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1. READ: The Full Mueller Report, With Redactions

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2. North Korea has demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear talks, accusing him of "talking nonsense" and being "reckless"

North Korea says it has test-fired a new type of "Tactical guided weapon". North Korea made a similar claim last year in what observers saw as an attempt to apply pressure on the US. Last week, Mr Kim said Mr Trump needed to have the "Right attitude" for talks to continue after the summit between the two broke up in February. The weapon has a "Peculiar mode of guiding flight", KCNA reported, adding that the test was "Conducted in various modes of firing at different targets". The word tactical implies that it is a short-range weapon rather than the long-range ballistic missiles seen as a threat to the US. Satellite images at North Korea's main nuclear site last week showed movement, suggesting the country could be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel. The country claims to have developed a nuclear bomb small enough to fit on a long-range missile, as well as ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the mainland US. North Korea analyst Ankit Panda noted that the latest announcement followed fresh US-South Korean military exercises, describing the reported test as "Tit-for-tat".


3. Trump 'tried to fire Mueller'

US President Donald Trump tried to get the man appointed to investigate his links to Russia fired, a long-awaited report has revealed. The report says Mr Trump called Don McGahn - a former White House lawyer - in June 2017 to try to get Mr Mueller removed over alleged "Conflicts of interest". Mr McGahn told the special counsel he resigned after feeling "Trapped because he did not plan to follow the President's directive" and would not have known what to say to Mr Trump if he had called again. Mr Trump dictated a misleading response as to what the June 2016 meeting between Russian intermediaries and Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower was about - this had earlier been denied by Mr Trump's lawyer and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. The mammoth document is the product of a 22-month investigation by Mr Mueller - who was appointed to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.


4. Mueller report: Barr accused of helping Donald Trump ahead of release

AFP The US attorney general has been accused of "Waging a media campaign" for President Donald Trump ahead of the Mueller report's long-awaited release. Mr Barr is due to hold a news conference at 09:30.What is the Mueller report? The report contains the findings of a 22-month investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign back in 2016. So far all the public have seen of the report is the four-page summary released by US Attorney General Barr. Leading Democrats have called for the Mueller report to be published in full, and pledged to make use of the party's majority control of committees in the House of Representatives to continue investigating the president.


5. Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Less than two weeks earlier, she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Her courage in speaking out against sexual assault, her death five days after being set alight and everything that happened in-between has gripped Bangladesh and brought attention to the vulnerability of sexual harassment victims in this conservative South Asian country. Nusrat Jahan Rafi was from a small town, came from a conservative family, and went to a religious school. The policeman who filmed Nusrat's sexual harassment complaint has been removed from his post and transferred to another department. Now people are asking: Why did Nusrat's case only get attention after she was attacked? And will her case change the way people view sexual harassment in Bangladesh?


6. Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it may have “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what seems to be the latest privacy-related issue faced by the social media company.

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it may have "Unintentionally uploaded" email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what seems to be the latest privacy-related issue faced by the social media company. In March, Facebook had stopped offering email password verification as an option for people who signed up for the first time, the company said. There were cases in which email contacts of people were uploaded to Facebook when they created their account, the company said. "We estimate that up to 1.5 million people's email contacts may have been uploaded. These contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them," Facebook told Reuters, adding that users whose contacts were imported will be notified. Business Insider had earlier reported that the social media company harvested email contacts of the users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.


7. 'You Cannot Ignore Science': In Emotional Plea, Greta Thunberg Begs EU to Take Urgent Climate Action. "Our house is falling apart, and our leaders need to start acting accordingly."

"My name is Greta Thunberg, I am 16 years old, I come from Sweden, and I want you to panic. I want you to act as if the house was on fire." In a 13-minute speech that equated civilization to "a castle built on sand" and was punctuated by applause from the chamber, Thunberg admonished the MEPs for inaction on the climate crisis and begged them to "Wake up" and "Unite behind the science." Thunberg also pointed to the upcoming EU elections as a possible turning point. "Millions of children are taking to the streets school striking for the climate to call attention to the climate crisis," said Thunberg. Thunberg expressed hope that lawmakers would see the walls of the house falling down and do what is right.


