President Trump denounces racism after Charlottesville violence

Three days after white supremacists and counter protesters clashed in the streets of Charlottesville, Va, President Trump declared Monday that “racism is evil” and announced that the Justice Department will open a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that left one woman dead.

“Justice will be delivered,” he said after returning to the White House to meet with top federal law enforcement officials.

Specifically citing the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, Trump said such groups are “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” He denounced those who carry out violent acts in the name of racism as “criminals and thugs.”

Trump’s remarks came after an avalanche of criticism for his initial response on Saturday, in which he blamed the Charlottesville violence on “many sides” – without directly condemning white supremacists rallying to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that officials had declared an unlawful assembly.

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Cuba diplomats expelled after bizarre incident with U.S. embassy workers in Havana


The U.S. has expelled two Cuban diplomats in retaliation for a bizarre incident purportedly involving a covert sonic device that allegedly left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday spoke only cryptically about the matter, referring to an “incident” without elaboration.

Cuba has strongly denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

The purported affair began in late 2016 when a series of U.S. diplomats in Havana began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case, the Associated Press reported.

Several of the diplomats had recently arrived at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and relaxation of travel restrictions.

Nauert said that as a result of the incident, two Cuban diplomats were ordered to leave their embassy in Washington on May 23.

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33 Palestinians arrested after stand-off at Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police on Monday arrested 33 Palestinians on suspicion of violently protesting, and state prosecutors filed indictments against an additional five suspects for alleged incitement to violence.

Police said among the arrests were seven minors, aged 13 to 17. All of the suspects are from neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.

Police also accused the Palestinians of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, setting off firecrackers and blocking roads, among other disturbances.

Meanwhile the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office filed indictments against five East Jerusalem residents for allegedly calling for acts of violence against civilians and Israeli authorities on Facebook.

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Here are some of the people who are affected by trumps travel ban after supreme court rule

Supreme Court Travel Ban Announcement

The Supreme Court delivered a mixed ruling on Monday that will allow President Trump to implement his travel ban against six Muslim majority nations — but only for visitors lacking ties to the United States.

The court ruled that Trump may bar people from six majority Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — if they have no “bona fide” relationship to the U.S. Those that have established ties will be allowed to continue entering the country, which covers the majority of visitors from those countries.

More than 100,000 people legally entered the U.S. from the six countries in fiscal 2016, which ended last Sept. 30, according to State Department data.

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Trump tweets against Germany, escalating row after tense summits

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U.S. President Donald Trump called Germany’s trade and spending policies “very bad” on Tuesday, intensifying a row between the allies and immediately earning himself the moniker “destroyer of Western values” from a leading German politician.

Mr. Trump took to Twitter early in the day in the U.S. to attack Germany, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel ramped up her doubts about the reliability of Washington as an ally.

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Russia, Iran condemn U.S. missile strikes on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack


Russian President Vladimir Putin believes U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airfield in retaliation to a chemical attack on civilians are an “act of aggression,” according to his spokesman, while Iran said the action is “dangerous, destructive and violates the principles of international law.”

President Trump said he ordered the strikes early Friday local time in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province that killed 86 people on Tuesday.

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Italian police capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10-year chase

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The Italian police on Wednesday said that a `Ndrangheta Mafia’ boss who has been on the run for 10 years has been captured.

Santo Vottari, 44, who was sentenced in Italy to 30 years on a series of charges, including murder, was on Europol’s most wanted list.

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Dollar slips, shares unstable after Trump’s protectionist address

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The dollar slid broadly on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump struck a protectionist tone in his inauguration speech, prompting developed and emerging market currencies to gain.

The drops and gains were due to the Trump administration’s intention, on its first day in office, to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP.

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Over $11 million missing from Gambia treasury after Jammeh’s departure – Official

A Gambian official has said more than $11 million was missing from its treasury following the departure last weekend of its long-term leader, Yahya Jammeh.

Mr. Jammeh left the country on Saturday for Guinea to begin his exile after initially refusing to cede power to Adama Barrow who had defeated him in the presidential election last December.

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Insect named after Donald Trump

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Ahead of his swearing-in as the 45th President of U.S. on Friday, a new endangered species of moth has been named in honour of President-elect, Donald Trump, by scientists because the insect shares his hairstyle.

The new moth, officially described as “Neopalpa donaldtrumpi”, stands out with yellowish-white scales present on the head in adults, according to the research published in the journal ZooKeys.

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