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China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - US officials.

China, in an early test of US President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two US officials said.

- Stuff - NZ

Amnesty says Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place | Reuters.

By Nathalie Kantaris Diaz | PARIS PARIS Amnesty International said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place.In its annual report covering 159 countries, the ...

- Firstpost - IN

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials | Reuters.

By Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.The development is likely to ...

- Firstpost - IN

Chinese State Councilor urges strengthening cooperation over phone call with U.S. State Secy.

, Feb. 22 : Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in his phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday urged China and the United States to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in a bid to push forward bilateral relations.Yang noted that in a phone conversation earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

- Sify - IN

Amnesty says Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place.

PARIS - Amnesty International said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place.

- Reuters - US

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials.

WASHINGTON - China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

- Reuters - US

Vice President Pence Appears to Support EU Freedom of Movement.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held a joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday in which Pence affirmed United States commitment to the European Union while also raising questions as to whether the U.S. supports the European Union's freedom of movement.'

- Breitbart - US

KASSAM ON HANNITY: Trump's Sweden Opponents Either 'Cretinous Liars' or 'Partisan Dum-Dums'.

Breitbart London editor in chief Raheem Kassam joined Sean Hannity to slam the media reaction to comments about Sweden made by U.S. President Donald Trump calling the journalists “partisan dum-dums”. Kassam joined a panel of two other guests to talk about the relationship of Mr Trump and the mainstream media, ...

- Breitbart - US

'Don't repeal Obamacare, improve it': Republicans face wrath at town-hall events.

AP Photo/Rick BowmerRepublicans members of Congress, away from Washington for the Presidents Day week, are getting an earful as constituents have come out in force to voice displeasure for some of the party's policy positions, particularly the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa ...

- Business Insider - US

Historian Neil Howe on Bannon, Trump, and the possibility of civil war in the US.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesIn a revealing interview, Neil Howe—the co-author of The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny—candidly discusses his perspective on Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist and former head of the ...

- Business Insider - US

What does Trump's claim about migrant crime tell us about Sweden?.

President Trump's reference to Sweden during a Florida rally has drawn mockery from some corners of the internet. But a growing far-right base in Sweden has expressed such concerns.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Lawmakers Seek Tighter Scrutiny of Chinese Investment in U.S.

Lawmakers from both parties are mounting efforts to bolster scrutiny of surging Chinese investment in the U.S., emboldened by President Trump's anti-China rhetoric on trade.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Anne Frank Center slams Trump: 'Do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension'

President Donald Trump spoke out against anti-Semitic threats Tuesday, but his words were not enough for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, whose executive director called the president's acknowledgment of anti-Semitism a "Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Federal judge blocks Texas from cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood over anti-abortion videos

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by U.S. District...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

If You're Heading to Your Representatives' Town Hall This Week, Tell Us How it Went

Town hall meetings are underway across the country this week as members of Congress return to their districts during the congressional recess. Well, sort of—only 19 Republican members of Congress are holding town hall meetings during the recess, and notably none of them are located in Utah, where Rep. Jason Chaffetz…

- Gizmodo - US

Wal-Mart helps Wall Street's record-setting rally march on

- U.S. stocks rose to fresh record highs on Tuesday, boosted by strong earnings reports from Wal-Mart and Home Depot and continued optimism about the economic agenda of President Donald Trump.

- Reuters - US

Is Jimmy Kimmel planning Trump jokes at Oscars?

U.S. President Donald Trump may want to avoid watching Sunday's Academy Awards because host Jimmy Kimmel has a few zingers lined up. The comedian and talk show host told The Hollywood Reporter he hasn't yet decided how much Trump material he will perform at the Oscars, but it depends on some new cr...

- The Raw Story - US

Trump fans confused and angry about the liberal backlash: 'We all shut our mouths when Obama got in'

On Saturday, President Donald Trump held his first post-inauguration rally in Florida, where he made a now-infamous—and largely debunked—statement suggesting that Sweden had become more dangerous because of refugees. The Washington Post interviewed rally attendees, finding them to be confused, angry...

- The Raw Story - US

New US environmental chief Scott Pruitt says agency can also be pro-jobs

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that America need not choose between jobs and the environment, in a nod to the energy industry, as the White House prepares executive orders that could come as soon as this week to roll back Obama-era regulation. “I belie...

- The Raw Story - US

WATCH: Angry constituent confronts Mitch McConnell over Trump's pledge to 'bring back coal jobs'

An angry constituent at Mitch McConnell's speech at the Lawrenceburg Chamber of Commerce in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky on Tuesday tore into the Senate majority leader over the Trump administration's pledge to “bring back coal jobs” to the United States. The last I heard, these ...

- The Raw Story - US

Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issues

U.S. President Donald Trump has shown little patience for dissent, but that trait is likely to be tested by his new national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. McMaster is joining the White House staff with views on Russia, counterterrorism, strengthening the military and other...

- The Raw Story - US

AP Top Stories February 21, 2017

Here's the latest for Tuesday, February 21st: Trump administration tightens immigration enforcement; California issues more flood warnings; Milo Yiannnopoulos resigns from Breitbart and Bao Bao is on her way to China.         

- USA TODAY - US

Indiana's pre-Civil War black farming community a Smithsonian surprise

The new museum tells the story of Lyles Station, founded by blacks before slavery's end.         

- USA TODAY - US

Judge blocks Texas from cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Texas is now at least the sixth state where federal courts have kept Planned Parenthood eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion services.         

- USA TODAY - US

Why you need to see the Emmett Till exhibit at the Smithsonian

Museum re-creates the tragedy of his lynching without making his death a spectacle.         

