May 11, 2021

Review Category : People

California couple waterboarded kids, authorities say

California couple waterboarded kids, authorities sayTen children found living in squalid conditions in a California home were waterboarded, shot at with crossbows and had scalding water poured over them by their mother and her partner, authorities said Wednesday. The abuse was detailed in a motion filed by prosecutors to increase the bail of the children's mother, 30-year-old Ina Rogers, who was ordered taken into custody and whose bail was set at $495,000. "On a continuous basis the children were getting punched, strangled, bitten, shot with weapons such as crossbows and bb guns, hit with weapons such as sticks and bats, subjected to 'waterboarding' and having scalding water poured on them," according to the motion filed by prosecutors and obtained by AFP.


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Meghan Markle's father in successful heart op: report

Meghan Markle's father in successful heart op: reportMeghan Markle's father has successfully undergone the heart surgery that prevented him from attending her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, celebrity news website TMZ said on Wednesday. The online gossip portal said it had spoken with 73-year-old Tom Markle, who "seemed alert and coherent" and said doctors had implanted up to three stents in his blood vessels. Hounded by the paparazzi, Markle's father has been caught up in the complex and often bitter relationship between Britain's royals and the media ahead of Saturday's ceremony at Windsor Castle in southeast England.


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'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptionsBy Terray Sylvester VOLCANO, Hawaii (Reuters) - "Ballistic blocks" the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Such eruptions, last seen nearly a century ago, have been a looming threat since Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted nearly two weeks ago. Explosions in Kilauea's crater sparked an aviation red alert due to risks the ash plume could blow into aircraft routes and damage jet engines.


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'Deadly and unconstitutional': Trump attacks California sanctuary cities

'Deadly and unconstitutional': Trump attacks California sanctuary citiesA week after the Trump administration endorsed separating immigrant children from their parents as a deterrent against undocumented travel to the United States, Donald Trump convened a meeting of law enforcement officers and elected officials from California to blast sanctuary cities and depict immigrants as a violent threat. New sanctuary laws protecting immigrants went into effect in California in January. In a White House meeting that included the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, House the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, and top officials from the department of homeland security and the US immigration and customs enforcement (Ice), Trump called the California policy “deadly and unconstitutional”.


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Tillerson Warns Democracy at Risk

Tillerson Warns Democracy at RiskFormer Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has taken a veiled shot at President Donald Trump, warning that a growing national crisis of ethics and integrity has put American democracy at risk. (May 16)


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Tillerson Warns Democracy at Risk

Tillerson Warns Democracy at RiskFormer Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has taken a veiled shot at President Donald Trump, warning that a growing national crisis of ethics and integrity has put American democracy at risk. (May 16)


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Regime Change Woes: Why Washington Can't Win In North Korea

Regime Change Woes: Why Washington Can't Win In North KoreaDenuclearization is a worthy goal to pursue, but getting a genuine complete, verifiable, and irreversible disarmament was always going to be a long shot. After several months of a so-called “charm offensive” featuring many positive statements by Kim Jong-un, North Korea changed course on Wednesday, casting doubts as to whether the Trump-Kim summit will happen. While this seemingly erratic behavior from the North is hardly unprecedented, it highlights how America’s past fixation on regime change seriously complicates our future diplomatic and security efforts.


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