Says US Must Be Prepared For Military Operations In North Korea
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster attempted to make clear Sunday that President Trump is seeking international support in trying to stop North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclearize weapon, reasserting Trump’s vow that the U.S. will no longer be the world’s policeman. “It’s an open defiance of the international community,” McMaster, a retired Army general, told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… . None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Un is dangerous and we will have to confront him sooner or later - better sooner.
In Congress Would Pressure Palestinian Gov't To Cut Off Terror
Taylor Force was a West Point graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was pursuing his MBA at Vanderbilt last year, and his future was certainly very bright.
"Taylor was stabbed to death while he was in Israel by a Palestinian," says his mother, Robbi, matter-of-factly. Taylor, who was 28, was walking along the Mediterranean boardwalk promenade with friends in Tel Aviv, when he was savagely knifed to death on March 8, 2016. His killer was identified as a Palestinian terrorist, 22-year-old Bashar Masalha, who authorities say went on a stabbing spree that also severely wounded ten others before he was shot dead by Israeli police. Fox News
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
To Allies: Watch What Trump Does, Not What He Says
Sen. John McCain has a message for US allies confused by the mixed messages and miscommunications coming from the White House on foreign policy: "Sometimes it's important to watch what the President does rather than what he says." McCain was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday what he tells world leaders when President Donald Trump and his administration aren't on the same page -- as happened when the President declared in early April that an aircraft carrier strike group was headed to South Korea only for it to be revealed days later that the naval group was not on its way there after all. "I tell them that [Trump is] surrounding himself with an outstanding national security team," McCain told anchor Jake Tapper, echoing his past praise for Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster. "I can't guarantee to world leaders that he will always listen to them, but he has so far." CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is looking for, and pushing for, a Trump actions.
Humanity Couldn't Bear War With North Korea
Pope Francis said Saturday he worries that rising tensions between the United States and North Korea could lead to a wide military conflict that would wipe out a "large part of humanity." He called for renewed diplomacy using third-party intermediaries and for the United Nations to take a lead role in de-escalating tensions. The Pope, while returning to Italy from Egypt, took several questions from reporters and one asked him what he would say to world leaders at this critical moment. Francis said in Italian that the situation "has heated up too much. I always appeal for a solution through diplomatic means." The pontiff, who has spoken of a "piecemeal third world war" for several years, said increased conflict would be devastating. CNN
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Could Target 'Carried Interest' Tax Loophole
The Trump administration's push to overhaul tax laws might soon target a loophole used by some financial managers to lower their tax rates, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday. President Donald Trump campaigned before the Nov. 8 election to eliminate the so-called "carried interest" loophole, which is used by many financial managers to lower tax obligations. But a rough outline for a major tax overhaul released last week failed to mention the loophole. Priebus, however, hinted that carried-interest could be on the chopping block and warned against analysts taking the view that financial managers would keep on benefiting from it. Reuters
Tax Plan Could Increase Deficit ‘Maybe In The Short Term’
Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday morning acknowledged that the Trump administration's tax proposal could increase the deficit, at least at first. "Maybe in the short term," he said during an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," while predicting that it would eventually be overcome by economic "growth." "The truth is," he added, "if we don't get this economy [growing] at 3 percent or more as the president believes that we can, we are never going to meet the obligations that we've made today." MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - Republicans better get it together.
Invites Philippine President Duterte To Washington
President Donald Trump invited controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a "very friendly" call Saturday, the White House said in a statement. According to the White House, Trump "enjoyed the conversation," which addressed concerns over North Korea. The president also looked forward to visiting the Philippines in November for two summits with other Asian nations, it added. The leaders also discussed the Philippine government's contentious war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives and drawn criticism from rights groups as well as some Western governments. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Duterte is a snake.
