FBI wiretap petitions for Trump campaign contained key errors

(Worthy News) – Four FBI wiretap applications targeting a Trump campaign volunteer were more inaccurate than previously known based on subsequent investigative information, an analysis shows.

The FBI applications to federal judges under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are a central focus of the Justice Department’s special review of how the Obama administration started its probe into the Donald Trump campaign.

Obtaining four surveillance warrants on Carter Page from October 2016 to September 2017 was one of the FBI’s most aggressive steps to try to prove that Trump associates conspired with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 election. The FBI asserted that Mr. Page was a foreign agent for Russia and helped it interfere in the election. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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U.S. tightens Venezuela oil sanctions, indicates more actions to come

(Worthy News) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday tightened its pressure on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company by making clear that exports of diluents by international shippers could be subject to U.S. sanctions.

The change, announced on the Treasury Department’s website, is the latest U.S. measure aimed at pressuring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by limiting access to oil export revenue from PDVSA.

PDVSA had long relied on imports of diluents from the United States to add to its extra-heavy oil to make the crude exportable. But that trade was banned in January, forcing the company to look abroad for other suppliers. [ Source: Reuters (Read More…) ]

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Trump: ’Not Nearly Enough’ Progress Made in Talks Between Pence and Mexican Foreign Minister on Trade Tariffs and Immigration Crisis

by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – “Not nearly enough” progress was made in a discussion between Vice President Mike Pence and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Wednesday, according to President Trump, who decided last month to place a 5% trade tariff on all Mexican goods entering the US until Mexico stems the tide of migrants coming through its northern border.

Vice President Pence had expected to hear “tangible measures” to be implemented by the Mexican government “immediately” ahead of the meeting but was apparently disappointed.

“A number of possibilities were discussed that need to be looked at in more detail to try to find some common ground,” said Ebrard, whose government allowed 132,887 people to cross its border with the US in the month of May alone, a tally the Trump administration said was the highest seen by a single month in a decade.

“We are bursting at the seams. It is unsustainable,” said Randy Howe, executive director for operations at the Office of Field Operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), whose unit apprehended 4,100 people and had 19,293 people in custody on a single day this week, June 4th.

63% of the people apprehended by the CBP in May were minors or families, leading many to call the situation a humanitarian crisis. In lieu of the proper facilities to house the sheer number of people detained, border authorities released 75,000 families on March 19th who were determined to have no criminal background.

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Washington Supreme Court Upholds Ruling against Florist Who Refused to Serve Same-Sex Wedding

(Worthy News) – The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday upheld its previous ruling that a florist’s refusal to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, after Washington’s high court ruled that she illegally discriminated against a gay couple who wanted to purchase flowers from her shop, Arlene’s Flowers. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal, but ordered Washington’s Supreme Court to review the original decision to determine whether it was motivated by “religious animus.”

After a review, the justices of the Washington court found that they “did not act with religious animus when they ruled that the florist and her corporation violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination . . . by declining to sell wedding flowers to a gay couple, and they did not act with religious animus when they ruled that such discrimination is not privileged or excused by the United States Constitution or the Washington Constitution.” [ Source: National Review (Read More…) ]

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Trump, Macron agree Iran must not develop nukes

(Worthy News) – President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday they agree on the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and hope to renew talks with Tehran.

“I don’t think we have differences over Iran,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a meeting in France. “The president [Mr. Macron] doesn’t want to see Iran have nuclear weapons and neither do it.”

Mr. Macron said “we do share the same objective.” [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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‘Wake up call’: 1M new STD infections daily

(Worthy News) – More than 1 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases pop up across the world every day, a figure that shows health officials have made little progress in curbing infections over the course of about five years.

“We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization executive director for universal health coverage and life course, said in a statement. “This is a wake-up call for a concerted effort to ensure everyone, everywhere can access the services they need to prevent and treat these debilitating diseases.”

A study published online Thursday by the Bulletin of the World Health Organization found that 376 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis developed among people between the ages of 15-49 in 2016. Some of the cases may be multiple infections at the same time or re-infections among the same people. The infections are curable with medicines, but people don’t become immune after being treated. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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Protests Over Death of Nigerian Christian Man Lead to More Reprisals by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen

by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Another spate of violence against Christians by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen occurred in Nigeria’s Plateau State last week, following the discovery of a Christian man’s body that led to protests by Christians against repeated Muslim aggression.

Enoch Monday’s motionless body was discovered by Plateau State Police Command on May 26th and transported to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead. Witnesses reported that Monday had been returning from a service at the local Evangelical Church Winning All, one of the largest and fastest-growing denominations in Nigeria.

The protests that followed in the wake of his death tested the fragile boundaries between Christian and Muslim communities in the area and led to as few as 5 and as many as 30 additional Christian deaths, according to a local source, as well as the burning of 20 homes and the arrest of 30 Christian women fruit vendors, with Herdsmen militias the main perpetrators of the reprisals.

Rev. Luke Shehu, head of a local Christian organization who called the violence “sacrilege unimaginable to be carried out in the month of Ramadan,” said that some of the perpetrators were even dressed in military garb.

Some have speculated whether Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President, who is descended from the ancestral Fulani tribe of which the herdsmen militias are a part, is not lending tacit support to the anti-Christian violence through his inaction.

“Nigeria’s score for violence has stayed as high as possible, primarily due to the increased attacks on Christian communities by Hausa-Fulani Islamic militant herdsmen,” Open Doors USA said in a recent report. By some estimates, Fulani violence against Christians in Nigeria has even outstripped that of Boko Haram, the West African brand of ISIS.

The same Plateau State was the locus of a famously heinous slew of killings by Muslim herdsmen militias that the Nigerian House of Representatives declared “genocide” in July 2018.

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Trump says ‘at least’ $300B in new China tariffs possible

(Worthy News) – President Trump said Thursday that while trade negotiations remain ongoing with China, his administration was preparing “at least” $300 billion in new tariffs on their goods if the talks fall apart.

“Our talks with China, a lot of interesting things are happening. We’ll see what happens … I could go up another at least $300 billion and I’ll do that at the right time,” Trump told reporters Thursday in Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

He added: “But I think China wants to make a deal.” [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More…) ]

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Over 10,000 march in Jerusalem Pride Parade under heavy security

(Worthy News) – Chanting for equality and holding aloft brightly painted signs supporting LGBT rights, some 10,000-15,000 people marched in Jerusalem’s annual pride parade Thursday evening, with over 2,000 police securing the highly charged event four years after a deadly attack on participants.

Police said 17 people were arrested as of 8 p.m., including one who was found to be carrying a knife and refused to identify himself. The detainees were suspected of “intending to disturb the event and parade,” a police statement said.

The parade came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana as justice minister, making him the first openly gay cabinet member in the country’s history. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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Anti-aircraft missiles fired at Israel’s Hermon, fall inside Syria

(Worthy News) – Several anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Mount Hermon from Syria on Thursday, the second such incident in under a week.

“IDF radars identified a number of anti-aircraft missiles fired from Syria,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told The Jerusalem Post, adding that none fell in Israeli territory or posed a threat.

The incident came just days after five Syrian soldiers were killed in an alleged Israeli attack on the T4 airbase in the eastern Homs province on Sunday night, a day after a limited clash between Israel and Syria. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]

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