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U.S. House to vote on overriding Trump veto of resolution ending border emergencyThe Democratic-led House was unlikely to gain the Republican support needed to reach the roughly 290 votes, or two-thirds majority, required to override Trump's veto. The House passed the resolution last month in a 245-182 vote , and was later joined by the Republican-led Senate, but Trump vetoed it. Democrats and some Republicans believe the national emergency declared by Trump in order to build a border wall trampled on the congressional power to make government spending decisions.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 4:22 pm

US will not 'stand idly' on Russian role in Venezuela: PompeoSecretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia Monday the United States will not "stand idly by" as Moscow inserts military personnel into Venezuela to support the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. In a phone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pompeo denounced the growing Russian military reinforcements as prolonging the political crisis in the South American country.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 1:09 pm

Wary calm as Egyptian-brokered ceasefire ends fighting between Hamas and Israel in GazaA wary calm returned to Gaza and southern Israel on Tuesday after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire brought an end to hours of intense fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas. Israeli jets struck targets throughout Gaza on Monday night, including the offices of the Islamist group’s leader, while Hamas and other Palestinian factions fired rockets at Israeli towns and cities.  No fatalities were reported on either side although several people were injured in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.  The escalation was sparked by Hamas firing a rocket that wounded several members of a British-Israeli family on Monday morning.  At around 10pm on Monday, Egyptian mediators managed to broker a ceasefire between the two sides, as they have done during several other flare-ups of violence in recent months.  The ceasefire took several hours to take hold and airstrikes and rocket fire continued in the early hours of Tuesday. Millions of civilians on both sides spent the night in fear as the fighting continued.  Palestinians sit with their belongings in a street outside their destroyed house after an Israeli missile targeted a nearby Hamas site, in Gaza City Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem However, by mid-morning the situation was tense but calm. Palestinian children went to school in Gaza as usual but school was cancelled for Israeli children in several districts in the country’s south.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, cut short a trip to Washington to return to Israel to manage the situation. Mr Netanyahu, who is also Israel’s defence minister, was due to arrive in Israel in the afternoon and hold meetings with security chiefs.  “We have responded very, very forcefully,” Mr Netanyahu said before departing Washington.  “Hamas needs to know that we will not hesitate to go in and take all necessary steps – regardless of anything, any date, other than Israel’s security needs.” The Israeli leader is seeking re-election for a fifth term in office when Israelis go to the polls on April 9. He is under pressure from political opponents on both the Centre and the Right to strike forcefully against Hamas.  Hamas hailed Monday night’s violence as a victory for its cause. “Gaza and the resistance in Gaza are unbreakable. The will of Gaza will always defeat the occupation; Gaza will break the siege and live free and in dignity,” a spokesman said.  Hamas is under intense pressure within Gaza to raise living standards and deal with horrendous economic conditions in the strip, where unemployment is at around 50 per cent.  Anti-Hamas protesters took to the streets last week under the slogan “We Want To Live”. Hamas responded with a major crackdown and arrested dozens of people. Egypt and the UN have been trying to broker a long-term deal which would see Hamas promise to stop attacks on Israel in return for Israel lifting its crushing 12-year blockade on Gaza.  However, the negotiations have yielded few results and Hamas is believed to be trying to inject fresh urgency into the talks by firing rockets while at the same time avoiding a full-blown war.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 11:05 am

HTC unveils a new VR headset for workplace use that ships next month for $799HTC Vive used the occasion of its annual Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen on Monday to unveil a new workplace-focused VR headset -- the VIVE Focus Plus, which promises a slew of features for enterprise customers like enhanced optics and upgraded lenses in the head-mounted display. And all of it, in a package that costs $799 and will be available starting April 15 from Vive's website.Among the new headset's specs, HTC says it sports new 'fresnel' lenses that offer a sharper visual and create a more true-to-life effect for users. The headset also comes with newly added six-degrees-of-freedom controllers, paving the way for more comfortable extended VR sessions that enterprise customers who may use this for more than cursory experiences will no doubt appreciate.Additionally, in most markets the headset will include an enterprise license at no additional cost."With the unveiling of these enhancements for Vive Focus Plus, the VR industry is taking a big step forward with this new generation of full-fidelity standalone VR devices enabling total freedom of interaction and freedom of connection," said HTC's China president Alvin Wang Graylin, in a release about the device. "We're thrilled so many developers and partners are supporting this product with exciting experiences across a wide range of use cases, showcasing the incredible opportunity for VR/AR to enter all facets of our lives"https://twitter.com/htcvive/status/1110358205266157569The headset includes a 3K AMOLED display, and it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. Users will enjoy a 110-degree field of view, and the headset also comes with a 4,000 mAh battery.Among other features, users will have access to almost 250 Vive Wave applications at launch that run natively on the headset, and a "Viveport Infinity Wave" subscription program for the headset will include more than 70 premium VR application titles. The headset also has a multi-mode capability, which will let users access existing content across a range of devices. Thanks to this capability, the headset is compatible with everything from PCs and laptops to smartphones, game consoles, 2D video streaming devices, live 360 camera streaming and more.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 10:50 am

