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    Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning last night to the residents of Ukraine’s occupied Kherson – leave or face being forcibly deported to Russian-held territory. The despot made his remarks in an interview with state media in Moscow that indicated his troops could soon be on the retreat, with Ukraine pushing further towards the city snatched by Russia’s armed forces in the early days of the war. ‘Those who still live in Kherson should certainly be removed from the area of the most dangerous hostilities... civilians should not suffer from shelling, from attacks, counter-attacks or something like that,’ said Putin. Reports have emerged of Russian soldiers abandoning checkpoints in Kherson and moving to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River. Kirill Stremousov, one of Putin’s puppet officials in the occupation administration, last night slapped a 24-hour curfew across the city. The former Ukrainian politician, wanted for treason by Kyiv, said it was ‘in order to defend our city of Kherson’ from what he called ‘terrorist attacks’. Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning last night to the residents of Ukraine’s occupied...
    Donald Trump appears to have changed his tune in recent days, claiming he will do 'whatever' he can to 'help the country' as he deals with the fallout of the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home last week. The former president confirmed to Fox News that he offered his assistance to the Justice Department, but 'has not heard yet' if they will accept his offer. 'I will do whatever I can to help the country,' Trump said. The latest comments come after a New York Times report revealed over the weekend that a person close to Trump reached out to a DOJ official to pass along a message from the president: 'The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?' It was portrayed Thursday just before Attorney General Merrick Garland made his first public statements on the raid, claiming he personally approved his agency seeking a warrant to search Trump's Palm Beach estate. Trump affirmed in an exclusive interview with Fox on Monday – the first since the raid – that he had his representatives reach...
    Washington (CNN)At least five people were reportedly injured over the weekend after at least two missiles struck Lviv, a city in western Ukraine that had been previously spared the worst of Russia's brutal onslaught, local officials said.One of the strikes hit a fuel storage facility, causing it to catch fire, and a later strike caused "significant damage" to the city's infrastructure facilities, according to the city's mayor, Andriy Sadovyi.For a better sense of the situation on the ground, we posed a few questions to CNN's John Berman, who's been covering the invasion from Lviv. His responses, sent via email on Sunday, are below: WHAT MATTERS: Can you describe how people in Lviv are behaving at this moment? BERMAN: We went out to one of the main squares today, less than 24 hours after a series of Russian missile strikes, and it was packed. So many people out enjoying the beautiful weather and street music and food.Read MoreIt was astounding. Their reasons for being there were twofold. Some people told us it was their way of showing Putin that they...
    A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars. For those who don’t know what this symbol stands for, it represents the “Three Percenters,” a group that the Anti-Defamation League has identified as an anti-government militia. Its members have a record of violent criminal attacks and strikingly partisan activity, including arrests and guilty pleas in connection with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque in 2017 and appearances as “guards,” carrying assault-style weaponry, at several pro-Trump rallies. Six of its members have been charged with plotting to assault the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. When my husband, a Naval officer of nearly 20 years, saw this symbol on a family member’s Facebook page, he pointed out to me that, despite the Hatch Act, created to ensure nonpartisanship among federal workers, DHS employees are not always held accountable for exercising “free speech” that would violate that...
    The imminent release on parole of notorious pack rapist Mohammed Skaf has been a disturbing reminder of a series of horrifying crimes that shocked the nation 21 years ago The imminent release on parole of notorious pack rapist Mohammed Skaf has been a disturbing reminder of a series of horrifying crimes that shocked the nation 21 years ago. Mohammed Skaf and his older brother Bilal were the leaders of a month-long rampage in which six victims were raped by more than a dozen young Lebanese-Australian men. Few crimes in recent Australian history have stirred more community anger than the campaign of terror waged by the Skaf gang across south-western Sydney in 2000. One 18-year-old woman was raped 25 times by 14 men over six hours in an attack coordinated by mobile phone. She was then dumped at a train station after being hosed down.  During her ordeal the woman was called an 'Aussie pig', told by Mohammed Skaf 'I'm going to f*** you Leb style' and asked if 'Leb c*** tasted better than Aussie c***'. The Skaf brothers denied their...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Seventeen years later, and I'm struck by something that has hit me only recently.I usually start this annual recollection and commemoration of the September 11th terror attacks by trying to conjure up a soothing observation to remember a day that was anything but soothing.But after watching the country -- and it was the country that was watching --- bury Aretha Franklin and Sen. John McCain, bury them in a kind of collective combination of sorrow and celebration of what they each stood for...standing up for what they believed was right...standing up to power...speaking their minds no matter what the consequences. After a week of that, I begin this year's recollection for the most horrible day in our lifetimes with an observation that goes beyond the carnage of that day.I'm thinking about how the country came together after the September 11th terror attacks in 2001. Came together amid an evil that was and still is unthinkable. Came together despite differences, and rallied as one country.It was a collective grief back then. But it was also a kind...
