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US State spokesperson on Syria: ‘I don’t know what some of you expect us to do’
Horrific reports have emerged of civilians dying under the Syrian regime's siege of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. At the United Nations, calls for a 30-day ceasefire to allow for evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian supplies have been stymied by Russian objections. But pressed on whether easing the violence is part of the US mission and what Tillerson is doing to address the bloodshed, the State Department provided…
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Armed school resource officer stayed outside as Florida shooting unfolded, sheriff says
Scot Peterson never went in after taking a position on the west side of the building, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. Peterson resigned after he was suspended without pay by Israel pending an internal investigation into his actions during the shooting that left 17 people dead, Israel said. Peterson was eligible for retirement. Israel made the decision to suspend Peterson -- who was…
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How the Florida school shooting conspiracies sprouted and spread
They originate in the dark corners of the internet -- often from the 4chan "politically incorrect" board (abbreviated as /pol/) -- and migrate onto social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook from conservative pages, alt-right personalities, nationalist blogs and far-right pundits. What drives hoaxes and conspiracy theorists is unclear. But their faith in the conspiracies they spread seems to be unwavering. Less than an hour after the shooting at…
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Deputy Australian Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce resigns over sex scandal
Earlier in February, Joyce had admitted to the affair, confirming long-running rumors, but refused to resign saying it was a private matter. Then on Thursday, the National Party said it had received a separate, formal complaint against its leader, accusing him of sexual harassment, Australia's national broadcaster ABC reported. CNN contacted the National Party but didn't receive an immediate response. The Nationals govern in a coalition agreement with the Liberal…
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From ‘snub’ to scandal, Trudeau’s India visit sparks outrage
Already dogged by bad press and speculation that the prime minister had been "snubbed" by the Indian government, on Thursday Canadian officials were again on the back-foot, after it was revealed a Sikh extremist convicted of attempting to murder an Indian politician had been invited to dine with Trudeau at the Canadian High Commissioner's residence in New Delhi. The official invitation, which was later withdrawn, has sparked outrage in India,…
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Deconstructing the Second Amendment
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. And yet, for years, those 27 brief words have been the source of contentious debate -- seen by some as an inalienable protection against tyranny; by others as a dangerous anachronism. Here's a look at the Second Amendment, its phrases parsed and placed…
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Mueller files new charges against Manafort, Gates
In the 37-page indictment, prosecutors describe a "scheme" in which the two longtime business partners allegedly laundered $30 million, failed to pay taxes for almost 10 years and used real estate they owned to fraudulently secure more than $20 million in loans. The indictments show increasing pressure from Mueller on the former top Trump campaign officials and highlight his aggressive effort to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election…
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Package sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle treated as ‘racist hate crime’
The Metropolitan Police said that officers tested a substance in a package received at St James's Palace, which the London Evening Standard said was a white powder. Other UK media reports said the package also contained a racist letter. The investigation is being overseen by the London counter-terrorism command, a Metropolitan Police statement said. Investigators are treating the incident as a "racist hate crime," the statement added. Police would not…