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Paul Manafort should be sentenced to up to 24 years in prison, Mueller says

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:57:24 GMT

Trump?€?s former campaign manager found guilty in August on eight counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and a foreign bank account

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump?€?s former campaign chairman, should be sentenced to up to 24 years in prison, the special counsel Robert Mueller said on Friday.

Mueller?€?s team said in a court filing that Manafort should face a prison term of 235 to 292 months, or between 19 and a half and 24 and a half years, for ?€?serious, longstanding, and bold?€? financial crimes.

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 Paul Manafort should be sentenced to up to 24 years in prison, Mueller says


Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess's parents tell of their anger and hurt

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:00:04 GMT

Exclusive: Family break silence to express concerns that UK settled former spy in Salisbury

The parents of the woman who died in the Wiltshire novichok poisonings have broken their silence to express their anger and hurt at losing their daughter in an extraordinary international incident and say they believe there could be more of the nerve agent yet to be found.

Speaking as the first anniversary of the poisonings nears, Stan and Caroline Sturgess also revealed their concerns that the UK authorities chose to settle the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, exposing residents to risk.

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 Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess's parents tell of their anger and hurt


El Salvador supreme court overturns 30-year sentence for a teen rape victim

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:31:54 GMT

Evelyn BeatrŪz HernŠndez Cruz, 19, was found guilty in July 2017 of aggravated homicide after having a stillbirth

El Salvador?€?s supreme court has overturned a 30-year sentence for a teenage rape victim who was convicted of aggravated homicide after having a stillbirth.

Related: El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

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 El Salvador supreme court overturns 30-year sentence for a teen rape victim


Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in 'vaccine controversies'

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:59:43 GMT

Social media platforms under pressure by US congressman to crack down on anti-vaccine propaganda, citing Guardian investigations

Facebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in ?€?vaccine controversies?€?, the Guardian has found.

Other groups of people that advertisers can pay to reach on Facebook include those interested in ?€?Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines?€?, which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and ?€?informed consent?€?, which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws.

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 Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in 'vaccine controversies'


Aurora shooting: at least five people killed in Illinois warehouse

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:01:19 GMT
  • Five officers were also wounded, police chief Ziman said
  • The shooter was shot and killed at the scene

At least five people were killed in a shooting in Aurora, Illinois, which led to local schools being placed on lockdown, the town?€?s police chief said on Friday.

Five officers were wounded at the shooting at the Henry Pratt Co warehouse, the police chief Kristen Ziman told reporters. A sixth officer suffered a knee injury.

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 Aurora shooting: at least five people killed in Illinois warehouse


Nigerians set to go to polls in referendum on Buhari's first term

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:23:48 GMT

Concerns raised over registration data on eve of vote in corruption-plagued country

Voters in Nigeria, Africa?€?s biggest country by population, go to the polls on Saturday to choose between the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, his main rival, Atiku Abubakar and more than 70 other candidates.

Saturday?€?s election is seen as a referendum on Buhari?€?s first term, which has been marred by his prolonged absence due to illness, a weak economy, and the government?€?s failure to effectively tackle corruption and insecurity.

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 Nigerians set to go to polls in referendum on Buhari's first term


German minister calls for ban on conversion therapy

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:16:14 GMT

?€?Homosexuality is not an illness,?€? says health minister Jens Spahn

The German health minister, Jens Spahn, has said that he will seek to ban ?€?conversion therapies?€? that claim to change sexual orientation. ?€?Homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated,?€? Spahn, who is gay himself, told the left-leaning Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung.

Related: ?€?I still have flashbacks?€?: the ?€?global epidemic?€? of LGBT conversion therapy

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 German minister calls for ban on conversion therapy


Toxic black snow covers Siberian coalmining region

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:54:18 GMT

Activists say ?€?post-apocalyptic?€? scenes in Kuzbass highlight manmade ecological disaster

Residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos online showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a manmade ecological catastrophe.

