Manchester United 2 Swansea 0: Romelu Lukaku brings up century and Alexis Sanchez breaks...

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  Manchester United 2 Swansea 0 After a long wait Alexis Sanchez scores his second Manchester United goal following his transfer from Arsenal in the 2-0 defeat of Swansea CREDIT: ANTHONY DEVLIN/PA WIRE Alexis Sánchez had been honest enough to admit that his struggles at Manchester United had left him “psychologically exhausted” so it was no surprise to see such an outpouring of emotion as he claimed his first goal for almost two months and only his second for the club. It has been a trying 68 days for the Chile striker since his move from Arsenal but he, like his manager Jose Mourinho, not to mention United supporters, will hope this proves the start of a very belated upward curve. Sánchez also set up Romelu Lukaku for the goal that

Trump freezes funds for YPG/PKK-held areas in Syria

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image WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has ordered the State Department to freeze more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria's YPG/PKK terrorist-held areas, according to a report Friday. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal newspaper that the Trump administration “reassesses Washington’s broader role in the protracted conflict there.” Officials also told the newspaper the White House ordered the State Department to put spending on hold following Trump's surprise announcement Thursday that the U.S. would “very soon” withdraw from Syria. The Journal said the shift comes as the fight against the Daesh terror group "has stalled

Turkish foreign undersecretary meets US counterpart

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image ANKARA/WASHINGTON Foreign Undersecretary Umit Yalcin met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Washington on Friday as the NATO allies asserted their commitment to address common concerns in the spirit of partnership. The both men reviewed the current state of Turkish-American relations and agreed to continue efforts in resolving major issues affecting bilateral ties, according to information received from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.  The ministry said the issue of Manbij, Syria was addressed in the scope of previous meetings and reasserted a determination to jointly advance on the matter.  The pair also discussed ways to enhance coopera

‘People of Afrin are welcoming Operation Olive Branch’

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image AFRIN, Syria / ANKARA The people of the recently liberated Syrian city of Afrin welcomed Turkey's Operation Olive Branch as it brought peace to the city, said a prominent Syrian Turkmen leader on Saturday. "We are here in Afrin, but without terror. From now on, only peace will prevail," Mohamed Wajih Juma, head of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly (STA), told Anadolu Agency after meeting with residents of the city, which was liberated on March 18 by the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA). "We bring many greetings from all over Syria, especially from Turkmens, from Aleppo, Homs, Damascus, Turkmen Mountain [in Latakia], and Raqqah," Joma said. He ex

Palestinians observe national mourning over Gaza deaths

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image RAMALLAH, Palestine Palestinians marked a general strike and a day of mourning on Saturday over the death of 15 Palestinians by Israeli gunfire during rallies demanding the right of return to refugees.  Shops across the occupied West Bank shuttered their doors, universities and schools suspended their classes and most businesses observed the general strike.  At least 15 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were martyred and hundreds injured when Israeli forces opened fire on protesters marking “Land Day”, an annual Palestinian commemoration of the deaths of six Arab citizens of Israel killed by Israeli forces in 1976 during demonstrations over governmen

Turkish FM talks to Palestinian counterpart over phone

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image ANKARA  On the heels of Israeli forces killing over a dozen Palestinians, Turkey’s foreign minister on Saturday spoke on the phone with his Palestinian counterpart, according to diplomatic sources and Palestine’s official news agency. The sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, gave no details of the conversation between Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu and Riyad al-Maliki. Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported that Cavusoglu offered Turkey's condolences for the Palestinians martyred by Israel on Friday. Cavusoglu also told al-Maliki of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging his U.S. counterpart D

3,820 terrorists ‘neutralized’ in Afrin op

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image ANKARA  A total of 3,820 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the start of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region, the Turkish military said in a statement on Saturday. The General Staff said 52 Turkish soldiers were martyred while 229 soldiers were wounded since the beginning of the Afrin operation.  Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear terrorist groups from Afrin in northwestern Syria amid growing threats from the region. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops libera

