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Immigration Plummets Along Southwest Border
The flow of illegal immigrants has dropped to its lowest level in years judging by the number being apprehended along the border, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday as he sought to be more transparent about his department’s performance. Mr. Johnson said the drop is coming despite an improving economy, which generally draws more illegal migrants. Instead, the secretary said, a boost in manpower and technology along the southwestern border, coupled with public messages in Latin America discouraging would-be migrants from making the journey have helped turn the tide. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Immigration has not plummeted - enforcement has plummeted.
Jumps To Head Of 2016 GOP Pack, Clinton Honesty Questioned
The Bush dynasty is a negative for voters and Marco Rubio is seen as a leader of the future, as the Florida senator jumps to the head of the GOP pack. The Clinton dynasty is a plus -- and even though Hillary could have an honesty problem, she dominates the Democratic side. And both the Republican faithful (with their crowded field) and the Democratic faithful (with their sole favorite) are happy with their range of 2016 choices. These are some of the findings from the latest Fox News poll on the 2016 presidential election. Fox News
‘No President Has Ever Done More To Support Israel’s Security Than Obama’
Speaking at the 67th Annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Vice President Joe Biden said that “no president has ever done more to support Israel’s security” than Barack Obama. “President Obama and I are proud to carry forward the unbroken line of American leaders--Democrat and Republican--who have honored America’s sacred promise to protect the homeland of the Jewish people,” Biden said. “No President has ever done more to support Israel’s security than President Barack Obama,” said Biden. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Obama is the only President that has done more against Israel and support of Islamic extremista.
Expanse Under Yellowstone Supervolcano More Vast Than Thought
As tourists stroll between Yellowstone's 300 active geysers, taking selfies in front of thousands of bubbling, boiling mud pots and hissing steam vents, they are treading on one of the planet's greatest time bombs. The park is a supervolcano so enormous, it has puzzled geophysicists for decades, but now a research group, using seismic technology to scan its depths, have made a bombshell discovery. Yellowstone's magma reserves are many magnitudes greater than previously thought, say scientists from the University of Utah. Underneath the national park's attractions and walking paths is enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon nearly 14 times over. Most of it is in a newly discovered magma reservoir, which the scientists featured in a study published on Thursday in the journal Science. CNN
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Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen At $18,112,975,000,000
According to the Daily Treasury Statement for Wednesday, April 22, which was published by the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, April 23, that portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed the day at $18,112,975,000,000—for the 40th day in a row. $18,112,975,000,000 is about $25 million below the current legal debt limit of $18,113,000,080,959.35. Table III-C on the Daily Treasury Statement for April 22 shows that the federal debt subject to the legal limit began April at $18,112,975,000,000, began the day of April 22 at $18,112,975,000,000 and closed the day of April 22 at $18,112,975,000,000. CNS News
HIV Cases Reach 142 In Rural Outbreak, More Expected
The number of confirmed and presumed HIV cases stemming from abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has increased to 142 in a rural part of southeastern Indiana and more cases are being identified every day, a state health official said on Friday. The HIV outbreak, the biggest in state history, is centered on Scott County near the Kentucky border and now includes at least five cases in neighboring Jackson County, officials said. "We likely haven't reached the peak of this outbreak, but we hope to soon through the continued comprehensive response made possible by the joint efforts of so many people and organizations," state Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said in a statement. Reuters
Jolie Rips United Nations For Inaction In Syria
Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York today. "The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in Aleppo, in Homs," Jolie said. "The problem is lack of political will. We cannot look at Syria and the evil that has risen from the ashes of indecision and think this is not the lowest point in the world's inability to protect and defend the innocent." ABC
Far, NBC News Finds Brian Williams Embellished At Least 11 Times
A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe. NBC undertook the examination of Williams’ statement after he apologized in early February for saying on “NBC Nightly News” that a military helicopter in which he was traveling at the start of the Iraq War had been damaged by rocket fire. His account was challenged by soldiers who were on the flight, leading to a furor that prompted NBC to suspend Williams for six months without pay and to investigate other statements he’s made. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Embellished is a liberal media term for lied.
