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Feb 25, 2018

When nature takes over: Abandoned America overgrown
Photographer Johnny Joo has travelled the United States photographing overgrown derelict sites from fairgrounds to shopping malls.

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Feb 25, 2018

California Democrats Decline To Endorse Dianne Feinstein For Re-Election
The California Democratic Party rebuked its senior senator early Sunday by declining to make an endorsement in the state's U.S. Senate race.

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Feb 25, 2018

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue as fighting rages
Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country. Turkey, too, said its military operations in another theater of war in the north of Syria would not be affected by the unanimous Security Council vote demanding the truce to allow for aid access and medical evacuations. Anti-government rebels said they clashed with pro-government forces near Damascus on Sunday, as rescuers and residents said warplanes struck some towns in the eastern Ghouta pocket.

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Feb 25, 2018

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement
CHICAGO (AP) — Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men.

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Feb 25, 2018

Church at Jesus's traditional burial site closed in tax dispute
Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. It was not clear how long the closure of the church, announced by Christian officials at a news conference and which began at around noon (1000 GMT), would last. Church officials said only that it would be until further notice.

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Feb 25, 2018

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after U.N. ceasefire call
Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there after a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country. Rebels said they clashed with pro-government forces on Sunday, as rescuers and residents said warplanes struck some towns in the eastern Ghouta pocket. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes and artillery killed nine people and injured 31 in the eastern suburbs.

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Feb 25, 2018

Florida shooting survivor tells NRA supporters: 'We will outlive you'
A survivor of the Florida school shooting has told National Rifle Association supporters attempting to discredit witnesses that they should give up as he and classmates "are going to outlive" them. David Hogg has emerged as a powerful advocate for gun control after the Valentine's Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. The 18-year-old and his classmates have been described as "pawns" who are being "coached" by activists aiming to restrict firearm ownership in the US.

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Feb 25, 2018

Airstrikes on Syria's Ghouta enclave continue despite UN ceasefire deal
The UN's ceasefire in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta was cast into doubt less than 24 hours after the Security Council voted to uphold it, as residents woke to regime airstrikes and Iran vowed to carry on fighting in areas it deems held by terrorists.  Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri said both Tehran and Damascus would respect the 30-day ceasefire, but he also said the truce did not cover parts of the Damascus suburbs "held by terrorists". "Clean-up [operations] will continue there," he said. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his allies have long used the term "terrorist" as a catch-all for those on the receiving end of airstrikes, barrel bombs and shelling. Syrians rescue a child following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in Eastern Ghouta  Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images While Sunday was calmer than the days preceding it, the Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, said six people died in shelling on Sunday, while another watchdog put the death toll at eight.  Following days holed up in dark basements, some locals said they crept outside for the first time, only to be sent scrambling for cover at the sound of warplanes, rockets and shelling. On Saturday, after intense diplomatic wrangling, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the ceasefire in Syria "without delay", to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.  In Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus just 15km east of Mr Assad's palac

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Feb 25, 2018

Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes
JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties.

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Feb 25, 2018

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkish warrant: parties
One of the most prominent leaders of Syria's Kurdish community has been arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant, Kurdish political parties said Sunday. Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested late on Saturday in the Czech capital, according to a statement by a coalition of political parties that includes the PYD. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that Saleh was detained based on an Interpol red notice issued by Turkish authorities.

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Feb 25, 2018

Greek anarchist group smashes windows at Novartis office in Athens
Greek self-proclaimed anarchists threw paint and smashed windows at the entrance of the Athens headquarters of Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Sunday, police said. About 30 people were involved in the attack at 0515 local time (0315 GMT), a police official said. In a statement published on the Internet, the Rouvikonas group said the attack was linked to a probe into allegations of bribery by the drugmaker to doctors and public officials.

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Feb 25, 2018

Rohingya exodus still growing, six months into crisis
Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh every week, bringing harrowing accounts of torture and murder, six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis. One of the recent arrivals, Nur Mohammad, said his village in Myanmar's Rakhine state was surrounded by Buddhist vigilantes for days before they were allowed to leave. Thirty-year-old Enayetullah was among the 200 Rohingya who crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh on Friday.

