Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Saudi human rights activist sentenced to 9 years in prison – The Washington Post

Saudi human rights activist sentenced to 9 years in prison – The Washington Post 

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Rights group Amnesty International says a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a peaceful dissident to nine years in prison and banned him from travel abroad for another nine years on charges related to his civil rights work.

Obama: Russia Sanctions Must Remain Until Moscow Complies With Minsk Deal 

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U.S. President Barack Obama says he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree that Ukraine-related sanctions targeting Russia should only be lifted if Moscow complies with a deal to end fighting between Kyiv’s forces and Russia-backed separatists.
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Trump Vows Continued Support for Anti-immigrant Stances

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After campaign aide tells party leaders front-runner has been playing ‘a part’ in campaign, Trump assures rally he has no intention of abandoning plans to temporarily keep Muslims out of US, build US-Mexico border wall

April 24, 2016 

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A look at the best news photos from around the world.
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Turkey’s Crackdown on Critics of Erdogan Snares Dutch Journalist – The New York Times 

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The detention of Ebru Umar, who was taken from her summer home for questioning, was the latest action against writers and others who have insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Осознание грядущей стагнации? 

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Что может произойти с экономикой России до президентских выборов, что даст призвание к работе на власть Алексея Кудрина?
Обсуждаем с профессором, деканом экономического факультета МГУ, членом Экономического совета при президенте РФ Александром Аузаном.
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Extremist Group Claims Responsibility for Bangladesh Killings

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A banned extremist group linked to al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the killing of two gay-rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, adding to fears international militant groups are gaining a foothold in the Muslim-majority country.

Geneva unbending on Turkish effort to quash photo in exhibit

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Geneva officials have rejected efforts by Ankara to remove from a city exhibit a photograph accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of ordering the killing of a teenage protester three years ago.





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U.S., Turkey Step Up Border Campaign Against Islamic State

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Ankara and Washington plan to deploy advanced rocket launchers and more Turkish forces to the Turkish-Syrian border in an effort to choke off a crucial Islamic State supply route.

Obama in Germany: US president pleads for a transatlantic deal

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EXCLUSIVE - Syria: documents prove Assad's regime paid IS group militants working in oil refinery 

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FRANCE 24 brings you a rare documentary filmed inside Syria. Our reporters gained exclusive access to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias, as they continue to battle to recapture cities and territories from the Islamic State group. As the SDF advanced, they retook an oil refinery from islamic state militants. Inside, they found traces of chemicals used to build explosives, and documents proving the Assad regime continued to pay the islamic state militants working in the factory after they took over.
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Goldfein Nominated as US Air Force Chief of Staff

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Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force's vice chief of staff, has been nominated to be the service's next chief of staff, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
       

Russia's Housing Sector Is Slowing Down Sharply - Forbes

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Russia's Housing Sector Is Slowing Down Sharply
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Despite the evident slowdown of the Russian economy and the significant pain inflicted onRussian consumers by quickened inflation, a weakened currency, Western sanctions, and plunging oil prices, until quite recently the Russian housing sector was ...

Саакашвили призвал Порошенко ввести в Одессу нацгвардию - РБК

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Саакашвили призвал Порошенко ввести в Одессу нацгвардию
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Губернатор Одесской области Михаил Саакашвили призвал президента Украины Петра Порошенко ввести в город дополнительные подразделения полиции и национальной гвардии. Он связал это с годовщиной событий 2 мая 2014 года. Губернатор Одесской области Михаил ...
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Iraqi state TV: Parliament endorses partial Cabinet reshuffle proposed by PM amid mounting public pressure from followers of influential Shiite cleric 

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Iraqi state TV: Parliament endorses partial Cabinet reshuffle proposed by PM amid mounting public pressure from followers of influential Shiite cleric.

Supreme Court strengthens free-speech rights of public employees - Los Angeles Times

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Supreme Court strengthens free-speech rights of public employees
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Just in time for the election season, the Supreme Court has strengthened legal protections for the nation's 22 million public employees against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors.
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Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers....