    CBS's Norah O'Donnell and Nancy Cordes said Thursday marked "the worst day of the Biden presidency" following the deaths of 12 U.S. servicemembers in a suicide bombing outside Afghanistan's Kabul airport. Thursday's bloodshed marked the deadliest day for U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan since August 2011. "Nancy, I think it is fair to say this is the worst day of the Biden presidency," O'Donnell told Cordes, CBS's Chief White House Correspondent.  "It's the worst day of the Biden presidency, Norah," Cordes replied, later adding, "It's a very momentous time for this White House." 12 US SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN KABUL AIRPORT EXPLOSION, OFFICIALS SAY: LIVE UPDATES President Joe Biden is expected to address the nation from the White House early Thursday evening, several hours after the attack and other explosions around the airport where Americans, Afghans and others are trying to flee the country. "Indefensible that we haven’t heard even a word from the President of the United States today," former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tweeted. "At least 12 U.S. [Marines] died undertaking a mission to cover for...
    Donald Trump's secretary of state has strongly criticized the White House for their tactics in Afghanistan, saying that the country would not be falling to the Taliban if Trump was in charge. Mike Pompeo warned on Thursday night that the country was turning into 'a breeding ground' for terror attacks. 'It looks at best naive and at worst ignorant,' he said, of the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces. 'Weakness begets war, and you see what weak leadership ultimately leads to.'  By Thursday night, 12 provincial capitals had fallen to the Taliban and two thirds of the country was under their control.  The Taliban seized the cities of Ghazni and Herat on Thursday, in the most dramatic string of captures since launching their offensive. There was heavy fighting in Kandahar, their home city, and some reports suggested the city had fallen. Pompeo said that Trump was adamant the Taliban would not regain power on his watch. Mike Pompeo on Thursday night appeared on Sean Hannity's show to discuss events in Afghanistan Biden is trying to buy off the Mullahs in...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Noor Mukadam’s last hours were terror-filled. Beaten repeatedly, the 27-year-old jumped from a window but was dragged back, beaten again and finally beheaded. A childhood friend has been charged with her killing. The gruesome death last week in an upscale neighborhood of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, is the latest in a series of attacks on women in Pakistan, where rights activists say such gender-based assaults are on the rise as the country barrels toward greater religious extremism. Mukadam was the daughter of a diplomat, and her status as a member of the country’s elite has shone a spotlight on the relentless and growing violence against women in Pakistan, said prominent rights activist Tahira Abdullah. But the majority of women who are victims of such violence are among the country’s poor and middle classes, and their deaths are often not reported or, when they are, often ignored. “I could give you a list longer than my arm, only in one week” of attacks against women, said Abdullah. “The epidemic of sexual crimes and violence against women in...
    Donald Trump took stage at a Conservative Political Action Conference gathering on Sunday where he reminded Republicans 'we are the majority' in the U.S. 'Never forget that the radical left is not the Majority in this country—we are the Majority, and it's not even close,' the former president told a friendly crowd in Dallas, Texas. 'Like socialist and communist movements throughout history, today's leftists do not believe in freedom, they do not believe in fairness, and they do not believe in democracy,' Trump said. 'They believe in Marxist morality—anything is justified as long as it hurts their political opponents and advances the radical agenda of their party.' Trump took aim at 'Biden's border crisis', corruption in Big Tech, rising crime, Democrats' proposed tax increases and the too-swift withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Former President Donald Trump spoke to a friendly crowd at a Conservative Political Action Conference gathering in Dallas, Texas on Sunday afternoon 'Never forget that the radical left is not the Majority in this country—we are the Majority, and it's not even close,' Trump said as...
    Joshua Roberts / Getty Images Former President Donald Trump attacked Mitch McConnell over a new report on his behind-the-scenes efforts to get Bill Barr to speak out about the election lies and conspiracies Trump was pushing. “Had Mitch McConnell fought for the Presidency like he should have, there would right now be Presidential Vetoes on all of the phased Legislation that he has proven to be incapable of stopping,” Trump said in a statement Monday afternoon. He accused McConnell of losing Republicans the Senate and said, “He never fought for the White House and blew it for the Country.” Trump continued pushing his usual baseless election claims and said McConnell “convinced his buddy” Barr to “get the corrupt… election done.” The former attorney general broke his silence in interviews with ABC News’ Jon Karl, calling out Trump’s “bullshit” election claims. Then-Senate Majority Leader McConnell urged Barr to speak out publicly at the time, amid his concerns about Republicans’ chances in the Georgia runoffs (an account confirmed both by Barr and McConnell). Trump put out a statement earlier attacking Barr over...