Air Maintenance Workers Threaten Strike Ahead Of Shareholders Meeting
A union representing 1,200 U.S. air maintenance workers at United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) turned up pressure on the company on Sunday to settle a three-year contract dispute, saying it would seek clearance to strike. The union is taking its grievances directly to UPS shareholders, running as an advertisement an open letter to David Abney, the company’s chief executive, ahead of a Thursday shareholders meeting. The letter, which has been delivered to board members, was signed by nearly 78 percent of members of Local 2727 of the Teamsters union, asking the company to maintain air mechanics’ current health plan and not demand other concessions. Reuters
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To Stick With Conservative List For Next Supreme Court Pick
President Trump will turn to the same list of conservative potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he rolled out during the campaign to fill the next vacancy on the high court, he told The Washington Times in an exclusive interview in which he also predicted his first pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, will leave a lasting impression on the court. Mr. Trump said he’s heard rumors about the chances that one of the justices will retire when the current court session ends in June, but said he doesn’t have any inside knowledge. Washington Times
Says IRS Audit Could End Soon, Maybe Then He’ll Release Tax Returns
President Trump is open to releasing his tax returns when the IRS audit is done — and that could happen soon, he said. “It could happen soon. I don’t know,” Mr. Trump said in an interviewed that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” Mr. Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns has been a burning issue on the left since the campaign. He is the first presidential candidate not to make public his tax information since the tradition began with by Richard Nixon in 1973. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump's tax returns are a liberal issue.
You Post 10 Concerts To Facebook? You May Have Revealed More ThanYou Intended
It’s all fun and games until someone’s password security question gets hacked. A meme making the rounds on Facebook asks users to list 10 concerts — nine they’ve attended and a fabricated one — and invites others to identify the fake one. But the post — “10 Concerts I’ve Been To, One is a Lie” — might also be an invitation to a midlevel threat to your online privacy and security, experts said. The meme, which surged in popularity last week, is the kind of frivolous distraction that makes up social media interactions, similar to other viral memes, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge. Privacy experts cautioned it could reveal too much about a person’s background and preferences and sounds like a security question — name the first concert you attended — that you might be asked on a banking, brokerage or similar website to verify your identity. Kansas City Star
Tax Proposal: Middle Class Cut Or Massive Tax Shift?
Property owners vote, and most homeowners will vote for a tax cut. That is the conclusion of a carefully crafted constitutional amendment before the Florida Legislature that will put an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for properties valued at more than $100,000 on the 2018 ballot. The measure appears headed for approval Monday by the Florida Senate, and later in the week by the House. If 60 percent of voters support it, it would be the broadest middle-class tax cut since 2008, when Florida voters approved a series of property tax breaks that capped increases in non-homestead property tax assessments at 10 percent a year and expanded the homestead exemptions from $25,000 to $50,000. Miami Herald
Real Estate Drawing Middle Eastern Buyers
Every month, the Miami Association of Realtors announces the top 10 foreign countries that use its website to search for Miami real estate. As you might expect, this list typically features the “usual suspects” month after month, such as Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and France. However, the most recently published report (from January 2017) included an unfamiliar newcomer: Turkey, ranked at No. 7. Miami has always attracted foreign buyers, and we are very used to seeing strong interest from Latin America and Europe. But this marked the first time I can remember that a Middle Eastern country was included among that report’s top 10. While time and circumstances could make this inclusion an outlier, it is also a fairly good demonstration of Miami’s rising profile among wealthy and sophisticated real-estate buyers from that part of the world — a trend in which I have been fortunate to participate. Miami Herald
Of Trump's Most Controversial Advisers Is Reportedly Out Of The White House
Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House adviser who works on national security issues, is reportedly leaving his role in the White House, according to multiple reports. Citing an unnamed senior administration official, the Washington Examiner reported Sunday that Gorka would leave soon for a new role dealing "with the 'war of ideas' involved in countering radical Islamic extremism." CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta later tweeted that he had confirmed the report. The new role, according to the Examiner, will include an appointment to a federal agency. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: CNN likes spreading any negative regarding Trump.
