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Philippines pounds militants as civilians found shot dead
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine forces found corpses in the streets of a besieged southern city on Sunday, including at least eight civilians who appeared to have been executed, as soldiers battled
a weakened but still forceful group of militants linked to the Islamic State group.
The death toll from six days of fighting neared 100.
The crisis in Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has grown increasingly dire as the militants show unexpected strength, fending off a military that has unleashed attack helicopters, armored vehicles and scores of soldiers.
The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday to declare 60 days of martial law in the southern Philippines,
where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
But the recent bloodshed in Marawi has raised fears that extremism is growing as smaller militant
groups unify and align themselves with the Islamic State group. Much of the city is a no-go zone, but as the military advances and more civilians escape, the scope of the battle is becoming clear.
Sheriff's deputy, 7 others killed in Mississippi shootings
The shootings took place in three separate locations in Lincoln County, south Mississippi.
A male suspect, named in local media as Willie Cory Godbolt, was detained by police on Sunday morning.
Authorities say it is too early to consider any possible motive behind the killings.
Mr Godbolt's mother-in-law, two other relatives, and deputy sheriff William Durr were found dead at the scene of the first shooting in Bogue Chitto, reports said.
The next shooting took place in Brookhaven, where "the bodies of two juvenile males were located", police said.
The third crime scene was in East Lincoln, where a man and woman were killed.
Willie Godbolt spoke to local paper The Clarion-Ledger after he was detained.
He said he was "sorry" and "ain't fit to live, not after what I done".
He said he was in conversation with his wife and her family "about me taking my children home" when someone called the police.
His stepfather-in-law, Vincent Mitchell, told AP news agency that Mr Godbolt's wife and two children had been staying with him after she left her husband.
Mr Godbolt opened fire after the deputy sheriff arrived, Mr Mitchell added.
A 16-year-old, believed to have been taken hostage by the suspect, was safe, The Daily Leader reported. Mississippi governor Phil Bryant called the incident a "senseless tragedy". "Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest," he said in a statement.
Merkel: Europe 'can no longer rely on allies' after Trump and Brexit
says. Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to "fight for its own destiny".
It follows the G7's failure to commit to the 2015 Paris climate deal, talks Mrs Merkel said were
President Trump has said he will make a decision in the coming week.
"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Mrs Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. The BBC's Damien McGuinness, in Berlin, says the comments are a sign of growing assertiveness within the EU. The relationship between Berlin and new French President Emmanuel Macron had to be a priority, Mrs Merkel said.
Graham: It's 'stunning' Comey never told Congress about fake email
Graham said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" that Comey told the Senate and House select committees on intelligence about such an email,
but never indicated it was fake.
"He talked to members of the Senate and House intel committee that he was sitting on emails that the Russians had between the Democratic Party and the Department of Justice that were highly explosive," Graham said.
"He never once told a member of the House or the Senate that he thought the email was fake."
Graham is not a member of the Senate intelligence committee, but is helming an investigation from a Senate judiciary subcommittee into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
What to make of these viral racist tirades?
A Trump Campaign Rally Led to Shoving, and Legal Wrangling, Too
“Get ’em out of here!”
he bellowed in response.
Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, gave a hard shove in the back to Kashiya Nwanguma, a black college student
who had been holding up a poster depicting Mr. Trump’s face on the body of a pig. Sign Up For the
Morning Briefing Newsletter “He knew what he was asking for,”
Mr. Heimbach said recently of Mr. Trump’s remark. What Mr. Trump got was a pair of lawsuits: one filed by Ms. Nwanguma and the other by one of Candidate Trump’s most fervent young admirers among the white nationalist movement,
Mr. Heimbach. Two months after the March 2016 rally, Ms. Nwanguma and two other protesters sued Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, contending incitement, saying he was legally liable because Mr. Heimbach
and other Trump supporters were acting as
The civil suit also accuses Mr. Heimbach and two other Trump supporters of assault and battery,
adding that they shouted racial slurs at her. In a separate lawsuit filed last month, Mr. Heimbach, 26, demanded indemnity from Mr. Trump, saying he was responsible for any injuries Mr. Heimbach might have inflicted because Mr. Trump directed him and others to take action.
Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants
(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity.
"The consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible.
Just do your jobs, I'll take care of the rest," he told his soldiers on Friday while visiting Iligan City in the country's Mindanao region. He then warned against committing human rights violations, before joking: "If you rape three people, I will admit that I did it." Duterte, who is known for making crass statements and his violent war on drugs, declared martial law earlier this week after ISIS declared a "wide-scale offensive on positions of Philippine troops in the city of Marawi."
Boehner: Trump's term 'disaster,' aside from foreign affairs
U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In
WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.
The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.
Washington Post: Kushner proposed secret communication channel with Kremlin
Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Russia's ambassador Sergei Kislyak, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing US officials briefed on intelligence reports.
