Tribune News Service
International Budget for Friday, July 13, 2018
Updated at 0315 UTC (11:15 p.m. U.S. EDT Thursday).
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^Trump claims victory at NATO despite allies' denials, then ignites furor in Britain by attacking prime minister<
^TRUMP-NATO-2ND-LEDE:LA—<President Donald Trump declared a much-disputed victory at the annual NATO summit Thursday, after throwing it into crisis by forcing an emergency session suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance and then suddenly dropping his demands that allies immediately spend more on their militaries.
After claiming success in Brussels at an impromptu news conference, Trump flew to London — but not before setting a time bomb ahead of his meetings with an embattled Prime Minister Theresa May.
In an interview with a British tabloid before boarding his plane, Trump attacked May, touted her rival Boris Johnson as a "great prime minister" and said immigration had cost Europe its culture.
1650 (with trims) by Eli Stokols in Brussels. MOVED
^Venezuelans are starving, but the country still sends crude to Cuba<
^VENEZUELA-CUBA-OIL:MI—<Venezuelan oil production is dropping rapidly and the government has no money to buy food, medicines or consumer goods, but there is one item that the socialist regime of President Nicolas Maduro seems unwilling to sacrifice under any circumstances: oil subsidies to Cuba.
News reports that a shipment of 500,000 barrels of crude was on its way this week to the port of Matanzas in northwestern Cuba sparked indignation among many in Venezuela, a country suffering under the worst economic crisis of its history.
750 by Antonio Maria Delgado. MOVED
^Trump administration reunites just over half of migrant children under 5 with parents, says others are 'ineligible'<
IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN-1ST-LEDE:LA — Federal officials said early Thursday they had reunited 57 of 103 young migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border largely as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on suspected illegal crossings, but they have not returned an additional 46 for reasons including deportation and criminal histories of some of the adults.
850 by Brittny Mejia in Los Angeles. MOVED
^FBI official Peter Strzok denies bias against Trump affected his work<
FBI-STRZOK:LA — A joint House hearing to question FBI agent Peter Stzrok quickly devolved into chaos as Republicans demanded he answer questions about the Russia investigation.
Peter Strzok, the veteran FBI counterintelligence official who became a White House punching bag for sending critical texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, pushed back angrily against Republican accusations Thursday that he was biased in his work, insisting that he never let his political views affect his investigations.
1200 (with trims) by Eliza Fawcett in Washington. MOVED
^Trump sends high-level delegation to Mexico in overture to new leader<
USMEXICO:LA — After a year and a half of turmoil, the Trump administration is attempting to repair its frazzled relations with close ally Mexico, dispatching a high-level delegation to meet the country's next president.
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the team to Mexico City for meetings with President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a feisty leftist populist who won a landslide victory on July 1, as well as his outgoing predecessor Enrique Pena Nieto, and other senior government officials.
850 (with trims) by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED
^Otzi the Iceman was not a strict adherent to the Paleo diet, study finds<
SCI-ICEMAN-LASTMEAL:LA — If you were thinking that the ancient Alpine traveler known as Otzi — and often known simply as Iceman — scraped by on a diet of foraged grasses and berries, you'd be very wrong.
A comprehensive new study of his stomach contents reveals that Otzi, who perished roughly 5,300 years ago on a mountain in the Eastern Alps of Italy, died with a belly full of fatty meat, some whole seeds from the einkorn wheat plant, and maybe a bit of goat's milk or cheese — all eaten just a couple of hours before he died.
1150 by Melissa Healy. MOVED
^After years of searching, scientists finally trace high-energy neutrinos to a blazar<
^SCI-NEUTRINOS:LA—<Using a neutrino detector made of Antarctic ice, astronomers have for the first time pinpointed the source of a handful of high-energy neutrinos from far beyond our galaxy: a powerful blazar shining like a beacon from nearly 4 billion light-years away.
800 by Amina Khan. MOVED
^Pompeo at NATO warns Europe of threats posed by support for Iran<
USIRAN-POMPEO:BLO — U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo unleashed a new broadside against Iran on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, asking U.S. allies to "cut off all funding" so the regime can't finance terrorism.
In a string of four tweets on Thursday morning, Pompeo accused Iran of sending weapons across the Middle East and raised the specter of a terrorist attack on European soil, posting a map showing locations of what it said were Iranian-backed attacks on the continent since 1978.
450 by Nick Wadhams in Brussels. MOVED
^Democrats' push to abolish ICE reaches Capitol Hill<
CONGRESS-ICE:LA — The calls on the left to abolish the government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reached Capitol Hill on Thursday, as three Democratic representatives filed legislation to close the agency that has become the face of immigration raids in the Trump administration.
