With America No Longer A ‘Friend,’ Angela Merkel Looks To China As New Partner

With America No Longer A ‘Friend,’ Angela Merkel Looks To China As New Partner
Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Berlin this week for whats been described as a highly-symbolic state visit. Welcoming Xi on Wednesday, Merkel said the meeting happening just days before the start of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg was a good opportunity for the two countries to expand and broaden our extensive strategic relations. She did not elaborate on these comments, but her words have been interpreted as a reiteration of her earlier suggestion that America is

Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News

Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEche explains how he was Tasered when sectioned under the Mental Health Act Black people are being failed by the UK's mental health services because of "institutional racism", it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it?When Eche Ogbuono, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe environment - usually a hospital - for a medical assessment.Instead,

Why did Illinois kidnapping suspect attend rally for victim?

Why did Illinois kidnapping suspect attend rally for victim?
(CNN)It's the latest twist in a haunting kidnapping case that so far has left many painful questions unanswered for the family of a missing Illinois university student.Suspect Brendt Christensen can be seen in a photograph taken by CNN's Kaylee Hartung. He is leaning against a railing behind hundreds of students and community members who gathered to support her on Thursday on the campus where she was last seen. Christensen was arrested Friday and has been charged with kidnapping. Zhang

UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement – BBC News

UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement – BBC News
"Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations," he said.The Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had been pressing for it "for some time".The London Fisheries Convention sits alongside the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which allows all European countries access between 12 and 200 nautical miles of the UK and sets quotas for how much fish nations can catch.The relationship between the UK and Ireland is further governed

Trump Commission Demanding Voter Data Via Unsecured Email

Trump Commission Demanding Voter Data Via Unsecured Email
The voter rolls include names, addresses, birthdays, partial Social Security numbers, and in some cases even drivers license numbers, among other information. But the the email system intended to traffic the information lacks minimal encryption protections, according to the report. Mississippis Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said commission members could go jump in the Gulf of Mexico. Californias participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the president,

White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere
(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn't been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it's a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie.First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select group of men, and one woman, who've held the job.

Your Health Care Information Is Insecure — And Extremely Lucrative On The Black Market

Your Health Care Information Is Insecure — And Extremely Lucrative On The Black Market
Not very. TrendMicro, an information security company, has reported that the health care sectoris now the preferred target for cybercriminals. The industry, with hospitals leading the way, has been the top target of data breaches, followed by government and retail.In 2015, a total of 113.2 million health care-related records were stolen, the most ever, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. An electronic health record database contains personal information that does not expire such as Social Security

US teen birth rate drops to all-time low

US teen birth rate drops to all-time low
(CNN)In the United States, teen-aged moms are increasingly rare. In 2016, the teen birth rate dropped 9% compared to the previous year, a new government report published Friday found. This record low for teens having babies continues a long-term trend. In 2016, the number of US births totaled 3,941,109, a decline of 1% compared to 2015. The fertility rate of 62 births per 1,000 women is a record low for the nation. "Putting restrictions on teens' access to birth

Arkansas Installs Long-Disputed Ten Commandments Monument At Its Capitol

Arkansas Installs Long-Disputed Ten Commandments Monument At Its Capitol
The 6-foot, 3,000-pound monument on the Capitol grounds in Little Rock was erected following a 2015 court decision approving the monument. She said the ACLU plans to file a lawsuit challenging the display. Other groups, including atheists and Hindus, attempted similar measures to protest the Judeo-Christian monument. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group that promotes the separation of church and state, released a statementTuesday asserting that Arkansas wouldregret its decision to install the monument. Patrick Elliott, the groups

Donald Trump has a chance to step up for a signature win

Donald Trump has a chance to step up for a signature win
Washington (CNN)Your turn, Mr. President.The contrast was obvious to the euphoric Rose Garden rally that Trump hosted with GOP House members after they passed their Obamacare repeal bill in May. This time, Republicans sat around tables in the East Room expressing frustration at negative ads being aired against moderate Sen. Dean Heller, who has opposed the bill.The delay in the Senate vote represents a failure -- that could yet be temporary -- by the GOP that has a monopoly

White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack
The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. If ... Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price, he said. In an interview with AFP earlier this year,

California Adds Herbicide Used By Monsanto To List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

California Adds Herbicide Used By Monsanto To List Of Cancer-Causing Chemicals
Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision unwarranted on the basis of science and the law. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer on July 7. OEHHA said the designation of glyphosate under Proposition 65 will proceed following an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing

Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of
Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the new Chinese special administrative region. How Hong Kong has changedWhat China's scared ofChina's Xi Jinping to make first visitCarrie Lam: Not appropriate to challenge ChinaSecret negotiations sealed city's fateThe protesters were led by Joshua Wong, the former "Umbrella Movement" leader turned international political activist and leader of the Demosisto