Runs Into Pressurization Issues, Passengers Evaluated
Officials say a Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver Friday night after reporting "pressurization issues." Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says that Flight 100, which departed Las Vegas at 6 p.m. PDT, diverted to Denver after about 90 minutes. She tells the Denver Post that fire department crew members evaluated the passengers, but just one person was transported and that for a slip and fall injury. She says that no one else required medical aid. Denver's KMGH-TV reports that a Southwest statement referred to "a pressurization issue," but did not elaborate. The statement says that 175 passengers and six crew members were aboard the Boeing 737-800, which will be taken out of service and inspected. Houston Chronicle
Express Hopes That Greek Criticism Will Bear Fruit
Greece's European creditors sought to douse talk that they are making plans for a potential Greek exit from the euro and expressed hope Saturday that recent criticism may prompt the country to push ahead with an economic reform plan needed to unlock rescue loans. In the Latvian capital of Riga, the eurozone's top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said he hoped "some extra urgency" will be injected into the process following the "critical" meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers the day before. Greece's Yanis Varoufakis was rebuked for failing to come up with a list of economic reforms, which are needed so Greece can get money it needs to stay solvent and avoid a potential exit from the euro. "But it is going to take a couple of days at least," Dijsselbloem said. Atlanta Journal
GOP Senators Running For President Shirking Their Day Jobs?
exas Sen. Ted Cruz was quite outspoken in his opposition to Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after more than five months' delay."My vote on Loretta Lynch is going to be unambiguously no," Cruz, who's running for president, told a conservative gathering in New Hampshire last weekend. But when the time came for an up-or-down vote on Lynch's nomination, Cruz was a no-show. The Texas senator joined 33 of his Republican colleagues trying to block consideration of the nomination during a cloture vote earlier in the day, and he then left the Capitol, becoming the only senator who didn't participate in Lynch's final confirmation vote. CBS
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Weinstein Family Blasts U.S. Government Over Al Qaeda Hostage Crisis
President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been "inconsistent and disappointing" for years in their time of need. “I want to thank Congressman John Delaney, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Senator Ben Cardin -- as well as specific officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- for their relentless efforts to free my husband,” Elaine Weinstein, wife to slain hostage Warren Weinstein, said in a statement shortly after the White House's grim announcement. “Unfortunately, the assistance we received from other elements of the U.S. Government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of three and a half years. ABC
Recalls 390,000 Cars To Fix Door Latches
Ford (F) is recalling about 390,000 cars because the doors may not latch properly and could open while the cars are in motion. The recall covers certain Ford Fiestas, Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2012 through 2014 model years that were made in Mexico. The automaker said Friday that a part in the door latch spring assembly can break, causing the latch to fail. If that happens, it's possible a door could fly open while the cars are being driven. Ford Motor Co. said two people suffered sore shoulders from doors bouncing back after they were closed. There's also a report of one accident when an unlatched door opened and hit another car in a parking lot. CBS
Composite Gains As Google, Amazon.com Rally On Earnings
The Nasdaq Composite Index extended gains after reaching a record as Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. rallied after posting results. Google jumped 3.3 percent after saying first-quarter advertising volume jumped. Amazon climbed 15 percent as sales climbed more than analysts projected. Microsoft gained 10 percent, the most since August 2013, after quarterly profit beat estimates. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.7 percent at 3:13 p.m. in New York. The gauge closed at a record yesterday, sailing past its dot-com era peak as EBay Inc. and Microsoft rose. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 0.2 percent to 2,117.24. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 13.14 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,071.83. Bloomberg
Trade-Deal Flip-Flop Angered Fellow Democrats
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rationale for flip-flopping to support a contentious Colombian free-trade agreement in 2009 was rejected by most Democrats in Congress, who voted against it, records show. Trying to fend off critics who charge her change of heart came after millions flowed into the Clinton Foundation, the former secretary of state insisted she shifted only because Colombia agreed to substantive changes in its treatment of trade unionists. In 2008, she cited a shocking level of violence, including murder, against union activists in opposing the deal. NY Post
VOA VIEW: The Clinton activities where criminal and treasonous.
