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I Lost My Little Brother At Sandy Hook. Here's What's Different About The Florida Shooting.

I Lost My Little Brother At Sandy Hook. Here's What's Different About The Florida Shooting.Last week on Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he had been expelled.


Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on Russia

Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on RussiaIn an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says that President Obama was in a difficult position when it came to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Floridians Tell Politicians Who Do The NRA’s Bidding Their Time Is Up

Floridians Tell Politicians Who Do The NRA’s Bidding Their Time Is UpFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ― Something powerful is happening in Florida.


Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel Expenses

Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel ExpensesEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has scrapped plans for a business trip to Israel previously scheduled for this week, an agency official said.


Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise

Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruiseBy Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed. The American-British company said in a statement that it was investigating "all aspects including the security response" of the incident, which was captured on video and posted on social media. The 10-day cruise to the South Pacific returned to the Australian southern city of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after 23 people were removed in the New South Wales (NSW) town of Eden for what the company described as "disruptive and violent acts".


Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Iran’s foreign minister commented on its tenuous relationship with Israel as well as on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.


Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.


Siblings From Parkland High School Write Essays To Say 'Never Again'

Siblings From Parkland High School Write Essays To Say 'Never Again'Last Wednesday, siblings Taryn and Zach Hibshman went to class together at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School like they did every other day.


Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency LandingA flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.


Netanyahu slams 'outrageous' Holocaust remark by Polish PM

Netanyahu slams 'outrageous' Holocaust remark by Polish PMIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday lashed out at "outrageous" remarks by his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki, who said the Holocaust had involved "Jewish perpetrators" as well as Polish. The Israeli leader, who like Morawiecki was in Munich for a global security conference, in a statement condemned "an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people". "The Polish Prime Minister's remarks here in Munich are outrageous," he said, adding that he intended to speak to Morawiecki "forthwith" about the matter.


Florida shooting: Days after Parkland massacre, activists rally for gun control while a nearby show hawks assault rifles

Florida shooting: Days after Parkland massacre, activists rally for gun control while a nearby show hawks assault riflesThree days after the massacre that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the rift between the pro and anti-gun camps in southern Florida may as well be a canyon. Cars packed into the fields on the Miami-Dade Fairgrounds on Saturday, where the Miami Gun Show was being held – an event that was held in spite of the shooting days earlier that has left the surrounding communities reeling with pain. Just an hours’ drive north, people packed into a courtyard outside the US District Court in Fort Lauderdale, and spilled over onto a terraced water fountain that had been dried up.


Teen Hero Used Body As A Shield During Florida School Shooting

Teen Hero Used Body As A Shield During Florida School ShootingA 15-year-old high school soccer player used his own body to shield classmates from a gunman’s rampage in Florida last week that killed 17 people, said a fellow student who credited the heroism with saving his life.


Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers search

Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers searchThe wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report. It is believed to have gone down in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom. The deputy governor of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province was quoted by state media as saying the wreckage was found near Dengezlu city, in Semirom county, in Isfahan province.


Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"

Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.


Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter AfrinBEIRUT (AP) — Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.


Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake

Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquakeBy Jose Cortes SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damage from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday. The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico's interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land at night in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of damage from Friday's powerful quake. The senior officials survived but 12 people at the scene were killed and another died later in a hospital, Oaxaca's attorney general's office said in a statement.


Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting

Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School ShootingA high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.


Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-Wives

Orrin Hatch Reportedly Apologizes To Rob Porter's Ex-WivesSen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has reportedly apologized for defending his former chief of staff Rob Porter, who recently resigned from President Donald Trump’s administration following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.


Rush Limbaugh reacts to Parkland school shooting

Rush Limbaugh reacts to Parkland school shootingConservative talk show titan weighs in on preventing mass shootings in America's schools.


