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Sanders backs AOC after Biden suggests her politics are too far left for the general election

Sanders backs AOC after Biden suggests her politics are too far left for the general electionThe former vice president praised the New York representative as "brilliant," but cast doubt on whether her politics could win a national election.



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Biden Brushes Off Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Too Far Left: ‘Mainstream Democrats’ Won in the Midterms

Biden Brushes Off Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Too Far Left: ‘Mainstream Democrats’ Won in the MidtermsFormer Vice President Joe Biden on Friday tossed some shade at leftist superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a CNN interview, suggesting she’s not representative of the Democratic Party as a whole while claiming some progressive policy proposals can’t win in swing states.Asked by anchor Chris Cuomo about his more moderate stances on issues like health care and the economy, Biden said that while he believes health care should be available to everyone, his plan is far more “rational” than the Medicare for All proposal embraced by the left wing of the party.Cuomo then pressed the former veep on how he’ll be able to convince the party that popular progressive ideas like Medicare for All aren’t the way to go, prompting Biden to point to last year’s midterm election results, which found moderate Democrats leading the so-called Blue Wave.“That’s what this election is about,” Biden declared. “I’m happy to debate that issue, and all those issues with my friends. Because guess what? Again, look who won the races. Look who won last time out.”Biden then took direct aim at AOC, brushing off her shocking 2018 primary victory over longtime Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley.“By the way, I think Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant, bright woman,” he said. “But she won a primary. In the general election fights, who won? Mainstream Democrats who were very progressive on social issues, and very strong on education, health care.”Biden, who boasted he is known as “Middle-Class Joe,” went on to tie his campaign directly to the middle class, claiming they are his “North Star” and that when they do well, “everybody does well.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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New White House press secretary left with bruises after scuffles between North Korean security guards and journalists

New White House press secretary left with bruises after scuffles between North Korean security guards and journalistsThe incoming White House press secretary became embroiled in a scuffle with North Korean officials during a brawl between reporters and the country’s security guards.Stephanie Grisham was left with bruises after chaotic scenes saw officials shoving and attempting to block the press.The jostling came as Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to enter North Korean soil – stepping over from the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to shake hands with the North Korean leader.The fracas intensified as reporters tried to enter a room inside the Freedom House on the southern side of Panmunjom where Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un were meeting after exchanging initial handshakes on the border.North Korean guards tried to physically prevent members of the US press pool from entering the room, pushing and shoving, and the Secret Service stepped in to intervene.A source on the scene said Ms Grisham got in “an all out brawl” with the North Koreans, according to CNN.Ms Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokesperson who had been with the president’s campaign team since 2015, could be seen later directing reporters outside the building in which the two world leaders met.Mr Trump, who met Mr Kim in a historic meeting in Singapore last summer, walked towards Mr Kim, shook hands and greeted him, and then stepped back across a line marking the North Korean border. The DMZ is a border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half.The pair then walked back over into the South side, where the US president invited Mr Kim to the White House and the two leaders held a bilateral meeting.Mr Trump said: “I’ll invite him to the White House right now. A lot of really positive things are happening. Really positive.”He added: “Stepping across that line was a great honour.”The impromptu meeting was organised yesterday, both leaders said, after Mr Trump tweeted Mr Kim suggesting they meet and “say Hello(?)!” while he was in the area for the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.Mr Trump said the meeting was “very historic” and hit out at his critics who have argued that nothing has emerged from his two summits with Mr Kim. The US president was accompanied to the DMZ by South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.North Korea – known as the so-called “hermit kingdom” – is widely thought to be the most secretive and isolated regime in the world. According to the UN, the overwhelming majority of the country’s 25 million citizens endure starvation and live with the threat of forced labour camps and public execution.A landmark UN report detailed cases of “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation”.The UN estimates there to be between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners detained in four large political prison camps in the country.



