VP in Asia…Attorney General talks immigration…Former child star dies
SYDNEY (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Asia is offering evidence that he’s becoming one of President Donald Trump’s main emissaries on the global stage. Pence has been patching up relations, reassuring allies who wonder about Trump’s unpredictable ways, and diving into international crises like North Korea.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has highlighted the San Diego suburb of Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. Speaking at a news conference Friday along a border fence with Mexico, Sessions offered no evidence that ‘sanctuary jurisdictions’ or immigrants are responsible. And he failed to mention that the federal government has held up Escondido as a model for cooperation with immigration authorities.
PARIS (AP) – France’s Interior Ministry says the voter turnout so far in the first round of the presidential election is about the same as it was in 2012, when turnout was high. At midday Sunday, the ministry said that 28.54 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballot, compared with 28.29 percent in 2012.
JERASH REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) – The plight of Palestinians uprooted by Israeli-Arab wars now spans five generations, one of the longest-running refugee crises. Fifty years after Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, a solution for millions of refugees and their descendants remains distant. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are being displaced yet again by escalating regional conflicts, including the Syrian civil war.
NEW YORK (AP) – Erin Moran, the former child star who starred as Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she had been found unresponsive Saturday after authorities received a 911 call. She was 56 and the cause of death has not been determined. Moran had endured numerous struggles in recent years.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can “rest easy.” In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the so-called dreamers will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. The president says his administration is not after the dreamers, but after criminals in the U.S. illegally.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An Afghan official says more than 100 army personnel have been killed or wounded after gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a military compound in Balkh province. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense said Saturday that Friday’s attack on the compound manned by members of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army left more than 100 casualties.
SYDNEY (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence and Australia’s prime minister have swept aside any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program. Pence and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeatedly praised the decades-long American-Australian alliance following a meeting Saturday in Sydney.
BERLIN (AP) – Thousands of people are expected to attend March for Science events around the world to promote the understanding of science as well as defending it from various attacks, including U.S. government budget cuts. The March for Science was dreamed up at the Women’s March on Washington, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, and was set for Saturday, which is Earth Day.
PARIS (AP) – French far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon carried on his pre-planned final campaign event in Paris so as “not to interrupt the democratic process.” While other candidates cancelled their last sprint of campaigning in light of Thursday’s deadly gun attack on the Champs-Elysees avenue, the firebrand 65-year-old held a minute of silence for the police officer slain in the attack, attacked his rivals and enjoyed a cocktail.
Police Officers Killed in Paris…Arkansas Carries Out Execution, Despite Legal Challenges…Russia Denies Troop Movements
PARIS (AP) – French conservative candidate Francois Fillon has pledged to keep the country under a state of emergency following the shooting of police officers Thursday in Paris. In a statement at his campaign headquarters, Fillon said “the fight for the French people’s freedom and security will be mine.
VARNER, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly 12 years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers. The state wants to conduct three more executions before the end of April, when its supply of one lethal injection drug expires.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria still possesses banned chemical weapons. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft.
MOSCOW (AP) – Russian authorities are denying reports that they are moving troops to the border with North Korea over growing tensions in the Korean peninsula. The Interfax news agency quotes Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Far Eastern Military district, as saying that the movement of heavy weaponry, caught on film and widely distributed on social media, is part of “absolutely scheduled maneuvers of combat readiness.”
SYDNEY (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings with Australia more than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the country’s prime minister. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.-Australia alliance.
France Claims Proof of Syrian Chemical Attack…Study: Pesticides Harmful to 1,800 Endangered Species…Pence Praises Indonesia
PARIS (AP) – France says that within days it’ll provide proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime carried out the April 4 chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 90 people. That’s what French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is telling French TV. Assad has denied that he was behind the attack. Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The “America First” president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal’s a deal. From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric is colliding with the reality of governing in his administration’s early days.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. wants to strengthen its strategic partnership with Indonesia, and he’s praising the world’s most populous Muslim nation for its democracy and moderate form of Islam. Pence’s stop in Indonesia is part of an Asian tour that aims to reassure U.S. allies. On Wednesday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo suffered a serious political setback when a political ally was defeated by Islamic conservatives in the election for Jakarta’s governor.
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) – American astronaut Jack Fischer is headed to the International Space Station on board a Soyuz space capsule, which blasted off at 3:13 a.m. Eastern Time. It’s also carrying a veteran Russian cosmonaut. They’ll travel six hours before docking at the space station. Already on the space station are NASA’s Peggy Whitson and two other space travelers from Russia and France. Fischer and Whitson are scheduled to speak with President Donald Trump on Monday.