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GDACS daily newsletter for 29/06/2017

2:11 am Eastern | U.S. News

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Remarks by President Trump During Meeting with Immigration Crime Victims

5:08 pm Eastern | World

Cabinet Room 3:07 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good to have you all.  Hello, Chairman.  Great man, right here.  Might be another one right there.  We have some good ones.  We had a wonderful meeting on healthcare, yesterday, you probably know about, and so we're moving along.  Hello, Thomas. Thank you very much for being here to discuss two crucial votes taking place in Congress tomorrow on vital safety and national security legislation.   We're joined by the Chairman of the House Judiciary, Bob Goodlatte, a friend of mine for a long time.  Bob is one of the most skilled legislators in Congress -- and you didn't even tell me to say that, Bob, right -- (laughter) -- and he's worked with law enforcement to write a series of critical immigration bills that will close the dangerous loopholes exploited by criminals, gang members, drug dealers, killers, terroriread more »

Press Gaggle by Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan, U.S. Attorney for the State of Utah John Huber, and Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

5:07 pm Eastern | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:36 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  First off, before we get started, I want bring up Tom Homan, the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and John Huber, the United States Attorney from Utah, to tell you about two upcoming pieces of immigration legislation that will be voted on in the House later this week.  And after they finish, as always, I will come back and take some more questions.   Thanks, guys.  DIRECTOR HOMAN:  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  My name is Tom Homan, and I’m the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  I’m at the White House today to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Trump and other important stakeholders, including families of victims who have been killed by illegal aliens.   ICE’s new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, otherwisread more »

How To Stay Sane When Your Child Can't Sleep

28 Jun 13:12 | U.S. News

Your child's sleep problems may be making you depressed and unsure of your parenting skills, says a new paper by UBC sleep expert and nursing professor Wendy Hall. The good news is you can turn the situation around. read more »

Agency Saves 600 Stranded Migrants In Sahara Desert, But 52 Dead In Niger

28 Jun 09:06 | World

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive.read more »

Green earthquake alert (5.4M,depth:49.02km) in Russian Federation at 6/28/2017 12:07:30 PM

28 Jun 08:29 | U.S. News

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - June 27, 2017

27 Jun 19:11 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC June 27, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing INDIA DEPARTMENT RUSSIA/SYRIA read more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 1083 into Law

27 Jun 18:20 | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 1083, which allows the Merit Systems Protection Board to act upon a request from the Office of Special Counsel to extend a stay of a personnel action during a period when the Board lacks a quorum. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland

27 Jun 18:07 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to congratulate him on his new role as the prime minister of Ireland. President Trump underscored the importance of the United States-Ireland relationship and invited Taoiseach Varadkar to participate in the traditional White House St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March 2018. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

27 Jun 18:06 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France to congratulate the French people on France’s successful parliamentary elections. President Trump complimented President Macron for his leadership of the new political party that secured a majority in the French National Assembly and wished him luck in launching his legislative agenda. The two leaders also discussed the current situation in the Middle East and reviewed the agenda for the upcoming G20 Summit. read more »

Press Briefing by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

27 Jun 17:48 | SciTech

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:31 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Nice crowd.  I know everybody is excited about Energy Week; we certainly are here at the White House.  And that's why we've got Secretary of Energy Rick Perry here to talk to you about what the President and others in the administration are doing all this week to emphasize our commitment to American energy dominance, and he'll take some of your questions after that.  And, of course, I will be happy to step back up after that and answer questions on other non-energy-related topics.   SECRETARY PERRY:  We'll be ecstatic -- ecstatic. MS. SANDERS:  And be nice to him -- he's from Texas.  Not quite Arkansas, but still a good neighbor.  SECRETARY PERRY:  A good neighbor. Sarah, thank you.  And my privilege to be here today to share with yoread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

27 Jun 14:45 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson    Secretary of State Susan Coppedge    Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC June 27, read more »

A Dark Hero Returns to Diablo(R) III — Rise of the Necromancer(TM) Now Available

27 Jun 14:42 | World

The definitive gothic fantasy hero reemerges in Diablo III:read more »

Country-Level Action 'New Frontier' For Tackling Soil Pollution

27 Jun 13:39 | World

Nitrogen and metals, like lead and mercury, can strain farmable land by polluting soil, and damaging plants, and ultimately, posing risks to food security, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). read more »

