exhumed in the wake of Boris Johnson's disclosure that the Kremlin has spent a decade developing nerve agents for assassination purposes. The remains of at least two Russians who died suddenly and mysteriously are expected to be re-examined. Neither was tested for nerve agent poisoning after their deaths. Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary accused Putin's regime of breaking international law in developing Novichok for use by hit squads. Today, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will visit the defence laboratory at Porton Down to collect nerve agent samples used in the attack for independent testing. The tests are expected to last at least two weeks. Mr Johnson said the Government had proof that Novichok was being stockpiled by Russia. The Skripals remain in a critical and life threatening condition.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:21:59 -0400
  • Cirque du Soleil Star Plunges to Death During Performance news

    An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer died on Sunday after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a Tampa, Florida show.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:57:01 -0400
  • Freight Train Collision In Kentucky Sends 4 To Hospital news

    Four people were taken to a hospital after two freight trains collided and

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:03:31 -0400
  • Charles Manson cremated following brief, private funeral news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson was cremated and his ashes scattered following a brief, private funeral four months after the death of the man who gained worldwide infamy for the 1969 Los Angeles killings of actress Sharon Tate and others that he hoped would spark a race war.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:26:38 -0400
  • Supreme Court upholds Pennsylvania election map in win for Democrats news

    The twin rulings, which ensure November's midterm elections in Pennsylvania will be contested using the new boundaries, were announced just 24 hours before candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives must file petitions to secure spots on ballots. In a 5-2 vote in January along party lines, the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court ruled the Republican-controlled legislature designed the old boundaries to hurt Democratic voters, violating their constitutional rights.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:45:29 -0400
  • 6 Reasons Gun Control Will Not Solve Mass Killings news

    In the wake of the tragic murder of 17 innocent students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students, educators, politicians, and activists are searching for solutions to prevent future school shootings. Are there ways to reduce gun violence and school shootings? -“Mass shooting” typically refers to mass killings perpetrated by a firearm or firearms.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:03:00 -0400
  • Costco crook's getaway habit helped cops nab him red-handed news

    Caught in the act. Two thieves were busted right as they tried to leave a Seattle Costco with the stolen goods in their hands.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:07:48 -0400
  • Cambridge Analytica Execs Bragged Of Using Fake News, Sex To Sway Elections news

    Disturbing undercover interviews with executives from U.K.-based political

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:21:48 -0400
  • Congress Races Against Time To Avoid Yet Another Shutdown news

    Lawmakers in Washington worked feverishly into the night on Monday to finalize

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:41:17 -0400
  • Jeremy Corbyn: Russia must be given Novichok sample - and I would still do business with Putin news

    Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his demands that the Kremlin be given a sample of the Novichok agent so that it can say "categorically one way or the other" whether it ordered the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter. The Labour leader has again refused to explicitly blame Russia for the attack, insisting that while the evidence points towards Russian involvement, he wanted an “absolutely definitive answer” to where the poison came from. In an interview due to air on Radio 4 later today, Mr Corbyn added that he would still do business with Vladimir Putin despite "all fingers" pointing towards Russia being responsible for the Salisbury spy incident. It comes after Mr Corbyn last week suggested that a “mafia-like” group could have been behind the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, adding that Theresa May should not “rush way ahead of the evidence.” Mr Corbyn also appeared to distance himself from his shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who yesterday said that it was “highly likely” that the Salisbury attack was a “state execution." Russian spy poisoning | Read more Mr McDonnell’s decision to break rank on the issue comes amid growing unease within the Labour Party over Mr Corbyn’s handling of the issue, with dozens of moderate Labour MPs openly defying their leader and offering Theresa May their support. However, in an interview with the World At One, Mr Corbyn reiterated his calls for Russia to be sent samples of the nerve agent so that it can "say categorically one way or the other" whether it was complicit. "All fingers point towards Russia's involvement in this, and obviously the manufacture of the material was undertaken by the Russian state originally,” he added. "What I'm saying is the weapons were made from Russia, clearly. "I think Russia has to be held responsible for it but there has to be an absolutely definitive answer to the question where did the nerve agent come from? I asked the Russians be given a sample so that they can say categorically one way or the other." Mr Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter are still fighting for their lives after being exposed to Novichok in the Wiltshire city. Corbyn or the Russian Embassy | Who said what Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has previously said Labour agreed with Theresa May that Russia was responsible for the attack. But Mr Corbyn maintained there had to be a relationship with Russia and said he would still "do business" with President Vladimir Putin if Labour came into power. "Would I do business with Putin, sure? And I'd challenge him on human rights in Russia, challenge him on these issues and challenge him on that whole basis of that relationship," he told the BBC. On Monday, Mrs May hit back at Mr Putin's dismissal of the British Government's claim that Russia was responsible for the attack. Her comments followed strong words from Boris Johnson, who accused Russia of trying to conceal "the needle of truth in a haystack of lies" over the case - after Mr Putin dismissed the idea of Russian responsibility as "nonsense". Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary said the use of a nerve agent against the Skripals was "very deliberate". "As Ken Clarke pointed out in Parliament last week, the obvious Russian-ness of the weapon was designed to send a signal to anyone pondering dissent amid the intensifying repression of Mr Putin's Russia," he wrote. "The message is clear: we will hunt you down, we will find you and we will kill you - and though we will scornfully deny our guilt, the world will know that Russia did it." Mr Corbyn's interview will be broadcast later today.

