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25,000 North Korean children starving amid drought

N. Korean children starvingA drought that slashed food production by 20 percent has resulted in malnutrition for nearly 25,000 North Korean children.

UNICEF, the United Nations' children's fund, said the children need emergency care and has asked donors for $18 million for North Korea, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

While UNICEF's request for funds is rising, donations are falling, according to the organization.  Sources say that whenever Pyongyang tests a nuclear weapon, international pledges fall precipitously.

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Danish lawmakers OK seizing valuables from migrants

Danes approve seizing vluables from immigrantsDanish lawmakers voted Tuesday to let police seize valuables worth more than $1,500 from asylum-seekers to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases were being processed.

After more than three hours of debate, the minority Liberal Party government's bill was adopted in a 81-27 vote, with the support of the opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish People's Party — Denmark's two largest parties. One lawmaker abstained and 70 others were absent.

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How David Petraeus avoided felony charges and possible prison time

David petraeus Inside a secure conference room on the 6th floor of the Justice Department in early 2014, top federal law enforcement officials gathered to hear what criminal charges prosecutors were contemplating against David H. Petraeus, the storied wartime general and former CIA director whose public career had ended about 15 months earlier over an extramarital affair.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey listened as prosecutors did a mock run through the government's case, a preview of how they would present their evidence to Petraeus' lawyers in order, they hoped, to force a guilty plea.

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Explorer Henry Worsley dies attempting Antarctic crossing

Henry Worsley diesExplorer Henry Worsley has died after developing a serious infection as he tried to cross Antarctica unaided.  The ex-Army officer, from London, had been rescued 30 miles shy of his goal.

His wife Joanna said she felt "heartbroken sadness" after he died of "complete organ failure".

Mr Worsley, 55, was trying to complete the unfinished journey of his hero, Sir Ernest Shackleton, 100 years later, but in his final audio message, he said: "My summit is just out of reach."

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Heathrow climate protesters found guilty of aggravated trespass

heathrow protestersThirteen protesters who chained themselves to railings at the UK’s largest airport have been told it is almost inevitable they will be jailed for their actions.

Members of the Plane Stupid campaign group cut a hole in a fence and made their way on to the north runway at Heathrow in July last year. They were found guilty of aggravated trespass and entering a security-restricted area of an aerodrome.

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Supreme Court won't let North Dakota enforce 'fetal heartbeat' law

SC nixes feal heartbeat banThe Supreme Court on Monday ruled that North Dakota officials cannot enforce a controversial “fetal heartbeat” law that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks.

The justices upheld a lower court’s ruling from July 2015, which struck down the measure. North Dakota’s sole abortion clinic filed the lawsuit challenging the measure shortly after the law was approved in 2013.

North Dakota’s law – one of the strictest in the country – has been closely watched in the courts as many other GOP-led states look to tighten their abortion standards.

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Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health

Florida leads USA is new HIV casesFlorida leads the nation in new HIV infections, but it’s not being treated as a crisis by Gov. Rick Scott or the state’s top health officer, Dr. John Armstrong.

As the disease has spread, Scott and Armstrong have imposed four years of personnel cuts in the Department of Health that have shrunk the size of county health departments.

State lawmakers are now asking whether the spending decisions have produced a sicker population in a state where HIV infections have risen each year since 2012 as they’ve declined across the country.

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U of Missouri Professor Melissa Click Charged With Assault

Anti media Mizzou prof chargedThe University of Missouri Communications Professor caught on video ordering student journalists to leave a public campus area to keep them from other students at the public university is now facing an assault charge in that incident.

The Allman Report has confirmed that MU Communication Professor Melissa Click has been charged with a class C, or 3rd degree assault, for her actions during the MU campus protests in November.

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What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

RumsfeldOn September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and it carried an ominous note.

“Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD,” Rumsfeld wrote to Air Force General Richard Myers. “It is big.”

The report was an inventory of what U.S. intelligence knew—or more importantly didn’t know—about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Its assessment was blunt: “We’ve struggled to estimate the unknowns. ... We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program.”

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