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  • Trump hosts French president for 1st state visit

    04/22/2018 10:44:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper
    wtnh.com ^ | Apr 22, 2018 | ABC News
    Their relationship began with a show of machismo –- an extended, white-knuckle handshake on their first meeting last year in Belgium. Emmanuel Macron had reportedly studied Donald Trump’s style of domineering power-grabbing handshakes, apparently prepared to avoid being outdone by his counterpart. Instead, it was President Trump who at one point in the 5-second-long handshake attempted to withdraw his hand from Macron's firm grasp. The maneuver marked the start of what has become a close partnership between the two leaders, who recently joined forces along with the United Kingdom to strike Syria earlier this month. "It's no secret that President...
  • Macron's party divided as France debates immigration law

    04/22/2018 9:18:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 April 2018 17:14 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French lawmakers were set to vote Sunday on a controversial immigration law that has exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron’s young centrist party. At least one MP, Jean-Michel Clement, is planning to vote against the law — at a cost of being kicked out of Macron’s En Marche (Republic On The Move) party — while several others said they would abstain. The lower-house national assembly was supposed to vote on the bill Friday, but the fractious debate stretched into the weekend due to more than 1,000 amendments proposed by MPs. More than 200 of the changes were suggested by...
  • Turkey using Greek soldiers as "bargaining chips"

    04/22/2018 6:05:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.euronews.com ^ | 4/22/18 | Emily Commander & Hermione Gee
    Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan said he would consider releasing the soldiers if eight Turkish servicemen, who sought assylum in Greece following the failed 2016 coup attempt, were sent home first."Blackmail" Athens has described this as "blackmail", with the Defence Ministry describing the soldiers as "hostages", and the Greek Supreme Court has sided with the government. President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of Greece said: "There was an unacceptable connection made between the Greek officers who were arbitrarily detained, and Turkish citizens who came to Greece, and requested asylum. Because Greece implemented - I emphasize this - implemented international law, it was granted....
  • Romania has no plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, president says

    04/22/2018 3:36:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | April 20, 2018 9:35am | none stated
    (JTA) — The president of Romania dismissed claims by a senior lawmaker in Bucharest who said his country would be the first European Union member state to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis denied the veracity of assertions made the previous day by Liviu Dragnea, president of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the parliament. The president has the final word on foreign policy issues.“The President, as the maker of foreign policy decisions in Romania and as representative of Romania abroad in accordance with the constitutional provisions, reiterates that the constant position of our country...
  • AKP pays the salaries of gangs with spoils of war

    04/22/2018 3:07:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 21 Apr 2018, 09:55 | ANF AFRIN
    It came out that Turkey hasn’t paid the salaries of the gangs it lets loose on Afrin for two months, saying “The spoils of war you got from Afrin will suffice you for a year”. Reports suggest that disturbance erupted among the gangs Turkey derived from Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Al-Nusra, as Turkey hasn’t paid the salaries of some of these gangs for the past two months while they attacked and invaded Afrin. Although the pay cut is said to be related with the economic crisis and rapid increase of Dollar in Turkey, it has been learned that the Turkish state...
  • Corker: Democrats blocking Pompeo nomination to appease base that 'abhors' Trump

    04/22/2018 1:21:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2018 | Joseph Weber
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker on Sunday dismissed criticism about Republicans “ramming” Mike Pompeo’s nomination as secretary of state through the chamber, saying Senate Democrats have blocked the “highly qualified” Pompeo from getting the post just to appease their anti-Trump base. “I don't think allowing people to vote is called ramming,” Corker, R-Tenn., said in response to the criticism on CNN. “This is a person who is highly qualified. He was first in his class at West Point, did The Harvard Law Review … knows more about what is happening in the world probably than anybody in America...
  • All the Fake News That’s Fit to Print (NY Times)

    04/22/2018 10:49:07 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 2 replies
    Tablet ^ | 4/21/2018 | Liel Leibovitz
    On Saturday, Nellie Bowles, a technology reporter for The New York Times, wrote a piece about Campbell Brown, the former news anchor recently hired by Facebook to help the social media giant improve its relationship with the news media. One obvious problem is Facebook’s contribution to the dissemination of fake news, which Brown is now fighting. How? Let the Paper of Record tell you all about it. “Ms. Brown,” wrote Bowles, “wants to use Facebook’s existing Watch product — a service introduced in 2017 as a premium product with more curation that has nonetheless been flooded with far-right conspiracy programming...
  • EU and Mexico agree new free trade pact

    04/21/2018 5:40:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 21, 2018 | Philip Blenkinsop
    The European Union and Mexico reached an agreement on Saturday on a new free trade deal, a coup for both parties in the face of increased protectionism from the United States under President Donald Trump. Since its plans for a trade alliance with the United States were frozen after Trump’s election victory, the EU has focused instead on trying to champion open markets and seal accords with other like-minded countries. The agreement in principle with Mexico follows a deal struck last year with Japan and comes ahead of talks next week with the Mercosur bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and...
  • Macron on 'special' relationship with Trump: 'We are both mavericks'

    04/22/2018 10:09:25 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/22/18 | Julia Manchester
    Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google+ French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview on Sunday described his "special" relationship with President Trump, saying they are both "mavericks." "We have this very special relationship because the both of us are probably the mavericks of the system," Macron told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "I think President Trump's election was unexpected in your country, and probably my election was unexpected in my country. We are not part of the classical political system," he added. Etc...
  • Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