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:46:54 -0400
  • 'Midnight Sun' Star Bella Thorne on Showing the World Who She Really Is news

    The former Disney Channel star opens up about her experiences growing up and using her platform to help others embrace their true selves.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400
  • Uber self-driving car kills Arizona pedestrian news

    Ride-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending its self-driving car program after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona. Uber has suspend use of self-driving cars it was testing or using in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco, according to the company. Uber was only using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger service in Pittsburgh and Tempe.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:52:55 -0400
  • Japan cult members could be hanged any day for subway attack news

    TOKYO (AP) — Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. But when is uncertain. Such is the secrecy that surrounds Japan's death penalty system.

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:16:25 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court allows Flint water contamination lawsuits news

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the green light to two class-action lawsuits filed by residents of Flint, Michigan who are pursing civil rights claims against local and state officials over lead contamination in the city's water supply. The high court rejected separate appeals filed by the city of Flint, Genesee County's drainage commissioner and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials. The 6th Circuit decided that the civil rights claims brought by the plaintiffs under federal law could proceed, ruling they were not precluded by a statute that sets the standards for drinking water, the Safe Drinking Water Act.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:01:31 -0400
  • Jared Kushner's Company Regularly Filed False Paperwork on New York City Housing, Report Says news

    The documents provide a window into the ethics of the business empire Jared Kushner ran

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:34:45 -0400
  • Lin Manuel Miranda And Ben Platt Join Forces For Ultimate Broadway Mashup news

    If we don't live to see their glory, at least we'll have this moving

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:05:08 -0400
  • Collector who bought Jesse James picture for just £7 on eBay told it could be worth £2 million news

    A collector has hit the jackpot after being told that an old photograph he picked up on eBay for just £7 was a genuine portrait of infamous Wild West outlaw Jesse James, worth up to £2 million. Justin Whiting, 45, bought the photograph in July 2017 and immediately tracked down Will Dunniway, a 19th century photography expert from California. He was astonished when forensic experts confirmed his picture of infamous Wild West outlaw Jesse James was genuine and could sell for six figures. Single Justin, from Spalding, Lincs., said: "Anything is possible on eBay so I kept buying the odd photograph for a few quid, like other people would buy a lottery ticket. "I noticed the picture for sale - it was ten dollars. It was a bit blurry on the site but when I got it, it was a lot clearer. "I thought to myself: 'Gee wizz, this could be a real photo!' I've been obsessed with American outlaws for years and read lots of books and study their faces. Justin Whiting's photo of Jesse James (right) and an existing picture of the outlaw at a similar age Credit: Justin Whiting / "The picture was identical to the one in my book, except it was full length. All my friends said it was the same but I knew I needed to contact experts. "I didn't dare to believe they would say it was genuine and worth at least two million." Expert Mr Dunniway confirmed the photograph was a genuine portrait of bank robber Jesse taken when the babyfaced outlaw was just 14. His report said: "The age of this image was about 1861-2 and is correct in every way to this period. "When it is compared to the much used comparison image I believe it was taken on the same day by the same photographer. "It is very evident by the face, hair cut, jacket, shirt and tie that this is the same image of Jesse James at 14 years old. One of the originals." The eBay listing from which Justin Whiting picked up an old photo  Credit: Justin Whiting / Justin then sent the 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches Victorian tintype photograph to Los Angeles forensic expert Kent Gibson who has verified evidence for the FBI. Mr Gibson confirmed the image was authentic and said: "All power to Justin. An authentic photograph of outlaw Billy the Kid sold for $5million in 2015 so the sky's the limit. "Jesse James is a very famous outlaw so this is obviously a valuable image." Justin, who has been out of work since 2003 due to back problems, has already been in touch with posh London auction house Christie's and is looking forward to spending his windfall. He said: "I'm definitely selling it. I'll be able to buy my own house and my own car. I can't wait. Good things do happen sometimes." Jesse may have robbed a few banks in his time, but Justin isn't taking any chances with his haul. He said: "I'm being super careful. That photograph is the most valuable thing I've ever had in my possession. It's staying in my friend's safe for now."

