• Sanders and Bloomberg exchange blows as Democratic race heats up
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    Sanders and Bloomberg exchange blows as Democratic race heats up

    The gloves continue to come off in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with Bernie Sanders accusing billionaire Mike Bloomberg of buying the election and attacking the former New York City mayor's record on race, and Bloomberg taking a swipe at the Vermont senator and his fervent supporters. On Sunday, Sanders launched his latest offensive against Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas, where he denounced “stop and frisk” policing that disproportionately targeted African-Americans during Bloomberg's tenure as mayor. Bloomberg, who has apologized for his past support of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics, responded in a tweet that included a video clip featuring alleged Sanders supporters — their names are blurred out — attacking other candidates' fans on social media.

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    French soldier has died while on duty in Burkina Faso

    A French soldier has died while on operations in Burkina Faso, the French Armed Forces Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The ministry said the causes of the death of Sergeant Morgan Henry were unknown for now and an investigation was underway into the circumstances behind his death. Former colonial power France intervened in the Sahel region, south of the Sahara, back in 2013 to drive back militants who had seized northern Mali the previous year.

  • A Texas jury found him guilty of murder. A computer algorithm proved his innocence.
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    A Texas jury found him guilty of murder. A computer algorithm proved his innocence.

    Armed with the new evidence, the Innocence Project of Texas went a step further, prompting Cybergenetics to work with a partner crime lab in Beaufort County, South Carolina, which has access to a powerful FBI database known as the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. Typically, federal, state and local law enforcement and government crime labs can upload an unknown profile into the database and compare it for a possible match against that of one of the more than 14 million convicted criminals and those arrested already in the system. The process, for instance, can help authorities link crimes from several scenes to a single person.

  • 'Red flag' gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom
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    'Red flag' gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom

    The last thing these women want is an out-of-state billionaire telling them what to do. But that's exactly what New York billionaire and former mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to do. Bloomberg's group Everytown for Gun Safety is buying $250,000 in television ads in Iowa to pressure lawmakers into adopting a “red flag” measure — a dangerous gun control scheme that would leave law-abiding Iowans defenseless.

  • A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world
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    A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world

    Associated Press/Heng Sinith Health officials on Saturday said they'd found a coronavirus case among the hundreds of passengers who disembarked a cruise ship in Cambodia, The New York Times reported. The Westerdam cruise ship spent weeks stranded at sea after five ports rejected it over coronavirus fears. Now, more than 1,000 passengers from the ship have proceeded to destinations around the world, and health officials are struggling to determine how to handle the situation.

  • Inside the Family's Manhattan Apartment
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    Inside the Family's Manhattan Apartment

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  • Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion
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    Leaked data shows China's Uighurs detained due to religion

    When a Chinese government mass detention campaign engulfed Memtimin Emer's native Xinjiang region three years ago, the elderly Uighur imam was swept up and locked away, along with three of his sons. The database profiles the internment of 311 individuals with relatives abroad in Karakax County, and lists information on more than 2,000 of their relatives, neighbors and friends. Taken as a whole, the database offers the fullest view yet into how Chinese officials decided who to put into and let out of detention camps, as part of a crackdown that has locked away more than a million ethnic minorities, most of them Muslims.

  • Hitler's Submarines Almost Launched A Missile Attack On America
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    Hitler's Submarines Almost Launched A Missile Attack On America

    Key point: Most Allied commanders were skeptical that there was a genuine threat to the continental United States—save for certain leaders of the U.S. Navy. In the closing weeks of World War II in Europe, American intelligence determined that a detachment of German submarines had been dispatched to launch a cruise missile attack on the East Coast of the United States. The U.S. Navy deployed forty-six ships and dozens of aircraft to annihilate the incoming submarine wolf pack.

  • Trump blames border wall falling over on 'big winds'
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    Trump blames border wall falling over on 'big winds'

    President Trump has blamed reports about a section of his border wall falling over on the “Fake News,” claiming in a tweet the part of the wall fell due to “big winds” and had since been fixed “forever.

