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Thursday, 20 June 2019

The Latest: Trump says Florida re-election rally will rock

The Latest: Trump says Florida re-election rally will rockTrump says his re-election launch will be a political spectacle. Opponents are launching their protests at a gay bar in Orlando. President Donald Trump is set to kick off his re-election campaign with a rally Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida.




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Russia to Washington: Drop Middle East troop plan and stop provoking Iran

Russia to Washington: Drop Middle East troop plan and stop provoking IranRussia told the United States on Tuesday to drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East and to cease actions that looked like a conscious attempt to provoke war with Iran. The comments, from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to Russian news agencies, followed an announcement from Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan a day earlier who said Washington planned to send around 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for defensive purposes. President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran would not wage war against any nation and the Kremlin called for restraint from all sides.




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Historic US drug bust nets 16 tonnes of cocaine

Historic US drug bust nets 16 tonnes of cocaineUS authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia. "This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history," tweeted William McSwain, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia. "Members of the ship's crew have been arrested and federally charged" following the drug bust at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal, McSwain's office said on Twitter.




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Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump administration of creating ‘concentration camps on the southern border’

Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump administration of creating ‘concentration camps on the southern border’The freshman Democrat sharply criticized the Trump administration's handling of migrants seeking asylum in the United States with rhetoric that drew the ire of some Republicans.




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Trump envoy not ruling out using Afghan war law to justify Iranian strikes

Trump envoy not ruling out using Afghan war law to justify Iranian strikes'We’re not seeking military action,' said Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran. 'There is no talk of offensive action.'




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UPDATE 1-Netanyahu welcomes Bahrain meeting, Israeli ex-general to attend

UPDATE 1-Netanyahu welcomes Bahrain meeting, Israeli ex-general to attendPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised on Tuesday a U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain, and a source said a former Israeli general would be among the participants. Netanyahu, echoing remarks on Sunday by his foreign minister, said Israelis would take part in the June 25-26 gathering, but did not identify them. The White House decided against including the Israeli government in the June 25-26 event in Manama after the Palestinians boycotted it, making do instead with inviting a small Israeli business delegation.




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Sen. Rand Paul: It's a mistake to keep ramping things up in the Middle East

Sen. Rand Paul: It's a mistake to keep ramping things up in the Middle EastForeign Relations Committee member Sen. Rand Paul on U.S. sending additional troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran.




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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s LicensesNew York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday night granting illegal immigrants the right to obtain driver's licenses, shortly after the legislation narrowly passed the state Senate.The bill, which passed the state Senate 33-29, divided moderate, suburban Democrats, concerned about the safety implications of licensing illegal immigrants, from their more progressive counterparts.Before signing the bill Monday evening, Cuomo threatened to veto the legislation out of concern that it might lead to the creation of a database of illegal immigrants that the federal government might use to enforce immigration law.In response, attorney general Tish James released a statement assuring Cuomo and the public that the bill would not be used to help enforce immigration law.“The legislation is well-crafted and contains ample protections for those who apply for driver’s licenses. If this bill is enacted and challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it,” she said.New York now joins twelve other states and Washington, D.C. in allowing illegal immigrants to drive.Immigration-rights activists praised the legislation as a step toward affirming the humanity of illegal immigrants.“It’s been an 18-year struggle,” said Javier Valdés, the co-executive director of Make the Road New York, a prominent political advocacy group that works to expand the privileges afforded to immigrants regardless of their legal status. “The resilience of the immigrant community has shown through once again.”New York Republicans, meanwhile, chastised their Democratic colleagues for advancing legislation that further erodes the distinction between citizens and non-citizens and incentivizes potential migrants to disregard federal law.“If we give them every right they have, they will not be incentivized to go through the process of getting that greatest gift, to be a citizen,” said Republican senator James Tedisco of central New York.




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Migrant deaths rise among Venezuelans, Central Americans: U.N.

Migrant deaths rise among Venezuelans, Central Americans: U.N.At least 380 Latin American migrants have died on their journeys this year, many of them Venezuelans drowning in the Caribbean or Central Americans perishing while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday. The toll, 50 percent more than the 241 recorded as of mid-June 2018, also coincides with tightened security along the U.S. southern border, which often leads migrants to turn to underground criminal smugglers and take riskier routes, it said. President Donald Trump has made reducing illegal migration one of his signature policy pledges.




