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Principal Says Trump Is Worse Than 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
The principal of a fancy New York City private school says the election of President Trump is worse than the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Steve Nelson, principal of the Calhoun School, fired off a hate-filled email to parents blasting the president. He also said Trump's election would be more devastating than Vietnam, Watergate and the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here to get your copy of Todd’s new book – “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again!” Liberals say it is truly deplorable! “I walked the complex inner-city streets of Cleveland during the racial unrest of the 60’s,” he wrote in an email obtained by the New York Post. “I was in rural Georgia when Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in Tennessee. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Nelson is a liberal nut.

Obama Hires Agency For Speaking Gigs, Lawyers For Book Deals
Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama announced Friday they have picked the prestigious agency that represents Bill Clinton, Mia Farrow and others to handle their post-White House speaking gigs. The Harry Walker Agency will represent both Obamas for speaking appearances, said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president. It's the same firm that recently resumed representing Hillary Clinton for future speeches and handled the speeches she gave for big sums after stepping down as secretary of state in 2013. Former House Speaker John Boehner, pilot Sully Sullenberger and former White House press secretary Josh Earnest are all represented by the Harry Walker Agency. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Money talks.

Trump: New Action Coming On Security Next Week
President Donald Trump said Friday his White House will unveil new security measures to keep America safe next week, and said his administration will continue to pursue efforts to lift the freeze on his immigration ban. "We will be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You will be seeing that sometime next week," Trump said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, without elaborating on what the actions will be. At times, the press conference appeared to show an administration still finding its feet in the stagecraft of foreign policy. During Abe's opening remarks, Trump did not appear to use an earpiece to listen to a translation. And he almost closed the event before the second scheduled question from the Japanese press. CNN

Residents Say 1st Atom Bomb Test Caused Cancer Cases
Residents say the world's first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship, according to surveys gathered by an advocacy group seeking compensation for descendants. The surveys released late Friday detailed residents' stories from areas around the 1945 Trinity Test and argue that many Hispanic families later struggled to keep up with cancer-related illnesses. The health effects of the test have long been debated in New Mexico. "It's the first ever study done on the Tularosa Downwinders," said Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. "We wanted people to tell their stories in the fashion because it's never been done before." Philadelphia Inqurier

Robert Kraft Joins Trump, Japanese PM For Dinner
Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, is joining President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives for dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Trump began the dinner at Mar-a-Lago’s crowded patio restaurant by talking up Kraft and joking that the assembled U.S. and Japanese press had heard Kraft was there. Trump said Kraft “knew he was going to win the game, even when he was down 28-3.” The president also quipped about all the interpreters who had pulled up chairs to their not-so-large table. NY Post

Hillary And Kellyanne Get Into It On Twitter
The two-time failed presidential candidate took to Twitter to mock President Trump for losing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled Thursday that the halt to his travel ban would remain in place. “3-0,” Clinton tweeted right after the ruling had been handed down. The score appeared to allude to the unanimous 3-0 decision handed down by the appeals court. But Trump World isn’t too shabby on Twitter, either. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded with her own mockery of Clinton. “PA, WI, MI,” Conway said, referring to the states Clinton was supposed to win handily in the 2016 election, but ended up losing to Donald Trump. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Hillary is too stupid to shut up - her big mouth did it again - lost.

Kellyanne Conway Apologized To Donald Trump After Ivanka Clothing Line Comments
Kellyanne Conway, top adviser to President Donald Trump, apologized to him Thursday after her comments about Ivanka Trump's clothing line during a TV interview, a senior administration official told CNN. The President expressed to her in that meeting that he backed her up "completely," the official said. The official also said that the President "hated" the word "counseled" -- as was used by press secretary Sean Spicer in the White House briefing Thursday in reference to the White House response to Conway's comments. Conway tweeted Friday that she had the President's support. CNN


