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Myanmar propaganda? Army takes media on reporting trip

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50
Myanmar’s military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide.

Son of Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwean hunt

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50
Conservationists in Zimbabwe say the son of a lion named Cecil, whose 2015 killing prompted an international outcry, has also been fatally shot during a hunt.

Pakistan: 1 soldier, 13 militants killed near Afghan border

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:50
Pakistan’s military says troops have raided several militant hideouts in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, triggering firefights that killed one soldier.

Moroccan police fire tear gas to disperse protests in north

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:49
AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and used truncheons to scatter hundreds of protesters in northern Morocco, a Reuters witness said on Thursday, part of the biggest wave of demonstrations in the kingdom since Arab Spring-inspired rallies in 2011.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dies

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:47
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County coroner says.

APNewsBreak: Claims of human rights abuses in Hawaii fleet

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:44
HONOLULU (AP) — A human rights complaint has been filed with an international commission to investigate claims of human rights violations in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry. 2017-07-20T10:39:00-04:00 2017-07-20T14:39:50-04:00
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Progress MS-05 space freighter undocks from ISS

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:42
According to the Center, the space freighter will fire braking engines at about 23:58 p.m. Moscow time

The Latest: Venezuela’s Maduro says general strike failing

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:40
The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis and the opposition’s general strike (all times local):

Turkey-backed rebel reinforcements arrive in Idlib for Nusra fight: rebels

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:31
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Around 150 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels arrived in Idlib province on Thursday to reinforce rebel group Ahrar al-Sham's escalating conflict with a rival Islamist insurgent group formerly known as the Nusra Front, rebel sources told Reuters.

Austria urges stop to moving migrants to Italian mainland

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:30
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on Thursday urged his Italian counterpart not to allow migrants arriving by boat to Italy’s islands to travel on to the mainland, declaring that “being saved in the Mediterranean cannot be connected with a ticket to Central Europe.”

Russian Knights aerobatic team to perform at Dubai airshow

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:28
The team has been invited by Deputy Defense Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah al-Hashimi

'I did my time' - OJ Simpson parole plea

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:26
Former US football star OJ Simpson asks to be released from a Nevada prison after nine years.

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on House Passage of the Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:20

I commend the House of Representatives for voting today to reauthorize, for the first time, the Department of Homeland Security.  Since its formation nearly fifteen years ago in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, DHS has been on the front lines of the Federal Government’s efforts to keep the American public safe.   
 
The United States continues to face evolving security challenges posed by terrorists, natural hazards, transnational criminal organizations, human traffickers, drug smugglers, and adversaries waging attacks in cyberspace.  The Homeland Security Authorization Act ensures that Secretary Kelly and the more than 240,000 DHS employees and contractors who work tirelessly to protect our country, and ensure our national preparedness, have all of the tools necessary to carry out their mission. 
 
The Homeland Security Authorization Act also authorizes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the first time.  Enforcement of our immigration laws is at its core a public safety issue. Secretary Kelly has already made tremendous progress, and this bill reflects my strong commitment to ending illegal immigration and fully enforcing the laws of the United States. 
 
As President, there is no more solemn responsibility than my duty to keep this country safe.  I look forward to signing this important legislation and I encourage the United States Senate to take it up without delay.
 

O.J. Simpson asks parole board to set him free

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:18
LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — A gray-haired O.J. Simpson pleaded with a Nevada parole board Thursday to set him free after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel room heist, insisting — as he has all along — that he was only trying to retrieve mementos stolen from him and never meant to hurt anyone. 2017-07-20T10:05:00-04:00 2017-07-20T14:05:34-04:00
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Florida man shoots tyres on trucks parked outside home

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:11
Utility workers called 911 as the homeowner methodically fired at all the tyres on their vehicles.

Russia’s visa application form for British citizens expanded on principle of reciprocity

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:10
The expanded visa application form came into effect on July 17, 2017

In surrealist twist, Dali to be exhumed in paternity lawsuit

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:04
FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history took yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago. 2017-07-20T09:47:00-04:00 2017-07-20T13:47:47-04:00
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Holding hands

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:58
US President Donald Trump gave a wide-ranging interview which threw up some surprising nuggets.