Guarantees Coverage For People With Pre-Existing Conditions In Health Care
President Donald Trump said pre-existing conditions will be in a health care bill, as his first 100 days in office drew to a close. "This bill is much different than it was a little while ago, okay?" Mr. Trump said in an interview with "Face the Nation." "This bill has evolved. And we didn't have a failure on the bill. You know, it was reported like a failure. Now, the one thing I wouldn't have done again is put a timeline. That's why on the second iteration, I didn't put a timeline." "But we have now pre-existing conditions in the bill," the president continued. "We have -- we've set up a pool for the pre-existing conditions so that the premiums can be allowed to fall." CBS
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"Greatest Show On Earth" Folds Its Tent For Good
It is a pretty bold claim: "The Greatest Show on Earth." But Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey had every reason to brag. There was a time when there really was nothing else like it. Ringling was controlled mayhem -- a dizzying array of performers risking life and limb alongside a menagerie of exotic animals from faraway lands.
After 146 years, the thrills are still there, but the wonder seems to have faded. Ringling's Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson laments that today, when kids go looking for the Greatest Show on Earth, many look for it on their smartphones instead. "More and more, unfortunately. we're becoming a society that really doesn't embrace wonder anymore," Iverson said. "The wonder that we offer, you can't find it on Facebook, you can't find it on YouTube. You have to engage, you have to be there, you have to be present, and it takes relating to others not like yourself. That's how this has been made." CBS
To Catholics: Get Get, Spread Faith, Help Cholesterol
Pope Francis is trying to energize Catholics, telling them to be active, help others, spread the faith, and that's all good for cholesterol levels, too. Francis himself looked full of pep Sunday, a day after the 80-year-pontiff returned from a hectic trip to Egypt. In St. Peter's Square, he did a whirl in his popemobile to greet some 70,000 members and supporters of Italian Catholic Action, a social-action group celebrating 150 years since its formation. Philadelphia "Inquirer
Director Visits South Korea Amid Heightened Tension
America’s CIA director is making an unannounced visit to South Korea, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul confirmed Monday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. An embassy official said Mike Pompeo and his wife were in the South Korean capital on Monday, but wouldn’t say for how long. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. South Korean media reports said the CIA chief arrived in South Korea over the weekend for meetings with the head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service and high-level officials in the presidential office. The U.S. official, however, wouldn’t confirm any meetings beyond ones with officials at U.S. Forces in Korea and the U.S. Embassy. NY Post
VOA VIEW: It's is time for action against North Korea, no reward or beneficial deal.
Cop’: ‘People Don’t Choose The Things They’re Aroused By’
The former NYPD officer, who was accused of conspiring to capture, kill and cook women, recently sat down for a new TV interview — and pretty much stuck his foot in his mouth every time he spoke about his dark past. Valle claimed that he was just your average meat-and-potatoes guy, living “a normal typical American life,’’ before his flesh-eating fantasies were exposed. “I’ll never be able to shake this nickname, ‘the Cannibal Cop.’ That’s going to stay with me forever,” Vallen griped to the show “Crime Watch Daily.” The ex-officer even claimed that he was a victim. “People don’t choose the things they’re aroused by,’’ Valle sniffed. “Everyone has their own things, people don’t choose it.” NY Post
Vouchers, Rising In Many GOP States, Founder In Texas
Gary VanDeaver describes himself as a conservative less than a minute into many conversations. The Texas state representative blames "unelected federal judges" for imposing gay marriage on America and has been endorsed by anti-abortion groups and the National Rifle Association. But when it comes to one centerpiece conservative initiative — allowing tax-subsidized vouchers for students to enroll in private schools — VanDeaver says absolutely no way. ABC
House Official Says 'We've Looked At' Changes To Libel Laws That Would
Restrict Press Freedom
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the Trump administration has "looked at" changes to libel laws that would curtail press freedoms, but said "whether that goes anywhere is a different story." President Trump frequently slams the press for its coverage of him and in March suggested changing libel laws. Libel is when defamatory statements about someone are published. But the American press enjoys some protection from lawsuits claiming libel because of the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech rights. ABC
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Looks At Sanctions, Military Action To Counter North Korea
The U.S. is considering a range of options, from expanded economic sanctions to military operations, as it reaches out to allies in confronting North Korea’s latest provocations, according to a senior Trump administration official. North Korea’s ballistic missile test early Saturday was in “open defiance” of the international community, and the risk to the U.S. will not be tolerated, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday. “We do have to do something” with partners in the region and globally “that involves enforcement of the UN sanctions that are in place,” McMaster said on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “It may mean ratcheting up those sanctions even further. And it also means being prepared for military operations, if necessary.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: North Korea will soon pay the piper.
