Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. Just…

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the White House defends President Donald Trump’s phone call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum victory that grants him largely unchecked powers, retired Marine Gen. John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader — and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. “But,” he cautioned, “my hope would be that there is a second phone call,…

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Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea

April 19, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump said Tuesday ‘you always have to be concerned’ when he was asked how worried Americans should be about the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. “Look, you always have to be concerned,” Trump told CNN affiliate WTMJ in Wisconsin. “You don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with. I had a great great meeting with the president of China and that meeting tells me a lot and…

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Trump draws on populist campaign roots as 100th day nears

April 19, 2017

Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN)“America First, you better believe it. It’s time. It’s time, right?” Nearing the 100-day mark of his presidency, President Donald Trump posed this question to a roomful of manufacturing employees and technical students here Tuesday as he promoted a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order and flashed the populist persona that helped make him the first Republican to win this state in three decades. He pilloried the World…

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Oversight Dem blasts Trump family disclosures, wants Prince to testify

April 19, 2017

(CNN)A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee blasted the family of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the approval in China of patents for Ivanka Trump set a new bar for ethical conflicts. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Trump offers something else that’s even more outrageous and even more troubling,” said Rep. John Sarbanes in an interview with CNN. “They set a new standard of…

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Trump to push ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy at Wisconsin visit

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” rhetoric of his campaign. The order looks to bolster protections for certain American-made goods and calls for a review of the H-1B visa program for skilled workers, with the goal of reforming the program, senior administration officials said. Trump will sign the executive order during a trip Tuesday to…

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport.

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Sen. Ben Cardin: We don’t know if Trump knows what his North Korea policy is

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee on Monday implored President Donald Trump to prove he has an effective policy in mind on North Korea. “The Trump administration has not presented to the Congress a coherent policy in regards to North Korea,” Cardin said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Over the weekend, North Korea trotted out a slew of missiles in a parade before firing one off,…

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Immigration arrests rise in first months of Trump administration

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The number of undocumented immigrant arrests rose by roughly one-third in the first weeks of the Trump administration, largely driven by an increase in the number of non-criminals arrested. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement removal authorities made 21,362 arrests from January 20 to March 13 of this year, including 5,441 non-criminals, according to statistics provided to CNN and first requested by The Washington Post. While the arrests by ICE under…

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide…

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Bahia Shehab: 1,000 ways to say no in Arabic

April 18, 2017

(CNN)In 2011, when the revolution swept through Egypt, Bahia Shehab stood on the streets of Cairo with a spray-can in her hand determined to deliver one message: No. A thousand times no. No to military rule. No to violence. No to dictatorship. And no to beating women. On walls across Cairo she spray painted a series of quotes objecting Egyptian authorities.

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)Turkish citizens who did not want to give more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a very hard Monday. There was quiet discontent in Ankara, as if its pockets of opposition had been zipped tight. Duysen Talas, a 28-year-old born in the capital, Ankara, was slouched over in a chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition party Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters. Talas, like many of the country’s 24…

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Trump Is Willing to Consider a Sudden Strike on North Korea

April 18, 2017

In the wake of North Korea’s failed medium-range airstrikes in Syria, for unannounced military action. He added that the North Korean leader’s unpredictability complicated U.S. strategy. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, made the case for global action on the issue, including enlisting North Korean neighbor China, given the “brutality” of Kim’s regime. “This is someone who has demonstrated his brutality by murdering his own brother, by murdering others in his…

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Sarah Paulson is itching for a ‘Feud’ of her own after playing Geraldine Page

April 17, 2017

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de HavillandImage: fx When you take two of todays most admired actresses and cast them in brief but crucial roles as surprise two of the most admired actresses of their respective generations, what do you get? Two of Feud‘s most inspired more-than-cameos from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sarah Paulson, natch. Zeta-Jones tells Mashable she had enormous respect for British actress Olivia de Havilland, one of the most…

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‘Diablo 3’s Necromancer class introduces the best companion ever: The Flesh Golem

April 17, 2017

The upcoming Necromancer class is so metal. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls‘ will soon debut a new Necromancer class and two brand new zones, and they are everything that Diablo 3 should always have been. This new content, that’s currently only available in a closed beta, will release as two sets of DLC at an unannounced date. There’ll be two free new zones within Act II of the game, and…

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President Trump is spending some hefty coin on travel these days