- USA TODAY - US

Kushner trial ends in settlement with N.J. condo owners

The end of the lawsuit could mark the beginning of more discussions between the developer and Landings at Harborside residents who claimed Jared Kushner failed to deliver on the planned $600 million upscale development.         

- USA TODAY - US

4-year-old's anti-Trump dinosaur protest gives us the fuel we need to stay woke

Since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency, protests have rocked both the nation and the world. Millions of people got up, made signs and gathered to make their voice and thoughts heard. SEE ALSO: Holiday takes an anti-Trump turn with #NotMyPresidentsDay protests On a little patch of Washington D.C. earth, a similar ...

- Mashable! - US

Libraries are fighting back hard against Trump's America

Perhaps libraries and President Donald Trump were destined to be enemies. The president has made it known that he's not a man of books. Libraries, meanwhile, are filled with many more books than people. The president has made it known he's not a fan of immigration. Libraries are often an integral part of the life of ...

- Mashable! - US

New U.S. environmental chief says agency can also be pro-jobs

WASHINGTON - The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that America need not choose between jobs and the environment, in a nod to the energy industry, as the White House prepares executive orders that could come as soon as this week to roll back Obama-era regulation.

- Reuters - US

Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has shown little patience for dissent, but that trait is likely to be tested by his new national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster.

- Reuters - US

Trump's new security advisor differs from him on Russia, other key issues

By John Walcott WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has shown little patience for dissent, but that trait is likely to be tested by his new national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. McMaster is joining the White House staff with views on Russia, counterterrorism, strengthening the military and ...

- Yahoo! News - US

No evidence of shooter at Houston hospital: police

Police swarmed a Houston hospital on Tuesday after reports of a shooting but found no evidence any weapon had been fired and said no one was injured in the incident. Police said they had received multiple calls about a shooter on the second floor of Ben Taub Hospital, a major healthcare center in the city. "We have not ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Second trial begins over occupation of Oregon wildlife refuge

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. - A prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday that four men who took part in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last year in a land rights protest were on trial for their actions, not their beliefs. Last October, another trial over the 41-day standoff ended with the ...

- Yahoo! News - US

U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas - A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas' plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not present evidence of a program violation that would warrant termination. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials ...

- Yahoo! News - US

News24.com | Jordan, Egypt back 2-state solution for Israel, Palestinians

Jordan and Egypt are reasserting support for a Palestinian state, days after US President Donald Trump said that peace in the Middle East does not necessarily depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

- News24.com - ZA

US-backed rebels enter Deir al-Zor province for first time: Kurdish military source

The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against ISIS, a Kurdish military source said Tuesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Details of ministerial St Patrick’s Day ’trade missions’ revealed

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s controversial St Patrick’s Day meeting with US president Donald Trump will take place during an expanded trade mission, writes political correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Trump labels recent threats against Jewish community 'horrible'

, Feb. 22 : U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the recent spate of threats targeting the Jewish community in the country as "horrible and painful"."The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be ...

- Sify - IN

DHS releases implementation memoranda on immigration and border security executive orders

, Feb. 22 : The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released a set of documents translating President Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security into policy.A statement by the department said that US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has issued two memoranda to the Department of Homeland ...

- Sify - IN

Riots in Swedish capital just days after Trump comments

, Feb. 22 : Riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Stockholm just two days after U.S. President Donald Trump sparked outcry and confusion by seeming to incorrectly imply that immigrants had perpetrated a recent spate of violence in Sweden.According to the Washington Post, a ...

- Sify - IN

Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities: Trump

, Feb. 22 : U.S. President Donald Trump has endorsed a news report suggesting that "Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities".The President on Tuesday retweeted a report by The Hill that said a poll has showed broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities that arrest illegal immigrants for ...

- Sify - IN

U.S.-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province for first time - Kurdish military source | Reuters

BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.The advance into the province, which is almost entirely under the control of the ultra-hardline group, is part of an ...

- Firstpost - IN

Trump issues first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents | Reuters

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States on Tuesday after a new spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centres around the country and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery.Several of the centres were evacuated for ...

- Firstpost - IN

U.S.-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province - Kurdish military source | Reuters

By Tom Perry and John Davison | BEIRUT BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.The advance into the province, most of which is under the control of the ...

- Firstpost - IN

Canada PM - will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition | Reuters

OTTAWA Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings has ...

- Firstpost - IN

Trump issues first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents

US President Donald Trump delivered his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States on Tuesday after a new spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the country and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery.

- GMA News - PH

Incoming ambassador to US calls treatment of Mexico 'unacceptable'

Mexico's incoming ambassador to the United States on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's treatment of its southern neighbor as 'unacceptable' and called for a migration mechanism to avoid illegal crossings by Mexicans to the United States.

- GMA News - PH

Spare us the Bible verses, transgender solon tells critics

Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, the country's first transgender congresswoman, on Tuesday said that so-called men of God' should spare the LGBT community from Bible verses. The post Spare us the Bible verses, transgender solon tells critics appeared first on Inquirer News.

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Inside the epic tank battle that molded Trump's new national-security adviser

Via Wikimedia CommonsPresident Donald Trump announced US Army Gen. H.R. McMaster as the new leader of the National Security Council on Monday, casting a spotlight on McMaster's storied past. A particularly formative and epic episode in McMaster's career was a lopsided victory in a tank battle under McMaster's command in ...

- Business Insider - US

White House signals reversal in transgender-bathroom policy

White House Photo — The White House on Tuesday signaled it was preparing to reverse a U.S. policy on transgender rights, raising concern among rights advocates that Republican President Donald Trump is about to revoke a signature initiative of his predecessor. Former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration ...

- Business Insider - US

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