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  • Canadian PM: Multiculturalism is the answer to terror

    05/29/2017 8:38:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 05/29/17 05:40 | Dalit Halevi
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to maintain his deep belief that multiculturalism is the key to achieving security and stability in the West and to stopping terrorism. In a statement condemning Friday's attack in Egypt which targeted Coptic Christians, the third attack against Copts in recent months, Trudeau said, “As recent events show, violent extremists often target those most vulnerable. As members of the international community, we must continue to stand against those responsible for these acts of terrorism and counter hate by promoting the values of diversity, inclusion and peace.” […] Since being elected, Trudeau has taken the...
  • Merkel warns against "simple answers" after Trump meetings

    05/29/2017 10:18:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2017 11:57 AM EDT | David Rising and Geir Moulson
    Chancellor Angela Merkel cautioned Monday against seeking “simple answers” to complex global issues, a day after suggesting that Europe’s relationship with the U.S. had shifted significantly following NATO and G-7 meetings with President Donald Trump that produced disappointing results. The comments at an election rally Sunday in Bavaria, where Merkel stressed that “we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” were widely seen as acknowledgement from Europe’s most powerful leader of the changing dynamic of trans-Atlantic ties. Her foreign minister, a political rival, upped the rhetoric Monday by declaring that with Trump’s policies, “the West has become...
  • Trump's actions have 'weakened' the West, says German minister [barf]

    05/29/2017 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 May 2017 16:43 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his “short-sighted” policies that have “weakened the West” and hurt European interests. The sharp words from Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour abroad which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit. They also followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s warning on Sunday that the US and Britain may no longer be reliable partners. Germany’s exasperation was laid bare after the G7 summit which wrapped up on Saturday with the US refusing to sign up to upholding...
  • In US, 76% Still Believe God Had Hand in Creating or Guiding Man [Gallup]

    05/28/2017 7:53:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2017 | 4:24 PM EDT | Michael Morris
    A recent Gallup poll shows that 76 percent (76%) of U.S. adults believe that God had a hand in creating man in his present form or guiding man as he developed. According to Gallup, “[t]he percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10,000 years or so — the strict creationist view — has reached a new low. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults now accept creationism, while 57% believe in some form of evolution.” […] Today, of the U.S. adult respondents, 76 percent said they believe God had...
  • Abbas rejects Trump's peace proposal

    05/27/2017 11:37:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 05/28/17 07:51 | Dalit Halevi
    Fatah’s Revolutionary Council congratulated the “heroic” hunger-striking terrorists for their “victory” over Israel in what the terror organization called a “fight for freedom and honor.” […] According to Hebrew newspaper Israel Hayom, Abbas rejected Trump’s offer of a regional plan which would first entail normalizing relations with Israel’s neighbors and only afterwards discussing a Palestinian state. Last week, a PA official told Israel Hayom: “Until now, what hindered progress in the advance of the Arab Peace Initiative was the failure of negotiations with Israel. President Trump is interested in advancing a different thought process within the framework of the deal...
  • Barbara Streisand's dog dies, was her companion for 14 years

    05/27/2017 7:07:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 95 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2017 9:13 PM EDT
    Barbra Streisand is mourning the loss of her beloved dog, Sammie. The 75-year-old star announced the news on her social media accounts Saturday, saying “we cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her.” […] Streisand once told British newspaper The Independent Sammie is “like the daughter I never had.” …
  • Danish PM receives complaint from Israel’s Netanyahu: report

    05/26/2017 11:10:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 26 May 2017 09:21 CEST+02:00
    Denmark’s prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen reportedly received a rebuke from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over Danish support for Palestinian organizations. The two prime ministers spoke over the telephone Wednesday, reports newspaper Berlingske, citing anonymous Danish and Israeli sources.Netanyahu wished to express his displeasure at Danish state support for a number of Palestinian organizations, according to the report. Neither Denmark nor Israel has officially confirmed that the conversation took place. Last week, Netanyahu asked Danish foreign minister Anders Samuelsen to scrap Denmark’s support for Palestinian organizations during an official visit by the latter to Jerusalem. After that meeting, Samuelsen signed...
  • France vows to help Britain fight terror

    05/26/2017 9:39:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 26 May 2017 17:34 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    President Emmanuel Macron has vowed France’s total support in Britain’s fight against terrorism after the Manchester attack as he met Prime Minister Theresa May at the G7 summit. “We will be here to cooperate and do everything we can in order to increase this cooperation at the European level, in order to do more from a bilateral point of view against terrorism,” Macron told her, in their first formal meeting since he took office. The bombing of a pop concert in Manchester on Monday night, which left 22 people dead, came a year and a half after another assault claimed...
  • AWKWARD: Ben Jacobs tweet about wanting to punch a Conservative journo hasn’t aged well

    05/26/2017 10:51:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Posted at 9:52 am on May 26, 2017 | Sam J.
    Well, this is awkward. In case you don’t recognize Mr. Jacobs, he is the journalist that newly elected Republican, Greg Gianforte, allegedly body slammed the night before the special election. […] Oh yeah, and did we mention Benji is only 16? …
  • GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

    05/26/2017 10:03:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2017 8:24 AM EDT | Bobby Caina Calvin and Nicholas Riccardi
    A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year. […] The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Steve Stivers, issued a statement hailing Gianforte’s win, as well as his apology. “Now he needs to resolve his legal issue so that he can start off on the right foot serving his constituents,” Stivers said. […] The assault allegation didn’t seem to faze voters. Shaun Scott, a computer science professor at Carroll...
  • San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

