World Food Programme considering ending aid to Houthi-controlled areas


World Food Programme considering ending aid to Houthi-controlled areas

LONDON: The World Food Program said on Monday in a statement that it is considering a suspension of aid in the Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

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شرمن خطاب به ترامپ: ایرانی‌ها هرگز با «تو» ملاقات نمی‌کنند/ ظریف: اسکندر و چنگیز نتوانستند «تو» هم نمی‌توانی/ فرمانده سپاه: شکست‌دادن آمریکایی‌ها کار آسانی است/ مردم: گنده‌تر از دهانت حرف نزن!




«محمد جواد ظریف» وزیر امور خارجه کشور در پاسخ به تهدید ایران از سوی ترامپ، در توییتر نوشت: «تیم B  و ترامپ امیدوارند که آنچه را اسکندر، چنگیز و دیگر متجاوزان انجام دادند، به دست بیاورند. ایرانیان در طول هزاران سال در حال ایستادگی بوده‌اند، در حالی که همه متجاوزان رفته بودند. تروریسم اقتصادی و نسل‌کشی، ایران را متوقف نخواهند کرد. هرگز یک ایرانی را تهدید نکنید. سعی کنید احترام بگذارید؛ جواب می‌دهد!»…



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Dallas transgender woman who was attacked in April found dead on street


Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said.

“Upon arrival, officers found the complainant lying face down in the street — deceased from homicidal violence,” Weddington said during a news conference on Sunday.

The woman was not carrying identification but the medical examiner positively identified her as Muhlaysia Booker on Sunday afternoon, he told reporters.

In a separate incident last month, Booker, 22, was assaulted by several men in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex after what police said was a minor traffic accident. Video from the incident showed the suspects repeatedly punching and kicking Booker while she was on the ground.
Man arrested in assault on transgender woman in Dallas

During the assault, the suspects were reported to have used homophobic slurs, and police trying to determine if it was a hate crime.

“I am extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at the time. “Those who did this do not represent how Dallasites feel about our thriving LGBTQ community. We will not stand for this kind of behavior.”

One man, Edward Thomas, was arrested and faces charges over the April 12 assault. But, Weddington said, Thomas had not been linked to Booker’s death.

“There is nothing at this time to connect Mr. Edward Thomas and the offense that occurred yesterday,” he said. Police are unaware of Thomas’ current whereabouts.

Police are still trying to identify others who participated in the April attack, Weddington said. Weddington encouraged members of the public with information on either case “to come forward with information to bring closure to both these offenses.”

Booker spoke out in the days after the attack to thank the community for supporting her.

“This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community, and also the city of Dallas. But I want to sincerely thank all you guys for coming out,” she said, according to CNN affiliate KTVT. “I will remain strong with your support.”
Late Sunday, Mayor Rawlings tweeted that he was “deeply saddened” to learn of her death.





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Iran increases low enriched uranium production fourfold


Mon, 2019-05-20 18:25

LONDON: Iran has increased by fourfold the production of low enriched uranium, an official in Natanz nuclear facility told Tasnim news agency on Monday, a week after Iran officially stopped some commitments under an international nuclear accord.
Under the agreement, Tehran was allowed to produce low-enriched uranium with a 300kg limit. Tehran could ship the excess amounts out of the country for storage or sale.
Iran said this month the cap no longer applies as it scaled down commitments in reaction to US unilateral withdrawal from the deal.
It was not clear how far Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium was from the 300-kg limit. Under the deal Iran can enrich uranium at 3.67 percent, far below the 90 percent of weapons grade. It is also well below the 20 percent level to which Iran enriched uranium before the deal.

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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.



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Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut


BEIRUT: Security forces opened water cannons on Lebanese anti-austerity protesters in the country’s capital on Monday, as the government continued to hold marathon meetings to discuss severe budget cuts.
Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt, rising unemployment and slow growth. The government’s tightened budget and key reforms aim to unlock billions of dollars in pledged foreign assistance. But planned cuts have unleashed a wave of public discontent, amid leaks that austerity could target public wages, services and social benefits.

A retired Lebanese soldier chants slogans while holding an army flag, during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday. (AP)

Over one hundred protesters gathered Monday outside the Government House in downtown Beirut shouting “Thieves, thieves!” as the Cabinet met for its 16th session and struggles to reach agreement.
Protesters pushed back against police lines and set fire to tires outside the building. At least two policemen and one civilian were wounded in the scuffles.
Among those demonstrating Monday were public and private school teachers and retired officers.
The government, headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has sought to calm nerves while also describing the upcoming budget as the most austere in Lebanon’s history.
Hariri said he hopes the government will be able to send the budget to parliament later this week.
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said the cabinet made “important progress” in discussions Sunday.