Collapse of the European ice sheet caused chaos

27 Jun 09:05 | World

The Eurasian ice sheet was an enormous conveyor of ice that covered most of northern Europe some 23,000 years ago. Its extent was such that one could have skied 4,500 km continuously across it but its existence had a massive and extremely hostile impact on Europe at the time.read more »

Fact Sheet: The United States and India — Prosperity Through Partnership

26 Jun 22:51 | World

President Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26, 2017. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and India that have strengthened both great democracies. Highlights of this cooperation include: Global Partners on Defense and Security Major Defense Partner. The United States remains a reliable provider of advanced defense articles in support of India’s military modernization efforts. United States-sourced defense articles, including the Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial System, Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 aircraft will further enhance the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces and provide additional opportunities for interoperability. Completion of these sales would increase bilateral defense trade to nearly $19 billion, supporting thousands of United States jobs. If selected, United State offers to sell F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft to India woread more »

Statement from the Press Secretary

26 Jun 21:44 | US Politics and Govt

The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.  The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.  As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.   read more »

United States and India: Prosperity Through Partnership

26 Jun 20:47 | World

President Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House on June 26 for an official visit to Washington, D.C. In marking 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and the United States, the leaders resolved to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objectives. Above all, these objectives include combatting terrorist threats, promoting stability across the Indo-Pacific region, increasing free and fair trade, and strengthening energy linkages. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that, together, the United States and India will provide strong leadership to address global challenges and build prosperity for their citizens in the decades to come. Democratic Stalwarts in the Indo-Pacific Region As responsible stewards in the Indo-Pacific region, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi agreed that a close partnership between read more »

Thirteen Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

26 Jun 20:08 | World

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Thomas G. Bowman, of Florida, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, vice Sloan D. Gibson. Maria E. Brewer, of Indiana, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Mark H. Buzby, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, vice Paul Nathan Jaenichen, Sr. James Byrne, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, vice Leigh A. Bradley, resigned. John P. Desrocher, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. Kelley Eckels Currie, of Georgia, to be Representative of the read more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi of India in Joint Press Statement

26 Jun 18:42 | US Politics and Govt

Rose Garden 5:31 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Prime Minister Modi, thank you for being here with us today.  It’s a great honor to welcome the leader of the world’s largest democracy to the White House. I have always had a deep admiration for your country and for its people, and a profound appreciation for your rich culture, heritage and traditions.  This summer, India will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence, and on behalf of the United States, I want to congratulate the Indian people on this magnificent milestone in the life of your very, very incredible nation. During my campaign, I pledged that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House.  And that is now exactly what you have -- a true friend.  The friendship between the United States and India is built on shared values, including our shared commitment to democracy.  Not manread more »

White House Statement on CBO Healthcare Report

26 Jun 18:30 | World

The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage. This history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly.  In 2013, the CBO estimated that 24 million people would have coverage under Obamacare by 2016.  It was off by an astounding 13 million people – more than half—as less than 11 million were actually covered.  Then, CBO estimated that 30 million fewer people would be uninsured in 2016, but then it had to reduce its estimate to 22 million, further illustrating its inability to present reliable healthcare predictions.  We know the facts.  To date, we have seen average individual market premiums more than double and insurers across the country opting out of healthcare exchanges.  As more and more people continue to lose coverage read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 6/26/2017

26 Jun 18:19 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:47 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  I want to say at the top that with respect to the Supreme Court decision on the President’s executive order, the President was honored by the 9-0 decision that allows him to use an important tool to protect our nation’s homeland. His number-one responsibility as Commander-in-Chief is to keep the American people safe, and that's exactly what this executive order does. In terms of next steps, the government is reviewing the decision and determining how to proceed going forward.  The decision obviously just came down a few hours ago, so we'll probably have further guidance for you as it becomes available.  In the meantime, I would suggest you reach out to the Department of Justice as they -- as details become available. The Supreme Court also today handed down its own decision in the Trinity Lread more »

Remarks by Homeland Security Advisor Thomas P. Bossert at Cyber Week 2017 -- As Prepared for Delivery

26 Jun 17:00 | US Politics and Govt

Tel Aviv, Israel June 26, 2017 As prepared for delivery Thank you for that kind introduction.  It is an honor to be here today on behalf of President Trump and the American people.  Thank you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Dr. Matania, and the wonderful conference hosts for inviting me. I’m humbled to speak at this important event to such a distinguished group. This incredible event includes cyber professionals from more than 50 countries.  Those of you that are here for Cyber Week are among the world’s most accomplished experts in this field.  Thank you for what you do, and for what you will continue to do when this week together ends and you return to your jobs around the globe. Prime Minister Netanyahu, I know our relations are strong; and judging from this audience, it’s clear you can draw more U.S. talent into one room than I can. I am here to talk about Cyberead more »

