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Syria fighting eases as safe zones plan begins: monitor


Fighting subsided in Syria on May 6 after a deal signed by government backers Russian Federation and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey to create four "de-escalation zones" began to take effect. Syrian opposition activists are reporting that government shelling of a suburb of the capital Damascus has killed four insurgents and wounded one child south of the country. Read More »

Democratic candidate for governor urges impeachment of Trump

Betfair was also offering odds of 12/5 percent that Trump would leave office this year, implying a 27 percent chance that he would depart. Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge added that Ladbrokes had taken close to 50,000 pounds on various wagers over Trump's future, including whether he would be impeached and the year he might be replaced. Read More »

New York craft brewers invited to compete head-to-head


There are 321 microbreweries, farm breweries and restaurant breweries in NY state. "But this buzz is about more than just the alcohol - it's about the vibes and the flavors". The rule covers beer, the office said, but it won't say if it's investigating. "It's just a great fit". Southern Tier Brewing is one of the biggest craft breweries in the state, and works with Victory Brewing Co. Read More »

Chelsea Manning fires off her first tweet as a free woman


Manning was persecuted for her decision to leak classified data documenting the military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan-data she believed illustrated the "true cost of war". Even more heartening is Manning's overjoyed sentiment to see her loved ones. He also said that Manning "wouldn't be charged again for the same offenses, but if she committed a new crime, the military would still have jurisdiction over her". Read More »

EU lawmakers seek action over rights, rule of law in Hungary


In response to the resolution, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's minister for foreign affairs and trade, said that "European institutions are clearly unable to accept the fact that despite the application of worldwide pressure, the government of Hungary is continuing to practice a migration policy that is exclusively aimed at ensuring the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people", referring to the parliament's call for a repeal of laws tightening rules against asylum seekers. Read More »

Ohio high school students get pepper-sprayed for class


While some of the kids handled the spray well, others screamed in agony. Each of the students who participated had to get their parents to sign-off on a waiver. "The intent of the training is to help the students gain an industry recognized credential in the law and public safety course curriculum that is offered by the Ohio Department of Education", Superintendent Patti Cleary said in a statement. Read More »

Trump threatens to cancel all future news briefings

Trump has frequently attacked the press during his four months in office, from cracks about "fake media" to threats to change libel laws, but this appears to be the first time he has gone so far as to threaten to do away with briefings altogether. Read More »

Britain to investigate use of personal data in political campaigns


A formal investigation into the political use of private data has been opened by the Information Commissioner. The ICO, which is responsible for regulating how companies use such information, said it would examine practices deployed during campaigning for last year's European Union referendum and potentially other campaigns. Read More »

Gillian Troughton loses county council seat ahead of general election

The Tories also retained Essex, Hampshire and Dorset , while Wrexham and Flintshire councils remain without overall control. The Liberal Democrats performance has been mixed. UKIP and Labour have been erased from Bucks County Council in an election day cull which has seen some notable local faces lose their seat. Conservatives won the West of England metro mayor contest, while Labour claimed the mayoralties in Greater Manchester, won in the first round of voting by former cabinet ... Read More »

Tehran mayor quits race for Iran presidency


Eshaq Jahangiri, senior vice president under Rouhani, dropped out , leaving just four candidates in the race ahead of Friday's vote. The election will be held Friday. Hard-liners in the USA benefit when Iranian hard-liners are ascendant, and that is bad for both of our countries. He was very active in foreign affairs, vigorously defending Iran's nuclear program against the West criticism and propagating anti-Zionist opinion. Read More »

NYC Music Teacher Arrested For Alleged Sex Trafficking Of Minors


Sohngen, who is originally from Germany, was arrested on Tuesday by Homeland Security Investigations agents and NYPD officers. Cops arrested the married father of two at his Queens home Tuesday morning on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, sex trafficking of minors, attempted sex trafficking of minors as well as attempted inducement of minors to engage in sexual activity. Read More »

Mishra attacked by 'AAP volunteer'

Axed Delhi minister Kapil Mishra's complaints of corruption against Delhi government functionaries will be "examined and verified", the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said today. Earlier, Mishra had accused the BJP of shielding Dikshit and now he claims that AAP is also doing the same thing. DCP (north) Jatin Narwal said, "He told police that he quit his job to work for AAP". Read More »