Trump And Brexit Could Change Global Bank Rules
This is how a race to the bottom can start. In Washington, President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back the financial regulations passed after the 2008 crisis. In London, Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a possible exodus of bankers as Britain quits the European Union, has said she might fight any “punitive” trade measures from the EU with tax cuts or policy changes to attract investors and companies. At the same time, some EU member states could consider relaxed rules to entice London-based firms. In Brussels, Europe’s top regulators are angling to soften the latest round of international banking standards. It wasn’t supposed to go like this. Until last year’s tectonic political shifts in the U.S. and U.K., financial regulators had been moving toward tougher rule-making and greater coordination. They’ve tried to stamp out “regulatory arbitrage”—banks moving their riskiest businesses to those jurisdictions with the weakest standards. The lesson of the financial panics of the 21st century, from Lehman Brothers to the European debt crisis, was that crises aren’t confined by national borders. Bloomberg
To Venezuela: Avoid More Violence, Respect Human Rights
Pope Francis has appealed to leaders of Venezuela's government and society to avoid any more violence as he cited the mounting number of dead, injured and prisoners. Francis told faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square Sunday that, united in sorrow with the families of victims, he was making a heartfelt appeal to "the government and all the components of the Venezuelan society so that every further form of violence is avoided, human rights are respected and negotiated solutions are sought." He said Venezuelans were worn out from the grave "humanitarian, social, political and economic crises" afflicting the country. Las Vegas Sun
Security Is Designed To Replace This Much Of Your Income (And It's Not
Close To 100%)
Social Security is, for millions of Americans, a vital source of income during retirement. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the mere fact that Social Security benefits are paid out to more than 41 million retired seniors each month has pushed the rate of senior poverty below 9%. Without Social Security income, the CBPP estimates that the poverty rate for seniors would be north of 40%! However, most working Americans, and even some retirees, don't have a good idea of what percentage of income Social Security is designed to replace once you retire, and that's a big problem. If seniors wind up relying on Social Security too heavily during retirement, they run the risk of experiencing a monthly "sticker shock" if the program ever faces benefit cuts. USA Today
VOA VIEW: SS is a rip-off to many.
Handel In ‘B-Roll’ Slip-Up: ‘I Wanted To Bark At You The Way I Get Barked
File this under “somewhat embarrassing but no scandal.’ We have developed a strange campaign system in which political candidates rely heavily on independent Super PACs, but under federal law cannot coordinate with them. And so it is a common practice for candidates to record massive amounts of video of themselves, smiling and looking earnest and productive, then posting the footage on YouTube. For use by anyone, but most specifically by friendly Super PACs. Dialogue is often spur of the moment, because it doesn’t matter. Republican Karen Handel, the Republican candidate in the Sixth District runoff, has done this. Except that her crew forgot to ditch the audio. And so we have Handel saying to an unidentified male in front of her, “‘I wanted to bark at you the way I get barked at.” And an interested constituent explaining to the GOP candidate how one removes nose hair by filling a nostril with wax, then yanking. Yes, it sounds painful. Atlanta Journal
Obama, Clinton Gone, GOP Revives Pelosi As Boogeyman
Move over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans have a new campaign boogeyman. Well, sort of new. It's more of an encore for Nancy Pelosi, the 77-year-old House Democratic leader who spent four years as the nation's first female speaker, lost her majority in 2010 and now wants the gavel again. In that quest, the California lawmaker and fundraiser extraordinaire finds herself as the GOP's preferred face of a Democratic Party trying to upend Republicans' monopoly control in Washington. Republicans are testing their approach in a pair of special House races where the specter of a second Pelosi speakership is intended to excite — or scare Republican voters and sway independents enough to counter surging opposition to President Donald Trump. And the strategy could be a defining theme of the 2018 midterm elections. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Americans would be ignorant to put Pilosi in power.
