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Immediately After Interviewing Parkland Students, Fox News Invites Criticism Of Them

Immediately After Interviewing Parkland Students, Fox News Invites Criticism Of ThemMinutes after interviewing a group of Parkland, Florida, students organizing marches in response to the mass shooting at their school, “Fox News Sunday” put conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh on the air to dismiss their plans and condemn them for trying to advance a “political agenda.”



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Polish president signs Holocaust bill, triggers Israeli, U.S. criticism

Polish president signs Holocaust bill, triggers Israeli, U.S. criticismBy Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s president signed into law on Tuesday a bill that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, prompting sharp criticism from Israel and the United States. Andrzej Duda said in a televised address the legislation would safeguard Poland’s international reputation, but Israel called for amendments, saying the two countries had a “joint responsibility” to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. The United States, a close NATO ally of Poland, expressed disappointment at Duda’s decision.



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As Republicans Attack The DOJ And FBI, Sessions Vows To Stand Up To 'Unfair' Criticism

As Republicans Attack The DOJ And FBI, Sessions Vows To Stand Up To 'Unfair' CriticismWASHINGTON ― With his Justice Department and FBI facing broad attacks from some of his former colleagues on Capitol Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday that he’ll stand up to any “unfair” attacks on the men and women of the Justice Department he now oversees.



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US ambassador to London defends embassy move after Donald Trump criticism

US ambassador to London defends embassy move after Donald Trump criticismAmerica’s ambassador to Britain has publicly defended the country’s new London embassy after Donald Trump blamed its cost for controversially cancelling a visit. Woody Johnson said America’s new embassy did not cost US taxpayers "a cent" and insisted the move was needed because of the terrorist threat after 9/11.  Mr Trump had earlier tweeted he would not visit London next month as planned because the original embassy was sold for “peanuts” and it was a “bad deal”.  However Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, blamed leading Labour figures for putting off Mr Trump with their criticism and placing the special relationship “at risk”.  The fallout came after Mr Trump once again postponed a “working visit” to Britain, which was originally pencilled in for January but had since slipped to February.  It further pushes back the time when Mr Trump is expected to visit the UK for the first time. He has already visited France, China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.  Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and U.S. ambassador to the U.K Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg There are questions now about whether the US president will be invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.  Mr Trump tweeted: Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018 The US embassy has moved from Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair to Nine Elms near Battersea, south London. The decision was actually taken by George W Bush, not Mr Obama.  Mr Trump had been expected to do an event marking the opening of the new embassy in a visit pencilled in for February 26 and 27.  In a piece published in the Evening Standard, Mr Johnson, who was made US ambassador last year, pushes back on the president’s criticism.  “I agree with President Trump that Grosvenor Square, in the heart of London, was a perfect location for our embassy,” he said.  But he added: “Security concerns after September 11 meant we had to move to a location that could better protect American citizens and our British neighbours.” Mr Johnson went on to say the embassy was “bigger” and “better” than its predecessor and came at no cost to Americans.  “It is the most secure, hi-tech and environmentally friendly embassy that the United States has ever built,” he wrote.  “Purchased and built from the sale of our London properties, the new embassy did not cost the US taxpayer a cent. Yet is one of the most advanced embassies we have ever built.” Sadiq Khan, the London mayor who has clashed with Mr Trump, praised the announcement: "It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance. Donald Trump, the US president Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File "His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. "Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda." However Mr Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, hit back: “The US is the biggest single investor in the UK – yet Khan & [Jeremy] Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. “We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall.” Theresa May backed Mr Johnson, with a Downing Street source saying: “Boris expresses himself in his own inimitable way. We agree that any risk to the crucial US-UK relationship is not in our country’s best interests.” Nigel Farage said the prospect of mass protests may well have been a factor in Mr Trump’s decision to cancel his visit. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn’t like the look of.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Mr Trump is still expected to make a formal state visit to Britain at some time during his first term after accepting an offer delivered by Mrs May last year.  It later emerged that the old US embassy was sold for £315m, well below £500m that experts claimed it should have cost – appearing to back up Mr Trump’s criticism.  The US embassy later issued a statement saying the decision was made in 2007 – appearing to contradict Mr Trump's claim that it was made by Mr Obama.  The statement noted that the total project cost around $ 1 billion, but added that “no tax payer dollars” were spent on the move. 



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Bannon backtracks on Trump Jr. criticism, issues indirect apology

Bannon backtracks on Trump Jr. criticism, issues indirect apology“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments,” the ousted Trump adviser said in a statement on Sunday.