Florida shooting: Donald Trump blames FBI's Russia probe for failure to spot suspect's warning signs

Florida shooting: Donald Trump blames FBI's Russia probe for failure to spot suspect's warning signsDonald Trump said on Saturday that the FBI had missed the warning signs of the suspect in the Florida high school shooting because it had been "spending too much time" investigating his campaign's links with Russia. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has come under pressure in recent days after it admitted it failed to act on a tip off it received about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. First it was revealed that the FBI failed to delve into a YouTube comment posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" that said, "Im going to be a professional school shooter." The FBI said it could not determine who made it. On Friday, the bureau said it had failed to act on a tip that Cruz had a "desire to kill people," disturbing social media posts and access to a gun. The US President has also faced criticism for not addressing the subject of gun control in the days after the shooting. Survivors of the shooting and relatives of the victims have demanded action after it emerged that Cruz was able to legally buy a semi-automatic firearm despite a history of troubling and violent behaviour. Mr Trump laid the blame at the FBI and the Democrats in a pair of tweets on Saturday. Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018 The president travelled to Florida on Friday to meet privately with victims of the shooting and hailed the heroics of first responders. But he extended few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning, nor did he address the debate over gun violence that has raged since Wednesday's mass shooting. At a rally on Saturday, a survivor attacked him over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the National Rifle Association and for overturning a measure implemented by former President Barack Obama that required extra scrutiny of some gun buyers with a history of mental illness.  "We are going to be the last mass shooting... We are going to change the law," Emma Gonzalez vowed. "They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!" Florida high school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez calls on President Trump and lawmakers to tighten gun restrictions in impassioned speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale https://t.co/DgnqrrVs9x— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2018 The FBI's acknowledgment that it mishandled the tip prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump ally, for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign. Mr Trump and other Republicans have heavily criticised the FBI. They are still dissatisfied with its decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with crimes related to her use of a private email server, and they see signs of bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. 


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered OnePennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map to replace the state’s current one, which the court said is so partisan it violates the state’s Constitution.


LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' Comments

LeBron James Speaks Out on Laura Ingraham's 'Shut Up and Dribble' CommentsMSNBC's David Gura and panel discuss the LeBron James/Laura Ingraham feud.


Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloudIndonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year. Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,900 km (1,181 miles) northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast.


Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control

Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control

A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside of the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control.

“We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida,” the organization said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!”

Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. More than 700 people RSVP’d for the event on Facebook.

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Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabinsMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.


Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Break Their Own World Record

Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Break Their Own World RecordCanadian ice dancing power duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke a world record on Sunday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earning the highest score ever in the short program.


Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers row

Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers rowKuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide.