NYPD Plans 23,000 Body Cams. Number On Streets Now: 0
New York City police plan to put body cameras on all 23,000 of its patrol officers by 2019, an ambitious effort that would dwarf all others across the country. But the nation's largest police department is lagging behind other cities, with only limited experience with the cameras and zero currently on the streets. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says his body camera plan, announced during a proposed labor deal last month with the police officer's union, is crucial to restoring trust between officers and the communities they serve, "creating an atmosphere of transparency and accountability for the good of all." Tampa Tribune

Turkish Constitutional Referendum Comes Amid Media Crackdown
Turkey's electoral board on Saturday confirmed April 16 as the date of a national referendum on expanding the president's powers, but the main opposition leader predicts he will face an "unfair" campaign process. The head of the High Electoral Board, Sadi Guven, announced the referendum date a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed off on the constitutional changes aimed at creating a presidency with executive powers, which were passed by parliament last month. Guven said 55 million people in Turkey and close to 3 million Turks living abroad are eligible to cast votes. Tampa Tribune

FEC Official Wants Proof Of New Hampshire Voter Fraud Claims
President Trump reportedly claimed during a meeting with lawmakers Thursday that out-of-state voters were bused into New Hampshire, costing him and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte a victory in the state. Now a Federal Election Commission official wants Trump to prove it. Trump got 46.5% of the vote, compared to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's 46.8%. She received the state's four electoral votes. Such an allegation would mean that thousands of people illegally voted in New Hampshire — a felony under New Hampshire law, commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said in a statement Friday afternoon. "As a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, I am acutely aware that our democracy rests on the faith of the American people in the integrity of their elections," she wrote in a statement. "The President has issued an extraordinarily serious and specific charge. Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored." USA Today

$1,084,840,000,000: Taxes Set Record Through January; $7,133 Per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit Of $156,939,000,000
The U.S. Treasury hauled in a record of approximately $1,084,840,000,000 in tax revenues in the first four months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. That is up about $5,616,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars from the approximately $1,079,224,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the Treasury collected in the first four months of fiscal 2016. Tax revenues from previous years, as reported in the Monthly Treasury Statement for January of each year, were adjusted to 2016 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Obama wasted a lot of money.

Trump On Drug War: 'We're Going To Be Ruthless ... We Have No Choice'
Speaking before a prominent group of police chiefs and sheriffs from across the nation, President Donald Trump said his administration will fight a "ruthless" war against illegal drugs and assist state and local officials in stopping gang members, "many of whom are not even legally in our country." "I've been here two weeks," President Trump said of his administration before a gathering of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8.  "I've met a lot of law enforcement officials." CNS News

Trump Weighs Revised Travel Ban, Supreme Court Test Still Possible
President Donald Trump said late on Friday aboard Air Force One that he is considering issuing a new travel ban executive order, while White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the administration could still escalate a legal dispute over Trump's original travel ban order to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a step that triggered the most serious legal confrontation yet for the new Republican administration, Trump two weeks ago issued an executive order banning entry into the United States by refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, triggering nationwide protests and legal challenges. Reuters

Trump Says U.S. Committed To Japan Security, In Change From Campaign Rhetoric
With a hug and a handshake, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened a new chapter in U.S.-Japan relations on Friday with Trump abruptly setting aside campaign pledges to force Tokyo to pay more for U.S. defense aid. The two leaders appeared to have established a quick friendship during a day of talks at the White House and a flight together aboard Air Force One to Florida for a weekend of golf. At a joint news conference with Abe, Trump avoided repeating harsh campaign rhetoric that accused Japan of taking advantage of U.S. security aid and stealing American jobs. Reuters


Russia Considers Returning Snowden To U.S. To ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump
U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed. That's according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to "curry favor" with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration. MSNBC

White House Rewriting Trump’s Controversial Travel Ban Order
President Donald Trump said Friday that he could issue a new executive order on immigration after an appeals court refused to reinstate restrictions on entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim nations. "The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily ... we'll win that battle," Trump said. "But we also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order on Monday." Asked what changes could be made if a new order were issued, the president replied, "very little." MSNBC

Trump Attacks On Judiciary Raise Safety Concerns For Judges
When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among jurists across the country, and experts are worried that the president's own attacks on the judiciary could make judges a more inviting target. U.S. District Judge James Robart imposed the temporary restraining order that halted enforcement of Trump's ban last week. The president soon sent a tweet saying the opinion of "this so-called judge" was "ridiculous and will be overturned." Robart quickly became a target on social media. Someone on Twitter called him a "DEAD MAN WALKING" and another on Facebook suggested that he be imprisoned at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, "where other enemies of the US are held." Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are making their own negative news, while Trump is making positive news.