8. Climate change: Sir David Attenborough warns of 'catastrophe

Sir David Attenborough has issued his strongest statement yet on the threat posed to the world by climate change. Sir David's new programme lays out the science behind climate change, the impact it is having right now and the steps that can be taken to fight it. "In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined," Sir David states in the film. Sir David's concern over the impacts of climate change has become a major focus for the naturalist in recent years. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg explains that things can change quickly, despite the scale of the challenge on climate change.



10. France against EU-US trade talks unless Trump supports climate deal

Despite the French opposition, the European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said she would contact U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to see when talks could begin. French President Emmanuel Macron has one big issue regarding trade talks with the United States - the White House does not support the latest climate deal. "France is opposed to the initiation of any trade negotiations with countries outside the Paris climate agreement," a French official said Monday, explaining why the second largest euro country said no to trade negotiations with Washington. Despite the French opposition, the European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told reporters Monday that she would now contact U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to see when talks could begin. "Legally, a trade deal is decided by qualified majority. Politically, it's always been the principle never to finish a negotiation until all member states are satisfied," Erixon said about the way Europe strikes commerce deals.


11. Trump 'tried to get Mueller fired'

US President Donald Trump tried to get the man appointed to investigate his links to Russia fired, a long-awaited report has revealed. The report says that in June 2017, Mr Trump called Don McGahn - then a White House lawyer - to try to get Mr Mueller removed over alleged "Conflicts of interest". Mr McGahn told the special counsel he resigned after feeling "Trapped because he did not plan to follow the President's directive" and would not have known what to say to Mr Trump had he called again. Mr Trump dictated a misleading response as to what the June 2016 meeting between Russian intermediaries and Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower was about - this had earlier been denied by Mr Trump's lawyer and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. The special counsel considered charging the president's son, Donald Trump Jr, and son-in-law Jared Kushner in regards to that meeting, but did not think they could meet the Department of Justice's burden of proof.



13. 'Exhausted' polar bear found 700km from home in Russian village - Environmental activists have blamed climate change for appearance of polar bear in the Kamchatka Peninsula

Residents of a village in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula have been stunned by the sight of a polar bear prowling for food hundreds of miles from its usual habitat. Environmentalists said the bear could have lost its sense of direction while drifting on an ice floe. "The ice is receding, and polar bears look for new ways to survive. And the easiest way is coming to people." Locals were making the bear feel welcome, giving it fish, media reported. Polar bears' dependence on sea ice makes them highly vulnerable to global warming.


14. Protests across London continue for fourth day | Extinction Rebellion has promised "non-violent civil disobedience" will continue for a fourth day until its demands are met.

Three people have appeared in court over this week's climate change protests in London, as demonstrators target a new bridge in the city. Cathy Eastburn, Mark Ovland and Luke Watson were allegedly involved in obstructing trains at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday morning as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests. Protest group Extinction Rebellion has promised "Non-violent civil disobedience" will continue for a fourth day until its demands are met. More from UK. Police are continuing to deploy further officers throughout London's rail network to deter and disrupt further protests on the Underground or other lines. Nearly 400 people have been arrested over the protests so far.


15. Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population

Half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership. "It's simply not right that aristocrats, whose families have owned the same areas of land for centuries, and large corporations exercise more influence over local neighbourhoods - in both urban and rural areas - than the people who live there." "Most people remain unaware of quite how much land is owned by so few," he writes, adding: "A few thousand dukes, baronets and country squires own far more land than all of middle England put together." As these estates have not been sold on the open market, their ownership does not need to be recorded at the Land Registry, the public body responsible for keeping a database of land and property in England and Wales. Conservation charities, such as the National Trust and the Woodland Trust, collectively own 2% of England, while the church accounts for 0.5%. A small number of ultra-wealthy individuals have traditionally owned vast swaths of land in Scotland.