    Angela Merkel's spokesman has warned that Jews no longer feel safe in Germany as he condemned anti-Semitic abuse hurled at pro-Palestinian protests last week. Police were deployed outside synagogues across the country after protests against Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip descended into racial abuse.  'What has been heard in the last few days of hatred of Jews and anti-Semitic abuse is shameful,' Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday. He called it 'particularly outrageous' that a Jewish journalist had been attacked on the sidelines of a demonstration in Berlin at the weekend. Seibert said this 'highlights the fact that Jews in Germany cannot move around as freely and safely in some areas and in some situations as is the right of every citizen in Germany. And that makes us angry and it is shameful for all of us.' Judenhass mitten in #Gelsenkirchen vor der #Synagoge. Zeiten, in denen Juden auf offener Straße beschimpft werden, sollten längst überwunden sein. Das ist purer #Antisemitismus, sonst nichts! pic.twitter.com/S98Puxl07N— Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland (@ZentralratJuden) May 12, 2021 A man is detained...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — One year into the COVID-19 pandemic with thousands of Anti-Asian attacks reported nationwide, some of the early victims are finding moving forward has been difficult or, at best, bittersweet. A recent wave of attacks on elderly Asian Americans — including the death of an 84-year-old San Francisco man — has fueled worries that hostilities have only worsened. READ MORE: Royals Week: Recent San Francisco Bay Area Visits – A Combination Of Pomp And Protest Verbal attacks have also made a lasting mark. In April, a confrontation in a Richmond park left an irrevocable impact not just on Kelly Yang, 36, but her children. She was forced to discuss anti-Asian racism with her son, 10, and daughter, 7 — a talk she didn’t think would happen for a few more years. An elderly white couple, upset over her unleashed dog, called Yang, who is Chinese American, an “Oriental” and said the words many Asian Americans dread: “Go back where you came from.” Her children thought the couple meant for them to go home. Torn, Yang eventually...
    Asked Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, Donald Trump instead advocated for skipping the transfer of power. Railing against ballots—the backbone of our electoral system—as a “disaster,” Trump offered scrapping them altogether as the best option. "Get rid of the ballots,” Trump said, “and there won't be a transfer, frankly, there'll be a continuation."  The reporter, White House correspondent Brian Karem, pressed Trump on the matter several times, seeking to get a commitment from him to tamp down the division and unrest in the country in the aftermath of the election. Trump’s answer to quelling any post-election chaos? Just make his position permanent. Karem later called Trump’s response, “The most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.” Trump’s answer should be taken both literally and seriously by every media outlet in the country. Trump is overtly and indisputably using every tool in his box—in every branch of government—to undermine our nation’s free and fair election and disenfranchise American voters nationwide.  Trump’s efforts are pervasive, and they are both rhetorical and structural. Judicially, he’s rushing...
    New York Giants head coach Joe Judge believes that no matter how divided the country may seem, remembering America’s response to the 9/11 attacks provides a lesson in “how resilient this country is.” Donning an FDNY hat, Judge spoke during a video conference on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks ahead of Friday’s team practice. JETS TAKE FLIER ON ALEX OGLETREE AFTER GIANTS RELEASE “To be honest with you, this is always a significant day in American history,” he said, according to NJ.com. “We talked to the team this morning and it’s not about what happened on 9/11, it’s about how the country responded.” “That’s the lesson everyone has to take, how resilient this country is. You look at a lot of things going on around the country right now and how divided the people seem, but it’s amazing how much this country can truly work together and respond when needed.” He continued: “I think that’s significant to remember. It’s not just a day, there were actions taken on that day that brought this country close together. I think...
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso, killing at least 25 people in the deadliest attack in a particularly violent weekend in the volatile country, authorities and witnesses said Sunday. In the country’s north, in a separate attack, a humanitarian convoy came under fire in Sanmatenga province, claiming the lives of five civilians and five security forces, according to a government statement. An untold number of people went missing. Both attacks took place Saturday. Violence linked to Islamic extremists, and the local defense groups and military fighting them, is surging across Burkina Faso. Some 2,000 people died last year, and large swaths of land are increasingly being cut off due to insecurity. The weekend attacks came a day after 15 others died in the north when authorities said extremists ambushed a convoy of traders on Friday that included children. “While it’s unclear who is behind these new massacres, civilians are one more time caught in the middle of a violent conflict and remain the main victims,” said Rida...
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