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ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset available now

It seems that the dust around VR has settled down. CES 2018 was almost eerily silent about the nascent technology. Except, perhaps, for a few peeks here and there, including ASUS’ first foray into the field. The latest and so far last major PC OEM to join Microsoft’s brand of artificial reality, ASUS showed off its Windows Mixed Reality headset at CES last month. Now that device is finally available for purchase. Sadly, it’s on the pricier side, even with a design that beats out the competition.

Microsoft may have done what is thought to be impossible. It has, one way or another, forced its OEM partners to play on a level field. Almost all of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets are identical in features. They differ only in design and, ultimately, in price.

Like the rest of the brood, the ASUS Mixed Reality Headset boasts of a 3K resolution of 2880×1440, split between two views, of course. It also ships with two controllers that look terribly like the HTC Vive’s. It also uses in-out tracking, removing the need for external trackers and beacons. And it has only one cable, a Y-cable that splits into USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0, perfect for laptops that can actually run VR experiences.

So what sets the ASUS WMR headset apart? It’s really a minor, subtle difference actually. The other Mixed Reality headsets look more like visors that could shoot you with red optic blasts at any moment. Samsung’s HMD Odyssey does have a single front panel, but made of a plain, shiny, and boring material. ASUS’ version? Fractal patterns that give it a more sci-fi flair, particularly not unlike the design aesthetic in the latest Deus Ex games.

That, however, might not be enough to justify its $429 price tag on B&H Photo. While most of the other headsets launched around that mark, they all had a so far still existing price cut (at least on Amazon). Most of them go below $300. Even the once expensive Samsung HMD Odyssey is just $400. How long ASUS’ price tag will last is unknown, but it’s going to be quickly ignored if it doesn’t change soon.

Abu al_hail … The poet and the human

He was a young man with an ambitious ambition, full of hair, fears and a desire for reform and renewal. He was obsessed with patriotism and the desire to live up to the institution he ran. When Abu al-Hill was president of the Council, The trustees in the network, was complaining about the lack of commitment of the previous head of the network recommendations of the Board of Trustees, and he is unique to work outside the will of the trustees, and the recommendations of the Board of Trustees do not listen to the ears, was to be remedied situation and restoration so as not to waste the efforts of secretaries and in vain and subject to the large institution of acquisition And come back The former of the hegemony and tyranny and the exclusion of creative energies in the Iraqi media network. Abul Hail is a poet and media person. He holds a master’s degree in sociology and is a member of the Iraqi media network. The history of Abu al-Hill includes a great deal of jihad and honorable positions. He is a descendant of a family that offered the sacrifice and sacrifice to the homeland and confronting the captured dictator during the 1980s And the nineties, the father of Abu al-Hail one of the righteous martyrs known patience and his achievements and steadfastness and his performance of tyranny, a man known as the city of Nasiriyah, and embroider (the hand of the pharaohs) to which the name belongs to the letters of Noor. Mujahid Abu al-Hill,

who was still at the beginning of his youth, traveled with his family to Iran to escape the oppression of the tyrants and the Galawza. He completed his studies there to the level of junior high school. He has established good relations with a group of young Iraqi young poets and artists living in Iran, poetry books, and published in the magazine Al Qasab, which was then managed by the poet Jaber Jabri, and known to a large elite of Iraqi creators of different generations, and when To Iraq after the fall of the dictator, was still young, worked for a short period in the magazine Islamic Solidarity, led by His Eminence Sheikh Mohammed Baqir Naciri, to be the first window in Iraq, and then moved to the Ministry of Culture, and participated in poetry festivals, Al-Shaari after liberation is a creative poet. His short texts are characterized by a poetic glow and a bright surprise, while his poems are characterized by pureness, condensation and translucent language that reflect the transparency of his soul and heart. He completed his university studies and obtained a master’s degree. a Der poetry groups and traveled to various capitals of the world and participated in festivals and literary and cultural forums around the world. It is remarkable that Abu Hail is greater than rhetoric and empty debates. He works silently, calmly, and equanimously to invent creative ideas that benefit the institution that he manages away from utilitarianism and personal interests as he is concerned. Abu Hail, as everyone knows with himself and with others, With its rare and rare heritage, embraces its jihadist heritage and its bright history and begins to work hard to instill in its workshop a fruitful tree that will undoubtedly be remembered by everyone. This is the father of the poet and the man with the utmost degree of brevity. One of the most important achievements during the month of assuming the presidency of the network: – – Attention to the speech national media in all languages ​​and forms, as announced the start of the Iraqi Kurdish channel for two hours a day after discovering flaws in the speech of the network, which abandoned a decade and a half of any time to communicate with the components of Iraq speaking non-Arab, so initiated in his first days to head the network Of the announcement of the Kurdish broadcast promising full broadcast over 24 hours 