In one video, filmed in Kiselyovsk, a town in the Kuzbass region, a woman drives past mounds of coal-coloured snow stretching to the horizon, covering a children?€?s playground and the courtyards of residential buildings. The scenes in the footage were described as ?€?post-apocalyptic?€? by Russian media.

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 Toxic black snow covers Siberian coalmining region


Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:32:43 GMT
  • Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFL
  • Parties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pact

The NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league?€?s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem.

Related: Did the NFL manage to silence Colin Kaepernick's protest at the Super Bowl?

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 Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout


Canada police rebuke public for complaining about late-night alert on murdered girl

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:13:53 GMT

An emergency mobile phone alert about an abducted child resulted in a barrage of angry calls to police

Police in Canada have issued a rare rebuke to the public after a late-night emergency mobile phone alert about an abducted child prompted widespread complaints.

At 11.36pm on Thursday night, police in Ontario issued an amber alert for Riya Rajkumar, 11, after police feared the girl?€?s father had kidnapped her.

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 Canada police rebuke public for complaining about late-night alert on murdered girl


Where can you kiss a same-sex partner in Bucharest? A cartoon by Andreea ChiricńÉ

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:30:11 GMT

Romania?€?s capital has a buzzing nightlife with plenty of options for a romantic night out - unless you?€?re LGBT

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 Where can you kiss a same-sex partner in Bucharest? A cartoon by Andreea ChiricńÉ


Where did all those 90s rollerblades end up? Nairobi

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:30:46 GMT

There?€?s a whole new craze in east Africa, fuelled by secondhand inline skates - and a desire to unite

Photos and story by Duncan Moore

Nairobi?€?s traffic congestion is notorious. Minibuses known as matatus battle for space with cars, motorbikes and hand-drawn carts, causing excruciating gridlock.

Through this automotive battleground dart the daring members of the Kenyan city?€?s inline skating community, deftly weaving between moving vehicles, holding on to buses for speed and jumping over potholes.

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 Where did all those 90s rollerblades end up? Nairobi


How to make a waste incinerator popular? Put a ski slope on it

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:00:11 GMT

Idea of topping municipal plant in Copenhagen with urban ski resort won accolades for Danish architecture firm

It might be the first waste incinerator the neighbours actually want next door. The shop at the foot of the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy project in Copenhagen is packed with families desperate to be among the first to try its unique selling point: the ski slope on the roof.

?€?I live so close by that I could follow the development,?€? says Ole Fredslund, who lives in neighbouring Amager, as he helped his sons Felix and Victor strap on their boots as the slope opened its lifts for the first time on Tuesday. ?€?I guess 90% of the focus is on the fact that there?€?s a skiing hill coming, so in a way it?€?s very clever. Everybody talks about the ski hill to be, not the waste plant to be.?€?

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 How to make a waste incinerator popular? Put a ski slope on it


Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:36:30 GMT

Street artist Mr June brings facades to life with his abstract, colourful designs

The Dutch artist David Louf, who goes by Mr June, is the person behind these striking 3D hexagon murals, which have appeared on walls from Berlin to the Bronx.

Louf grew up in Amsterdam immersed in hip-hop and graffiti, and turned to graphic design as an adult. Eight years ago he moved back to street art and now combines his skills to create vibrant, abstract murals on buildings across the world.

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 Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals


'It is our future': children call time on climate inaction in UK

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:11:22 GMT

Thousands of young people take time out of school to join protests across the country

Some wore school uniform, with ties askew in St Trinian?€?s fashion, others donned face paint, sparkly jackets and DM boots. The youngest clutched a parent?€?s hand as people gathered in the sunshine in Parliament Square in London, a few metres from the politicians they say are letting down a generation.

They carried homemade placards, with slogans full of humour, passion and hope that the voices of thousands of children and young people would be heard.

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 'It is our future': children call time on climate inaction in UK


Man charged with murder of three Exeter men in their 80s

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:02:42 GMT

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 27, to appear at Exeter magistrates court on Saturday

A 27-year-old man has been charged with murdering three men in their 80s in Exeter, police have said.

