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Posted on April 19, 2017
Trump skips annual White House Correspondents' Dinner to stage campaign-style rally in Harrisburg
WASHINGTON D.C. (CCN) — The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner wasn't the same Saturday night when President Donald Trump skipped the event. He became the first president not to attend in 36 years.
President Trump skipped the annual black-tie dinner by staging a rally instead in Harrisburg, Pennsylvaia to mark his 100th day in office. The annual celebrity-filled event, which is hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association for top journalists and Washington insiders, raises scholarship money for future journalists.
Most of Trump’s administration members reportedly also skipped the event in solidarity with the president who has is campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania to blast the media. “I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away,” he told a crowd in Harrisburg while accusing the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC of reportign "fake news."
White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason defended press freedom at the event in Washington D.C., telling a Reuters news correspondent, “We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations and we are not the enemy of the American people.”
Posted on April 30, 2017
US Marines return to Helmand in Afghanistan with NATO-led forces
AFGHANISTAN (CCN) — More than 300 members of the U.S. Marine Corps returned Sunday to Helmand in southern Afghanistan. They arrived as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support training mission in the province where nearly 1,000 coalition troops have been killed in bloody battles fighting the Taliban. Mostly of them were British or from the United States,
The latest dispatch of 300 U.S. Marines was to help train Afghan forces who have been struggling to contain a recent insurgency by the Taliban.
Posted on April 30, 2017
President Trump invites Phillipine President Duterte to Washington
WASHINGTON D.C. (VOA) — U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington to discuss various issues, including the threat North Korea presents to regional security.
After the two spoke by phone Saturday, a White House statement said, “It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea.”
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early Saturday north of the capital, Pyongyang. Both Washington and Seoul said the test was not successful, but still drew widespread international condemnation.
Pope Francis said Saturday the nuclear crisis in North Korea has “heated up too much,” and he warned that a war with the isolated nation would destroy a good part of humanity. The pope suggested Norway as a mediator of the crisis. “Norway is always ready to help,” he told reporters onboard his papal plane.
Posted on April 29, 2017
Late-night TV star Samantha Bee upstages gala event at capital city with her 'Not the White House Correspondents Dinner' event
WASHINGTON D.C. (CCN) — One of the newest late-night TV stars on cable upstaged the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday as she attracted a crowd of comedians and Hollywood stars for a tongue-in-cheek event to counter the annual black-tie affair for top journalists and Washington insiders.
Samantha Bee pulled in plenty of celebrities, too, for her first "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner." The lineup included Will Ferrell and other guests roasting President Trump in a comedic tribute to American news organizations,
Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan 36 years ago to skip the event. He had an excuse since he was recovering from an assassination attempt.
Posted April 29, 2017
Environmentalists mark Trump's 100th day with marches in D.C. and dozens of cities across USA
WASHINGTON D.C. (VOA) — Thousands of environmental activists marched in the U.S. capital Saturday, and in about 300 other cities across the country, to try to draw support for climate-related causes.
The People's Climate March was meant to coincide with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office, according to its organizers, who have condemned what they see as the administration's lack of concern for environmental issues. They said they objected to Trump's rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things.
"The Trump administration's policies are a catastrophe for our climate and communities, especially low-income and communities of color, who are on the front lines of this crisis," the People's Climate Movement, a collection of about 50 liberal activist groups, said in a statement.
Protesters marched from the Capitol to the White House, where they held a rally. About 300 "sister" marches or rallies were held in cities from Seattle to Boston. In Washington, marchers braved temperatures in the 90s, while in Denver, it snowed on several hundred activists who had gathered.
The partner organizations that made up the event's steering committee consisted mainly of environmental groups but included several trade unions and anti-war and minority advocacy groups, such as the NAACP.
Posted on April 30, 2017
Pope Francis calls for end to violence in Venezuela; Calls on leaders to respect human rights
ROME, ITALY (VOA) — Pope Francis called on Sunday for the respect of human rights and an end to violence in Venezuela, where nearly 30 people were killed in unrest this month.
