US general expresses support for Saudi coalition after CNN report on weapons in Yemen

(CNN)The top United States military commander in the Middle East suggested Tuesday that America would continue to back its allies waging war in Yemen, despite new evidence of arms deal violations uncovered by a CNN investigation. The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels, exposing some of America’s sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other war zones. By handing off this military equipment to third parties, the Saudi-led coalition is breaking the terms of its arms sales with the US, according to the Department of Defense. CNN’s investigation was cited by several US senators on Tuesday, one of whom described it as a “bombshell” report that should …

Kim’s envoy arrives in DC as Pentagon states ‘extraordinary threat’ posed by North Korea

Washington (CNN)North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the US, Kim Yong Chol, arrived in Washington Thursday, just hours after President Donald Trump rolled out a new missile defense strategy that appears to contradict his own claim that Pyongyang is no longer a nuclear threat. “Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump tweeted as he arrived back in Washington at the time. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” Since that time Trump has insisted that talks with North Korea are yielding progress, pointing to the lack of missile and nuclear tests as evidence that Pyongyang is moving towards denuclearization. Waiting for concrete …

‘Modern Family’ coming to an end

(CNN)One of television’s most beloved and celebrated families will soon go their separate ways after ABC announced that “Modern Family” has been renewed for an 11th and final season. In its time on air, the show garnered 21 Primetime Emmy Awards (including five for outstanding comedy series), multiple SAG Awards and a Peabody. “For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of ‘Modern Family,’” joked co-creator and executive producer Christopher Lloyd in a statement. “Modern Family” airs Wednesdays on ABC. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

A 5th grader’s boredom while visiting her mom’s job led to $30,000 for the elderly in need

(CNN)Ruby Kate Chitsey asked the woman in the wheelchair why she was staring intently through the glass doors. Her answer broke the fifth-grader’s heart. “It was very sad. We have a lot of dogs and I could feel her pain,” Ruby Kate told CNN. Ruby knew it cost money to get a pet sitter to bring the dog to the resident more often. Many in her hometown of 12,000 don’t have extra to spare. That encounter last summer led the little girl to think: how many other residents couldn’t afford simple things that brought them joy. She decided to do something about it. She began by writing their wishes down Ruby Kate started a project and Facebook page called “Three …

Iceland removed own label from 17 palm products

It added that it “was not possible to remove palm oil at a manufacturing level in these products by 31 December 2018”, adding that it had been “transparent”. Iceland still selling own-brand palm oil Palm oil banned by Iceland supermarkets Warning of palm oil threat to primates Iceland said it had “not given up” on the nine frozen and eight chilled lines that had not yet been reformulated, which will have their branding reinstated by April. Consumer group Ethical Consumer said: “In the cases where they have failed to reformulate products, simply re-labelling them is counter-productive.” It added it was important for companies “to be transparent about the ethical problems they are facing”. On Wednesday, the BBC revealed Iceland was …

Queen makes plea for ‘common ground’

Her words echoed the theme of her Christmas broadcast, our correspondent added. Chancellor Philip Hammond said there was “huge wisdom” in the Queen’s remarks. He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t think anybody will be at all surprised to hear the Queen advocating the view that in all things controversial we should seek compromise, we should seek common ground, we should seek a way forward.” The Queen also received praise from other cabinet ministers – including Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, who called them “wise words”. You may also be interested in: ‘The bed that saved me from the Taliban’ Bulger mother ‘disgusted’ by Oscar nomination Nurse held after patient gives birth Theresa May’s official spokesman declined to …

May ‘determined’ to deliver Brexit on time

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said that while Mrs May pledged to “go back to Brussels to secure a plan that Parliament can stand behind”, the EU remains publicly opposed to changing the backstop. The UK is due to leave the EU at 23:00 GMT on Friday 29 March, when the two-year time limit on withdrawal negotiations enforced by the Article 50 process expires. Some MPs have suggested Britain will need more time to negotiate its exit to avoid crashing out of the EU without a deal. What has the prime minister said? Mrs May has insisted the departure date will not change, writing in the Telegraph that she would “deliver Brexit on time”. And she said she rejected the …

New ideas for the Brexit border backstop

If such an agreement could not be reached, then to avoid those checks with customs posts or other infrastructure, the backstop would come into force. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionConfused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics It would keep the UK in a “single customs territory” with the EU, and leave Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods. Many MPs fear the UK could be “trapped” in that arrangement for years, leaving it unable to strike its own trade deals on goods with the rest of the world. The prime minister’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) allies also do not want to see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. …