Republicans Mull Dumping Caucus System
Nevada lawmakers are considering dumping their caucus system and replacing it with a primary to choose presidential nominees, a proposal that could upend the 2016 Republican presidential contest. Republican legislators have proposed switching the caucus to a primary scheduled on the last Tuesday in February, which would preserve Nevada's influential position as one of the earliest states to nominate a presidential candidate. But in shifting to a primary it would change the selection process from a gathering of party activists that is seen to give an upper hand to candidates with motivated followers to a regular election among all GOP voters. Tampa Tribune
Least 718 Dead In Massive Nepal Quake
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 718 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years. At least 688 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal. Sun Sentinel
Be Underprepared For A quiet Hurricane Season
Forecasters say this year's hurricane season may be among the tamest on record, with predications indicating activity could be half of the norm. The U.S. typically experiences about six hurricanes and 12 named storms each year. Tropical storms are named when wind speeds reach 39 miles per hour. Storm systems achieve hurricane status when winds reach 74 mph or greater. The 2015 hurricane season begins May 15 in the Pacific Ocean and June 1 in the Atlantic. Colorado State University predicts just seven named storms will brew during the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Of those, just three will become hurricanes. North Carolina State University predicts four to six named storms will form in the Atlantic, with one to three becoming hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center does not make seasonal hurricane landfall predictions. USA Today
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Cruz Signs Pledge Not To Raise Taxes If Elected As President
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas signed the influential Americans for Tax Reforms’ pledge not to raise taxes if elected president in the 2016 election. “Grover Norquist, at Americans for Tax Reform since 1986, has given voters tangible proof of which candidates won’t raise their taxes and which candidates will,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement. “My record supporting tax cuts is clear, and I am pleased to be able to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge again as a candidate for president so taxpayers can be assured that I will do what I say I will do.” Grover Norquist, the head of ATR, returned the praise, describing Mr. Cruz as a “strong and consistent advocate for taxpayers.” Washington Times
Insurers Could Take $180 Million From Concussed Ex-NFL Players
Nearly a fifth of the National Football League settlement approved this week compensating former players with head injuries could go to their health insurers instead.
As a result of federal laws and court rulings enabling insurers to recover costs of medical treatment for injuries, Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers will be reimbursed before players receive any money. Their share will reduce the value of a deal already criticized by some ex-players' lawyers as inadequate. "It is an enormous problem," said George Washington University law professor Alan B. Morrison, who filed an amicus brief in the case in federal district court in Philadelphia expressing concern about the payments to health insurers. Bloomberg
Veterans Getting Care Through $10 Billion VA Program
A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought. The Veteran's Choice program launched on Nov. 5 with $10 billion in funding and the expectation that it would instantly relieve backlogs at VA hospitals and clinics. But after a hurried rollout that has led to confusion as to exactly who is eligible and what they need to do to coordinate treatment, officials now say only 37,648 medical appointments have been made through April 11. Las Vegas Sun
Plan To 'Shut Down' Baltimore As Questions Remain
Protesters who've been holding near-daily demonstrations this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest. Protesters vowed to "shut down" the city by marching through the streets and snarling traffic. The president of a black lawyers' group predicted thousands of people would turn out for the demonstration, when good weather is forecast and the Baltimore Orioles host the Boston Red Sox. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Continued nationwide threats and protests will backfire.