Group: Trump Should Seek Accountability From Duterte
A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should seek accountability and not offer to roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, who the group accuses of being a mass murder 'mastermind' amid the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown. Human Rights Watch and other critics reacted with alarm and outrage Monday at Trump's invitation for Duterte to visit the White House in a telephone call where the leader of the free world also affirmed America's treaty alliance and friendship with the Philippines and its new president, who has had an antagonistic stance toward U.S. security policies. A left-wing Philippine group, Bayan, urged Duterte to reject Trump's invitation, saying the visit would not change what it said was America's lopsided relations with its former colony. "It may provide an interesting photo-op but nothing more," said Renato Reyes, Bayan's secretary-general. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Praising Duterte would be dumb.
Say They Now Know Exactly Why Clinton Lost
A select group of top Democratic Party strategists have used new data about last year’s presidential election to reach a startling conclusion about why Hillary Clinton lost. Now they just need to persuade the rest of the party they’re right. Many Democrats have a shorthand explanation for Clinton’s defeat: Her base didn’t turn out, Donald Trump’s did and the difference was too much to overcome. But new information shows that Clinton had a much bigger problem with voters who had supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but backed Trump four years later. Those Obama-Trump voters, in fact, effectively accounted for more than two-thirds of the reason Clinton lost, according to Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group. In his group’s analysis, about 70 percent of Clinton’s failure to reach Obama’s vote total in 2012 was because she lost these voters. Charlotte Observer
Reaches Deal To Keep Government Open Through September
Congressional negotiators reached an agreement late Sunday on a broad spending package to fund the government through the end of September, alleviating fears of a government shutdown later this week, several congressional aides said. Congress is expected to vote on the roughly $1 trillion package early this week. The bipartisan agreement includes policy victories for Democrats, whose votes will be necessary to pass the measure in the Senate, as well as $12.5?billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion more for border security requested by Republican leaders in Congress. The agreement follows weeks of tense negotiations between Democrats and GOP leaders after President Trump insisted that the deal include funding to begin building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump eventually dropped that demand, leaving Congress to resolve lingering issues over several unrelated policy measures. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Conservatives gave in to liberals.
Tells New Hampshire Crowd: ‘Guys, I’m Not Running’
Former Vice President Joe Biden insists he’s not making another presidential bid in 2020, despite giving a rousing speech to New Hampshire Democrats about restoring dignity to politics and winning back working class voters. Biden returned to the state Sunday to honor the nation’s first all-female, all-Democratic congressional delegation at an annual state Democratic Party dinner. Such early post-election visits to New Hampshire fueled speculation about presidential ambitions in the days leading up to the event. But Biden put the rumors to rest early on, telling his audience: “Guys, I’m not running.” Boston Globe
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UN Envoy Often Off-Message, Seems In His Good Graces
President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations often is boldly off-message. Nikki Haley's remarks frequently go well beyond the carefully worded scripts crafted by the White House and State Department. U.S. diplomats fear Haley's words could result in an inconsistent, incoherent international message. But she seems to be in Trump's good graces. In some ways, Haley has been ahead of the curve. Early on, as a nominee, Haley accused Russia of being complicit of war crimes in Syria — even as Trump talked of warmer relations with Moscow. And she's warned Syria leader's that "the days of your arrogance and disregard of humanity are over." Las Vegas Sun
Farms Chicken Patties Recalled For Possible Plastic Contamination
