Thursday, April 28, 2016

More bad news for the American economy by FoxNewsChannel Thursday April 28th, 2016 at 9:31 PM

More bad news for the American economy 

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'The O'Reilly Factor': Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points 4/28

Donald Trump on his foreign policy strategy 

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Duration: 08:00

GOP frontrunner breaks down his strategy for dealing with ISIS, Russia and China on 'The O'Reilly Factor'

Monitors: ‘Alarming’ Number of Cease-fire Violations in E. Ukraine 

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Violations of a tense cease-fire in eastern Ukraine between Kyiv and Russian-backed rebels have reached "alarming numbers" not seen in months, international monitors told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday. "Violence in eastern Ukraine is once again reaching a peak," warned Ertugrul Apakan, the chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. He said that so far in April, his monitors have registered the highest number of cease-fire violations since August 2015, while many heavy weapons that were previously at permanent storage sites and holding areas are missing and have turned up in use at the line of contact. "We need a cessation of hostilities and a full and sustainable cease-fire," Apakan told council members. He and Martin Sajdik, the special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, said the sides must fully respect the cease-fire ahead of the Orthodox Easter holiday, which will culminate this Sunday. "Secure conditions must be created for the people living in proximity to the hostilities and those who will cross the contact line during the upcoming holidays," Sajdik said. Both diplomats briefed the council via a video link from Kyiv. "Easter is one thing which continues to unite us and the Ukrainians — Russians and Ukrainians — so I hope it is going to be respected," Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters after the meeting regarding the truce. "The cease-fire is the number one priority in the whole Minsk process," said Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, referring to the February 2015 agreement that is aimed at resolving the conflict. "If we can start with that [cease-fire], we'll be able to proceed to the withdrawal of forces, resolving all the problems — the demining, the humanitarian problems, everything all the way down to political resolution," Prystaiko added. Thousands of violations "The word ‘cease-fire’ is losing its meaning in eastern Ukraine," said British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said that on April 14, the monitors recorded more than 4,000 violations — 500 of them using prohibited heavy weapons. "This cycle of escalation must stop," Power added. Each side blames the other for the violations. Council members urged both sides to implement the Minsk Agreement and its package of measures — including the cease-fire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the release of hostages and prisoners, and talks that would lead to local elections. Ukraine began a two-year term on the Security Council in January. Thursday was the first time this year that its delegation asked for a discussion of the situation.

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Facing skepticism, military leaders say Islamic State strategy is making headway

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Top U.S. military leaders faced skepticism Thursday on Capitol Hill as they made the case that President Barack Obama's strategy in Iraq and Syria is beginning to show results against the Islamic State.
     

Hospital attack in Aleppo deprives city of resources 

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From: CNN
Duration: 04:02

Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez of Save the Children explains the devastating impact of loosing a hospital in a war torn region.

All Belgians to be given iodine pills

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The Belgian government agrees to distribute iodine pills to the country's entire population as a nuclear safety precaution.
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AP EXPLAINS: A look at the Syrian city of Aleppo

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As a two-month-old cease-fire collapses and peace talks stall, the northern city of Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 60 people have been killed in less than 24 hours in airstrikes and shelling on contested neighborhoods of the city....

The Latest: Biden visits Irbil, Iraq

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Iraq (all times local):...

White House Fence Height To Double Under Plan

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"Intrusion detection technology" and "anti-climb features" are built into the Secret Service-backed new design.

Ted Cruz Called 'Lucifer' By Ex-House Speaker

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The White House hopeful lashes out after fellow Republican John Boehner says he is a "miserable son of a b****".

