In Cuba's National Assembly, Raúl Castro marks last hours of his family's rule

  1. In Cuba’s National Assembly, Raúl Castro marks last hours of his family’s rule  Washington Post
  2. Cuba lawmakers meet to choose Raúl Castro’s successor  BBC News
  3. Cuba After the Castros  Bloomberg
  4. The fade of the house of Castro  The Economist
  5. A new era opens in Cuba as Raul Castro prepares for a successor  CNN
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IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

  1. IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline  Chicago Tribune
  2. The IRS website for filing tax returns is experiencing technical issues as Tax Day deadline looms  Business Insider
  3. The IRS’ online filing system is having problems … on tax day  CNNMoney
  4. Americans hate the idea that others are cheating on their taxes more than they hate paying taxes  NBCNews.com
  5. The IRS Really Needs Some New Computers  Bloomberg
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IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline

  1. IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline  Washington Post
  2. Parts of IRS tax payment site crashes, as agency works to resolve issue  CNBC
  3. The IRS website for filing tax returns is experiencing technical issues as the filing deadline looms  Business Insider
  4. Americans hate the idea that others are cheating on their taxes more than they hate paying taxes  NBCNews.com
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Facebook's Zuckerberg Survives 10 Hours of Questioning by Congress

  1. Facebook’s Zuckerberg Survives 10 Hours of Questioning by Congress  NDTV
  2. 3 Times Android was mentioned in Zuckerberg/Facebook Congress hearings  Phandroid.com
  3. Geek on the Street: Will people keep using Facebook despite data privacy concerns?  GeekWire
  4. Why Facebook’s 2011 Promises Haven’t Protected Users  WIRED
  5. Time to delete Facebook? How to take a social media break  USA TODAY
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Donald Trump says 'major decision' coming on Syria in next 24-48 hours