Liberal Democrats Ignore Persecution Of Christians Outside The U.S.
Advocates who work to protect persecuted groups say there is a “blind spot” in the West concerning the plight faced by Christians around the world — a shortsightedness evident in the overwhelmingly negative reaction to President Trump’s executive order granting preferred refugee status to persecuted religious minorities. From the Coptics in Egypt and the “house churches” in China to the “subversives” in North Korea and the “apostates” in Pakistan, Christians are under fire on the international stage. Paul Coleman, deputy director of the Alliance Defending Freedom International, said the international persecution of Christians is unrivaled. Washington Times

GOP Dilemma On Health Law Taxes: To Repeal Or Not To Repeal?
Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they're divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to finance its expanded coverage for millions of Americans. It's a trillion-dollar dilemma — actually closer to $1.1 trillion. That's the 10-year price tag the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office puts on revenue the government would lose if the law's taxes on wealthy people, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and others were eliminated. Republicans and President Donald Trump have been edging away from their promise to quickly eliminate Obama's entire law. Still, annulling its taxes would be a partial victory and is irresistible for many GOP lawmakers and the conservative voters at the core of their support. "We should do full repeal," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a leading House conservative. "And full repeal means not taking the taxes" from people. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Republicans have always talked big - Trump may kick them forward.

Citizens 18 And Up Could Carry Concealed Handgun Without Permit Under Proposed NC Law
A Cabarrus County state legislator has introduced a bill that would do away with the need for a permit to carry a concealed gun. Sponsored by Rep. Larry Pittman, House Bill 69 (called the Constitutional Carry Act) would eliminate the need for concealed-carry permits for North Carolinians who carry handguns, but not for larger firearms. Any U.S. citizen 18 years or older would be able to carry a concealed handgun under the proposed legislation, unless otherwise disallowed by state or federal law. The group Grass Roots North Carolinas says passage of the proposal would make NC the twelfth state with a “constitutional carry” law. Charlotte Observer

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Trump Helps Drive Donations To Environmental Groups
Go to the website of any leading environmental group, and you’ll find ominous warnings that President Trump may soon destroy the planet — often accompanied by scary photos of the chief executive. He may not be good for their policy priorities, but Mr. Trump is proving to be a bonanza for their bottom line, as groups across the liberal spectrum — especially those dedicated to environmental activism — say they are raking in cash from supporters eager to open their wallets to stop the administration. The Sierra Club, one of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups, said its donations have increased 700 percent since the November election compared with the same period last year. Like most other organizations, the Sierra Club wouldn’t provide specific figures, but virtually all prominent environmental groups say donations are pouring in at unprecedented rates. Washington Times

Major Stock Indexes Notch Record Highs
Stocks closed at record highs for the second day in a row, as mining companies and other raw materials providers led a broad rally in equities. Rising crude oil prices also gave energy companies a big boost. Markets also were focused on a meeting between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 2,316. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 97 points, or 0.5 percent, to 20,269. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,734. CBS

Mexican Foreign Minister Helped Jared Kushner Re-Write Trump Border Wall Speech
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray personally made changes to President Donald Trump’s speech announcing an executive order calling for the construction of a border wall, according to Mexican officials. When Videgaray came to the White House in January, on the same day that Mr. Trump was to sign the executive order, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law, showed him the speech Mr. Trump planned to deliver that day at the Homeland Security Department. Videgaray was horrified, according to the Mexican officials, and deemed the speech a non-starter. CBS
VOA VIEW: Don't believe all you hear or read.