These 5 Facts Explain What Obama Wants From Europe

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Barack Obama’s trip to Europe last week made it clear that the U.S. president has a lot invested in what happens next in Europe. These are the five things Obama hopes to see before he leaves office in January.
1. No Brexit
Obama travelled to London to deliver a clear message ahead of Britain’s June 23 referendum on E.U. membership: the U.K. is a much more valuable U.S. ally inside the European Union than out. The position itself is not surprising, but the willingness to say so in London and warn that British vote to leave the E.U. would put the U.K. at the “back of the queue” in trade talks with the U.S., is the strongest direct intervention Obama has made in the domestic politics of an ally during his presidency. A British exit would cost the E.U. 15 percent of its overall GDP; the OECD estimates that British GDP would be 5 percent lower by 2030 than if it votes to remain.
But the U.S. is not purely a bystander here. G20 finance ministers have made clear that Brexit would be “a shock” to the entire global economy. That’s the last thing Obama and Europe need. A YouGov poll released this week placed “leave” ahead 42-41.
Obama knows that the transatlantic relationship, the foundation of the post-WWII international order, is at its weakest point in decades, and Britain is by far Washington’s most capable and like-minded ally within the E.U.
2. Turkey-E.U. Refugee Deal
While Brexit may be the most immediate threat to the E.U.’s political stability, the migrant crisis is the most significant. That’s why Washington, like Europe, needs the deal struck with Turkey to continue housing Syrian refugees on its side of the Aegean to pan out. More than a million refugees and illegal migrants made their way into Europe last year, four times the amount that entered in 2014. According to the UN, another million people will try to enter Europe via the Eastern Mediterranean and Balkans this year. 2.7 million Syrian refugees currently reside in Turkey alone. The refugee surge has slowed sharply in recent months, thanks to new obstacles along the Balkan route and the E.U.-Turkey deal, but if the latter sours, Europe could face another human tidal wave.
The refugee crisis has given rise to a host of far-right and nationalist parties across the continent who have found political success railing against the influx of Muslim foreigners. German Chancellor Angela Merkel went out on a political limb in support of refugees, and she has paid a political price for it. Her party’s approval rating is currently at 33 percent, its lowest level since November 2010. So it’s no surprise that Obama went to bat for Merkel repeatedly during his recent trip. Of all of Europe’s leaders, it is Merkel with whom Obama shares the most similar worldview. He wants her to succeed, and for that to happen, this deal with Turkey has to as well. There will also be new pressures on the governments of Greece and Italy as refugees increasingly turn to more dangerous sea routes to enter Europe.
3. TTIP
Ideally, Obama would also be making progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, America’s trade deal with Europe. The immediate economic benefits of TTIP are sizable, if not overwhelming; an additional $134 billion for the E.U. and $107 billion for the U.S. estimated per year. But more importantly, trade deals like these—this one would cover 45 percent of global GDP—provide governments with common interests.
But as populist politicians score points on both sides of the Atlantic, the benefits of free trade have been angrily called into question. Popular support for TTIP in the U.S. has fallen to 18 percent from 53 percent in 2014. In Germany, support for TTIP has dropped to 17 percent, down from 55 percent a couple years ago. With numbers like those, there’s little chance TTIP will gain much traction before Obama leaves office in January, but he can help establish some momentum for the next president to build on.
4. Shoring Up Alliances
Obama also wants to see NATO allies take on a larger share of common defense costs. Of NATO’s 28 members, just five meet NATO’s stated goal of spending 2 percent or more of their respective GDPs on defense: the U.S. (3.6 percent), Greece (2.4 percent), Poland (2.2 percent), the U.K. (2.1 percent) and Estonia (2 percent). That’s not sustainable, and Donald Trump has scored political points this spring by pointing that out. Obama also wants his European counterparts to hold the line on sanctions against Russia, which have been in place since the beginning of Moscow’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine. Countries like Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Hungary have voiced skepticism about continuing the sanctions. Cracks in NATO solidarity will further embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin.
5. Climate Change
Finally, Obama knows that efforts to counter climate change demand effective transatlantic cooperation. 2011 figures show that the U.S. accounts for 16 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the EU-28 contributes another 10 percent. While China is responsible for 28 percent of global CO2 emissions—by far the world’s largest share—it has balked at significant measures to limit its carbon output. Beijing justifies this position by arguing that the U.S. and Europe were responsible for 27 and 25 percent, respectively, of all CO2 emissions between 1850 and 2011. China, which began to industrialize much later, clocks in at just 11 percent. Why should China, its leaders ask, pay the economic price for the West’s industrial development?
True enough, counter Western leaders, but there is no credible climate change solution for the future that doesn’t involve significant support from China. That’s a point made more effectively when U.S. and European leaders speak together.
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Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan: The world's most-needed hospitals are under attack 

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The attacks on hospitals in Syria and elsewhere is an especially disturbing trend in war zones.





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Obama expects U.S. to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he expected the United States would meet a goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year despite delays and opposition from critics concerned about security implications.
  

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."...

Investors Shift Away from Tech, Go Back to Basics

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There is an old saying on Wall Street: "Sell in May and go away." The translation: Company earnings and profit outlooks are talked about early in the year. Economic indicators for past quarters are analyzed and portfolio managers invest accordingly. By the spring, investors want to capture profits or take losses before the long slower seasonal trading in the summer months. But this year just might be different.  Markets shifting World stock markets are changing....

Mexico charges 4 detectives with holding foreigners

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A judge in Mexico has ordered two federal detectives and two ex-detectives to stand trial on charges of kidnaping for extortion for allegedly holding 15 South American women briefly to demand a bribe for not reporting them to immigration authorities.

