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Trump Budget Calls For Cuts to Native American Health Care, Housing

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New York’s Famed Brooklyn Bridge Opens on this Day in 1883

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NYwebVOA – On May 24 in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened, connecting two of New York City’s five boroughs — Manhattan and Brooklyn — for the first time in history. The iconic steel-suspension bridge spanned 486.3 meters (1,595 feet) over New York’s East River, thanks to the pioneering work of German designer John Roebling. At the time, it was the largest suspension bridge ever built. It also was the safest due to Roebling’s technological breakthrough: a web truss built on each side of the roadway along the bridge, which added a much higher level of stability to the structure.

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Trump Assails Iranian Aggression on Visit to Israel

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Fired FBI Head Comey Agrees to Testify Publicly Before Senate

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fbiwebVOA – The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says former FBI Director James Comey has agree to testify publicly about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee announced in a statement Friday that Comey would testify before the panel after May 29. “I am hopeful that he (Comey) will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” said Senator Richard Burr, a Republican who chairs the panel.

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Fat but fit is a big fat myth’

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Fit&FatwebBBC – The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth, say experts speaking in Portugal. Their early work, as yet unpublished, involved looking at the GP records of 3.5 million people in the UK. They say people who were obese but who had no initial signs of heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol were not protected from ill health in later life, contradicting previous research. A summary of their study was discussed at the European Congress on Obesity. The term “fat but fit” refers to the alluring theory that if people are obese but all their other metabolic factors such as blood pressure and blood sugar are within recommended limits then the extra weight will not be harmful.

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Iran Responds to New US Sanctions With More of Its Own

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What Drives Anti-Iranian Militant Group ‘Army of Justice?’

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militantwebVOA – Tehran has warned Islamabad that it would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. An anti-Iran Sunni Muslim militant group called Jaish-ul-Adl (JA), which calls itself the Army of Justice, took credit for an April 26 ambush in which 10 border guards were killed in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. Tehran said the militants crossed into Iran from neighboring Baluchistan province in Pakistan. Here’s what is known about the group:

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Iran’s Khatami Urges Voters to Re-elect Rouhani as President

May 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran’s Khatami Urges Voters to Re-elect Rouhani as President 

khatamiweb,jpgFormer president Mohammad Khatami, considered the spiritual leader of Iran’s reformists, urged voters on Sunday to re-elect President Hassan Rouhani and support his policy of seeking to end Iran’s isolation from the rest of the world.Iran’s hardline security and judicial powers, which operate separately to the presidency and are close to Iran’s ultimate authority — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — have banned media from publishing Khatami’s image or mentioning his name.

But Khatami has played a prominent role in elections by using social media to urge voters to back pro-reform candidates.

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Emmanuel Macron inauguration: French president vows new start

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MiteranwebBBC – Emmanuel Macron has promised to restore France’s global standing, as he was inaugurated as the country’s youngest president at the age of 39. At an elaborate ceremony at the Élysée Palace in Paris, he said his presidency would “give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves”. He vowed to see the EU “reformed and relaunched” during his time in office. He takes over from François Hollande, whose five-year term was plagued by high unemployment figures. Mr Macron was proclaimed France’s new president a week after his resounding victory over the National Front’s Marine le Pen, with 66% of the vote in the run-off poll. The former investment banker, who had never contested an election before and only formed his centrist movement a year ago, has vowed to shake up the country’s political order and reinvigorate its economy.

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Saudis Paid for US Veteran Trips Against 9/11 Lawsuit Law

May 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Saudis Paid for US Veteran Trips Against 9/11 Lawsuit Law 

After Congress passed a new law allowing Sept. 11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, opponents mounted an expensive political campaign, including paying American military veterans to visit Capitol Hill and warn lawmakers about what they said could be unintended consequences. What few people knew, including some of the recruited veterans themselves, was that Saudi Arabia’s government was largely paying for the effort, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Despite a World War II-era U.S. law requiring lobbyists to immediately reveal payments from foreign governments or political parties, some of the campaign’s organizers failed to notify the Justice Department about the Saudi kingdom’s role until months afterward, with no legal consequences.
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