Israel response to Gaza protests ‘illegal’: Israeli NGO

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image JERUSALEM An Israeli rights group has decried Israel’s response to unarmed Palestinian protesters along border with the Gaza Strip as “illegal”.   "Shooting unarmed demonstrators is illegal and the command that allows it is manifestly illegal," B’tselem group said in a statement on Saturday.   At least 15 Gazans were martyred and hundreds injured on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire on protesters marking “Land Day”, an annual Palestinian commemoration of the deaths of six Arab citizens of Israel killed by Israeli forces in 1976 during demonstrations over government land confiscations in northern Israel.   B’Tselem said demonstrat

Turkey to host tripartite summit on Syria

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image ANKARA Turkey will host a trilateral meeting on Syria gathering leaders from Turkey, Russia, and Iran next week, the Presidential Press Office said Saturday. The meeting hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to a statement. Besides regional developments and the ongoing Syrian war, the Turkish and Iranian leaders are also expected to hold talks to discuss bilateral relations. Turkey, Russia and Iran are the guarantor countries who brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016 leading to the Astana talks in the Kazakh capital, which are be

Turkish PM spurns French terrorist mediation offer

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image ANKARA Turkey’s prime minister on Saturday underlined Ankara’s rejection of a French offer to mediate between Turkey and terrorist groups in Syria. Speaking at a hospital opening in the Aegean Izmir province, Binali Yildirim said of French President Emmanuel Macron, who proposed the mediation: "Who gave you this authority, who gave you this mission?" If France's president wants to referee between terror groups he can do this, but not with Turkey, said Yildirim. He added: "Turkey doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, doesn’t shake hands, but roots them out," he said. Meeting with a terrorist PYD/PKK-led SDF delegation on Thursday at the Elysee Palac

Trump declares April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness’ month

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image WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump — who has himself been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct — on Friday designated April 2018 "National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month" amid a national debate over the issue. "Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability," said a proclamation from Trump released by the White House. "These heinous crimes are committed indiscriminately: in intimate relationships, in public spaces, and in the workplace." "Too often, however, the victims of assault remain silent. They may fear retribution from their offender, lack faith in the justice system, or have difficulty confronting the pain associated with the tra

Trump freezes $200 million in funds earmarked for Syria recovery

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image President Trump's administration has frozen $200 million earmarked for Syria recovery efforts, CBS News' Margaret Brennan and Kylie Atwood confirmed. The development comes after Mr. Trump said this week the U.S. will be pulling out of Syria Atwood reports the decision was relayed to the State Department Friday in a call that White House chief of staff John Kelly made to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. There is some recovery funding that will continue for the next few weeks, but all future money is on hold. The money -- to have been spent by the State Department for infrastructure projects like power, water and roads -- had been announced by fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at an aid conference last month in Kuwait. The State Department has been

Turkey says France sending troops to Syria would be ‘invasion’

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image Turkey on Saturday warned France against increasing its military presence in Syria, saying it would be an "invasion", as tensions between Paris and Ankara remained high. Temperatures were raised after French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters. Kurdish officials said afterwards that France was planning to send new troops to Manbij -- a northern Syrian town held by the Kurdish YPG militia -- which Paris denied. "If France takes any steps regarding its military presence in northern Syria, this would be an illegitimate step that would go against international law and in fact, it would be an invasion," Turk

Brake Failure, a Blown Tire? Search for Clues in California Cliff Wreck That Killed...

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image (SAN FRANCISCO) — Brake failure, a blown tire and factors such as the weather and road condition are among the factors that will be looked at by investigators trying to determine what caused an SUV carrying a Washington state family to plunge off a California cliff, but authorities might never figure out exactly what happened. Authorities don’t know exactly when or how the SUV — which was discovered Monday — went over the cliff alongside a spot commonly used by motorists to walk their pets. They say they have no reason so far to believe it was an intentional crash that claimed the lives of two women and at least three of their six adoptive children just days after child welfare authorities tried to contact the family over concerns about the kids’ living conditions.

