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A rebuke to the president For the first time in over two years, there is daylight between the president and the Republican Party Also making a stand against the imperial presidency were generally reliable supporters of Mr Trump’s from conservative states, such as Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Jerry Moran of Kansas, who could well face primary challenges from the right But together they send a signal: Republicans are a little bit braver
Afghan official says any U.S. deal with the Taliban would ‘dishonor’ American troops as relations sink Trump administration issues sharply-worded statement defending U.S. negotiator. But as we make progress in these negotiations, he said, we will be able to reduce our troops’ presence and focus on counterterrorism President Ashraf Ghani’s government, already livid from what it said was a failure by a disrespectful Khalilzad to even provide them with a comprehensive briefing on the talks, hit the roof, placing most of the blame on Khalilzad Pamela Constable in Kabul and Paul Sonne in Washington contributed to this report
Opinion | Senate Republicans’ Declaration of (Semi-) Independence President Trump’s red wall in the Senate cracks. A bit. Mr. Lee put together a proposal to reform the National Emergencies Act As an opening bid, the idea was worth debating, seeing as how the current law is clearly prone to abuse We’d like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook , Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram
Shadow Commander: Iran’s Military Mastermind - who is General Qassem Suleimani and what is the film about? A HERO in his home country, a villain in the West, the man whose influence stretches tentacle-like over the Middle East is shrouded in mystery. As a new documentary explores this extraordinary man,… He smuggled thousands of sophisticated bombs into the country arming the Shia militias who killed hundreds of British and American troops Refer to Caption 2 General Suleimani is considered a hero in his native Iran He has helped bolster the Syrian government, a key Iranian ally, throughout the Syrian Civil War and is known to be one of the staunchest supporters of Bashar al-Assad The new BBC2 documentary aired on March 14 at 9pm and is available on iPlayer
Is Chernobyl STILL killing us? Kate Brown spent four years investigating the worst atomic disaster in human history. Ukraine's Chernobyl explosion which took place in 1986 was the equivalent of four Hiroshimas. This could be the border patrol’s worst nightmare: a ‘dirty’ nuclear terrorist bomb But when they inspected the contents, all they found was fruit It stimulated the liver to cleanse the body of radiation, they said The biggest of all is: why does no one want to face the lessons of Chernobyl
Patrick Shanahan, Joseph Dunford deny Trump ‘slush fund’ Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan on Thursday defended the Pentagon’s $718 billion fiscal 2020 budget request in the face of Democratic complaints that the Trump administration is setting up a slush fund to finance the president’s priorities. Democrats offered little objection to the Pentagon’s base request of $553 billion, but they blasted the department’s proposed $165 billion overseas contingency operations budget, a pot of money originally earmarked to fund U.S. military operations abroad and to cover unanticipated missions and costs
U.S.-Afghan tensions erupt over Kabul's exclusion from peace talks The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S. peace t... Viceroy is a politically loaded term in South Asia as it was the title of the colonial administrator of British-ruled India We think either Zal, Ambassador Khalilzad, doesn’t know how to negotiate (or) there may be other reasons behind what he’s doing, Mohib said Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Nike condemned for putting hijab on Iranian mathematician who chose not to wear one Exclusive: Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win the Fields Medal, opted not to cover her hair At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region AFP/Getty 48/50 26 January 2019 Aerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil's giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil AFP/Getty 49/50 25 January 2019 Indian police personnel block unemployed Indian teachers, as they march towards the residence of Punjab Education Minister Om Parkash Soni during a protest against the Punjab state government to demand jobs in Amritsar AFP/Getty 50/50 24 January 2019 Supporters of newly elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi cheer as they arrive to attend his Presidential Inauguration in Kinshasa
Analysis | Tillis’s reversal sums up state of Senate Republicans — few willing to cross Trump The North Carolina senator, who is up for reelection in 2020, wrote a Washington Post op-ed last month against executive overreach. Facing political pressure, he stood with Trump. By Paul Kane Paul Kane Senior congressional correspondent and columnist Email Bio Follow March 14 at 6:04 PM Sen McConnell initially opposed the emergency declaration and privately warned Trump in a White House meeting that he would face a significant bloc of GOP defections
