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Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east UkraineRussia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president. President Vladimir Putin signed the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels. The conflict between the Ukrainian government and breakaway rebels began after Moscow annexed Kiev's Crimea peninsula in 2014.




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 12:54 PM

Boy thrown off balcony at Mall of America miraculously suffered 'zero brain damage,' pastor says

Boy thrown off balcony at Mall of America miraculously suffered 'zero brain damage,' pastor saysA stranger "looking for someone to kill" threw a 5-year-old off a balcony at Mall of America. The boy is showing "zero evidence of brain damage."




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 10:05 AM

Three-year-old boy found alone near US border with name and number written on his shoes

Three-year-old boy found alone near US border with name and number written on his shoesBorder Patrol agents found a three-year-old boy alone in a field in Texas after likely being abandoned by smugglers at the southern border, authorities said. US Customs and Border Protection said that the boy’s name and a phone number were written on his shoes when agents found him on Tuesday morning. The agency said it is trying to reach the boy’s family and that the boy “does not speak well enough to communicate.” The boy was crying and in distress when the agents found him near Brownsville, according to NBC. Brownsville is at the eastern edge of the US-Mexico border in South Texas.The child will likely be sent to a facility for unaccompanied minors operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Border Patrol apprehended nearly 9,000 unaccompanied minors in March and more than 20,000 since January, as border crossings surged compared to recent levels. Most minors are usually teenagers from Central America who travel north on their own, but some are young children who arrived with an adult relative or a human smuggler. And parents carrying infants or holding the hands of young children arrive daily . That surge of families has put pressure on the Border Patrol, which says it doesn’t have the staff or facilities to care for hundreds of children at a time. While US authorities have ended the large-scale family separations that spurred outrage last year, the Border Patrol says it still must take children from adults who are not biological parents or legal guardians or when it suspects fraud or neglect.Agency officials said this month that from April 2018 through most of March, the Border Patrol identified more than 3,100 parents and children whom it accused of making “fraudulent claims.” During a March visit to the Border Patrol’s main processing centre in McAllen, reporters from The Associated Press saw a 4-year-old boy sitting with adult staff watching cartoons. Authorities said the adult who brought the boy wasn’t his parent and had a criminal record.AP




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 3:39 PM

After rocky start, Joe Biden launches his presidential campaign

After rocky start, Joe Biden launches his presidential campaignWhile the former vice president is immediately one of the frontrunners in the 2020 race, Biden has stumbled on his way to the head of the pack.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 6:38 AM

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S.

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S."Let's have an exchange. I'm ready to do it," he said.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 3:30 AM

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisoners

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisonersStepping into the debate over whether imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the idea and advised opponents they risked “looking completely + utterly out of touch with the reality [of] our prison system.”




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 1:52 PM

AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the store

AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the storeLEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Inside one of Walmart's busiest Neighborhood Market grocery stores, high resolution cameras suspended from the ceiling point to a table of bananas. They can tell how ripe the bananas are from their color.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 2:58 AM

Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth Fighter

Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth FighterThe Chinese—like the Russians—have formidable electronic attack capabilities including DRFM jammers.The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. That’s all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are “combat-coded” aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory machines. The rest are test and training assets.But even if 186 aircraft remain in the Air Force’s inventory—not all of those fighters are operational. At least two—possibly more—jets are not currently flyable. One test aircraft—tail 91-4006—at Edward Air Force Base (AFB) in California has avionics that are so old; it’s not worth bothering to fly it anymore. Another aircraft—02-4037—was badly damaged in a belly landing at Tyndall AFB, Fla. It’s going to take at least four years and $98 million to repair the damage. The Air Force has also had trouble with repairing other F-22s due to snafus with retrieving improperly stored production tooling for the jet.This first appeared in October 2015.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 9:00 PM

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viralA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 10:00 AM

N.Korea's Kim to Putin: US acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks

N.Korea's Kim to Putin: US acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talksNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un accused the US of acting in "bad faith" at his summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Pyongyang's state media said Friday after he secured Moscow's backing in his standoff with Donald Trump. Kim and Putin met Thursday in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit -- squarely aimed at countering US influence with Pyongyang and Washington deadlocked over the North's nuclear arsenal.




POSTED APRIL 26, 2019 1:12 AM

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