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Debate takeaways: Biden slips, Harris soars, Dems tilt left

Debate takeaways: Biden slips, Harris soars, Dems tilt leftThe first TV debates of the 2020 White House primaries have underlined Joe Biden’s vulnerability to a younger generation in a Democratic Party that is leaning increasingly to the left. The two-night event — sometimes tense, often compelling — that concluded Thursday in Miami introduced American voters to the top 20 Democrats aiming to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump next year. The most experienced, best-known candidate in the campaign came under repeated assault Thursday, notably from Senator Kamala Harris on race.



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Air Canada launches investigation after woman left 'all alone' in dark and empty plane after falling asleep on flight

Air Canada launches investigation after woman left 'all alone' in dark and empty plane after falling asleep on flightAir Canada has launched an investigation after a woman was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight.Tiffani Adams described waking up “all alone” on a “cold, dark” aircraft after flying from Quebec to Toronto earlier this month.“I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5 hour flight,” she said, in a message posted on Air Canada’s Facebook page.“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black).”Air Canada confirmed the incident took place, but declined to comment on how Ms Adams may have been overlooked as its staff disembarked.“We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told the Associated Press. Ms Adams said she called a friend after waking up but her phone ran out of battery around a minute into the call and she could not recharge it because the power to the plane was off.She said: “I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap.“As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” she wrote“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?”Ms Adams said she found a torch in the plane’s cockpit and eventually tried to exit the aircraft, but found herself 50ft above the ground with no way down.She said she then used her torch to send out “sos signals” but no one saw them, so she leaned out of the aircraft and called over a passing member of the ground crew, who was able to get her out.In her post, she said Air Canada personnel asked if she was OK and whether she would like a limo and hotel, but she declined the offer.She said representatives of the airline apologised and said they would investigate.“I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.Responding to her post on Facebook, Air Canada said it was surprised to hear the story and “very concerned,” and asked Ms Adams to send a private message with her flight details.“We’ll take a look into it,” the airline wrote.



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Millions Were Left Without Power in Argentina and Uruguay After an 'Extraordinary' System Failure. How Did it Happen?

Millions Were Left Without Power in Argentina and Uruguay After an 'Extraordinary' System Failure. How Did it Happen?"This was extraordinary. It shouldn't have happened."



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Five Britons killed in Sri Lanka terror attacks which left more than 200 dead, foreign ministry confirms

Five Britons killed in Sri Lanka terror attacks which left more than 200 dead, foreign ministry confirmsFive Britons have been killed in the Sri Lankan terror attacks which left more than 200 people dead, the country’s foreign ministry has confirmed. James Dauris, the UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, who visited some of the injured Britons in hospital, earlier today condemned the "deplorable violence" as he urged people in Sri Lanka to get in touch with members of their family to let them know they were safe. The country’s foreign ministry said the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. It was confirmed that three Britons and two people holding joint US and British citizenship were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks after a series of explosions which ripped through churches and luxury hotels. Sri Lanka attacks – Locator map Three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals were killed while a further nine foreigners were also reported missing. A Dutch national and a Chinese national also have been reported among the victims. The Easter attacks mark the worst bloodshed Sri Lanka has seen since its brutal civil war ended a decade ago. The authorities said 207 were killed and 450 injured in the attacks, most of which were being blamed on suspected suicide bombers. No one has taken responsibility for the killings, but officials say seven suspects have been arrested. pic gallery News of the death of the British nationals came as the first victims of the Easter bombings were named as a TV chef and her daughter, Nisanga. Shantha Mayadunne had been staying at the Shangri-La hotel in the capital Colombo which was one of four hotels bombed this morning. Her daughter had posted a photo of the family in the hotel shortly before the explosion with the caption, 'Easter breakfast with my family'. Six nearly simultaneous explosions at churches and hotels killed scores of people in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. Hours later there were further explosions in Dehiwala and Dematagoda on the outskirts of Colombo. In Colombo, St Anthony's Shrine and the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels were targeted in the first wave of explosions. Other blasts were reported at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. Mr Dauris said: "I've been speaking this afternoon with Brits in hospital who have been affected by today's senseless attacks. "My team's and my thoughts go out to all those people who are suffering as a result of the deplorable violence Sri Lanka has witnessed this Easter Sunday." Prime Minister, Theresa May said the Easter Sunday massacre was "truly appalling" and "no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear".