He also initiated the development of the Iraqi-Turkmen channel and start a promising plan for its development

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PMU asks Washington to apologize for US Secretary of State Remarks
PMU Spokesman, Ahmed Al-Asadi, sought an apology on Monday, Oct 23th, 2017, from the United States for the remarks of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the existence of “Iranian militias in Iraq”.
In the press conference held in the Iraqi Parliament and attended by PMU delegate, Al-Asadi described “Tillerson’s remark as unacceptable and is only false accusation” and assured that “all fighters in the Iraqi lands are Iraqis”.
Al-Asadi added “those remarks reflect lack of expertise and they belittle the Iraqi sacrifices” and he demanded the US to apologize for them.
Considering the advisers in Iraq, Al-Asadi confirmed “their presence is authorized by the Iraqi government” and “the government will request them to leave Iraq after the end of the military operations

Private security companies in Baghdad do not enjoy enough immunity and support and demand the lifting of pressure

Mr. Ammar Al-Aga, Director of Al-Sour Security Services Department, referred to the efforts of the Brigadier General, the Director General of the Directorate of Private Security Companies, and that he is the sole supporter of the security companies and the concrete development of the Directorate since taking office.

 

FBI asked Justice Department to refute Trump’s wiretapping claim

The FBI asked the Justice Department on Saturday to refute President Donald Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump’s phones last year, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

The FBI made the request because such wiretapping would be illegal, since the President cannot just order the eavesdropping of a U.S. citizen’s phones, the sources said. A court would have to approve any request to wiretap. The sources would not say who was involved in the conversations between the FBI and DOJ or what role FBI Director James Comey might have played.

One of the sources said instead of the FBI saying something publicly about the allegations, it was felt it would be more appropriate to ask the Justice Department since the bureau as a policy does not confirm or deny investigations.

The source said it was also felt it would be more appropriate politically to handle this through the Justice Department since Justice officials are freer to talk about such matters with the White House. Before any possible rebuke, it would be expected some conversations with the White House would need to take place.

So far, the Justice Department has not said anything in reaction to Trump’s tweets on Saturday, in which he made the wiretapping allegations.

Asked about the FBI request, a Justice Department spokesman said he had no comment. The FBI refused comment as well.

The New York Times first reported that the FBI asked the Justice Department to refute Trump’s wiretapping claim.

Trump’s aides asked Congress on Sunday to look into whether the Obama administration abused its investigative powers during the 2016 election. The move comes a day after Trump posted a series of tweets alleging, without presenting any evidence, that Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower in the weeks leading up to the November election.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in the statement Sunday morning, which he also posted on Twitter. “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.

“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” Spicer added. He did not provide any further details on the President’s request to Congress.

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While Spicer said “reports” prompted the call for a congressional investigation, the White House still has not provided any evidence to back up the President’s accusations. There are no publicly known credible reports to back up Trump’s claim that Obama ordered Trump’s phones be monitored.

Frustrated that the Russia stories have overshadowed a widely praised performance in his joint address to Congress on Tuesday, Trump angrily raised the wiretapping issue unprompted in conversations with friends and acquaintances at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend, two people who have spoken with him at his Palm Beach resort said on Sunday. The President didn’t specify what information he was basing his accusations upon, but told them he expected an investigation to prove him right.