The claim comes
from intercepts of conversations between Russia's ambassador and Moscow.
Kislyak reportedly told higher-ups in Moscow that Kushner suggested the proposal in a meeting at Trump Tower --
which former national security adviser Michael Flynn also attended -- in December.
"suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States
for the communications," the Post reported.
However, Washington Post reporter Adam
Entous said there is a chance that Russia
could have intentionally exaggerated what happened in the meeting.
Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in '80s
DALLAS — A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time.
Genene Jones, 66, has been serving concurrent sentences at a prison in Gatesville for two 1984 convictions:
a 99-year prison term for murder in the 1982 death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClelland, who was given a fatal injection of a muscle relaxant,
and a 60-year term for giving 4-week-old Rolando Santos a large injection of the blood-thinner Heparin, which he survived.
On Thursday, the Bexar County district attorney's office announced that Jones has been charged in the 1981
death of 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer, who investigators say died of a fatal overdose of an anti-seizure drug, Dilantin.
Jones was working as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Bexar County Hospital,
which is now University Hospital.
During Jones' time working in hospitals and clinics in San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas, children died of unexplained seizures and other complications.
'I Was Shocked By Freedom': Defectors Reflect On Life In North Korea Listen· 3:42
She was once one of those soldiers.
The daughter of a university professor, Lee, now 41, grew up in North Korea's North Hamgyeong province.
But when famine devastated the country in the 1990s, women — including Lee — volunteered for the military in droves, often for the food rations.
Since 2014, North Korean women have been drafted for seven years of mandatory military service.
Men serve between 10 to 12 years. For each gender,
those are the longest conscription terms in the world.
Lee joined the North Korean army in 1992 and served nearly 10 years, mostly in a desk job with the signal corps.
But on holidays, she had to march.
"All of us soldiers had to march," she recalls in an interview inside a glass-and-steel skyscraper in South Korea's capital, Seoul.
"It unified us, and showed off our strength to the outside world."
In the military, Lee says she witnessed sexual abuse and violence against female soldiers.
She tried to defect, but was imprisoned and tortured. Finally, in 2008, she managed to sneak across the Tumen River to China.
An hour at The Wall
Every couple of clicks a panel of names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial passes.
The panel number is an important part of the road map to finding one of the 58,318 names on the memorial.
The voice is one of a veteran searching for the name of someone one they know.
Many of the 86 central Wisconsin Vietnam veterans who visited The Wall on Monday as part of a Never Forgotten Honor Flight went there looking for specific names.
They were guys they fought beside.
Guys they went through basic training with.
Guys who graduated from their high school. Sons of family friends. Siblings.
As search continues, a woman in her 30s explains to her son why all the names are on the wall.
They died for their country, she tells him.
A Portuguese-speaking tourist stops and asks a stranger to take a photo by one of the panels.
He doesn’t smile for the photo in front of the names etched in granite.
The Wall Four. Seven.
The number names some of the veterans were looking for.
Four friends. Seven comrades. For some, the difference between being on The Wall and being at The Wall was a matter of luck or circumstance. Randall Kuck, a Army veteran from Athens, went to Germany in 1970-71. Four of the guys he went through basic training with went to Vietnam and didn’t come back.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Jokes About Shooting Reporters While at Gun Range
As he was holding the bullet-ridden target, Abbott allegedly said,
"I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters," according to the Texas Tribune.
The incident happened Friday as Abbott was at the range signing a bill into law lowering the cost of a handgun license in Texas the Tribune reported.
Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment.
The comment comes shortly after another incident of violence against a reporter.
A Guardian reporter said that Montana Republican Greg Gianforte "body slammed" him and broke his glasses Wednesday night. Gianforte, who won a special election for Montana’s congressional seat on Thursday night, was charged with misdemeanor assault
President Trump on Gianforte's election: 'Great win in Montana'
President Trump on Friday praised the win of Republican Greg Gianforte in Montana's special election. "Great win in Montana," Trump said without being asked, according to pool reports. The president is in Sicily for a meeting with G7 leaders. Gianforte's win for the Treasure State's lone seat in on Thursday night came after he was charged for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The Republican apologized about the incident, saying he "learned a lesson." “I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry," Gianforte said. Trump has his own contentious relationship with the press, often calling reputed media organizations "fake news."
South Carolina man admits to killing 7; gets life sentence
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A prosecutor wanted to send a man who killed seven people in South Carolina to death row, but the state's lack of execution drugs and the desire of victims' relatives to never see him again led authorities to accept a deal for life in prison without parole for the serial killer.
Todd Kohlhepp pleaded guilty Friday to seven counts of murder for the killings that took place over well over a decade - as he ran a real estate business.
"I just want him to go away," said Lorraine Lucas, whose son's killing, along with three others, was unsolved for 13 years before deputies found a woman chained in a storage container on Kohlhepp's property in Spartanburg County.
