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Pope appears to disapprove of Trump's Mideast peace plan

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 08:07

Pope appears to disapprove of Trump's Mideast peace planPope Francis on Sunday warned against "inequitable solutions" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only spark new crises, in an apparent reference to President Trump's Middle East peace proposal.


Anwar cries foul as Malaysian parties discuss sweeping coalition change

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 08:00

Anwar cries foul as Malaysian parties discuss sweeping coalition changeMalaysia's would-be leader Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday accused 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's party and "traitors" in his own camp of plotting a wholesale change in the ruling coalition that could ultimately deny him the premiership. After being promised that he would one day become prime minister, Anwar allied with former rival Mahathir to win a surprise victory in the 2018 general election and end the six-decade grip of a party accused of widespread corruption. "We know there are attempts to bring down PH and form a new government," Anwar said, referring to the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition that he helped form under Mahathir, who leads the Bersatu party.


Trump departs for quick trip to India to see big crowds

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:58

Trump departs for quick trip to India to see big crowdsU.S. President Donald Trump departed on Sunday on quick trip to India, where he is to see crowds so large that they will make the much ballyhooed turnout for his campaign rallies pale in comparison. With a travel time of 17 hours, Trump and his wife, Melania, were headed first to Germany for a refueling stop at Ramstein military base before heading on to Ahmedabad, India, which is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hometown. There, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather to greet Trump on Monday for a road show leading to a rally in a cricket stadium with a capacity of over 100,000.


Turkey closes borders with Iran over coronavirus concerns

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:57

Turkey closes borders with Iran over coronavirus concernsTurkey's health minister said the border with Iran would be closed from Sunday due to the number of coronavirus cases in its eastern neighbor. Fahrettin Koca said flights from Iran would also cease from 8 p.m. local time (1700 GMT). Iran’s health ministry on Sunday has raised the death toll from the new coronavirus to eight, with 43 confirmed cases.


Outcry after MSNBC host compares Sanders’ Nevada win to Nazi invasion

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:51

Outcry after MSNBC host compares Sanders’ Nevada win to Nazi invasion* Calls for firing of Chris Matthews after widespread anger * Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist is JewishMSNBC host Chris Matthews compared Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday to the Nazi invasion of France, spurring calls for his firing.“I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940 and the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over,’” Matthews said on air on Saturday night.“And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.’”“So I had that suppressed feeling,” Matthews also said.Sanders, a senator from Vermont and self-proclaimed democratic socialist, is Jewish.He won the Nevada caucuses easily, helping solidify his status as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in a primary split between moderates and progressives. Sanders’ win came in the wake of a strong showing in Iowa and victory in New Hampshire.> MSNBC’s Chris Matthews likens Sanders victory in Nevada to Nazi Germany overrunning France in 1940: “It’s too late to stop him … it’s over” pic.twitter.com/6GJetLoDkq> > — Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 22, 2020Matthews’ words prompted widespread anger.“Bernie is Jewish and his family was killed by the Nazis,” tweeted David Sirota, a Sanders speechwriter and former Guardian contributor. “None of this is OK.”“This is absolutely disgusting on [Matthews’] part,” tweeted Parker Molloy, editor-at-large at Media Matters for America. “Retire, get fired, whatever. Bottom line is that Matthews needs to be out of a job.”On air, Matthews said Republicans would disclose opposition research on Sanders that would “kill him” in the general election against Donald Trump.“It looks like Bernie Sanders is hard to beat,” Matthews said of the primary, adding: “I think it’s a little late to stop him, and I think that’s the problem.”MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


For Virginia Tech parents, new gun laws a long struggle

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:29

For Virginia Tech parents, new gun laws a long struggleWhen Virginia lawmakers pass sweeping new gun control laws in the coming days, it will mark the culmination of nearly 13 years of often thankless work for two parents whose children were shot in one of the country's worst mass shootings. Lori Haas and Andrew Goddard started pressing lawmakers to enact new gun laws shortly after a gunman killed 32 people and wounded more than a dozen others at Virginia Tech in 2007. Haas and Goddard have been Virginia's most visible gun-control lobbyists for years, but until recently had little to show for their work.


Pope appears to give thumbs down to Trump's Mideast peace plan

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:26

Pope appears to give thumbs down to Trump's Mideast peace planPope Francis on Sunday warned against "inequitable solutions" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal. Francis made his comments in the southern Italian port city of Bari, where he traveled to conclude a meeting of bishops from all countries in the Mediterranean basin. "The Mediterranean region is currently threatened by outbreaks of instability and conflict, both in the Middle East and different countries of North Africa, as well as between various ethnic, religious or confessional groups," Francis said.


Saudi-led coalition says Yemen rebel depots hit in Sanaa

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:05

Saudi-led coalition says Yemen rebel depots hit in SanaaThe Saudi-led coalition said it launched air raids Sunday targeting ballistic missile and drone depots in Yemen's capital of the Iran-backed Huthis, two days after the rebels fired missiles into the kingdom. Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the coalition fighting alongside Yemen's internationally-recognised government, said the strikes were in retaliation for ballistic missiles attacks on "civilian targets" in Saudi Arabia. The coalition "carried out a unique military operation to destroy legitimate military targets for the capabilities of assembling and firing of Iranian ballistic missiles and drones in the capital Sanaa", he said, quoted by the Saudi state news agency SPA.