Nikki Haley Tells Countries to Choose Between U.S., North Korea

North Korea began training electronic warfare soldiers well before the internet era, according to defectors and South Korean officials. They're intimidating the entire worldwide community. The North defends its weapons programs as necessary to counter US hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States . A senior Defense Ministry official confirmed that it is hard for Japan's current missile defense system, which relies on technologies such as the Patriot Advanced ... Read More »

Donald Trump Warns Sacked FBI Chief Not To 'Leak' Conversations


In the interview with NBC, Trump on Thursday repeated his claim in his letter to Comey that the FBI director had told him on three occasions that Trump himself was not under investigation. Briefly during the presidential transition, Trump aides had discussed moving press out of the briefing room. Lee, who was on Trump's list of potential replacements for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, also said recording conversations in the White House is "not necessarily the best idea". Read More »

Syrian government denies U.S. claim of crematorium at prison


Syria's Foreign Ministry denied on Tuesday a recent USA report that the Syrian authorities are using crematorium to hide mass killing in a military prison near capital Damascus. A satellite view of Sednaya prison complex near Damascus, Syria is seen in a still image from a video briefing provided by the U.S. State Department on May 15, 2017. Read More »

1 of 2 slain doctors texted friend: 'Gunman in the house'


When authorities arrived, they encountered the suspect, Bampumim Teixeira , in the hallway. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters Friday night that they believed "clearly, the victims here and the individual, the suspect, knew each other". Read More »

British island's beaches littered with 37 million pieces of plastic


It would seem that a remote, uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean would be a pristine environment without any sign of human damage, but scientists have found that it's covered in our trash. She and six others stayed on the island for 3½ months in 2015 while conducting the study. Lavers said she noticed green toy soldiers that looked identical to those her brother played with as a child in the early 1980s, as well as red motels from the Monopoly board game. Read More »

Chibok Girls' Release: PPA Chieftain Hails Buhari, Others


Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of April 14, 2014, and kidnapped 276 girls. The BBOG conveners, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, in a statement , reminded the government that 113 girls are still in captivity. The girls, who wore headscarves, were driven through Abuja to the hospital in a military convoy. Read More »

Chelsea Manning leaves military prison

Manning - known then as Bradley Manning - was sentenced to 35 years in prison on 20 counts, including violations of the Espionage Act. Manning was convicted of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, an worldwide organization that publishes such information from anonymous sources, while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq . Read More »

Notorious Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies in United Kingdom hospital

A combination of handout pictures created in London shows undated police handout photographs released by Greater Manchester Police of "Moors murderers" Ian Brady and Myra Hindley . He said: "Good riddance that he's gone, I don't drink but I will have a pint". "We couldn't even play in the street unless somebody's mum could see us from the window". Read More »

Colorado man to be freed early now in immigration custody

Here's what went down at the prison, according to Colorado Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn: The prison ran a check for Lima-Marin's name through a database that flagged something called an ICE detainer. He was released, improperly, in 2008. "We can't imagine the emotional roller coast this family has endured". "Everyone is completely devastated", his Denver-based attorney, Kimberly Diego, said. Read More »

United States democracy 'under assault by Donald Trump' after James Comey firing

Trump tweeted. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander". "The president's actions also risk undermining the ongoing criminal and counterintelligence investigations and the independence of federal law enforcement agencies". Read More »

Africa should support Belt and Road Initiative

Ms Lagarde chose an ancient Chinese proverb, "One chopstick is easy to bend; a bundle of chopsticks are hard to break", to highlight the importance of financial cooperation in Asian development. Never mind the "Belt and Road" cash, what about China's growing clout? The TPP, touted by the previous USA administration of President Barack Obama, has effectively been killed by Trump, who has withdrawn US support. Read More »

JAKE TAPPER: Trump's wounds are 'self-inflicted'


The concern, US officials told CNN in late March, was that publishing certain information, including a city where some of the intelligence was collected, could tip off adversaries about the sources and methods used to gather the intelligence. Read More »

BC elects a minority Liberal government

The Liberals lost the riding by nine votes and could still win it in a recount or with the absentee ballots that will start to be counted May 22. But asked whether he believes his party's priorities more closely align with the NDP than Liberals, Weaver dodged the question, noting that he has meetings planned with the leaders of both parties. Read More »