As Men Return From Syria, Europe Weighs Security vs. Civil Liberties 

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The case of seven men who went to Syria and returned home reflects a quandary for France and the rest of the Continent after the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

An 85-Year-Old Pensioner Is Russia's Most Unlikely Dissident

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A pensioner from southern Russia made headlines earlier this month by filing a lawsuit that named President Vladimir Putin as an "enemy of the people" and calling for his removal. Now everyone wants to know what motivates him.

Russia: no chance of better ties with Turkey in foreseeable future - RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it saw no chance for better relations with Turkey in the foreseeable future, citing "an anti-Russian position" taken by the Turkish leadership, RIA news agency reported.
  
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Obama’s Calls For an Open Germany Falter In a Tide Of Refugees 

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The 49-minute pep talk that President Barack Obama delivered on Monday to a hall full of students in Hannover, Germany, hit many of the same notes as the speech he gave in Berlin in 2008, during his first campaign for the presidency. The European Union, he said back then, had arrived at another juncture in its history, one that would challenge countries like Germany to tear down the walls between “nations and tribes, natives and immigrants,” much as Berliners had torn down the wall that divided their city during the Cold War.
Pushing hard on that historical analogy, Obama asked a crowd of about 200,000 people that summer: “Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don’t look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?”
Eight years later, the world has something like an answer to his question, and it may not be the answer Obama wanted to see. The arrival last year of more than a million asylum seekers, most of them from the warzones of Syria and Iraq, has tested Europe’s willingness to open up. And despite an early and euphoric abundance of Germany’s famous Willkommenskultur, Europe is failing the test that the arrival of these refugees has presented.
Even as Air Force One touched down in Germany on Sunday for the last leg of Obama’s foreign tour, voters in neighboring Austria were handing a major victory to the nativist and xenophobic forces of the far right. Norbert Hofer, the candidate from the nationalist Freedom Party – who is known to carry a pistol even in the halls parliament to protect himself from refugees – handily won the first round of voting for the presidency, a ceremonial office in Austria but one imbued with a great deal of moral authority. When the final results came in on Sunday, Hofer had 36.7 percent of the popular vote, more than three times as much as the candidates from the establishment parties that have dominated Austrian politics since the end of World War II.
“It is really horrible, this situation in Austria,” said Sabrina Wilm, one of the German students who came to listen to Obama’s speech on Monday in Hannover. “We have the same things going on in Germany.”
Not quite to the same extent. But in the past year, support for the far-right Alternative for Germanyhas surged to around 14 percent, according to the most recent polls, which suggest that the anti-immigration party is now the third most popular in Germany. Much of that support has been siphoned away from the conservative Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who attended Obama’s speech on Monday in Hannover.
For her, the visit from the U.S. President was a much-needed vote of confidence. Merkel’s approval rating has sunk to the lowest levels in years, largely because of her willingness last summer to open Germany’s doors to a deluge of migrants and refugees. In his speech, Obama made sure to cast that decision as a moral triumph.
“In Germany, more than anywhere else, we learned that what the world needs is not more walls,” Obama told the auditorium packed with a few hundred people. “We can’t define ourselves by the barriers we build to keep people out or to keep people in. At every crossroads in our history, we’ve moved forward when we acted on those timeless ideals that tell us to be open to one another.”
To anyone who attended the Berlin speech of then-Senator Obama, this may have sounded like a rehash. But the remarks this time around were delivered to a very different country. The Germany of 2008 had yet to experience the global financial crisis, the rise of the terrorist group known as ISIS, and the exodus of refugees that ISIS’s conquests in Iraq and Syria have helped create.
“That does seem like a long time ago,” says Ben Rhodes, who helped write Obama’s Berlin speech in 2008 and has since become the President’s Deputy National Security Adviser. “But if you look at the Berlin speech, and you look at what the President wanted to get done when he came into office, we have been able to affect a significant amount of change around the world,” Rhodes told reporters before Obama’s remarks on Monday.
In particular, he listed the hard-won deal to end Iran’s nuclear program, the global accords on climate change reached last year in Paris, and the broader shift in American foreign policy from unilateral action toward coalition building and diplomacy. “I think we have been able to follow through on those commitments,” Rhodes says.
Relations with Germany have also been a bright spot in Obama’s foreign policy. While Merkel was skeptical about the presidential bona fides of the junior Senator from Illinois – famously denying his request to deliver his 2008 speech in beneath the iconic chariot of Brandenburg Gate – she has since become one of his closest allies, close enough for Obama to poke a bit of fun at her on Monday morning. “I truly believe you’ve shown us the leadership of steady hands,” Obama said, imitating the way she likes to hold her hands in public, with the fingers arranged in a sort of rhombus, or as the Germans call it, a Raute. “How do you call it?” Obama said with a smile. “The Merkel Raute?”
There had been more of the same the previous night when the two leaders hosted a dinner for business executives as part of the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. As the subject turned to trade negotiations between the U.S. and Europe, “there were friendly little jabs at each other,” says Andrew Liveris, the CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, who attended the dinner. “It’s an exceptionally good relationship, and it permeated the whole dinner conversation.”
That levity may have helped cut through the challenges Obama laid at Germany’s feet during his speech the following day. Perhaps the most difficult was his push for Germany to embrace its position as a country of immigrants – much like the U.S. has done throughout much of its history. “I want you to remember that our countries are stronger, they are more secure and more successful when we welcome and integrate people of all backgrounds and faith,” Obama said.
Even before last year’s influx of refugees, Germany was the main destination for migrants in Europe, taking in 465,000 newcomers in 2013, double the number that arrived in 2007. To the dismay of the conservatives in her ruling coalition, Merkel welcomed them. “There is something enriching if someone wants to come to us,” she told a town-hall meeting early last summer.
But as her ratings began to plummet amid the tide of new asylum applications – and especially after migrants committed a spate of sexual assaults and robberies on New Year’s Eve in Cologne – Merkel began to turn away from that position, a shift that Der Spiegel magazine referred to as a “quiet capitulation.”
As part of a deal agreed in March to stem the flow of refugees into the European Union, members states from Scandinavia to the Balkans have sealed their borders to migrants. In Germany, too, xenophobia has overshadowed the idealism of Wilkommenskultur, and Merkel has stopped referring to Germany as a nation of immigrants.
For Merlin Helwes, another of the students who attended Obama’s speech, the shift was necessary to stop the rise of the radical right. “Now I think it will pass,” he says. “We will not become like Austria now that the flow of refugees has gone down.” But what about the remarks he had just heard from the American President, calling for Germany to keep its doors open? “It’s optimistic,” he said. “It may take time.” A lot more time than Obama has left in his tenure.
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The Latest: Denmark sending volunteers for migrant influx