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Feb 25, 2018

Florida shooting a result of 'abdication of duty': NRA
NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch tells ABC News' George Stephanopoulos the focus in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting should be local and FBI authorities.

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Feb 25, 2018

Controversial North Korean general met with protests ahead of Olympics closing ceremony
Protesters attempted to block vehicles carrying a controversial North Korean delegation to the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games as they crossed the Demilitarised Zone into South Korea on Sunday morning. Around 100 conservative politicians and activists staged a sit-in demonstration at the Tongil Bridge, according to local broadcaster YTN, accusing the delegation's leader of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship. South Korean authorities deployed more than 2.500 police officers to control the protests. To avoid a clash, the motorcade took an alternative route via Jeonjin bridge, which is a military crossing, according to the Chosun Ilbo. The opposition Korea Liberty Party accused the government of "abuse of power and an act of treason" for shielding the North Korean vehicles from the protest. The protesters were furious that the South Korean government had permitted the North's delegation to be headed by Kim Young-chol, head of the Workers' Party United Front Department and the man accused by Seoul's intelligence agency of having masterminded the sinking of the corvette Cheonan in March 2010 and the artillery attack on the island of Yeonpyengdo eight months later. The delegation travelled to the South for Winter Olympics closing ceremony, which will also be attended by the US president's daughter Ivanka Trump. Both sides have said they do not expect to meet face-to-face.  South Korean people attend a

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Feb 25, 2018

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500
The UN Security Council has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500. After the council vote on Saturday, Syrian warplanes backed by Russian air power launched new raids on a town in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Feb 25, 2018

Mexican President Cancels Trip To Washington After Heated Call With Donald Trump
The president of Mexico halted upcoming plans to visit the White House after a reportedly tense phone conversation with President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.

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Feb 24, 2018

Donald Trump Fundraises Off Parkland Shooting Tragedy, Touts His 'Safer Schools'
A Donald Trump and Mike Pence "weekly newsletter" laments the horror of the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, then ends with a "contribute" button so people can give money ... to Trump and Pence.

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Feb 24, 2018

Mexican president's visit to White House postponed after testy Trump call
U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto postponed plans for the Mexican leader's first visit to the White House, after a testy phone call involving Trump's push for a border wall, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. Mexican officials had been talking about a summit between Trump and Pena Nieto in the next few weeks, without specifying when.

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Feb 24, 2018

The Latest: Sheriff: Lawmaker's letter 'riddled' with errors
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the backlash against the National Rifle Association after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local):

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Feb 24, 2018

The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the California Democratic Party's convention (all times local):

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Feb 24, 2018

New US tax law brings Buffett's firm $29 billion
Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company's net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees' efforts. "Only $36 billion came from Berkshire's operations," he wrote.

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Feb 24, 2018

Manafort asks U.S. court for release to attend New York funeral
In a filing in federal court in Washington, Manafort said his father-in-law died on Saturday and that he would like to travel from his Virginia home to Long Island, New York, to attend the wake, funeral and burial services. Manafort has been charged with conspiring to launder money, lying on his tax returns and failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, among other charges.

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Feb 24, 2018

Panelist Stuns CPAC by Slamming GOP 'Hypocrites' on Sex Misdeeds
An annual summit of conservative activists and movement leaders faced an extraordinary bit of dissent

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Feb 24, 2018

Woman Stabbed to Death With Hunting Knife at Public Library, Police Say
A man attacked a woman from behind at a public library near Boston on Saturday and stabbed her repeatedly with a hunting knife

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Feb 24, 2018

UN unanimously demands a 30-day cease-fire across Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

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Feb 24, 2018

Four police arrested in Mexico over disappearance of Italian men
Four police officers in western Mexico have been arrested on suspicion of abducting three missing Italian men for local gangsters, state prosecutors said on Saturday. The three men reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco state, the home of Mexico's second biggest city, Guadalajara. The Jalisco attorney general's office said four Tecalitlan police officers, three men and a woman, had been held on suspicion of carrying out the forced disappearance of the Naples natives Raffaele Russo, Antonio Russo and Vincenzo Cimmino.

