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Devopling Story: White House Stonewalls on Flynn probe; Chaffitz, Cummings give statement

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>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):

>10:55 a.m.

>The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump's first national security adviser's security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.

>The White House was responding to requests made last month by the House Oversight committee. The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them.

>Trump has said he fired Michael Flynn because of misleading comments he made to the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn is among the Trump associates being investigated by Congress and the FBI for possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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Zimbabwe schools accept goats for tuition fees

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>Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment, a government minister has said.

>It follows a move last week where Zimbabwe allowed people to use their livestock, such as goats, cows and sheep, to back bank loans.

>According to the Bulawayo24 news portal, Zimbabwe's worsening cash crisis means that people frequently spend hours queueing at banks to withdraw cash. The government says the shortage is due to people taking hard currency out of the country, but critics say it's due to lack of investment and rising unemployment, Bulawayo24 says.
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How Vladimir Putin will bring down Trump and END war with US

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China Denounces India Hosting Dalai Lama in Disputed Region

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BEIJING/TAWANG, India (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday that India's decision to host Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on a contested stretch of land on the India-China border would cause serious damage to relations between the two countries.

>The Dalai Lama's week-long trip to Arunchal Pradesh, an eastern Himalayan region administered by New Delhi, but claimed by China as "southern Tibet", has raised hackles in Beijing, which labels the monk a dangerous separatist.

>"China expresses firm opposition to this and will lodge stern representations with the Indian side," foreign ministry spokeswomen Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in the Chinese capital.

>The 81-year-old Buddhist monk and Nobel peace laureate had planned to fly by helicopter to the 17th-century Tawang monastery and hold three days of spiritual teachings starting on Wednesday.

>However, heavy rainfall forced him to travel by road - a two-day drive through rugged mountain terrain - and he is not now expected to arrive until Friday.

>The Dalai Lama received a rapturous welcome on Tuesday in the town of Bomdila, with large crowds turning out in streets festooned with flags, as musicians and dancers clad in traditional costumes performed before his sport-utility vehicle.

>Later, the maroon-robed prelate walked slowly through the crowds, a fellow monk supporting him by the arm and another holding a large umbrella overhead to shield him from the rain.

>Indian officials have dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to Arunachal Pradesh in eight years, saying he is a spiritual leader who has a devoted following in the region.

>"His visit to this part of the country is totally religious," the state's chief minister, Pema Khandu, told Reuters Television.
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Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies of U.S. in Iraq and Syria

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>ERBIL, Iraq — Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday in an unusually intense operation that presented a new complication for the United States’ military campaign against the Islamic State.

>The Turkish military’s targets included the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia that has played an important role in the American-backed operations in Syria against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

>Adding to the tensions in the region, Kurdish officials said one Turkish airstrike had mistakenly struck Kurdish pesh merga troops on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, killing at least five and wounding more, some critically.

>The pesh merga in Iraq’s autonomous region carried out the opening attacks in the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, and they have been an American ally in operations against the militants.

>American officials said Turkey had informed the United States less than an hour in advance that it intended to carry out the bombing raids in the crowded airspace over northern Syria and Iraq. American officials said that they had asked Turkey not to proceed without proper coordination, but that the request was ignored.

>Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said the United States was “deeply concerned” about the Turkish airstrikes, which were “not approved” by the United States-led coalition that is fighting the Islamic State.

>“It was a surprise,” Masrour Barzani, a top Kurdish security official in the Iraqi autonomous region, said of the Turkish attack on Mount Sinjar. “This was the first time they have been bombing there. They had been mostly bombing border areas.”
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Pope likens refugee centers to 'concentration camps'

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>Pope Francis has drawn a rebuke from the American Jewish Committee after he likened European refugee centers to "concentration camps."

>The Pope was speaking to migrants at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Saturday about a man he met at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.

>"I don't know if he was able to get out of that concentration camp, because the refugee camps -- many -- are concentration (camps), because they are so crowded with people," the Pope said in Italian.

>The AJC issued a statement asking the pontiff to reconsider his "regrettable" choice of words.

>"The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult, and deserve still greater international attention, but concentration camps they certainly are not," said AJC CEO David Harris.

>"The Nazis and their allies erected and used concentration camps for slave labor and the extermination of millions of people during World War II," he said.

>"There is no comparison to the magnitude of that tragedy."

>The Vatican's web site said Francis was speaking off the cuff when he said the refugee camps are like "concentration camps, while international agreements seem to be more important than human rights."
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Former Fox News Host Accuses Network Of Hacking And Online Harassment

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>Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros stepped up her fight with her ex-employer claiming in a new lawsuit that she was a victim of hacking, electronic surveillance and a social media harassment campaign that mirrors the plot of a "Homeland" episode.

>Fox News operatives broke into her personal computer, planted key-logging and other surveillance software on it and then used the information “to intimidate, terrorize and crush her career through an endless stream of lewd, offensive and career-damaging social media posts, blog entries and commentary,” Tantaros claims in the lawsuit.

>“The outlandish merges with reality in the world of Fox News,” she said in the complaint, filed Monday in New York federal court.

>Dechert LLP, the law firm representing Fox News, rejected the allegations in an emailed statement.

>“Fox News and its executives flatly deny that they conducted any electronic surveillance of Ms. Tantaros,” the law firm said. “They have no knowledge of the anonymous or pseudonymous tweets described in her complaint.”

>Susan Estrich, a lawyer representing Ailes, also said the suit has no merit.
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Last known survivor of 19th century dies at 117

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"World’s oldest person, Emma Morano, passes away while sitting at home in her armchair in northern Italian town of Verbania"
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Israeli president: Le Pen's Holocaust denial 'disturbing'

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Monday denounced French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing" and urged his country not to make "unholy alliances" with rising nationalist parties in Europe.

President Reuven Rivlin spoke at a ceremony marking Israel's Holocaust memorial day that was attended by former German President Joachim Gauck. He called on Israel to "wage a war against the current and dangerous wave of Holocaust denial" rising in Europe.

Le Pen drew condemnation from other presidential candidates and Israel's Foreign Ministry when she suggested earlier this month that France wasn't responsible for its role in rounding up French Jews for deportation to Nazi Germany's death camps.

Mentioning the French election, Rivlin said a growing phenomenon in Europe of "renunciation of national responsibility in the name of alleged victimhood" was "a new, more destructive and dangerous kind" of Holocaust denial than previously witnessed.

Though Rivlin didn't mention Le Pen by name, he was one of the first Israeli government officials to respond to her winning 21 percent of the vote in the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday. The far-right candidate will face centrist candidate (((Emmanuel))) Macron in a May 7 runoff.

Israel's president is largely a ceremonial head of state who serves as the country's moral compass. His strident criticism of Le Pen was exceptional for Israeli leaders, who often refrain from commenting on allies' internal politics. Rivlin said the country "must resist unholy alliances with extreme right-wing elements" in Europe.

"Although it may seem safe to think that we share common interests with these parties, we must recall that there was and will be nothing in common with anti-Semites in any shape or form," he said.
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