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Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers killed 49 people on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days," as authorities charged one person, detained three others and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Very, very sad.
The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday narrowly reversed a ruling by a lower court judge dismissing a lawsuit by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting against gun manufacturer Remington, allowing the case to proceed. By a 4-3 decision the court has remanded the landmark gun case back... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Foolish lawsuit.
A Russian spacecraft transporting NASA astronaut Nick Hague to the International Space Station launched flawlessly Thursday -- no small feat given the aborted launch of different spacecraft he was on-board last year. Strapped into the Russian Soyuz on Thursday alongside Hague were Russia's Alexey Ovchinin and NASA's Christina Hammock Koch. The trio is expected to reach the space station tonight, where they will be greeted by the three astronauts currently living in the orbiting laboratory, one of whom is NASA's Anne McClain. Houston Chronicle

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I don’t get why President Donald Trump’s supporters never acknowledge that he has told more than 9,000 fact-checked lies in two years. I don’t get why Trump supporters close their eyes to the numerous criminal indictments and prison sentences for people in his administration. Most of all, I don’t get why Trump supporters accept … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has built a career on weakening our democracy. Nothing seems to bring out the passion in the famously stoic McConnell more than … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Anti Trump foolishness.
In his first month in office, Atty. Gen. William Barr has sent a reassuring message to the beleaguered Justice Department — he wants a return to basics after years of disruptive firings, tweet storms and scandals. In briefings, Barr has asked detailed questions about cases, suspects and legal arguments.... LA Times
When workers at North Korea’s Sohae rocket facility began rebuilding the dormant site’s launch pad and engine test stand this month, U.S. spy satellites orbiting overhead quickly detected the construction. So did Joe Bermudez, a freelance North Korea military expert who keeps close tabs on unclassified... LA Times
VOA VIEW: NK will make a major mistake.
A conservative soldier in the nation's culture wars leads the Republican field for a new North Carolina congressional election, needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds. Three candidates have entered the ... Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Good!
Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is backing calls by Bolivia for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela. Many European Union member countries are … Miami Herald

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The Israeli military says it struck 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket fire. The army said early Friday that targets included an office complex in Gaza City, an underground complex that served as Hamas’ main rocket-manufacturing site, and a center used for a Hamas drone program. The... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Israel is doing the right thing.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding American investors during an emissions scandal. The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015 Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more than 500,000... New York Post
Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui of North Korea, center, said in Pyongyang on Friday that Kim Jong-un had doubts about the value of continuing talks with President Trump. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
It is not realistic to decouple the economies of the United States and China, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, adding that common interests between the world's two largest economies far outweigh disputes. Rueters

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A statewide lobbying group for restaurants has filed a lawsuit seeking to block San Diego from enforcing its recently adopted ban on polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. Meanwhile, city officials continue to move toward full enforcement of the ban on May 24, including implementing bilingual... San Diego Tribune
A group of European nations is urging Russia not to abandon a nuclear weapons treaty with the United States. Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are also calling for new arms control agreements to address the rising power of China and other nations. The U.S. gave notice of its intention to withdraw from […] Seattle Times
A gunman who opened fire inside a New Zealand mosque on Friday live-streamed his attack in a 17-minute video.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Republicans look like they are starting to distance themselves from President Donald Trump, though whether it is a longtime breach remains to be seen.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: The liberal media will make a lot out of nothing.
The Senate blocked a measure that demanded special counsel Robert Mueller's final report be made public hours after the House unanimously passed the measure         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good!
ICE would instead jail easier-to-deport single adults at the Karnes County Residential Center, despite President Trump's outrage over border trends. Washington Post
The former top counterintelligence official was removed from Robert Mueller’s investigation after it was discovered he exchanged anti-Trump text messages with a colleague. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Strzok was doing what he was warning against.
China's No. 2 leader has sought to defuse tensions with Washington and Europe over technology and other issues by promising to treat foreign and domestic competitors equally. Speaking at the end of China's 10-day annual legislative session, Premier Li Keqiang also denied Friday that Beijing tells companies ... Washington Times

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The 'black boxes' from the crash arrived for analysis in France Wednesday night but meetings with investigators didn't begin until Thursday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Maybe something can be known.
Facebook is under a criminal investigation over its data-sharing agreements with major technology firms and manufactures, ABC News has confirmed. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York are looking into the social networking giant's sharing deals with other big tech companies, a source with knowledge of the matter told ABC News Wednesday. The probe comes just months after The New York Times published a report accusing Facebook of giving well-known electronics companies, including smartphone makers, more intrusive access to users' personal data than it previously disclosed. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be punished hard, very hard.
MPs have voted by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. It means the UK may not now leave on 29 March as previously planned. Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her deal in a vote next week. If they reject her deal again then she says she will seek a longer extension - but any delay has to be agreed by the 27 other EU member states. BBC
VOA VIEW: And the saga continues.

