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Day: April 29, 2017

I pulled the trigger twice, Bin Laden’s head split open: Soldier describes dramatic night he killed Al Qaeda chief
America, ENGLISH

I pulled the trigger twice, Bin Laden’s head split open: Soldier describes dramatic night he killed Al Qaeda chief

    Retired Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who says he shot and killed Osama bin Laden, poses for a portrait in Washington. The hunt for Osama bin Laden took almost a decade and cost hundreds of millions of pounds. When the architect of the horror of 9/11 was finally tracked down to a high-security compound in Pakistan in May 2011, a team of elite US Navy Seals was sent in to action. Among them was Robert O’Neill, who became known as the man who killed Bin Laden. Here, from his book The Operator, Robert tells how he came face to face with the most wanted man on the planet… We were in Pakistan and we knew we could get shot down at any minute. Thoughts start running through your mind: How does it feel when a helicopter blows up? How long does it take to die? The copter door opened. W...
The Family man deported after 19 years in the US
America, ENGLISH

The Family man deported after 19 years in the US

    After 19 years living and working in the US, paying taxes and raising a family, Mario Hernandez Delacruz, was deported to a country he had not seen for two decades. His daughter, Estrella Garcia, and one of her younger sisters, drove him to the airport in the family’s Jeep Wrangler where he caught a flight to Mexico. On the way, they talked about their plan to carry on appealing his right to live in the US; on the way home, there were just tears. Mr Delacruz has been forced to leave his family in Michigan (Courtesy of family) My mother has been so depressed. My two sisters - aged 15 and 12 - cannot concentrate at school. I’ve have to carry on because I’m now the head of the family, said Ms Garcia, seated in family’s modest home in south-west Detroit. I don’t think [Trump] ...
The second highest number of teachers education cuts in Tower Hamlets
ENGLISH, London

The second highest number of teachers education cuts in Tower Hamlets

    Almost 900 teachers in Tower Hamlets would lose their jobs if changes to the way schools are funded go ahead, it has been claimed today. According to recruitment agency Teachingjobsinlondon.co.uk schools in the borough could be forced to sack 891 teachers, putting it second from top on a list of the worst affected local authorities in London. The worst hit borough is Newham with the equivalent of 1,074 losses and Southwark with 808 is the third worst. The company claims the least affected areas are Richmond Upon Thames (249), Kingston Upon Thames (249) and Merton (204). The analysis used National Union of Teachers (NUT) data which took the total losses in per pupil funding for the borough’s schools and divided the resulting figure by the average Tower Hamlets teacher salar...
North Korea disrespected China with missile test
America, ENGLISH

North Korea disrespected China with missile test

    US President Donald Trump said that North Korea disrespected China by attempting to launch another ballistic missile. President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korea had "disrespected" China by attempting to launch another ballistic missile. Trump has said he is counting on Chinese President Xi Jinping to encourage North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Trump has also said he thinks Xi will do the right thing. China is North Korea's benefactor. But Trump has also threatened to go it alone if Xi fails to deliver. South Korea's military said Friday afternoon that North Korea had fired the missile from an area near the capital of Pyongyang, but provided no details. U.S. and South Korean officials said the launch apparently fa...
EU Says It’s Already Europe 1, Britain 0 as Brexit Reality Dawns
ENGLISH, Europe

EU Says It’s Already Europe 1, Britain 0 as Brexit Reality Dawns

    European Union leaders headed into their first Brexit summit are convinced that when it comes to the pending talks with the U.K. they’re already winning. Governments approached Saturday’s meeting in Brussels by repeatedly toughening their negotiating position and reinforcing the united front they adopted since Britain voted to quit the bloc last June. Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration, meanwhile, has shown a willingness to give ground on key matters involving finance, trade and immigration. The British concessions mean EU officials in the 27 countries are increasingly hopeful that May will realize that the terms of Brexit will be set by them more than her. The need for the U.K. to be pragmatic in unraveling 44 years of membership was highlighted this week by Germ...
North Korea fires another ballistic missile, the 75th of Kim Jong Un’s tenure
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea fires another ballistic missile, the 75th of Kim Jong Un’s tenure

    A submarine-launched ballistic missile is displayed during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong… North Korea fired another ballistic missile early Saturday morning, but it exploded within seconds of being launched, American and South Korean defense officials said. Coinciding with renewed diplomatic and military pressure on North Korea from the Trump administration, this latest launch underscores both Kim Jong Un’s determination to make technical progress on his weapons programs and his defiance amid international pressure. President Trump, who was briefed on the launch soon afterward, took to Twitter to reiterate his expectation that Chinese...