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February 19, 2019 | Via CNN

Bernie Sanders Launches Second Presidential Campaign

After months of deliberation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he is running for president again in 2020. It will be Sanders’ second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Sanders enters the 2020 race as one of the frontrunners — a remarkable turn for the democratic socialist who, three years ago, was viewed as a protest candidate from the political fringe.

February 19, 2019 | Via AP News

Israeli Leaders’ Nazi Comments Derail European Summit

Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel’s acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and “suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk.” The abrupt cancellation marked a new low in a bitter and long-running conflict between Poland and Israel over how to characterize Polish actions toward its Jewish community during World War II. Tuesday’s meeting of the leaders of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic — known as the Visegrad group — was to be the first time the summit has been held outside of Europe.

February 19, 2019 | Via Reuters

U.S. States Sue Trump Administration in Showdown over Border Wall Funds

A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.

February 19, 2019 | Via BBC

SeaWorld Rescue: Firefighters Rescue 16 People from San Diego Ride

Firefighters have rescued 16 people trapped in gondolas for several hours on a ride at the SeaWorld amusement park in San Diego. Gondolas malfunctioned after a gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the Bayside Skyride, police in the US city told FOX5 News. The National Weather Service says it was about 49F (9C) in San Diego at the time of the incident. The company added it would conduct a “thorough inspection” of the ride before re-opening it.

February 19, 2019 | Via ABC News

UN Concerned About Some 200 Families Trapped in IS Enclave

The U.N.’s human rights chief said Tuesday she is concerned about the condition of some 200 families trapped in the last remaining area held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, where they are mixed with hundreds of militants. Some 300 militants are mixed in with hundreds of civilians and are refusing to surrender while trying to negotiate an exit with the U.S.-backed forces surrounding them. Last week, the U.N. and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered badly needed humanitarian assistance as Russia offered to help relocate those willing to move to government-held areas in Syria.

February 19, 2019 | Via Fox News

Iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, a fixture in the luxury fashion industry over the last 50 years, died early Tuesday, Chanel announced. He was 85. The German designer who was nicknamed “Kaiser Karl” was of the most hardworking figures in the industry. He held down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris’ family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983. His fashion career kicked off in the 1950s, when he apprenticed for Balmain and later hired by Paris-based house, Patou.

February 18, 2019 | Via BBC

Australian Political Parties Hit by ‘state actor’ Hack, PM Says

Australia’s main political parties and parliament were hit by a “malicious intrusion” on their computer networks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The cyber-attack revealed two weeks ago was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, he said. But he added there was “no evidence of any electoral interference”. The nation will hold an election within months. The Australian government has faced a number of cyber-attacks in recent years, some of which have been attributed in local media to nations such as China.

February 18, 2019 | Via BBC

Saudi Arabia Signs $20bn in Deals with Pakistan

Saudi Arabia has pledged investment deals worth $20bn with Pakistan which is seeking to bolster its fragile economy. The deals include funding for an $8bn oil refinery in the city of Gwadar. It comes as part of a high-profile Asian tour by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Prime Minister Imran Khan has been seeking help from friendly countries in order to cut the size of the bailout package his country is likely to need from the International Monetary Fund, under very strict conditions.

February 18, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Seven Killed in Kashmir Gun Battle Days After Deadly Attack

At least seven people, including two armed rebels and four Indian army soldiers, have been killed in an ongoing gun battle in India-administered Kashmir. The gun battle on Monday in Pinglan village of Pulwama district comes days after 42 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide blast – the worst such attack in 30 years of Kashmir conflict, which has raised fears of confrontation with archenemy Pakistan.

February 18, 2019 | Via The Guardian

ISIS Briton Shamima Begum Pleads to Return to UK After Giving Birth

A teenager who traveled to Syria to join Islamic State has called on people in the UK to have sympathy for her, the day after giving birth to a boy in a refugee camp. Shamima Begum, 19, who left the UK with two school friends in 2015, spoke to the Times while heavily pregnant earlier this week from the al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria. She said she was desperate to come back to the UK. Begum married Yago Riedijk, 27, a Dutch convert to Islam, 10 days after arriving in the city of Raqqa in 2015. She had two children, both of whom died.

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