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Russia violating duty to halt Syria's use of chemical weapons: U.S.

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:33

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has violated its duty to guarantee the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and prevent the Assad government from using banned poison gas, the United States said on Wednesday. "For Russia to claim that the Assad regime has eliminated its chemical stockpiles is just absurd. Its continued denial of the Assad’s regime culpability in the use of chemical weapons is simply incredible," U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the Conference on Disarmament.

Lion kills woman at refuge of South African 'lion whisperer'

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 09:21

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.

Police K-9 Undergoes Surgery After Losing All but 2 Teeth While Taking Down Suspect

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 08:43

The Santa Ana, Calif., police dog is expected to recover.

Suspected Shoplifters Fleeing Officers Accidentally Run Into Police Station

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 08:32

Two shoplifting suspects running from police scaled a fence to get away from officers and landed in a secure parking lot of a police station

Trevor Noah Suggests Why Stacey Dash Is Really Running For Congress

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:45

The “Clueless” star turned conservative commentator has filed to run as a Republican in California’s 44th Congressional District — where voters overwhelmingly favored Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Dash’s commentary from her time on Fox News wouldn’t help her case, Noah added, as he aired clips in which Dash decried needing events such as the BET Awards or Black History Month.

Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:35

Florida’s Republican-controlled state House and Senate advanced bills this week that would train teachers to carry guns in classrooms, advancing GOP calls for more weapons in schools following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. President Donald Trump last week floated the idea of arming up to 20 percent of teachers, proposing bonuses for educators who undergo training. Law enforcement groups and teacher organizations strongly oppose the idea.

University Faculty Votes To Revoke Donald Trump's Honorary Degree

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 06:42

Faculty members at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, have voted by a large majority that the school should annul the honorary degree awarded Donald Trump in 1988. Almost 83 percent of faculty members who participated in this week’s ballot  approved the motion calling on the school’s board of trustees to rescind Trump’s degree, reports Lehigh Valley Live. BREAKING: 83 percent of @LehighU faculty voted in support of a motion to rescind @realDonaldTrump's honorary degree.

The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2018

Macworld - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 06:00
February's Mac games

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On the hunt for a fresh and exciting game to play this month? Luckily, there’s always something new worth checking out in the world of Mac games, and we’ve put together our picks for the 10 biggest and most interesting-looking titles released in February 2018.

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36 Tweets That Sum Up Life With 6-Year-Olds

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:47

Every year of a child’s life is filled with new adventures, new ideas, new skills ... and new challenges for their parents.

Philippines' chief justice expects impeachment, taking leave

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:45

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court's chief justice — who has drawn the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte — expects to be impeached by the House next month and will go on leave to prepare for the trial she's confident of winning, her spokesman said Wednesday.

Mike Pence Suggests Legal Abortions In U.S. Could End ‘In Our Time’

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:39

Standing before a roomful of anti-abortion activists in Nashville on Tuesday, Mike Pence described the “great progress” made under President Donald Trump to limit women’s access to legal abortions in the U.S. and abroad. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Susan B. Anthony List and Life Institute, an anti-abortion group, the vice president announced that “life is winning in America once again,” before ticking off the many policies enacted under Trump aimed at limiting access to abortions.

Are we at a tipping point on guns?

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:00

Aroused activists helped end slavery and Jim Crow, and they're bringing about big changes in how men treat women at work. Can they do something about school shootings?

Turkey blasts France, US over Syria ceasefire comments

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 03:40

Turkey on Wednesday sharply criticised France and the United States for arguing a ceasefire in Syria should apply to its military operation against Kurdish militia, as new tensions mounted between Ankara and its NATO allies. The United Nations Security Council, crucially including regime ally Russia, has agreed a 30-day nationwide ceasefire in Syria although this has yet to be implemented or end the violence in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. Turkey has welcomed the ceasefire but repeatedly insisted any truce will not affect its over month-long operation in the Afrin region against Kurdish militia Ankara believes to be terrorists.