    04/22/2018 10:00:56 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 4/22/2018 | ZEINA KARAM
    Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. Two Palestinian refugees, a father and a son, were killed during the fighting at the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, according to the United Nation’s Palestinian refugee agency, which added that thousands of homes have been destroyed in four days of fighting. Hundreds of IS militants hold parts of the Yarmouk camp and nearby area of Hajar al-Aswad in southern Damascus. They...
  • Macron taps into U.S. Marines lore with tree sapling gift to Trump

    04/22/2018 9:30:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Macron will offer an oak sapling taken from the scene of a key World War One battle, where the Marine Corps repelled a German offensive in the final year of the conflict almost exactly a century ago, the French presidency said on Sunday. The sapling grew close to the so-called “Devil Dog” fountain, a spot that has become legendary within Marines ranks. It is where U.S. soldiers are said to have gathered after the battle, which took place in June 1918 in Belleau Wood, about 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Paris in the Champagne region. It won’t be Macron’s...
  • Joy Reid Guest: Hannity Viewers Lack “Intellectual Curiosity,” Could Drive Country to War

    04/22/2018 9:09:13 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The liberal elite’s contempt for conservatives was on vivid display on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning. In a long segment attacking Sean Hannity, guest Tiffany Cross said: “[Hannity] has a hotline to the White House. He also has a hotline to three million viewers every night . . . This is a scary thing because the people who watch him do not have the intellectual curiosity to get information other places, other than this echo chamber that is Fox News. So this group of people may be the people that drive us into a war.” Get the rest of...
  • Heavy gunfire, explosions reported from vicinity of royal palace in Riyadh

    04/22/2018 9:01:21 AM PDT · by dila813 · 14 replies
    Live Leaks ^ | Today | PressTV
    Gunfire and explosions are reportedly heard outside the palace of the Saudi king in Riyadh. King Salman has been reportedly evacuated from the compound to a bunker at a military base in the capital. The number of assailants, their identity or affiliations is still unknown. But some sources say the attack is part of a coup led by princes who are opposed to the Saudi king.
  • Defend Europe Alps Mission

    04/22/2018 8:13:37 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 22, 2018 | Lauren Southern
    Gen Identity England @GenIdentEngland 2h2 hours ago .@Lauren_Southern and @BrittPettibone are in the French Alps covering the #DefendEurope Alps Mission. Already we have shown how little it takes to successfully defend the border, as no migrants have come through the pass into France. #StopMigrantsAlpes
  • White House privately skeptical of North Korea's promise to freeze nuclear testing

    04/22/2018 6:36:38 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 April 2018 | David Nakamura and John Hudson
    Much of the domestic press here in Japan is very, very skeptical about this overture, and statements by Kim and the ruling Korean Workers Party. Even the CONSERVATIVE daily news SANKEI SHIMBUN today had some good quotes about how this could be no concession at all, North just playing a shell and delay game, offering to close nuke sites that have been essentially destroyed already through too many underground tests, etc. etc. etc.
  • Turkey jails Kurdish teacher with baby on terror charge

    04/22/2018 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 4-21-18 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish authorities have jailed a Kurdish teacher for her condemnation of the killing of civilians during anti-PKK operations in 2016. The teacher gave birth recently and will go to prison with her baby. “Do not stay silent… Do not let human beings and children die, and do not let mothers cry,” Ayse Celik said on-air during a phone-in show on Turkey’s Kanal D TV station in January 2016. She was reacting to military operations in her hometown of Diyarbakir and criticized Turkish media for their coverage of the events. “What is happening here is shown on...
  • Dozens dead in bombing at Kabul voter registration centre

    04/22/2018 4:53:40 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/22/18
    A suicide bomber has killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, the health ministry said, in the latest attack on election preparations. The public health ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 54 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack. Gen Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards. “It happened at the entrance gate of the centre. It was a suicide attack,” Amin told AFP. The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and...
  • Zarif: Trump showing 'disrespect'

    04/21/2018 10:55:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Trump administration is showing “disrespect” towards Tehran, AFP reported Saturday. He added that his country is open to prisoner swap negotiations with the U.S., but only if the Trump administration shows a "change of attitude." His comments were made in an interview with CBS, set to air in full on Sunday. Negotiations are a "possibility certainly from a humanitarian perspective, but it requires a change of attitude," Zarif said. Five Americans are held in Tehran, including 81-year-old Baquer Namazi, who is in failing health. Zarif blasted the U.S. administration for showing "disrespect"...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed

    04/21/2018 9:05:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 21, 2018 / 2:35 PM / Updated 2 hours ago | Reuters Staff
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup. Erdogan made the comment in a live interview with broadcaster NTV. Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for the failed coup against Erdogan. He faces up to 35 years in prison. Brunson denies the charges.
  • An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal

    04/21/2018 7:38:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Apr. 21. 2018 | Richard Bacon, Omid Nouripour, Delphine O
    For more than a decade, we – Europeans, Americans, and the international community – have feared the imminent threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. To counter this threat and make the Middle East a safer place, the international community came together, using the might of diplomatic negotiations and the force of sanctions, agreed by most of the major economic powers. After 13 years of joint diplomatic effort, we reached a major breakthrough and signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement between Iran, France, the UK, Germany, the US, China, and Russia, regarding Tehran‘s nuclear programme. With that, we...