Multiple former senior US officials have dismissed Trump’s allegations, however, calling them “nonsense” and “false.” Obama, through a spokesman, also rejected the claim that he ordered Trump’s phones tapped.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a career intelligence official who had oversight of the US intelligence community in that role, said Sunday that Trump was not wiretapped by intelligence agencies nor did the FBI obtain a court order through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor Trump’s phones.

“For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign,” Clapper said Sunday morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Democrats in dilemma over Supreme Court

In a season of Democratic Party frustration and anger, Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court Tuesday night is a particularly bitter pill to swallow.

When the seat opened nearly a year ago following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Democrats imagined a durable liberal majority on the court for the first time since the 1960s.

Even as the Republican Senate majority broke with longstanding tradition and blocked any consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, Democrats comforted themselves with the prospect of Hillary Clinton’s likely victory in November’s presidential election. They entertained the possibility that she would instead pick someone younger and even more progressive than the decidedly moderate Mr Garland.

Then the election happened – setting up the inevitability of Tuesday night’s prime-time announcement. President Trump, standing in the East Room of the White House, sprayed lemon on their open wounds, noting that the next Supreme Court justice would follow in Scalia’s conservative footsteps.

Republicans, across the board, are thrilled with the pick. Mr Gorsuch has a sterling legal reputation and indisputable right-wing pedigree. While Mr Trump has proven an uncertain quantity when it comes to fealty to other party orthodoxies, they view his court pick as their trust rewarded.

Media captionDonald Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as US Supreme Court nominee

“President Trump won 81% of the evangelical vote in no small measure because he made an ironclad pledge that if elected he would fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court with a strict constructionist who would respect the Constitution and the rule of law, not legislate from the bench,” Faith and Freedom Coalition Chair Ralph Reed said in a press release. “We never doubted then-candidate Trump’s sincerity or commitment, and by nominating Judge Gorsuch, he has now kept that promise.”

As great as was conservative joy, so were the depths of liberal anger – likely only stoked by calls by Republicans, from Mr Trump on down, to give their nominee a fair shake.

“The default is if you are generally qualified and not extreme you are confirmed,” White House press spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s a sentiment that has not been welcomed by those on the left.

“The Democrats should treat Trump’s [Supreme Court] pick with the exact same courtesy the GOP showed Merrick Garland,” tweeted Dan Pfeifer, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. “Don’t flinch, don’t back down.”

Senate Democrats considering Mr Gorsuch’s nomination have a powerful weapon at their disposal, should they choose to use it – the filibuster. If 41 of the 48 members of their caucus are on board, they could block a confirmation vote indefinitely. It’s something some Democrats are already promising to do.

“This is a stolen seat,” Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon said, pledging to invoke the filibuster power. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”

Such a scorched-earth strategy puts Senate Democrats in a bit of a bind, however.

Media captionLabor union leader Mary Kay Henry: “This judge is a step backwards”

First of all, if they do indeed filibuster, Republicans may simply do away with the procedure entirely – the so-called “nuclear option” – as Democrats did for all other presidential nominees in 2013, allowing Mr Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority.

“If you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” Mr Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a meeting on Wednesday.

In fact, Democratic pressure could prompt Republicans to do away with the Senate tradition entirely, allowing their party to enact all legislation without minority consent. That would make it significantly easier for Congress to pass conservative priorities like Obamacare replacement, weakening union power, education reform and sweeping deregulation.

Already some Democrats are giving indications they may not take such a hard-line stand.

“I’m not going to do to President Trump’s nominee what the Republicans in the Senate did to President Obama’s,” Delaware Senator Chris Coons said in a television interview.

Mr Coons is in a safely Democratic seat. The 10 Senate Democrats up for 2018 re-election in states Mr Trump carried last year may be under even more pressure to avoid total war with the president over a Supreme Court nomination.

While the base may be angry, they will need independent and moderate conservative votes if they want to stay in office.

Ronald Klain, a former legal adviser to Democratic President Bill Clinton, offers another reason why Democrats should be cautious when choosing how to handle Mr Gorsuch’s nomination. The real battle is not over this seat – it’s the next one.