China’s Former Top Internet Regulator Jailed for 14 YearsLu Wei was found guilty of taking bribes on Tuesday by the Ningbo People’s Intermediate Court in the eastern province of Zhejiang, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The former Beijing propaganda official was named as China’s first national internet regulator in 2014 after the country established the Cyberspace Administration of China to manage a market that now has more than 800 million users.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 10:18 am

In 2017, Did a Russian Anti-Aircraft Missile Hit a New Israeli F-35 Stealth Fighter?The evidence cited by seems rather tenuous. Here is what we know.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 7:45 am

Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coupBANGKOK (AP) — The two top parties began angling for the upper hand in forming a new government in Thailand on Monday after partial results showed no group won a majority of seats in the country's first national election since a 2014 military coup.


Posted: March 26, 2019, 3:10 am

Boeing fix will prevent repeated activation of anti-stall system: sourcesSEATTLE/LONDON (Reuters) - A Boeing Co software fix for the grounded 737 MAX will prevent repeated operation of an anti-stall system at the centre of safety concerns and deactivate it altogether if two sensors disagree widely, two people familiar with pilot briefings said. The anti-stall system - known as MCAS, or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System - has been pinpointed by investigators probing October's fatal Lion Air crash and faces new scrutiny in the wake of another fatal accident in Ethiopia. MCAS was designed to counter this but some experts say it overcompensated and the latest changes give some authority back to the pilot.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:08 pm

MAX effort: Boeing tests changes to grounded planes to get them back in the airPilots from five airlines tested upgrades to the 737 MAX's flight-control system over the weekend at Boeing’s facility outside Seattle.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:48 pm

CPS school provides students with free prom dressesDisney II Magnet School is home to the Wish Upon A Star Boutique, a "store" with hundreds of donated dresses and suits students can have for free.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:23 pm

2 charged in fatal shooting of Chicago Police Officer John RiveraTwo men have been charged in the fatal shooting of off-duty Chicago Police Officer John Rivera.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:42 pm

US, Russia lock horns over Venezuela, raising the stakesThe tense conversation came after Russia sent two planes reportedly carrying around 100 soldiers and 35 tons of military equipment to Venezuela's main airport outside Caracas on Saturday. One independent Venezuelan journalist, Javier Mayorca, reported that the deployment also included General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, a top official who heads the Mobilization Directorate of Russia's armed forces.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:00 pm

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Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:52 pm

