LONDON | UK students protest lack of action on climate change

LONDON | UK students protest lack of action on climate change

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.

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United States | Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to North Carolina

United States | Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to North Carolina

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.

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MUNICH, Germany | US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

MUNICH, Germany | US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

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.

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United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

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.

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United States | United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance at the Launch of the Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh

United States | United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance at the Launch of the Joint Response Plan for Bangladesh

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.

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MADRID | Spain readies for another general election on April 28

MADRID | Spain readies for another general election on April 28

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister on Friday called an early general election for April 28 that is expected to highlight the deep political divisions coursing through the European Union nation.

Spaniards will be going to the polls for the third time in less than four years after the minority Socialist government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez lost a budget vote in Parliament.

Sanchez, who was already under pressure from within his own party to cut his term short, saw Catalan separatists join opposition lawmakers to vote down his 2019 spending plans.

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GENEVA | Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

GENEVA | Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

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.

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VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Patrick Steven Hyde, Husband Sentenced on Federal Charges—Wife to be Sentenced Later in March

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Patrick Steven Hyde, Husband Sentenced on Federal Charges—Wife to be Sentenced Later in March

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.

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Florida News: James M. Schneider, South Florida Securities Lawyer Sentenced to Seven Years’ Imprisonment for Role in Pump-and-Dump Securities Fraud Scheme

Florida News: James M. Schneider, South Florida Securities Lawyer Sentenced to Seven Years’ Imprisonment for Role in Pump-and-Dump Securities Fraud Scheme

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.

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland | Pompeo visits Iceland as US-EU rift on Iran grows

REYKJAVIK, Iceland | Pompeo visits Iceland as US-EU rift on Iran grows

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.

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