  • Buttigieg: I won't 'take lectures on family values' from Rush Limbaugh
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    Buttigieg: I won't 'take lectures on family values' from Rush Limbaugh

    Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a simple response on Sunday when asked about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's questioning whether Americans are ready to back a gay candidate for president. "I'm proud of my husband," he said.

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    Quake hits near Iranian island, no casualties

    A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit near southern Iran's Qeshm island in the Gulf on Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported, but a local official said there were no reports of casualties and only minor damage. "So far, there has been no loss of life reported," the governor of Qeshm, Alireza Nasri, told IRNA. The United States Geological Survey gave the magnitude of the quake as 5.5.

  • DNC announces debate qualification threshold for South Carolina
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    DNC announces debate qualification threshold for South Carolina

    To qualify for an upcoming presidential debate in South Carolina, candidates will need to have won at least one delegate in earlier primary contests or cross a polling threshold of 10 percent nationally or 12 percent in the Palmetto State, the Democratic National Committee announced Saturday. The rules are barely changed from the qualification threshold the party set for next week's debate in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC, which could be former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first appearance on the stage if he qualifies in time. The party's debates are now coming quickly as the pace of contests picks up, following the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.

  • Rwandan dissident singer found dead in custody: police
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    Rwandan dissident singer found dead in custody: police

    A popular Rwandan singer whose music was banned by the ruling regime "committed suicide" in custody, police announced Monday, three days after he was caught trying to flee the country. Kizito Mihigo, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide whose songs angered the government of strongman President Paul Kagame, was found dead in a police cell in the capital Kigali around 5am (0200 GMT). Mihigo, who was sentenced to 10 years' jail in 2015 for conspiracy against the government but later released on pardon, was captured trying to cross the border in Rwanda's south.

  • Biden says he'd 'disown' anyone who made online attacks like Bernie Sanders' supporters
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    Biden says he'd 'disown' anyone who made online attacks like Bernie Sanders' supporters

    Associated Press/John Locher Former Vice President Joe Biden told NBC's "Meet The Press" he'd "disown" anyone who behaved online like Bernie Sanders' supporters. Sanders recently came under fire after some of his purported supporters bombarded leaders of the Culinary Workers Union with abusive and sexist messages after the union criticized "Medicare for All." Sanders himself has denounced the attacks and suggested they were not truly coming from his own supporters.

  • Chinese President Xi knew severity of coronavirus weeks before going public; 40 Americans on cruise ship infected
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    Chinese President Xi knew severity of coronavirus weeks before going public; 40 Americans on cruise ship infected

    President Xi Jinping on Sunday published a timeline of his actions to combat the coronavirus racing through China as the Communist Party worked to tamp down criticism of the government's handling of the crisis. The latest revelation comes as a U.S. health official said at least 40 Americans on a cruise ship in Japan are infected with the deadly new virus. “I issued demands during a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on Jan. 7 for work to contain the outbreak," Xi said in the speech.

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    Sudan’s Ousted Leader Quizzed in Probe Into Islamist Financing

    Bashir, who was sentenced to two years in a rehabilitation facility in December for illicit possession of foreign currencies, appeared in front of the General Prosecutor on Sunday, according to a statement. It's the latest legal development for the 76-year-old former president, who was overthrown by the army in April after mass protests and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on accusations of war crimes in the western region of Darfur. Sudan's transitional government last week indicated he may face the ICC on those charges as part of a deal with rebels, though it wasn't immediately clear if he would be surrendered to the Hague or stand trial in another way.

  • North Korea vs. South Korea: Who Wins a War Straight-Up?
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    North Korea vs. South Korea: Who Wins a War Straight-Up?

