Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic relations with Dutch

(CNN)Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return to Turkey and has suspended high-level diplomatic relations between the two countries, deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced in Ankara on Monday as a disagreement between the two countries escalated.

Turkey’s action came after the Netherlands’ refusal to allow Turkey’s foreign minister to visit for a political rally over the weekend.
That minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is demanding answers from the Dutch government over why they blocked him.
    “Why this time am I a terrorist? Are the Turks living in this country terrorists?” Cavusoglu asked in an interview Monday with CNN’s “Connect the World.”
    The decision to refuse Cavusoglu permission to fly to Rotterdam to address the rally over the weekend was followed by a refusal by the Dutch to let the Turkish family affairs minister, Fatma Betul Sayan Kayafrom, enter the Turkish consulate in the city.
    She was escorted out of the country.
    Violent clashes in Rotterdam followed the decision to halt the two ministers from addressing the rallies.

    No explanation, minister complains

    Cavusoglu said he had been given no explanation from the Dutch as to why they had public order and safety concerns over his visit, the reason they gave for blocking it.
    “Is there any one single Turkish Turk radicalized? They say no. So what is the security problem then? They don’t give me any detail, I am the foreign minister of Turkey. I am not a terrorist. This is just excuse, unfortunately, to hide the real reasons,” he said.

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    March 14, 2017

    Putting ‘America First,’ Trump said to plan lighter foreign travel than predecessors

    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, who entered office vowing to prioritize American workers and issues, has told his advisers to plan a lighter schedule of foreign travel than his recent predecessors, according to people familiar with the conversations.

    Trump has told his team that he doesn’t want lengthy trips abroad to distract from his focus on domestic issues in the United States, according to people who have spoken to him about his travel plans.
    And he’s cited the negotiating advantage of meeting leaders at the White House — a symbol of American power — instead of on foreign turf as a reason to put off a major foreign tour.
      Scheduled to first travel outside the country in May for a Group of 7 meeting in Sicily, Trump will lag more than a month-and-a-half behind recent past presidents, who all left for diplomatic trips within the first three months of taking office.
      Trump has also agreed to attend a May summit meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, where the defense alliance is headquartered, and a G20 summit in Germany in July. In addition, he’s accepted invitations to visit the United Kingdom and Japan.

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      March 13, 2017

      Alone in the outback: attacks on backpackers play on deep-seated fears

      While millions of tourists make their way safely across Australia, some shocking exceptions highlight the need for caution in the wilderness

      Recent cases of abduction, murder and rapes in outback Australia have once again turned the spotlight on the potential for a dream trip to turn into a nightmare for vulnerable young tourists in isolated surroundings.

      Among the millions of backpackers and tourists who have safely made their way across Australia, there are horror stories.

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      March 12, 2017

      ATV, dirt bike riders beat up driver on California freeway

      (CNN)“Sideshow” activity from dirt bikers and ATV riders turned into a bit of horror show violence caught on tape on a California freeway.

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      March 11, 2017

      Paradise found: 12 crowd-free Asia island escapes

      (CNN)Finding an empty beach in Asia was a breeze a few decades ago, but it’s not quite so easy anymore.

      As zealous souvenir hawkers follow busloads of tour groups to Asia’s most famous islands, discerning travelers must look farther afield for more authentic getaways.
      The good news? Whether your idea of paradise involves a tropical beach framed by palm trees, or wildlife encounters in the woods, Asia has an island for you.
        From Indonesia to India, we’ve singled out a dozen of the best throw-back islands — places where traditional cultures and unspoiled landscapes will transport travelers back in time.

        Koh Rong, Cambodia

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        March 10, 2017

        Jerry Lewis Fast Facts

        (CNN)Here’s a look at the life of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis.

        Personal:
        Birth Date:
        March 16, 1926
        Birth place: Newark, New Jersey
        Birth Name: Joseph Levitch
          Father: Daniel Levitch (Danny Lewis – stage name), entertainer
          Mother: Rae (Brodsky) Levitch (Rae Lewis – stage name), piano player
          Marriages: Sandra (Pitnick) Lewis (February 13, 1983-present); Patti Palmer (1944-1982, divorced)
          Children: with Sandra Lewis: Danielle; with Patti Palmer: Joseph, Anthony, Christopher, Scott, Ronald and Gary
          Other:
          Made his debut at age five, singing “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” at a resort.
          Was nominated for an Emmy Award.
          Became a spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the 1940s.
          Often talks about himself in the third person.
          Timeline:
          1946-1956 –
          Partners with Dean Martin for nightclub acts, television appearances and 16 movies.
          1963 – The film “The Nutty Professor,” in which Lewis acted and directed, is released.
          1966 – Hosts his first televised Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Labor Day telethon. This becomes an annual event.
          1967 – Teaches a graduate course in film at the University of Southern California.
          1976 – Frank Sinatra orchestrates a surprise reunion between Lewis and Dean Martin on a MDA telethon.
          1983 – The film “The King of Comedy,” which features Lewis’ first dramatic role, is released.
          1984 – Inducted into the French Legion of Honor.
          1995 – Makes his Broadway debut in “Damn Yankees.”
          1995 – Begins traveling to medical schools to present, with Dr. Clifford Kuhn, a seminar on laughter and healing.
          September 2005 – Receives the Governors Award at the Creative Emmy Awards in recognition for his work on behalf of muscular dystrophy.
          June 11, 2006 – Suffers a mild heart attack on a flight from New York to San Diego.
          September 3, 2007 – In the 18th hour of the annual Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, Lewis uses an anti-gay slur while cracking jokes. He later apologizes in a written statement.
          February 22, 2009 – Receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards ceremony.
          May 16, 2011 – Announces retirement as MDA telethon host.
          August 3, 2011 – The MDA announces that Lewis is retiring as national chairman.
          September 14, 2015 – The Library of Congress announces its has acquired Lewis’ personal archive.