Libya's eastern forces deny reports of summary executions

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:50
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The Libyan National Army, the main military force in eastern Libya, on Thursday denied accusations that its troops were involved in torture and killing of prisoners after the United Nations urged the LNA to investigate.

They escaped Islamic State’s bastion, but remain terrified

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:50
They have escaped their hold, but displaced residents of Raqqa still fear the militants of the Islamic State group, terrified they will return and seek revenge for defeats.

Tunisian premier seeks to restore trust with anti-corruption push

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:47
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's prime minister vowed on Thursday to push ahead with a war against corruption to restore trust in the state, adding this would exclude no-one whatever their political affiliation.

Opposition strike paralyzes parts of Venezuela as fears of violence mount

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:46
The nation’s crisis deepens ahead of a contentious vote on constitutional changes.

Gorka: With Trump, America is back

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:46

“We are only one-half year into Donald Trump's presidency. In that very brief period, we have seen the nation's economy re-energized, illegal migration plummet, the NATO alliance revitalized, and the president order new measures to secure America from terrorists.”

America is back with the first 6 months of Trump
By Sebastian Gorka
The Hill
July 20, 2017 

Donald Trump won the presidential election against Hillary Clinton with a very simple message: I will fix the economy, build the wall, and destroy ISIS.

In this, he channeled the simplicity of Ronald Reagan's own election platform. Then-Gov. Reagan promised to restore Americans’ faith in our nation, to fix the economic “malaise” of the Carter years, and to defeat the Soviet Union once and for all.

For the Trump campaign, and now the Trump administration, our approach is summarized under the “Make America Great Again” motto, or #MAGA.

… 

The first principle of our administration is plain for all to see. America is back. And under President Trump, so is American leadership. American influence is a global good and this recognition is a first step toward advancing our leadership, which in turn can help set the conditions for the security and prosperity of the United States and its allies. The era of apologizing for America is over.

We have openly rejected the passive and reactionary ideas central to the Obama years, especially “leading from behind” and “strategic patience.” It is our key assumption that a world without American leadership, in which the president does not forcefully stand up for the eternal truths upon which the Republic was founded, is a very dangerous world. 

… 

We are only one-half year into Donald Trump's presidency. In that very brief period, we have seen the nation's economy re-energized, illegal migration plummet, the NATO alliance revitalized, and the president order new measures to secure America from terrorists.

Most striking of all is what President Trump has managed to achieve in just 25 weeks with regard to the totalitarian menace that is the Islamic State.

Just as America was crucial to the defeat of the totalitarians of the Third Reich, and to the ideological defeat of the communist threat posed by the Soviet Union, we will defeat the newest totalitarian threat to the West, radical Islamic terrorism under the leadership of the current American president. This is but the beginning of translating MAGA onto the global stage.

Read the full op-ed here.
 

16 gunmen destroyed in Russia's Chechnya since January

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:42
Public offences have gone down by 6.6% while the number of solved cases has grown by 3.3%, according to the Chechen interior minister

Protesters defy ban in tense northern Moroccan town

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:40
Moroccan demonstrators frustrated over inequality and corruption are defying a police ban and holding a protest in a northern city that has become a symbol of mounting public anger.

Turkey denies role in map showing US military posts in Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:40
The spokesman for Turkeys’ president says the government had no role in the publication by the Turkish state-run news agency of a map showing U.S. military posts in Syria.

The Latest: Austria to Italy: Stop migrants reaching Europe

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:30
The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local):

Russia to maintain close contacts with China over Korean Peninsula

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:24
Russia and China "voiced mutual concern about North Korea’s ongoing missile launches and a high level of military activity in the subregion"

OJ Simpson makes case for his freedom on live TV

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:20
LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — A gray-haired O.J. Simpson went before a Nevada parole board Thursday to plead for release after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel room heist, making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star. 2017-07-20T09:05:00-04:00 2017-07-20T13:05:04-04:00
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In surrealist twist, Dali to be exhumed in paternity lawsuit

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:20
FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal biography is taking yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl. 2017-07-20T09:08:00-04:00 2017-07-20T13:08:45-04:00
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Putin thanks Israel for denouncement of Soviet War Monuments’ toppling in Europe

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:12
Members of Israel’s Knesset (parliament) supported by majority of votes the statement to preserve the historical memory on World War II on Wednesday

Top adviser to Puerto Rico governor resigns, 'in no way pressured'

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elias Sanchez, Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s liaison to Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board who has been criticized over his financial disclosures, resigned on Thursday.