Putin’s shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in Syria

Putin’s shock troops - how Russia's secret mercenary army came up against the US in SyriaIt was one of Isil’s biggest cash cows, a strategic prize crucial to the Kremlin and Bashar Assad’s plans to re-establish his rule over Syria. But the assault on Conoco oilfield near Deir Ezzor earlier this month ended in disaster, sparking the first deadly combat between Americans and Russians since the Vietnam War and embarrassing Vladimir Putin just weeks before an election.  It also cast an unwelcome light on one of the worst kept secrets of Russia’s war in Syria - its increasing reliance on unacknowledged and illegal mercenaries. “These were shock troops, and they would take any position, fulfil any task,” said Alexander Averin, a veteran of the pro-Russian militias in east Ukraine and friend of one of the Russians who was killed. Mr Averin said Kirill Ananyev, 33, was a fellow member of the radical “national Bolshevik” political party Other Russia and had also fought in eastern Ukraine.  He said that Ananyev, whom he had known since 2001, had been working for a private military company when he was killed. He would not name the company, but other casualties have been linked to the secretive Wagner group. Kirill Ananyev, a Russian private military contractor in Syria who was killed in US airstrikes on 7 February Credit: Twitter Russian media have published the names of nine Russian fighters who were killed in the assault on February 7, and the foreign ministry finally admitted on Thursday that five Russian citizens had died.  Some media reports have put the number of Russian casualties in the hundreds, however, and relatives and a former member of parliament have called for answers.  “I want everyone to know about my husband, and not just about my husband, but about all the guys who died there so stupidly,” Yelena Matveyeva, whose husband Stanislav was killed, told the regional news site Znak.com. “They sent them like pigs to the slaughter!” The debacle unfolded on the evening of 7 February, when hundreds of mysterious fighters began charging toward a Syrian Democratic Forces position near the oilfield under cover of artillery, tank and rocket fire, according to the US military. In response, US special forces embedded with the mostly Kurdish SDF called in artillery fire and strikes from fighter jets and B-52 bombers that effectively destroyed the “battalion sized force” they were facing. Mr Averin told the Telegraph that 500 Russians were in Deir Ezzor at the time, and that many of them were now dead and wounded. After Stanislav Matveyev, who was believed to work for the Wagner group, was killed, his wife spoke out against the Kremlin denials of Russian casualties Credit: Twitter It is not entirely clear whether the Russian high command authorised the attack, and some believe that Wagner mercenaries were working for local pro-Assad businessman to take the lucrative site. According to a Syrian government contract seen by Fontanka and AP, a Russian company linked to the Wagner group was to receive 25 percent of profits from oil and gas fields its contractors could capture. Others have suggested the Kremlin allowed the preventable defeat, which also saw Syrian troops killed, to happen as a warning to an increasingly independent Mr Assad as well as Iran, his other major backer.  “You need to be in line with our policies in Syria or you'll get bombed,” was Moscow's message to them, said Yury Barmin of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank close to the Kremlin.  A US drone destroys a pro-regime tank near Deir Ezzor days after the airstrikes that killed numerous Russians Credit: CNN Ostensibly designed to support a long-time ally and defeat the Islamic State, Mr Putin's bombing campaign in Syria was supposed to be a television war, providing footage of impressive Russian airstrikes without any body bags to ruin the mood.  To assuage fears of a repeat of the disastrous Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Mr Putin said it would be solely an air operation lasting no longer than Mr Assad's counter-offensive But Syrian forces reportedly proved ineffective even with the help of Russian advisors and special forces. Kremlin-linked contractors allowed Moscow to run a covert land operation while denying it had boots on the ground. “The big battles, the intense battles with casualties, that's all Russian mercenaries,” said Ruslan Leviev of the Conflict Intelligence Team, a research group who track Russian military activity abroad.  A Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombs targets in the Deir Ezzor region in November Credit: TASS via Getty Images Some 3,000 Russians have fought for the Wagner group, the biggest of the private military companies, in Syria since 2015, according to documents seen by the independent news outlet Fontanka.  It said 73 of them had died before 7 February, exceeding the 46 official Russian military casualties. The US airstrikes against the Russian contractors have raised an alarming risk of direct great-power confrontation in Syria as external players vie to consolidate their interests following the defeat of Islamic State.  Within the last two weeks, al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels shot down a Russian jet, Kurdish fighters have downed a Turkish helicopter, Israel downed an Iranian drone and the Syrian army shot down an Israeli F-16. “Now that the fighting with ISIS is more or less over, every global player in the war is attempting to draw its own sphere of influence in Syria,” Sami Nadir, of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, told the Telegraph. “They used to fight each other through their proxies, now they’re just going head-to-head.” Benjamin Netanyahu holds up what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday Credit: AFP PHOTO / MSC Munich Security Conference / LENNART PREISS America wants to limit Iran and keep the Kurds - its greatest ally against Isil - on side, while not agitating its Nato ally Turkey. Russia has been trying to keep a balance between its allies Turkey, Israel and Iran, to little avail. “The new phase in the Syrian conflict makes the anti-ISIS war look like a stroll in the park,” said Bilal Saab, an expert at the Washington-based Middle East Institute. “This has the potential to turn into a regional war.” Yet news of the contractors' deaths has remained largely unknown in Russia under a state television blackout: The website of the main state news programme published a report, only to delete it the same day. A Syrian pro-regime fighter wounded in the 7 February battle in Deir Ezzor Credit: AFP Photo/Getty Images “It's like the story with the Pskov paratroopers who died in Ukraine,” said Lev Gudkov, head of the independent Levada survey centre. “The information was blocked for a long time, then denied, and it spread only in close-knit circles, it didn't become a fact of public opinion, and I fear it will be the same picture here.” Nonetheless, Mr Putin, whose withdrawal announcement was welcomed by most Russians, finds himself in a bind: The Syria peace talks he sponsored in Sochi last month devolved into infighting and the conflict is edging toward what Mr Nadir called a “full-blown international crisis”. “The era of cooperation is over,” he said. “It’s a Cold War scenario.” The Wagner group | Russia's secret mercenaries in Syria


Iran's Khamenei says progress needed on justice

Iran's Khamenei says progress needed on justiceIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that progress was needed in "the field of justice", acknowledging widespread criticism of the system in recent weeks. "Progress has happened in various fields... but in the field of justice we acknowledge that we have lagged behind," Khamenei said in a speech in Tehran, which was published on his website. Khamenei was marking the 40th anniversary of an uprising in the city of Tabriz that was a key moment leading up to the 1979 Islamic revolution.


Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'

Olympic Skier Ted Ligety’s Son 'Could Give 2 S***s That Daddy Sucked At Work'U.S. alpine skier Ted Ligety may have had a tough time on the slopes at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Sunday.


Another fire sweeps through market in Haiti's capital

Another fire sweeps through market in Haiti's capitalPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a large clothing market in Haiti's capital on Sunday, days after another blaze destroyed a large part of the main market in Port-au-Prince.


Media, Democrats Have Created 'More Chaos' Than Russians, Says White House Spokesman

Media, Democrats Have Created 'More Chaos' Than Russians, Says White House SpokesmanJust a day after the the special counsel leading the investigation indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations, the White House deputy press secretary said it’s the media and Democrats who have “created chaos more than the Russians” for their coverage of the probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prize

Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prizeIt's not just cashed-up dads jumping on cryptocurrencies, juice companies are doing the same too. Australian juice chain Boost have launched a competition where customers can win one Bitcoin, if they can correctly guess the price of the cryptocurrency at 12 p.m. the following Monday.  SEE ALSO: Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall Only one person can choose a certain price, to ensure there's no splitting of the prize. At the time of writing, one BTC is equal to $10,569 (A$13,387.76), but as we've seen lately BTC's price has been fluctuating a lot in recent weeks. Boost will have one BTC a week to win over four weeks. Like any in-store competition you'll need to buy a juice to get an entry code, which you can enter in the chain's app and guess BTC's prospective price. As for people who might not be following the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, you can also get the app to pick a price for you. Boost's effort is the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-aligned competitions: There's a puzzle game which lets you win one BTC if you can successfully crack it.  Surely investing in cryptocurrencies is already enough of a game? [h/t CNET ] WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking


Suspect in Florida school shooting back in court for status hearing

Suspect in Florida school shooting back in court for status hearingThe former student accused of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school returned to court on Monday for a status hearing, and the judge ordered that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view. Nikolas Cruz, wearing a red, jail-issued uniform, sat during the short hearing in Fort Lauderdale without showing any emotion, his head bowed. Cruz is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder after the attack last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale.


A Super Dangerous Snowboarding Event Just Debuted At The Winter Olympics

A Super Dangerous Snowboarding Event Just Debuted At The Winter OlympicsA new event debuted at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it’s filled with all of the most spectacular parts of the Games.


Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across BritainLONDON (AP) — Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.


Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?

Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.


Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy site

Fire-hit Jokhang temple streets reopen after blaze at Tibet holy siteStreets around Lhasa's fire-hit Jokhang temple, one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, were reopened to pilgrims Sunday after a blaze broke out the night before, Chinese state media said, but the extent of damage remained unclear. The official Xinhua news agency said the fire had erupted Saturday evening in part of the more than 1,300-year-old Jokhang temple, but was soon put out. Images posted on social media of the blaze showed the eaved roof of a section of the building lit with roaring yellow flames and emitting a haze of smoke.


'Trump is here. Are you invited?': Trump Jr in week-long visit to luxury brand's biggest foreign market