Government’s Refusal To Discuss Drone Attacks Comes Under Fire
The vehicles were separated only by several car lengths when the missile struck. The main target of the CIA drone strike in April last year was a Toyota carrying 11 armed men suspected of being part of an al-Qaeda plot to attack a military outpost in central Yemen. But the shrapnel also sprayed a truck traveling a few dozen yards ahead, killing or wounding nine laborers on an early morning commute. The Yemeni government soon acknowledged that civilians had been killed in an operation it did not attribute to the United States, and human rights researchers were able to reconstruct the incident from witness accounts. But the U.S. government has yet to admit that the strike ever occurred. Washington Post
Clinton Ends Role With Chain Of For-Profit Colleges
Bill Clinton ended his role with a for-profit college system on Friday, nearly two weeks after his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, began her second presidential campaign and singled out that industry for criticism. Mr. Clinton’s role as honorary chancellor for the college system, Laureate International Universities, was part of a five-year deal that began on April 24, 2010, an aide with his office said. The end of the agreement was first reported by Bloomberg Politics, and an aide to Mr. Clinton told Bloomberg that the separation had nothing to do with Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. “Laureate students represent the next generation of leadership,” Mr. Clinton said in a statement posted on the Laureate website in which he announced his departure. “I have seen a commitment to quality and leadership throughout the Laureate network, and I have enjoyed being a part of it.” NY Times
Marriage Poneer Among Lawyers For High Court Cases
Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.
The cases come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, all of which had their marriage bans upheld by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati. The justices will hear 2½ hours of arguments on these two questions: whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages from elsewhere. San Diego Union
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Marks 70th Anniversary Of Anti-Nazi Uprising
Italian President Sergio Mattarella reviews the honor guard during a ceremony to mark Italy's Liberation day, in Rome Saturday, April 25, 2015. Italy is celebrating the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies at the end of World War II. President Sergio Mattarella marked Liberation Day on Saturday by laying a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Rome. The anniversary marks the day in 1945 when the Italian resistance movement proclaimed an insurgency as the Allies were pushing German forces out of the peninsula. Kansas City Star
Jenner Speaks: 'I Am A Woman'
Finally, America has heard it from Bruce Jenner's own mouth, in a long-teased, two-hour interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer Friday night: The former Olympic gold-medal decathlete-turned-Kardashian-clan-reality star is transitioning to a woman, at age 65. "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman...I was not genetically born that way and as of now I have all the male parts... But I still identify as female. It's very hard for Bruce Jenner to say that. Why? Because I don't want to disappoint people," he told Sawyer. After months of rumors and leaks, predatory paparazzi and mocking tabloid headlines,, Jenner acknowledged what mother Esther Jenner had confirmed and what fans have been wondering about for months. Grabbing a tissue, sometimes tearing up, he said God decided to give him something to deal with, so he got "the soul of a female." Indy Star
Pepsi Dropping Aspartame On Customer Concerns
PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Rival Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke, which also uses aspartame, fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola said in a statement that it has no plans to change the sweetener in Diet Coke, which is the country's top-selling diet cola. The Food and Drug Administration says aspartame, known by the brand names Equal and NutraSweet, is "one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with more than 100 studies supporting its safety." SF Gate
Foundation Donations 'Looks Like Bribery'
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said it appears Hillary Clinton "was bribed" as secretary of state based on a New York Times report that raised questions about the Clinton Foundation's fundraising practices. "There is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of America's uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails," Romney said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Thursday. "And you know, I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn't wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery." MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Bribery and treason.
Officers Determined To Protect Innocent Lives
President Barack Obama is telling members of the U.S. intelligence community that he appreciates their service and understands they don't take their work lightly.