Reagan and Gorbachev vs. Stalin and Roosevelt

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:10
Donald Trump's failure to fulfil his pre-election promises to improve relations with Russia reflects Moscow's "humiliation and weakness." Yet, Trump did not give that promise to Moscow - he gave that promise to American voters. Therefore, it is American voters who seem to be unable to force their leader to keep his word

Jeffrey Toobin: 'I expect OJ Simpson will get parole'

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:09
"I think, under our laws, he should be serving life in prison," says Jeffrey Toobin

Ethiopia: The hyenas of Harar

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:08
Emmanuel Igunza reports from the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia, where it appears man and hyena have evolved a mutually beneficial - if unlikely arrangement.

Power-sharing deal between former foes taking shape in Gaza

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:06
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A power-sharing deal between two former arch foes is slowly taking shape in Gaza and could lead to big changes in the Hamas-ruled territory, including an easing of a decade-long border blockade. 2017-07-20T08:51:00-04:00 2017-07-20T12:51:58-04:00
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OJ Simpson makes appeal for parole in Nevada

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:03
The former NFL running back and actor is appealing for his freedom after nine years in a Nevada prison.

Hollywood tries to get rid of Putin in Russia-related releases

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:02
Hollywood producers have removed the image of Russian President Putin from motion pictures "Kursk" and "Red Sparrow."

Syria rebels blindsided by U.S. move, say jihadists to benefit

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:52
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said on Thursday a U.S. decision to halt a covert CIA program of military aid would mark a big blow to the Syrian opposition and risked allowing jihadists to tighten their grip over the insurgency.

Russian Navy to use hypersonic missiles and robots after 2025

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:50
For the period until 2025 the submarine and surface forces and the coastal troops of the Russian Navy will be based on precise long-range winged missiles

California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:50
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California's vast San Joaquin Valley, the country's most productive farming region, is engulfed by some of the nation's dirtiest skies, forcing the state's largest air district to spend more than $40 billion in the past quarter-century to enforce hundreds of stringent pollution rules. 2017-07-20T08:33:00-04:00 2017-07-20T12:33:31-04:00
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Saudi prince arrested on King Salman's order after video appears to show abusive behavior

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:48
King Salman urged Saudis to also report other cases of abuse of power to the authorities.

Poland court bill: Parliament votes for judicial reforms

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:43
Critics say the bill is a threat to the rule of law, giving control of the judiciary to politicians.

Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest: police

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.

Putin says solution should be found for compatriots unable to receive Russian citizenship

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:36
About 100,000 compatriots had arrived in Russia but could not receive citizenship due to their petty offences, according to the chairman of the Russian Congress of Caucasian Peoples

ExxonMobil fined by US for Ukraine sanctions violations

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:19
The oil giant must pay $2m for engaging with Russia despite US sanctions on that country over Crimea.

Alabama man shoots huge wild boar in his front garden

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:16
Wade Seago tells the BBC he had no choice but to kill the beast which was terrifying his daughter.

Guard Firefighters Train for Urban Search, Rescue Missions

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:13
Air and Army National Guard firefighters from across the country came to train at Wisconsin's Regional Emergency All-Climate Training Center -- known as the REACT Center -- during the Patriot North 17 exercise in Wisconsin. The REACT Center specializes in providing the training required for a safe and successful response to natural and manmade disasters for both military and civilian responders.

EU may not stop democratic slide in Poland but Warsaw risks consequences

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:12
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union executive holds only limited leverage to stop ruling nationalists eroding the rule of law in Poland but they risk facing consequences including sharp cuts in EU funds that help develop the ex-communist state.

Russia looks to its Navy to become world second

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:10
The Russian Federation will not allow overwhelming superiority of foreign countries’ navies over its Navy, according to the Fundamentals of Russia’s State Naval Policy Through 2030

UK’s Liberal Democrats make Vince Cable party leader

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:10
Former British Business Secretary Vince Cable has become the new leader of the Liberal Democrats in Britain.

