AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claims on migrant child deaths

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump twisted circumstances behind the deaths of two migrant Guatemalan children to insulate his administration from any blame, contending without justification that they were in dire health before they reached the border. The children cleared initial U.S. health screenings and one of them was in the U.S. for five…

Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement – AP

By COLLEEN LONG In this Oct. 22, 2018, photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surround and detain a person during a raid in Richmond, Va. ICE’s enforcement and removal operations, like the five-person field office team outside Richmond, hunt people in the U.S. illegally, some of whom have been here for decades, working and…

NBA Roundup

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Piston) scored 26 to key a 121-114 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. The Lakers ended the game on an 18-4 run after trailing late, with Brandon Ingram (21 points and nine assists) making big shots down the stretch. Josh Hart also added 22 points, allowing the Lakers (21-16) to avenge…

US university’s 44th list of words it would like to banish

Lake Superior State University’s 44th annual list of words nominated for banishment by members of the public: –Wheelhouse — In the books — Wrap my head around — Platform — Collusion — OTUS family of acronyms (such as POTUS, FLOTUS, SCOTUS) — Ghosting — Yeet — Litigate — Grapple — Eschew — Crusty — Optics…

Trump asks 7-year-old, ‘Are you still a believer in Santa?’

By Eric Levenson, CNN – At what age do children wonder whether Santa really exists?President Donald Trump would like to know.In a Christmas Eve call, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman whether the child still believes in Santa Claus.”Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” Trump asked Coleman.Coleman’s response,…

China prepares mission to land spacecraft on moon’s far side

China was preparing to launch a ground-breaking mission early Saturday to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and U.S. With its Chang’e 4 mission, China hopes to be the first country to ever successfully undertake such…

What Is Kim Jong-un’s Game? By Jean-Pierre Cabestan -NYTimes Opinion

Mr. Cabestan is a China expert based in East Asia for more than two decades. HONG KONG — The immediate causes of the recent diplomatic breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula are well known: stronger international sanctions against North Korea, approved by even China and Russia, and President Trump’s bellicose response to the recent intensification of nuclear and missile…

Boko Haram will take years to ‘eliminate’: UN envoy

File: AFP WATCH: Victims of Boko Haram receive new lease on life Njidda Maidugu never thought he would walk on two legs again after a suicide bombing in Nigeria. Now, he has been given hope. Watch.WATCH African growth picks up but debt a concern, says IMF Related Links Nigeria military helps rescue over 1 000…

Donald Trump: The U.S. Will Withdraw From the Iran Nuclear Deal — Fortune

Trump said he would also reinstate financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic President Donald Trump said the U.S. will withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program and that he would reinstate financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic, casting the Mideast into a new period of uncertainty. “The fact is this was a…

An Israeli minister hints that Assad could be assassinated over any Iranian attacks on Israel from Syria — National Post

JERUSALEM, May 7 (Reuters) — Israel could respond to any Iranian attack on it from Syria by toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, an Israeli security cabinet minister said on Monday, hinting that Assad himself may be targeted for assassination. Israel and Iran have traded blows over Syria since February, stirring concern that major escalation… JERUSALEM,…

China rejects US military claims of laser attacks on pilots

China on Friday rejected US allegations that Chinese nationals shone military-grade lasers at American pilots in Djibouti, dismissing the claims as “inconsistent with facts”. AFP Beijing, which operates a naval base in the Horn of Africa country, denied Pentagon accusations that Chinese personnel have targeted US pilots in the country with the beams, resulting in…

Military plane with 5 crew members crashes near Savannah, Georgia

Watch VideoA military plane carrying five crew members crashed Wednesday near Savannah, Georgia, officials said. The US Air Force said that an Air National Guard WC-130 from the 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico crashed in the area. The 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard is responding to the scene, according to…

EU tells tech giants to tackle fake news by end-year — creation of a network of “independent fact-checkers” and a code of conduct — Peace and Freedom

The EU warned US tech giants Thursday to crack down on the spread of “fake news” by the end of the year or face regulation in the wake of a scandal involving the illegal harvesting of Facebook users’ data. © AFP | Protestors demonstrated outside Portcullis house in London where Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike […]…

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Edition Review: A Swan Song for Pickup Trucks Past — Vehicle Traveller

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Edition Review: A Swan Song for Pickup Trucks Past http://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/20170/2018-chevrolet-silverado-centennial-edition-review-a-swan-song-for-pickup-trucks-past Welcome to Critic’s Notebook, a quick and off-the-cuff car review consisting of impressions, jottings, and marginalia regarding whatever The Drive writers happen to be driving. Today’s edition: the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Edition. Malcolm Gladwell is often quoted as saying it […]…

US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey

US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey by By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL — An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is…

SYria Bombing Update: 105 missiles were launched in strikes against Syria

105 missiles were launched in strikes against Syria In a briefing on Saturday morning, the Pentagon provided the following breakdown of the military weapons used to strike Syrian targets overnight.   From the Red Sea: USS Monterey (Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser) – 30 Tomahawk missiles USS Laboon (Arleigh Burke-class destroyer) – 7 Tomahawk missiles From the…