North Korea shipping chemical weapons supplies to Syria, United Nations investigators say

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 02:17

North Korea has shipped supplies to the Syrian government that could be used to make chemical weapons, United Nations investigators have revealed. The disclosure, in a confidential 200-page long report seen by the New York Times, comes as the US and other countries have accused Syria of using chemical weapons on its own civilians, including a suspected chlorine gas attack in Eastern Ghouta in the past few days. The report indicates there have been major flaws in international efforts to isolate both countries, and the new evidence could dampen efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table following a diplomatic détente at the South Korean Winter Olympics. The items provided by North Korea reportedly included acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers. Investigators also detailed sightings of North Korean technicians working at chemical weapons and missile facilities inside Syria. The report appears to confirm long-standing fears that Pyongyang may be funding its own weapons of mass destruction programme by trading its technological expertise with third parties. It also supports suspicions since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 that President Bashar al-Assad has been assisted by the North Korean regime. People receive treatment at a hospital after alleged chlorine gas attack earlier this month Credit: Getty The possible chemical weapons components were part of at least 40 previously unreported shipments from North Korea to Syria between 2012 and 2017 of prohibited ballistic missile parts and materials that could be used either for civilian or military purposes. The UN declined to comment on the report, which was written by a panel of eight experts tasked with checking North Korea’s compliance with sanctions. It may never be publicly released, but a spokesperson stressed that the “overarching message is that all member states have a duty and responsibility to abide by the sanctions that are in place.” Experts who reviewed the document for the Times described it as the most detailed account to date of efforts to circumvent sanctions intended to curb the military powers of both countries. Syria war timeline But they concluded that it did not prove definitively that there was current, continuing collaboration between North Korea and Syria on chemical weapons. Hopes have been rising on the Korean peninsula that talks between South and North Korea over the Olympic Games could be expanded to include the US and eventually lead to a breakthrough over Pyongyang’s nuclear and weapons programme. On Tuesday, senior US diplomat, Joseph Yun told South Korean newswire Yonhap that he remained “very hopeful” about the prospect of talks. Syrian warplanes strike eastern Ghouta despite Russian truce  

Trump's A 'Wuss' Who's Afraid To Challenge Russia, CNN's Paul Begala Says

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 23:41

Why is Donald Trump, a man so tough he says he would rush into a school shooting unarmed, why is he such a wuss and a wimp about Russia?” Begala, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, wondered on “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday night. Begala’s comments came hours after U.S. Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Trump hasn’t given him orders to counter Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. elections.

Democrats Flip 2 More GOP-Held State House Seats

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 23:32

Democrats flipped their 38th and 39th GOP-held seats in state legislatures since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, beating out Republicans in two special elections on Tuesday night. In New Hampshire, Democrat Phil Spagnuolo, a substance abuse coach, won in a district where Trump had defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a 54-41 margin, according to data provided by Daily Kos.

Father Of Florida Shooting Survivor Admits He Altered Email From CNN

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 22:35

Glenn Haab, the father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he left out some words when forwarding an email that he and his son received from CNN producer Carrie Stevenson. CNN hit back against the claims on Friday, releasing a copy of the email exchange that shows Stevenson was informing Haab that his son had to ask a question “that he submitted” instead of a 700-word opening statement plus three questions and a closing statement that was sent over to the network after one question had already been agreed upon.

Alex Jones Decries YouTube's Temporary Ban On Infowars, Asks Parkland Teen To Debate

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:22

According to The Hill, Infowars claimed it had received a notice from YouTube on Tuesday morning that it would be temporarily barred from uploading new content after receiving a second strike for videos it had posted about the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. InfoWars got another strike on their YouTube account for a Florida shooting video, now one strike left before they get banned.

Use of private firm for Greitens investigation questioned

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:01

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis prosecutor's office said Tuesday that it has hired a Michigan firm to aid its investigation into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to try to ensure that the probe remains independent.

Will the Syria Conflict Continue to Escalate?

Top Stories - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 20:33

Moscow, Washington, Tehran and Ankara are all jockeying for power. In early February, western media reported that the United States had led a strike on the Russian mercenaries of Wagner PMC. Bloomberg News reported hundreds, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced a smaller number and noted that “Russian citizens” were injured.


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