Qatar suggests cyberattack emanated from Gulf

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:10
Qatari officials investigating a cyberattack that sparked a diplomatic crisis with neighboring Gulf states and Egypt say their findings confirm that the beneficiary of the attack is the United Arab Emirates.

Russia says Greenpeace boat seizure ruling encourages illegal action

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:03
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia rejected a ruling by an international arbitration court which said Moscow must pay damages for seizing a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace vessel, saying on Thursday that the decision would only encourage illegal protests.

Turkish foreign minister says that Turkey would reciprocate ‘threats’ from Germany

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:58
Turkish foreign minister says that Turkey would reciprocate ‘threats’ from Germany.

UK police get help from 9/11 experts in London fire recovery

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:58
London police who are struggling to identify victims of the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building have sought help from experts with experience: those who worked on recovering victims following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

UN slaps sanctions on 8 linked to Islamic State and al-Qaida

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:58
The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions against eight individuals and businesses linked to the Islamic State extremist group and al-Qaida.

Turkey arrests man with ‘hero’ T-shirt during coup trial

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:58
Turkey’s official news agency says a man has been arrested on suspicion of terror propaganda for wearing a T-shirt with the word “hero” on it while attending a relative’s court hearing linked to last year’s failed coup.

Dubai police install giant smiley face on station roof in bid to promote 'happy vibes'

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:56
The yellow face will soon be installed at other police stations and government buildings.

Turkey arrests man with 'hero' T-shirt during coup trial

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:56
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's official news agency says a man has been arrested on suspicion of terror propaganda for wearing a T-shirt with the word "hero" on it while attending a relative's court hearing linked to last year's failed coup. 2017-07-20T07:44:00-04:00 2017-07-20T11:44:36-04:00
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Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions 'to stay in job'

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:50
Jeff Sessions says he will continue to serve President Trump despite a stinging rebuke.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:49
A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Putin signs decree on Russia’s navy policy until 2030

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:39
"Current risks and threats to national security of the Russian Federation in the World Ocean exist and new ones emerge," the document says

Researchers in Cambodia find nest of rare riverine bird

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:38
Wildlife researchers in Cambodia say they have found a breeding location for the masked finfoot bird, one of the world’s most endangered, raising hopes of its continuing survival.

ECHR awards minimum compensation over Russia’s ban on prisoners’ voting

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:36
The European Court awarded 9 applicants compensation for postage expenses amounting from 8 to 30 euros

EU, UK tiptoeing forward in vital Brexit divorce talks

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:28
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and a frustrated European Union hesitantly edged forward during their first full divorce negotiation session this week, though it became clear Thursday that one of the biggest stumbling blocks will be agreeing which court will have the final say in settling legal disputes after Brexit. 2017-07-20T06:01:00-04:00 2017-07-20T10:01:55-04:00
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U.S. Navy chief asks Chinese counterpart for help on North Korea

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy's top officer asked his Chinese counterpart to exert influence on North Korea to help rein in its advancing nuclear and missile programs, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

Xanda: Son of Cecil the 'lion killed by hunter' in Zimbabwe

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:24
Xanda, the six-year-old son of Cecil the lion, meets a similar sad end at the hands of trophy hunters.

F-22 Raptors Join Full-Spectrum Red Flag Readiness Exercise

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:21
F-22 Raptor fighter jets from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida have joined combat air forces from across the nation for the U.S. military-specific, joint, full-spectrum readiness exercise Red Flag 17-3 at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Putin personally congratulates human rights champion Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:20
The president presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an engraving depicturing Crimea’s Eupatoria, Alexeyeva’s birthplace

Putin personally congratulates human rights champion Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:20
The president presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an engraving depicturing Crimea’s Eupatoria, Alexeyeva’s birthplace

Teens from Burundi robotics team go missing in US

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:20
The six teenagers were taking part in an international robotics competition held in Washington DC.

UK police get help from 9/11 experts in London fire recovery

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:18
London police trying to identify victims of the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building have sought help from experts who worked on the recovery of victims following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Court convicts more than 40 in Rome corruption trial

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:14
ROME (AP) — A Rome court on Thursday convicted dozens of defendants in a wide-ranging corruption trial that revealed a system of kickbacks and intimidation to gain control of city contracts, but acquitted all of the defendants on key charges of mafia-style association. 2017-07-20T04:49:00-04:00 2017-07-20T08:49:01-04:00
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Russian boxer Povetkin reinstated into WBO’s ratings, ranked eighth

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:08
Earlier, Povetkin was reinstated into the rankings of the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association

Ambush near Syrian capital kill 28 government troops

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:08
Syrian opposition activists say insurgents have ambushed a Syrian military force near the capital, Damascus, killing more than two dozen of them.