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Feb 24, 2018

Delta, United Airlines become latest companies to cut NRA ties
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week's massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group. The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to car rental brands and a household moving company, began after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter U.S. gun laws. The NRA responded by saying its members were being punished, but would not be intimidated, by what it called "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice" from some corporations.

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Feb 24, 2018

U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta
By Ellen Francis and Michelle Nichols BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing had not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war. Shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital, an emergency service and a war monitoring group said. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres appealed on Wednesday for an immediate end to "war activities" in eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 people have lived under government siege since 2013, without enough food or medicine.

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Feb 24, 2018

CPAC 2018 straw poll results revealed
How do conservatives rate Trump's first year in office? CPAC officials break down their straw poll findings.

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Feb 24, 2018

Mother-daughter duo shoot would-be robber in their liquor store
A mother and daughter took matters into their own hands and shot a would-be robber at their liquor store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Feb 24, 2018

Canadian Skier Arrested for Allegedly Driving the Wrong Car While Drunk Near Olympic Village
The three allegedly got into a car by a bar while intoxicated

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Feb 24, 2018

Colleges Assure Prospective Students That Protesting for Gun Control Will Not Affect Their Admission
They won't face admissions consequences

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Feb 24, 2018

UN approves 30-day ceasefire to end deadly bombing in Syria's Ghouta
The United Nations on Saturday passed a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire across Syria, but Western diplomats said they were sceptical the Syrian regime would actually end its ferocious assault on the rebel-held suburb of Eastern Ghouta.  After days of intense negotiations, Russia agreed not use its veto to scuttle the UN security council resolution, which calls for a halt to fighting as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the wounded from besieged areas.  The unanimous passage of the resolution was hailed by Western diplomats, who had pushed hard for a deal amid a week of intense Syrian regime bombing of Eastern Ghouta. Hours before the vote, the civilian death toll climbed above 500.   Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, castigated Russia for days of delays which slowed the passage of the resolution. "In the three days it took us to adopt this resolution how many mothers lost their kids to the bombing and the shelling?" A picture taken on February 20 shows smoke plumes rising following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region Credit: ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images It remains to be seen what impact the deal crafted in meeting rooms at the UN's New York headquarters in New York will have on the ash-filled streets of Eastern Ghouta. Mrs Haley said the US was "deeply sceptical the regime will comply" with the ceasefire and called on Russia to pressure Assad's forces to respect it. Russia d

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Feb 24, 2018

New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check: $29 billion
Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion check last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company's net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees' efforts. "Only $36 billion came from Berkshire's operations," he wrote.

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Feb 24, 2018

NRA Faces Increasing Backlash After Florida School Shooting
The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash as companies cut ties to the gun industry

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Feb 24, 2018

Former RNC Chair Fires Back At Claim He Was Only Hired Because He Was Black
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blasted Friday a leading conservative's speech that claimed that he had only been hired because he is black as "painfully stupid."

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Feb 24, 2018

Red Cross: 21 Staffers Resigned or Fired in Sexual Misconduct Cases Since 2015
The Red Cross joins the list of charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct

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Feb 24, 2018

United Airlines, Hertz and MetLife Among Companies Cutting Ties With the NRA
The announcements come following Twitter's trending hashtag, #BoycottNRA.

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Feb 24, 2018

Florida shooting: Two more officers investigated over claim they were outside school but failed to intervene
A local sheriff's office is investigating claims that three deputies on patrol at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School failed to intervene when a gunman entered the Florida school and killed 17 people. Coral Springs police officers who responded to the shooting that day said two deputies from Broward County were standing outside the building when they arrived, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the department was investigating the claims.

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Feb 24, 2018

Cow Who Escaped Slaughter And Swam To Island Dies After Recapture
A cow in Poland celebrated as an icon of freedom for her dramatic escape from slaughter has died from stress after being recaptured.