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Cleveland Marathon death: Taylor Ceepo, 22, collapsed and died during the race


Taylor Ceepo, a recent graduate of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, was 22 years old. She was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center spokesman George Stamatis told CNN.

University Hospitals healthcare providers treated about 60-70 people at the marathon, Stamatis said. Temperatures on race day were warm, reaching 80 degrees in the 9 a.m. ET hour.

“It is with deep sadness that we can confirm that a female runner collapsed during the race this morning,” the Cleveland Marathon Twitter account posted Sunday. “We are looking into the situation further, but our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost with her family during this difficult time.”
Taylor Ceepo was 22.
Ceepo, from Medina, Ohio, was on the women’s soccer team at Walsh. The athletics department said in a tweet, “It is with great sadness that our Walsh family has lost one of our own, Taylor Ceepo, too soon.” A Facebook post from the university said she died after participating in the marathon. She was a member of the class of 2019.

Ceepo attended high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron. The high school held a mass for her Monday morning. A mass was held at Walsh on Sunday.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled Taylor Ceepo’s name.





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کله گنجشکی یکی از غذاهای سنتی و مقوی است که در گذشته بیشتر مرسوم بود. این غذا مشتمل بر گلوله‌های گوشت و برش‌های سیب زمینی است که به همراه ترکیب‌های متفاوت تهیه می‌شود. طرز تهیه کله گنجشکی را با آموزش جواد جوادی آشپز حرفه‌ای فرامی‌گیرید.



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Pete Buttigieg slams Fox News hosts while appearing on Fox News


The moment came when the South Bend, Indiana, mayor was trying to explain why he agreed to do a town hall with Fox News, something that other Democrats — namely Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — have said they would not do because of the network’s near constant attacks against the party, and, as Warren said, because the network has mixed “bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet.”

“There is a reason why anyone has to swallow hard and think twice about participating in this media ecosystem,” Buttigieg said after hitting Carlson for saying immigrants make the country dirty and Ingraham comparing detention centers with children to summer camps.

“Even though some of those hosts are not there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network who do it in good faith,” he said, adding that Democrats “can’t blame” Fox viewers if “they are ignoring our message because they will never hear it if we don’t go on and talk about it.”

A spokeswoman for Fox News did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Democrats have been in the middle of a public and ongoing debate about whether 2020 candidates should agree to headline a town hall hosted by Fox News.

Warren publicly rejected an invitation to participate in a town hall on Fox News, saying the conservative network is a “hate-for-profit racket” that’s in business to harm the Democratic Party.
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California Sen. Kamala Harris, too, has rejected Fox News’ offer.

“They’ve reached out but we haven’t entertained it,” a campaign spokesperson said earlier this month.

But other candidates either have agreed to headline a town hall like Buttigieg, or said they would do just that, arguing that Democrats should make appeals to Fox’s audience. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders headlined a Fox News town hall in April and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is slated to headline a Fox News town hall in June.
“If you’re not using your town hall, I will,” former Maryland Rep. John Delaney tweeted at Warren on Tuesday. “Democratic candidates have to campaign everywhere and talk to voters.”
The Democratic National Committee announced in March that they would not allow Fox News to host any of the Democratic debates during the 2020 cycle, arguing that President Donald Trump and the network have a mutually beneficial relationship that, in the word of DNC Chair Tom Perez, was “inappropriate.”

Buttigieg directly attacked Trump, Fox News’ most high-profile viewer, who pre-butted Buttigieg’s town hall by attacking the network for hosting the event.

“Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,” Trump wrote. “They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there.”

Buttigieg, asked by Wallace about tweets like those from Trump, responded bluntly: “I don’t care.”

“It is a very effective way to command the attention of the media. We need to make sure we are changing the channel,” Buttigieg said before admitting that he finds it hard to turn away from all that Trump does and says at times.

“It is the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away,” he said.

Buttigieg also used the Fox News town hall to talk about his position on abortion, an issue that Wallace pressed the Indiana Democrat on.

“I trust women to draw the line when it is their own body,” Buttigieg said in response to a question about states looking to ease restrictions on abortion. When Wallace pressed Buttigieg on states that are trying to tighten abortions laws, the mayor said, “I believe that the right of a woman to make her own decisions about her own reproductive health and her own body is a national right, I believe it is an American freedom.”

Buttigieg also signaled that he was comfortable with allowing abortions in the third trimester, saying it was important to put yourself “in the shoes of a woman in that situation.”

“If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then it’s almost — by definition — you’ve been expecting to carry it to term. We’re talking about women who have perhaps chosen a name. Women who have purchased a crib and families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice,” he said. “And the bottom line is … that decision is not going to be made any better medically or morally because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.”

UPDATE: This story has been updated with additional context around Elizabeth Warren’s position on Fox News.

CNN’s Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.





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