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The Trump administration has stepped up its demands for schools to reopen on schedule next term despite a surging rate of coronavirus infection in many parts of the United States. The president condemned the official advice for schools by the Centers for Disease Control as tough, expensive and impractical. Within hours, it was announced that new guidelines would be issued. Andrew Cuomo is the governor of New York.
He is on CDC, puts out guidance on a semi-intelligent way to reopen the schools. He then says, don't listen to the CDC. I disagree with them. Oh Really? Do you know, Mr. President, better than your health experts how to protect the health of students? Do you really want to disregard children safety? More than 3 million people have now been infected with COVID-19 in the United States.
The US State Department has angrily dismissed a United Nations' report found the American drone strike, which killed a senior Iranian general in Iraq, had violated international law. A spokeswoman said it whitewashed General Qassem Soleimani, who she called one of the world's deadliest terrorists. Here's David Willis.
In a report that's due to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, the special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard criticized the targeting of an official of another nation on the territory of a 3rd country, and concluded that since the US had failed to prove that General Soleimani was planning an attack against the US at the time of his death, the drone strike constituted an arbitrary killing and a violation of the UN Charter on Human Rights. A US State Department spokeswoman said the report proved the US was right to leave the Human Rights Council.
A former Mexican state governor accused of corruption has been arrested in Florida after more than three years on the run. Cesar Duarte is now facing extradition to Mexico. Leonardo Rucha reports.
Prosecutors say Cesar Duarte embezzled millions of dollars of public funds, which allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle. He was accused of using an official helicopter to entertain friends and family at his ranchers during his time off. Mr. Duarte is also alleged to have stolen hundreds of cows which had been imported by the state to help small scale Mexican ranchers replace their herds after a devastating drought. The animals and many of his properties have been seized since he fled the country in 2017.
President Trump has said relations with Mexico have never been so close as a new North American free trade deal came into force. Speaking after a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mr. Trump said the agreement would bring enormous prosperity to the region.
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