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Feb 24, 2018

With $116 billion cash, Buffett says Berkshire needs 'huge' deals
By Trevor Hunnicutt and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday lamented his inability to find big companies to buy and said his goal is to make "one or more huge acquisitions" of non-insurance businesses to bolster results at his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. In his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders, Buffett said finding things to buy at a "sensible purchase price" has become a challenge and is a major reason Berkshire is awash with $116 billion of low-yielding cash and government bonds. Buffett said a "purchasing frenzy" binge by deal-hungry chief executives employing cheap debt has made that task difficult.

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Feb 24, 2018

NRA Corporate Partners Are Feeling the Heat as Boycott Calls Increase
A call to boycott the NRA became the top trend on Twitter as users of the platform demanded that a variety of companies sever their ties

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Feb 24, 2018

Delta and United Airlines Cut Ties With NRA Amid Call to Boycott
Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. became the latest companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association

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Feb 24, 2018

Prestigious U.S. colleges won't reject students who protest guns
Many school districts officials have threatened to suspend high school students who take part in nationwide gun control walkouts and other demonstrations called by survivors of the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Such disciplinary action can sometimes hurt a student's chances of getting into a preferred college.

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Feb 24, 2018

Olympian Gus Kenworthy Is Bringing Home a Dog From PyeongChang
Kenworthy also brought stray dogs to the United States when he was in Sochi

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Feb 24, 2018

Democratic memo made public as rebuttal to Republican claims
The declassified ten-page memo challenges Republican allegations of partisan bias and abuse of power by the FBI and the FISA court in the Russia Investigation.

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Feb 24, 2018

Sheriff's deputies remained outside Stoneman Douglas High School
Law enforcement sources tell NBC News that three Broward County Sheriff's Deputies stayed outside the freshman building where most of the shooting took place.

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Feb 24, 2018

American in Custody After Severed Head Is Found in Japan
Police found footage of him entering a building with a missing Japanese woman

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Feb 24, 2018

Thousands in North Carolina bid farewell to Rev. Billy Graham
The funeral procession of Billy Graham made its way through North Carolina to his hometown of Charlotte as thousands came out to say goodbye to "America's Pastor."

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Feb 24, 2018

United Airlines ends NRA partnership and tells group to remove airline's details from website, as anger mounts over gun laws
United Airlines has ended a discount agreement with the National Rifle Association, as companies across the US cut ties with the pro-guns group in the wake of the school shooting in Florida. "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website," the airline said on Twitter. The move came shortly after rival airline Delta announced a similar move, ending the NRA's contract for discounted rates through their group travel programme.

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Feb 24, 2018

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees himself outperforming history
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the offensive about his record and the defensive about the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump sought in a week's worth of rhetoric to show that he is outdoing his predecessor, if not all of history. This made for inflated claims.

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Feb 24, 2018

YouTube 'reprimands InfoWars' for promoting Florida school shooting conspiracy theory
A far-right site known for its false and outlandish conspiracy theories has reportedly been reprimanded by YouTube after it posted a video which suggester survivors of the Florida school shooting were actors. InfoWars' biggest YouTube account, The Alex Jones Channel, is reported to have received one strike from the video-sharing site for the video. YouTube's community guidelines stipulate the account will be shut down altogether if it gets three strikes in the space of three months, a source told CNN.

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Feb 24, 2018

Ex-Trump aide paid Europeans to lobby for pro-Russia Ukraine: papers
Donald Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort secretly paid a group of former senior European politicians more than two million euros ($2.5 million) to lobby for Ukraine's then-leader backed by Russia, US prosecutors have claimed. The group, which operated from 2012-2013, was managed by an unnamed "former European chancellor," who along with other members of the group lobbied US legislators and White House officials, the indictment alleged.

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Feb 24, 2018

Charged 'Putin's chef' runs news sites along with troll army
MOSCOW (AP) — He's been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed "Putin's chef" runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian media empire.

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Feb 24, 2018

Archaeologists find ancient necropolis in Egypt
TUNA AL-GABAL, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced on Saturday the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the Nile Valley city of Minya, south of Cairo, the latest discovery in an area known to house ancient catacombs from the Pharaonic Late Period and the Ptolemaic dynasty.