Foster Poultry Farms voluntarily recalled 131,880 pounds of frozen chicken patties because they could have been contaminated with plastic, the United States Department of Agriculture announced. The recalled products were shipped from its plant in Farmerville, La., to Costco distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Utah and Washington, the company said in a release Thursday. In all, 3,297 cases were distributed. The private company, which is headquartered in Livingston, Calif., was informed of three consumer complaints on March 22, April 3 and April 15 about plastic found in the packaging of the 5-pound, frozen, ready-to-eat, breaded chicken patties with rib meat, the USDA said in a release Thursday. The pieces were clear, soft plastic that originated from the establishment's packaging materials. UPI News
To Supporters: The Media Deserves A 'Big, Fat, Failing Grade'
U.S. President Donald Trump skipped Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., and instead spoke to supporters at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. "I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you with a much, much larger crowd and much, much better people," Trump told those gathered at the Pennsylvania Farm Show auditorium on the 100th day of his presidency. "The media deserves a very big, fat, failing grade." Trump -- who frequently complains the reporters who cover him do so unfairly -- is the first commander-in-chief in decades to miss the D.C. dinner, which honors excellence in journalism and celebrates freedom of speech. Ronald Reagan didn't attend in 1981 because he was recovering from injuries sustained in an assassination attempt. UPI News
VOA VIEW: The media has become too liberal.
Leader Says Group Fought Alongside US-Backed Forces
The leader of al-Qaida' branch in Yemen says his militants have often fought alongside Yemeni government factions — remarks that could embarrass the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the impoverished Arab country's Shiite rebels. Qasim al-Rimi leads the group known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. He says al-Qaida militants have on occasion fought alongside Yemeni government factions, including "the Muslim Brotherhood and also our brothers among the sons of tribes" against Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis. Al-Rimi, who is on the U.S. most-wanted list with a $5 million reward for his capture, spoke to AQAP's media arm al-Malahem on Sunday. He succeeded Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike nearly two years ago. Tampa Tribune
Expected To Hit The Streets For May Day Protests
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets Monday in massive May Day events across the USA mostly protesting the policies of President Trump. May Day — also known as International Worker’s Day — has spawned protests around the globe in past years highlighting workers’ rights. But on Monday, the impetus for the U.S. marches span from immigrants' rights to LGBT awareness to police misconduct. “There’s a real galvanization of all the groups this year,” said Fernanda Durand of CASA in Action, which will lead a march of about 10,000 people for immigrants' rights through downtown Washington. “Our presence in this country is being questioned by Donald Trump. We are tired of being demonized and scapegoated. We’ve had enough.” USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberals fools hit the streets.
Modi Discusses Trade, Ties With Turkey's Erdogan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday that India and Turkey should strengthen their already warm business and political ties, as he welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to New Delhi. Erdogan arrived late Sunday evening. He was accompanied by several Cabinet ministers and a 150-member business delegation, according to India's Ministry of External Affairs. Modi said trade between the two countries has more than doubled since Erdogan last visited India in 2008, and there is a "huge potential" for more growth. Trade between the two countries currently stands at $6.4 billion. Tampa Tribune
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COMMEMORATES 23,544 FALLEN AT WESTERN WALL CEREMONY IN JERUSALEM
Israeli leaders and soldiers stood in silence and bowed their heads for one minute at the Western Wall on Sunday evening as a memorial siren blared across the country in commemoration for Israel’s Memorial Day. The ceremony, which was attended by President Reuven Rivlin , Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and Police Commissioner Roni Alshich marked the beginning of the day which honors the 23,544 security forces who have died defending the State of Israel since the beginning of the modern Jewish movement in the Land of Israel in 1860 and victims of terror. Jerusalem Post
JORDANIAN KING COORDINATE STANCE AHEAD OF TRUMP MEETING
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah on Sunday reaffirmed their support for a renewal of serious and effective negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a few days before the Palestinian leader is slated to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Abbas is on a regional tour ahead of his trip to the American capitol on May 3, which will be his first since Trump assumed office. Jerusalem Post
