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Starbucks to close 8,000 branches for afternoon of racial bias training after discrimination row

Starbucks to close 8,000 branches for afternoon of racial bias training after discrimination row  Starbucks will close more than 8,000 US stores for an afternoon of racial bias training after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia branch triggered claims of discrimination.  Almost 175,000 workers will go through training on May 29, the company announced on Tuesday after footage of the arrest made headlines.  Kevin Johnson, the Starbucks CEO, said the move was just “one step” in the company’s “journey” to improve and understand “what we did wrong”.  Footage of the arrest taken by other customers had gone viral in recent days and prompted a slew of negative headlines for the company.  The two black men had been waiting for a friend when they were asked to leave by staff. There are reports one or both of the men asked to use the restroom without buying anything.  An employee called the police before the men's friend arrived and argued with officers  as they applied handcuffs, saying: “You can’t discriminate.” Other customers are heard criticising the police.  The pair were arrested and held for eight hours before being released with no charge, according to their attorney.  The incident triggered protests, with critics holding posters saying “shame on you Starbucks” and “too little too latté”.  Protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia Credit: REUTERS/Mark Makela Mr Johnson gave interviews saying he wanted to “personally apologise” over the arrests and also met the two men to say sorry face-to-face.  He told ABC News: "The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible… they were wrong." On Tuesday, Mr Johnson said in a statement: “I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it.  Starbucks's US stores will close on May 29 Credit: AP Photo/Lisa Poole “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.” The training on May 29 will “address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome”.  Starbucks has more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States which are all closing.  



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'Angels' and training help former fighter pilot save Southwest flight

'Angels' and training help former fighter pilot save Southwest flightTammie Jo Shults, 56, may have drawn on her Navy skills when one of the two engines on her Boeing 737-700 blew and broke apart at 32,000 feet on Tuesday, forcing her to implement a rapid descent toward Philadelphia International Airport. One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults calmly told air traffic control that part of her plane was missing, and she would need ambulances on the runway.



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Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias trainingStarbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers. Philadelphia police released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrests. In the recording, a woman is heard saying, “Hi, I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave.” She gives the address of the Starbucks store, and the entire call lasts less than 30 seconds.



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US interest in concealed carry permit training jumps 100 per cent after Parkland: ‘We’ve never seen a spike this big before’

US interest in concealed carry permit training jumps 100 per cent after Parkland: ‘We’ve never seen a spike this big before’The number of Americans interested in obtaining concealed carry permits to secretly bear arms in public has jumped dramatically since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February – with some states having seen as much as a 250 per cent increase in training requests for this type of permit. In the 50 days since the Parkland, Florida shooting, companies and networks of firearm instructors that provide training for the permits in dozens of states have seen enquiries spike. One company said it had even received more requests for training than after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.



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Russia accuses U.S. of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria

Russia accuses U.S. of training former Islamic State fighters in SyriaThe chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. Russia says the U.S. base is illegal and that it and the area around it have become “a black hole” where militants operate unhindered. Islamic State has this year lost almost all the territory it held in Syria and Iraq.



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Militants storm Kabul spy training centre

Militants storm Kabul spy training centreMilitants stormed an intelligence agency training centre in Kabul on Monday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, triggering an intense gunbattle with Afghan police. Security forces battled the militants, besieged in a construction site at the National Directorate of Security (NDS), for hours before killing at least two attackers. Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said two police officers were injured but there were no civilian casualties.



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500 Horses Seen Galloping for Their Lives as Training Facility Falls Victim to California Wildfires

500 Horses Seen Galloping for Their Lives as Training Facility Falls Victim to California WildfiresThe horses were released after the stables went up in flames.



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'Unacceptably high' number of Afghans flee military training in U.S.: report

'Unacceptably high' number of Afghans flee military training in U.S.: reportBy Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go “absent without leave” at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday. Of the 320 foreign military trainees who left while on courses in the United States from 2005 to 2017, 152 – or more than 47 percent – were Afghans, said a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR found that the rate of asylum seekers among Afghan military trainees rose in recent years as violence in the Islamist Taliban insurgency spread across Afghanistan and security forces sustained heavy casualties.



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US strikes kill 'dozens' at IS training camps

US strikes kill 'dozens' at IS training campsThe US military said on Monday it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters at the group’s training camps in central Yemen, in the first such strikes in the country’s conflict. Locals said the camps, both in Bayda province, were named after prominent IS figures: Yemen chief Abu Bilal al-Harbi and former global spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, killed last summer in a US air strike. This is the first time allies of Yemen’s internationally recognised government have announced raids against IS footholds.



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Isis were defeated in Mosul because of Barack Obama's training strategies, says Pentagon official

Isis were defeated in Mosul because of Barack Obama's training strategies, says Pentagon officialPictures of the Iraqi soldiers celebrating their defeat of Isis in Mosul marked a milestone in the fight against the Islamist group but it was also a victory for Barack Obama’s strategy in the region, a senior Pentagon official has said. While the Iraqi armed forces staged an exhausting nine-month siege around the city of Mosul, the US-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria initiated by the former president appears to have proved successful in weakening Isis forces. The US and its allies, including but not limited to the UK, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey, also provided continual training and advised proxy local forces without sending their own troops into action.



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