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The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):





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Georgia’s Hopes Of NATO Membership Recede

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Any lingering hopes Georgia’s leaders may still have nurtured that the country would be formally offered a Membership Action Plan (MAP) at NATO’s Warsaw summit in July have been exposed as misplaced.

Turkey Media Crackdown Expands with Growing Security Concerns 

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Pressure on journalists in Turkey appears to be spreading to the foreign media. This week, four reporters were denied entry into the country. The most recent was U.S. reporter David Lepeska, who tweeted Monday, “Was just hurried onto a flight to Chicago after being denied entry at Istanbul Ataturk.”  Dutch journalist Ebru Umar was detained by police Sunday at her home in the Turkish Aegean town of Kusadasi. She tweeted, “Police at the door, no joke. ”Umar, who is of Turkish...

Prominent journalist denied work permit in Ukraine

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One of the most influential journalists on Ukrainian television has been denied a work permit in Ukraine.

Casualties rise as combat in Aleppo intensifies

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At least 70 people have died in and around the embattled northern city of Aleppo in the past three days as combat continues to intensify despite a cease-fire that is holding in most parts of Syria, government and opposition sources said Tuesday.
     
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Wary Of Russia, Military Buildups Increase In Poland, Ukraine As Central, Eastern European States Beef Up Security - International Business Times

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Wary Of Russia, Military Buildups Increase In Poland, Ukraine As Central, Eastern European States Beef Up Security
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After the first NATO-Russia Council meeting since the height of fighting in Ukraine failed to create any breakthroughs last week, Central and Eastern European states are beefing up regional security despite comments from the Kremlin Tuesday that Russia ...
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Neglected Security Policies and Ballistic Missile Defense

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It's time for a new perspective on national security, focusing on a measured response that a potential enemy would not misinterpret.
       