Navarro: A Made in America Presidency

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:06

“This is ‘Made in America Week,’ and the president’s actions have already shown that this will be truly a Made in America presidency.”

Trump White House: We’re seeing strong results
By Peter Navarro
USA Today
July 20, 2017

President Trump has been hard at work to save our jobs and revive manufacturing.

He signed an executive order targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to “Buy American” laws, which are meant to prioritize U.S. government spending on American companies, and we are already seeing strong results.

He signed an executive order promoting more flexible apprenticeships to fully equip our workers for the jobs of the future. Around the country, companies are responding by dramatically boosting their workforce training initiatives.

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the disastrous Paris climate accord will save the U.S. economy an estimated 6.5 million industrial-sector jobs, and his regulatory rollbacks have already saved more than $60 billion in unnecessary costs for American companies.

He has unleashed America’s energy potential — a great boon for American manufacturers and consumers. And employment in the coal industry is up, contrary to the cynics’ forecast.

This is “Made in America Week,” and the president’s actions have already shown that this will be truly a Made in America presidency.

Read the full op-ed here.

 

North Korea drought: Children at risk in 'worst crisis since 2001'

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:01
Children and the elderly are at risk from the country's worst drought since 2001, the UN says.

U.S. to deploy officials in Qatar in counter-terrorism accord: sources

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:01
DOHA/DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States will post officials at the Qatari state prosecutor's office as part of a Qatari-U.S. agreement signed this month to fight the financing of terrorism, people familiar with the matter said.

Angola’s president returns from Spain amid health concerns

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:00
Angolan media say President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned to the country from Spain, where he has received medical treatment this year.

Truck laden with chocolate goes up in flames on UK highway

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:00
Traffic on a major highway in England has been disrupted for hours after a truck laden with chocolate bars burst into flames.

Russian president pays visit to one of his fiercest critics

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:00
President Vladimir Putin has paid a rare visit to a Russian human rights icon to congratulate her on her 90th birthday.

Russia’s Syria campaign spending within current combat training costs — Defense Ministry

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:59
The Yabloko Party’s analysts estimated the expenditures on the Syrian campaign at $1.8-2.4 billion

President Donald J. Trump's Six Months of America First

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:55

“Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT: In six months in office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to the American people to bring accountability back to government.

  • President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people.
    • President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
    • President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his promise to the American people.
  • To make sure the Government serves the needs of all Americans, President Trump has called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and has used his budget to begin to implement his plan.
    • President Trump created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve the Government for future generations.

SPURRING JOBS CREATION: President Trump’s impact on the economy has been immediate, spurring job creation across the country.

  • President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, prioritizing the interests of American businesses and workers.
    • “Buy American” promotes American industry, protecting it from unfair competition by targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to laws on the books.
    • “Hire American” calls for the reform of our visa programs, ensuring that they no longer displace American workers, while fully enforcing laws governing the entry of foreign workers.
  • President Trump signed an Executive Order, making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased 17 percent since election day, hitting new highs 25 times this year already.
  • Since January, the economy added 863,000 jobs, including 821,000 in the private sector.
    • 79,000 construction jobs added since January.
    • 42,000 mining and logging jobs added since January.
    • 41,000 manufacturing jobs added since January.

CUTTING DOWN JOB KILLING REGULATIONS: Just six months in office, President Trump has taken historic action to eliminate wasteful and costly regulations that have stood in the way of hardworking Americans.

  • The American Action Forum estimates a potential $70 billion in costs reductions from President Trump’s actions to cut back regulations.
  • President Trump has signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations, more than all other Presidents combined.
  • By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed our economy.
    • According to a study by NERA Consulting, meeting the Obama Administration’s obligations under the Paris Climate Accord could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion.
    • According to the same study, 6.5 million industrial sector jobs could have been lost, including 3.1 million manufacturing sector jobs.
  • In order to control regulatory costs, President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.
  • Through infrastructure reform and investment, the Trump Administration aims to dramatically reduce permit approvals for projects from 10 years to 2 years, spurring investment and job creation.