    05/25/2017 10:23:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2017 9:39 PM EDT | Michael Balsamo
    Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino attack in December 2015. The report released by the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office includes the accounts of nearly two dozen law enforcement officers and details how officers identified Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who carried out the attack with high-powered rifles at a health department training event and holiday party in December 2015, and the gunfight that ensued after officers tried to stop the fleeing couple. […] A San Bernardino...
  • Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

    05/25/2017 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2017 8:39 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it’s up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us,” the Facebook CEO said. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalize gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers. “And this is my story too,” Zuckerberg added....
  • Germany spent 20 billion euros on refugees in 2016

    05/25/2017 10:57:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.24.2017 | dm/jm (dpa, KNA)
    The German government in 2016 provided €9.3 billion ($10.4 billion) to its sixteen states for assisting migrants and €11 billion on measures designed to fight the causes of forced migration and displacement abroad. The figures are from a federal government report expected to be approved and published by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday. A total of €5.5 billion was spent for migrants who were seeking asylum and were not yet recognized by the state. The funds spent within Germany also went towards an integration package that cost €2 billion, while €400 million was spent on shelter for asylum seekers...
  • Convict who escaped Swiss prison after romance with guard gets extra jail time [Syrian rapist]

    05/25/2017 9:47:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 24 May 2017 09:15 CEST+02:00
    The convicted rapist who escaped from a prison in the canton of Zürich in February 2016 with help from his female prison guard lover has had his sentence extended. Syrian prisoner Hassan Kiko, 28, broke free from the Limmattal jail on February 8th and fled along with guard Angelica Magdici, with whom he had developed a romantic relationship. After seven weeks on the run, in March Italian police tracked the pair to a building in the Bergamo region of northern Italy and they were arrested. They had spent a couple of weeks in the town of Romano di Lombardia and...
  • France urges Trump not to rush on Paris climate deal

    05/25/2017 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 25 May 2017 17:51 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said he hoped US President Donald Trump would not rush into deciding what to do with the Paris climate agreement. “My wish is that the United States takes no hurried decision,” Macron told a news briefing after talks with Trump, in which the two leaders discussed Washington’s doubts over the 196-nation climate pact reached in late 2015. “I told the US president the importance of the deal for us, the importance of the commitment made by the international community,” he said. …
  • Obama 'heartbroken' by Manchester attack

    05/25/2017 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 May 2017 13:32 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Former United States President Barack Obama said at a Berlin reunion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday that he was “heartbroken” by a suicide bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester. “We can see the terrible violence that took place just recently in Manchester… it’s a reminder that there is great danger of terrorism and people who would do great harm to others just because they’re different,” Obama told a crowd at the German capital’s Brandenburg Gate. He and Merkel had sent a joint message of condolence to the families of those killed in the Monday attack during a...
  • Ryan says Comey is 'NOT' a nut job – and says he took it as a compliment when Trump called him a…

    05/24/2017 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:17 EDT, 24 May 2017 | Geoff Earle
    House Speaker Paul Ryan defended fired FBI Director James Comey, saying the longtime law enforcement official President Trump sacked wasn’t crazy. Asked about a report that Trump told top Russian officials that Comey was a “nut job” in a meeting the day after firing the FBI director, Ryan disagreed. “Yeah, I don’t agree with that. And he’s not,” Ryan said at an Axios panel discussion. He also went further, saying “I like Jim Comey.” […] Ryan also commented on Trump calling him a boy scout. “I took it as a compliment. I’m not sure it was meant that way. We’re...
  • Administration Proposes Steep Cuts to Account That Funds U.N. Regular Budget

    05/24/2017 9:19:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 24, 2017 | 4:18 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.S. is the largest contributor by far to the United Nations and many other international organizations, and cuts in the administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget are designed to prod other nations to pay a bigger share, a senior State Department official said Tuesday. The administration is requesting $996.4 million for the account from which the U.N. regular budget is funded — a more than 30 percent drop from the $1.444 billion FY 2017 level. That “contributions to international organizations” (CIO) account also covers a raft of other U.N. agencies such as the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture...
  • Berlin sets up toughest security yet for Obama visit during Church congress

    05/24/2017 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 May 2017 10:33 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Police in the capital have “thought through every scenario” as they prepare to keep visitors safe during Protestant Reformation celebrations, which include a visit by Barack Obama. Around 140,000 visitors are expected in Berlin for the Church Congress marking 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation, which kicks off on Wednesday evening and lasts until Sunday. Former US President Obama will be the star guest in the proceedings, discussing “engaged democracy” with Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of a crowd of 80,000 at the Brandenburg Gate on Thursday. “Unfortunately, the terror threat has been constantly high for a...
  • Switzerland takes step closer to military conscription for women

    05/23/2017 9:54:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 May 2017 10:12 CEST+02:00
    Young Swiss women will be obliged to attend an “information day” about military service from 2020 in order to encourage more to join the army, according to reports. Currently, military or civil service is compulsory for all Swiss men over 18, who must pay an exemption tax if they are excluded due to health reasons or refuse to serve. It is not compulsory for women, but they may choose to volunteer. Last year, only around 65 women out of 7,600 recruits began their service. In February this year, army commander Daniel Baumgartner said in an interview that he wanted to...