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Trump tried to seize control of Robert Mueller probe but counsel Don McGahn balked: report

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

White House Counsel Don McGahn listens during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2018. | REUTERS

Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the ...

Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas killed in 2014 avalanche disaster

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Record-holding Sherpa guide Kami Rita checks oxygen cylinders and other supplies needed for climbing Mount Everest, in Kathmandu April 4. Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community, including Rita, are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive. | AP

Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness ...

U.N.’s Libya envoy warns Tripoli fight could spark ‘widening conflagration’

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) gesture Thursday after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 km south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Libya's unity government issued an arrest warrant for strongman Haftar for allegedly ordering deadly airstrikes against civilian areas. | AFP-JIJI

The U.N.’s Libya envoy warned Thursday of “a widening conflagration” in the North African country, saying international divisions had encouraged strongman Khalifa Haftar to launch...

New York City defends measles vaccination order in court after parents sue

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

A Jewish man and two woman push strollers as they cross a street in a Jewish quarter in Williamsburg Brooklyn in New York City April 9. The origins of the measles outbreak in the United States are not a mystery. Persons infected with the virus brought it to the United States from Israel and Ukraine and passed it on to members of their tight-knit communities, many of whom had not been vaccinated. | AFP-JIJI

New York City’s Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents ...

Mercury 13: America’s first female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies at 88

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

In this 1960 photo made available by NASA, Jerrie Cobb prepares to operate the Multi-Axis Space Test Inertia Facility (MASTIF) at the Lewis Research Center in Ohio. The three-axis rig was developed to train Project Mercury pilots in bringing a spinning spacecraft under control. The two controllers in Cobb's hands activated small nitrogen gas thrusters that were used to bring the MASTIF under control. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18. | NASA / VIA AP

America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died.Cobb died in Florida at ...

Islamic State claims to have set up its own Africa province: monitor

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

A group that monitors jihadist websites says the Islamic State extremist group is claiming to have established a province in central Africa.The SITE Intelligence Group ...

Sarah Sanders admitted her James Comey claim was a lie: Russia probe report

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders departs after speaking to reporters at the White House in Washington April 2. | REUTERS

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told investigators it was a “slip of the tongue” when she falsely said in 2017 that countless members ...

Thousands of Peruvians say goodbye to ex-President Garcia following suicide

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Supporters of the late Peruvian ex-President Alan Garcia waite to pay respects during his wake outside the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarters in Lima Thursday. Garcia, who was president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11, died in a hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation. | AFP-JIJI

Thousand of Peruvians said goodbye on Thursday in Lima to ex-president Alan Garcia — who killed himself this week — in the second of three ...

Redactions heavier on Russian meddling than on obstruction in Robert Mueller report

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report, with redactions, is released on Thursday in Washington. | AP

Across nearly 450 pages, blocks of black interrupt parts of Robert Mueller’s careful, dry narrative recounting Russian election meddling and President Donald Trump’s fear and ...

Landlords cry foul as NYC climate bill targets Trump Tower, other skyscrapers

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City is seen Thureday. | REUTERS

New York City has passed sweeping legislation to curb energy demand from some of its most iconic skyscrapers, including Trump Tower.The legislation, approved 45 to ...

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