"ICE is not working in its current form because the president has abused it to go after people with parking tickets, traffic violations, etc., rather than focusing on domestic terrorism and human trafficking and the big crimes," said Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, one of the bill's sponsors.
700 by Sarah D. Wire in Washington. MOVED
^'Please go home and sky-dive in your own country': Texas company rules called 'racist' on social media<
^IMMIGRATION-SKY-DIVING-BAN:DA—<A North Texas sky diving company's rules barring customers who are in the country illegally are being called "racist" in a flood of social media posts, but defended by the business owner.
Skydive Tandem Greenville, also known as Dallas Skydive Lodge, states on its website: "If you are in this country illegally, please go home and sky-dive in your own country. We don't want any money you obtained in the USA illegally."
Angelica Escobedo, who lives in Irving, shared a screenshot of the rules because she found them discriminatory. Her post had more than 100 shares.
550 by Cassandra Jaramillo in Dallas. MOVED
^Stymied elsewhere, Trump turns to pardons to advance personal and policy goals<
^TRUMP-PARDONS:LA—<As a candidate for president, Donald Trump vowed to accomplish a great many things with the ease and simplicity of snapping his fingers.
Once in office, however, he discovered that achieving those goals — dismantling Obamacare, slashing the federal debt, building a wall along the border with Mexico, among other promises — was far more frustrating and complicated than he supposed.
But there is one area where Trump can exercise nearly limitless sway: the power to pardon. He has made early and eager use of that unfettered authority, advancing his political agenda in the process.
900 (with trims) by Mark Z. Barabak. MOVED
^Trump administration: Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega and his family need to 'get out of the way'<
USNICARAGUA-ADV13:WA — The Trump administration called for new leadership in Nicaragua, charging that the government of President Daniel Ortega has hollowed out democratic institutions, won't cooperate with international human rights investigators and directed state security forces to violently suppress protests.
U.S. Ambassador Michael Kozak, of the State Department's bureau of democracy, human rights and labor, told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Thursday that demonstrators have even been blocked from getting treatment for their injuries and government-run hospitals have reportedly required families to sign certificates that falsified the cause of deaths as a condition of retrieving relatives' bodies.
650 by Franco Ordonez in Washington. MOVED
^Trump tweets 'very nice note' he says he got from Kim Jong Un<
USNKOREA:BLO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised Donald Trump in a letter after last month's summit in Singapore, saying the U.S. president's "energetic and extraordinary efforts" in reshaping relations between the two countries will help create a "new future" for both sides.
150 by Bill Faries in Washington. MOVED
^Hate crime charges filed against man caught on video confronting woman over Puerto Rico shirt<
HARASSMENT-VIDEO-2ND-LEDE:TB — The Chicago man shown in a viral video berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt has been charged with a felony hate crime.
"After a review of the case, we approved felony hate crimes charges," said Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Foley said Timothy Trybus faces two counts of felony hate crime, which are enhancements on the charges of misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct he was previously charged with.
650 by Matthew Walberg and Gregory Pratt in Chicago. MOVED
^Despite numerous reasons for concern, Pacquiao optimistic heading into Mathhysse fight<
BOX-PACQUIAO:LA — The doom and gloom that others cast on the ongoing boxing career of Manny Pacquiao certainly isn't penetrating him.
There are obvious reasons for alarm. He's left his longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, is fighting for the first time in a year after getting roughed up in a loss, and he's now 39 years old.
Securing the financing for his bout Saturday night (U.S. time) at Malaysia's 16,000-seat Axiata Arena was a harrowing ordeal that wasn't resolved until last month, ticket sales are sluggish and he's fallen from routine pay-per-view treatment in the United States to placement on the ESPN+ app.
800 by Lance Pugmire in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Serena Williams advances to her 10th Wimbledon final with victory over Julia Goerges<
TEN-WIMBLEDON-WILLIAMS:LA — For Serena Williams, this year has been about baby steps — her own, and those of her 10-month-old daughter. While young Olympia works on putting one foot in front of the other, her famous mother is regaining her footing as the player to beat in the tennis world.
"She's trying to go faster than her body will allow her to go," Williams said. "She's moving those feet. She kicks really hard. I've been learning a lot from her."
That's clearly the case, because Williams, who endured an especially rough childbirth, has taken a significant stride back into the spotlight.
850 by Sam Farmer in London. MOVED
^Serena, Kerber set to clash in Wimbledon final<
TEN-WIMBLEDON:DPA — Serena Williams will compete for an eighth Wimbledon title against Germany's Angelique Kerber on Saturday after she dismissed Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals on Thursday.
It will be the 36-year-old American's first Grand Slam final since the 2017 Australian Open, where she won her 23rd major title, before taking maternity leave to give birth to a daughter last year.
"It's been a crazy 10 months," Williams said.
650 by Nate Williams in London. MOVED
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