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U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talks

U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talksBy Phil Stewart and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and remained open to negotiations to bring that about. The U.S. stance, which appeared to signal a willingness to exhaust non-military avenues despite repeated warnings that “all options are on the table,” came in a statement following an unusual White House-hosted briefing for the entire U.S. Senate followed by a briefing to the House of Representatives. Graphic – Carl Vinson strike group: tmsnrt.rs/2pqOMWA Graphic – North Korea’s nuclear program: tmsnrt.rs/2n0gd92 The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats described North Korea as “an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.” North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile – a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.



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Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'

Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”. During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year. Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.



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Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centersJERUSALEM (AP) — A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.



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New bomb threats made against Jewish centers across U.S., Canada

New bomb threats made against Jewish centers across U.S., CanadaBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and in Canada forced lockdowns and evacuations on Tuesday, and all 100 U.S. senators asked the federal government to help them enhance security. Threats were phoned in or emailed to JCCs in states including New York, Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida overnight and early on Tuesday. U.S. federal authorities have been investigating a surge of threats against Jewish organizations, including more than 100 hoax bomb threats in five separate waves in January and February against JCCs in dozens of states.



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Mexico opens migrant defense centers at U.S. consulates

Mexico opens migrant defense centers at U.S. consulates(Reuters) – Mexico opened legal aid centers at its 50 consulates across the United States on Saturday to defend its citizens, the Mexican government said, amid worries of a crackdown on illegal immigration under U.S. President Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray exhorted the U.S. government to respect the rights of Mexicans and called for the United States to allow a path to legality for undocumented migrants.



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Man charged in eight bomb threats, part of five waves against Jewish centers this year

Man charged in eight bomb threats, part of five waves against Jewish centers this yearA boyfriend trying to vilify his ex-girlfriend after a breakup is charged with being behind at least eight of the bomb threats made in five waves over the past two months against Jewish Community Centers, including one threat to the Anti-Defamation League in New York, according to federal officials. Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis, Mo., and is due to appear in a Missouri federal court on Friday to face a charge of cyberstalking. Prosecutors said Mr. Thompson wanted to harass his former girlfriend by claiming she was behind the threats.



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Bomb threats are scary and costly to Jewish centers

Bomb threats are scary and costly to Jewish centersPresident Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives on Feb. 28. The wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers that President Trump denounced in his joint address to Congress — 100 so far this year, including 31 on Monday — have all been hoaxes. “That is their intended goal, to make it difficult for us to do business as usual,” says Betzy Lynch, executive director of the Levite JCC of Birmingham, Ala. Hers is one of several organizations where parents have withdrawn youngsters from preschools after threats — either out of fear that there will eventually be violence or because of the toll taken by repeated evacuations.



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At least 11 US Jewish centers get bomb threats

At least 11 US Jewish centers get bomb threatsNearly a dozen Jewish community centers across the United States received bomb threats that led to evacuations Monday, in the latest wave of such attacks since Donald Trump became president a month ago. The latest phoned-in threats, at 11 separate sites, bring to 69 the total number of such incidents — at 54 Jewish community centers in 27 US states and one Canadian province — according to the JCC Association of North America. It cautioned, however, that all bomb threats made Monday, as well as on three others dates — January 9, 18 and 31 — turned out to be hoaxes, and all targeted community centers have resumed normal operations.



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Jewish centers report bomb threats across United States

Jewish centers report bomb threats across United StatesSeveral Jewish community centers (JCC) across the United States were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the latest wave of threatened attacks against them this year, the national umbrella organization said. Some 11 centers including those in the Houston, Chicago and Milwaukee areas received phoned-in bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes, said David Posner, a director at JCC Association of North America who advises centers on security. The FBI was investigating the incidents, Posner said.



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