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Zimbabwe President Safe After Explosion at Election Rally

LISTEN TO ARTICLE SHARE THIS ARTICLE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is safe after an explosion at a stadium in Bulawayo where he was addressing a rally before next month’s elections, presidential spokesman George Charamba said by phone on Saturday. “It sounded just like gunfire,” he said. “It appears to be an explosive device.” Emmerson Mnangagwa Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg Zimbabwe goes to the polls on July 30, the first since independence without Robert Mugabe at the helm, who was forced to step down after almost 40 years in power. The blast happened as Mnangagwa had finished addressing thousands of people, Associated Press reported, citing witnesses. “’It exploded a few inches from me, but it is not my time,” Mnangagwa said in comments carried by the state-owned broadca...

Hundreds in New Mexico call for end to family detentions

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO –  Emotions ran high at the Alma d’Arte Charter School on Friday night as hundreds gathered to show support for illegal immigrants amid ongoing debates about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. “I feel like it’s our duty to support the refugees that are coming in,” said Margie Pedraza, an attendee at the rally. A crowd of people filled Alma d’Arte Charter School’s gymnasium Friday night to protest the president’s “zero tolerance” policy.  (Fox News) Those gathered at the Las Cruses, New Mexico, school called for the end of family detentions and the administration’s policy, which federal officials say has led to the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents since its implementation in Apri...

‘Ashamed’ Comey weighs calling himself Canadian, rips Trump border actions during Ireland visit

Then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Hillary Clinton’s emails, at the Capitol in Washington, July 7, 2016.  (Associated Press) During a visit to Ireland, fired FBI Director James Comey said Friday that he was so ashamed of current U.S. immigration policies that he considered telling Irish customs officials that he was Canadian when he arrived. Comey made the remark during a public interview in Dublin, the Irish Times reported.  “I am ashamed of the way my country has acted with respect of those children. I am disgusted, I am horrified, I am embarrassed, I’m ashamed,” he said. Comey, who is on a promotional tour for his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” arrived in Ireland with his wife this week.   “My wife and I were joking, not really joking; we wanted to tell the pe...

Erekat Accuses U.S. of Trying to Overthrow Palestinian Authority

LISTEN TO ARTICLE SHARE THIS ARTICLE A top Palestinian official accused the U.S. of trying to overthrow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in an attempt to discredit an American peace mission it is shunning. The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority broke off contact with the U.S. in December over its Jerusalem policy, and has not been party to the meetings that negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt have conducted with Middle East leaders this week. The envoys are trying to drum up support for the Palestinian economy, and especially the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, reasoning that greater prosperity will create more conducive conditions for peacemaking. The PA sees the mission as an attempt to divide and weaken the Palestinians. On Saturday, Palestine Liberation Organization s...

‘It’s not only happening at the border’: Immigrant families seek help on Capitol Hill

As the immigration crisis played out this week along the southern border, family members of two undocumented immigrants detained and separated from their families came to Washington for help in getting their loved ones released. Here are their stories: Cristobal Paute Veronica Paute vividly remembers the moment Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehended her brother, 35-year-old Cristobal Paute, in his home earlier this year: Federal agents knocked down the door and threatened to arrest everyone in the house if her brother didn’t surrender, she told ABC News. (An ICE spokesperson says enforcement actions differ based on the circumstances.) After two hours, Paute says her brother gave himself up to avoid putting his children and family at risk. The separation of families at the U....

Trump’s Space Force decree followed frustration over Pentagon’s rejection of plan

President Donald Trump’s call this week for a separate U.S. “space force” was the culmination of months of frustration over what he felt was a lack of Pentagon action on his initial suggestions about the topic, according to people familiar with the decision. The announcement on Monday—which surprised many military officials, senior aerospace industry executives and lawmakers—went against well-known opposition by Pentagon leaders to the idea of establishing  a new branch of the U.S. armed forces. “He doesn’t forget, and ultimately erupts when he feels slighted.” – A former high-level industry and government official close to the Trump administration The week before, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the service’s senior commanders gathered for a strategy session in Dayton, Ohio, ...

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough slams Trump and supporters as ‘openly racist’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took a shot at both President Trump and his supporters Friday, labeling both as “openly racist.”  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took a shot at both President Trump and his supporters Friday, labeling both as “openly racist.” The scathing comments during “Morning Joe,” which Scarborough co-hosts with Mika Brzezinski, came amid a highly controversial immigration debate over the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to children being separated from their parents after coming across the U.S. border. Scarborough leveled that people “cannot say, ’Oh, I’m just supporting him because he’s giving them hell in Washington.’ No, he’s been openly racist, just like we said back in December of 2015, openly racist. “And if you support...

The Story w/ Martha MacCallum – Friday, June 22

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Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, shares first photos of his kids True and Prince together

Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, shared the first photos of his kids True and Prince together on June 22.  (AP) Tristan Thompson is a proud papa. The Cleveland Cavaliers player shared cute Instagram photos on Friday of him and his children, 18-month-old son Prince and 2-month-old daughter True, marking the first time he has shared pics of his kids together. The NBA star captioned the series of family moments with a simple heart emoji. In the first pic, a shirtless Tristan is seen smiling and sitting on the floor embracing his children with a basketball in the foreground, while a happy Prince holds hands with his sister, True. The second photo shows True getting kisses from her brother. Khloé Kardashian Documents Couples Workout with Boyfriend Tristan Thompson Prince is...

Pennsylvania man who slashed newborn’s face and neck gets up to 52 years in prison

Prosecutors said that on Nov. 11, 2014, David Sleets, 37, kidnapped the girl from her mother’s home, slashed the child’s face and neck, put her in a trash bag he then put into a backpack, and tossed the pack underneath a car outside Lancaster General Hospital.  (Lancaster County Jail) A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Thursday to 26 to 52 years in prison after he was found guilty of attempted murder for slashing his newborn daughter’s neck in 2014. Prosecutors said that on Nov. 11, 2014, David Sleets, 37, kidnapped the girl from her mother’s home, slashed the child’s face and neck, put her in a trash bag he then put into a backpack, then tossed the pack under a car outside Lancaster General Hospital.   The girl survived because her mother followed Sleets and rushed the child into the hospit...

Migrant mistruths and more: FACT CHECK FRIDAY

This was not intended to be a weekly segment. But since ABC News started its FACT CHECK FRIDAY four weeks ago, the mistruths, falsehoods and misleading statements from President Trump and his administration seem to be only increasing in frequency. Care to check that statement? See how the Washington Post zeroed in on the trend. This past week was dominated by news of a backlash the Trump administration faced over its decision to separate migrant children from their parents at the border. After pressure mounted from within his own party – and even his own family – the president caved on Wednesday and reversed course, ending the controversial practice by executive order. His frustration was on full display this week, manifested in large part in a series of false claims. ABC News confronts th...