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Syria: Air defenses down missiles from Israeli warplanes

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses opened fire Tuesday night on missiles launched from Israeli warplanes on the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them, state media said. State TV said the warplanes fired the missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace. The outlet said the warplanes targeted ... Read More »

Keep global food supply chains intact – WTO, UN agencies urge

GENEVA, March 31 (Reuters) – Food supply chains must be protected from any trade-related measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, the heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and U.N. food and health agencies said on Tuesday, warning of possible shortages and price spikes. They voiced concern that disruptions to ... Read More »

'It is ungodly': students react to Liberty University reopening

<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Photograph: Steve Helber/AP” data-reactid=”12″> Photograph: Steve Helber/AP More With cases of Covid-19 rising rapidly across the US, last week was a strange time for Jerry Falwell Jr to decide to reopen Liberty University. <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Related: Liberty University student tests ... Read More »

Lawmakers Ask Trump To Suspend Sanctions To Help Iran Fight Coronavirus

Lawmakers Ask Trump To Suspend Sanctions To Help Iran Fight Coronavirus More <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Trump administration should suspend sweeping U.S. sanctions on Iran that are hindering the country’s response to its massive coronavirus outbreak, more than 30 lawmakers said in a letter to top ... Read More »

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

Julie Dolan, chair of her town’s Broadband Committee, poses with her computer on the steps of her family’s rural home in Sandwich, N.H., Thursday, March 26, 2020. In the town of 1,200 best known as the setting for the movie “On Golden Pond,” broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much ... Read More »

UN begins home food drops for Gaza's needy to stem virus

Iran’s national flag waves as Milad telecommunications tower and buildings are seen in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. In recent days, Iran which is battling the worst new coronavirus outbreak in the region, has ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and banned intercity travels aimed at preventing the virus’ ... Read More »

Almost half of U.S. foreign-born in past decade had college

FILE – In a Thursday, July 4, 2019 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, center, his wife Karen Pence, pose for a group photo with new naturalized citizens following a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the ... Read More »

US warship captain seeks crew isolation as virus spreads

FILE – In this April 13, 2018, file photo the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is anchored off Manila Bay west of Manila, Philippines. The captain of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly ... Read More »

Trump’s Energy Dominance Gives Way to Incoherence

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The long arc of the American dream of energy independence, having recently soared Icarus-like toward energy dominance, has finally crashed ignominiously into energy incoherence. Since early on in his term, President Donald Trump has boasted about U.S. fossil fuels giving him the whip hand. Yet there was a fatal ... Read More »

Why the next coronavirus bill won’t come so easy

with an assist from Heather Caygle CORONAVIRUS COLLISION COURSE — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ready to hit the gas pedal on a fourth package to address the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. Democrats are already in the early stages of drafting legislation, which could be ready in a few weeks. ... Read More »

Kennedy Reacts To Pelosi’s Criticism Of Trump: “If We Listened To Pelosi, When We’re Old We’ll All Be Eating Cat Food Out Of The Can”

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) had some choice words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday in reaction to her criticism of President Trump’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, Pelosi claimed President Trump “fiddles” while “people are dying,” and she suggested there will be an “after-action review” ... Read More »

Orban Takes Sole Command of Hungary With Emergency Law

(Bloomberg) — Hungary’s parliament handed Prime Minister Viktor Orban the right to rule by decree indefinitely, effectively putting the European Union democracy under his sole command for as long as he sees fit. While governments around the world assume emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, locking down all aspects of ... Read More »

Moscow begins lockdown during tougher push to curb virus

Moscow’s Red Square was virtually empty as the lockdown in the city came into force Monday (AFP Photo/Dimitar DILKOFF) Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged Moscow’s 12 million residents to respect a strict new lockdown, as other parts of the country began to introduce similar steps ... Read More »

Pentagon May Keep Paratroopers in Mideast to Counter Iran

via REUTERS More Defense Secretary Mark Esper is looking at extending the deployment of a reaction force sent to the Middle East to counter Iran’s militia network, according to three sources and documents provided to The Daily Beast.  The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in ... Read More »

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

The River Church is shown Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has warned the megachurch about violating a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of coronavirus. The church is continuing to hold Sunday church services despite warnings for social distancing in order. ... Read More »

Moscow goes into lockdown, rest of Russia braces for same

A view of an empty Red square, with the St. Basil’s Cathedral, center, and Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower, right, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 30, 2020. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered all city residents except for those working in essential sectors to stay home starting Monday. Residents are allowed to buy ... Read More »

Hay fever or virus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry

In this March 26, 2020, photo, a person takes in the afternoon sun amongst the cherry blossoms along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia. For millions of seasonal allergy sufferers, the annual onset of watery eyes and scratchy throats is bumping up against the global spread of a new virus that produces ... Read More »

Merkel Continues Quarantine After Third Test Negative

(Bloomberg) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel tested negative for the coronavirus for the third time, a German government spokesman said in an emailed statement on Monday evening. The German leader will continue to stay in quarantine for the next few days and work from her home, the spokesman said. Merkel ... Read More »

Trump, Putin discuss oil price plunge, coronavirus

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is likely to ask US President Donald Trump for lifting sanctions on Moscow during their phone call expected Monday (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski) More Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed plunging oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as Trump ... Read More »

Sierra Leone overturns ban on pregnant schoolgirls

Teenage pregnancy is an issue in many African countries More Sierra Leone has overturned a five-year law barring pregnant girls from going to school. The ban was introduced in 2015 as schools reopened after the Ebola crisis, which saw a rise in pregnancies among school-age girls. West Africa’s top court ... Read More »

Could Congress have done more to prepare for coronavirus?

CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Congress acted swiftly to pass a trio of coronavirus bills, moving at “warp speed” in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But in the weeks leading up to the speedy legislative response, it was pretty much business as usual on Capitol Hill — even as ... Read More »

Could Congress have done more to prepare for coronavirus?

CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Congress acted swiftly to pass a trio of coronavirus bills, moving at “warp speed” in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But in the weeks leading up to the speedy legislative response, it was pretty much business as usual on Capitol Hill — even as ... Read More »

Trump Blasts CNN Reporter For Taking ‘Appreciative’ Out Of Context: “That’s Why CNN Is Not Trusted Anymore”

Sunday during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Trump blasted CNN’s White House Correspondent, Jeremy Diamond, for taking the Commander in Chief’s comments about being “appreciative” out of context. The Freedom Times previously reported, during Friday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump had stressed that ... Read More »

Trump Blasts CNN Reporter For Taking ‘Appreciative’ Out Of Context: “That’s Why CNN Is Not Trusted Anymore”

Sunday during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Trump blasted CNN’s White House Correspondent, Jeremy Diamond, for taking the Commander in Chief’s comments about being “appreciative” out of context. The Freedom Times previously reported, during Friday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump had stressed that ... Read More »

Sen. Graham Rips Pelosi For Suggesting Trump ‘Fiddles’ While ‘People Are Dying’: “Most Shameful, Disgusting Statement By Any Politician In Modern History”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”, ripping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after she had claimed, “As the President fiddles, people are dying”, in a Sunday CNN interview. “Let me just say how sad it is, that even since the president’s ... Read More »

Sen. Graham Rips Pelosi For Suggesting Trump ‘Fiddles’ While ‘People Are Dying’: “Most Shameful, Disgusting Statement By Any Politician In Modern History”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”, ripping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after she had claimed, “As the President fiddles, people are dying”, in a Sunday CNN interview. “Let me just say how sad it is, that even since the president’s ... Read More »