Corporate America Faces Tough Balancing Act In Age Of Trump
The early days of Donald Trump's presidency has crystallized one thing for corporate America: Doing business in the shadow of the 45th president is going to be a delicate balancing act. Facing pressure from anti-Trump consumers and the presence of a commander-in-chief who wields a Twitter account from which he has already sent market-moving tweets, corporate America is trying to to adapt to an increasingly unpredictable and hyper-politicized business climate. “I don’t think there is any way for companies to hide or run away from this political scrutiny anymore,” said Daniel Korschun, an associate professor of marketing at Drexel University in Philadelphia. “My advice to CEOs is to have the difficult conversations about what you stand for as a company. They need to figure out where do they have consensus among their constituents on key political issues, so they are ready for the inevitable.” USA Today

Donald Trump Is Still Calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’
President Trump apparently hasn’t tired of calling Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” It’s a jab meant to reference Warren’s claimed Cherokee lineage, something that has not been proven. According to Politico, Trump referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” several times during a Thursday lunch with some senators, at which Warren’s recent objection to the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was discussed. During that confirmation debate this week, Warren was silenced after being found in violation of Senate rules for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King that said Sessions had used the “power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” Boston Globe
VOA VIEW: Warren is a loser trying to get a win somewhere - no dice.

Oprah Winfrey Made $62M Profit On Painting
Oprah Winfrey sold a painting by Austrian master Gustav Klimt for $150 million last summer, realizing a $62 million profit, USA Today reported. In 2006, Winfrey bought "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" for $87.9 million, which was a record for a Klimt painting, USA Today reported. The 1912 painting depicts the wife of a Vienna art patron, and Winfrey had loaned it to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. While on display there, it apparently caught the attention of an unidentified Chinese patron who paid the new price. The painting now hangs at the Neue Galerie in New York, where it will remain on display until September. Both the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" and Klimt's better-known "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" in gold from 1907 were looted by Nazis and only returned to Bloch-Bauer's heirs in 2006, USA Today reported. Atlanta Journal


GOP, Allies Launch Defense Of Puzder, Trump's Labor Pick
Rattled by bitter fights over President Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, Republicans and their allies have launched a fresh campaign to defend fast food executive Andrew Puzder's nomination to lead the Labor Department. From a social media push, including the Twitter hashtag #confirmpuzder, to old-fashioned letter-writing to senators, the CEO's supporters are pushing back against months of Democratic and labor-led efforts to cast him as favoring business interests over those of U.S. workers. ABC

Lawyer: 'Pro-Trump' Attitudes Part Of Voter Fraud Sentence
A lawyer for a Mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas says President Donald Trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box. Attorney Clark Birdsall said Friday that 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega will likely be deported. She was convicted in Fort Worth this week on two felony counts of illegal voting. Voting fraud convictions often result in probation. A spokeswoman for Tarrant County prosecutors says jurors made clear they value voting rights. ABC

Trump Can’t Stop The Retirement Revolution
Over the past decade, the way that millions of Americans invest for retirement has changed. Money has fled from many high-priced investment products. Companies that built their businesses on armies of commission-based salespeople are scrambling for cheaper ways to deliver advice. A 500-word memo signed on Feb. 3 by President Trump may slow this trend, but it’s unlikely to reverse it. Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Labor to reconsider the fiduciary rule, a regulation set to go into effect in April. It requires financial advisers to put their clients’ interests first when handling retirement accounts. The U.S. retirement market is about $25 trillion in assets, the Investment Company Institute says, so the rule goes right to the heart of the advice business. Many on Wall Street hate it. Bloomberg