Apple rolls out iOS 12.2 with Apple News+ and support for new AirPodsRight on the heels of its Monday media event, Apple has released iOS 12.2 for iPhone and iPad. The software update is a substantial one, but the key addition is Apple News+. Once you've installed the update, you will be able to access the News+ tab in the Apple News app and sign up for the $9.99/month subscription service, which includes access to over 300 magazines as well as newspapers. The first month is free, so you can try it right now. But that's just one part of a this iOS release. In addition to Apple News+, iOS 12.2 includes new Siri functionality, four new Animoji (owl, boar, giraffe and shark), support for the second-generation AirPods, and a variety of improvements and new features for AirPlay, Apple Pay, Screen Time, Safari, and Apple Music. "iOS 12.2 provides support for Apple News+, adds the ability for Siri to play videos from your iOS device to Apple TV, and includes for new Animoji," reads the description. "This update also includes bug fixes and improvements." If you want to update your device to iOS 12.2 today, you can do so by heading to Settings > General > Software Update on your device and tapping “Download and Install” at the bottom of the page. You can also apply the update through iTunes by connecting your iOS device to a computer. Here's the full list of release notes, so you know exactly what you're getting when you install iOS 12.2: > Apple News+> > * Apple News+ is a new subscription service that extends the Apple News experience with hundreds of magazines and top newspapers> * Our editors handpick top articles and magazine issues, and you also get personalized recommendations on the topics most interesting to you> * Automatic downloads make it easy to read magazine issues offline> * Apple News is now available in Canada, with a free experience that includes handpicked Top Stories, a personalized Today feed, and support for both English and French> * Apple News+ is available in the U.S. and in Canada, with dozens of additional Canadian magazines> > > Siri> > * Ask Siri on your iPhone or iPad to play any video, show, movie, sports game, or channel on Apple TV. For example, “Hey Siri, play Free Solo on my TV”> > > Animoji> > * Four new Animoji—owl, boar, giraffe and shark—are included for iPhone X and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch> > > AirPlay> > * Dedicated TV controls in Control Center and on the Lock Screen give you quick access to TV controls> * AirPlay multitasking for video allows you to browse other apps, as well as play other short form audio and video files locally on your device without interrupting AirPlay> * AirPlay destinations are now grouped by content type making it faster for you to find what device you want to play to> > > Apple Pay> > * Apple Pay Cash customers can now transfer money to their bank accounts instantly using their Visa debit cards> * Wallet app now conveniently displays Apple Pay credit and debit transactions right below the card> > > Screen Time> > * Downtime can be configured with a different schedule for each day of the week> * A new toggle enables easily turning app limits on or off temporarily> > > Safari> > * Website sign-in now occurs automatically after filling credentials with Password AutoFill> * Warnings now appear when loading unencrypted webpages> * Removes support for the expired Do Not Track standard to prevent potential use as a fingerprinting variable; Intelligent Tracking Prevention now protects against cross-site tracking by default> * Smart Search Field queries can now be modified by tapping the arrow icon next to search suggestions> > > Apple Music> > * The Browse tab shows more editorial highlights on a single page making it easier to discover new music, playlists, and more> > > AirPods> > * Support for new AirPods (2nd generation)> > > This update also includes other improvements and bug fixes. This update:> > * Supports Air Quality Index in Maps for US, UK, and India> * Includes information in Settings on how much time remains on your device’s warranty period> * Supports real-time text (RTT) for phone calls made through a nearby iPhone on iPad and iPod Touch> * Displays a "5G E" icon for iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) or iPad Pro 11-inch indicating that users are in an area where AT&T's 5G Evolution network is available> * Improves quality of audio recordings in Messages> * Improves stability and performance of Apple TV Remote on iOS> * Fixes an issue that prevented some missed calls from appearing in Notification Center> * Addresses an issue where a badge notification could appear on Settings even though no action is needed> * Addresses an issue in Settings > General > iPhone Storage where the storage size of some large apps, the System category, and the Other category in the storage bar graph could be incorrect> * Fixes an issue that could cause Voice Memos to automatically play back recordings after connecting to a car Bluetooth device> * Resolves an issue that could cause Voice Memos to temporarily prevent renaming a recording>


Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:36 pm

France seals multi-billion dollar deals with China, but questions Belt and Road projectPresident Emmanuel Macron wants to forge a united European front to confront Chinese advances in trade and technology. Xi's visit also provided a stage for protesters seeking more European action over the alleged mistreatment of minorities in China. After Macron and Xi meet on Monday, the two will hold further talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Union executive.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:05 pm

Trump Officially Recognizes Golan Heights as Israeli TerritoryPresident Trump on Monday signed an order recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, abruptly shifting long-standing U.S. policy on the matter."We're celebrating the Golan Heights. It's something that I've been hearing about for many years," Trump said during remarks to reporters at the White House alongside Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "This should have been done, I would say, numerous presidents ago, but for some reason they didn't do it, and I'm very honored to have done it."Israel has held the Golan for 52 years since capturing it from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. About 20,000 Israelis and 20,000 Syrians live in the territory, whose 1981 annexation by Israel was not recognized internationally. The disputed land remains a fraught issue in Middle East politics; Syria attacked Trump's decision as "a blatant attack on its sovereignty" and threatened to recapture the region "through all available means."Trump's move is a political boon for Netanyahu, coming two weeks before hotly contested national elections on April 9. The prime minister, damaged by corruption charges and facing a stiff challenge from the centrist former IDF general Benny Gantz, has for months has called on the U.S. to recognize the territory as part of Israel."Your proclamation comes at a time when Golan is more important than ever for our security," the prime minister said. "Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of self-defense and the Jewish people's roots in the Golan go back thousands of years."Trump similarly recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017, calling it “a long overdue step to advance the peace process.”


