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Russia: U.S. prohibited from flying over Syrian 'de-escalation zones'

Russia: US not allowed ove rsafe zoneRussia said aircraft in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State will be prohibited from operating above the planned "de-escalation zones" in Syria.

Alexander Lavrentyev, the head of Russia's delegation in peace talks and Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Syria, said the issue of whether aircraft can operate in the safe zones is "off the table."

"The case is that in the de-escalation zones, the work of aviation, especially the coalition forces, is absolutely not envisaged, with or without notification," Lavrentyev said.


US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

US solider killed in Somalia 5/5/17A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab — the first U.S. combat death in the country in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that remains largely chaos.

"We do not believe there has been a case where a U.S. service member has been killed in combat action in Somalia since the incident there in 1993," U.S. Africa Command spokesman Patrick Barnes said Friday. The United States pulled out of Somalia after that incident in which two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.


North Korea accuses CIA of plot to murder Kim Jong-un

North Korea accuses CIA of plot to murder Kim Jong-unNorth Korea has accused the US and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt against leader Kim Jong-un involving biochemical weapons.

In a statement carried on state media, North Korea's ministry of state security on Friday said that a "hideous" group sanctioned by the CIA and South Korean Intelligence Service (IS) had infiltrated North Korea "on the basis of covert and meticulous preparations to commit state-sponsored terrorism against the supreme leadership".


Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski quits job at controversial firm he founded

Lewndowski quits his own firmPresident Donald Trump's former campaign manager has resigned from the Washington influence firm he founded just after the election.

Corey Lewandowski says he was troubled by recent reports about firm-related projects that he says he had not sanctioned. Other people tied to his Avenue Strategies firm started a firm of their own and had pitched Eastern European clients with promises of access to Trump and high-ranking White House officials. Politico reported on that recently and also reported that Lewandowski's now-former partner, Barry Bennett, had inked a deal without him to lobby on behalf of Citgo.


Keystone XL: the final leg and the myth of Trump's job promise

Keystone myth of jobsNebraska is the last hope for stopping this,” says Art Tanderup, sitting on the lawn close to the solar panels that provide most of the energy to his farm. Spring comes a little earlier here than in South Dakota and Montana. The 2ft deep snow drifts that had blanketed the farmland melted a month ago, revealing acres of harvested corn stubble that is now being readied for replanting.

This year’s crop cycle brings with it a sense of unprecedented foreboding for Tanderup and his wife Helen, who returned to the century-old family farm in 2011, hoping for a quiet retirement.


Woman who laughed at Jeff Sessions hearing convicted for being 'disorderly'

Desiree Fairooz convictedA jury in Washington has convicted a woman who was arrested after laughing during a confirmation hearing for the attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

Desiree Fairooz, an activist with the leftwing NGO Code Pink, was found guilty of engaging in “disorderly or disruptive conduct” with the intent to disrupt congressional proceedings, as well as “parading, demonstrating or picketing”.


Trump protesters weigh in on NYC visit

Trump protest in NYCThousands of protesters are assembling for President Donald Trump’s homecoming Thursday as dozens of civil rights, immigration and women’s advocacy groups mobilized opponents.

Hours before Trump was scheduled to arrive in New York, demonstrators gathered on Manhattan's West Side, near the Intrepid aircraft carrier that now holds the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where the president will dine with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Thursday night, May 4, 2017. Some demonstrators banged pots, while others carried anti-Trump signs.

Thousands of protesters are assembling for President Donald Trump’s homecoming Thursday as dozens of civil rights, immigration and women’s advocacy groups mobilized opponents.


Trump eases ban on political activity by churches

Trump eases rulee on church politicsPresident Trump signed an executive order Thursday making it easier for churches and other religious groups to engage in politics without endangering their tax-exempt status.

Trump approved the measure in the Rose Garden at the White House surrounded by clergy and leaders of faith organizations during a National Day of Prayer event.

“Today my administration is leading by example as we take historic steps to protect religious liberty in the United States of America,” the president said. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”


Regional powers agree on Syria 'de-escalation zones'

Regional powers agree on Syria de-escalation zonesRussia, Iran and Turkey have signed a deal calling for the setup of so-called de-escalation zones in war-torn Syria during talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.
Syria: Residents of besieged Ghouta fear it is time to flee

The signing ceremony on Thursday was briefly interrrupted as some members of the Syrian armed opposition's delegation stormed out in protest against Iran's participation in the deal.



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