Governors: States are where the action is

(CNN)About half of Americans say they are starting off the new year with firm resolutions for improving their lives. Many of our states are off to a fresh beginning, too, with much the same goal in sight. By the end of the month, 21 new governors will have been inaugurated across the country, joining Alaska’s Mike Dunleavy, who was sworn in at the start of December. That’s because the states are the engines of change in our democracy. While it may be the worst of times in Washington, with unprecedented political infighting and gridlock, it’s truly the best of times in the states. Citizens are involved, communities are resurgent, and progress is accelerating. Congratulations to each of our fellow outgoing …

A humiliating Brexit defeat, but May will likely stagger on

London (CNN)Just 24 hours after incurring a historic parliamentary defeat, British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another challenge to her premiership: A vote of no confidence in her government. Brexiteer Conservative MPs and the DUP, the Northern Irish party on which May relies for a majority in the Commons, have made clear they will support the government in the vote at around 1900 GMT on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know about Brexit Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, urged May to postpone Brexit to give more time for a consensus, tweeting: “Spoke to PM earlier — not obvious that she has any real idea what to do next. Also not at all clear she is open to …

‘Love Island generation’ skin cancer fear

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKarl Dinis, from Cardiff, has been injecting himself with Melanotan 2 for 10 years and says he loves the tan it gives him. The “Love Island generation” are risking their health by going to extreme lengths to achieve a perfect tan, an expert has said. Blacking out and vomiting after injecting illegal drugs and having them sent from China disguised as dog flea treatment, are some examples. Each year, 15,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with Melanoma – the most aggressive type of skin cancer. While more survive, a “tsunami of new cases” is feared by Dr Rachel Abbott. The British Skin Foundation spokeswoman said people were resorting to “risky behaviour” …

Venezuela’s Maduro says Trump making mistakes that will ‘stain his hands with blood’

Bogota, Colombia (CNN)Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has warned US President Donald Trump that he risks staining “his hands with blood” should he pursue military action in the crisis-hit South American nation. Maduro has faced intense pressure since Guaido’s declaration last month, with the US upping sanctions on Venezuela and a number of Washington’s allies recognizing the previously largely unknown opposition leader as the country’s President. Despite the pressure, however, Maduro showed no signs of slipping, and the opposition has appeared at times to be on the back foot. On Sunday, Guaido called on the Venezuelan military — which has so far been loyal to the government — to permit aid into the country from neighboring Colombia and Brazil, both of …

Why the Constitution makes a third-party presidency extremely difficult

(CNN)Democrats are right to be concerned that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is thinking about an independent run for the White House because the most likely outcome of any strong third-party challenge in 2020 is the re-election of President Donald Trump. With the elections of 2016 and 2000 still fresh in the minds of a lot of voters, most Americans have a basic awareness of the Constitution’s rules for how presidents are elected: whoever wins the majority of electoral votes becomes president. Today, there are 538 votes in the Electoral College based on the make-up of Congress (which has 435 House members and 100 senators) plus three more votes for the District of Columbia. The candidate who wins 270 or …

Koch officials avoid confrontation at muted donor gathering

Indian Wells, California (CNN)Officials in the influential conservative network affiliated with Charles Koch kicked off their winter summit emphasizing bipartisanship and working to steer clear of fresh confrontation with President Donald Trump. “We’re here to unite people to improve their lives,” he said as attendees sipped wine in a vast hotel ballroom during the retreat’s opening reception. Koch officials did not put a dollar amount on their financial commitment to their 2020 priorities, but the network has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in previous election cycles. The gathering marks the first time the donors have come together since a memo to donors leaked in early January indicating that the network would not back Trump’s re-election in 2020. Instead, top …

Threatened shark served to UK diners

University of Exeter researchers say, despite the small number of samples studied, they have demonstrated the sale of threatened sharks, highlighting the global nature of the damaging trade in endangered species. “The discovery of scalloped hammerheads in shark fins that were destined to be sold in the UK highlights how widespread the sale of these endangered species really is,” Dr Andrew Griffiths told BBC News. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The spiny dogfish is at threat due to overfishing Of the 39 fresh and frozen samples obtained from fishmongers, about half were assigned to Mustelus asterias (starry smooth hound), a type of hound-shark. This shark is judged of least concern in terms of extinction risk. The Sphyrna lewini (scalloped …

Voters Narrowly Support Raising Taxes To Fund A Green New Deal, Poll Shows

American voters are narrowly supportive of a proposal to end fossil fuel use and create clean energy jobs by raising taxes, according to a poll sponsored by supporters of the proposal. Registered voters were, by 5 percentage points, more likely to support than oppose a The findings ― commissioned by the left-leaning think tank Data for Progress and shared with HuffPost ― show the Green New Deal’s popularity with Democrats and the extent to which its main advocates have electrified long-static debates on both climate and tax policy in the United States. Nancy Pelosi’s office to demand a poll In January, Ocasio-Cortez suggested raising top marginal tax rates to 70 percent to help fund the program. The remark, made in …