Posted: March 25, 2019, 6:34 pm

Hamas has developed a vast arsenal in blockaded GazaGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday was one of the most powerful launched ever by Gaza militants, flying nearly 120 kilometers (70 miles) before it slammed into a house in central Israel, wounding seven people.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:36 pm

The Ferrari P80/C Is a Two-in-One Track Car and Garage Beauty, and There's Only OneFerrari's first custom track car is the most extreme 488 we'll ever see.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:21 pm

UPDATE 1-Airbus close to signing aircraft deal with China - sourcesEuropean planemaker Airbus is close to signing a deal worth billions of dollars with China following a delay of more than a year in the negotiations, industry sources said on Monday. The deal is part of a package of trade deals coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Airbus declined to comment.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:33 pm

Erdogan proposal to make Hagia Sophia a mosque irks GreeceANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek government voiced opposition Monday to the suggestion from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia — a Byzantine-era cathedral that now serves as a museum — could be reconverted into a mosque.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:33 pm

Cruise ship from Norway reaches port with remaining passengers after mayday, air rescuesA cruise ship stranded off Norway’s western coast that airlifted more than half its passengers to safety amid a ferocious storm has now reached port.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:27 pm

Make your laptop scream with a SanDisk 240GB internal SSD for $40If you think your laptop is fast now, just wait until you upgrade your computer's current storage to a blazing-fast SanDisk internal SSD. The SanDisk SSD PLUS Internal SSD supports read speeds of up to 530 MB/s and write speeds of up to 440 MB/s. That's megaBYTES, not megabits, so you we're talking some serious speed here. The 240GB model is on sale for $40 right now, and the 480GB SSD that retails for $200 is currently down to just $59.99. These deals probably won't last long, so grab one at a deep discount while you can.Here are the key details from the product page: * Make sure this fits by entering your model number. * Easy upgrade for faster boot-up, shutdown, application load and response (As compared to 5400 RPM SATA 2.5" hard drive. Based on published specifications and internal benchmarking tests using PCMark Vantage scores.) * Boosts burst write performance, making it ideal for typical PC workloads * The perfect balance of performance and reliability * Read/write speeds of up to 535MB/s/445MB/s (Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, OS and application.) * Shock-resistant for proven durability --even if you drop your computer (Shock resistant (up to 1500G) and vibration resistant (5gRMS, 10-2000 HZ/4.9 gRMS, 7-800 HZ), Temperature (from 0 degrees Celcius to 70 degrees Celcius)) * 3-year limited manufacturer warranty


Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:17 pm

Father of Sandy Hook victim found dead in apparent suicide, Newtown police sayJeremy Richman’s death follows the apparent suicides in the last week of two survivors of the 2018 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:14 pm

Sony’s mind-blowing $350 noise cancelling headphones are down to $285 if you hurryThe incredible Sony WH1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones everyone loves so much are available at a discount pretty regularly these days if you're willing to buy them refurbished. Considering how great they are and how expensive they are at $350 though, refurbs are well worth it. Today, however, our readers have a rare opportunity to save big on brand new WH1000XM2 headphones. The international version is in stock right now on Amazon in two different colors, and you can snag a pair for as little as $285. That's a discount of more than $60! There were only 18 left in stock at that price at the time of this writing though, so they're almost certainly going to sell out.Here's the key info from the product page: * ● TYPE: Sealed dynamic / ● Driver unit: 40 mm dome type (CCAW voice coil adopted) * ● Sensitivity: 103 dB / mW (wired connection / at 1 kHz when POWER ON) / 98 dB / mW (wired connection / at 1 kHz when POWER OFF) / ● Reproduction frequency band: 4 Hz - 40000 Hz * ● Cable length: about 1.5 m / OFC wire / gold plated stereo mini plug (headphone cable) / ● Cable type: single-piece (removable) / ● Input plug: Gold plated L type stereo mini plug / ● Input terminal: Micro USB / stereo mini jack * ● Weight: about 275 g (cable not included) * ◆ accessories: ● carrying case/ ● Aircraft plug adapter / ● Connection cable / ● USB cable / ● Instruction Manual


Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:31 pm

All black everything: Ford offers Black Appearance Package for 2019 Ford RangersFord has announced the new Black Appearance Package available for the 2019 Ford Ranger lineup. Since the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup went on sale in January of this year, over half of the models have been outfitted in either the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package. As of Monday, another option is now available: the Black Appearance Package.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:27 pm

Israel candidate Gantz says willing to use force on IranBenny Gantz, who is posing a stiff challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections, said Monday he would not hesitate to use force on Iran to contain the regional rival. In a speech to the US pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Gantz also spelled out further his views on peace prospects with the Palestinians, insisting that Israel's military will always control security in the West Bank. The centrist former military chief showed no daylight with Netanyahu on peace and security matters -- but won standing ovations from the American Jewish audience by raising domestic issues, including promising more inclusiveness at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:34 pm

The Ford Bronco Will Have a Removable Roof and Doors and Will Go on Sale in Late 2020Ford gave new details about the retro SUV to dealers at a recent event.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:01 pm

American Airlines to cancel 90 flights every day through most of AprilThe decision comes as a result of the FAA's decision to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircraft.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:42 pm

Democrats Move On to Plan B With Mueller Finding No Collusion"We’re going to move forward with our investigations of obstruction of justice, abuses of power, corruption, to defend the rule of law, which is our job," House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Sunday at a news conference in New York.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:43 am

Ethiopian Airlines 'believes in' Boeing despite crash: CEOEthiopian Airlines "believes in" Boeing despite the crash of its 737 MAX 8 plane that killed all 157 people on board and led to the model's grounding, the carrier's CEO said on Monday. "Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing. "We will work with investigators in Ethiopia, in the US and elsewhere to figure out what went wrong," he added.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:59 am

Second Parkland survivor dies in 'apparent suicide', police sayTwo teenagers who survived America's deadliest high school shooting have committed suicide in the last week, bringing fresh tragedy to the Florida community.  A 17-year-old boy who attended the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - where 17 people were killed last year - died on Saturday in what police are treating as a suicide.  The boy, who has not been named, was in his second year of high school and reportedly died from a gun shot wound to the head. It comes just days after Sydney Aiello, a 19-year-old recent graduate of the school, took her own life. Ms Aiello's family said the teenager had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from survivor’s guilt after the shooting, in which one of her best friends, Meadow Pollack, was shot dead. Former student Nikolas Cruz entered the high school armed with a semi-automatic rifle on February 14, 2018 and left 14 students and three staff members dead, with 17 others wounded. Students gather at a gun control rally at the West Front of the US Capitol March 14, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Credit: Getty Images Sydney, who was not in the room during the shooting, went on to study at Florida Atlantic University but struggled to attend classes because she was afraid of being in a classroom. Meadow's father Andrew Pollack, who has since become a gun reform activist, told the Miami Herald  "Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time".  "It’s terrible what happened," he said. "Killing yourself is not the answer".  The fresh tragedy has drawn calls in Florida for increased spending on suicide prevention programmes and more mental health services for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school community. More than 60 local school, child services and law enforcement officials met with teachers and parents for an emergency meeting on Sunday.  "Now is the time for the Florida Legislature to help," said Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s emergency management director and a former state representative from Parkland. Another survivor, David Hogg, who has become a prominent gun control advocate since the massacre, added his voice to calls. "How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government/school district to do anything?" he tweeted. The city's mayor Christine Hunschofsky said Monday that officials are publicising the available counseling services. In a separate development, the father of a 6-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre died of an apparent suicide on Monday. Jeremy Richman's body was found in his Connecticut office building Monday morning, Newtown police said. Mr Richman, 49, had dedicated his time to helping prevent mass shootings after his daughter Avielle was among 20 children and six adults killed in the elementary school in 2012. Police said they will not disclose the method or any other details surrounding Mr Richman's death but said that it does not appear to be suspicious.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:47 am

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Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:00 am

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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Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:25 am