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Game of Groans: The Defense Department Loses Another Defense Secretary

Game of Groans: The Defense Department Loses Another Defense SecretaryFour days ago, Patrick Shanahan participated in his only Beltway story. The exclusive report from Politico was a profile of sorts, a chance for the acting secretary of defense to make the case for why he is the right man for the job and why he should be confirmed.We learned quite a lot from the story. Shanahan, for instance, was someone who likely didn’t expect the role when he first agreed to take the position of deputy secretary in 2017. All of that changed when James Mattis resigned last December, and he was thrust in as a replacement. Shanahan was in many ways learning on the job.Like all cabinet members, politicians, and officials who call Washington home, the defense industry executive had his supporters and detractors. Shanahan’s critics called him superficial and uninterested in policy details, while his allies credited him with becoming an active proponent for the Pentagon on Capitol Hill. He was no Mattis, of course, but he wasn’t a placeholder either. President Donald Trump, in fact, nominated him for the position over other candidates.




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The Trump administration's dangerous fever dream about Iran

The Trump administration's dangerous fever dream about IranThe Iran debate in Washington is increasingly divorced from reality – and that should worry us The US national security adviser, John Bolton, is a long-time Iran hawk. Photograph: Alex Edelman/Rex/ShutterstockThe Trump administration is caught in a fever dream about Iran, and the fever is becoming dangerous.In the wake of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman – which the US blames on Iran, though questions remain about the attack – the discourse on Iran being pushed by the administration and others is reaching fever pitch. Senator Tom Cotton has called for a “retaliatory military strike”. The New York Times columnist Bret Stephens says the US should threaten to sink Iran’s navy.This, of course, is not surprising to anyone who has watched the Iran debate in Washington. It’s divorced from reality.Everyone knows that Iran’s government is dangerous. It represses the Iranian people. It sponsors terrorism across the Middle East. The question is not whether Iran is bad – the question is what the best strategy is to deal with the threats.During the end of George W Bush’s administration and Barack Obama’s terms, the priority was stopping Iran’s nuclear program. After years of a carefully coordinated global sanctions campaign, the Obama administration secured a deal that stopped Iran’s nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency and even the Trump administration certified that the deal was working. Before, during and after the deal, the US has countered Iranian terrorism and bolstered Israel’s defenses.None of it has been good enough for those trapped in the fever dream. The fever dream convinces policymakers to cozy up to regimes from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates that are themselves awful. It rationalizes support for a devastating war in Yemen. It causes the state department to fund, until recently, a group that attacked journalists and experts for not being anti-Iran. Locked in the fever dream’s grips for years, John Bolton in 2015 called for bombing Iran.All of this is in lieu of a realistic set of goals or a strategy for actually achieving them. It’s a fever dream, and only those with the fever seem to be able to make sense of the dream. US allies from Europe to Asia are frustrated with how much sway the fever dream has over US policy; they wonder what could possibly drive the US to abandon such a successful deal.It reminds one of the absurdity and recklessness of those who talked about bombing North Korea in 2017 – which could have started a nuclear war – and how completely they ignored the catastrophic consequences.Most worrying, it reminds one of the run-up to the war in Iraq in 2003 – how the Bush administration lied about Iraq’s possession of WMD and links to terrorism, and how Americans were told the invasion would be a “cakewalk” and that America would be greeted as a liberator. Reports of a rare, recent high-level meeting on Iran at the CIA before the latest round of warnings over Iran should concern those who remember the politicization of intelligence before the Iraq war.The result of it all is a heightened risk of conflict. And though the Trump administration claims it does not want war, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, reportedly said that the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) – passed in order to fight those involved in 9/11 – could authorize a war with Iran (which the AUMF does not).America needs to have a real conversation about Iran. We need to make clear that Iran is not ten feet tall.We can’t let the fever dream drive US policy in the Middle East. Israel has the region’s strongest military, and with continued US support it can defend itself. America will continue to counter Iranian-sponsored terrorism. America does not need to blindly support countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the name of countering Iran. These governments repress their own people, stoke regional conflicts and have funded terrorism and radical indoctrination abroad. When the United States partners with Saudi Arabia by supporting a war in Yemen – supposedly to counter Iran – that creates a humanitarian disaster, America has lost sight of its interests.To develop an effective strategy, America needs to put itself in Iran’s shoes. After the US invaded two of Iran’s neighbors – Afghanistan and Iraq – tensions got even worse with Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon and deadly fights between Iranians and American soldiers in Iraq. America believes Iran’s aggression has intensified while Iran believes America is surrounding Iran.Lost in the fever dream is the need for a dialogue with Tehran. A strategy of pressure alongside dialogue produced the nuclear deal. The US should talk to Iran about the future of Afghanistan and Iraq. And there is a broader dialogue to be had – alongside pressure – about regional security.Iran could do more to push a crisis to the brink as well. With Trump ripping up the nuclear deal, Iran is saying it will enrich uranium beyond the limits of the nuclear deal. If it was responsible for the oil tanker attack, more destabilizing acts could follow. That could lead to a vicious cycle that raises the chances of war.We need to wake up from the fever dream and have a real debate about Iran, develop a real strategy for Iran and start a real dialogue with Iran. * Michael H Fuchs is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and a former deputy assistant secretary of state for east Asian and Pacific affairs




