LONDON (AP) — Chanting “Save our Planet!” thousands of students around Britain are rallying to demand that Britain’s Conservative government take action on climate change.
The demonstrators, many in their school uniforms, skipped class and are refusing to take exams, hoping to gain the attention of political leaders. The group, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change, says students in some 60 communities are taking part in the U.K.
Similar demonstrations involving hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of student protesters, also took place outside the Swiss Parliament in Bern, the Bundestag in Berlin and other cities across Europe.
United States – Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina February 20-21 to meet with members of Congress, local officials, as well as faculty and students at local community colleges and universities to promote the expansion of international education and exchange programs, including virtual programs, throughout the state.
Nearly 13,000 North Carolina residents study abroad each year, and more than 21,000 international students studied at North Carolina colleges and universities during the 2017- 2018 academic year.
MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The top Pentagon official said Friday he foresees a “bigger and stronger” American-led international coalition combatting the Islamic State group globally as the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria.
Pat Shanahan, on his first trip abroad as the acting secretary of defense, made his comment after meeting in Munich with representatives of the dozen or so countries that provide troops in Iraq and Syria.
United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini today in Brussels to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation on a range of key issues, including efforts to restore democracy to Venezuela and support Interim President Juan Guaido and the National Assembly, the conflict in Syria, the upcoming U.S.-DPRK Summit in Hanoi, and developments in the Balkans, Ukraine, and Afghanistan.
United States – Today in Geneva, the United States announced $60 million in humanitarian assistance at the launch of the 2019 UN Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh. This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 refugees in Bangladesh, most of whom are Rohingya women and children from Burma, and the related needs of Bangladeshi host communities. The beneficiaries include Rohingya who have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017, when Burmese security forces began committing atrocities, including ethnic cleansing, against Rohingya villagers across northern Rakhine State in Burma.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland’s groundbreaking online voting system — and potentially earn tens of thousands of francs (dollars) if they succeed.
The Federal Chancellery and Swiss regions, known as cantons, expressed satisfaction at the high response barely a week after launching a registration for IT experts to help crack a planned update to Switzerland’s 15-year-old e-voting system.
Patrick Steven Hyde Sentenced to Federal Prison on Gun Charges
Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A St. Paul, Virginia man, who illegally possessed more than a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced.
Patrick Steven Hyde, 40, previously pleaded guilty to one count of being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.
Florida – A Boca Raton attorney was sentenced today to 84 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of $19.7 million to 2,156 investors, after previously being convicted by a federal jury of 33 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering offenses. This case involved a scheme to fraudulently register public shell companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), issue a class of purported free-trading shares that were secretly controlled, and sell these shares as part of pump-and-dump stock swindles.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation tour of Europe in Iceland on Friday after the Trump administration launched a scathing attack on the European Union over its approach to Iran.
Pompeo was in the Icelandic capital for talks with officials on enhancing trade, Arctic policy, threats posed by Russia and other NATO security issues. Pompeo noted that he was the first secretary of state to visit Reykjavik since 2008 and, as he did at previous stops in Hungary and Slovakia, said the U.S.