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Day: April 26, 2017

10 Things We Learned About Kim Jong Un From His Classmates
Asia, ENGLISH

10 Things We Learned About Kim Jong Un From His Classmates

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is one of the great agitators in modern political culture. Known for being temperamental—he is said to have executed his uncle for plotting a coup and unpredictable, Kim has helped give his country the reputation of being a wild card that can capture the attention of the world’s superpowers. Like any powerful leader, Kim was once just a bright young man with homework. At the behest of his father, former supreme leader Kim Jong-il, Kim was schooled in a Swiss boarding school between 1998 and 2000, and the media has often turned to his former classmates to uncover details about his teenage personality. No one has yet discovered his doodled-on yearbook or a prom photo, but his peers did have some other insights. Here’s what we know about Kim ...
Donald Trump says he previously claimed Nato was obsolete because he did not know much about it
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump says he previously claimed Nato was obsolete because he did not know much about it

    Donald Trump has rowed back on his claim that Nato is obsolete, saying his earlier comments were made when he did not know much about the military alliance. The US President told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during the presidential campaign that the 28-member state organisation was redundant and overly expensive for the US – a claim he repeated shortly before taking office in January. We are paying disproportionately, he said at the time. It's too much, and frankly it's a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea. Asked about his previous comments during an interview with the Associated Press, Mr Trump said they were a result of him “not knowing much” about Nato. They had a quote from me that Nato’s obsolete, he said. But they didn't say why it was obsolet...
Majority of UK voters want Theresa May to face Jeremy Corbyn on live TV
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Majority of UK voters want Theresa May to face Jeremy Corbyn on live TV

    A majority of the British public wants Theresa May to go head to head with her rivals in live TV debates during the election campaign, an exclusive poll for The Independent shows. The BMG Research survey reveals more than half of people want the live contests to go ahead, but comes after Ms May’s outright refusal to face up to other party leaders. The Prime Minister’s rivals leapt on the study, accusing Ms May of running scared and ducking her responsibility to take part in democratic debate ahead of an election that will prove crucial to Brexit. They also renewed calls for broadcasters to go ahead with the debates and empty chair Ms May if she continues to reject calls to take part. Respondents were asked whether leaders of the UK’s major political parties should particip...
Germany booed Ivanka Trump: America says she doesn’t belong in the White House.
ENGLISH, Europe

Germany booed Ivanka Trump: America says she doesn’t belong in the White House.

    Newly installed White House adviser Ivanka Trump is in Germany and was booed Tuesday as she was defending her father's record on women's issues. Back home, the reviews of her role in the White House aren't much better. While President Trump has decided to go around anti-nepotism rules and make both Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, his top advisers, polls show Americans are not okay with this. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll over the weekend showed 61 percent of registered voters say Trump should not have put his daughter and son-in-law in his administration. Thirty-four percent say they approved of the decision. Even about 1 in 5 Republicans (22 percent) and Trump voters (17 percent) are uncomfortable with the arrangement, and independents overwhelmingly oppose i...
Conservatives warned: don’t take landslide election win for granted
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Conservatives warned: don’t take landslide election win for granted

    Theresa May speaks to supporters at a community centre in Bridgend, Wales. Conservative strategists are warning that the current crop of opinion polls suggesting Theresa May will cruise to victory in June’s general election could dissuade voters from turning out to vote for the party. The belief is that a landslide election narrative may also encourage others to back Labour and other opposition parties simply in an attempt to minimise the scale of the anticipated majority, prompting the prime minister to warn about the issue on Tuesday. On a campaign visit to Wales, May said: Remember, the opinion polls were wrong in the 2015 general election, they were wrong in the referendum, and Jeremy Corbyn himself has said that he was a 200-1 outsider for the Labour leadership in 201...