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Macron says Le Pen is promoting hate, would wreck France’s economy

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (center) talks with doctors during his visit at the Raymond Poincare hospital in Garches outside Paris Tuesday. | PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / VIA AFP-JIJI

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron accused his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, on Tuesday of promoting hatred and isolation with policies that he said would wreck the economy. “Mad...

Axed Trump aide Flynn may have violated law over Russia-linked cash: lawmakers

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing Feb. 1 at the White House in Washington. The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump's first national security adviser's security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments. | AP

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens ...

Artificial womb for extremely premature babies works with sheep

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

This drawing provided by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia shows an illustration of a fluid-filled incubation system that mimics a mother's womb, in hopes of one day improving survival of extremely premature babies. In animal testing, fetal lambs grew for up to four weeks inside the bag filled with a substitute for amniotic fluid, while the heart pumped blood into a machine attached to the umbilical cord that supplied oxygen like a placenta normally would. | CHILDREN?S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA / VIA AP

An artificial womb filled with clear liquid, successfully tested on pre-natal lambs, could help extremely premature babies avoid death or life-long disability, researchers reported Tuesday. “...

Turkish airstrikes kill at least 18 Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation from U.S. coalition

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Kurdish police, known as the Asayish, visit the site of Turkish airstrikes near northeastern Syrian Kurdish town of Derik Tuesday. Turkish warplanes killed more than 20 Kurdish fighters in strikes in Syria and Iraq, where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic State group. | AFP-JIJI

Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group...

U.S. white-power groups seen uniting, at least for now

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in April 2016 cross and swastika burnings after a 'white pride' rally in rural Paulding County near Cedar Town, Georgia. Extremist groups are joining together with a shared goal for whites. A new Ku Klux Klan alliance formed in March has united chapters from around the country, and a consortium of organizations composed of white nationalists and white separatists is marking its first anniversary. | AP

White extremists, almost by nature, are seldom good at working together. Creating consensus among white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and the like are akin to herding rattlesnakes, give...

21 killed, mainly women, as boat capsizes in Senegal delta

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Twenty-one people died when a boat capsized in a Senegal delta region popular with tourists, firefighters told AFP on Tuesday, adding that the vast majority who lost their lives were women. The inc...

U.S. should stay in Paris climate accord and renegotiate it, Perry says

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry looks at a wind turbine with Primo Wind President William Fitzmaurice during a tour of Earth Day displays at Fair Park in Dallas April 21. | AP

The United States should stay in the Paris climate accord but renegotiate it, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday, alleging that some European countries were not doing enough to curb emissions...

Michigan, other states alarmed by laser strikes on aircraft

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Michigan State Police pilot Jerry King was flying his state plane back to the Lansing airport after a mission when he saw a green pulsing light in the night sky. Suddenly, he was blinded by a brigh...

GOP lawmakers snub Trump’s call for funds for Mexico border wall in bid to advance $1 trillion spending bill

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a media briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday. | REUTERS

Congressional negotiators on Tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump’s request for immediate funding to construct a wall...

U.S. deploys F-35 stealth fighters to Estonia for NATO drills

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

A US F-35A Lightning II aircraft sits on the tarmac Tuesday at Amari Air Base, Estonia. Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting airmen are from the 34th Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, in Utah. | AFP-JIJI

Two U.S. F-35 fighter jets arrived on Tuesday in NATO member Estonia to take part in the military alliance’s drills as the aircraft saw their first operational deployment in continental Europ...

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