Obama spoke to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The remarks came a day after word that U.S. drone strikes killed two al-Qaida hostages, one American and one Italian, in January. Officials say that despite hundreds of hours of intelligence-gathering, the U.S. was unaware the hostages were in the targeted position. The president says he knows the intelligence community shares "determination to prevent the loss of innocent lives." Las Vegas Sun
Imaging Helps Scientists Track Tinnitus, Phantom Ear Ringing
Ear ringing may seem like a minor problem, but incessant ringing in the ears -- the cause, usually unknown -- can be much more than a nuisance. It can be infuriating, even debilitating. In an attempt to get to the bottom of this health mystery -- a problem known as tinnitus -- researchers at the University of Iowa use specialized invasive brain monitoring technology to locate and observe the brain networks responsible for phantom ear ringing in real time. UPI
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Of Liberty Evacuated, Suspicious Package Reported
Visitors to the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island in New York Harbor on Friday after a report of a suspicious package, the United States Park Police said, and law enforcement officials are investigating the site. The New York Police Department's bomb squad is assisting in the security sweep of one of the New York area's most popular tourist destinations, a NYPD spokesman said. The evacuation was ordered after a telephone bomb threat and police dogs detected a suspicious scent on a package, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing park police. Sergeant Lelani Woods of the U.S. Park Police said she could not confirm that anyone phoned in a bomb threat. Reuters
Ice Cream Company Recalls Products After Positive Listeria Test
A second ice cream company has recalled all of its products after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio said on its website Thursday that it recalled its frozen products after the listeria discovery. The action follows a similar recall by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries Monday. Blue Bell's ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths, and listeria was found in several of the company's products. The recalls are uncommon: Listeria isn't usually found in ice cream, since the bacteria can't grow at freezing temperatures. A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the agency has no evidence, for now, that the listeria found in Jeni's ice cream and the listeria found in Blue Bell ice cream are connected. Fox
7th Year In A Row, Obama Breaks Promise To Acknowledge Armenian Genocide
This week is the 100th anniversary of what many historians acknowledge as the Armenian genocide -- the Turkish massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians,
and it's also the seventh year in a row President Barack Obama has broken his promise to use the word "genocide" to describe the atrocity. It's a moral position taken by Pope Francis, actor George Clooney and even by the Kardashians. On the 2008 campaign trail, Obama promised to use the word "genocide" to describe the 1915 massacre by Turks of Armenians -- a pledge he made when seeking Armenian-American votes. CNN
VOA VIEW: Obama is a known liar.
Storms: Threat Of Tornadoes, Large Hail Intensifies For South And Plains
The rough weather that slammed the South this week is expected to get worse on Friday, upping the chances of tornadoes and severe storms for the Gulf Coast states into the central Plains. The South and parts of the Plains have been hammered by large hail, severe thunderstorms, at least one confirmed tornado and heavy rain over the past few days. The bad bout of weather is expected to intensify on Friday — with the potential of "very large" hail, damaging winds and twisters, according to the National Weather Service. MSNBC
Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird Flu
Minnesota declared a state of emergency and began expediting antiviral prescriptions to workers as a quick-spreading strain of avian flu continues to wipe out birds across the country. The highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu has decimated more than 40 poultry farms in the state, affecting some 2.6 million birds in Minnesota in the past weeks. Wisconsin declared a state of emergency earlier this week and nearly a dozen other states are battling the virus, including Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. UPI
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Built Airstrip For Iranian-Made Drones In Lebanon'
Fresh satellite images reveal that the Lebanese Shi’ite movement Hezbollah has constructed an airstrip designed for its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicle. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, the runway was built in the northern Bekaa Valley, just 10 kilometers south of the Lebanese village of Hermel. “The short length of the runway suggests the facility is not intended to smuggle in weapons shipments from Syria or Iran as it is too short for nearly all the transport aircraft used by the air forces of those countries,” according to Jane’s. Jerusalem Post
Foreign Minister Hanegbi Urges Palestinians To Resume Direct Talks With
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi on Thursday urged the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, saying only direct and frank dialogue without preconditions can guarantee successful talks. Speaking at the annual Independence Day reception hosted for diplomats at the President’s Residence, Hanegbi used the example of Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat who engaged in an exchange of views and were able to overcome differences after decades of hostilities. Jerusalem Post
Big Problems' For Debt Deal
Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselboem has warned that "big, big problems" need to be solved before any Greece debt deal can be agreed. He was talking after a strained meeting between eurozone finance ministers and Greek government officials in the Latvian capital of Riga. Ministers are trying to agree a deal to help Greece meet its debt repayments. It must repay its creditors nearly €1bn (£720m) next month, and is struggling to raise the money. Earlier this week, the government asked its public sector bodies to hand over any reserve cash to help make the payment. BBC
Recalls 46,000 US Bikes Over Clutch Fault
The recall covers certain Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models from 2014 and 2015. The bikes are being recalled because they could stay in gear due to clutches that won't fully disengage, AP reports. A rider could lose control of a bike if it was started in gear. The problem was found through customer complaints. Harley-Davidson Motor Company said in documents that gas bubbles can cause the clutch malfunction, especially if the bike had been parked for a long time. BBC
Sex Slave Urges Japanese PM To Apologise During US Trip
A South Korean woman who worked in Japanese military brothels during the war has called on Japan’s prime minister to apologise to her and other survivors of wartime sexual slavery when he visits the US next week. Shinzo Abe is expected to touch on Japan’s wartime conduct when he becomes the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but there are indications that he will not repeat an official apology made by his predecessors. I cannot die yet, there are things I need to do. I need an official apology. I need my dignity and honour. Kim Bok-dong, a South Korean who was 14 when she was lured into sexual slavery with the promise of a job in a clothes factory, said Abe should “recognise the mistakes of the past” and acknowledge that up to 200,000 mainly Korean women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels before and during the second world war. Guardian
Clinton Rouses Women's Summit With First Big Speech Of Presidential Run
Having pledged to be the champion of everyday Americans, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton came out swinging during a speech in New York on Thursday night that expanded her personal doctrine – “women’s rights are human rights” – to the plight of mothers, fast food workers, immigrants, retirees, students, gay and transgender people and victims of sexual abuse. In her first big speech since declaring her presidential run, Clinton took jabs at Hobby Lobby for opposing employer-covered contraception, chided the World Economic Forum for not exactly being a “hotbed of feminist thought” and slammed Republicans for stalling the nomination of Loretta Lynch, whom the US Senate confirmed on Thursday after a lengthy delay. Guardian
Merkel Calls For New Rules For Distributing Asylum Seekers In Europe
Angela Merkel has called for a new European Union system that distributes asylum-seekers to member states based on their population and economic strength. As Europe struggles to deal with the growing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, the German chancellor said on Friday the EU’s own rules on asylum-seekers are not working. Speaking at a campaign event ahead of state elections in Bremen, the chancellor called for the current rules, known as the Dublin regulations, to be scrapped. Telegraph
Bush Sheds Weight By Eating Like A Caveman
A run for president is also a run through a gauntlet of America's fattiest foods. Candidates are expected to sample fried butter in Iowa, ice cream in New Hampshire and shrimp with grits in South Carolina. But while many presidential contenders gain heft on the campaign trail, Jeb Bush has been shedding weight with the help of a diet based on the eating habits of cavemen. The former Florida governor has lost over two stone by sticking rigidly to a "Paleo" diet that favours meats, nuts and berries but shuns carbohydrates. It also forbids processed foods and grains as well as alcohol, which cavemen would have been unable to produce. The regimen is popular with weight watchers in the US and intended to mimic the diets of our paleolithic forebears. Telegraph
Rights Chief Urges UK To Curb Tabloid Hate Speech, End ‘Decades Of Abuse’
After decades of “sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse,” and in the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants ‘cockroaches,’ the United Nations human rights chief today urged British authorities and media to take steps to curb incitement to hatred by tabloid newspapers, in line with the country’s obligations under national and international law. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, also called a firmer line on racism to be taken by European countries, which, he said, “under the guise of freedom of expression, are being allowed to feed a vicious cycle of vilification, intolerance and politicization of migrants, as well as of marginalized European minorities such as the Roma.” UN News
Condemns ‘Horrific’ Week Of Human Rights Violations Amid County’s Rising
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today condemned the “successive horrific incidents” in Libya this past week – ranging from the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean of those escaping violence, the execution of Christians and the killings of several members of a prominent family by the so-called ‘Islamic State in Libya.’ “We have been shocked by the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea, following the reported deaths of several hundred individuals seeking to escape the violence in Libya,” OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville told the bi-weekly UN press briefing in Geneva. UN News
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