Of Yazidis Enslaved By IS In Iraq Now Free
Thirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority are free after nearly three years in the hands of so-called Islamic State (IS), the UN says. They have been taken to UN centres in Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq. It is unclear whether they escaped in Iraq or were freed, as the UN declined to give more information to avoid jeopardising future releases. IS killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidis after seizing the northern town of Sinjar in 2014. Kurdish Peshmerga forces regained control in 2015 but many Yazidis were held captive by IS elsewhere as the group took over large swathes of northern Iraq. BBC
Trump: N Korea's Kim Jong-Un A 'Smart Cookie'
US President Donald Trump has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "pretty smart cookie". Speaking to CBS, he noted Mr Kim had assumed power at a young age, despite dealing with "some very tough people". Amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme, he said he had "no idea" whether Mr Kim was sane. The North Korean leader had his uncle executed two years after he came to power, and is suspected of ordering the recent killing of his half-brother. BBC
Priebus Says White House Is Looking Into Change To Libel Laws
A day after Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward issued a stirring call for the press to hold Donald Trump to account, the president’s chief of staff said the White House is actively considering a change to libel laws affecting news reporting. “I think it’s something that we’ve looked at,” said Reince Priebus, appearing on ABC’s This Week. “How that gets executed and whether that goes anywhere is a different story.” On the campaign trail last year, Trump responded to reporting on his policies and background by floating the possibility of a change to libel laws. Such a move would in reality require a change to the US constitution, which enshrines freedom of the press in the first amendment, the supreme court having ruled on the issue. Guardian
Addiction To IPhone Shows No Sign Of Waning
A vision of the near future: you’re in your driverless Apple vehicle, heading for the new-look Apple Store whose Genius Groves provide space for business meetings, while watching Apple’s exclusive Carpool Karaoke video series on your Apple TV. The present is a bit more prosaic. On Tuesday, Apple’s current dependency on the iPhone is likely to be reinforced when it reports second-quarter results, hence its desire to expand its services businesses. The company is expected to report only a slight year-on-year rise in revenues to about $52bn after a couple of weak quarters, not to mention the first annual decline in iPhone sales last year. And analysts believe Apple’s guidance for the third quarter could be cautious, with JP Morgan forecasting sales of $44.2bn for the three months to June. Guardian
Donald Trump's First 100 Days Of Falling Popularity
By tomorrow, Donald Trump will have spent 100 days as President of the United States of America. His first months as president have seen persistent allegations over Russian connections, tirades against the media, a failure to push through healthcare reform, a shift to a more proactive foreign policy, and attempts to create manufacturing jobs in the US. When he assumed office, the billionaire businessman, TV star and now 45th US president also enjoyed the lowest approval rating of any recent president – and these ratings haven't got any better. Telegraph
International Day, UNESCO Spotlights Power Of Jazz To Promote Dialogue
Marking International Jazz Day, the United Nations cultural agency today stressed the power of jazz to unite people and its contribution to peace. “Today, we celebrate the international art form of jazz and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, to make the most of diversity, to deepen respect for human rights and all forms of expression,” said UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova in her message on the Day. Ms. Bokova quoted Nina Simone as saying that “jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking.” UN News
UN Agency Airlifts Aid To Newly-Arrived Refugees From DR Congo
A plane carrying relief items has arrived in Luanda, Angola, to assist over 11,000 people who fled a recent surge violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today. The aircraft landed Sunday morning from Dubai, carrying 3,500 plastic sheets as well as 100 plastic rolls to provide shelter during the rainy season, 17,000 sleeping mats, 16,902 thermal fleece blankets, 8,000 mosquito nets, 3,640 kitchen sets, 8,000 jerry cans and 4,000 plastic buckets. The Office of the UN High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR) will be airlifting more relief items to Angola in coming days. UN News
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