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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Two students who survived the Florida school shooting and spoke publicly about it are not “crisis actors,” despite the claims of several conspiracy-oriented sites and an aide to a Florida lawmaker. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, are among those targeted by conspiracy theories about the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people. Similar hoaxes were spread online following other mass shootings, including the 2012 assault on Sandy Hook... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
President Donald Trump on Wednesday again questioned why, if Russia was interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, former President Barack Obama and his administration did little to thwart it and why they are not now being investigated. Trump virtually demanded his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, undertake an investigation of Obama and officials in that administration. It has been a recurring theme for Trump in recent days: casting aspersions on several months-long investigations of... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to the Security Council to approve an urgent 30-day cease-fire across Syria and to help the 400,000 besieged residents of eastern Ghouta, who he said, "live in hell on Earth." "I believe eastern Ghouta cannot wait," Guterres said of the northern rebel-held enclave that has been under siege by pro-government forces since 2013. "My appeal to all those involved, is for an immediate suspension of all war activities... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Israel and its U.S. ally say they have successfully tested an anti-missile system that would protect the Jewish state from a potential long-range missile attack by its regional rival, Iran.   Monday’s test of the Arrow 3 interceptor comes eight days after Iran displayed what it called a new version of a Ghadr missile with a 2,000-kilometer range that would put Israeli territory within reach.   The Ghadr is part of a missile program that Tehran has vowed to continue, despite... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Israeli media say a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in a bribery scandal. Shlomo Filber was arrested on suspicion of promoting the interests of Israel's powerful telecom company in exchange for more positive news coverage of the prime minister. Police have not confirmed that Filber has turned state's witness, but Netanyahu quickly denied any wrongdoing and described the allegations as a witch hunt, madness and lies. The... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A look at the best news photos from around the world. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
In an effort to find new ways of financing their insurgency, Taliban rebels have turned to local media for taxation and threatened news outlets in central Afghanistan with punitive measures if they refuse to give in to the militant group’s demands. The Taliban has recently demanded that media outlets in central Ghazni province disclose their revenue so the group can impose taxes.   “The Taliban contacted us by telephone at the start of the spring and demanded 200,000 Afghanis... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa continues to appear at the bottom of Transparency International’s annual index, with the violent, chaotic East African nation of Somalia maintaining its 12-year streak as the lowest rated nation on the chart that tracks perceptions of corruption in 180 countries.   The index also found that more than two thirds of the countries surveyed scored below 50 points on the 100-point scale, with an average score of 43.  African nations averaged a score of 32.  No... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Hundreds of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, rallied Wednesday at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to pressure lawmakers to approve tougher gun control laws one week after one of the most deadly U.S. school shootings. A gunman killed 17 people at the Parkland school, triggering a wave of protests by students in Tallahassee and elsewhere in the U.S. Teachers and Florida state representative Sean Shaw joined the students on the grounds of the... (Full Story)
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