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Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies aged 101

Rockefeller was the guardian of the family's fortune, acting as patriarch and was the head of a sprawling network of family interests from the business to philanthropic fields that ranged from environmental conservation to arts. "It was quite fascinating", Rockefeller recalled. At the time of his death, Forbes estimates, Rockefeller's net worth was $3.3 billion - a fortune he inherited and built upon as a longtime executive at Chase Manhattan Bank. Read More »

Thousands rally in Hungary in support of Soros-founded university


Prime Minister Viktor Orban considers Soros an ideological foe whose "open society" ideal contrasts with his own efforts to turn Hungary into an "illiberal state". "We came as I believe (Orban's) Fidesz party is building an autocracy and we want to demonstrate in support of free education as if it is CEU now, it could be Corvinus next", said Milan Holper, 20, a student at Corvinus University. Read More »

Voters Reward Freedom Caucus' Stand on House Health Care Bill

Columnist Clarence Page offers a representative example. Last week, Moore called on Democrats to declare a national state of emergency while Trump and his team are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for potential connections to Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Read More »

ISIS cowards use CHILDREN as human shields during desperate gunfight in Mosul


On Tuesday, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the senior United States commander in Iraq, told reporters by teleconference it was "a little disappointing" that questions during the briefing focused on US-led air strikes. According to the Iraqi Observation for Human Rights (IOHR), ISIS recently kidnapped almost 200 children from western Mosul , believed to be used as human shields during attacks. Read More »

Sen. Rubio: I Was Targeted by Russian Hackers

At one point, Watts told Florida Sen. As the hearing opened, the committee's ranking Democratic senator Mark Warner said Russian Federation tried to hijack the U.S. The Times reported that Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the NSC, and Michael Ellis, a White House lawyer who previously worked on the House intelligence committee, played a role in helping Nunes view the materials. Read More »

Arrival to India was a moment of freedom, says Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama told Reuters TV at the airport in the Assam city of Guwahati that his visit was to promote religious harmony. "I am very uncomfortable when someone says, for example, Muslim terrorist or Buddhist terrorist". More than a dozen rounds of talks have failed to make substantial progress on the dispute, although there have been relatively few confrontations in recent years. Read More »

China bans burqas, abnormal beards in Muslim province of Xinjiang


They forbid the "use of abnormal beards and naming of children to play up religious fervour", though they do not define what a normal beard might be. Forcing others to wear veils is also forbidden. Chinese authorities however reject accusations of oppression, emphasizing that Uighur people and their rights are under protection. Read More »

Trump to host Xi at his Florida residence next week


Trump and his wife Melania will also host Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan at a dinner next Thursday, a White House statement said. China is doubtful of U.S intention of towards self-ruled Taiwan that China claims its own. On February 18th, in what was widely interpreted as a gesture to the U.S., Chinese authorities announced a halt to imports of coal from the North - a crucial source of foreign exchange - but customs data show that China imported almost $100 million worth of coal last month, up 40 ... Read More »

11 buried in landslides in western Indonesia


The landslide hit some 23 houses and farmers harvesting ginger on a hillside in Banaran village in East Java province's Ponorogo district following rainfall, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency. Read More »

UK seeks to reassure Gibraltar in Brexit talks


And Green Party MP Molly Scott Cato said: "The people of Gibraltar voted 96% to Remain on an 85% turnout yet are being dragged, against their will, into the Tories' Brexit shambles". Johnson made his comment about Gibraltar late on Friday after speaking on the phone to Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister. A senior European Union official said the issue of Gibraltar was included in the negotiating guidelines as it is one of a number that involve joint or contested jurisdiction, ... Read More »

The EU publishes its official plan for Brexit talks


The UK Parliament on Thursday released the Great Repeal Bill [text, PDF], outlining the process to solve issues that could arise out as Britain leaves the EU. May has already been accused of threatening to use the safety of United Kingdom and European citizens as a bargaining chip in Brexit talks after she warned in the formal letter notifying the EU of Britain's intention to leave that the failure to strike a deal on any future relationship would have consequences for security. Read More »

Al-Shabaab suspects hijack vehicle in Kenya Elwak border town

The US provides military support to Somalia in its fight against al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, which is waging an armed insurgency in the country. In addition, some civilian bystander deaths would be permitted if deemed necessary and proportionate. And in the city of Mosul, Iraq - which ISIS controls part of - US strikes that Iraqi special forces requested might have killed as many as 200 civilians. Read More »

New York City's mayor wants to shut a notorious jail

De Blasio set a timeline of 10 years to reduce the overall jail population in the city, which he said would allow for a "complete departure of all inmates from Rikers Island". However, the mayor did not go so far as to say that he would be following the recent blue ribbon findings suggesting that a new prison should be built in each of the five boroughs. Read More »

