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|China says humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela
Humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, warning that Beijing opposed military intervention in the country. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday as opposition leader Juan Guaido and some 80 lawmakers ran a gauntlet of roadblocks trying to get to the frontier to receive humanitarian aid. Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, was poised for a showdown with Maduro's government on Saturday, when the opposition will attempt to bring in food and medicine being stockpiled in neighboring countries.
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 3:33 AM
|Chicago police chief angry over alleged Smollett hoax
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took it personally when detectives determined that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack .
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 4:01 PM
|North Carolina board votes to hold new House election over absentee ballot fraud
The North Carolina Board of Elections voted unanimously to hold a new election in the state’s 9th District after overwhelming evidence of vote tampering.
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 4:37 PM
|France Says Internet Platforms Could Be Fined for Racist Content
President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night told the annual meeting of France’s largest Jewish organization that a law could be presented in May in response to a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents. “There will be an obligation for results: if the content is not taken down then there will be a fine, and a large fine,” Mahjoubi said on France Info radio.
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 5:11 AM
|Winter storm brings rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip
The snow dusted casino marquees and prompted revelers to erect a snowman near the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 8:51 PM
|Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kids
Canada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. "The immigration minister is seized with this particular case," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman's brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 1:18 PM
|Southwest Airlines flights temporarily grounded due to computer outage
Southwest temporarily grounded flights early Friday due to a computer glitch. The airline has been plagued by flight cancellations this week.
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 11:52 AM
|Tucker Carlson: Fox News host laughs along with guest after he suggests black people ‘need to move on’ from slavery
A guest who appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show said African Americans “need to move on” from slavery because it was abolished “a century-and-a-half ago”. Mark Steyn, a cultural commentator, made the comments on Thursday during a segment discussing 2020 presidential candidates who are in favour of reparations for African Americans. During his rant, Steyn said: “Slavery was abolished a century and a half ago, nobody alive today has a grandparent who was a slave, and in that sense I think you reach a point where, you know, you need to move on.
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 9:55 AM
|Pope Francis Lays Out Plan to Combat Sex Abuse in Church
On Thursday, the opening day of a Vatican summit addressing the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, Pope Francis laid out a 21-point plan to combat the crisis battering the Church in almost all corners of the world.“We hear the cry of the little ones asking for justice,” Francis said. "We sense the weight of the pastoral and ecclesial responsibility that obliges us to discuss together, in a synodal, frank, and in-depth manner, how to confront this evil afflicting the Church and humanity. The holy people of God looks to us, and expects from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be undertaken."Some of the recommendations Francis listed include informing the civil authorities and higher ecclesiastical authorities about incidents of abuse, protecting and offering support to victims, raising the minimum age for marriage to 16, and setting up protocols to handle various situations.The Vatican’s top sex-crimes investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, called Francis's "reflection points" a "road map for our discussion."The four-day summit, dubbed “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” has gathered 190 Church leaders from around the world. Francis has said that the summit is designed to determine “how best to protect children, to avoid these tragedies, to bring healing and restoration to the victims, and to improve the training imparted in seminaries.”"May the Virgin Mary enlighten us as we seek to heal the grave wounds that the scandal of pedophilia has caused, both in the little ones and in believers," the pope said in his opening speech.Francis has been excoriated by large swaths of the Church for his tepid response to new, shocking revelations over the past year that thousands of priests abused minors and adult seminarians and that certain Church leaders, including possibly Francis himself, covered up their crimes.However, in December, Francis ordered abusers to turn themselves in to civil authorities.“To those who abuse minors I would say this: Convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice,” the pope said in his Christmas address to the Vatican Curia.The Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) released a statement critical of the new plan, saying that it is not adequate and will likely be ignored."We have heard these words before," SNAP said. "Formalizing these points into policy is meaningless without any willingness to back them up with punishment."
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2019 4:25 PM
|Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in Hanoi
Days before the second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, to be held in Vietnam's capital, a Kim impersonator appeared at the Metropole Hotel, a back-up location for the meeting. Howard X, an Australian, has been cashing in on his resemblance to North Korea's leader, especially his haircut. It looks awful," Howard X said, adding it takes him three hours to prepare his outfit and get into character.
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2019 5:38 PM