OPENING UP AMERICAN ENERGY: In six months, President Trump has turned around America’s policy on energy production after years of opposition.

  • President Trump has acted aggressively to increase exports of our energy resources to a global market.
    • Updated guidance from the Treasury Department to allow the United States to export coal.
    • Expedited the permitting and approval processes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and exports, including the approval of the Lake Charles LNG terminal in Louisiana.
  • President Trump has unleashed oil and gas development in the United States by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market.
    • Approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, creating over 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings.
      • Signed an Executive Order mandating future pipeline work to be done by American workers and with American steel.
    • Expedited new pipeline approval and production, such as the New Burgos Pipeline to Mexico.
    • Signed an Executive Order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling and reissued a leasing program to develop offshore resources.
    • Boosting oil and gas development on Federal lands.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering an Obama-era rule on greenhouse gas emissions that is estimated to cost oil and natural gas operators as much as $530 million annually.
  • President Trump kept his campaign promise to coal miners and rolled back the previous Administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which targeted the beleaguered industry with estimated costs of at least $81 million a year.

A FREE AND FAIR TRADE AGENDA: President Trump is putting America First in trade negotiations, pursuing reciprocal agreements with our trading partners so everyone benefits.

  • One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after the Obama Administration’s efforts failed to protect American workers.
  • President Trump announced he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better reflect our modern economy while benefitting all parties so involved.
    • This week, the United States Trade Representative released its objectives for upcoming NAFTA negotiations.
  • Last week, the President began the process of renegotiating the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
  • Negotiations President Trump started with China on economic cooperation have already produced results for American businesses.
    • For the first time in 14 years, American beef imports have returned to China.
    • China is welcome to negotiate contracts to import American liquefied natural gas.
  • President Trump delivered on his campaign promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba that benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.

RESTORING LAW AND ORDER TO IMMIGRATION: President Trump has prioritized enforcing immigration laws in his first six months to protect all Americans, ensuring that our immigration system treats everyone fairly.

  • President Trump instituted tough immigration policies that have reduced illegal border crossings by 53 percent compared to the same time last year.
    • The President ordered the hiring of 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, including 5,000 additional border patrol agents.
  • Within the first 100 days of President Trump signing his executive orders on immigration enforcement, ICE conducted nearly 40 percent more Enforcement and Removal Operations compared to the same time last year.
    • Arrests of convicted criminal aliens climbed by nearly 20 percent in this time compared to the same time last year.
  • In fiscal year 2017, ICE has removed over 2,700 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 criminal gang members in all of fiscal year 2016.
    • ICE has specifically targeted MS-13 criminal gang members for removal on immigration violations.
  • To jumpstart construction on the border wall, the President ordered the Department of Homeland Security to use $100 million of unspent appropriations in its account for border security, fencing and infrastructure.
  • President Trump directed executive agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States, including clamping down on sanctuary cities.
    • Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented new charging guidelines to end catch-and-release policies.
  • President Trump ordered the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office at DHS, ensuring that our Government can no longer ignore the victims of criminal acts by illegal aliens.

PROVIDING FOR OUR NATION’S VETERANS: President Trump is making sure our veterans get the care they deserve after they have sacrificed for our country.

  • Under President Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs fired over 500 employees, suspended 200, and demoted 33, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability to a department charged with supporting our Nation’s heroes.
    • 22 senior leaders were disciplined.
  • President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, enabling senior Veterans Affairs officials to fire failing employees while establishing important safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
  • The Veterans Affairs administration is shifting veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Defense Department, ending a decades-old rift in sharing information between the two agencies.
  • President Trump signed legislation allowing our veterans to receive care outside of the Veterans Affairs medical system.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has acted to increase transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool” to provide veterans a way to access wait time and quality of care data.

AMERICA FIRST FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY: In the first six months of his Administration, President Trump has put America First in world affairs and national security.