15 Palestinians Killed, 1,000 Wounded by Israel Fire in Gaza Border Protests

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image (GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza’s border with Israel on Friday in the largest such demonstration in recent memory, and 15 were killed by Israeli fire on the first day of what Hamas organizers said will be six weeks of daily protests against a stifling border blockade. It was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas. Fourteen of the marchers were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire in clashes along the border fence, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said thousands of Palestinians threw stones and rolled burning tires toward troops deployed on the other side of the border fence. It accused militants of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of mass pro

‘The World’s Worst Boogeyman.’ Most Young Americans Disapprove of President Trump, Poll Finds

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image (NEW YORK) — A majority of young people believe President Donald Trump is racist, dishonest and “mentally unfit” for office, according to a new survey that finds the nation’s youngest potential voters are more concerned about the Republican’s performance in the White House than older Americans. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that just 33 percent of Americans between the ages of 15 and 34 approve of Trump’s job performance. That’s 9 points lower than all adults, who were asked the same question on a separate AP-NORC survey taken this month. “Trump doesn’t care about us,” said 27-year-old Nicole Martin, an African-American graduate student in Missoula, Montana. “I’m not going to say he’s unfi

The State Department Wants to Require Visa Applicants to Submit Five Years of Social...

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image (WASHINGTON) — The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration’s enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors. In documents to be published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the proposed new requirements, which will affect nearly 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the U.S. each year. Previously, social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. An estimated 65,000 people per year are in that category. The new rul

Under Armour Data Breach Exposes 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts

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image Under Armour notified users of its MyFitnessPal app of a security breach affecting 150 million users on Thursday. Under Armour learned on March 25 that “an unauthorized party acquired data associated with MyFitnessPal user accounts in late February 2018,” the company said in a release. Four days later, Under Armour contacted MyFitnessPal users through email and the app’s messaging system. The company is requiring users to change their passwords and recommended they do so as soon as possible. Users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords were affected, but Under Armour says no payment information was affected by the data breach because it is collected and processed separately. How to Change Your MyFitnessPal Password To change your MyFitnessPal p

Saudi Crown Prince Says U.S. Troops Should Stay In Syria

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image Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants the U.S. military to maintain a presence in Syria, despite President Donald Trump’s declaration that American forces will be pulled from the war-torn country in the near future. “We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” he told TIME Thursday in a wide-ranging interview. Bin Salman, a 32-year old who last year disrupted the line of succession when he became next in line for the Saudi throne, has emerged as the most powerful Saudi ruler in decades. In addition to being selected as the crown prince, he serves as First Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and Minister of Defense. Bin Salman, who is midway through a multi-city tour in

Russia Expels 60 U.S. Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Retaliation

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image Russia said it’s expelling 60 U.S. diplomats and closing the American consulate in St. Petersburg in a retaliatory move linked to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the measures against the U.S. “include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats” as the Russian envoys ordered out by President Donald Trump. Other countries that recently kicked out Russian diplomats also will face mirror-image retaliation, Lavrov told reporters in Moscow on Thursday. The measures came in a crisis over a nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that the U.K. government is blaming on Russia. While the Kremlin’s action underscores the tense relations between Washington and Moscow, the use of a customary tit-for-

Boy in viral hug photo missing after family’s SUV plunges off California cliff

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image Devonte Hart first grabbed attention in the "hug felt 'round the world." The black youth, with tears streaming down his face, was captured in a viral photo in November 2014 clinging to the shoulders of a white police officer at a protest in Portland, Oregon, a few months after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. It became an emblematic moment during national rallies that rocked  But now, police in Northern California say Devonte and his family are at the center of a mysterious accident, and they need the public's help. Devonte, 15, and two of

Investigators quietly probe allegations of Syrian war crimes

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image In a drab office building in a European capital amid the sound of humming document scanners, a team of human rights lawyers is hard at work processing thousands of documents that they say link the Syrian government to war crimes. The papers point to an unmistakable conclusion, according to those leading the effort: The government of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has violated the international rules of war through attacks on civilians, torture, rape, and the use of chemical weapons, among other crimes. Read more

