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Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: full frontal on Trump and media

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: full frontal on Trump and media
When Samantha Bee announced in January that her weekly late night show Full Frontal would put on its own version of the White House correspondents’ dinner (WHCD), it seemed, if briefly, that the actual event might not happen. In the event, the WHCD survived, President Trump said he would not attend, and Bee’s former Daily Read More

Pope urges North Korea-US mediation to avoid devastating war

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on Pope urges North Korea-US mediation to avoid devastating war
Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and the US, saying the situation had become “too hot” and the world risked a devastating war. Francis said he believed “a good part of humanity” would be destroyed in any widespread war. Speaking to reporters aboard the Read More

Cuban military plane crash kills eight troops, ministry says

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A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said. In a written statement, the ministry of the revolutionary armed forces said the Soviet-made, twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26 took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6.38am and Read More

US woman convicted of spying in China returns home

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An American woman who was arrested on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the US. Jeff Gillis said his wife, Phan “Sandy” Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles from the southern city of Guangzhou on Friday evening. The couple planned to stay in LA a Read More

Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit to Ohio family boosts rumor of political run

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An Ohio family said they learned just 20 minutes before dinner on Friday evening that a planned mystery guest would be the Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. “I knew we were having a mystery guest and that was about it,” Daniel Moore told a local newspaper, the Vindicator of Youngstown. “It was completely incredible.” Read More

‘Spicer facts’ and weird handshakes: 100 days of Trump in memes

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When Trump won the presidency, someone on 4chan wrote: “We actually elected a meme as president.” As terrifying as the idea of a meme having access to the nuclear codes is, the age of Trump has ushered in a new age of memes. Jokes on the internet often crop up in the most trying of Read More

EPA wipes its climate change site day before march on Washington

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The US Environmental Protection Agency’s main climate change website is “undergoing changes” to better reflect “the agency’s new direction” under Donald Trump. The announcement, made late Friday evening, left empty what was previously the “official government site” providing “comprehensive information on the issue of climate change and global warming”. The change came a day before Read More

Meet the neighbours: Alice Neel’s Harlem portraits

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on Meet the neighbours: Alice Neel’s Harlem portraits
Alice Neel, born in 1900, and raised in white, middle-class Pennsylvania, moved to Harlem in New York at the age of 38. She was still recovering from the tragedy of her first marriage, which had seen her first daughter die of diphtheria as a baby, and her second daughter abducted and taken to Cuba by Read More

Trump appeals for loyalty as 100th day fanfare threatens to fall flat

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On his 100th day in office, facing a historically low popularity rating, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day. The day is an American tradition dating back to the Cold War, when it was a bolster to Read More

Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town
In a tent deep in the woods of rural Kentucky, an old neo-Nazi spoke bitterly of how he feels “betrayed” by Donald Trump. “I’m sorry I voted for the son of a bitch, I really am,” said Art Jones, who the Anti-Defamation League identifies as a Holocaust denier who has been dressing in Nazi garb Read More