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Belgian Transport Minister Resigns Amid Security Shortcomings April 16, 2016

Belgian Transport Minister Resigns Amid Security Shortcomings
Belgium’s transport minister resigned on Friday amid allegations that she ignored warnings over shortcomings in security monitoring and funding at Brussels Airport, becoming the first member of the government to fall in the wake of last month’s terror attacks.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed that he had accepted the resignation of Jacqueline Galant, a member of his own centrist party. “I salute the dignity she shows,” Mr. Michel said.

Pressure on Ms. Galant had grown in recent days after leaked European Commission reports showed that the European Union executive had repeatedly warned that the country’s …

Firefighter shot fatally

Firefighter shot fatally, second wounded in Prince George’s
One firefighter was shot and killed and a second was critically wounded Friday evening ­ when they went to a house in Prince George’s County to answer a medical call, authorities said.

The firefighters were shot about 7:30 p.m. at the door of a house in the 5000 block of Sharon Road, in the Temple Hills-Camp Springs area, as they were trying to get inside, county officials said.

The slain firefighter was identified as John Ulmschneider, 39. Authorities said he had been in the department for 13 years. He was married and a father, officials …

Fight to Impeach Brazil’s Leader Tears at Fabric of Daily Life

Fight to Impeach Brazil’s Leader Tears at Fabric of Daily Life
BRASÍLIA — The wall, nearly a mile of corrugated metal, plunges down the center of the majestic lawn that faces Brazil’s National Congress, the modernist icon designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

It was hastily erected in recent days, and is meant to separate the hundreds of thousands of protesters expected to descend on Brasília, the Brazilian capital, this weekend as members of Congress vote on whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.

The left side of the wall, facing Congress, is reserved for supporters of the left-leaning Ms. Rousseff, the right …

It’s on: Tensions between Trump and the GOP escalate in public fight

It’s on: Tensions between Trump and the GOP escalate in public fight
NEW YORK — Tensions between the Republican Party and its own front-runner erupted into a full-blown public battle as top party officials rebuked Donald Trump on Friday for alleging that the GOP primary system was “rigged” against him.

The dispute, which has been simmering for days, centers on Trump’s failure to win any delegates last weekend in Colorado, which selected its 34 delegates at a party convention rather than a primary attended by voters. All went to Trump’s chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

The outcome prompted a daily stream …

A keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo died Friday afternoon after being attacked by a rare species of tiger

A keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo died Friday afternoon after being attacked by a rare species of tiger, zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said.

Stacey Konwiser, 38, lead tiger keeper at the zoo, was killed by a 13-year-old male Malayan tiger, one of four at the facility, in the contained area where the animals are fed and sleep, Carter said.
Zoo officials said it didn’t appear Konwiser did anything out of the norm as she worked in the enclosure, known as the tiger night house, and prepared to talk with zoo visitors about the animals in a "Tiger Talk."
The tiger was off-exhibit …

Criticizing Israel April 15, 2016

Criticizing Israel, Bernie Sanders Highlights Split Among Jewish Democrats
It was the sort of question — Does Israel have a right to defend itself as it sees fit? — that had often caused candidates, especially those with designs on winning a primary in New York, to produce paeans to the strength of the Israeli-American relationship and a stream of pro-Israel orthodoxy.

But Senator Bernie Sanders dug in.

“There comes a time when if we pursue justice and peace, we are going to have to say that Netanyahu is not right all of the time,” Mr. Sanders said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, …

UK police arrest 5 in terror probe

UK police arrest 5 in terror probe
Police in Birmingham, England, said Friday they have arrested five terror suspects in a joint investigation involving UK intelligence and French and Belgian authorities.

The suspects — four men ranging in age from 26 to 59, and a 29-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts, West Midlands police said in a statement. Four were arrested in Birmingham, the fifth at London’s Gatwick Airport, police said.
"The arrests were preplanned and intelligence-led," Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said in a statement. "There was no risk to …

Criticizing Israel

Criticizing Israel, Bernie Sanders Highlights Split Among Jewish Democrats
It was the sort of question — Does Israel have a right to defend itself as it sees fit? — that had often caused candidates, especially those with designs on winning a primary in New York, to produce paeans to the strength of the Israeli-American relationship and a stream of pro-Israel orthodoxy.

But Senator Bernie Sanders dug in.

“There comes a time when if we pursue justice and peace, we are going to have to say that Netanyahu is not right all of the time,” Mr. Sanders said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, …

Fight to Impeach Brazil’s Leader Tears at Fabric of Daily Life

Fight to Impeach Brazil’s Leader Tears at Fabric of Daily Life
BRASÍLIA — The wall, nearly a mile of corrugated metal, plunges down the center of the majestic lawn that faces Brazil’s National Congress, the modernist icon designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

It was hastily erected in recent days, and is meant to separate the hundreds of thousands of protesters expected to descend on Brasília, the Brazilian capital, this weekend as members of Congress vote on whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.

The left side of the wall, facing Congress, is reserved for supporters of the left-leaning Ms. Rousseff, the right …

A keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo died Friday afternoon after being attacked by a rare species of tiger

A keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo died Friday afternoon after being attacked by a rare species of tiger, zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said.

Stacey Konwiser, 38, lead tiger keeper at the zoo, was killed by a 13-year-old male Malayan tiger, one of four at the facility, in the contained area where the animals are fed and sleep, Carter said.
Zoo officials said it didn’t appear Konwiser did anything out of the norm as she worked in the enclosure, known as the tiger night house, and prepared to talk with zoo visitors about the animals in a "Tiger Talk."
The tiger was off-exhibit …

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