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Source: Common Domain

After violence in Charlottesville, cities rush to take down monuments as white supremacists gear up to fight

15-Aug-2017

In Kentucky and Maryland, city officials promised to swiftly tear down Confederate monuments after years of debates, drawing cheers from supporters but also galvanizing the white supremacists and fanning fears of more protests and more violence.

To the white supremacists who gathered from across the country, the havoc in the Virginia college town and the international attention it earned them marked a win.

21 Articles
Source: Global News

Donald Trump to be greeted by thousands of protestors when he arrives home in NYC

15-Aug-2017

Thousands of protesters and heavy security were ready to greet President Donald Trump as he headed for his home in the city on Monday for the first time since his inauguration.

Trump, under pressure after initially condemning what he called an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” on Monday declared that “racism is evil” and described members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs.”

30 Articles
Source: Reuters

Japan PM sends ritual offering to war dead shrine on WW2 surrender anniversary

15-Aug-2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial shrine to war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person in an apparent effort to avoid increasing regional tensions.

"After the war, our country has consistently taken steps as a country that abhors war and treasures peace, and has made efforts to promote the peace and prosperity of the world," Abe said at a national ceremony to honor war dead on Tuesday. "We intend to keep this immovable policy firmly, throughout the ages, while facing history with humility."

14 Articles
Source: NBC News

New Polls Show Trump's Presidency Stands on Perilous Ground

Today 09:01 GMT

Also: “In an illustration of this state’s complicated politics, and the expectations of each party’s base, it is Mr. Northam, the descendant of slaveholders and a product of Virginia’s rural eastern shore, who is calling for the statues to come down, while Mr. Gillespie, a New Jersey native who moved to Northern Virginia after establishing a political career in Washington, is more closely aligned with the old guard.”

20 Articles
Source: Common Domain

Millions flock to the heartland for a glimpse of the Great Eclipse

Today 09:01 GMT

Millions were inspired to chase the moon shadow that was set to race through a 14-state heartland, or to keep (protected!) eyes peeled for the partial eclipse visible to varying degrees from elsewhere in the country.

Special correspondent Thacher Schmid contributed from Portland, Ore., Katherine Manning from Brevard, N.C., and Jenny Jarvie from western South Carolina.

21 Articles
Source: ABC News

Total solar eclipse: Weather forecast for path of totality

Today 09:01 GMT

Millions of people in the United States are expected to be within the path of today's total solar eclipse, when the moon moves between the sun and Earth and casts a dark shadow across our planet.

ABC News meteorologists predict the Pacific Northwest and the Tennessee Valley will have the best weather conditions for viewing the total solar eclipse.

27 Articles
Source: CBS News

Trump outlines new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

Today 09:01 GMT

President Trump unveiled what he described as a "dramatically" new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia Monday night, but declined to provide specific details about a possible increase in troops.

The Trump administration had been considering a plan proposed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize a large portion of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan in which 5,000 private military contractors would replace U.S. troops that assist the Afghan army.

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Source: Fox News

Trump's Afghanistan address: What to watch for

Today 09:01 GMT

In an address to the nation Monday night, President Trump is expected to reveal his strategy in Afghanistan – and America’s longest war.

The address is expected to begin at 9 p.m. EDT and can be viewed on the Fox News Channel with special coverage, anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, followed by "Hannity" at 10:00pm ET and "The Five" at 11:00pm ET.

6 Articles
Source: NBC News

Trump's Charlottesville moment was a long time coming, hate group experts said

15-Aug-2017

President Donald Trump’s slow response to the deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia sparked by a white nationalist rally was shocking to political observers, experts on extremism and even members of his own party, but nobody could call it surprising.

Related: Trump Condemns Hate Groups, Calls Racism ‘Evil’ Days After Charlottesville Violence. While Greenblatt said Trump’s remarks condemning racism on Monday were positive, he added that Trump should have to “step above the lowest possible bar” and pair his words with action.

25 Articles
Source: Common Domain

Two top CEOs quit Trump advisory panel over Charlottesville controversy?

15-Aug-2017

The move by Kenneth Frazier, one of corporate America’s leading African American executives, came after President Trump was criticized for not explicitly condemning white supremacists after violent clashes with counter-protestors turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

Many on Twitter noted that Trump responded more quickly and specifically to Frazier’s resignation than he did to the violence in Charlottesville.

39 Articles
Source: CBS News

What scientists hope to learn from total eclipse

Today 09:01 GMT

Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and his team will observe the eclipse from St. Joseph, Missouri, within a 70-mile-wide path of totality.

Pitts said scientists will be taking the rare opportunity of totality to examine the sun's corona, "the pearly glow of atmosphere around the sun. The corona is incredibly hot, millions of degrees, and astronomers don't understand why the corona is so hot given that the surface of the sun is just about 11,000 degrees."

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Source: Common Domain

Trump expected to announce Afghanistan troop boost

Today 09:01 GMT

President Donald Trump is expected to authorize about 4,000 more U.S. troops for counterterrorism missions as part of a new military strategy in Afghanistan, according to reports.

The White House announced Sunday that Trump will speak at 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday about “the path forward” for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia. CBS News reports Trump is expected to green light the extra troops and put new pressure on Pakistan to stop giving safe haven to terrorists.

17 Articles
Source: The Guradian

Barcelona attack: suspected van driver shot dead by police west of city

Today 09:02 GMT

The last known member of the Barcelona terror cell has been shot dead after he was cornered by armed police while wearing a fake suicide vest.

Younes Abouyaaqoub was killed in a town 30 miles west of Barcelona, four days after he drove a van along the crowded tourist boulevard Las Ramblas, killing 13 people and injuring more than 130.. Police said Abouyaaqoub shouted “God is great” just before he was gunned down outside Subirats, shortly after local people called police to say they believed they had spotted him.

6 Articles
Source: The Guradian

North Korea's Kim to assess 'foolish Yankees' before deciding on Guam missile attack

15-Aug-2017

Kim Jong-un appeared on Tuesday to signal a pause in the escalating war of words with Donald Trump, saying he was prepared to watch US actions in the region “a little more” before ordering a planned launch of North Korean missiles aimed at the US territory of Guam. But he warned he could still order a missile launch aimed at the seas around Guam if there were further provocations from “foolish Yankees”.

8 Articles
Source: BBC

Navy chief orders fleet investigation of after collision

Today 09:01 GMT

The US Navy has ordered a wide investigation into its Pacific fleet after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.

Navy Adm John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, has directed Adm Phil Davidson, the head of the Navy's Fleet Forces, to lead the investigation. General Mattis told reporters on Monday the inquiry would also examine an accident in June, when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship in Japanese waters and killed seven sailors.


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