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:28:53 -0400
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    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
  • Saudi Crown Prince Must Answer For Atrocities In Yemen news

    Saudi Arabia's much-discussed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is coming to

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:22:14 -0400
  • The Latest: German, Polish leaders back UK after poisoning news

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:34:26 -0400
  • 27 Easy Pasta Recipes That Don't Use Sauce From A Jar, Because You Deserve Better news

    You want to make dinner with your eyes closed and both hands tied behind your

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:45:33 -0400
  • The Latest: Bermuda police say body found near fort news

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The Latest on the American student reported missing in Bermuda (all times local):

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:25:23 -0400
  • U.S. high court skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers news

    By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled sympathy toward Christian-based facilities that argued that a California law requiring them to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech. Several of the justices on a court that has a 5-4 conservative majority expressed concerns that the law was fashioned in order to specifically target the centers, which are staunchly opposed to abortion. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito said that even if the law is neutral on its face, it contains so many exemptions that it appears to target only those with anti-abortion views.

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:56:48 -0400
  • Kushner, Manafort were primary players in hiring Cambridge Analytica for Trump campaign news

    Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Brad Parsquale were involved in hiring the British-based political data firm, which improperly accessed personal data from Facebook users. NBC’s Anna Schecter reports.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:48:21 -0400
  • Zimbabwe's president threatens to prosecute forex culprits news

    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday named hundreds of mines, Chinese businesses and individuals who had illegally transferred foreign currency abroad during Robert Mugabe's rule and warned they would be prosecuted. The announcement came after the expiry of a three month amnesty for the return of funds including export proceeds, payments for phantom imports and "funds transferred to foreign banks in cash or under spurious circumstances". Authorities say Zimbabwe lost at least $1.4 billion (1.1 billion euros) in revenue as a result.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:07:49 -0400
  • Massive volcano described in apocalyptic poem ushered in Christianity for Iceland's Vikings news

    A massive volcanic eruption helped convert Iceland's Vikings to Christianity more than a thousand years ago, according to new research. Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in a medieval poem, were used to drive the island's conversion to Christianity, suggests the study. A team of scientists and historians, led by Cambridge University researchers, has used information contained within ice cores and tree rings to accurately date the massive eruption, which took place soon after the island was first settled. Having dated the eruption, the researchers found that Iceland's most celebrated medieval poem, which describes the end of the pagan gods and the coming of a new, singular god, describes the eruption and uses memories of it to stimulate the Christianisation of Iceland. The eruption of the Eldgjá in the 10th Century is known as a lava flood: a rare type of prolonged volcanic eruption in which huge flows of lava engulf the landscape, accompanied by a haze of sulphurous gases. Iceland specialises in this type of eruption - the last example occurred in 2015, and it affected air quality hundreds of miles away in Ireland. An Icelandic lava flow Credit: Telegraph The Eldgjá lava flood affected southern Iceland within a century of the island's settlement by Vikings and Celts around 874. But until now the date of the eruption has been uncertain, hindering investigation of its likely impacts. Scientists say it was a "colossal" event with around 20 cubic kilometres of lava erupted - enough to cover all of England up to the ankles. The Cambridge-led team pinpointed the date of the eruption using ice core records from Greenland that preserve the volcanic fallout from Eldgjá. Using the clues contained within the ice cores, they found that the eruption began around the spring of 939 and continued at least through the autumn of 940. At a glance | Deadliest volcanic eruptions Study first author Dr Clive Oppenheimer, of Cambridge's Department of Geography, said: "This places the eruption squarely within the experience of the first two or three generations of Iceland's settlers. "Some of the first wave of migrants to Iceland, brought over as children, may well have witnessed the eruption." Once they had a date for the eruption, the team then investigated its consequences. First, a haze of sulphurous dust spread across Europe, recorded as sightings of an exceptionally blood-red and weakened Sun in Irish, German and Italian chronicles from the same period.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:01:00 -0400
  • Students return to Miami school where bridge collapse killed six news