  • During his historic speech in Poland, President Trump reasserted that America would defend its interests and allies after years of neglect by the previous Administration.
  • President Trump brokered a ceasefire in southwest Syria as part of his commitment to end the conflict, reduce human suffering, and defeat ISIS.
  • During his first international trip, President Trump supported the opening of a new “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Saudi Arabia, created to empower Muslim-majority countries to more effectively combat radicalization.
  • President Trump has increased pressure on Iran to end its destructive and destabilizing actions in the Middle East, including its continued ballistic missile research.
    • The Department of the Treasury sanctioned over 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, ensuring our ability to monitor potentially malicious actors while preventing future acts of terrorism.
    • This week, the United States sanctioned sixteen entities and individuals that have supported Iran’s military and Revolutionary Guard Corps in the development of drones, fast attack boats, and other military equipment.
  • President Trump has allowed the military to push back against threats to our interests and allies.
    • In his first six months, President Trump worked with our partners and allies in the Middle East to defeat ISIS, leading to Iraqi forces recapturing Mosul.
    • After the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against civilians, President Trump authorized strikes against the airbase that launched the chemical attacks, demonstrating our national commitment to preventing further atrocities.
    • President Trump has lifted restrictions that had prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully using their judgement and expertise.

U.S. says 180 airlines implement enhanced security measures

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to U.S. airports have complied with the first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June.

Putin says 80% of Russians friendly to people from different ethnic groups

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:51
The Russian president reminded that the situation was quite opposite 10-15 years before

Turkey: 6 Kurdish militants killed in drone attack

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:46
Officials say that Turkish security forces have used an armed drone to locate and kill six Kurdish militants who allegedly were responsible for kidnapping and killing a school teacher in southeast Turkey.

Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:45
DUBAI (Reuters) - A crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries is straining a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in a two-year war against Iranian-aligned Houthis and slowing the alliance's military advances.

Justine Damond shooting: Minneapolis police ambush claim 'ludicrous'

BBC WORLD NEWS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:42
A lawyer for the family of an Australian woman who was shot dead dismisses officers' "ambush" fears.

Ghost ships and miraculous landscapes of Russia's Kamchatka

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:40
Haunting beauty of Russia's Far Eastern abandoned ships and bases — through the eyes of TASS photographer Yuri Smityuk

Thousands rally in Moldova as Parliament approves voting law

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:38
Thousands of people have rallied outside Moldova’s Parliament as lawmakers approved a law that would change the electoral system in the former Soviet republic.

On Israel's Syria front, aid turns into hearts-and-minds drive

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:36
GOOD NEIGHBOUR ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER, Golan Heights (Reuters) - Israel has shifted from low-key humanitarian aid for Syrian civil war victims into a hearts-and-minds campaign billed as fostering new friends across a frontier that has been hostile for decades.

Putin likely to pardon former senior lawmaker, but it needs time — Kremlin

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:33
Human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva said that at a meeting with her earlier on Thursday Putin had promised to pardon Igor Izmestyev

Venezuela's Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:32
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Large swathes of Venezuela's capital were shuttered and silent Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez. 2017-07-20T06:18:00-04:00 2017-07-20T10:18:25-04:00
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Turkey: 6 Kurdish militants killed in drone attack

AP - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:32
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say that Turkish security forces have used an armed drone to locate and kill six Kurdish militants who allegedly were responsible for kidnapping and killing a school teacher in southeast Turkey. 2017-07-20T06:28:00-04:00 2017-07-20T10:28:27-04:00
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Czech minister: EU military role in Libya to reduce migrants

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:26
The Czech Republic’s foreign minister has suggested that the European Union consider a military engagement in Libya to reduce the flow of migrants arriving by boat from there to Europe.

Baltics need anti-aircraft protection against Russia, Lithuania says

REUTERS - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:21
SIAULIAI AIR BASE, Lithuania (Reuters) - NATO should permanently deploy anti-aircraft weapons in the Baltics to deter Russia, Lithuania's president said on Thursday as the United States put Patriot missiles on display after including them in an exercise in the region for the first time.

Germany indicts 5 suspects in IS recruitment ring

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:16
Prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against a suspected representative of the Islamic State group in Germany and four fellow suspects who are accused of running a recruitment network.

Fidget spinners as campaign goodies? Russia probes claims

WASHINGTON POST - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:16
Russian authorities are investigating fidget spinners after state television reported that opposition activists are using them to attract supporters.

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