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Feb 24, 2018

Democrats release response to GOP FISA Memo
Democrats released a redacted version of a 10-page rebuttal to the Republicans FISA Memo, arguing that the Justice Department and FBI, and DOJ officials "did not abuse" the FISA process.

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Feb 24, 2018

This Is What A Serious Gun Violence Policy Would Look Like
A serious debate over gun policy is underway in the aftermath of last week's massacre in Florida, and one focus is the federal background check system ? a system that has existed for 20 years but which, by almost all accounts, isn't doing enough to deter would-be killers from buying firearms.

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Feb 24, 2018

The NRA Wasn't Always A Front For Gun Makers
On Thursday, Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association and unofficial leader of America's largest cult, took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Feb 24, 2018

Perpetual Motion - Embracing Your Inner Motorcycle Self
Perpetual Motion - Embracing Your Inner Motorcycle Self Why we stop playing pirate and embrace our inner MC-self For many, the idea of something is often as satisfying as the thing itself. As an example, I know all of the alpha destinations associated with

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Feb 24, 2018

Execution abandoned after death row prisoner 'repeatedly jabbed' by officials doing lethal injection
An attempted execution in Alabama was halted after medical personnel repeatedly jabbed the death row inmate in the ankles, lower legs and groin but failed to find a usable vein, according to a court filing by his lawyer. The dramatic night began with a temporary stay of execution at around 6pm local time - lifted by the US Supreme Court just three hours later - and ended in confusion as 61-year-old Doyle Lee Hamm was returned to his cell shortly before midnight on Thursday. Lawyer Bernard Harcourt, who has represented Hamm for 28 years, said he was seeking information about what happened during the attempted execution.

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Feb 24, 2018

Mr. T Gave Team USA's Olympic Curlers A Fierce Pre-Final Pep Talk
There was no time for any jibber jabber when Mr. T got on the telephone with the U.S. men's Olympic curling team on Saturday morning.

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Feb 24, 2018

How to Avoid Vacation Rental Nightmares
Staying in a vacation rental can be riskier than staying in a hotel, which is part of the heavily regulated hospitality industry. "Most of the places you go, you're going to be fine," says Rob Wa...

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Feb 24, 2018

What It Feels Like To Get A Bill For Your Miscarriage
"If you're having a mental health crisis, please hang up and call your PCM …" the robotic voice for my prior insurance trailed off, and I began to wonder whether I actually was having a mental health crisis.

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Feb 24, 2018

Yes, Russia Likely Did Swing Votes For Donald Trump
WASHINGTON ? As John Bentley waited in line to see President Barack Obama campaign for Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 election, he worried that he'd been unable to persuade his son to cast a ballot for Clinton, too.

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Feb 24, 2018

Team Canada Deserves A Podium Spot For This Olympic Bus Sing-Along
Canadian athletes at the Winter Olympics have gone viral for belting out a classic Celine Dion song on a team bus.

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Feb 24, 2018

Russians fear doping has sunk their bid to fly flag at Games
By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber and Mark Trevelyan PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A despondent mood swept through Russian athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Saturday, their hopes of being able to fly the Russian flag at the closing ceremony deflated by a second positive doping test. The IOC executive was meeting on Saturday to consider a report on the Russians' conduct at the Games, before making a decision on whether to lift the suspension of their Olympic status and allow them to fly their flag at the closing ceremony.

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Feb 24, 2018

David and Louise Turpin facing additional charges over California 'house of horrors'
A couple facing trial over the torture and false imprisonment of their 13 children had four more charges filed against them on Friday in a California court. The Riverside County district attorney filed three further charges of child abuse against David and Louise Turpin, and one count of felony assault by Mrs Turpin against one of her children. The couple are pleading not guilty to all 42 charges, including torture, false imprisonment, abuse of a dependent adult and child abuse, as well as one count of lewd conduct with a minor against Mr Turpin. Lawyers for the couple said they are both pleading not guilty to the additional charges filed on Friday. "Today we filed an amended complaint in the Turpin case this afternoon," said John Hall, spokesman for the district attorney's office, speaking outside court after the hearing. David and Louise Turpin with their children "We have amended the complaint to file three new charges on both defendants of child abuse, and one new count against only defendant Louise Turpin of felony assault. "There have been no counts that have been removed, and no other additional counts other than those. "It's further investigation that we've been doing in this case has led us to amend the complaint. That's not uncommon in cases," he added. "It could add some time to the exposure that they're facing, I don't have that tabulated right now." Mr Hall said he was not aware of any changes to the charges filed against the couple last