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/24/us/jerry-lewis-fast-facts/index.html

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          March 9, 2017

          WikiLeaks says the CIA can use your TV to spy on you. But there’s good news | Trevor Timm

          If these documents are genuine, then they prove that encryption still offers broad protection. Thats one reason to download Signal and similar apps now

          The latest release from WikiLeaks detailing how the CIA has allegedly stockpiled a plethora of tools to hack a variety of everyday devices from phones, to televisions to cars is a stark reminder about the fragile state of Internet security. The US government has amassed extraordinary hacking powers largely in secret and this leak might just force us to grapple with whether we are comfortable with that.

          The most widely reported aspect of the purported leak is the allegation that the CIA has myriad ways to hack popular smartphones like iPhone and Android devices and that the agency could be allowing its hackers to take control of internet connected televisions and covertly listen in on conversations in peoples living rooms. This type of attack has been the worry of many privacy advocates for years, as more and more televisions and other household devices (collectively known as the Internet of Things) are increasingly connected to the Internet while always listening.

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          March 8, 2017

          Kelly: DHS is considering separating undocumented children from their parents at the border

          Washington (CNN)Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly confirmed that the department is considering separating children from their parents at the border.

          “We have tremendous experience of dealing with unaccompanied minors,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “We turn them over to (Health and Human Services) and they do a very, very good job of putting them in foster care or linking them up with parents or family members in the United States.”
          He continued: “Yes I’m considering (that), in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network. I am considering exactly that. They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents. … It’s more important to me, Wolf, to try to keep people off of this awful network.”
            A senior DHS official had previously told CNN that the department was considering a proposal to separate children from adults when they are trying to enter the country illegally at the southern border.
            The official told CNN the proposal is meant to deter the exploitation of children.
            Currently, when adults enter the country accompanied by children, they are generally released into the US and able to stay in the country, pending disposition of their cases, the official said.
            The proposal would allow US immigration officials to separate children from the adults they came here with. The adults could be kept in detention, and the children could be moved elsewhere under protected status, possibly with family members already in the country or to state protective custody such as child protective services.
            In a statement to CNN last week, DHS spokesman David Lapan said the agency “continually explores options that may discourage those from even beginning the journey.”
            “The journey north is a dangerous one, with too many situations where children — brought by parents, relatives or smugglers — are often exploited, abused or may even lose their lives,” Lapan said at the time.
            Leon Fresco, a former DOJ official in President Barack Obama’s administration, said the previous administration considered, but ultimately rejected, the move.
            “It was never implemented because the idea was that it was too detrimental to the safety of the children to separate them from their parents, and the thinking was it was always preferable to detain the family as a unit or release the family as the unit,” Fresco said.

            Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/06/politics/john-kelly-separating-children-from-parents-immigration-border/index.html

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            March 7, 2017

            Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, WHO says

            (CNN)Each year, environmental pollutants cost an estimated 1.7 million lives among children under 5, according to World Health Organization reports released Monday.

            The causes include unsafe water, lack of sanitation, poor hygiene practices and indoor and outdoor pollution, as well as injuries.
            The new numbers equate to these pollutants being the cause of one in four deaths of children 1 month to 5 years old.

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              March 6, 2017

              Whats next for the womens movement?

              After the success of the Womens March, its International Womens Day on Wednesday 8 March. Here, 15 influential women, from Lena Dunham and Nicola Sturgeon to Susie Orbach, nominate a crucial next step towards equality

              Lena Dunham: keep on protesting

              I think the activism and organisation thats happening now is showing protest matters, calling your representatives matters, becoming involved in community organisations matters, sending your donations every month matters. It has never mattered more to show up with your money, with your body, with your time and with your voice than it does right now. Lots of people had valid criticisms of the Womens March, but it was the largest global protest weve seen and thats because every single person made the choice to take time off work, to give of themselves, to give their bodies and fill space and show they wanted to say no. That scares people and even if right now were not seeing the result we want, the government has been warned. They understand they are not supported. They are fighting an uphill battle against women and allies of equality in all of its forms.
              Lena Dunham is an actor, writer, producer and director

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              March 5, 2017