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As the trade war with China heats up this summer, who is feeling the chill?

As the trade war with China heats up this summer, who is feeling the chill?The number of visitors to the U.S. from China fell 5.7% to 3 million in 2018, the first decline In 15 years. So far, it’s not getting better in 2019.




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Iran says it will not extend 60-day nuclear deal deadline - Tasnim

Iran says it will not extend 60-day nuclear deal deadline - TasnimIran will not extend a 60-day deadline for it to start pulling out of more commitments agreed under its nuclear deal, the spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said on Wednesday. Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and re-introduced sanctions on Tehran. Iran said in May it would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world powers protected its economy from U.S. sanctions within 60 days.




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Four charged over MH17, Russia slams 'unfounded allegations'

Four charged over MH17, Russia slams 'unfounded allegations'International investigators on Wednesday charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the first people to face justice over the tragedy five years ago in which 298 people were killed. The trial of the four men with military and intelligence links will start in the Netherlands in March next year, although they are likely to be tried in absentia as neither Russia nor Ukraine extradites their nationals. Moscow slammed the "absolutely unfounded accusations" over the downing of the plane, which was travelling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a missile over part of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian rebels.




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Train derails near Nevada-Utah line; no injuries reported

Train derails near Nevada-Utah line; no injuries reportedA train carrying military munitions derailed in the high desert of northeast Nevada on Wednesday, closing an interstate for about an hour before emergency crews determined there was no danger. Cars carrying the munitions to a Nevada Army depot were not among those that derailed near the community of Wells not far from the Utah-Nevada state line, officials said. Nine flat cars, two tankers and three box cars on the 22-car train derailed at about 10 a.m., and a plume of white aluminum oxide was released, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.




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'Your Species Isn't Known for Moving Quickly.' Jon Stewart Roasts Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 Bill on The Late Show

'Your Species Isn't Known for Moving Quickly.' Jon Stewart Roasts Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 Bill on The Late ShowStewart went on The Late Show to support the people he calls “the first heroes.“




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Hong Kong's 'leaderless' protesters mull next move

Hong Kong's 'leaderless' protesters mull next moveHong Kong's "leaderless" demonstrations brought millions of people onto the streets and forced the city's pro-Beijing leadership into a rare climbdown. The unpopular bill that sparked the protests and would have allowed extradition to mainland China has now been suspended. "More demonstrations and resistance will happen soon if Carrie Lam does not know what respect means," said Joshua Wong, an activist who became the face of Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement".




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Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun

Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong SinmunChinese President Xi Jinping said in an op-ed in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday that China supports North Korea's "correct direction" in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula. The front-page op-ed is an honor rarely granted to foreign leaders and comes a day before Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. The visit is a sorely needed show of support for Kim, whose campaign of diplomatic outreach and drive to rebuild the economy has suffered since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Korea's Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in February.