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Feb 24, 2018

USA Makes History With First Olympic Curling Gold After Unlikely Comeback
The U.S. men's Olympic curling team made history on Saturday after they bested Sweden to win the squad's first ever gold medal.

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Feb 24, 2018

New strikes hit Syria enclave after UN delays truce vote
Air strikes and rocket fire hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a seventh straight day on Saturday after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire. The Damascus government launched a devastating bombardment of the enclave just outside the capital last Sunday that has now killed at least 474 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitor of the war said three civilians were killed and 12 wounded in Russian air strikes on the Eastern Ghouta town of Harasta early Saturday.

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Feb 24, 2018

This Squirrel Just Cheated Death On The Olympic Snowboarding Course
A plucky squirrel was inches away from meeting its maker at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday morning.

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Feb 24, 2018

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of 'phase two'
By Steve Holland and Christine Kim WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and President Donald Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work. In addressing the Trump administration's biggest national security challenge, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned one person, 27 companies and 28 ships, according to a statement on the U.S. Treasury Department's website. The United States also proposed a list of entities to be blacklisted under separate U.N. sanctions, a move "aimed at shutting down North Korea's illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal." North Korea has been developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged taunts that have raised fears of war.

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Feb 24, 2018

The RNC Asked Tweeters To Tell Donald Trump Their Priorities. They Didn't Hold Back.
The Republican National Committee used Twitter to ask people to tell President Donald Trump their priorities on Friday night.

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Feb 24, 2018

Philippine Catholics protest bill to legalise divorce
Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila on Saturday against a push to legalise divorce, with church groups also using the "Walk for Life" march to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drugs war. The pre-dawn protest was organised by church groups worried about the possible passage of a divorce bill, which is being championed by Duterte's allies in Congress.

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Feb 24, 2018

The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on bombing in Afghanistan capital and other violence (all times local):

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Feb 23, 2018

Three bombs rock Myanmar's northwestern city Sittwe, policeman injured
By Thu Thu Aung YANGON (Reuters) - Three bombs rocked the capital of Myanmar's restive Rakhine State, Sittwe, early on Saturday, police said, adding that a policeman was slightly injured and the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings. The blasts come only three days after a large bomb killed two bank employees and injured nearly two dozen other people in the northeastern city of Lashio, where several ethnic insurgent groups are fighting the Myanmar military. Sittwe is the capital of Myanmar's violence-torn Rakhine where Rohingya Muslim insurgent attacks last year sparked a massive military response that pushed 688,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh.

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Feb 23, 2018

Malaysian PM Najib sparks storm of criticism over comment on quinoa
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has sparked storm of criticism after saying he had stopped eating rice in favor of more expensive quinoa. Najib, who is facing a general election within months under a cloud of a corruption scandal, has been blamed for a rising cost of living since launching a goods and services tax in 2015. Hoping to win a third term in the election due by August, Najib has denied wrongdoing in connection with the graft scandal surrounding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.

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The Latest: Ban assault weapons, civil rights activist says
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on civil rights activists being honored in Mississippi (all times local):

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US deportations targeting more people with no crime records
SAN DIEGO (AP) — People arrested by deportation officers increasingly have no criminal backgrounds, according to figures released Friday, reflecting the Trump administration's commitment to cast a wider net.

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Feb 23, 2018

Trump urges Mexico to block illegal immigrants from El Salvador
WASHINGTON/SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mexico to do more to prevent violent illegal immigrants from El Salvador from entering the United States, again pushing his long-proposed border wall but stopping short of saying Mexico would fund it. Trump, in a post on Twitter, said U.S. law enforcement was removing gang members from El Salvador but that they continued to return, adding: "El Salvador just takes our money, and Mexico must help MORE with this problem.

