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South Sudan's government declared Friday it has "had enough" of opposition leader Riek Machar, dealing a blow to the latest effort to end more than four years of bloody civil war. Hopes of a breakthrough rose this week after Ethiopia brokered the first face-to-face meeting in nearly two years between Machar and his arch-rival President Salva Kiir. Regional heads of state also flew to Addis Ababa to apply pressure.
The Virginia-class is orders of magnitude quieter and offers far better sensors and carries more weapons. The newer vessels are far more effective against threats like the Kilo than their Los Angeles-class predecessors. Buying as many Virginias as possible becomes especially important as more and more potential adversaries procure advanced diesel-electric boats like the Kilo or the even more capable Russian-built Amur.
North and South Korea agreed Friday to resume reunions for families separated by the Korean War in August -- the first such meetings since 2015 and the latest step in a remarkable diplomatic thaw on the peninsula. The resumption of the reunions was among the agreements reached between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's president Moon Jae-in at their landmark summit in April. Officials from both sides met at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort on Friday and set a date for late August.
An entirely new species of ape has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in central China. The remains of the now-extinct gibbon, which researchers have named Junzi imperialis, were found in a burial chamber in Shaanxi Province that dates back around 2,300 years. Researchers believe it may be the first ape species to have perished as a direct result of human activities such as hunting. “All of the world’s apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and gibbons - are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of historic hunting or habitat loss,” note scientists at the Zoological Society of London, who led the research. “However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzi changes this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular.” The skull of the extinct Junzi gibbon Credit: ZSL The Junzi are believed to have completely died out less than 300 years ago and could be one of a number of now-extinct gibbon species that once inhabited central China. Lead author Dr Samuel Turvey said the discovery suggests we are currently “underestimating the impact of humans on primate diversity”. “These findings reveal the importance of using historical archives such as the archaeological record to inform our understanding of conservation and stress the need for greater international collaboration to protect surviving populations of gibbons in the wild,” he added. A cranial reconstruction of the Junzi gibbon Credit: ZSL The partial cranium and lower jawbone of the ape were found in the burial chamber believed to belong to Lady Xia, the grandmother of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, who ordered the building of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army sculptures. First excavated in 2004, the tomb contained 12 burial pits that contained animal remains, including leopards, lynx and black bears. Archaeologist Hu Songmei, of the Shaanxi institute, told Science that imperial Chinese burial chambers were commonly arranged in this manner so that the departed could “continue to enjoy the life they knew” in the afterlife. The Junzi gibbon was discovered in an ancient Chinese imperial tomb Credit: ZSL Gibbons were also regarded as high-status pets and considered to be wise and noble animals during the period of Emperor Qin’s rule up until 210 BC. Today, gibbons are the most endangered of all the ape species due to a loss of their forest habitat, the illegal wildlife trade, the use of their body parts in Chinese medicines and poaching, according to the WWF. The world's most endangered species The Hainan gibbon, found on Hainan Island in southern China, is considered to be the world's rarest mammal, with only 26 still in existence. The full research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Science.
Friends and loved ones said goodbye Thursday to American fashion designer Kate Spade at a funeral in Kansas City, Missouri, birthplace of the 55-year-old who committed suicide two weeks ago. Spade was one of the biggest names in American fashion, known especially for her sleek handbags. An additional tragedy befell the family hours before the late-afternoon service, as Spade's "heartbroken" 89-year-old father died at his home in the Midwestern US city.
The Pentagon will prepare to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases, a US military spokesman said Thursday. The decision follows a request from the US Department of Health and Human Services "to determine its capabilities to provide up to 20,000 temporary beds for unaccompanied alien children at DoD (Department of Defense) installations," Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis told AFP. The request came one day after President Donald Trump moved to end the practice of splitting migrant families, with over 2,300 children recently separated from their parents under a "zero tolerance" policy.