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Donald Trump 2020: US president launches re-election campaign at Orlando rally vowing political 'earthquake'

Donald Trump 2020: US president launches re-election campaign at Orlando rally vowing political 'earthquake'Donald Trump vowed to deliver another “earthquake at the ballot box” in 2020 as he formally launched his re-election campaign in front of 20,000 cheering supporters in Orlando, Florida.  The US president warned that “the swamp” he had vowed to drain during his 2016 campaign was “fighting back so viciously and violently” that he needed another four years in office.  Mr Trump boasted of his presidential achievements including creating a US economy that was “the envy of the world”, declaring: “The American dream is back.” He also painted the Democratic Party, his political opponents, as “radical socialists”, warning: "They want to destroy you, they want to destroy our country as we know it." The rally in a key swing state was well received among supporters in the stadium, who cheered and jeered at Mr Trump’s punch lines - including repeatedly booing the “fake news” media.  President Donald Trump speaks to supporters where he formally announced his 2020 re-election bid on Tuesday in Orlando, Florida Credit: AP Yet the president’s speech was largely devoid of new policy pledges, instead often repeating lines delivered on the 2018 midterm elections campaign trail. Mr Trump made only passing reference to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the two front-runners in the race for the Democrat 2020 presidential nomination.  The president claimed 120,000 people had applied for tickets for his launch at Orlando's Amway Center. Certainly some had queued overnight and faced torrential rain on Tuesday.  The speech was Mr Trump’s chance to frame the argument for the election, still more than a year away but increasingly beginning to dominate the US media narrative.  Mr Trump picked a familiar overarching theme to his 2016 bid - that he was the best person to stand up for the "forgotten" men and women of America.  “Together we faced down a corrupt and broken political establishment and created a government by, of and for the people,” Mr Trump said.  At another point he said: “Since the very first day I walked through the doors of the White House I have never forgotten who sent me there. You did.”  A supporter holds a placard during a campaign rally for U.S. President Donald Trump formally kicking off his re-election bid in Orlando Credit: Reuters Mr Trump said that every day in his office he thinks about "how the American people are going to win, win, win today".  Large chunks of the speech were dedicated to spelling out how Americans had benefited during his first two-and-a-half years in office and warning what could follow if he left.  “Our future has never, ever looked brighter and sharper,” Mr Trump said. “The American dream is back. It’s bigger and better and stronger than ever before.” He listed how Americans had benefited from the booming US economy, which has reached annual growth rates of more than 2 per cent under his presidency.  He said the unemployment rate was at its lowest for 51 years, the average household had saved $3,000 a year from his tax cut and more than 16,000 manufacturing jobs were being created every month.  Mr Trump also named leaving the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate change agreement, squaring off with China over trade and standing up against socialist regimes in Cuba and Venezuela as accomplishments.  Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump arrive for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign Credit: AFP There was mention of the need to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and stop immigrants “pouring” into the country but the topic was less prominent than in many previous speeches.  Mr Trump also repeatedly cast the Democratic Party as a whole as “radical socialists”, an apparent attempt to jump on the surge of left-wing energy among party activists for political gain.  He said the Democrats had been “inflicted with an ideological sickness” and that they were “more radical, more dangerous and more unhinged than at any time in our history”.  "They want to destroy you, they want to destroy our country as we know it. It's not acceptable, it's not going to happen," Mr Trump said. "No matter what label they use, a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream.” Early Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Mr Trump's politics are "all about dividing us" in ways that are "dangerous - truly, truly dangerous." Another leading Democratic contender, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, said Mr Trump had delivered "an hour-and-a-half speech of lies, distortions and total, absolute nonsense." The speech was preceeded with addresses by Mike Pence, the vice president, as well as Mr Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.  Throughout supporters appeared to be enjoying themselves, shouting familiar chants including “build the wall” and “four more years”.  The rally in total lasted more than three hours. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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New Jersey fishermen spot shark

New Jersey fishermen spot sharkA group of fishermen got the thrill of a lifetime when a 16-foot great white shark paid them a visit. ABC News' Will Ganss has the real life 'Jaws' moment.




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