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College admissions scam rekindles scrutiny of Kushner's Harvard acceptance, $2.5M pledge

College admissions scam rekindles scrutiny of Kushner's Harvard acceptance, $  2.5M pledgeThe college admissions bribery scandal has placed a fresh focus on how Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, got into Harvard.



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An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of AllegianceThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest



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Florida student faces misdemeanor charges after refusing to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Florida student faces misdemeanor charges after refusing to stand for Pledge of AllegianceAn 11-year-old student in Florida refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and was arrested for a resulting confrontation with a teacher and police officer.



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Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $20 billion Pakistan investment pledge

Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour with $  20 billion Pakistan investment pledgeKicking off his tour of South Asia and China with a far higher Pakistan investment than expected, the crown prince said the $ 20 billion figure represents only the start of an economic tie-up that would bring the historic Muslim allies even closer. “It’s big for phase 1, and definitely it will grow every month and every year, and it will be beneficial to both countries,” said the crown prince. “We have been a brotherly country, a friendly country to Pakistan.



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Venezuelan generals pledge loyalty to Nicolas Maduro as leadership stand-off intensifies

Venezuelan generals pledge loyalty to Nicolas Maduro as leadership stand-off intensifiesThe Venezuelan military high command on Thursday threw its weight behind Nicolas Maduro, upping the stakes in the stand-off over the country's leadership as the US warned his regime against the use of force on protesters. The day after Juan Guaido, head of the parliament, swore himself in as interim president in front of a rally of thousands and was swiftly recognised by regional powers, military commanders took to the airwaves to make their allegiance clear.   General Vladimir Padrino, the defence minister, accused Mr Guaido of mounting a "coup d'etat" and said the armed forces would not back a president "imposed by shadowy interests". In one of several messages from the top brass broadcast on state TV, General Padrino said the 35-year-old opposition leader was staging a putsch "against democracy", adding that soldiers would be unworthy of their uniform if they did not defend the constitution. The broadcasts were aimed at reasserting Mr Maduro's grip on the armed forces after a short-lived mutiny by a group of soldiers in Caracas on Monday raised doubts over military loyalties, which will be crucial in determining how the crisis plays out.  Britain on Thursday joined a growing group of Western and Latin American countries which have recognised Mr Guaido as Venezuela's president. "The United Kingdom believes Juan Guaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward. We are supporting the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina to make that happen," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement. While the European Union stopped short of recognising Mr Guaido, Antonio Tajani, head of the European parliament, said it was he who enjoyed "democratic legitimacy". Mr Maduro's victory in last year's election was not "free and fair", Mr Tajani added. But states including Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Syria lent their backing to Mr Maduro, the man handpicked by Hugo Chavez to succeed him upon his death in 2013.  The Kremlin said Vladimir Putin had phoned his longtime ally and "expressed support to the legitimate government of Venezuela amid the acute political crisis that has been provoked from the outside".  In response to Washington's move against him, Mr Maduro ordered US diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela within 72 hours, saying he was breaking relations with the "imperialist United States government".  On Thursday evening the US ordered non-emergency embassy staff to leave Venezuela. Guaido vs Maduro | Who is backing Venezuela's two presidents The State Department mandated the departure of non-emergency US personnel and their family members "based on our current assessment of the security situation in Venezuela," a department spokesman said. "We have no plans to close the embassy. The United States will maintain diplomatic relations with Venezuela through the government of interim President Guaido, who has invited our mission to remain in Venezuela," he said. Amid deadly political clashes in the crisis-torn country, the State Department also said that US citizens "should strongly consider departing Venezuela." Mr Guaido, along with the US senator Marco Rubio, had urged the US not to evacuate personnel, in light of its disavowal of Mr Maduro's mandate. On Thursday Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, warned "remnant elements of the Maduro regime" against using violence to repress what he called "the peaceful democratic transition". He called for a meeting of the UN Security Council on Saturday to discuss the crisis. Local NGOs have reported at least 14 deaths linked to this week's protests, with nighttime clashes and riots across the country since Monday.  Protesters have clashed with security forces around the country and in both affluent and working class areas of Caracas, with some demonstrations spilling over into looting of nearby off-licenses and fast-food restaurants. Profile | Nicolás Maduro The US has not ruled out military intervention, saying that "all options are on the table" if Mr Maduro's forces employ violence.  But on Thursday John Bolton, the national security adviser, said Washington was focusing on economic measures and would seek to cut off Mr Maduro from the oil revenues that have propped up his regime.  "We think consistent with our recognition of Juan Guaido as the constitutional interim president of Venezuela that those revenues should go to the legitimate government," Mr Bolton said. It is unclear, however, exactly how that would work, and Mr Bolton acknowledged that US officials were still studying what would be a "very complicated" process.  The US also says it stands ready to ship $ 20 million in humanitarian assistance to the beleaguered country, where petroleum riches have failed to prevent a dire economic crisis. Hyperinflation and an acute shortage of food and medicines have sent millions fleeing the country in recent years, with the exodus across the border into neighbouring Colombia swelling amid this week's events.  The whereabouts of Mr Guaido remain unknown, and it is expected that authorities will seek to arrest him on treason charges. But on Thursday he remained active on his social media accounts.  “We are in a crazy, mixed-up country,” said Luis Rodriguez, as he walked to his work as a plumber in the capital.  “We have two presidents, two assemblies, and we’re dying from hunger, and a lack of medicines.”



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Trump's AG pick to pledge protection for Mueller's Russia probe

Trump's AG pick to pledge protection for Mueller's Russia probeAttorney general nominee William Barr will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Robert Mueller's investigation Trump's 2016 election campaign.



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Build the wall: the pledge defining Trump's presidency

Build the wall: the pledge defining Trump's presidencyWashington (AFP) – Building a wall on the border with Mexico has been a central plank of US President Donald Trump's political platform, both as a candidate and since taking office.



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Oil prices surge on output cut pledge, US-China deal

Oil prices surge on output cut pledge, US-China dealOil prices soared on Monday after Russia and Saudi Arabia renewed a pact to cap output, while the US agreed to halt raising tariffs on Chinese imports, stalling a trade row that many feared could hit demand for the commodity. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “have agreed to extend our agreement” to limit production as prices slump on global markets. An existing deal committing OPEC and non-members to cuts expires this year.



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George H.W. Bush: Breaking a pledge, doing the right thing on taxes

George H.W. Bush: Breaking a pledge, doing the right thing on taxesThis is one in a series of 13 Yahoo News interviews with historians about defining moments in presidential leadership. The interviews were conducted by Andrew Romano, Lisa Belkin and Sam Matthews, and the videos were produced by Sam Matthews. The series was published in September. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, author of “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” spoke to Yahoo News about Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the costly decision to defy his Republican base and break his “no new taxes” pledge to bring the federal budget deficit under control.



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‘Green New Deal’ Gains Momentum, But Few Progressive Caucus Democrats Pledge Support

‘Green New Deal’ Gains Momentum, But Few Progressive Caucus Democrats Pledge SupportJust three Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus have pledged this



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