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Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, agrees to tell Russia investigators what he knows

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has agreed to answer questions from prosecutors on the Russian election meddling investigation, it has been reported. Mr Bannon was going to be legally forced to testify before a grand jury, but has now reportedly struck a deal where he will just speak to investigators led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel tasked with getting to the bottom of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The reported agreement means he will be able to answer questions in a less daunting setting but suggests he is willing to give details about his time in the White House. It comes after reports emerged on Tuesday that Mr Bannon had been subpoenaed by the investigation into Russian election meddling, a legal device to force someone to give testimony. The move had been widely viewed as a tactic to persuade Mr Bannon, who was at the heart of the Trump administration for several months, to give evidence to Mr Mueller's investigators.  Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigation Russian election meddling Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File It also suggests that Mr Mueller's investigation is a long way from reaching a conclusion, despite the White House's claims to the contrary. Separately, Mr Bannon was giving evidence to the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors on the same topic.  However, he refused to answer a broad array of queries due to an alleged gagging order imposed by the White House following his departure. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Mr Schiff Adam Schiff , the top Democrat on the committee, said shortly after Mr Bannon's interview concluded. Mr Schiff said the committee planned to callhim back for a second interview. A spokeswoman for Mr Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Tuesday afternoon. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, left, leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting Credit: AP At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said no one had encouraged Mr Bannon not to be transparent during questioning. "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades," she added. A White House official said the president did not seek to formally exert executive privilege over Mr Bannon - a move that would have barred him from answering certain questions.  "We witnessed today what I believe was the most aggressive effort by the White House thus far to obstruct our efforts to seek the truth."@RepSwalwell reacts to Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions at the W.H.'s direction during his 9.5-hour under-oath testimony. #LastWordpic.twitter.com/TmUVKm3hXL— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 17, 2018 Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman at Breitbart News, the right-wing website, was Mr Trump’s election campaign chief for the final few months before the vote. He is credited with turning round Mr Trump's fortunes and securing an improbable victory by doubling down on Mr Trump's nationalistic campaign messages.  Profile | Steve Bannon However, the pair fell out spectacularly in the new year after Mr Bannon was quoted at length criticising Mr Trump’s family members in the book Fire and Fury: Inside the White House. In particular, Mr Bannon’s criticism of a controversial Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election infuriated the president.  According to the book a Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign aides and Russian-linked figures before the election was set up after Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, was told that the Russians may have dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Mr Trump publicly attacked Mr Bannon after the comments came to light. "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," he said. 

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

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BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century.

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YouTube deleting Tide Pod challenge videos in bid to stem dangerous detergent-eating craze 