While it seems unlikely any of the four liberal justices will willingly vacate their seats during the Trump administration, 80-year-old Anthony Kennedy – who leans conservative but has proven to be a swing vote – may be gauging retirement and will be watching the proceedings closely.

“While it is tempting to begin the confirmation process with an intent to avenge the injustice done to President Barack Obama and his nominee,” Klain writes, “an attitude of score-settling and partisan bitterness would likely be off-putting to Kennedy.”

The Democratic base may not care. They’re angry, and they’re out for blood – and if they don’t get it from Republicans, they may turn on their own.

“Senate Democrats, let’s be very clear: You will filibuster and block this Supreme Court nominee or we will find a true progressive and primary you in next election,” liberal filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted.

More than 1,000 Democrats showed up at a town hall by Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse after he voted to support Mr Trump’s CIA nominee. Around 200 protesters picketed California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s California home in response to her votes for several of his cabinet picks.

Democrats ignore this sentiment at their own peril – and their recent efforts to delay confirmation of Mr Trump’s cabinet appointments may be evidence that they are getting the message. The situation is similar to the one the Republican Party found itself in following Barack Obama’s election.

At first, they thought they could harness conservative Tea Party anger to defeat Democrats. They did – but the Tea Party brought down a lot of establishment Republicans, as well.

This damaged the party’s electoral chances in the short term, likely costing them the Senate in 2010 and 2014. It also contributed to Mr Trump’s rise and eventual victory in 2016, however.

That, alone, should be enough to give Democrats officeholders many a sleepless night.

Hillary Clinton’s gut-wrenching day

It was not the Inauguration Day that Hillary Clinton imagined.

When the skies finally opened up on Friday and rain began to fall over the US Capitol, Clinton’s turn to stand before the thousands gathered on the Mall and take the oath of office as the 45th president never came.

Instead, she remained seated with her husband, Bill Clinton, by her side. And she watched a man whom she believes is fundamentally unfit to hold the highest office of the land get sworn in as her next president.

Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and the ceremonial passing of the baton by Barack Obama crystalized before a watchful nation the deeply personal loss that Clinton had suffered in November.

Hillary Clinton arrives at Trump inauguration

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For the former Democratic presidential nominee, the decision to attend Friday’s ceremony was not an easy one.

Clinton anticipated that it would be painful for her to watch Trump become the next president, according to a former aide, but felt she had no choice but to attend given her role both as former first lady and Trump’s challenger. It weighed on her, this aide added, that her presence symbolized the peaceful transition of power, regardless of her own emotions about the day.

The Clintons arrived on Capitol Hill shortly before the swearing-in. At the same time, the presidential motorcade was making its way down Pennsylvania Ave. towards the Capitol. In one car sat two men who had each taken away Clinton’s dreams of becoming president — Obama and Trump.

Clinton wore a white coat — something she did often on the campaign trail to represent the color women wore during the suffrage movement. She and Bill Clinton were introduced to the inaugural stage by the announcer as “the 42nd president of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, and the honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

For Clinton’s supporters, both were painful reminders of how close Clinton — the first woman to clinch a major political party’s nomination for president — had come to becoming to the president of the United States.

With the exception of when she exchanged pleasantries with other dignitaries on the stage, Clinton, for the most part, appeared stoic.

Trump, with his former political opponent seated behind him, delivered an inaugural address reminiscent of his campaign speeches, vowing that the “forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said.

Trump did not mention Clinton in the address.

But during the luncheon honoring Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, Trump rose to deliver gracious remarks about Clinton. It was a striking contrast from even a few months ago, when Trump had threatened to jail her if he became president and repeatedly dredged up some of the most painful moments of the Clintons’ turbulent marriage, including Bill Clinton’s infidelities.

“I was very honored, very, very honored, when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hilary Clinton was coming today,” Trump said, before asking both to stand, when they received a long round of applause.

“Honestly,” Trump added, “there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people.”