Angry Voters Find Their Voice in Talk Radio

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Hundreds of local conservative talk radio hosts across the nation are tapping into the electorate's outsider sentiment this election season, contributing to the rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. VOA's Katherine Gypson visited Pennsylvania to learn more about talk radio’s impact.

U.S. military softens claims on drop in Islamic State's foreign fighters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Thursday retreated from a top general's claim this week that the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has plummeted by as much as 90 percent.
  
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UN: More aid deliveries in Syria, but people still starving

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The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that despite increased aid deliveries in Syria, people are still starving without medical care and said the world should be “ashamed” at the devastating human toll in five years of “senseless” fighting.

Brazil's Temer says a new government would focus on growth: TV

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer said on Thursday that the new government that he would lead if President Dilma Rousseff should be impeached would seek to implement immediate measures to spur economic growth.
  

Mexico investigates top crime fighter over missing 43 students case

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - One of Mexico's top crime fighters is under investigation over a key incident in the probe into the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers in 2014, the attorney general's office said on Thursday, adding a twist to a case that has shaken the country.
  

Venezuelan Opposition Effort to Recall Leader Advances

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The opposition said it collected five times the signatures needed to begin a monthslong recall effort against President Nicolás Maduro, seizing on growing public anger over Venezuela’s deep recession.

Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award

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Iran is asking the United Nations to prevail upon the United States to uphold the principal of state immunity after an American court ruled that $2 billion of frozen Iranian assets be paid to victims of terrorist attacks.

Iran Hints at Retaliation Over U.S. Use of Seized Assets

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A letter to the United Nations secretary general by Iran’s foreign minister was among the most strident yet in a steadily increasing display of anger.
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Obama-Netanyahu Rift Impedes U.S. Offer of Record Aid Deal for Israel 

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President Obama has proposed the largest package of military aid ever provided by the United States, but Israel has insisted on more generous terms.

Colombia legalises gay marriage

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Colombia legalises same-sex marriage, becoming the fourth country in Latin America to do so.

AP Top Stories 28 P 

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Baltimore Fox News Station Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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A suspect is in custody after threatening to blow up the Fox 45 television station headquarters in Baltimore on Thursday. Police said the suspect, who was wearing a panda suit, was shot after he failed to cooperate with authorities. His condition remains unclear. Photo: Shelley Orman/WBFF

Нагорный Карабах и Азербайджан обвиняют друг друга в нарушении перемирия 

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Один человек погиб и восемь других получили ранения в результате обстрела азербайджанской деревни Чеменли со стороны Нагорного Карабаха. Об этом заявляет Баку и обвиняет военизированные формирования автономии, которую поддерживает Армения, в нарушении достигнутого 5 апреля перемирия. Также азербайджанская сторона сообщает о серьезных разрушениях - более 50 зданий - в результате обстрела.
Представители минобороны Азербайджана заявили о том, что "сепаратисты нарушали перемирие 117 раз с использо…
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Boehner rips Cruz, as icy opposition to Trump is melting

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Carl Cameron with the Republican roundup for 'Special Report'
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Biden pushes for more national unity on trip to Iraq

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Vice president's trip is meant to assess the pace of the fight against ISIS; Kevin Corke explains on 'Special Report'

News Wrap: U.S. soldiers disciplined for accidental Afghan hospital bombing 

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From: PBSNewsHour
Duration: 03:28

In our news wrap Thursday, 16 U.S. military personnel, including a general, reportedly received administrative punishments for the mistaken bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42. Also, Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Iraq, hoping to resolve the political gridlock and corruption that have paralyzed the government’s efforts to combat the Islamic State.

How to save life on Earth, according to E.O. Wilson

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From: PBSNewsHour
Duration: 06:30

Biologist and Pulitzer winner E.O. Wilson has spent his life studying animals and fighting for their conservation. As species go extinct at 1,000 times the normal rate thanks to human interference, Wilson’s new book “Half Earth” holds a bold plan to preserve the world’s biodiversity: set aside half of the entire planet for natural habitats. Jeffrey Brown talks to Wilson for more.

9/11 victims may be closer to being able to sue Saudi Arabia

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Sen. Lindsey Graham is expected to lift a hold on the key piece of legislation; Mike Emanuel provides insight on 'Special Report'

Cruz claims he doesn't know Boehner, but was his lawyer

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Republican presidential candidate distances himself from the former House speaker who slammed the Texas senator as 'Lucifer in the flesh'

FBI training new agents with emphasis on intel and analysis

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Fox News went inside the FBI training academy in Quantico, Virginia to view the training; Catherine Herridge reports on 'Special Report'
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