16. Japanese women protest judicial system after rapist walks free

Hundreds of women in Tokyo protested two recent court rulings in which the judges recognized that rapes had occurred but allowed the perpetrators to walk because the victims could have offered more resistance. At a rally called "Standing demonstration protesting sexual violence and sexual violence court rulings" near Tokyo Station on April 11, the demonstrators expressed disgust with the rulings and held signs that read "#MeToo," "Yes Means Yes!" and "Give judges an education on human rights and sex!". The rulings in March by the Nagoya District Court and the Fukuoka District Court both found the suspects not guilty of "Quasi-forcible sexual intercourse." Akira Kitani, a lawyer who had long served as a criminal court judge, also criticized the district court's ruling. Yamamoto said the court's ruling also denied the victim's efforts to raise her voice after breaking free from being a prisoner of abuse.


17. The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the recent U.S. government practice of disclosing the current size of the nuclear weapons stockpile.

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has halted, without explanation, the recent U.S. government practice of disclosing the current size of the nuclear weapons stockpile. The decision was revealed in a recent Department of Energy letter to the Federation of American Scientists, a private group that studies nuclear weapons issues and advocates for government openness on national security issues. The Russian government does not disclose its nuclear stockpile total. Nuclear warheads are attached to bombs and missiles, such as those carried by strategic bomber aircraft, ballistic missile submarines and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, which form the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Hans M. Kristensen, director of the federation's Nuclear Information Project, wrote in an analysis Wednesday that the decision against disclosing the 2018 nuclear stockpile number was "Unnecessary and counterproductive." In his view there is no national security rationale for keeping the number secret.


18. Jimmy Carter Took Call About China From Concerned Donald Trump: 'China Has Not Wasted a Single Penny on War'

Former President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation this weekend that he had spoken with President Donald Trump about China on Saturday, and said the commander in chief was worried that Beijing had outpaced its global rivals. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried that "China is getting ahead of us," and suggested the president was right to be concerned. "Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?" Carter asked. "It's more than you can imagine. China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that's why they're ahead of us. In almost every way." Carter said he recently received a phone call from President Donald Trump in which the president expressed concern that China had outpaced the U.S. Neil Hall-WPA Pool/Getty Images.



20. Mueller Report says 'multiple members' of Trump transition approached foreign officials to stop UN resolution against Israeli settlements

The Mueller Report was released today, and one section reveals that "Multiple members" of the Trump transition team, led by Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, sought to undermine the Obama White House's decision to allow the passage of a UN Security Council resolution in December 2016 that was sharply critical of Israeli settlements. According to Flynn, the Trump Transition Team regarded the vote as a significant issue and wanted to support Israel by opposing the resolution. On December 22, 2016, multiple members of the Transition Team, as well as President-Elect Trump, communicated with foreign government officials to determine their views on the resolution and to rally support to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. According to Flynn, he informed Kislyak about the vote and the Transition Team's opposition to the resolution, and requested that Russia vote against or delay the resolution. While the identity of that "Senior transition official" has not been revealed there have been hints, not least the Wall Street Journal's report last month that special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the attempt by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to block the passage of the resolution 2334 - the same effort that Flynn, it now appears, lied to the FBI about.


21. Russia’s FSB and GRU should be recognized as terrorist organizations, - Secretary of Ukraine Security and Defence Council

Oleksandr Turchynov: Russias FSB and GRU should be recognized as terrorist organizations. Russia's Federal Security Service and the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces should be recognized as terrorist organizations, and Russia - as a state sponsor of terrorism. "The security structures of our state exposed an intelligence network, created by the secret services of the aggressor state, that is responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in the territory of Ukraine, explosions and assassinations, in particular, of the SBU and the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, - the NSDC Secretary said. - The employees of Russia's secret services were detained, and their confessions testify to the purposeful organization by Russia's FSB and military intelligence of terrorist activity in our country". According to the evidence obtained, Mr. Turchynov said, responsibility for the organization of terror and sabotage on the territory of Ukraine is borne by FSB Director, General Oleksandr Bortnikov, the head of the counter-intelligence operations department of the FSB General Dmytro Minaev, the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Vice Admiral Ihor Kostyukov. "All these criminal acts give grounds for recognizing the secret services of the Russian Federation, in particular, the FSB and the GRU, as terrorist organizations, and Russia - as a state sponsor of terrorism", - Oleksandr Turchynov summarized.