For Clinton and her aides, losing the presidential election to Trump had been a difficult scenario to imagine for the better part of the general election. In the heat of a contentious and bitter campaign, the former secretary of state let her tone grow increasingly dark, as she repeatedly warned the American people that the values Trump espoused were un-American.

“Imagine that on January 20, 2017, it is Donald Trump standing in front of our Capitol and taking the oath of office,” Clinton told her supporters in Las Vegas, Nevada, just three days out from the election. “Imagine with me what it would be like to have Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office come next January.”

More than two months after the election, a political scandal that had haunted Clinton’s presidential run still lingered.

GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee that investigated Clinton’s use of a private email service during her time at the State Department, posted a photo of himself shaking hands with Clinton on the inaugural platform.

His caption read: “So pleased she is not the President. I thanked her for her service and wished her luck. The investigation continues.”

Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who was seated at the same table as Clinton for the lunch, told CNN that she appeared to be in good spirits but lamented the vitriolic nature of politics.

“She did talk about how she hoped our politics was more consensus-building and everybody can have their views but it doesn’t have to be poisonous,” Cornyn said.

In Iran, Shock and Bewilderment Over Trump Visa Crackdown

TEHRAN — Families, businesspeople, athletes and tourists from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa found their travel plans — and even their futures — in a state of suspension on Friday after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring thousands from obtaining visas to travel to the United States.

The order is expected to freeze almost all travel to the United States by citizens from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. Three of those countries are considered sponsors of terrorism (Iran, Sudan and Syria), and three are designated countries of concern (Libya, Somalia and Yemen).

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Passport-holders from those countries, who have American visas but are outside the United States, will not be permitted to return.

“We only want to admit those who will support our country and love deeply our people,” Mr. Trump said on Friday before signing the order at the Pentagon. “We will never forget the lessons of 9/11, nor the heroes who lost their lives at the Pentagon.”

(The 19 hijackers implicated in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack came from Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. None of those countries will be subject to what Mr. Trump described as “new vetting measures.”)

During the 90-day period, the Trump administration will assess if the foreign governments on the list are providing enough information about citizens seeking visas to enable the United States to assess whether they pose a terrorism risk. If the governments do not comply, they will be given 60 days to do so; failing that, their citizens will be barred from entering the United States.

Government reaction to the order has been cautious. But there is little doubt that the demand for information will be a challenge for Iran, which sends far more people to the United States each year, around 35,000, than any other country on the list.

While Iran willingly allows its citizens to travel to the United States, it is ideologically opposed to sharing information with Washington. But if it does not, many of its citizens will be cut off from visiting relatives who are among the estimated one million Iranian-Americans living in America.

The visa ban will provide an early indication of where relations between Tehran and the Trump administration are headed, one analyst said.

“Trump will regard the Iranian reaction as a test,” said Farshad Ghorbanpour, who is close to the government of President Hassan Rouhani. “If Iran doesn’t comply, they won’t do so either on other issues. We will see in 30 days.”

Another analyst doubted the government would comply with the order.

“We are not obliged to give information about our citizens to the Trump administration,” said Hamidreza Taraghi, considered a hard-liner. “Such a move would be unjustifiable.”

The Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti in “The Salesman.” She canceled her trip to the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 on news of President Trump’s visa crackdown.© Habib Majidi/Cohen Media Group, via Amazon Studios, via Associated Press The Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti in “The Salesman.” She canceled her trip to the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 on news of President Trump’s visa crackdown.

In the United States, Americans of Iranian descent expressed shock and dismay at news of Mr. Trump’s impending policy change, and were particularly concerned about their relatives and friends in Iran.

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, a Washington-based advocacy group, said many Iranian citizens with valid green cards and American visas were distraught. Those outside the United States are fretting they will not be allowed in, and those already in the country fear they will not be able to leave, even temporarily, because they will be barred from returning.

“There is a sense of bewilderment, as well as a sense of injustice,” over why Iran was even included on the list of targeted countries, Mr. Parsi said. No Iranian has been accused of an attack on the American homeland. By contrast, he said, the Sept. 11 attackers included citizens from countries which are not on the list — and “the United States has produced more ISIS fighters than Iran has.”