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, from Croyde, north Devon, will appear at Exeter magistrates court on Saturday, accused of murdering Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, who all lived in Exeter. He has also been charged with two offences of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, Devon and Cornwall police said.

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 Man charged with murder of three Exeter men in their 80s


Shamima Begum may have criminalised herself, says senior terrorism officer

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:26:59 GMT

Family calls for her return to UK and considers legal action to stop government blocking it

The UK?€?s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, had ?€?potentially criminalised?€? herself as her family considers court action to stop the government blocking her return to Britain.

Government and counter-terrorism officials are still considering what to do after Begum, now 19, was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp after fleeing Isis?€?s last stronghold and said she wanted to return to Britain.

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 Shamima Begum may have criminalised herself, says senior terrorism officer


Trump declares national emergency to build US-Mexico border wall

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:16:47 GMT

Plan, which diverts fund from Pentagon, condemned by Democrats and activists as first legal complaint filed

Donald Trump has defied fierce criticism to announce that he is using emergency powers to bypass Congress and pursue the building of a wall on the US-Mexico border.

At a combative, rambling and at times incoherent press conference in the White House, the US president insisted he had no choice but to declare a national emergency to stop illegal immigrants spreading crime and drugs.

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 Trump declares national emergency to build US-Mexico border wall


Trump: Shinzo Abe nominated me for Nobel peace prize

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:22:47 GMT

US president claims his name was put forward after opening dialogue with Kim Jong-un

Donald Trump has claimed that Japan?€?s prime minister nominated him for the Nobel peace prize for his work to open up a dialogue with North Korea. At a White House event to discuss his proposed border wall, Trump touched on his upcoming summit with North Korea?€?s leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam.

The president said early exchanges with Kim were filled with ?€?fire and fury?€?, but since their first meeting last year the two had established a good relationship. He said: ?€?[Shinzo Abe] gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel prize.

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 Trump: Shinzo Abe nominated me for Nobel peace prize


The Liberal party merit myth, and why it's every man (or woman) for themselves | Paula Matthewson

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:37:51 GMT

As some Liberal women have grown to understand that Liberal men without merit are still being rewarded, they?€?ve lost their anti-quota fervour

Other than the woman herself, no one knows for sure why Julie Bishop strode into that press conference wearing those striking red shoes to sign off as Australia?€?s first female foreign minister. Perhaps Bishop?€?s only intent was to cheer herself up. She?€?d mentioned in the past that donning a pair of scarlet heels could raise a woman?€?s spirits. And who would begrudge her such a small act of self-comfort if it was what she needed? Just days before, Australia?€?s most popular politician had been very publicly snubbed by colleagues when she ran for the Liberal party?€?s leadership.

Following Bishop?€?s press conference, Fairfax?€?s award-winning photographer Alex Ellinghausen posted an unconventional shot of the event on Twitter. The angle was all scarlet heels blazing before the dark masculine suits and shoes of the assembled media. The image flew around the Twittersphere, swiftly symbolising what Bishop?€?s treatment revealed about the Liberal party: its merit system had been exposed as a sham.

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 The Liberal party merit myth, and why it's every man (or woman) for themselves | Paula Matthewson


Last member of real-life Great Escape team dies aged 99

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:29:55 GMT

Dick Churchill escaped from German prison camp in a feat immortalised in the film starring Steve McQueen

Tributes have been paid to the last surviving member of the real-life Great Escape team after his death at the age of 99. Former squadron leader Dick Churchill was one of the 76-strong group who escaped from the Stalag Luft III camp in Germany in 1944. The site is now part of Poland.

Their feat of courage became one of the most famous stories from the second world war, and was immortalised in the 1963 Hollywood film starring Steve McQueen. Churchill, who lived in Crediton, Devon, died on Wednesday.

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 Last member of real-life Great Escape team dies aged 99


Amnesty India staff complain of harassment and discrimination

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:56:40 GMT

Campaigners demand external investigation after human rights organisation dismisses their claims

Prominent Indian rights activists have withdrawn their support for Amnesty India amid allegations of caste discrimination and harassment within the organisation, the Guardian has learned.