May Faces Endgame as U.K. Leader Is Losing Control of BrexitTheresa May will face up to her own desperately weak political position on Monday as members of Parliament move to take over Brexit policy and her own ministers plot to oust her. The U.K. prime minister is under pressure from colleagues inside her Cabinet to name a date when she will step down, with some arguing this would help her win support for her Brexit deal, people familiar with the matter said. May is hoping for one more chance to put the divorce agreement she’s negotiated with the European Union to a vote in the House of Commons this week.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:55 am

Whichever way you spin it, the Mueller report is a massive win for Trump — and a huge boost to his chances of re-electionMueller did not say definitively that Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election, or that he did not try to interfere with investigations into such accusations. It was attorney general Bill Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who decided the president’s actions did not constitute a crime.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:45 am

North Korean officials return to inter-Korean liaison office: South KoreaNorth Korea sent back its officials to an inter-Korean liaison office in the North's border city of Kaesong on Monday, reversing a decision two days ago to withdraw the officials, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. A group of four to five officials showed up at the office earlier in the morning saying they came to work "as usual," the ministry said in a statement.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 6:07 am

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosqueAuthorities are investigating a fire at a Southern California mosque as possible arson.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:57 am

Mueller offers no answer on whether Trump obstructed justiceWASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, special counsel Robert Mueller drew no conclusion at all.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:04 am

Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. ZealandDUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.


Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:41 am

'Fuller House' cast after Lori Loughlin college scandal: 'A loving family sticks together'"Fuller House" castmates say they're a family who "sticks together" after co-star Lori Loughlin was arrested for an alleged college bribery scandal.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:06 pm

Another Parkland Student Has Died by Apparent SuicideThe death follows the recent suicide of Parkland shooting survivor Sydney Aiello


Posted: March 24, 2019, 9:57 pm

'Apparent suicide' of Parkland student days after massacre survivor took her lifeA student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has died in "an apparent suicide," police said on Sunday, less than a week after a 19-year-old survivor of the 2018 massacre at the school took her own life. “We’re calling it an apparent suicide because we don’t have the exact results back from the medical examiner’s office,” Reik said by phone. The Miami Herald reported that the suicide victim was a male sophomore who attend the Parkland, Florida, school when 14 other students and three staff members were killed on Feb. 14, 2018, in the deadliest-ever U.S. high school shooting.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 9:56 pm

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frighten cruise passengersSTAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Rodney Horgen recalled the moment he thought he was facing the end: when a huge wave crashed through the Viking Sky cruise ship's glass doors and swept his wife 30 feet across the floor.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 8:52 pm

Erdogan moots renaming Istanbul's Hagia Sophia a mosqueTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday mooted the possibility of renaming Istanbul's Hagia Sofia museum as a mosque, in comments during a television interview. Erdogan, who is a former mayor of Istanbul, is campaigning for votes for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of municipal elections on March 31. The former church and mosque, now a museum, often sparks tensions between Christians and Muslims over Islamic activities held there including the reading of verses from the Koran or collective prayers.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 8:41 pm

Russian military planes deliver troops and cargo to Venezuela: SputnikTwo Russian military planes delivered troops and equipment to Venezuela over the weekend, Russian state news agency Sputnik reported Sunday. "Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfill technical military contracts," the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website. It gave no other details but quoted an unnamed official from the Russian embassy in Caracas saying "there is nothing mysterious" about the flights.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 7:59 pm

Gillibrand lambastes Trump outside his NYC hotel, says she agrees with Richard Nixon's view the public should know if 'their president is a crook'“People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook,” said Nixon. “Well, I’m not a crook.”


Posted: March 24, 2019, 7:41 pm

America's Allies Are Still Allured by Russia's S-400 Air Defense SystemWashington isn't ready for the fallout from Ankara and Doha buying Moscow's missile system.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 7:39 pm

'No jail time!': Dr. Dre boasts daughter got into USC 'on her own,' then deletes postDr. Dre is taking a jab at Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who made headlines for their alleged involvement in a college bribery scandal.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 6:29 pm

Homebuyers to get springtime boost from lower-than-expected mortgage ratesMortgage rates are at 4.5 percent and aren't forecast to rise much for this year. Here’s what this means for this year’s housing market.


Posted: March 24, 2019, 5:04 pm

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