    Students returned to Florida International University on Monday for their first day of classes since a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed last week and killed six people including a student at the school. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management, which installed the $14.2 million bridge.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:05:41 -0400
  • Perris torture case: Turpin siblings enjoying newfound freedom news

    The siblings rescued from their Perris home where their parents allegedly held them captive are enjoying their newfound freedom.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:32:36 -0400
  • Kris Kobach Really, Really Did Not Want You To See This Deposition. Read It Here. news

    The morning after Donald Trump was elected President, Kansas Secretary of

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:15:48 -0400
  • Xi Jinping says China willing to fight 'bloody battle' to regain rightful place in the world, in blistering nationalist speech news

    President Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalist speech Tuesday, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the country's readiness to fight "the bloody battle" to regain its rightful place in the world. Mr Xi, who is set to rule China for life having scrapped presidential term limits, lauded his vision of the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.  He sent strong warnings to Taiwan and Hong Kong, self-governed regions that the Communist Party of China (CPC) seeks to unify politically with the mainland, saying that any efforts made towards their independence would be “doomed”. In front of around 3,000 CPC delegates in the Great Hall next to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Mr Xi declared: "The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent, we have the spirit of fighting the bloody battle against our enemies to the bitter end.” He said that China, which has been building military facilities in disputed territory in the South China Sea and has established military bases on recognised foreign soil since Mr Xi came to power in 2012, would not seek expansion. "Only those who are accustomed to threatening others will see everyone as a threat," he said. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People on March 20 Credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images As state media TV cameras honed in on delegates from Taiwan the President added: “All acts and tricks to separate the country are doomed to fail and will be condemned by the people and punished by history.”  Achieving “total unity”, he said, was the “collective hope of all Chinese people.” The US does not recognise Taiwan as a separate country, in line with Beijing’s wishes. However, last week US President Donald Trump riled the Chinese government by signing an agreement with Taiwan allowing US ships to move into Taiwanese waters. China is overseeing a massive global trade infrastructure initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road, drawing interest from nations participating in the investment but also criticism from others fearing that it mainly serves Beijing's interests. China propaganda puff The Chinese leader's plan to build a "world-class" military by mid-century has also raised concerns about how it plans to use its increasingly modern forces amid regional frictions over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The highly-choreographed NPC, which takes place annually, saw the rubber stamping of Mr Xi’s second presidential term as well as the abolition of his two-term limit.  Many Chinese online commentators suggested that by pushing through the latter motion he was turning himself into an emperor-like figure, while others compared him to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Critical comments were, however, largely deleted by the government’s army of censors. A major restructuring of the Chinese government was also announced during the NPC, which began on March 5. The move will see banking and insurance bodies merged and the formation of new ministries, such as those for immigration and the environment. High-ranking government personnel changes were confirmed too. Wang Qishan, formerly in charge of the government’s corruption investigations department, was elevated to the position of Mr Xi’s vice president.  Yi Gang was named governor of China’s central bank: a promotion from his position of vice governor.

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:46:48 -0400
  • Teen girl home, man in custody after both located in Mexico news

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania teenager who was missing for almost two weeks along with the 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents' permission was returned home and the man was in custody after the two were found in Mexico, authorities said.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:23:53 -0400
  • Saudi Arabia Has Become a Geopolitical Loose Cannon news

    Its relationship with the KSA is embarrassing, counterproductive and unnecessary. Saudi Arabia’s thirty-two-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is touring the West seeking to buy arms and encourage investment. The de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, known as MbS, has been busy wreaking havoc internationally, punishing political enemies domestically, loosening social controls at home, and burnishing his image abroad.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:51:00 -0400
  • Ford Ranger Raptor Dissected: Engine, Styling, Chassis, and More! news

    Ford subjects its upcoming Ranger to the Raptor regimen.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:17:00 -0400
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    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400
  • What the world is saying about Putin's re-election news

    China was the first world power to react Monday to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's re-election, vowing to push ties to a "higher level", but Germany questioned the fairness of the vote and warned that Moscow would remain "difficult". "Currently, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is at the best level in history, which sets an example for building a new type of international relations," Xi said in a message to Putin. "We expect Russia to address the violations and shortcomings," an EU statement said.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:17:55 -0400
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