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Public Policy Polling: 51 Percent Of Trump Voters Say Bowling Green Massacre Justifies Travel Ban
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic poll known to throw a kooky question or two into the mix, got some interesting answers related to President Trump's (now stalled) executive order on immigration. A few of the questions reference the much addressed but completely fake "Bowling Green massacre," a homeland terrorist attack that never actually happened. The faux "massacre" was first brought up by Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway in interviews with MSNBC and Cosmopolitan and subsequently debunked by a number of publications. Nevertheless, the completely false nature of Conway's claim didn't stop 712 registered voters polled by PPP from having a very real opinion about it. SF Gate

Americans Renouncing Citizenship At Record High
The number of Americans renouncing their citizenship rose to a new record of 5,411 last year, up 26 percent from 2015, according to the latest government data. Why?
It all goes back to the Civil War, and to a tax meant to deter potential draft dodgers from leaving the U.S. Today, the goal is to make sure that all of the income of U.S. citizens, whether they live and work in the U.S. or not, is reported to the Internal Revenue Service. The rules got trickier in 2010, when, in an effort to cut down on tax evasion, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (fabulously, Fatca, for short) was passed into law. It basically said foreign institutions holding assets for U.S. citizens had to report the accounts or withhold a 30 percent tax on them if the information wasn't provided. That led some foreign banks to shy away from opening accounts for expats. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Eight years of Obama and the thought of Hillary Clinton as president.

Trump Revives Voter Fraud Claims In Lunch With Senators
President Donald Trump has revived groundless claims of voter fraud, arguing in a lunch meeting with senators that he and former GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if not for voters bused in from out of state. A GOP official with knowledge of Thursday's lunch conversation described the president's comments. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a private meeting. There is no evidence of people being improperly bused into New Hampshire to vote. Las Vegas Sun

Foreign Hacker Gets 8 Years In $55M US Scam Case
A prolific Russian-speaking hacker behind cyberattacks that netted an estimated $55 million has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a U.S. judge. Turkish national Ercan Findikoglu appeared in a federal courthouse in New York on Friday. His conviction marks an unusual victory for law enforcement officials who pursue such cases. While the authorities have identified hundreds of Russian-speaking hackers, getting them into handcuffs is difficult. Ex-Secret Service special agent Robert Sica says officials monitor foreign hackers until they travel to a friendly country that will extradite them to the U.S. Las Vegas Sun

Iran To Allow Russian Jets To Fly Over Airspace
The semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that Iran will allow Russian jetfighters to fly over its airspace to support military operations in Syria. The Saturday report quotes Ali Shamkhami, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. He says: "Cooperation between Iran and Russia to fight against terrorism in Syria has wide and comprehensive dimensions." In August, Iran confirmed that Russian bombers had launched airstrikes from near the Iranian city of Hamedan, 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of the Iranian capital Tehran to hit targets in in eastern Syria. Charlotte Observer

Trump Won’t Repeal Rejection Of Immigration Order To Supreme Court, For Now
Despite President Donald Trump’s dire warnings about imminent foreign threats, the White House said Friday that it did not plan to appeal a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order halting his travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim nations directly to the Supreme Court. A senior administration official said White House lawyers would likely instead argue the case before the same Seattle court run by the man Trump denounced as a “so-called judge,” and Trump told reporters on Air Force One that options other than a Supreme Court appeal were being considered. While predicting an eventual victory, Trump acknowledged it may take time. Kanss City Star
VOA VIEW: The liberal media need to wait and watch, instead of making up stuff.

Food And Medicine Shortages Weren’t Bad Enough. Now Venezuelans Can’t Even Get Passports.
After suffering months of merciless shortages of food and medicine, Venezuelans now face a new problem as a result of the economy’s collapse: They can’t even get the passports they need to leave the country. Venezuela’s bankrupt government does not have the money to import the materials and spare parts needed for machines to make the passports, leaving thousands of citizens without the possibility of traveling abroad. Miami Herald

U.S. Air Force Test-Launches Minuteman III Missile
U.S. Air Force personnel from bases in Minot, N.D., and Vandenberg, Calif., completed a test launch with an unarmed Minuteman III missile. The Minuteman is an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. U.S. Air Force officials say the operational launch was conducted to verify the missile's capability as a nuclear deterrent. UPI News