The First Lady made it too easy. Melania Trump made a surprise visit to Texas on Thursday to meet detained immigrant children at the U.S. border. Considering she's been laying low for the past few weeks, you'd think it's a step forward for her as a public figure. Remember that whole "where's Melania" debacle in May? SEE ALSO: Melania Trump boards plane to meet immigrants wearing 'I really don't care' jacket But in some sort of bizarrely insensitive fashion no-no, Melania decided to board the plane to the middle of a major human rights debate wearing a long green jacket that said "I don't really care, do u?" on the back. i want a girl with a short skirt and the wrooooooooooong jacket https://t.co/3Z8ADMtlUf — lvl45 CHAOS POTUS who thinks 'the jacket is cool' (@thetomzone) June 21, 2018 In a few minutes, people started spoofing the jacket and adding their own messages. Whether a critical reminder that Americans have the power to vote out the current administration, or a jab at Melania's (seemingly) high and mighty attitude toward migrant children, these fake jackets have hotter takes than any incoming op-ed. Somehow Melania's meme'd outerwear is more believable than what she actually wore. I made my own jacket. ????????????#MelaniaTrump pic.twitter.com/MBhGOqpWME — Charlotte Clymer??????️?????? (@cmclymer) June 21, 2018 Here you go, [email protected] I fixed it for you. pic.twitter.com/IItuRXhUQG — Helen Androlia (@HelenAndrolia) June 21, 2018 hey @FLOTUS I made something that's just your style pic.twitter.com/SbphgXZ4RY — Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) June 21, 2018 Fixed Melania's jacket. I knew those 15 seasons of "Project Runway" would come in handy one day! pic.twitter.com/KxDlJm1zYh — Sophie Vershbow (@svershbow) June 21, 2018 here's the jacket i'm wearing on my way to the border pic.twitter.com/IYfuiB9BSg — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 21, 2018 Instead of wearing the "I don't really care, do you?" jacket, Melania should have worn this one??????#ThursdayThoughts #YesWeCare pic.twitter.com/xUzPft3yy8 — ΛᄂIПΛ (@Alina__IV) June 21, 2018 ok i am into this jacket pic.twitter.com/ZJdx4hwIsG — sara yasin ?????? (@sarayasin) June 21, 2018 pic.twitter.com/XiYW0APGZA — darth™ (@darth) June 21, 2018 pic.twitter.com/t5d0nWVopk — darth™ (@darth) June 21, 2018 Alternative jacket messages considered by Melania Trump: pic.twitter.com/GffzRhbJzO — MeltLikeButta (@jwbutta) June 21, 2018 Melania's jacket is clearly from the new @pattymo line of outerwear pic.twitter.com/0vE6FswjnC — McGone [2 CD Remastered Deluxe Edition] (@the_mcgone) June 21, 2018 And if you want to make your own, @jwbutta posted a blank version. Here you go, Twitter: make your own Melania Trump jacket! We've gotten you started with an example...have fun! pic.twitter.com/jZClbiIKFK — MeltLikeButta (@jwbutta) June 21, 2018 Some people posted Melania's other outfit options for the day. Melania woke up, opened the closet, and tried to figure out which one to choose from. pic.twitter.com/RLLddm7VeN — Matt Viser (@mviser) June 21, 2018 EXCLUSIVE: Melania trump’s next wardrobe choice when she visits homeless shelters pic.twitter.com/16AeDZBn6U — Ezra Viale ?????? (@NoahViale) June 21, 2018 And one wonderful person turned the social media frenzy around the jacket into an opportunity to raise awareness for people in need. Since Melania Trump's jacket said "I really don't care"...I set up https://t.co/GL1FF0KpBsClick the link and it'll take you to a site where you can donate to 14 awesome groups helping immigrants all at once. Feel free to RT if that's your jam. pic.twitter.com/TPc4y4ZUfh — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 21, 2018 Other jacket alternatives: "Please stop trying to hold my hand, Donald" and "I swear this speech is my own." WATCH: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' most ludicrous moments as press secretary
By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court gave presidents more control over key jobs in federal agencies on Thursday, ruling that the way the Securities and Exchange Commission selected in-house judges who enforce investor protection laws violated the U.S. Constitution. The justices agreed with President Donald Trump's administration that the SEC, in having low-level staff install administrative law judges, infringed upon powers given to the president in the U.S. Constitution's "appointments clause" regarding the filling of certain federal posts. The ruling could reverberate through the federal government, which has nearly 2,000 administrative law judges who decide matters as varied as unfair trade practices, veterans benefits and patent infringement.
By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12,500 civilians had fled the town of Busra al-Hariri and nearby areas of Deraa province in the last two days. The United States has warned it would take "firm and appropriate measures" in response to government violations of a "de-escalation" deal it brokered with Russia last year to contain the conflict in the southwest.
(Reuters) - Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit. Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents' consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. The Shiloh center, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Israel said Thursday it has evidence the family of a baby who died near the Gaza border was paid by Hamas to accuse Israel's army over her death, an account the family rejected. Gaza's health ministry and family members said eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour had died after inhaling tear gas along the border during a day of clashes in May, in which at least 61 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.
The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general is auditing the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Southwest Airlines Co after a midair incident in which an engine exploded and one person was killed. The inspector general said "our objective is to assess FAA’s oversight of Southwest Airlines’ systems for managing risk." The office will write a report after it completes the review and may make recommendations. A Southwest Boeing 737 engine failed in midair on April 17 after it lost a fan blade, killing one passenger.
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Ericsson needs a range of industries to embrace 5G network services if the equipment maker is to get a long-term boost that would allow it to progress from cost-cutting to expansion. For now, the Swedish company is focusing on a cost-savings plan running until 2020 to shore up profitability, hoping that growth will then return as the pace of 5G network upgrades picks up early in the following decade. Having struggled with flagging revenue since 4G sales peaked in the middle of the decade, Ericsson is pinning its hopes for revived growth on the emergence of new mobile businesses in 10 broad sectors such as manufacturing, energy and public safety.
The debate over the Trump administration's immigration policy is still simmering, and the blowback continues to hit Trump — this time in the form of yet another Time magazine cover. The new cover combines a photo of the president with the now-iconic image taken by Getty Images' John Moore of a little girl sobbing while her mother is searched by border agents, something of a symbol of the pushback against the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. TIME’s new cover: A reckoning after Trump's border separation policy: What kind of country are we? https://t.co/U4Uf8bffoR pic.twitter.com/sBCMdHuPGc — TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018 Driving home the point: the image of Trump they chose for the face-off is one that seems to display the callous indifference that he and his supporters have shown thus far in the debate. Likewise, the cover story, "A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?" by Karl Vick, doesn't mince words about what it sees as the eroding of our traditional norms and values by the current president. Even though Trump has now signed an executive order that should, for the time being, prevent such separations, there are still serious issues that remain, including reuniting families already separated by the heinous policy as well as what the Trump administration's long game is. Still, we know how much Trump loves his Time covers and this one is certainly worthy of our current president. WATCH: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' most ludicrous moments as press secretary