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YouTube has said it is deleting any videos showing the Tide Pod challenge in an effort to stem the dangerous detergent-eating craze among US teens. The potentially health-damaging fad has seen teenagers daring each other to film themselves biting into washing machine capsules and then upload the results online, with some videos garnering hundreds of thousands of views. The trend has provoked warnings from health bodies in America, who say ingesting the capsules could have “serious health implications”, and has also prompted an awareness campaign featuring an NFL star. Today YouTube said it was working to quickly remove Tide Pod videos as they encouraged dangerous behaviour with an “inherent risk of physical harm”. A spokesman for YouTube said: “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that's intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm. We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies.” NFL New England Patriots' star Rob Gronkowski has spearheaded an awareness campaign around eating Tide pods Credit: Twitter/Tide Accounts that have a video deleted also face having a temporary strike placed against them that can disable some of the channel’s features, such as monetisation. YouTube channels that get three strikes against them in a three-month period are terminated from the platform.  Parents have long been warned of the health risks detergent pods can pose to small children, who are attracted to the colourful capsules. In 2013 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning saying: “Young children who are exposed to the highly concentrated, toxic detergent are at risk of serious injury.” 19-year-old Marc Pagan reacting after biting into a Tide Pod due to a dare Credit: YouTube The commission said that children who had ingested detergent needed hospital attention for adverse effects such as loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing. The first mentions of the “Tide Pod challenge” on YouTube date back to 2014. Then in 2015 the satirical site, The Onion, published a spoof op-ed from a toddler describing his determination to eat the colourful detergent pods. The fad of teens daring each other to bite into the pods came to the fore last year after a number of high-profile videos. The trend has spawned its own internet culture, with teenagers posting memes of fake adverts for the pods being marketed as food. When bae cooks for you �� pic.twitter.com/6kYnAjP2R5— Tide Pods (@OGTidePods) January 8, 2018 A video by CollegeHumor titled ‘Don't Eat the Laundry Pods’ posted in March 2017 has been viewed more than three million times. The craze has prompted the owners of Tide, Procter & Gamble, to launch an awareness campaign deterring teenagers from eating the pods. NFL star, Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, is featured in one of the videos saying: “What the heck is going on people? Use Tide Pods for washing, not eating.” What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else. Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our friend @robgronkowski to help explain. pic.twitter.com/0JnFdhnsWZ— Tide (@tide) January 12, 2018 One teenager who fell foul of the craze was Marc Pagan, 19, who said he did it as he was dared. He told CBS News: “A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how – why would I be willing to do that? “No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?” However the trend has continued to grow over 2017 and 2018. The American Association of Poison Control Centers said there were 39 recorded cases of 13 to 19-year-olds intentionally exposing themselves to single-load laundry tablets in 2016 and 53 cases in 2017. The association said it had already recorded 39 cases in the first 15 days of 2018 alone. Stephen Kaminski, the AAPCC’s CEO, said: “The ‘laundry packet challenge’ is neither funny nor without serious health implications. “The intentional misuse of these products poses a real threat to the health of individuals. We have seen a large spike in single-load laundry packet exposures among teenagers since these videos have been uploaded.”

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Pence Plan to Target Aid for Christians in Iraq Sparks Concern

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Aid experts fear the Trump administration’s focus on Christians and other religious minorities could do more harm than good.

Tags: Targus, SPA, Iraq
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Girl From Viral Photo Dies of Aggressive Brain Cancer DIPG

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"Our sweet Braylynn, our warrior princess, earned her sparkly pink angel wings this evening," according to a Facebook post from Braylynn's Battalion, a page started to keep family, friends and anyone else up to date with Braylynn Lawhon's fight against diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. DIPG cases make up 10 percent of central nervous system tumors in children. "Her nickname was Princess Bel and she could light up any room," the Facebook post continued.

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MSC Introduces Lirica Sailings to the UAE

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MSC Cruises has enhanced its range of cruises from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the introduction of a second ship, MSC Lirica. Featuring new extended cruises of 11 nights and 14 nights, Lirica will make its debut in the UAE in November, offering longer itineraries, two overnight stays in Dubai, as well as cruises

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Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks

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PHOENIX (AP) — A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim's gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday.

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China's local government debt growth almost doubles in 2017

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Local government debt expanded again in China last year despite Beijing's pledge to rein in a growing national debt load that has sparked fears of a financial crisis in the world's number two economy. The 7.5 percent increase is almost double the rate in the previous year, although the total figure of 16.47 trillion yuan ($2.56 trillion) is within Beijing's target of below 18.82 trillion yuan. Since the global financial crisis in 2008, China's debt as a percentage of gross domestic product has grown more than 10 percent a year on average, according to IMF estimates, which assessed the ratio had ballooned to 234 percent of GDP by 2016.

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'I just don't like Muslim people': Trump appointee resigns after racist, sexist and anti-gay remarks

Added: 18.01.2018 22:52 | 0 views | 0 comments


An appointee of President Donald Trump has resigned from the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs after remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants surfaced in the news media.
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California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

Added: 18.01.2018 22:50 | 0 views | 0 comments


The number of U.S. children educated at home has doubled to about 1.7 million, or 3 percent of the nation's school-age population, from 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. "We would not say abuse is more common among home-schoolers, but when it does occur, there are fewer safeguards, less to stop it from spinning out of control," said Executive Director Rachel Coleman. The organization has called for requiring annual contacts by outside officials and background checks for parents who run home schools.

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