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Rachel Maddow Defends Niger Theory After Experts Call It'Conspiracymongering'
News ImageRachel Maddow on Friday doubled down on her controversial reporting on thedeadly Niger ambush on U.S. troops,in which she linked President Donald Trumps travel ban with the deaths of four soldiers.
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:46:34 -0400
Ferguson Is Undermining Jeff Sessions' Argument Against DOJ-Led Police Reform
News ImageFERGUSON, Mo. On a warm Wednesday evening here in late August, six minutes from where a Ferguson police officer had shot and killed an unarmed man three years prior, an armed man was pacing in front of his mothers home, yelling at the cops.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:24:32 -0400
Chinese President Xi Jinping Declares Era of National Rejuvenation
News ImageChinese president Xi Jinping declared an era of national rejuvenation in a speech that garnered 1.5 billion virtual claps on a virtual applause app released in conjunction with the Communist Party congress.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:41:49 -0400
Poll finds Las Vegas shooting doesn't alter opinions on guns
News ImageATLANTA (AP) The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws, a poll finds.
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:30:02 -0400
WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrage
News ImageThe head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwes 93-year-old authoritarian leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases like heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. The decision triggered confusion and anger among key WHO member states and activists who noted that Zimbabwes health care system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabes regime. "Im listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible," Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, said on Twitter. Tedros took charge of WHO in July, becoming the first African to lead the powerful UN agency. In announcing the appointment in Uruguays capital this week, Tedros had praised Zimbabwe as "a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all." Britain, Canada and the US on Saturday joined the widening chorus of critics of the decision. Im listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible Tedros Adhanom (@DrTedros) October 21, 2017 "This appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity," the US State Department said. Britain said the move was "surprising and disappointing, particularly in light of the current US and EU sanctions against him." "We have registered our concerns with WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus," a foreign office statement read. And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau termed the appointment "absolutely unacceptable," and said he "quite frankly... thought it was a bad April Fools joke." Zimbabwean activist and human rights lawyer Doug Coltart said on Twitter that a "man who flies to Singapore for treatment because he has destroyed Zimbabwes health sector is WHOs goodwill ambassador." MUGABE TIMELINE Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, is in increasingly fragile health and makes regular trips abroad for medical treatment. He returned to Zimbabwe late on Saturday night. "Mugabe doesnt trust Zimbabwe health care he destroyed (he travels abroad) but @WHOs Tedros names him ambassador," the head of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth, added in a tweet. UN Watch, a group primarily known for defending Israel at the world body, called the decision "sickening." "Amid reports of ongoing human rights abuses, the tyrant of Zimbabwe is the last person who should be legitimized by a UN position of any kind," the groups executive director Hillel Neuer said in a statement. WHO had earlier on Saturday pointed to Zimbabwes record on tobacco, NCDs and Tedros desire to engage senior politicians as justifications for the Mugabe honour. "Dr Tedros has frequently talked of his determination to build a global movement to promote high-level political leadership for health," spokesman Christian Lindmeier said in an email. "Zimbabwe has ratified the WHO FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) in 2014 and the government has launched a levy fund for NCDs to generate revenues for health promotion, including NCD prevention and control." UN agencies often name high-profile personalities as goodwill ambassadors to draw attention to their work, including actress Angelina Jolie with the refugee agency UNHCR.
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:09:20 -0400
Mother, son and daughter all arrested in connection to multiple robberies on Long Island
News ImageA woman and her two children have been arrested in Long Island in connection to seven armed robberies, all of which took place over the last month.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:35:36 -0400
Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane
News ImageThere were only a few minutes left before baggage carousel No. 4 jolted to life at John F. Kennedy International Airport, soon to be ringed with people coming from Puerto Rico on one-way tickets they never would have bought if not for the hurricane. Moving at a canter, Emily Pagan and three colleagues from various New York state government agencies carted their fold-up table halfway down the Terminal 5 arrivals hall, setting it up by the carousel against a pillar.
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:01:57 -0400
Tom Hanks Offers Suggestion To Those 'Frustrated' With Current Affairs: 'Read History'
News ImageActor Tom Hanks recommends this: Brush up on your history.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:05:51 -0400
Key events since Catalonia's independence vote
News ImageAs Catalonia's independence crisis deepens, here are the key events that have rocked the region since this month's referendum on splitting from Spain. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans vote in an independence referendum that goes ahead despite a court ban deeming it unconstitutional. The Catalan government says 90 percent of those who voted backed independence, but turnout was only 43 percent as many who oppose a split boycotted the referendum.
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:50:04 -0400
Niger Ambush: Funeral Held for Sgt. La David Johnson
News ImageJohnson, a 25-year-old father, was killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month along with three of his comrades. This week, his death was at the center of a firestorm between a congresswoman and the White House.
Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:01:26 -0400
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