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Feb 23, 2018

UN to vote Saturday on humanitarian cease-fire in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria until Saturday in hopes of closing a gap over the timing for a halt to fighting.

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Feb 23, 2018

Strikes pound Syria's Eastern Ghouta as world fumbles for response
Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day Friday killing 38 civilians, as world powers struggled to reach a UN deal to stop the carnage. More than 460 civilians, including over 100 children, have been killed in nearly a week of bombardment that has been one of the seven-year conflict's bloodiest episodes. Diplomatic haggling delayed a vote at the United Nations Security Council on a 30-day truce, with Kuwait's Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi, who holds the council presidency, saying "we are very close" to agreement with Russia, Syria's ally.

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Feb 23, 2018

Suspect in Filipina's death in Kuwait arrested, wife sought
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Lebanese man suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait has been arrested, the Philippine foreign secretary said Friday.

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Feb 23, 2018

Parkland Survivor To Melania Trump: Stop Donald Trump Jr. From Cyberbullying Me
A 14-year-old survivor of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has pleaded with first lady Melania Trump to stop her stepson Donald Trump Jr. from bullying her and her family online.

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Feb 23, 2018

Donald Trump's approval rating rises to 50 per cent in new poll
Most probable voters in the United States now approve of President Donald Trump's job performance, according to a new poll. Fifty per cent approved while 49 per cent disapproved, the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll showed. It was the first time Mr Trump had hit 50 per cent in the poll, which surveys 500 probable voters, since June 2017. Other polls from earlier in the week had lower support for Mr Trump with Reuters/Ipsos putting him at 40 per cent, and Quinnipiac at 37 per cent. At the same stage of his presidency the Rasmussen poll gave Barack Obama a 45 per cent approval rating. Donald Trump approval rating: Rasmussen polls In the last few days Mr Trump has made a high profile push for making schools "hard targets" for gunmen, including supporting the arming of teachers. That came in the wake of America's worst ever high school shooting when 17 people died in Florida last week. He continued those calls in a freewheeling, hour-long campaign-style speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington on Friday. At the biggest annual gathering of conservative activists Mr Trump abandoned his script, in which he had been expected to announce new sanctions on North Korea. Looking from the stage at an image of himself on a big screen, he said: "By the way, what a nice picture that is. Look at that. I'd love to watch that guy speak!" Mr Trump then turned around and put his hands on the hair at the back of his head, admiring it on the screen. He told the crowd: "Oh,

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Feb 23, 2018

Perris torture case: District attorney adds new charges against David, Louise Turpin
New charges were added Friday in the case of the Perris couple accused of torturing their children and holding them captive.

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Feb 23, 2018

Attorney: Mayor has turned over phone code in affair probe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's attorney said Friday that she has provided the passcode for her personal cellphone to state authorities, who are searching the device as they investigate whether laws were broken during her affair with her former bodyguard.

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Feb 23, 2018

Actress Nanette Fabray, Perennial TV Mom, Dies At Age 97
Actress Nanette Fabray, who was known to modern audiences as the mother of Bonnie Franklin's character on the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time," died Thursday at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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Feb 23, 2018

Perennial TV Mom Nanette Fabray Dead At 97
Actress Nanette Fabray, who was known to modern audiences as the mother of Bonnie Franklin's character on the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time," died Thursday at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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Feb 23, 2018

National Rifle Association facing backlash as corporate giants drop links with gun lobby group
A wave of companies has ended their association with the National Rifle Association as the backlash against the gun lobby group spreads. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, companies have come under pressure on social media to sever their ties with the NRA. The NRA's five million members have, until now, enjoyed a raft of favourable deals from the NRA's corporate partners, including cut-price car hire. However Hertz and Enterprise holdings - the parent company of major car rental firms Enterprise, Alamo and National - announced the end of their co-branding memberships. First National Bank of Omaha, which offers the "Official Credit Card of the NRA" - with benefits including  five per cent cash back on petrol and sporting goods - announced it was ending the arrangement. Read more | Florida school shooting Symantec, which offered anti-virus software, has stopped offering NRA members a discount which slashed the price of its top package from $110 to $48. Chubb Insurance has confirmed it will no longer underwrite "NRA Carry Guard" policies, although the company took the decision three months ago. The sweeping corporate desertion of the NRA follows a social media campaign under the #BoycottNRA hashtag, which has named and shamed companies with ties to the gun lobby group. The following companies have cut ties with the NRA over the last 24 hours. - Enterprise - Wyndham - Metlife - Hertz - Best Western - First National Bank - Alamo