Biden's South Carolina advantage shrinks

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:54

Biden's South Carolina advantage shrinksThe latest NBC News/WSJ poll shows that Biden fares best among all Democrats with African-American voters, but the gap is not as wide as one might think.


National security adviser says what he's heard about Russia aiding Trump re-election doesn't 'make any sense'

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:09

National security adviser says what he's heard about Russia aiding Trump re-election doesn't 'make any sense'Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien doesn't believe there's anything to the reports about Russia once again interfering with the U.S. presidential election.In an interview set to air on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday, O’Brien denied being aware of U.S. intelligence reports that Russia is interfering to help Trump secure a second term in the oval office. He did acknowledge he hasn’t sought out any information about the reports, but he said he considers it a “non-story” based on leaks from a Congressional hearing. “All I know is that the Republicans on the side of the House hearing were unhappy with the hearing and said that there was no intelligence to back up what was being said,” O’Brien said.O’Brien said the Trump administration has been “very tough” on Russia and has urged Moscow to stay out of U.S. elections, adding that if anyone came forward with something different, he’d be willing to take a look at it more closely. For now, though, he says the report doesn’t "make any sense."Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was also briefed that Moscow was attempting to aid his Democratic primary campaign. Read more at The Associated Press and ABC News.More stories from theweek.com Bernie Sanders thanks 'multigenerational, multiracial coalition' as he declares 3rd primary victory Pete Buttigieg begs Democrats to 'take a sober look' at Bernie Sanders A moderate's 2020 lament


White House reportedly to ask Congress for coronavirus funds but the amount may not be enough

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 05:41

White House reportedly to ask Congress for coronavirus funds but the amount may not be enoughThe White House is about to turn to Congress and request emergency funds in an attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak, four people with knowledge of the request told Politico.So far, the vast majority of cases of the respiratory virus are in China where it originated, but it has been spreading across the globe, and over 30 people are infected in the United States. Because scientists know so little about the virus, including its incubation time, they're worried an outbreak could eventually hit the U.S.But it looks like the amount the White House plans to ask for — $1 billion — might be lower than some public health officials consider necessary, per Politico. If that's all there is, it could reportedly be exhausted swiftly by vaccine development, lab tests, and other investments. For comparison, the Obama administration requested $6 billion to fight Ebola in 2014 and received $5.4 billion.One White House official told Politico the amount is still subject to change, however. Read more at Politico.More stories from theweek.com Bernie Sanders thanks 'multigenerational, multiracial coalition' as he declares 3rd primary victory Pete Buttigieg begs Democrats to 'take a sober look' at Bernie Sanders A moderate's 2020 lament


Coronavirus updates: 10 Italian communities on lockdown as death toll rises in China

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:57

 10 Italian communities on lockdown as death toll rises in ChinaAs Italy experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, here is the latest for Sunday, Feb. 23.


‘We're alive and we're coming back’: Joe Biden stakes presidential bid on crucial South Carolina primary

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:49

 Joe Biden stakes presidential bid on crucial South Carolina primary"I think we're going to go, we're going to win in South Carolina, and then Super Tuesday and we are on our way," the former vice president said to a cheering crowd in Las Vegas Saturday.


Italy has quarantined a dozen cities over coronavirus

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:15

Italy has quarantined a dozen cities over coronavirusThe lockdown followed a confirmed 79 cases of coronavirus in Italy along with two deaths, and affects some 50,000 Italian citizens.


Bernie and Jane Sanders hire lawyers in response to FBI probe

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 03:13

Bernie and Jane Sanders hire lawyers in response to FBI probeFBI is probing whether Jane Sanders improperly acquired bank loans to expand Burlington College, which was forced to close because of heavy debt


Iran's health ministry raises death toll from new virus to 8

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 02:40

Iran's health ministry raises death toll from new virus to 8Iran's health ministry raised Sunday the death toll from the new virus to 8 people in the Middle Eastern country, amid concerns that clusters there, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told state TV that there were now 43 confirmed cases of the illness in Iran. The outbreak in Iran has centered on the holy city of Qom, where officials say travellers from China brought the new coronavirus.


S.Korea on virus 'high' alert, Italy and Iran take drastic steps

Yahoo News - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 02:25

S.Korea on virus 'high' alert, Italy and Iran take drastic stepsSouth Korea went on high alert Sunday following a sharp jump in coronavirus cases, and Italy and Iran took their own drastic containment steps as an epidemic that has killed nearly 2,500 people in China continued a relentless global expansion. The World Health Organization (WHO) also warned that Africa's poor health systems left it vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease, which spilled out of China to more than 25 countries. South Korea is raising the nation's alert to its "highest" level, President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday after the number of infections nearly tripled over the weekend to 556.


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