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Police: Road rage a possibility in driveway shooting that left 10-year-old Phoenix girl dead

Police: Road rage a possibility in driveway shooting that left 10-year-old Phoenix girl deadA sketch of the shooter has been released by police in connection with the death of Summerbell Brown, the 10-year-old girl shot in her driveway. Her father is recovering from his injuries.



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Mueller's obstruction punt left question in Barr's hands

Mueller's obstruction punt left question in Barr's handsWASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller had two key questions before him: Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and did President Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice? On the collusion question, Mueller provided an unambiguous "no." But on obstruction, he punted.



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Children of Isil's caliphate left to toil in squalid refugee camps

Children of Isil's caliphate left to toil in squalid refugee campsEight-year-old Hamed cast a critical eye at the at tent peg, raised a hammer above his head and began thwacking it into the hard, stony ground. It is heavy work, and he would rather be in school. But he has little choice. “I get about 2,000 lira for putting up one tent,” he said, using the popular term here for Syrian pounds. “I can do three or four a day, so that is 8,000.” That, he said, is just about enough to feed himself, his mother, and her newborn baby twice a day. “But we can’t eat all the time,” he said. "My mother explained, we can't spend so much money on food because we need to buy stuff for the baby now." Hamed is one of about 41,000 children in al-Hol, the largest of three sprawling camps in north eastern Syria that houses former members, children, and prisoners of the Islamic State terrorist group. More than 40,000 children are living in al-Hol, the largest of three sprawing camps in north eastern Syria that houses former members, children, and prisoners of the Islamic State terrorist group Credit: Sam Tarling /The Telegraph The fate of the children who emerged from Isil's doomed caliphate is a matter of humanitarian urgency and critical to international security. And yet the lack of provision made by world governments, including Britain's, is striking. The Telegraph has seen dozens of malnourished infants as Isil families left Baghuz, Isil's last bastion, in the past two weeks. At least 108 children have already died en route to or soon after arriving at the camp, mostly from severe acute malnutrition, pneumonia, and dehydration, according to the International Rescue Committee. The vast majority of them were under five years old, and most of those babies younger than one.  Many are also carrying serious injuries from shrapnel. The fate of the children who emerged from Isil's doomed caliphate is a matter of humanitarian urgency Credit: Sam Tarling /The Telegraph The casualties included Jarrah Begum, Shamima Begum’s newborn son, who died of a lung infection last month. Unicef has described the living conditions for those children who reach the camp as "extremely dire." Hamed, who spoke to the Telegraph with the permission of his German mother and on condition of anonymity, said he bitterly misses his old life in Europe. “If there was a school, I’d go to it,” he said, as he took a pause in his tent work to speak to the Telegraph. "But there isn't one here." “When I was in Germany I was learning, then in Doula I learnt nothing,” he said, using the Arabic word for “State” – the term many Isil families use for the group. “They just teach like the Quran… and they teach you that you have to fight. But I said: ‘I don’t want to fight’. I don’t like to fight. I just want to be a normal one, I just want to live in a house and make my job. I don’t want to fight, I don’t want to be a warrior.” Unicef has described the living conditions for those children who reach the camp as 'extremely dire'   Credit: Sam Tarling /The Telegraph He said he had left Germany when he was five years old, and only emerged from the Islamic State two months ago. The camp, he said, is a miserable and filthy place. “Kids poop everywhere,” he said. “You have to watch where you walk. You can’t just sit anywhere, like you can in Germany.” It is not surprising. Adults in the section of the camp where Hamed lives told the Telegraph many of the young children have chronic diarrhoea.   “Play”, if there is such a thing, involves picking on one another or chucking rocks at moving cars.   “They call me a dog and things. They think it is a joke,” said Hamed, when asked about his friends. “My mother doesn't like me to be like the other children. She says maybe there is a little baby there, like three years old, and maybe you’ll hit him. Even though I don’t like to throw rocks,” he said. “It’s not a game. They come, they throw, the glass breaks,” he said. “In Germany it is not like this, you’re not hitting on cars. If you want to play you go to your friends, you have friends, they don’t call you anything, you play a bit.” The larger and more loosely regulated section of the camp reserved for Syrian and Iraqi citizens has a market which is run by Kurdish authorities in al-Hol Credit: Sam Tarling/The Telegraph Most children have little time for that though. Adults here told the Telegraph that almost every child from about the age of eight upwards is a low-paid labourer in the camp’s grey economy. “They’re already entrepreneurs. I think they wake up and the first thing they think is: who am I going to hit up for money today?” said Lorna Henri, a 54-year-old woman from the Seychelles who has become the de-facto guardian of two unaccompanied children in the camp. "I try to give them what I can." Ms Henri said boys generally sent by their mothers to run errands in the camp market, which children can access more easily than adults, and put up tents. Girls clean or offer to cook. The market, in the larger and more loosely regulated section of the camp for Syrian and Iraqi citizens, is crowded with small boys hauling hand carts for 200 Syrian pounds per errand. The market is crowded with small boys hauling hand carts for 200 Syrian pounds per errand Credit: Sam Tarling/The Telegraph Such Dickensian scenes are not unusual amidst humanitarian crisis. And across the Middle East, children are generally expected to pull their own weight at an earlier age than in the West. But the prospects for these children are bleak in more than one way. Radical Isil supporters continue to exert influence inside al-Hol, including by harassing women who want to remove their veils.  There have been reports of punishment tent-burnings by an underground “religious police”, and several women from different countries who the Telegraph spoke to complained about being labelled “infidels” by their fellow inmates. Without intervention, there is a good chance the children here will be brought up in the same poisonous ideology that turned many of their fathers into terrorists. Without intervention, there is a chance the camp's children here will be brought up in the same poisonous ideology that turned many of their fathers into terrorists The United Nations has expressed “alarm” at the situation. Last week  Henrietta Fore, the executive director of Unicef, urged member states “to take responsibility for children who are their citizens or born to their nationals, and to take measures to prevent children from becoming stateless.” Some governments have heeded the call. Last week, the French government said it had evacuated several children. But Kurdish officials have told the Telegraph that Britain has refused to take back British Isil members or their children in the camps on the grounds that it has full confidence in the legal and administrative system of Rojava, the unrecognised Kurdish proto-state in northern Syria. Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, last week claimed that it would have been “too risky” to send British officials to save Jarrah Begum, although he remained a British citizen after his mother was stripped of her own citizenship. However, the al-Hol camp is run by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led Western-backed armed group that Britain is allied to. Journalists, including from the Telegraph, and aid workers visit the camp on a regular basis, safely and without incident. Radical Isil supporters continue to exert influence inside al-Hol, including by harassing women who want to remove their veils Credit: Sam Tarling/The Telegraph Nor is it true, as Mr Hunt claimed, that journalists are afforded special protection unavailable to UK officials in Syria or in the camps. In al-Hol, the foreign women constantly exchange rumours about which governments might take Isil members back. For their children, who committed no crime, the only thing on the horizon is more arduous work. "I'd like to…sell stuff. Or you know, build houses," shrugged Hamed, when asked what he would like to do when he grows up. Those are the only careers on offer in al-Hol camp. He picked up his hammer, and went back to hitting the tent peg. His blows made little impact on the stony ground. 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