April 17, 2017

He's leaving on a jet plane, don't know when he'll be back again…Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Where is President Donald Trump this weekend? SEE ALSO: EPA mistakenly tells the truth about Trump’s climate plans If you said his Mar-a-Lago estate, there’s a 54 percent chance you’re right and the Center For American Progress (CAP) is keeping track of all kinds of numbers related to Trump’s frequent Florida fly-away weekends. @BarackObama, the habitual…

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20 cherry blossom items to indulge in if you’re ready for spring

April 17, 2017

Sunshine. Warm weather. Flowers. Bees. Allergies. All of these things arrive with a little thing called spring. Much of the country has been suffering through the snow and cold, but it’s almost all over. There are many ways we can start preparing for spring, and one of the ways is to fully, shamelessly, immerse ourselves in everything cherry blossom. The cute flower has become synonymous with springtime, as thousands of…

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How ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines is keeping up with Kim Kardashian

April 17, 2017

Image: mashable composite. hgtv. kimkardashian/instagram. When Joanna Gaines wore a choker on Fixer Upper, I knew the transformation was complete. You can buy a mug on Etsy for $15 imploring you, “In a world full of Kardashians, be a Joanna Gaines.” But Kim and Jo’s lives in Calabasas and Waco, respectively, have plenty of parallels. They’ve built empires. And if you’re so inclined, you can buy a similar wrap-around necklace…

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US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)US Vice President Mike Pence visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone Monday, a day after the embarrassing failure of a North Korean missile test which the US and South Korea said exploded on launch. Pence stood within 60 meters (200 feet) of the North Korean border, saying that all US options regarding the issue were still on the table. His visit followed an impressive parade Saturday to mark the “Day of…

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Struggling Tech Giant LeEco Loses Global Corporate Finance Head

April 16, 2017

LeEco Inc.’s global head of corporate finance is leaving, according to a person familiar with the matter, the latest sign of retrenchment by the Chinese technology giant. Winston Cheng, who joined LeEco in 2015, will be president of international at Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc., leading new business initiatives including investments and mergers and acquisitions, the person said. LeEco declined to comment. JD.com didn’t respond to a request for comment on Friday….

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This Uber-like taxi service is saving pregnant women’s lives in Tanzania

April 16, 2017

Felista Richard holds her newborn baby in Sengerema, Tanzania.Image: SALA LEWIS / VODAFONE FOUNDATION When 28-year-old Consolata went into labor in rural Sengerema, Tanzania, it was by no means picture-perfect. She was extremely fatigued, and soon started experiencing intense pain. “I was in bad shape,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything because I was tired.” Without knowing exactly what was wrong, she knew she needed to get to a clinic…

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 16, 2017

Image: J. Terrill/AP/REX/Shutterstock It’s depressing to admit, but let’s do it anyway: there are few politicians in the world more skilled at manipulating Twitter than President Trump. So over the past few months, 48-year-old Congressman Ted Lieu (D-California) has decided to try and master the platform, slowly emerging as the President’s most adept social media opponent. It might seem like an embarrassing game to play after all, world leaders don’t…

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SpaceVR cameras will ride SpaceX to bring us all the astronaut experience in VR

April 16, 2017

Image: spaceVR A couple of years ago we told you about a future project from startup SpaceVR that would send virtual reality cameras into orbit in order bring back immersive space video to VR users on Earth. On Friday, I held that future in my very hands, and it felt like most space bound objects surprisingly clunky, but packed with all the mystery and promise of the universe. SEE ALSO:…

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

She described it as her insurance policy. “If the UK had voted to leave it would have been essential for me to stay in Europe with no worries,” she explained. “If the UK had voted to stay then it was a vote of confidence in my now home country.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Just over a thousand UK citizens currently work for the EU Commission Questions and rumours…

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Online dating can be even more challenging if you’re a farmer

April 16, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable  Swiping on dating apps is a breeze if you live in a town or city. But, when you’re a young farmer living in a rural community, it’s a whole other story. One where dates get cancelled when animals go into labour, and where some people show up to their dates brandishing shotguns. For farmers, online dating is an experience. And not always a good one….

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Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told – BBC News

April 15, 2017

If you are worth more than that, you have to pay the full cost of your care – during your lifetime and, if necessary, from your estate after you have died. It may not leave much for your family to inherit. Which is why marketing leaflets from a will-writing firm called Universal Wealth Preservation are eye-catching. Image caption Susan Steer says she was told she wouldn’t need to sell her…

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