22. Hacked emails appear to reveal Russia is backing the man likely to be Ukraine’s next President

A tranche of hacked emails suggest that Zelenskiy may have a powerful patron of his own: the Kremlin. The claims first surfaced after a Ukrainian hacking group associated with the non-profit Myrotvorets Center released a set of hacked emails showing that a Russian security official with links to the DPR's leadership had attempted to exchange cryptocurrency for cash to send to Zelenskiy's presidential campaign. Although it is likely the Kremlin favors Zelenskiy over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, the comedian may not need Kremlin funding. "If truly authentic, the significance of the emails show that the Kremlin wants to push deeper inside Ukraine and see Zelenskiy as an instrument to do that," Andrea Chalupa, a writer and filmmaker focused on Ukraine, told Newsweek. Opinion polls released Tuesday showed Zelenskiy was likely to win the second round of elections on Sunday, April 21, by a landslide, garnering a little over 70 percent of votes.


23. Canada violated international law when it dumped more than 100 shipping containers of garbage disguised as plastics in the Philippines

Canada broke international rules when it dumped more than 100 shipping containers of garbage disguised as plastics for recycling into the Philippines six years ago, a Victoria-based environmental law firm says. Canada's failure to take responsibility for the waste is another violation of the convention, Ho said, noting the law forbids the country of origin from transferring the obligation to properly manage the hazardous waste to the country importing it. Canada amended the regulations in 2016 so that now it applies the convention as long as the country receiving the goods believes they are hazardous, even if Canada does not. Ca, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, and the EcoWaste Coalition in the Philippines, sent the legal opinion to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week and urged him to finally order his officials to bring the containers back to Canada for disposal. Caroline Theriault, director of communications for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, said Wednesday that Canada is aware of the 2016 court decision and "Is strongly committed to collaborating with the Philippines government to resolve this issue."


24. Mueller report: redacted Trump-Russia findings to be released today – live

Barr says one of the other things that influenced his belief that Trump did not obstruct justice is that there was evidence that Trump was "Frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the [Mueller] investigation was" hindering his presidency. Bill Barr is speaking at a news conference ahead of the Mueller report being released. Rachael Bade Trump will love this: Barr states unequivocally that "We now know that the Russian operations who perpetrated these schemes did not have the assistance of" Trump or the trump campaign. Barr has previously said the report is split into two parts: one part dedicated to Russian tampering efforts, and another focussing on evidence of alleged obstruction of justice by the president. Co/dNTLk95iPX. Barr released a four page summary of the report on 25 March, in which he said Mueller had found no evidence that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the election.


25. Bee sexual: Pornhub launches special channel to save the bees

Pornhub's new channel affords users the opportunity to save the environment while browsing the adult website; for every minute of 'bee-sexual' video content watched, the company will make a donation to bee conservation efforts. According to a press release, Pornhub has partnered with leading bee conservation charities Operation Honey Bee and The Center for Honeybee Research on the bizarre but surprisingly heartwarming initiative. Without meaning to be a buzzkill, Pornhub points out that more than 700 North American bee species are headed toward extinction due to habitat loss and increased pesticide use with some "$235 billion worth of annual food production" relying on bees. "With over 110 million daily visitors, we thought our users could come together to lend a helping hand and help conserve this precious species. It's our duty to ensure bees continue to fornicate and pollinate," Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a press release. The 'bee-sexual' initiative is just the latest endeavor by Pornhub Cares, the company's philanthropic division, which includes other campaigns like "Save The Whales," "Pornhub Blows," a campaign to provide free leaf removal service across the US and its Closed Captioning category content geared towards deaf and hard of hearing users.