LBN – Special Report – Sunday, March 19, 2017

Legendary Rocker Chuck Berry Dies:

Music legend Chuck Berry, considered one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll icons of his generation, passed away on Saturday at Berry Park, his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90 years old. Berry, whose distinctive guitar riffing brought him to the top of the charts in the 1950s, was most famous for “story songs” like “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Beautiful Delilah,” as well as for infusing rock music with high-energy dancing like his signature “duck walk.” Berry also served as an inspiration to fellow rockers like Keith Richards, John Lennon, and Eric Clapton. The rocker was humble about his influence on rock music, telling NBC in the late ’70s that “It’s not for me to say, but I’m surely a cog in the wheel.”

Trump Advisor Roger Stone Told to Save Evidence of Contact With Russia:

Roger Stone, a longtime advisor and confidant of PresidentDonald Trump, was asked by the Senate IntelligenceCommittee to preserve any records—electronic or otherwise—pertinent to the committee’s investigation into attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, according to the New York Times. A letter from the committee to Stone, a lobbyist and conspiracy theorist, ordered Stone to “preserve and retain all hard copies and electronically stored information as specified below in furtherance of the committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian actions targeting the 2016 U.S. elections and democratic processes globally.” Stone admitted last week to engaging in private conversations with Guccifer 2.0, the persona behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but insisted to The Washington Times that the chats were “innocuous.”

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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