Sacramento determined Stephon Clark’s death not be in vain

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image SACRAMENTO — They didn’t know Stephon Clark, but they came anyway Wednesday from all around this capital city, and parts beyond. They came because they said the 22-year-old could have been their brother, or son or grandson and they wanted to try to make sure that the way he died — unarmed and innocent, as far as they could tell — will never happen again. While Clark’s girlfriend and two young sons watched over his body for hours at BOSS Church on the south side of town, strangers shared a grief they said belongs not only to their city

Russia to expel diplomats, close U.S. consulate in tit-for-tat over ex-spy attack response

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image Russia's foreign minister says Moscow will expel the same number of diplomats from the nations that have expelled Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. Sergey Lavrov said U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, where he was given notice that Russia is responding quid pro quo to the U.S. decision to order 60 Russian diplomats out. Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate to the U.S. decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg. Lavrov sa

Viewly Launches Alpha Platform as Blockchain Tech Continues its Assault on Youtube

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image In February we reported on Viewly’s 48-hour airdrop campaign which helped it build a Telegram community of 30,000 people in just two days. Yesterday, Viewly released its alpha platform and unlocked its native VIEW tokens. This will be one of the first opportunities for the market to see how well airdrops translate into user adoption. VIEW tokens are required to upload content, and token holders can also vote for high-quality content. Tokens are distributed to the creators that earn the most votes. The platform is also planning a series of upcoming contests to incentivise content creators to upload their content. AIRDROP-BASED AND YOUTUBE MARKETING The central premise of the platform is that it offers up an ad-free streaming experience. Instead

Paytomat ICO to be Platformed by Waves Blockchain

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image Blockchain-based payment processing system Paytomat, whose pre-sale ICO begins next week, are to become a resident of Waves Lab, a startup incubator for new projects on the Waves platform. The company has also secured 100,000 WAVES, currently worth approximately $400,000, in seed funding and can expect legal support, technical architecture reviews and marketing guidance from the incubator service. Yurii Olentir, Paytomat’s CEO, was naturally bullish on the news and said, “The Waves Lab market expertise and resources will be a valuable asset for Paytomat’s successful token sale, and the substantial early funding gets us to an amazing kick-off.” ETHEREUM LOSING OUT TO “COMPANION SERVICES” PLATFORMS? Paytomat are a

After All the High Drama, Binance Finally Lists WePower

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image It was arguably one of the more bizarre announcements made by Binance in recent times. In early March, the Binance team released a statement explaining its decision not to list WePower or Elastos, after the two had projects had gone head-to-head in a race for a free listing on the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange. With Elastos accused in some quarters of voter manipulation, and both Elastos and WePower thought to have been rebuked for having incentivised their followers to vote for them in Binance’s sixth “Community Coin of the Month” competition, the eventual free listing was handed to third-placed Zilliqa. “This has all been handled rather badly by Binance,” one WePower investor stated at the time. A few hours a

Switzerland “Has Blown It” as The Natural Home of ICOs – Tim Draper

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image Switzerland has been something of welcoming territory for ICOs. The Swiss town of Zug has even become known as “crypto-valley” due to the number of blockchain-related companies which have set up there. However, for one Bitcoin whale, the country may have just “blown its chance” to position itself as the world’s natural home for ICOs. Swiss news agency swissinfo.ch reports that global venture capitalist and longtime crypto-bull Tim Draper, whilst speaking via Skype to the Crypto ICO summit in Zurich, said that the country “had the tiger by the tail, everyone was going to do their ICOs through you, and all you had to do was make it easier for everybody.” On the other hand, according to Draper, rather than keep

An ICO with a Difference: Omnitude Coincides Alpha Launch with Token Sale

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image Blockchain-based e-commerce platform, Omnitude, has simultaneously started its token sale whilst launching its proof of concept product. Omnitude plans to revolutionise the e-commerce industry by offering companies access to a blockchain-based network which targets fraud and theft within the supply chain management industry.  The solution they propose is a “middleware plug-and-play blockchain built on Hyperledger Fabric” which integrates with legacy systems through an API that links back to its blockchain technology. Omnitude’s ERC20 ECOM tokens will be used for settlement across the network. Among Omnitude’s other propositions is a single customer identity which consumers can use with an

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