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Facebook has said that a "server configuration change" was to blame for the worst outage in its history. It said it had "triggered a cascading series of issues" for its platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram. The disruption, which lasted for more than 14 hours, left most of its products inaccessible around the globe. It took the social network giant a full day from when the problems began to offer any explanation. It added that everything was now back to normal. BBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook lies.
"CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King spoke with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke Thursday afternoon in his first national interview since he announced his White House bid. King interviewed the former Texas congressman in Burlington, Iowa, after O'Rourke attended his third campaign event in Iowa on the first day of a three-day swing. More of the interview will stream on CBSN and the full interview will broadcast Friday on "CBS This Morning." CBS
VOA VIEW: Beto is an idiot.
19 employees say the delivery giant condoned years of racist harassment, slurs. Managers at the UPS distribution hub in Maumee, Ohio, "enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged" a culture of racism at the site that led to racist acts and discriminatory employment decisions, according to the complaint. "They have promoted and tolerated an atmosphere of racism in which individual employees feel free to display overt racial biases." and imagery in the workplace. CBS
VOA VIEW: And the truth is ...
Walmart published an extensive case study this week on its efforts to improve health care for its employees. CNBC
The last remaining American diplomats in Venezuela left the country on Thursday, amid deteriorating ties between Washington and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. CNBC
The Senate delivered a high-profile rebuke to President Donald Trump over his signature agenda issue on Thursday when 12 Republicans joined Democrats to overturn the President's national emergency border declaration. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Republicans were fools.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday if President Donald Trump vetoes the resolution blocking his national emergency declaration, Democrats will respond in Congress and in court. CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi will ultimately lose.
The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a nationally known nonprofit that monitors hate organizations, said Thursday it had fired co-founder Morris Dees, who once won a lawsuit that bankrupted a leading Ku Klux Klan group. A statement by Richard Cohen, the president of the law center, said Dees' employment had been terminated, but it did not give a specific reason. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The organization is a joke.
The indictments of celebrities and CEOs in a sweeping FBI investigation into a college admissions scandal has raised questions about the advantages – on both sides of the law – that exist for the children of moneyed parents. Beyond bribes and admissions fraud, a network of legal options has long existed for parents who aim to leverage their wealth into their children’s success. FOX News
MPs vote overwhelmingly to request extension to article 50 – but eight ministers vote against motionFollow the latest Brexit developments - liveBrexit is set to be delayed by at least three months, after parliament opted overwhelmingly to request an extension to article 50 on another day of divisive votes that exposed the split in Theresa May’s fractured cabinet.The prime minister is now expected to bring her twice-defeated Brexit deal back to parliament on Tuesday, after she narrowly retained control of the next steps of the process. Guardian
No group immediately claims attack as Israeli army says no damage or injuries reportedMilitants in Gaza have fired two rockets towards Tel Aviv, the first such attack since the war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.Rocket sirens wailed in the densely populated Mediterranean city on Thursday evening, alerting residents to rush to bomb shelters. Videos posted online by locals showed empty streets and captured the blare of “code red” sirens, used to warn of imminent attacks. Guardian
VOA VIEW: GOD is on the side of Israel - they will prevail.
Iranian social sources point to Fajr-5 missile being fired at Tel Aviv, while Ayatollah Khamenei calls for mobilizing against US and ‘Zionists.' Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: They will pay for their hostility.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement he would open the city's bomb shelters. Jerusalem Post
Explosions were heard in the Gaza Strip early Friday and Palestinian witnesses said Israeli planes bombed two Hamas security positions in the south and north of the territory. Reuters
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution on Thursday calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming report on his probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election to be released to Congress and the public. Reuters
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed the signing of an executive order by the Governor of California, in the United States, to impose a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty, which grants a reprieve to 737 inmates, up to end of his term in office. UN News
VOA VIEW: Makes no sense.
Two top executives at Facebook are leaving as part of a "new chapter" for the social media network, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday. Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels are departing amid Facebook's push to rebuild Facebook with stronger privacy in mind. Cox has a 13-year history with Facebook, starting as one of the company's first 15 engineers, who then worked his way up the ranks. The departures come less than two weeks after Zuckerberg announced a shift in Facebook's focus toward privacy after years of criticisms over the company's handling of users' personal data. He offered little in the way of specifics, but did announce a plan to merge messaging services through Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.ay, he said the company will forever be a part of his life. UPI
VOA VIEW: They must all go.
Democratic senators on Thursday demanded answers from Pentagon officials about military funding for President Donald Trump's emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems don't know up from down.

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