Legendary Rocker Chuck Berry Dies:
Trump Advisor Roger Stone Told to Save Evidence of Contact With Russia:
Russia Wants to Investigate U.S. Media:
Russia’s State Duma has approved a proposal to investigate several U.S. news outlets working in the country in retaliation for U.S. scrutiny against Kremlin mouthpiece RT. The investigation, which got approval from Russian lawmakers late Friday, will be conducted by a special committee of the Duma and determine whether CNN, the Voice of America and Radio Liberty are complying with Russian law. Konstantin Zatulin, a lawmaker with the ruling United Russia party, suggested the investigation in response to what he called a “repressive” move by U.S. authorities against Russia’s RT. Zatulin was referring to an initiative by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who has introduced a bill that would allow the Justice Department to probe RT for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act in connection with alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Both the Kremlin and RT have denied that the state broadcaster played any role in a Russian campaign to influence the outcome of the U.S. The country’s foreign minister has railed against Shaheen’s initiative, and RT’s editor-in-chief compared Shaheen’s move to McCarthyism earlier this week.
Syrian Rebels Begin Evacuating Homs Enclave:
Syrian rebels and their families have begun evacuating al-Wair, their last remaining enclave of Homs, as part of a long-delayedevacuation agreement. Homs Governor Talal Barazi said about 1,500 people will leave the area and head to Aleppo on Saturday, and the opposition Homs Media Center estimates that up to 15,000 people will leave in the next few weeks as part of the Russian-backed evacuation deal. The deal was reached in December 2015, but its implementation had been halted repeatedly. The Syrian regime has described the deal as a crucial step to “reconciliation,” though rebel forces say they were forced to agree to the terms to avoid bombardment. Al-Wair, home to about 75,000 people, was the last rebel-held district on the outskirts of Homs after a government siege of the city in 2014 sent rebel forces fleeing to surrounding areas.
China to U.S.: Stay Cool About North Korea:
After ominous warnings from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about potential military action against North Korea on Friday, China called for a “coolheaded” approach to dealing with Pyongyang. In a joint news conference on Saturday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tillerson emphasized the need for unity with Beijing in dealing with North Korea. “We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” Tillerson said. China’s foreign minister agreed, but stressed the need to “stay committed to diplomatic means” in seeking a resolution. “We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a coolheaded and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision,” he said. His comments came as President Trumpappeared to fan the flames on Twitter, lambasting China for doing “little to help” deal with North Korea “behaving very badly.” China has consistently called for dialogue in recent weeks, as North Korea tests the new U.S. administration, having recently conducted a new ballistic test-launch it said was a practice run for striking U.S. bases in Japan.
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