Officers went to the property because the woman's cellphone gave a signal last August. As they freed her, she told deputies Kohlhepp killed her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles David Carter, after they came to his land two months before to help him clean, Solicitor Barry Barnette said.
Attack on Egypt Christians kills 26
The assailants sprayed the bus headed for Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province with gunfire before fleeing, provincial governor Essam el-Bedawi told state television.
"They used automatic weapons," he said.
Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that 26 people were killed and another 25 wounded.
Bedawi said police were fanning out along the road where the attack took place and had set up checkpoints.
The shooting followed church bombings in December and April claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group that killed dozens of Copts. The jihadists threatened more attacks against the Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90-million population. Suicide bombers with the jihadist group struck a Cairo church on December 11, next to the seat of the Coptic pope, killing 29 people
GOP candidate charged after allegedly 'body slamming' reporter
Jared Kushner Now Under FBI Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Say Officials
Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said.
That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.
The FBI's scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau's sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but on the cusp of the Trump family circle.
The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a "person of interest," but did not name the person.
The term "person of interest" has no legal meaning.
The officials said Kushner is in a different category from former
Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, who are formally considered subjects of the investigation.
Records of both Manafort and Flynn have been demanded by grand jury subpoenas, NBC News has reported.
RIt is not known whether Kushner has received any records requests from federal investigators. Also unclear is what precisely about Kushner's activities has drawn the FBI's interest as it investigates whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian campaign to interfere in the election. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is now leading the probe as a special counsel.
Obama gets rock-star welcome in Berlin, praises Merkel
"favorite partners" during his presidency.
Security was tight in front of the German
capital's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where Obama and
Merkel appeared on a podium before thousands of people attending a gathering marking the 500th anniversary
of the Protestant Reformation.
Police helicopters patrolled the skies and snipers with balaclavas watched the scene from nearby rooftops.
After lauding Merkel as someone who had done "outstanding work," Obama launched a defense of his own presidency and the values of liberal democracy championed by both leaders.
A substantial majority of the judges who sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond delivered a rather remarkable judgment last week: The president of the United States is not to be believed.
Will the Supreme Court conclude the same thing? And by “Supreme Court,” we mean “Justice Anthony M. Kennedy,” whose name was invoked 23 times in the 205 pages of majority opinions, concurrences and dissents in the appeals court’s 10-3 rejection of President Trump’s revised travel ban.
Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity.
"The consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible.
Just do your jobs, I'll take care of the rest," he told his soldiers on Friday while visiting Iligan City in the country's Mindanao region.
THE BOOTS OF WAR
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The Facts are at your Finger Tips
Kick out & Keep out the poor
Sell U.S. Citizenship to the Rich
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Totally Different Effects to the Racist
Character Traits of A Sociopath Criminal
In fact, it is Duterte who suggest that "RAPE" is OK, and the military personnel would not be prosecuted if the military personnel actually, carries out an act of RAPE?
When Trump calls to speak worshiping words to Duterte and his successful ways in which he identifies and removes drug users, and drug dealers in the Philippines,
it sends a signal to Duterte that his criminal behavior is welcomed and desired.
We continue to fail in ensuring that leadership..., means removing those with flawed character traits in the seats of power, and/or are controlled, held accountable and/or, removed when they act poorly.
Dueterte ought to be held accountable for statements that suggests that Rape is "OK" if his troops are carrying out missions.
One Ought to "Earn Leadership by Being An Example"
Poor Citizens have allowed Poor Leadership.
City or County.
If you are not capable of telling the truth..., when the consequences of telling the truth..., will net you nothing more than a harsh look from those whom you have spoken the truth too...,
then you will never be capable of demanding the truth... be spoken by those who wield the enormous power of an office that will define how police officers interact with you
when you are pulled over.
What does your mirror say to you, and
what does your mirror say about you,
when you say nothing...
at home when your family member behaves like a racist?
Do you have a right to demand when you....
are the one who behaves badly.
Be It, Be the Example.
It Is "Who You Know, Not What You Know"....
A personally experienced fact of life that validates the well discussed point that, in this one life time, "Who You Know" will often out weight "What You Know", in a manner that can benefit you in a way that will cause you to attain wealth and success.
For Trump, it is "Who He Know" that is driving the negativity into his presidency, specifically, because, in this case,
it is who he know who are more likely more apt to be corrupt, which, as exampled in the above fact, Who Trump Know,
directly tie him to "Criminal Activity", or those who participate in the many different forms of
"FRAUD & CORRUPTION"
It isn't speculation when one considers whether or not Trump has participated in acts and actions of "Fraud or Corruption" because he has already paid out a $25 Million FRAUD case associated with his Business College, which nets him high credentials with those like the Russian Mafia.
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