• Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’
  • Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test
  • Poll: 37% of Americans see North Korea as an ‘immediate threat’
  • Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’
  • Trump, Reagan and the NRA’s radical agenda

Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and…

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Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the…

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Poll: 37% of Americans see North Korea as an ‘immediate threat’

Washington (CNN)About four in 10 Americans say North Korea is an immediate threat to the US in the wake of the nation’s recently stepped-up attempts to posture itself as a military threat to the US and others, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. In the poll released Thursday, about 37% of respondents consider North Korea an immediate threat to the security of the US. The new CNN/ORC poll was released…

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Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’

(CNN)The man who’s hoping to become France’s next president says he’s not assuming he has the win in the bag. “That was almost certainly the mistake Hillary Clinton made,” Emmanuel Macron told CNN’s Melissa Bell on Thursday. “I’m absolutely not playing that game. Right from the first day, that hasn’t been the way I defended myself or how I fought.” The 39-year-old, who’s never held elected office, won the most…

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Trump, Reagan and the NRA’s radical agenda

Atlanta (CNN)On Friday, Donald Trump is due to become the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1983 to address the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association. If Trump’s speech in Atlanta registers a fraction of the impact of Reagan’s, it will mark another milestone in this Indian summer of gun rights. For the past several years, the NRA has advanced a radical agenda of unlimited freedom as the birthright…

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House to vote on North Korean sanctions next week

(CNN)The House will vote on a bill to authorize new sanctions against North Korea, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday. The bill also calls for the Trump administration to determine within 90 days whether North Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, something a White House official said Wednesday the Trump administration is now considering. The planned vote comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and…

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Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

(CNN)The top attorney for the US House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local US attorney’s office supervising…

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Pelosi: Government funding bill still has ’70 poison pills’

Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday evening that the funding bill under negotiation still has “70 poison pills” that the Democratic Party can’t live with. Pelosi, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” said that despite the remaining differences, the two parties had made substantial progress and she does not foresee a government shutdown — at least “not this week.” “The Democrats are determined that we will not…

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Chaffetz to miss 3-4 weeks for surgery

Washington (CNN)Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who announced last week he would not seek re-election in 2018, said Wednesday he would miss three to four weeks of work due to foot surgery. He made the announcement on Instagram, saying the surgery was to remove hardware that had been inserted into his foot after an accident 12 years ago. “My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks,” the Utah Republican said….

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The Pope’s perilous mission to Egypt

(CNN)When Pope Francis travels to Egypt on Friday, he will retrace a journey his namesake made nearly 800 years ago, with a somewhat similar mission in mind. The friar survived, but his plan didn’t. Malik al-Kamil refused to convert to Christianity. But the conversation was courteous, according to tradition, and ended with the sultan offering a peace treaty that included Christian control of Jerusalem. The Crusaders rejected the proposal, and…

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Fresno shooting suspect charged with murder

(CNN)California authorities on Wednesday charged a suspect with eight felony counts, including murder, after police said he killed three men in an alleged hate crime. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is accused of fatally shooting the three men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18, police said. Muhammad is black and his victims were white. Muhammad allegedly opened fire at a Pacific Gas & Electric truck, killing one man….

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CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

WASHINGTON (CNN)As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. That’s about the same as in each of the two previous…

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an…

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.” “There’s a couple of issues here,” Jason Humbert, a regulatory operations…

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Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t regret voting for Trump despite LGBT ‘mistakes’

(CNN)Caitlyn Jenner may not like everything US President Donald Trump’s administration has done so far — especially when it comes to actions affecting transgender Americans like her. But she does not regret her decision to vote for Donald Trump, she told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday. “As far as LGBT issues, yes, he’s made some mistakes,” she said. “I don’t support him in everything that he does. But we needed…

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Has the presidency changed Trump?

(CNN)For a man used to tracking his TV ratings — as well as his poll numbers — the measurement of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days is a tougher score to reckon with. Now he refers to it as a “ridiculous standard.” It may well be, but it’s been used to measure every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt — and the White House knows it, as it prepares lists of…

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Did Flynn commit a crime? ‘No question’ says Dem congressman

(CNN)A member of the House Oversight Committee expressed his outrage Tuesday night after the leaders of his committee revealed that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to properly disclose payments from Russia and Turkey, saying there is no doubt Flynn broke the law and that he could be looking at years behind bars. “The form he had to fill out,” Connolly said, “specifically says you must answer…

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Muslim teen boxer inspires others to never give up

(CNN)For this teen passionate about boxing, her fight to go toe-to-toe with an opponent goes far beyond the ring. She’s fighting for the right to compete in her hijab. Amaiya Zafar, 16, started boxing three years ago and is already making waves in the boxing community. Not only is the Minnesota teen competing in a male-dominated sport, but she’s also a devout Muslim. “When I walked into a real boxing…

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Why China’s craft breweries are tapping into ancient beer recipes

(CNN)China is home to one of the oldest civilizations, so it’s only fitting that it’s home to ancient beer as well. The 5,000-year-old brewery is the earliest evidence of barley- and millet-based beer-making in the country. Inspired by the scientists’ findings, two breweries — Jing-A Brewing Co in Beijing and Moonzen Brewery in Hong Kong — set out to give the modern world a taste of an ancient experience by…

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Glenn Beck: Trump ‘doing a really good job of misdirection’

(CNN)Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Monday he believes President Donald Trump is “doing a really good job of misdirection.” An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 42% of people approve the President’s performance so far. The poll also showed Trump retaining support among his base, with 96% of people who said they voted for him saying they would do so again. “He’s done a good job of…

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

(CNN)President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Top of the menu: North Korea. In fact, speaking briefly for the cameras at that very lunch, the President made clear he finds the status quo on…

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Best hotels in Mauritius: How top designers remade luxury in paradise

(CNN)Luxury hotels have staked claims to Mauritius’s famed beaches for decades, but over the last couple of years, elite designers have remade venerable island institutions and built new paradise retreats from the ground up. Oberoi Mauritius, Turtle Bay Marine Park, Balaclava While this isn’t a couples-only resort, the Oberoi feels like a honeymooners retreat. There is a kids’ club for the little ones, but everything from the waterfall at the…

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Trump to sign agriculture executive order Tuesday

(CNN)President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that looks to help the US agriculture business by establishing a task force to identify impediments to the business’ growth. Trump will sign the executive order after a meeting with 15 farmers from across the country, including Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau; Bill Northey, the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; and Lisa Johnson Billy, a farmer and…

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