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Saudi Arabia says it will allow food and fuel shipments into Yemen after UK criticism

Saudi Arabia says it will allow food and fuel shipments into Yemen after UK criticismSaudi Arabia yesterday declared it will keep open a vital port in war-ravaged Yemen to ease the humanitarian crisis, following pressure from Britain. The kingdom said the Houthi rebel-controlled port of Hodeidah would remain open to humanitarian and commercial ships for a month, despite Monday’s ballistic missile attack by rebels on Riyadh. "The Coalition will allow the entry of commercial ships, including fuel and food vessels, for a period of 30 days," the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement. It said the move followed the "intensification" of a UN vessel security inspection program that it previously said was inadequate.  A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen Credit:  MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP Saudi Arabia leads a 10 nation coalition that is supporting Yemeni troops loyal to the internationally-recognized government in their fight against the Iranian-backed Houthis. It closed Houthi controlled ports and airports in Yemen last month, in a move that drastically exacerbated food and fuel shortages in a country already reeling from nearly three years of war that has killed more than 10,000 people, caused a cholera epidemic and pushed millions to the brink of famine.  Although some aid ships have been allowed to dock in recent weeks, the ports have remained effectively closed to commercial shipping, which aid agencies say is vital to averting famine.  Secretary of State For International Developement Penny Mordaunt  warned Saudi Arabia could be in breach of humanitarian law Credit: David Rose/The Telegraph “I am very pleased at today’s announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition that Hodeidah port in Yemen is open again,” Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, said yesterday. “I have been urging this step for some time, and I hope this will start to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and get them the supplies they desperately need.” The first fuel vessel since restrictions were put in place was cleared to enter Hodeidah yesterday and is expected to dock in 24 hours, a UK official with knowledge of the matter told the Telegraph. Three food ships are also believed to have been cleared.  The coalition claimed its November 6 blockade was an attempt to stop the flow of weapons to the Houthis, which it said the UN-run vessel inspection system had failed to prevent.   Yemeni women walk through the debris of a housing block allegedly destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana a Credit: YAHYA ARHAB/EPA However, it was roundly rebuked for the impact on the already-desperate civilian population, which is facing what has been described as one of the worst humanitarian crises in history.  In rare criticism of one of its allies, a British Cabinet minister warned Riyadh this week that its relationship with the UK could be damaged if it did not immediately act to ease restrictions which were worsening an already major crisis.  Penny Mordaunt, the secretary of state for international development, told the Telegraph that Saudi Arabia's withholding of aid could amount to “use of starvation as a weapon,” a crime under international humanitarian law. While the UN and international humanitarian agencies raised the alarm over the blockade last month, Britain and other key Saudi allies initially remained mostly silent. Amnesty International warned last month that Britain, France, and the United States could be "complicit" in war crimes by supplying arms to Riyadh and failing to oppose the blockade.  Britain has licensed £4.6 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the war in Yemen began in March 2015. 



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Russia-Backed RT Launches French-Language Channel Despite Criticism

Russia-Backed RT Launches French-Language Channel Despite CriticismKremlin-funded television network RT has launched a French-language news channel following criticism and concerns from both France and the United States of it being a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda. RT, formerly known as Russia Today, announced the launch of RT France on Monday with a vow that it will “shed light” on issues the network thinks have been overlooked by French news networks. President Emmanuel Macron in May slammed RT and fellow Moscow-based media organization Sputnik as “organs of influence and propaganda.” That criticism followed allegations by Macron that RT had meddled in his country’s presidential election and had provided biased reporting in favor of his political opponent, who was supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.



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Seth Meyers Goes After Kellyanne Conway For Absurd Al Franken Criticism

Seth Meyers Goes After Kellyanne Conway For Absurd Al Franken CriticismSeth Meyers called out Kellyanne Conway on “Late Night” Thursday after the White House counselor criticized Democratic leaders in Congress for their handling of sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.).



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Iran, Lebanon reject Arab League criticism as tensions mount

Iran, Lebanon reject Arab League criticism as tensions mountTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday rejected a harsh statement by Arab League foreign ministers condemning the Islamic Republic and its proxy Hezbollah, saying the tirade was "full of lies" and the product of Saudi "pressure and propaganda."



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David Petraeus: White House Is Wrong, Generals Are 'Fair Game' For Criticism

David Petraeus: White House Is Wrong, Generals Are 'Fair Game' For CriticismPetraeus on WH's claim that it's "inappropriate" to debate a general: "We in uniform protect the rights of others to criticize us frankly."



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