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Saturday, February 17, 2018

US Suspends Security Assistance to Pakistan

The United States is suspending security assistance to Pakistan's army until it takes "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. "We consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting U.S. personnel," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday in announcing the suspension. She gave no details about what aid would be affected or how much. Speculation about what the U.S. may do has created a lot of uncertainty and anxiety in Pakistan following President Donald Trump's New Year's Day tweet, in which he threatened to slash funding for Pakistan, accusing it of giving safe haven to terrorists and playing U.S. leaders for "fools." Denounces comments Islamabad denounced the comments as "completely incomprehensible" and reiterated its vow to work with Washington to fight terrorism and stabilize Afghanistan. Pakistani leaders insist the United States is scapegoating their country for its Afghan "failures." Trump's T..

Trump Threatens to Cut Off US Aid to Palestinian Authority

Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to threaten to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the U.S. should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to talk peace." Trump, in a pair of tweets, said the U.S. pays "the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect." "They don't even want to negotiate a long overdue ... peace treaty with Israel," he wrote. Trump infuriated Palestinians and Muslims across the Middle East when he announced late last year that the U.S. would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there, upending decades of U.S. policy and igniting protests. While the Palestinians haven't closed the door to a potential deal with Israel, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the announcement had destroyed Trump's credibility as a Mideast peace broker..

Trump Touts Excellent Progress in Talks With Xi

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States and China must work together to liberate the region and the world from what he called the very serious threat posed by the “murderous regime in North Korea. Trump made the comment as he stood alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping as they delivered successive prepared remarks, but did not take questions from journalists. Trump added that Washington and Beijing agreed “not to repeat the mistakes of the past” in dealing with Pyongyang, which over the years has managed to rapidly advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Trump earlier said excellent progress was made in his talks with Xi. “The entire civilized world must unite to confront the North Korean menace,” he added. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is accompanying the president, told reporters after the meetings that the Chinese, have been clear and unequivocal over the two days of talks that they will not accept a North Korea with nuclear w..

New York Bomber Faces Terror Charges

The man who set off a crude pipe bomb in the New York City subway system Monday has been charged with making a “terroristic threat” and supporting an act of terrorism, New York Police said Tuesday. The suspect, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Authorities say Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant and former taxi driver, used Velcro and zip ties to strap an explosive device to his body Monday, but that it did not fully detonate. Law enforcement officials say he had watched Islamic State propaganda on the internet and told investigators he acted in retaliation for what he sees as U.S. military aggression. Monday's attack took place in a tunnel that connects the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square subway stations. Security video shows the attacker walking among the rush-hour crowd and then smoke filling the area as the device goes off. The man is then seen laying on the ground as people rush away from the scene. The attacker was ..

Facebook’s Sandberg Warns of Backlash Against Women

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is warning of a potential backlash against women and is urging companies to put into place clear policies on how allegations of sexual harassment are handled. In a Facebook post over the weekend, Sandberg that she has experienced harassment while doing her job but never by anyone she's worked for. The Facebook executive said “too many workplaces lack clear policies about how to handle accusations of sexual harassment.” She recommends every workplace start with clear principles and put in place policies to support them. That includes creating training sessions on proper workplace behavior, taking all claims seriously, establishing an investigation process and taking swift, decisive action against wrongdoing. Sandberg said she hopes the “#metoo” movement will result in a stronger, more equitable workplace.

A Trump-Putin Meeting Friday? It’s Not Clear

Is a meeting in Vietnam between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on or off? On Thursday, it was not clear. Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told Russian news agencies that the two leaders would meet Friday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Danang. But U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cast doubt on that, saying it is not clear whether there is enough progress on important pending issues between the two countries to merit top-level face-to-face talks. "When the two leaders meet, is there something sufficiently substantive?" Tillerson rhetorically asked in Beijing, as he accompanies Trump on his five-nation Asia trip. "No conclusion has been made on that. If we're going to have a meeting, let's make sure it's a meaningful meeting." Tillerson said that behind the scenes the two countries are working on a "number of difficult areas" but that U.S. officials have not decided whether it's the right time for Trump to meet with Put..

Survey: Majority in US Believe Government Corruption Has Risen Under Trump

A new survey in the U.S. shows that nearly six in 10 Americans believe that the level of government corruption has risen in the year since President Donald Trump was elected. Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption group, said its poll of a thousand people in October and November showed that while Trump was elected on a vow to make government work better "for those who feel their interests have been neglected by political elites," the opposite has happened. "Rather than feeling better about progress in the fight against corruption over the past year," the group said, "a clear majority of people in America now say that things have become worse." Transparency International said 44 percent of Americans believe that Trump and White House officials are corrupt, up from 36 percent recorded in a similar survey in early 2016 at the start of former president Barack Obama's last year in office. It said nearly seven out of 10 of those surveyed believe the government is ..

Report: Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Under the plan, Flynn, who was fired by Trump after just 24 days in the job, and his son, Michael G. Flynn, were to receive up to $15 million for forcibly removing Fethullah Gulen from his U.S. home and delivering him to the Turkish government, people familiar with the investigation told the Journal. The alleged plan emerged during Mueller's wider investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any collusion by the Trump campaign. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Gulen of instigating a failed coup in July 2016 and wants him extradited to Turkey to face trial. Gulen has denied any role in the coup. A spokesman for Mueller's team..

Trump Leaves APEC, Arrives in Hanoi

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, Saturday evening for a state banquet, followed by a day of meetings with Vietnamese leaders. He has been in Danang, where he attended the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, one of several such events during his five-country Asian tour. At the close of the meeting Saturday, the 21 member nations issued a statement expressing support for free trade and closer regional ties, without any mention of Trump’s “America First” doctrine. WATCH: Leaders of US and China Offer Asia Business Leaders Divergent Paths ​Two views on trade On Friday, Trump and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, offered starkly contrasting views of the direction for trade in Asia in separate speeches to regional business leaders Trump told the APEC CEO Summit that he is willing to make bilateral trade agreements with any country in the Indo-Pacific region, but he firmly rejected multinational deals, such as the 12-nation Trans..

Second Airbag Inflator Death Prompts Ford to Warn Some Pickup Owners

Ford Motor Co said Thursday that it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp., and it urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving their vehicles immediately until they can get replacement parts. The second-largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015. Ford said both Takata deaths occurred with inflators built on the same day installed in 2006 Ranger pickups. At least 21 deaths worldwide are linked to the Takata inflators that can rupture and send deadly metal fragments into the driver's body. The faulty inflators have led to the largest automotive recall in history. The other 19 deaths have occurred in Honda Motor Co. vehicles, most of which were in the United States. Ford issued a new recall for..


Atlanta hospital opens mobile ER to handle flu cases

As the flu epidemic overwhelms Georgia, one Atlanta hospital has set up a mobile unit to handle flu patients.Original Article
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