    Key point: It's no accident that the North Korean military has evolved asymmetric means such as long range border artillery, light infantry, infiltration forces, and chemical and radiological units to counter the South's increasing technological superiority. In the last seventy years, the Republic of Korea Army (ROK Army) has evolved from a constabulary force into one of the largest, most powerful, technologically advanced armies in the world. This remarkable evolution is entirely due to the original 1950–53 invasion and war by neighboring North Korea.

  • Costa Rican police find six tonnes of cocaine in biggest ever haul
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    Costa Rican police find six tonnes of cocaine in biggest ever haul

    Police in Costa Rica have found almost 6 tonnes of cocaine in a shipping container, leading to the country's biggest ever drug seizure. The drugs, which weighed 5,800kg, were discovered on Friday evening in Limón in a container of flowers due to be sent to Rotterdam, Holland, according to the Costan Rican national newspaper La Nación. In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, interior minister Michael Soto Rojas confirmed it was the largest ever drug seizure in Costa Rica.

  • Iran's president: Trump doesn't want war ahead of 2020 vote
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    Iran's president: Trump doesn't want war ahead of 2020 vote

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Rouhani said that Trump knows that war with Iran will “ruin" his chances of winning the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The Iranian leader added that war would be harmful to U.S. interests and those of its regional allies, as well as Iran.

  • American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia
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    American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia

    An American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday, after the cruise firm and Cambodian authorities sought further tests. The 83-year-old woman was the first passenger from the MS Westerdam, operated by Carnival Corp unit Holland America Inc, to test positive for the virus. She tested positive in the Malaysian capital where she arrived on Friday from the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville.

  • Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty
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    Man who left puppy to drown in cage sentenced to 1 year for animal cruelty

    A New Jersey man who tried to leave an 8-month-old puppy to drown in a cage was sentenced to a year in state prison Friday. Aaron Davis, 36, was convicted of fourth-degree animal cruelty in December after leaving the pit bull in a cage along the rising tide of Sandy Hook Bay in July 2018, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor. Luckily, a passerby noticed the crate in the early morning hours and climbed down a rocky barrier to save the puppy, who was later named River.

  • India women facing sedition charges over school play get bail
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    India women facing sedition charges over school play get bail

    Two women held for two weeks by Indian police on sedition charges over a school play which allegedly criticised a contentious citizenship law have been granted bail, officials said Sunday. Teacher Fareeda Begum, 50, and parent Nazbunnisa, 36, were arrested on January 30 for helping the children stage the play at Shaheen Public School in Karnataka state. The play depicted a worried family talking about how they feared the government would ask millions of Muslims to prove their nationality or be expelled from India.

  • Ocasio-Cortez faces 13 challengers – but can anyone unseat her?
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    Ocasio-Cortez faces 13 challengers – but can anyone unseat her?

    We don't see a lot of young people accomplish a lot because they're afraid – and she's not afraid. We knew who she was when we sent her, that she'd make a noise, and making a noise was why we sent her Abdul Abbas That's not how all see it. The first-term congresswoman is facing eight Republican and five Democratic candidates aiming to unseat her.

  • Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation
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    Police allegedly held a black student at gunpoint. Now the governor wants an investigation

    The governor of Illinois on Thursday called for an investigation into allegations that police held a black college student at gunpoint after misidentifying him as a suspect. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's statement comes after Jaylan Butler, 20, sued the six officers involved for unlawful searches and seizure, excessive force and false arrest on a Sunday night last February. Butler, a swim team member at Eastern Illinois University, said he was walking back to the team bus near a rest stop off Interstate 80 when patrol cars pulled up to him.

  • 14 Americans on Evacuation Plane Test Positive for Coronavirus
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    14 Americans on Evacuation Plane Test Positive for Coronavirus

    Fourteen Americans aboard two chartered evacuation flights back to the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus, the State Department said Monday. The infected individuals were among hundreds released after two weeks in quarantine aboard a Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, which was carrying about 380 Americans and their family members. The two evacuation flights left from Tokyo, and one landed at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., while the other landed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.