Iran’s most popular actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, announced on Twitter that she was canceling her trip to the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, after reports that Mr. Trump was about to sign the sweeping executive order.

Ms. Alidoosti plays a leading role in ‘‘The Salesman,’’ directed by the acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and nominated for best foreign film. She almost certainly could have obtained a visa as a ‘‘culturally unique artist,’’ but said she no longer felt like making the trip.

“This is not about me or the Academy Awards, it’s about having a discussion about this decision,” Ms. Alidoosti said. “This is such a bizarre ban, it is uprooting people’s lives in ways not imaginable.”

In 2015, according to the Department of Homeland Security, a total of 35,266 nonimmigrant visas were granted to Iranians to enter the United States, compared with 21,381 for Iraq; 16,010 for Syria; 5,549 for Yemen; 4,792 for Sudan; 2,879 for Libya and 359 for Somalia.

As there is no American embassy or consulate in Iran, Iranians must travel to Ankara, Turkey, Dushanbe in Tajikistan or to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to apply for a visa. The State Department says that more than 40 percent of all applications are rejected. There are numerous agencies in Iran and other countries that mediate and assist Iranians seeking appointments.

“Let’s hope this is fake news,” said Ali Reza Falahati, who runs a mediation agency in Ankara. “People are constantly calling to ask us if their appointments are canceled. They paid visa fees, $160, and booked tickets and hotels. I just hope this will be all right.”

One woman in Tehran, a 28-year-old restaurant manager, nearly broke down in tears when hearing news of the ban.

She said she had been waiting for a green card and that she and her husband had been planning for years to move to Orlando, Fla., where her mother, father and brother live. They even postponed having a baby, she said, and now regretted having waited for so long.

The effects of the measure were felt in Africa, too.

Many people in Mogadishu, Somalia, used the same word to describe Mr. Trump. “He’s a dabaal,” said Guled Hassan, a Somali university student. “Dabaal” is the Somali word for a fool.

On Thursday, Mr. Guled and his friends, who were hanging out in a park near Mogadishu’s crumbling seashore, slurping mango shakes, were paying extra close attention to the news streaming into their phones. Just about all of them had heard that Mr. Trump might ban visas for Somalis.

Just about all of them said they wanted to go to the United States, and they mostly agreed the visa ban was “stupid” and “unfair.”

No Somalis doubt that their country has a terrorism problem. Just the day before, more than a dozen people were killed in a double-bombing at a Mogadishu hotel. The Shabab, a Somali militant group, took credit for the attack and remains one of the world’s most bloodthirsty and dangerous terrorist organizations, having killed thousands across several countries in eastern Africa.

But the consensus was that Mr. Trump was punishing all Somalis for the potential misdeeds of a few. “He won the election by saying he would chase away black people,” said Bilal Guled Mohamed, a college student.

Another young man, Abdul Karim Hilowle, asked, “What’s the difference between Somalis already in the U.S. and those who want to go now?”

The displaced people in unenclosed area for five days,are calling for help and relief , and Dr. Sabah Al-Tamimi is responding to them by getting them in displacement camp.

thepeacenews” Dr. Sabah was able to enter 11 family (Mosul origin) whom are displaced from Al-Hool camp in Syria to Baghdad,  in displacement camps at Al-Jamea’a neighborhood after being stayed in un enclosed area for 5 days .

The displaced people said that “we  demanded  a lot of officials in Baghdad and Nineveh for 5 days , but unfortunately, no one replied us , so we forced to ask Dr. Sabah Al-Timimi for  a relief and help, who responded  to us within short  hours  and was able to get us in displacement camps at Al-Jamea neighborhood after we were  stayed for 5 days in un enclosed area without water, food or even medicine” .they thanked Al-Timimi deeply upon her noble humanitarian position to rescue and save them and their kids from hunger, cold and diseases.