Mississippi House Passes Bill For Executions By Gas Chamber, Firing Squad
Lawmakers in the Mississippi House of Representatives have passed a bill that could reintroduce the gas chamber, firing squad and electric chair to execute prisoners on death row. The last prisoner to be executed in Mississippi was in 2012, after which federal rulings on the constitutionality of the most common lethal injection protocol, combined with court challenges at the state level, have held off any state executions, though 47 prisoners remain on death row. UPI New

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As ongoing investigations in multiple cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue, police are reportedly preparing to wrap up Case 1000, allegedly involving illegal gifts, in four-to-six weeks. Channel 2 reported on Friday evening that police are likely to conclude this investigation with a recommendation to indict Netanyahu. Police had already made the decision to separate the case from other ongoing investigations. The case is set to be transferred to prosecution once the investigation comes to a close. Jerusalem Post

Trump Urges Israel To 'Act Reasonably' On Settlements
US President Donald Trump has told an Israeli paper that settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank is not "good for peace" with the Palestinians. In an interview with Israel Hayom, Mr Trump said a peace deal was possible but urged Israel to "act reasonably". Israel has advanced plans for 6,000 new settler homes since the inauguration last month of Mr Trump, whom it sees as more sympathetic than his predecessor. BBC

Iraq War Allegations Probe To End
A probe into allegations made against Iraq war veterans will be shut down within months, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced. The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) will close in the summer and around 20 remaining cases will be given to the Royal Navy Police, he said. MPs have branded the probe, which has spent £34m but led to no successful prosecutions, an "unmitigated failure". The IHAT was set up in 2010 to examine allegations made by Iraqi civilians. BBC

Democrats Call For Michael Flynn's Dismissal After Reported Russia Talks
The future of the US national security adviser, Michael Flynn, looked uncertain on Friday after reports that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington before taking office, contrary to his earlier adamant denials. The reports, based on leaks from current and former officials, also point to contacts between the former general and Russian officials going back to before the 8 November election – an election that the US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to influence in Donald Trump’s favour. Guardian

EU Foreign Policy Chief Tells Trump Not To Interfere In Europe's Politics
The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has warned the Trump administration not to interfere in European politics, advising it to “deal with America first”.
Speaking during a two-day visit to Washington, Mogherini did not make specific accusations but said that she sometimes heard voices in the new administration “saying the European Union is not necessarily a good idea. Inviting us to dismantle what we have managed to build and which has brought us not only peace, but also economic strength.” Guardian

Top French Isil Recruiter Linked To Brussels Attack 'Killed In Airstrike' In Mosul
A notorious terrorist recruiter linked to a string of Isil-inspired attacks in France has been killed in an American drone strike in Iraq, French police sources said on Friday. The report came as French police thwarted an “imminent” suicide attack, possibly on a Paris tourist site, with the arrests of four suspected Isil recruits, including a 16-year-old girl, who were manufacturing explosives. Telegraph

'The World Needs Science And Science Needs Women,' UN Says Ahead Of International Day
'Female engineers and computer programmers wanted,' is the call from a new United Nations report that shows women are increasingly graduating with life science degrees, but still rare in engineering and computer science, especially in developed economies. “An analysis of computer science shows a steady decrease in female graduates since 2000 that is particularly marked in high-income countries,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization found in its UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030, released yesterday ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, marked annually on 11 February. UN News

In Turkey, UN Chief Guterres Spotlights Collective Responsibility For Refugee Protection
Underscoring the enormity of the plight of refugees, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appealed for effective burden-sharing in supporting those who have been forced to flee their homes, as well as to those providing them refuge. “This is a moment to launch an appeal – when we see so many borders being closed and when we see so many escaping their responsibilities – […] for effective burden-sharing and to make sure that the integrity of the international refugee protection regime is maintained,” Mr. Guterres said at a press encounter in Istanbul alongside Binali Yildirim, the Turkish Prime Minister. UN News

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