Савик Шустер лишился права работать на Украине - РБК

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Савик Шустер лишился права работать на Украине
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Савику Шустеру аннулировали разрешение на работу на территории Украины. Об этом «Украинской правде» сообщил партнер телеведущего Павел Елизаров. «Две недели назад мы получили продление разрешения на работу для Савика. Вчера появилось много информации о том, ...
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Dutch newspaper publishes cartoon depicting Turkey's Erdogan as an ape 

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The cartoon, published by the populist daily De Telegraaf, shows the Turkish President squashing free speech

Ukraine marks 30 years since 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster

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With flowers, candles and tears, Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the world's worst nuclear disaster. Some survivors said the chaos of that time is etched in their minds forever.
     

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey), Opening Ceremony, 7th UNAOC Global Forum (25-27 April 2016, Baku, Azerbaijan)

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Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, at the Opening Ceremony of the 7th UNAOC Global Forum (25-27 April 2016, Baku, Azerbaijan).
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AP Top Stories April 26 A 

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Here's the latest for Tuesday, April 26th: Northeastern states hold Primary Elections; Philippine army under pressure after Canadian hostage killed; Chernobyl nuclear disaster remembered 30 years later; Dead humpback whale washes ashore Newport beach.
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Five states expected to help Trump and Clinton widen their leads - Washington Post

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Turkey Says U.S. Rockets Deploying Near Border To Attack IS In Syria

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has told a Turkish newspaper that the United States will deploy a rocket launcher system in Turkey near the border with Islamic State-held territory in Syria.

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

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Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986:





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Turkey’s Erdogan chases critics at home and abroad

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Ebru Umar was sleeping in her summer residence on Turkey’s Aegean coast when police arrived at her door and took her away for questioning about two of her tweets that were deemed offensive to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.





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US Sends F-22 Warplanes To Support Romania From Russian Threat - TIME

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US Sends F-22 Warplanes To Support Romania From Russian Threat
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The United States sent two F-22 warplanes to Romania for the first time. CNN reports that the F-22 Raptors, two of the world's most advanced warplanes that can travel at twice the speed of sound, were sent to Romania as part of a NATO training exercise ...
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U.S. Sends F-22 Warplanes To Support Romania From Russian Threat 

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The United States sent two F-22 warplanes to Romania for the first time.
CNN reports that the F-22 Raptors, two of the world’s most advanced warplanes that can travel at twice the speed of sound, were sent to Romania as part of a NATO training exercise to demonstrate how quickly U.S. support can move to a forward operating base. The planes landed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport on Monday, and flew back to Britain a few hours later.
But CNN also says the move was part of a show of strength for the U.S. and NATO allies in the Black Sea region where Russia is building up its military presence.
U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm told reporters Monday that the United States is committed to security in the region after “the aggression by Russia that has brought so much instability to this part of the world over the past two to three years.”
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, throwing the area into unrest.

Key radical Islamist groups in Bangladesh - Fox News

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Key radical Islamist groups in Bangladesh
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NEW DELHI – Hours after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused one group of religious radicals of killing a gay rights activist and his friend on Monday night, a different group took responsibility for the attack. The government's apparent ...
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Obama: U.S. preparing 'shield' to block low-level North Korea threats - CBS

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to defend itself against North Korea, positioning its missile development systems and setting up a "shield" to counter low-level threats from an "erratic" country, U.S. President Barack Obama told CBS in an interview that aired on Tuesday.
  

Investigators: Explosion in Armenia’s capital not terror act

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An explosion that devastated a bus in Armenia’s capital, killing two people and injuring seven, was not the result of a terrorist attack, the country’s investigative committee said Tuesday.

Death Toll Rises To 26 From Pesticide-Tainted Sweets In Pakistan

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Authorities in central Pakistan say that at least 26 people have died, and dozens of others have been hospitalized, after eating sweets that were tainted with pesticides.

Millennials Say They Will Vote for Clinton Against Trump

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A new national poll of millennials – young people born between 1982 and 2000 – shows Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead over Republican Donald Trump if the two are matched up in this year’s presidential election. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Politics of Harvard University (IOP) and published on Monday, revealed 61 percent likely to vote for Clinton while 25 percent of young Americans would support Trump. The survey also showed that millennials...