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Pope, Trump offer support to parents of dying child Charlie Gard

Charlie GardThe fate of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill infant, has come to the attention of two of the most powerful people on the planet: Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a hospital can discontinue life support to the baby, who has a rare genetic disease. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree. Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted the hospital to release Charlie into their custody so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.

TVNL Comment:  Butt out, Donald.  At least Charlie's parents have full coverage for their child whose brain damage is irreversible.  Stop exploiting this tragedy the way poor Terri Schiavo was used as a political pawn in the nineties.


Feeling unwanted and unwelcome, African migrants hit by new tax in Israel

African migrants in Israel hit with taxNine years ago, Teklit Michael fled Eritrea to avoid military conscription, survived a perilous journey across the Sinai peninsula and sought asylum in Israel.

The 29-year-old Eritrean community organizer now works as a cook at a restaurant in south Tel Aviv -- alone, without family and in legal limbo, awaiting a response to his asylum request.

Since May, Michael's life has faced another challenge with new tax rules that force his employer to put part of his salary in a fund which he can access only if he leaves Israel.


Merkel campaign program no longer calls US a 'friend'

Merkel no longer calls US a friendThe German election program produced by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party no longer refers to the U.S. as a “friend,” Reuters reported Monday.

The program — which represents the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union parties — now calls the U.S. Germany’s “most important partner” outside of Europe.


Media reaps dividends from Trump attacks

Media reaps dividends from Trump attacksCable news outlets are pulling huge ratings and reporters are becoming overnight celebrities as the attacks between President Trump and the media enter strange new territory.

The White House has agitated for the fight, believing that every day it spends feuding with the media exposes further press bias and energizes the conservative base.

But Trump’s claim that MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift" unified the media, with anchors from Fox News to CNN expressing outrage at the president’s tweets and pointing to them as evidence that the press should not treat Trump like a normal president.


Gunmen attack mosque in France, injuring eight

Gunmen attack mosque in FranceGunmen opened fire at a crowd of people Sunday outside of a mosque in France, injuring eight, police said.

The shooting took place in Avignon, Provence, in southern France at approximately 10:30 p.m. Among the injured was a 7-year-old girl.

French news site La Provence reported worshippers were leaving the mosque when two "hooded" men arrived in a Rebault Clio and opened fire.


18 dead in German tour bus crash: police

German tour bus crashGerman police have confirmed that 18 people were killed when a tour bus burst into flames after colliding with a lorry in the southern state of Bavaria.

The crash happened on a motorway near the town of Stammbach on Monday.

"It's clear now that all 18 of the missing people on the bus died in the accident," police said in a statement on on Twitter. The bus had been carrying 48 people, of whom 30 were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.

Alexander Dobrindt, Germany's minister of transport, said that 11 bodies had been retrieved from the crash site so far, and a search for the remains of the seven other victims was under way.


Journalists push back on Trump's media attacks

Journalists fight back against Trump

Journalists are standing in solidarity with CNN after President Trump tweeted a video of him beating an individual with a CNN logo superimposed over his face.

“I think it is unseemly that the president would attack journalists for doing their jobs, and encourage such anger at the media,” The New York Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, which has devoted much of its work in the past to advocate for the press living under authoritarian regimes, said the president actions are creating an environment where harassment is acceptable.




Poll: Trump disapproval at 57 percent

Poll disapproval at 57%Almost 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Trump is doing, according to Gallup's daily tracking poll.

The disapproval rating, 57 percent, is slightly lower than when Trump reached record disapproval of 60 percent during mid-June, according to the poll.

Between the disapproval and approval ratings, there is a 20-percentage-point difference, with 37 percent of those surveyed in the latest poll saying they approve of the job Trump is doing.



Trump punches CNN in a juvenile tweet

Trump ugly tweet against CNNOn Sunday morning the president's personal Twitter account, which has 33 million followers, posted a 28-second video of a WWE broadcast. The video was edited to show Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo on his face.

A short time later, the official @POTUS Twitter account retweeted Trump's tweet to its 19 million followers.

Before becoming president, Trump sometimes appeared at WWE matches and occasionally joined in the fighting. So it was relatively easy for someone to tweak the old video and superimpose the CNN logo onto the other fighter's face.


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