Donald Trump says 'major decision' coming on Syria in next 24-48 hoursPresident Donald Trump promised on Monday that a “major decision” would be taken on Syria within the next two days, as a US navy destroyer appeared to be getting in position to attack. The US commander-in-chief – who last year ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airfield after seeing distressing images of civilians poisoned with sarin – looked poised to act again. “Nothing is off the table,” said Mr Trump, when asked whether he was considering military action.  “We are making a decision with respect to what to do with the horrible attack on Syria,” he said. “It will be met, and it will be met forcefully. I won’t say when, as I don’t like talking about timing. “We’re going to make a decision tonight, or very shortly after, and you’ll be hearing the decision. “We can’t let atrocities happen. In our world, we can’t let that happen, because of the power of the United States, the power of our country, when we can stop it.” The president said he was consulting with his military and national security advisers, but that he personally had little doubt that the attack was carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, with the possible support of his allies. “To me there’s not much a doubt, but the generals will figure it out,” he said. “So we’ll be looking at that barbaric act and studying what’s going on.  We’re trying to get people in there.  As you know, it’s been surrounded.  “So it’s very hard to get people in because not only has it been hit, it’s been surrounded.  And if they’re innocent, why aren’t they allowing people to go in and prove?  Because as you know, they’re claiming they didn’t make the attack. “So if it’s Russia, if it’s Syria, if it’s Iran, if it’s all of them together, we’ll figure it out and we’ll know the answers quite soon.  So we’re looking at that very, very strongly and very seriously.” Douma chemical attack Amid the tough talk in the White House, the US military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order. A navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday after completing a port call at Larnaca, Cyprus. A defiant Moscow said on Monday that it had examined patients affected and it did not find traces of chemicals. The UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is carrying out its own investigation, but is likely to take some time to report the findings.  Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, lashed out at Britain, the US and France, accusing them of “slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, and blackmail”. “The tone of what is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what even happened in the Cold War,” he said, repeating Kremlin accusations that the Eastern Ghouta attack was “fake news” being used in a bid to discredit Russia and to distract from the Skripal poisoning case.  He said the OPCW was welcome to visit, under Syrian and Russian protection. The chemical attack, which doctors on the ground told the Telegraph they suspected to have been chlorine mixed with a nerve agent, left more than 40 dead. The images of children and babies left fronthing at the mouth has led to international outrage, but so far no direct response.  Syria war timeline Mr Trump described the gas attack as “a barbarity” and said it was a crisis for humanity. And Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said that Mr Trump “is confident” that the Assad regime and its allies were to blame.  “He’s been briefed by his national security team and being kept up to date constantly and regularly on the intelligence around that,” she said. She insisted that his wish for American troops to pull out of Syria did not affect his resolve to respond to the Eastern Ghouta attack.  “The president wants to bring our troops home after we complete the mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria. At the same time he wants to make sure Assad is deterred from chemical weapons attacks on innocent civilians,” she said. “Signalling we want to remove our troops in no way degrades our ability to hold parties responsible.” She said Mr Trump hoped to coordinate the response with Britain and France. “We certainly have a great relationship with both countries, and are continuing conversations with both the UK as well as France, and hope to work with all of our allies and partners in a response,” she said. John Bolton, his new national security adviser, was on Monday, in his first day in the job, holding a “principals” meeting to prepare options for the president in dealing with Syria. Mr Bolton and Mike Pompeo, his nominee for secretary of state, are both critical of Iranian influence in the region, which foreign policy experts believe may have a significant impact on US action in Syria. Ilan Berman, a former consultant to the CIA and Department of Defense, said: “It seems that the new foreign policy advisers are pushing for more involvement in terms of military presence on the ground.   “Certainly both Mr Bolton and Mr Pompeo are much more concerned with rolling back Iranian influence and the most visible example of Iranian influence today is their involvement in Syria. “It’s another action entirely to make a military strike against the Syrians when the Russians and Iranians are so closely involved – anything that Mr Trump does has the potential for fairly significant escalation depending on the targets hit. “The thing that is least complicated is repeating something they did before – submarine strikes that don’t come into Russian airspace or hit Russian troops.” The attack, which came days after an announcement that US troops would soon be withdrawing, will muddle Mr Trump’s exit plan and threaten to draw America into a direct confrontation with Russia.  Syria what next Relations between Moscow and Washington are the worst they have been under Mr Trump, who has in the last few months expanded sanctions and expelled scores of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former spy in Salisbury.  On Monday the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Syria. Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, said the US was prepared to respond unilaterally. “We are beyond appeals to conscience,” she said. “We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done. History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Syria chemical attack | Read more “Either way, the United States will respond.” She said that the Russian “regime” had its “hands covered in the blood of Syrian children” and accused Moscow of “enabling the Assad regime’s murderous destruction.” “Only a monster targets civilians and then ensures that there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded,” she said. “No hospitals to save their lives. No doctors or medicine to ease their pain.” Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, said that her Russian counterpart’s suggestion of sending in an OPCW team was worth pursuing, providing the team were guaranteed complete freedom to investigate. She described the attack as “an escalatory and a diabolical act,” and accused Russia of attempting to muddy the waters. Moscow, she said, seeks to “turn the debate away from a discussion on chemical weapons into a dispute between east and west, turning itself into the victim. “Russia’s crocodile tears for the people of Eastern Ghouta has an easy answer. It is to join us,” she said.  


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Facebook user posts confession hours after his mother and friend are found dead: Authorities

  1. Facebook user posts confession hours after his mother and friend are found dead: Authorities  ABC News
  2. Casey Lawhorn Facebook Post: Man Wanted For Murdering Mother And Friend Posts Graphic Description Of Slayings  The Inquisitr
  3. Philadelphia couple dead in apparent murder-suicide  Philly.com
  4. ‘I shot and killed my mother and a friend, now I’m off to commit suicide’: Double-homicide suspect, 23, makes stunning …  Daily Mail
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Brazil's Lula ordered to prison within hours

Brazil's Lula ordered to prison within hoursFormer president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, frontrunner in Brazil’s October presidential elections, was given 24 hours Thursday to surrender to police and start a 12-year prison sentence for corruption. The timing of the order from Judge Sergio Moro, head of Brazil’s huge “Car Wash” anti-graft probe, took Lula’s lawyers by complete surprise. Moro said Lula, who lives near megacity Sao Paulo, must “present himself voluntarily” to police in the southern city of Curitiba, where the “Car Wash” probe is based, by 5:00 pm (2000 GMT) Friday.


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Police Questioned YouTube Attacker Hours Before Shooting, Didn't Seem To Be A Threat

  1. Police Questioned YouTube Attacker Hours Before Shooting, Didn’t Seem To Be A Threat  NPR
  2. YouTube shooting suspect ‘calm, cooperative’ in encounter with police hours before shooting  USA TODAY
  3. YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam visited gun range, had contact with police before shooting  NBCNews.com
  4. What we can learn from the YouTube shooting  CNN
  5. YouTube shooter was angry at company, visited gun range before shooting, police say  Washington Post
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