The allegations include claims that staff were humiliated, ill-treated and discriminated against because of their caste, a system of social hierarchy among Hindus.

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 Amnesty India staff complain of harassment and discrimination


The Breadmaker: on the frontline of Venezuela's bakery wars - video

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:41 GMT

In the midst of Venezuela?€?s spiralling economic crisis, Natalia and fellow members of a Chavista collective have stepped in to take over production at a local bakery, La Minka. Authorities had suspended operations when the owners were accused of overpricing their loaves and hoarding flour. In March 2017, with the tacit support of the government, the collective began selling affordable bread. This is the story of their fight to safeguard the bakery?€?s future and keep the Chavista dream alive

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 The Breadmaker: on the frontline of Venezuela's bakery wars - video


Condom handouts in schools prevent disease without encouraging sex

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:01:07 GMT

UN study finds misgivings over impact of condom distribution in secondary schools are misplaced

Making condoms available to teenagers at school does not make them more promiscuous - but neither does it reduce teenage pregnancy rates.

According to a major review by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), giving out condoms in secondary schools does not increase sexual activity, or encourage young people to have sex at an earlier age.

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 Condom handouts in schools prevent disease without encouraging sex


Trump's unseemly haste shows World Bank must no longer be in thrall to US

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:03:10 GMT

The race to head the World Bank opened with the US candidate already known. Other countries must stand up and be counted

With characteristic lack of restraint, the Trump administration last week jumped the gun on the World Bank presidential election process by naming David Malpass as its preferred candidate to succeed Jim Yong Kim.

The formal nomination process, which did not begin until the following day, is based on selection principles agreed in 2011 that put the emphasis on an ?€?open, merit-based and transparent?€? appointment. It is high time those principles were put in practice.

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Haiti in disarray as anti-government protests lead to prison breakout

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:30 GMT

Demonstrations over missing $4bn in development funds leave police overstretched, allowing 78 inmates to escape

The impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, hit by days of violent demonstrations that have claimed four lives, has suffered a mass prison breakout after 78 inmates escaped while police were dealing with protesters.

The demonstrations, the culmination of months of anti-corruption protests over the fate of almost $4bn (£3.1bn) in missing funds earmarked for social development - delivered via a controversial deal for Venezuelan petrol - have swelled in recent days under the slogan: ?€?Kot kÚb Petrocaribe a??€? (?€?Where?€?s the Petrocaribe money??€?).

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 Haiti in disarray as anti-government protests lead to prison breakout


National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:26:59 GMT

Declaration prompts dire warnings but fallout could be contained by successful legal challenge or resolution in Congress

As state attorneys general across the country threaten to sue the White House over Donald Trump?€?s declaration of a national immigration emergency on Friday, Democrats and Republicans insisted Trump was overstepping his powers, while legal analysts warned of a dangerous new phase of the Trump presidency.

Related: Trump declares national emergency to bypass Congress over border wall funds - live news

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 National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits


Spain heads into election unknown as S√°nchez runs out of road

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:22:32 GMT

Political landscape fragmented amid Catalan secession crisis and re-emergence of far-right

Spain is heading into what could be months of political uncertainty after its Socialist prime minister called a snap general election for April - the country?€?s third in less than four years - against the backdrop of a continuing Catalan secession crisis.

It was always improbable that Pedro SŠnchez, whose administration will be the shortest in Spain?€?s modern democratic history, would last long. He came to power in June only because his predecessor, the conservative Mariano Rajoy, lost a no-confidence vote after a string of corruption revelations about his People?€?s Party (PP).

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 Spain heads into election unknown as S√°nchez runs out of road


Daily Telegraph's attempt at humour tanks with Nauru v Auschwitz graphic | Weekly Beast

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:24:49 GMT

Tabloid misses target with tasteless triviality. Plus: ABC and Fairfax HQs get a makeover

The Daily Telegraph gave the paediatrician Paul Bauert a huge slap for likening asylum seekers on Nauru to Jews at Auschwitz - but the tabloid made a rather tasteless comparison itself along the way.