In Pics: Superstar's Family Enjoying In Maldives


The private bash that included family and close friends had several great moments which were shared by none other Arpita Khan Sharma. Superstar Salman Khan's nephew Ahil turned one today and the "Khan'daan ensured that it was one of the biggest days for the little boy". Read More »

London attack victim Melissa Cochran shown recovering in hospital


Photos were posted on a gofundme page set up to support Melissa following her husband's death. No other details about her condition were provided. The family of Westminster terror attack victim Aysha Frade say she will be remembered as "our guardian angel who never shied away from facing up to bullies", her family has said. Read More »

U.S. envoy to United Nations says Assad's overthrow no longer a priority

According to the former Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama administration planned to oust Assad's government by supporting the rebels, but "that whole ball game changed when Russian Federation intervened in September 2015". It also refused to collaborate with Pro-Assad forces in fighting the Islamic State group. The move is a departure from the Obama administration's stance on the six-year civil war and is also at odds with the view of most European nations, including Britain, who have ... Read More »

Kim Kardashian Reality star to undergo surgery for baby no. 3


Indeed, a Kardashian source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that "having a kid would jeopardize Kim's health incredibly". Following the birth of her son she shared her experience with her followers saying: "I'm gonna keep it real: For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life! LOL!" In her one-on-one interview, Kim explained she didn't want to regret looking back and thinking she could have done more to give her children siblings. Read More »

Kim Kardashian undergoes surgery to have third child with Kanye West


Speaking on the programme on Sunday (26.03.17), she said: "I'm going to try to have one more baby". Aside from revealing that she and West are open to surrogacy in the November 2016 episode of KUWTK , Kim Kardashian also asked her sisters Khloe and Kourtney to become her surrogate! Kim Kardashian has revealed that she's intending to get surgery to fix her uterus and hopefully enable her to conceive a third child. Read More »

Clinton warns Trump's proposed budget cuts would endanger US security


And she took aim at Trump - without naming him - for having fewer women in Cabinet-level posts than any White House in a generation. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton looks toward awardee Jineth Bedoya, a Colombian journalist and advocate for victims of sexual violence, during an ceremony honoring women and their role in global politics and peace building efforts hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, March 31, 2017. Read More »

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests


When the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton championed anti-establishment protesters in Moscow during the December 2011 presidential election in Russia, Putin's reaction was sharper. It wasn't immediately clear what charges they may be facing. Sent to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev , the letter calls for the government to hold dedicated open days for schoolchildren. Read More »

Supreme Court upholds ban on liquor shops along highways


Several states, including Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, and the federation of hotel and restaurants associations had sought modifications in the order on various grounds. The Supreme Court on Friday rejected pleas by hotels and bars seeking exemption from an earlier order to ban liquor vends along highways across the country from April 1. Read More »

European Union summons Turkish delegate over Erdogan comments


Erdogan pointed to the European Union criticism of Turkey's state of emergency following last July's attempted coup and told the bloc to "mind its own business". EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn told the Bild newspaper in an interview published Tuesday that Turkey's prospects for joining the EU would be "increasingly unrealistic" unless it changed course and stopped moving away from European values. Read More »

Israeli Cabinet Approves New Settlement, First in 2 Decades

The new settlement will be used to house Jewish families evicted from Amona , an outpost that was cleared last month after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled it had been built illegally on private Palestinian land. Israel has approved thousands of new homes since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, but they all have been additions to existing settlements. Read More »

Sen. Whitehouse to vote against Supreme Court pick Gorsuch

The move comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats announced their opposition to Gorsuch earlier this week. Schumer said he would lead a filibuster against Gorsuch, criticizing him as a judge who "almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak". Read More »

Guillem Balague reacts on Twitter to Neymar to Manchester United claims


It would not be a surprise if United at least enquired for the Brazilian, and fans should believe any deal is viable considering their financial power. Newspaper Sport report United are considering paying Neymar's release clause, which is in the region of £170 million. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work'. Read More »

Erdogan urged use of 'legitimate' actors in Syria in talks with Tillerson

Led by USA -based Fetullah Gulen, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) is accused of orchestrating the July 15 coup plot - which left 249 people martyred and some 2,200 injured - as well as a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and the judiciary. Read More »

City focused for tough Arsenal and Chelsea tests: Garcia

Arsenal now sit way down in sixth place, six points behind Liverpool as Arsenal look increasingly likely to finish outside the top four for the first time in Wenger's 21-year tenure. United are in the last eight of the Europa League . 26 shots were fired in, 25 of them from within the confines of the penalty area - both attacks clearly fancied their chances, and both defences were happy to oblige. Read More »