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From Norway to Haiti, Trump’s Comments Stir Fresh Outrage

OSLO — It was already past midnight on Friday when the news arrived in Norway: A day after meeting with Norway’s prime minister in Washington, President Trump told members of Congress that the United States needed more immigrants from places like Norway and fewer immigrants from countries like …

Human Rights

Syria Joins Paris Climate Accord, Leaving Only U.S. Opposed

WASHINGTON — Then there was one.<p>Syria announced during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The move, which comes on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected …

Climate

Trump Makes Push For 'Reciprocal' Trade Agreement With Japan

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is seeking balanced trade with Japan after decades of “massive trade deficits.”<p>The announcement comes in …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

NATO to send more troops to Afghanistan after U.S. shift | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is set to agree on Thursday to increase its Afghanistan training mission by some 3,000 troops, alliance officials said, after the United States switched tack in long-running efforts to defeat Taliban militants and end the conflict.<p>Fresh NATO personnel will not have a …

Afghanistan

Incumbent Weaver survives recall, remains Flint's mayor

DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Karen Weaver survived a recall effort to remain Flint's mayor as the Michigan city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated …

Government

Paradise Papers: Leaks Show Wilbur Ross Hid Ties to Putin Cronies

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary in the Trump administration, shares business interests with Vladimir Putin’s immediate family, and he failed to clearly disclose those interests when he was being confirmed for his cabinet position.<p>Ross — a billionaire industrialist — retains an interest in a …

Corruption

Associated Press News

IS claims deadly attack in Syria against US-backed force

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have carried out a deadly attack on U.S.-backed forces in Syria, killing and wounding many fighters and …

Middle East

Trump heads to Long Island, using brutal MS-13 murders to justify deportations

It was at the corner of a cul-de-sac, in an outwardly placid suburb where children ride bicycles along the sidewalks and families leave baby strollers unlocked on their front lawns.<p>Nobody would think twice about allowing their teenage daughters to walk home in the evening after doing homework at a …

Crime

Trump to sign Russia sanctions, Moscow retaliates

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two U.S. diplomatic properties in retaliation for the …

Russia

Trump condemns North Korean long-range missile launch

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.<p>"Threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people." Trump said in a written statement. "The United States …

North Korea

Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous

The US president’s preference for public bellicosity and instant military action has potential to cause a lot of damage<p>Donald Trump’s warning of renewed US military action against Syria, backed by Britain and condemned by Russia, fits a now established pattern of aggressive White House behaviour …

Middle East

Appeals Court Allows Worst Anti-LGBTQ Law Ever To Go Into Effect In Mississippi

The law has far-reaching effects beyond LGBTQ people as well, allowing for broad discrimination against many people.<p>A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week lifted a lower court injunction that had stopped the implementation of what many legal observers and LGBTQ activists …

Turning Greenhouse Gases Into Clean Air and Energy Simultaneously — Professor Discovers A Way

A chemistry professor and his team of students at the University of Central Florida found a way to turn greenhouse gases into clean air -- and …

Trump’s “Moderate” Defense Secretary Has Already Brought Us to the Brink of War

Did you know that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?<p>Perhaps you were distracted by Gen. Michael Flynn’s …

National Security

Bug causes personal data leak, but no sign of hackers exploiting: Cloudflare | News Home | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A bug in its software left hundreds of thousands of webpages hosted by Cloudflare Inc leaking encrypted personal data, but there was no sign yet the leak had been exploited by hackers, the Internet security firm said on Friday.<p>FILE PHOTO: Matthew Prince, chief executive at an …

Personal Data

Iran Supreme Leader calls for Palestinian intifada to remove the 'cancerous tumor' of Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumor" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated.<p>"... by Allah's permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very …

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks<p>The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of marine life, scientists have warned, after a …

Global Warming

Solar-Powered Robot Farmers Are Almost Ready to Start Working the Land

The $1 million Ladybird bot can locate insect invaders, pluck overgrowth, and one day, harvest crops.<p>Image: University of Sydney<p>So it looks like we're going to live to see the rise of the autonomous robot farmer after all. Or at least, the robot farmhand. There are plenty of promising agricultural …

GOP Wants NASA To Stop Worrying About Earth And Focus On Space

There are talks of "rebalancing" the agency's mission as it continues to tweet about climate change.<p>NASA continues to steadfastly tweet urgent climate change information despite GOP efforts to force the agency to stick to space and forget the Earth.<p>The Trump administration aims to largely restrict …

Space Exploration

The Pentagon Is Considering Sending U.S. Troops Into Syria For The First Time To Fight ISIS

To help accelerate the fight against ISIS, the Pentagon is considering sending U.S. troops to combat the terror organization, according to CNN. The Defense Department is weighing the option of sending ground forces to northern Syria, but the ultimate decision is up to Donald Trump.<p>Trump has been …

Justice Department no longer fighting injunction on transgender school guidance

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Justice Department on Friday signaled it stopped fighting to overturn a national injunction blocking the federal government from giving guidance to schools and transgender students, another sign President Donald Trump's administration is taking a different approach than former President …

U.S. Department of Justice

A ‘human slaughterhouse’ in Syria

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL calls it the “human slaughterhouse”: a Syrian military prison where thousands of civilians have been killed “after being repeatedly tortured and systematically deprived of food, water, medicine and medical care.” Allegations of atrocities against civilians are nothing new for …

Middle East

Who's Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military

Norfolk, Virginia<p>Despite political gridlock over global warming, the Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans to protect its assets from sea-level rise and other impacts. Here's how.<p>Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing …

Sea Level

What the 7 Types of Poop Say About Your Health

Trying to deduce what your deuce means shouldn’t be rocket science — just gastroenterology. Researchers at the University of Bristol devised a visual reference called the Bristol Stool Scale that ranks your poop from 1-7, each of which says something different about the state of your digestive …

Mike Pence Called Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Unconstitutional

An old tweet has resurfaced.<p>Yesterday (January 27), President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would ban immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen). In addition, the order will halt the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for the …

Trump’s executive order on refugees closes America to those who need it most

It lays the groundwork for a fundamental shift in how the US allows people to enter the country.<p>On Friday, President Donald Trump overhauled US refugee policy — laying the groundwork for a fundamental shift in how the US allows people to enter the country.<p>Trump signed an executive order Friday …

Questions swirl after Trump admin says tax will pay for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising Mexico will pay for his massive border wall. On Thursday, his administration finally suggested …

Donald Trump

While Trump grabs headlines, Texas Republicans launch new wave of assaults on LGBT rights

<b>Dan Patrick (AP/Eric Gay)</b><p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sparks new “bathroom bill” and effort to curtail same-sex couples’ rights in Houston<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 26, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>For understandable reasons, Donald Trump and his cadre of Beltway Republicans are dominating the news cycle. But it's also …

LGBTQI

The CDC canceled a climate change event. Al Gore will host it instead.

Gore to Trump: "Climate shouldn’t be a political issue."<p>Remember on Monday, when the Washington Post broke a story that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had abruptly canceled a long-scheduled meeting on the health risks of climate change? If you missed it, the CDC didn’t …