Starting School Young Can Put Child Wellbeing At Risk

26 Jun 13:07 | World

New research has shown that the youngest pupils in each school year group could be at risk of worse mental health than their older classmates.read more »

Yemen Hit By World's Worst Cholera Outbreak As Cases Reach 200,000

26 Jun 09:10 | World

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. read more »

2017-06-24 02:12:43 (m4.3) Near East Coast of Kamchatka 57.0 162.7 (29192)

23 Jun 22:46 | SciTech

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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

23 Jun 18:00 | World

The President’s Weekly Address is now available to watch on YouTube. read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence to Troops

23 Jun 17:39 | US Politics and Govt

Schriever Air Force Base Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:06 P.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  How about a big round of applause for General Raymond.  He is a remarkable leader.  (Applause.)  We couldn’t be more honored to be here in Colorado with the men and women of Schriever Air Force Base where every day you are evolving the force, driving innovation, and mastering space.  Give yourselves a round of applause, would you please.  (Applause.)   I bring greetings this afternoon from your Commander-in-Chief, a champion of the Armed Forces of the United States, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) And I also brought my commander-in-chief with me --(laughter) -- my wife of 32 years, who also is a Marine Corps mom.  Would you give a rousing welcome to the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 6/23/2017, #56

23 Jun 17:12 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:51 P.M. EDT  MR. SPICER:  I want to start with some good news.  We continue to see great progress by Congressman Steve Scalise, but additionally, it’s great to note that just a few minutes ago George Washington Hospital has announced that Mike Mika, who was also involved in that shooting, has been upgraded to good condition.  So we continue to keep an eye on the situation and wish him a speedy recovery on his way to getting out of the hospital.  And so that’s a great way to start this. Back to business here.  This morning, after a series of meetings with Secretary of State Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, and Secretary of Defense Mattis, the President was honored to sign the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act surrounded by a group of our nation’s great veterans and their brave families. As we all know, the VA scandals exread more »

Uncomfortable Summer Heat Makes People Moody And Unhelpful, New Research Finds

23 Jun 13:14 | World

Researchers conclude in a new study, that when when it's uncomfortably hot, we're less likely to be helpful or "prosocial."read more »

Global Narcotics Market 'Thriving'

23 Jun 09:05 | World

Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in “problematic use” and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to a new report.read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 23/06/2017

23 Jun 02:12 | U.S. News

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Green earthquake alert (5M,depth:32.59km) in Russian Federation at 6/22/2017 10:36:23 PM

22 Jun 19:03 | World

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - June 22, 2017

22 Jun 18:55 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC June 22, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UKRAINE IRAQ UKRAINE read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Serbia to Attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić

22 Jun 17:32 | World

President Donald Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Belgrade, Serbia to attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia on June 23, 2017. Mr. Hoyt Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Mark Tervakoski, Director for Balkans, Black Sea, and Caucasus Affairs, National Security Council read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Wilson Center

22 Jun 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C.  1:00 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for that warm welcome, and thank you to Jane Harman for that very kind introduction and those stirring words.  And thank you for your leadership at the Wilson Center.  I served in the Congress of the United States with Jane Harman and it was always better to be with her than against her.  (Laughter.)  Do join me in thanking Jane Harman for her great leadership here at the Wilson Center.   Let me also mention someone, who, as Jane noted, is not here today but may well be looking on.  When I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, there was a fixture in that town -- someone who was actually elected to the Congress from Columbus, Indiana, but he was no stranger to anyone in the town.  On any given week it would be easy to find Congressmaread more »

The Financial Times Reports on President Trump’s LNG Export Push

22 Jun 16:35 | World

FINANCIAL TIMES REPORTS ON PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S EFFORTS TO EXPAND LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS EXPORTS “Donald Trump is engineering a sharp shift in US energy policy by using natural gas exports as an instrument of trade policy, championing sales to China and other parts of Asia in an effort to create jobs and reduce US trade deficits. In an attempt to unleash US energy resources, Mr. Trump is trying to promote more liquefied natural gas exports and not just use LNG as a geopolitical weapon aimed at nations such as Russia, as was the stance of his predecessor Barack Obama.” Trump looks to lift LNG exports in US trade shift By Barney Jopson, Demetri Sevastopulo and Ed Crooks Financial Times June 22, 2017 Donald Trump is engineering a sharp shift in US energy policy by using natural gas exports as an instrument of trade policy, cread more »

