LBN – Special Report – Monday February 20, 2017

Pence ‘Disappointed’ That Flynn Misled Him:

Vice President Mike Pence reacted on Monday to the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, telling reporters in Brussels that he was “disappointed” in Flynn’s conduct. “I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn were inaccurate,” Pence said alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.  Flynn resigned last week after it was revealed that he misled Pence about the content of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Flynn initially told Pence that he did not discuss sanctions with the ambassador, a line that both Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus repeated during media interviews. It was later revealed through news reports that Flynn did, in fact, discuss sanctions during those conversations. “We honor Gen. Flynn’s long service to the United States of America, and I fully support the president’s decision to ask for his resignation,” Pence added.

Trump Explains Sweden Remark:

President Trump explained Sunday that baffling remarks about Sweden made during a rally in Florida referred to a TV segment on Fox News—not a terror attack. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said to Florida rally-goers. Those watching the speech assumed he was talking about some kind of incident that had taken place in Sweden, but there was no such terror attack. After an international backlash—including a scathing message from a former Swedish prime minister—Trump tweeted on Sunday: “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.” The segment in question involved a filmmaker who was discussing allegations of increased crime tied to refugees in the country. On Monday morning, Trump tweeted a familiar attack on the news media: “Give the public a break—The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”

Uber CEO Orders Harassment Probe:

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has ordered an investigation into alleged sexual harassment and gender bias at the company. The probe comes after Susan Fowler, an engineer who used to work for the ride-sharing company, claimed in an online account to have been harassed by her managers. “What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in,” Kalanick said in a statement. “It’s the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations.” Fowler alleges in part that she was coerced into having sex with her manager, and was threatened with termination after she complained to HR.

Iraqi Government Launches New Mosul Operation:

The Iraqi government on Sunday announced the launch of a new operation aimed at re-taking western Mosul from ISIS. The government air-dropped leaflets in the city to inform theremaining fighters that a new offensive was about to begin. “This is your last opportunity to quit your work with ISIS and to leave those foreigners who are in your homeland. Stay at home, raising the white flags as the forces approach,” the leaflet reads. The less populous eastern part of the city was taken back from ISIS in January. Troops will likely enter the western half of the city on foot due to narrow streets, making them susceptible to suicide attacks. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on soldiers “to move bravely forward to liberate what is left of the city.” As many as 350,000 children are believed to be trapped in western Mosul.

Dozens Injured in Bogota Blast:

At least 26 people were injured Sunday in an explosion near a bullring in the Colombian capital. Most of the victims were police officers, Reuters reported, citing authorities in Bogota. The blast occurred outside a bullring where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a protest against bullfights in the city, though it’s unclear if the protesters were the intended targets. Demonstrations against bullfighting have resulted in several clashes between police and protesters since a court ruled to reinstate bullfighting earlier this year. The national police issued a statement after the explosion saying it “rejects and condemns these acts of barbarism that affect the integrity of our police and other citizens.” Bogota mayor Enrique Penalosa called for an urgent meeting of the security council in the wake of the attack, according to the BBC. “The terrorists won’t intimidate us,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are going to do all that’s necessary to capture them,” he wrote.

Polanski’s Last-Ditch Effort to Come Home:

One of America’s most controversial fugitives from justice, theconvicted child rapist and film director Roman Polanski, 83, is reportedly making a last-ditch effort to return to the U.S. without serving extra jail time. TMZ reports that Polanski’s legal team has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case, which they believe supports the claim that a deal was cut with authorities for the crime of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polanski, 83, has acknowledged giving a Quaalude and Champagne to the girl he then sodomized. The director spent just 48 days behind bars for rape before being released.

Malaysia Recalls Ambassador from North Korea:

Malaysia has recalled its ambassador to North Korea on Monday, amid heightened tensions between the two nations following the killing of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother at the airport in Kuala Lumpur. Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of the dictator, died last week after he was allegedly poisoned. South Korea has blamed the killing on the north. Malaysia said it was seeking “an explanation” in recalling its ambassador. North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, suggested on Monday that “there is someone else’s hand behind the investigation.” The comments follow a bizarre scenario in which the women accused of poisoning Kim Jong-nam later said they believed they were engaging in a TV prank.

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