Pope Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his weekly address, decried a "grave humanitarian, social , political and economic crisis that is exhausting the population".
Venezuela's opposition is demanding elections, autonomy for the legislature where they have a majority, a humanitarian aid channel from abroad to alleviate an economic crisis, and freedom for more than 100 activists jailed by President Nicolas Maduro's government.
"I make a heartfelt appeal to the government and all components of Venezuelan society to avoid any more forms of violence, respect human rights and seek a negotiated solution ...," he said.
Supporters say Leopoldo Lopez, the jailed head of the hardline opposition Popular Will party, and others are political prisoners whose arrests symbolize Maduro's lurch into dictatorship.
Maduro says all are behind bars for legitimate crimes, and calls Lopez, 45, a violent hothead intent on promoting a coup.
Vatican-led talks between the government and the opposition have broken down. Pope Francis told reporters on the plane returning from Cairo on Saturday that "very clear conditions" were necessary for the talks to resume.
Posted on April 30, 2017
FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims after Thursday court proceedings in Brooklyn on Lai guilty plea
GENEVA (CCN) — The Associated Press reported Sunday that Pressure from allegations in an U.S. court has led to a FIFA Council member from Kuwait resigning his position on the world's soccer rules organization. The resignation followed stunning allegations that surfaced Thursday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn at the guilty plea proceedings of another key player in the bribery scandal case involving world soccer officials. Click Here to Read More
Posted on April 30, 2017
Iraqi miliary commander vows to complete capture of Mosul in May
BAGHDAD (CCN) — Reuters has reporetd that an Iraqi commander told a state-run newspaper on Sunday that he expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May. The proclamation comes despite reports of strong resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district. Reuters reported that Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, an Iraqi army chief of staff, was quoted by state-run newspaper al-Sabah as saying the battle should be completed "in a maximum of three weeks."
A U.S.-led international coalition is providing air and ground support in Mosul, which is the largest city in northern Iraq. The city fell to Sunni Muslim fighters in June of 2014, but they have now lost control of most of the city's districts since October and are now surrounded in the northwestern districts, including the historic Old City center where the United Nations has reported that about 400,000 people have little food and water and no access to hospitals.
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Posted April 30 2017
Trump tells 'Face the Nation' he 'would not be happy' if another North Korean nuclear test occurs
President Donald Trump told a CBS television news program Sunday morning that he "would not be happy" if North Korea conducts another nuclear test and warned that he believes China's president would agree with his feelings on the matter.
"I can tell you also, I don't believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either," Trump said of Chinese President Xi Jinping in an interview that aired Sunday morning on the CBS TV network's "Face the Nation" show.
North Korea conducted a fifth nuclear test on Saturday despite harsh warnings just hours earlier by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the United Nations Security Council about "catastrophic consequences" if North Korea didn't end its program to develop nuclear weapons.
When President Trump was asked Sunday on "Face the Nation" if the United States government would now consider a possible military response against the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said: "I don't know. I mean, we'll see."
Officials in South Korea say the latest attempt on Saturday once again failed. North Korea has been trying for several years to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Saturday's missile test was the second one conducted since Trump was elected. The others took place during President Barack Obama's administration.
On his Twitter account, President Trump tweeted: "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!
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Posted April 19, 2017
Liberal media's morning after pill on Georgia election exemplifies why Donald Trump is President
The morning after pill served up by America's liberal slanting media provides resounding proof why Donald Trump is President if anybody is curious why the orange-haired, cartoon character kept winning his way to the Republican nomination, and then beat Hillary Clinton. Today's barrage of news reports about Georgia's election last night is a hard pill to swallow for anybody with a brain. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and the New York Times served up news about a resounding victory last night for Democrats and reveled in how it's clear evidence that America is rejecting Trump's leadership. But the facts tell a different story. Click Here to Read More
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