Al-Timi said that our duty is to serve the displaced people and assured that she is proud of serving all Iraqi people whether they are from Baghdad or Mosul or any other Iraqi governorate, referring that she would take care them and follow up those families via her multi visits to them as well as she would do her best efforts to meet their necessary humanitarian requirements .

Trump Mexico wall will destroy lives, Berlin mayor warns

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller has urged US President Donald Trump “not to go down the road of isolation” with his planned border wall with Mexico.

Mr Mueller warned such divides cause “slavery and pain” and would “destroy the lives of millions”.

The German city was divided by the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989.

Mr Mueller’s statement came as Mr Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed to “work out their differences” over the issue.

The planned wall was one of Mr Trump’s key election campaign pledges, but it has cast a shadow over the US’s relationship with its neighbour.

Mr Pena Nieto has repeatedly stated that Mexico will not pay for the wall and has condemned a US suggestion that it may impose a 20% tax on his country’s imports to finance the structure.

A sign in front of the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate reads Image copyrightEPAImage captionThe Berlin Wall (pictured in 1986) divided the city from 1961 to 1989

“We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent,” Mr Mueller said in a statement, referring to Europe’s “Iron Curtain”.

He said the city could not “silently look on as a country sets about building a new wall”.

“We cannot let our historical experience get trashed by the very people to whom we owe much of our freedom: the Americans.

“I call on the president not to go down the road of isolation,” the statement reads(in German). “Mr President, don’t build this wall.”

A strategic relationship

At a joint news conference on Friday at the White House with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, Mr Trump said he had had a “very good call” with Mr Pena Nieto.

The White House later released a statement describing the telephone conversation as “productive and constructive”, adding that both presidents recognised the “differences of positions” on the issue of the proposed wall.


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“Both presidents have instructed their teams to continue the dialogue to strengthen this important strategic and economic relationship,” the statement said.

He did not reveal the subject of the conversation with Mr Nieto when questioned at the White House, but said the US was “no longer going to be the country that doesn’t know what it’s doing”.


The new order? – Anthony Zurcher, BBC News North America Reporter

Welcome to a brave new world of international diplomacy, Donald Trump style.

The new president seems determined to run foreign policy the way he handled his business empire and public interactions – vying for dominance and exploiting weakness.

Recalcitrant clients were either denied payment or sued. Personal adversaries were mocked. Political foes were demeaned.

On the international stage, we see these attitudes playing out in Mr Trump’s goading, belligerent remarks directed at Mexico and its president. With a gross domestic product that’s a fraction of the US’s, Mexico is the Rosie O’Donnell or “Little Marco” Rubio on Mr Trump’s world stage.

Contrast that with the president’s deferential treatment of Russia’s Vladimir Putin or British PM Theresa May during her recent White House visit.

US-Mexico border wall

1,900 miles

Length of the border (3,100 km)

650 miles

Distance the current barrier covers

  • $10bn-$12bn Amount Donald Trump estimates the new wall will cost
  • $25bn Amount Washington Post study estimates the new wall will cost
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When it comes to foreign relations, Mr Trump respects strength and tradition. His admiration for Winston Churchill is not so different from past praise of General George Patton or actor John Wayne – strong men from a different era.

Mr Trump was elected because voters – particularly blue-collar workers – believed he would fight for them and economic benefits would follow. His critics warned his temperament would disrupt global order.

We’ll eventually find out who was right.


Mexico’s increasing nervousness over its northern neighbour appears to have prompted Mexico’s richest man to step in.

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim speaks during a press conference in the midst of a diplomatic rift between Mexico and the US over Donald TrumpImage copyrightAFPImage captionMexican billionaire Carlos Slim acknowledged Mr Trump was a good negotiator, but ‘not Terminator’

In a rare news conference, Carlos Slim said Mr Trump – who he spoke out against during the campaign, but has since had dinner with – is a good negotiator, but “he is not Terminator”.

Mr Slim, who has offered to help his government negotiate with Mr Trump, added that he believed “the circumstances in the United States are very favourable for Mexico”, and policies aimed at boosting the US economy would also help Mexico.

He also said he expected Trump’s “hyperactivity” to cool down with time.