?€?The main problem these people have is a lack of meaning, a lack of any end to what?€?s going on, a lack of certainty,?€? Bauert had said about the asylum seekers on Nauru. ?€?Even those that finally knew they were about to be condemned to the gas chamber at least found some sense of relief in knowing what was happening.?€? The medico later apologised.

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 Daily Telegraph's attempt at humour tanks with Nauru v Auschwitz graphic | Weekly Beast


After Isis: what happens to the foreign nationals who went to Syria?

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:42:07 GMT

Facts on the ground as much as ethical and legal factors may come into play in repatriating

US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria have almost completely dismantled Islamic State?€?s once sprawling ?€?caliphate?€?, with Isis fighters making their last stand in an area smaller than one sq km in the eastern desert near the border with Iraq.

Wives and children of the militants, along with thousands of civilians unconnected to the group, have fled, some making for al-Hawl refugee camp, where dozens of people, mostly children, have died in squalid and freezing conditions in recent weeks.

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 After Isis: what happens to the foreign nationals who went to Syria?


Toxic black snow covers streets in Siberia - video

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:20:15 GMT

Residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting online videos showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a man-made ecological catastrophe in which British industry is compliant.

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 Toxic black snow covers streets in Siberia - video


Colorado jogger describes life or death struggle with mountain lion - video

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:04:52 GMT

Brian Kauffman has spoken publicly on his encounter with a mountain lion. The ordeal, which happened on the 4 February on a trail in the mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado, left the cat dead and Kauffman with 28 stitches.

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 Colorado jogger describes life or death struggle with mountain lion - video


Pelosi slams Trump's national emergency over border wall - video

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:33:49 GMT

Responding to Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall with Mexico, House speaker Nancy Pelosi says he is setting a precedent that should be met with 'great unease and dismay' and the Democrats are considering making a legal challenge. 'You want to talk about a national emergency? Let?€?s talk about today,' Pelosi adds, noting that it is the first anniversary of the massacre at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, in which 17 people died


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 Pelosi slams Trump's national emergency over border wall - video


Mitch McConnell: Trump to sign funding bill but declare national emergency - video

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:59:23 GMT

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said Donald Trump has indicated he?€?s prepared to sign a funding bill that will prevent another government shutdown but will also declare a national emergency on America?€?s border with Mexico. That move could allow him to circumvent Congress to tap funding for his long-promised border wall that has been at the centre of a fierce dispute with Democrats who say such a barrier is expensive and ineffective. Lawmakers of both parties have raised concerns.


Trump to declare national emergency on border wall, says Mitch McConnell

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 Mitch McConnell: Trump to sign funding bill but declare national emergency - video


Parkland shooting one year on: powerful speeches from the survivors - video

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:28:43 GMT

Seventeen people were killed on 14 February 2018 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. After the tragedy Parkland students united and campaigned for change

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 Parkland shooting one year on: powerful speeches from the survivors - video


Ilhan Omar grills Trump’s Venezuela envoy over past - video

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 01:04:57 GMT

The Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar had a heated exchange with the Trump administration?€?s special envoy to Venezuela over his record in Latin America.

The Minnesota representative pressed Elliott Abrams - a former Reagan administration official - on his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal

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 Ilhan Omar grills Trump‚Äôs Venezuela envoy over past - video


Donald Trump v Beto O'Rourke: rival rallies on US border security - video report

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:29:44 GMT

Donald Trump and potential presidential candidate Beto O?€?Rourke held rallies in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night offering their contrasting views on Trump's US-Mexico border wall. The president addressed his crowd in front of a big US flag along with three 'finish the wall' banners. Meanwhile nearby, O'Rourke told supporters El Paso was, 'safe not because of walls but in spite of walls'.

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Peace demonstrations in the US October 26-28 2007
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Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets.
The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!