Trump vows 'VETO!' after bipartisan Senate rebuke on wall The U.S. Senate on Thursday rebuked President Donald Trump by voting to end his ... McConnell said Trump was operating within existing law and that if senators did not like the powers provided to the president under the National Emergencies Act, then they should amend it The stalemate led to a 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in January Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
US announces more support for ‘heroic’ White Helmets in Syria The Trump administration is doubling down on backing the White Helmets, the self-proclaimed civil defense group with often controversial activity in militant-held areas of Syria, pledging a $5 million donation at a conference. Palladino’s statement, however, acknowledged that the group operates solely in areas outside of the control of the regime Evidence of White Helmet involvement with anti-government militants and other abuses, such as organ harvesting and endangering children, was presented to the UN in December
U.S. hopes to send more experts to Congo as Ebola outbreak rages The CDC hopes to send more experts to Congo in the next few weeks to train personnel in the fight against a raging Ebola outbreak that has already killed nearly 600 people and is far from under control, the CDC director said Thursday. The U.S. assessment was far more sober than that offered by the WHO chief Read more: ‘We don’t know their motivation:’ Ebola treatment suspended after attacks on clinics in Congo These bats carry the lethal Marburg virus and scientists are tracking them to try to stop its spread Trump pledges support for health programs but his budget takes ‘legs out from underneath the system’
Howard Schultz apologizes for military comment to Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent bid for president, is apologizing for saying he had likely spent more time with the military than the other candidates. Schultz made the comments during an interview Thursday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Afterward, Schultz tweeted that leaders must accept responsibility for mistakes and his comment was wrong Gabbard served in Iraq with the Hawaii Army National Guard, and Buttigieg is a veteran of the Afghanistan War, having served a tour with the Navy Reserve
Congress members, activists slam Saudi's human rights record Saudi Arabia's human rights record has come under intense scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Leahy went on to highlight the case of Walid Fitaihi, a US-Saudi citizen who has been detained in the kingdom for more than a year, apparently without charges or a trial It's not just Democrats calling for action to be taken against Saudi Arabia, it is Republicans and Democrats very clearing making this a bipartisan issue, he said
U.S. sees Turkey's Russian missile deal as national security... Turkey's pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system prese... The senior U.S. officials said Washington’s offer to sell Patriots to Turkey continued and that the two sides remain in negotiations about it The Turkish government has already missed a soft deadline set by Washington to decide whether to buy a $3.5 billion Raytheon Co. Patriot missile shield system Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Stanford students file civil lawsuit amid 'college bribing scheme' Stanford students Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods said they were denied a fair shot to gain admission to Yale and USC The French air accident investigation authority said that it will handle the analysis of the black boxes retrieved from the crash site and they have already arrived in France but gave no time frame on how long the analysis could take AP 2/50 13 March 2019 Men carry a child who was rescued at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Lagos, Nigeria Reuters 3/50 12 March 2019 A crab stuck in plastic in Verde Island Passage, Philippines
The August plot to kill Maduro with drones New videos obtained by CNN provide chilling insight into a mystery drone attack against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro last year—the world's first known attempt to kill a head of state with a retail drone, purchased online and armed by hand with military grade explosives. Maduro also blamed far-right activists and the Colombian government, which denied any responsibility Later, they dismantle the machines to be smuggled across the border into Venezuela Once back in their homeland, they would slowly rebuild the two drones destined for the president
Russian pranksters posing as Swiss president call Guaido, talk freezing Maduro’s ‘crime monies’ The self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, has fallen victim to a famous Russian prankster duo, discussing freezing Maduro's Swiss bank accounts and even sending them an “official request” to do so. The draft included a list of Swiss banks, where the crime monies are supposedly held – and cheekily included ‘Lexus Vovanial Bank Ltd.’ – a fictitious bank, based on the duo's nicknames included – screenshots provided by the pranksters show Share it with a friend! Trends: Juan Guaido news