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Sat
30
Sep

UN Security Council finally losing patience with Myanmar

In the past four weeks over half a million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar to escape an orchestrated campaign of violence described by the UN as "ethnic cleansing."

But it wasn't until Thursday that the UN Security Council held its first public meeting on the situation in more than eight years. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the council that the current outbreak of violence has "spiraled into the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare." "We've received bone-chilling accounts from those who fled, mainly women, children and the elderly," he said.

At least 500,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since violence intensified in late August, bringing with them stories of widespread destruction and murder in their home province.

Their forced migration constitutes the quickest exodus from a single country since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Tue
12
Sep

UN passes fresh sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea on Monday --- a move that comes just one week after the rogue nation carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test.

The resolution is designed to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a US official familiar with negotiations.

"Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves," US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said following the vote on Monday.

Tue
04
Jul

Plan to kill France's President foiled

A man has been charged with plotting to assassinate French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day during US President Donald Trump's visit to France, a spokeswoman for the Paris Prosecutor's office said Monday.

Spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre told CNN a 23-year-old suspect had been arrested. Investigators said the man planned to attack Macron on July 14, during a parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, where President Trump is set to be a guest of honor, according to public service radio broadcaster France Info.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday in the northwest Paris suburb of Argenteuil by anti-terror services, and was charged with "individual terrorist activity" on Saturday.

A self-described far-right nationalist, the man told police he wanted to make a political statement by killing Macron, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. He also said he wanted to attack, "blacks, Arabs, Jews and homosexuals," according to police documents seen by BFMTV.

Sun
02
Jul

Chinese rocket launch fails after liftoff

The second launch of China's new-generation Long March-5 carrier rocket failed Sunday -- dealing a blow to the country's ambitious space aspirations.

Carrying an experimental communication satellite, China's largest rocket lifted off at 7:23 p.m. local time (7:23 a.m. ET) toward clear skies from the seaside Wenchang space launch center on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

But 40 minutes later, the state-run Xinhua news agency flashed a headline declaring the launch a failure -- without providing any details.

Dubbed "Chubby 5" for its huge size -- 5 meters in diameter and 57 meters tall -- the LM-5 rocket is designed to carry up to 25 tons of payload into low orbit, more than doubling the country's previous lift capability.

Xinhua initially tweeted: "#BREAKING: China's launch of Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket fails."

It then tweeted: "Anomaly was detected during its flight and further investigation will be carried out."

Sun
18
Jun

Beyoncé and Jay Z welcome twins

Beyoncé and Jay Z have welcomed twins, a source close to the couple tells CNN.

There was no immediate word on the gender of the babies or their names.
The superstar singer and her mogul husband, who married in 2008, are also parents to a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

Queen Bey announced her pregnancy in February on Instagram.

"We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. The Carters, " she posted.

Father, fans tweet support

Well wishers have been flooding social media since Saturday night.
Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles, tweeted, "They're here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday" with a photo of balloons that said, "Happy Birthday to the twins! Love, Granddad."

Fri
09
Jun

Deutsche Bank won't release details of dealings with Trump

Deutsche Bank won't release details of its business relationship with President Trump, despite demands by Democrats.

The German bank told five Democratic members of the House Financial Services Committee that releasing the information would violate federal privacy laws.

Those laws apply "even if the individual is a government official or well-known person, and even in circumstances where the individual has made some disclosure regarding their relationship with their banking institution," the bank said in a letter Thursday.

In January, shortly after Trump took office, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $630 million to settle allegations that its Moscow, New York and London branches helped wealthy Russians in a $10 billion money laundering scheme.

Last month, Democrats asked the bank whether accounts held by Trump and his family had any ties to Russia.

Fri
26
May

Trump says Germany is 'very bad' on trade

At a meeting with European Union officials in Brussels on Thursday, Trump said Germany was "very bad on trade," according to the president's top economic adviser Gary Cohn.

"He said they're very bad on trade but he doesn't have a problem with Germany," Cohn told reporters who are traveling with Trump to a G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Germany's economy ministry declined to comment on Trump's remarks.

German media first reported that Trump had repeated previous criticism of the country over its large trade surplus at a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Citing sources who participated in Thursday's meeting, German magazine Der Spiegel quoted Trump as saying: "The Germans are bad, very bad. Look at the millions of cars they're selling in the U.S. We will stop that."

Fri
26
May

Manchester suicide bomber spoke with brother 15 minutes before attack

British authorities are trying to contain the network they believe is behind the Manchester attack as it emerged that the suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, reportedly spoke to his brother in Libya just 15 minutes before he detonated his explosives.

"We are following up on the network, rolling it up, trying to contain it. As you've seen from the number of arrests, we are on the right track to try to contain it," UK Security Minister Ben Wallace told CNN in Manchester on Friday. "In the end you get to the bottom of a network."

Investigators continue to work around the clock to track down associates of Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, amid fears he is part of a network plotting further mayhem.

Thu
25
May

Queen Elizabeth visits victims of 'very wicked' Manchester attack

Queen Elizabeth described the terror attack that left 22 people dead in Manchester as "very wicked" during a visit to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, according to the UK Press Association.

The monarch was in Manchester Thursday to speak to some of the young people who were injured in Monday's attack, as well as the hospital staff who have been treating them.
The Queen talked to a number of parents and their children during her visit, even discussing singer Ariana Grande, whose concert they had been attending.

While talking with 14-year-old Evie Mills from Harrogate, the Queen said that she thought Grande was a "very good singer," adding: "She sounds very, very good."
She also told Evie's parents, Karen and Craig, that "everyone is united" in the aftermath of the attack.

Millie Robson, 15, who sustained injuries to her legs in the attack, told the Queen that she had won two VIP passes and met Grande backstage.

Tue
18
Apr

'Facebook killer' Steve Stephens found dead in vehicle

Steve Stephens, the Cleveland murder suspect accused of posting video of the killing on Facebook, was found Tuesday in Erie County, Pennsylvania, state police said on Twitter.

"After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself," Pennsylvania State Police said.

The nationwide manhunt for Steve Stephens has led to a spate of dead ends, forcing authorities to scour abandoned buildings and plead for the public's help in turning in the murder suspect.

Stephens, 37, is wanted for the death of Robert Godwin -- a self-taught mechanic and grandfather of 14 who was shot while walking home from an Easter meal in Cleveland. Video of the killing was posted on Facebook.

More than 400 tips have funneled in from as far away as Texas, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Tuesday. Many were reported sightings that turned out to be false.

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