'Trump is here. Are you invited?': Trump Jr in week-long visit to luxury brand's biggest foreign marketDonald Trump Jr is to arrive in India on Monday as part of a week long trip to promote luxury 'Trump Tower' properties in the country. Mr Trump Jr, the son of the US president and head of the family business, will be helping to drum up sales of opulent flats in four cities that could net profits of more than $1bn. The family brand operates under licence to an Indian property firm and there are Trump Towers in Gurgaon, a satellite city of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata. His visit kicks off in Delhi and he is scheduled to speak at the Global Business Summit, sponsored by The Economic Times and the Yes Bank, next week, but he has categorically said that there is no political dimension to his trip when asked last week if he intended to meet government officials. Developers M3m, who have the rights to using the Trump brand in India, last month offered the first 100 buyers of the multimillion-dollar flats in Gurgaon the chance to fly to the USA and meet Mr Trump Jr. Critics said the implication was that there was an outside chance they could see the White House or even meet the president himself. Twenty were sold on the first day, for around $1.4 - $2m each. India is the Trump Organisation’s biggest foreign market and the largest project is Gurgaon with 254 “ultra luxury” units. The official website has a section that describes your average day beginning as: “You wake up and embrace the radiant morning sunrays that are pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling glass.” Trump Jr took out full page adverts in some of India's biggest newspapers Credit: Saptarshi Ray After which “Your lifestyle concierge has already called your personal driver” and ending as “You pad into your master bedroom with the sensual texture of solid Herringbone wood underfoot”. The blend of bombastic marketing, shameless aspiration and powerful connections may be the hallmark of the Trump business brand but is also a natural fit for the wealthy and unabashed networkers of Delhi’s elite. Front page advertisements in Indian newspapers on Sunday screamed in antique gold lettering on a black background: “Trump is here. Are you invited?”. The ads, which appeared in several publications including The Times of India and Hindustan Times, featured a besuited Mr Trump Jr and image of the buildings, asking: “Would you mind if one of your new neighbors drops by for a cup of tea?”, suggesting they might include a “Famous Indian Cricketer”, a “Fortune 500 Honcho” and an “Art Maestro”.


Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Contributor Gig

Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Contributor GigFans will have to wait to see Adam Rippon appear regularly on the small screen.


The Latest: Pennsylvania Dems applaud new congressional map

The Latest: Pennsylvania Dems applaud new congressional mapHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's congressional gerrymandering case (all times local):


This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communication

This thread about women saying 'I think' will make you re-think your work communicationWomen have a lot to contend with in the workplace.  If they're not getting mansplained, hepeated, or harassed, they're being told they need to think, talk, and act like men.  But, this Twitter thread by a software engineer has turned on its head the notion that men's workplace communication style is the example to follow. In fact, after reading this Twitter thread, men might consider communicating a bit more like women. SEE ALSO: 'Hepeating' is the new 'mansplaining' and it's definitely happened to you April Wensel—founder of software development company Compassionate Coding—wrote that women are "often told to avoid 'weak' language like 'I think,'" but that she found that, in reality, saying "I think" is "often more accurate."  "I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact," wrote Wensel. "We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're doing already." Women are often told to avoid "weak" language like "I think," but the truth is it's often more accurate. I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it's an undisputed fact.We don't need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they're already doing. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She wrote that she's heard countless male (and even female) engineers make declarative statements like "That won't work" or "That won't break," which were subsequently proved wrong.   "Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective!" she added.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard male engineers (and women who follow the aforementioned problematic advice) say, "That won't work" or "That won't break," and sure enough…Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it's more effective! — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 She said she had "a running bit of banter" with a male engineer she worked with, who loved to say "I'm 100% sure." "Let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level," she wrote.  I had a running bit of banter with one male engineer coworker because he loved saying, "I'm 100% sure," and let's just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level. — April Wensel (@aprilwensel) February 16, 2018 Honesty is always the best policy.  WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking


Israeli police arrest more executives from Bezeq Telecom

Israeli police arrest more executives from Bezeq TelecomIsraeli police made arrests on Sunday that included senior executives from Bezeq, the country's largest telecom group, after the markets watchdog uncovered new information during its investigation into the company. The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has been investigating Bezeq over possible fraud and financial reporting offences and company officials, including its former chairman, were arrested in 2017. Israeli media reported investigators were looking into allegations that Bezeq received benefits in return for enabling favourable media coverage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs

The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAsStars at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night wore all-black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, much like they did at January’s Golden Globe awards.


US vows investigation into Syria attack involving Russians

US vows investigation into Syria attack involving RussiansUS Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday vowed to investigate an attack involving Russian citizens on American-allied forces in Syria but stopped short of accusing Moscow of orchestrating the assault. Russia has acknowledged that five of its citizens were killed in a US-led coalition bombing in the eastern Deir Ezzor province after they were part of a group of pro-regime combatants which led an attack on positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces. "I understand that the Russian government now is saying that some of their not-military forces, contractors, were involved in that still unexplained attack," Mattis said while flying back to Washington after a weeklong tour of Europe, adding that Russian officers the US coordinated with were "apparently" unaware.


Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flag

Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flagBusiness faces backlash for putting up a pro-police flag. Owner shares her story about supporting the police.