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

22 Jun 16:14 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:26 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  This morning, the President continued his week of events highlighting technology and how it will continue to contribute to the economy of the future by bringing leaders in the industry to the White House to discuss emerging technologies.  The President met with them after they participated in working groups separated by topic -- unmanned aircraft systems, 5G wireless connectivity, and financing -- where he saw firsthand how these important technologies are reshaping modern life. Throughout this week, the administration has been putting the spotlight on the technologies that will improve the lives of every American, from cell towers as small as pizza boxes, to data analysis that helps our farmers and ranchers get their biggest yields, and having productive discussions with the industry on how government can both help them get there read more »

House of Cards, Dangers of Cyberweapons to Nuclear Facilities, and more.

22 Jun 13:13 | SciTech

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Warming Temperatures Threaten Sea Turtles

22 Jun 13:12 | World

A study by Dr Jacques-Olivier Laloë argues that warmer temperatures associated with climate change could lead to higher numbers of female sea turtles and increased nest failure, and could impact negatively on the turtle population in some areas of the world.read more »

Start off your summer with #teampixel

22 Jun 13:00 | World

Need a fresh perspective? It’s all yours, courtesy of #teampixel. From a Buddhist monastery in Russia to a picturesque lighthouse in North Carolina, to the best swing set … ever, here’s your weekly look at some of the “Pixel perfect” images shared by Pixel users on Instagram. read more »

World Population To Hit 9.8 Billion By 2050

22 Jun 09:11 | World

The world population is now nearly 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion in 2015, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries – despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe.read more »

2017-06-22 07:29:12 (m4.2) Sea of Okhotsk 48.0 145.9 (29192)

22 Jun 03:43 | SciTech

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GDACS daily newsletter for 22/06/2017

22 Jun 02:11 | U.S. News

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Green earthquake alert (5.4M,depth:68.07km) in Russian Federation at 6/22/2017 2:41:55 AM

21 Jun 23:06 | U.S. News

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Remarks by President Trump on Agricultural Innovation | Cedar Rapids, IA

21 Jun 22:50 | US Politics and Govt

Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, Iowa 6:16 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I just learned more about farming than I ever thought I'd learn.  What a good place.  I love it.  I want to thank also Dean Scott Ermer along with the students and faculty at Kirkwood Community College for hosting us.  What a beautiful place.  We're here today to talk about how we're going to empower America’s farmers and protect our nation’s proud farming legacy, including ethanol, which I've done.  (Applause.)  Family farmers are the backbone of America, and my administration will always support the farmer. I want to begin by congratulating Iowa’s new governor, Kim Reynolds.  Where's Kim?  (Applause.)  I'm so proud of Kim.  I've known Kim for a long time, and her husband.  And I said, you know, one of the other thingread more »

Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue en route Cedar Rapids, IA | June 21, 2017

21 Jun 22:49 | World

Aboard Air Force One En Route Cedar Rapids, Iowa 5:12 P.M. CDT MS. WALTERS:  Good evening, everybody.  As you all know, we're on our way to Cedar Rapids, where the President will highlight precision agriculture and discuss trade.  Lots of people associate technology with only Silicon Valley, but, actually, there are many other sectors of our economy that are taking advantage of technological advances, including agriculture. We're going to be visiting Kirkwood Community College, which is one of the first programs to have an associate's degree is precision agriculture.  The President, along with Secretary Perdue, Secretary Ross, and Ambassador Branstad will be engaging with some of the people who are bringing cutting-edge technology to the ag sector.  With me today I have Secretary Perdue.  I'm going to walk you through the rest of the evening, take a fread more »

2017-06-21 19:20:27 Updated: (m5.0) Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands 52.2 179.4 (29192)

21 Jun 15:38 | U.S. News

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Africa's Largest Refugee Crisis Now A 'Children's Crisis'

21 Jun 13:02 | World

Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, in particular the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, UNICEF has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.read more »

Record High Temperatures Grip Much Of The Globe, More Hot Weather To Come

21 Jun 09:22 | World

Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning of more heatwaves to come.read more »

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