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Feb 23, 2018

Wisconsin woman charged in 3 infant deaths from the '80s
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin woman has been charged with suffocating three babies more than 30 years ago — cases that investigators initially attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, prosecutors said Friday.

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Feb 23, 2018

One of two men hired by man who planned his family's murder confesses to cops: Part 4
As Bart Whitaker fled to Mexico under an alias, cops found evidence he may have planned his family's murder two years earlier.

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Feb 23, 2018

Ex-NFL Player In Custody After Instagram Post Prompts High School Closure
An Instagram post by former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin prompted a private Los Angeles area high school to shut down Friday as authorities worked to understand the somewhat cryptic message.

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Feb 23, 2018

At least 23 killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan
At least 23 people, mostly soldiers, were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a series of attacks and suicide bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest assaults on the war-torn country's beleaguered security forces. In the biggest attack, Taliban militants stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers. "Last night a big group of militants attacked an army base in Bala Buluk district of Farah.

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Feb 23, 2018

Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former senior adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges, switching from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of Trump's campaign and Russia's election interference.

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Feb 23, 2018

German shepherd shot and beaten while protecting owner from burglars
A German shepherd was shot and beaten while it protected its teenage owner from burglars, according to local media reports. As the teenager hid in the closet, his dog, Rex, ran downstairs to confront the intruders. The thieves attacked the animal, leaving him badly injured, but as they proceeded into the bedrooms Rex continued to defend the teenager and threw himself at the intruders, KTLA reported.

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Woman Charged With Suffocating 3 Infants in the 1980s
The cases were reopened in March 2015 after Nancy Moronez's daughter told police her mother confessed to suffocating Moronez's son

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Feb 23, 2018

The Democratic Party Just Attacked Their Own Candidate in Texas
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) posted a list of reasons why Texans should vote against Laura Moser

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Feb 23, 2018

Brands are cutting ties with the NRA after student-led campaign
Companies are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association after Parkland students and gun control activists called for an end to their support.  In the past 24 hours, these companies have ended their relationship with the @NRA:Best WesternWyndham HotelsAlamo Rent A CarNational Rent A CarEnterprise Rent A CarFirst National Bank of Omaha#BoycottNRA — Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 23, 2018 The hashtag #BoycottNRA topped Twitter's trends in the United States on Friday as a cybersecurity firm, six car rental companies, an insurance corporation, and a bank ended their partnerships with the NRA.  SEE ALSO: Parkland shooting survivors call for a march on Washington, D.C. Companies like Enterprise Rent-A-Car and MetLife previously offered discounts to NRA members, but have now terminated those programs. Although the companies didn't acknowledge #BoycottNRA in their announcements or take a stance on gun control, many did cite social media backlash as a reason to end their partnerships. Thank you for contacting us, J! All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael — EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018   We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA. — MetLife (@MetLife) February 23, 2018 A spokesperson from the First National Bank of Omaha told the New York Times that "customer feedback" was a leading cause for

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Feb 23, 2018

U.N. Security Council delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution
By Michelle Nichols and Ellen Francis UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war. A draft resolution aimed at ending the carnage in the eastern Ghouta district and elsewhere in Syria will be put up for a vote in the 15-member council at noon (1700 GMT) on Saturday, Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi said.

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Feb 23, 2018

Apple, Amazon, YouTube Urged To Pull NRA TV Channel
Amazon, Apple, Roku and YouTube are facing increased calls to drop the National Rifle Association's TV channel from their streaming services, as backlash against the organization grows following a Florida school shooting last week that killed 17 people.

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