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    The Morning Vertical, April 20, 2016
    Apr20

    The Morning Vertical, April 20, 2016

    Your daily roundup …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    30 years after blast, labor to clean Chernobyl’s traces
    Apr20

    30 years after blast, labor to clean Chernobyl’s traces

    CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER STATION, Ukraine (AP) — Thirty years after the world's worst nuclear accident, the Chernobyl power plant is surrounded by both desolation and clangorous activity, the sense of a ruined past and a difficult future…. …read more Source: Associated...

    Watchdog: Press freedom declines around the world
    Apr20

    Watchdog: Press freedom declines around the world

    WASHINGTON — Media freedom around the world has suffered a “deep and disturbing decline” due to by pressure from governments and businesses, an international media watchdog said Wednesday. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in an annual report that many of the world’s leaders have developed “a paranoia” about journalism and are...

    Obama’s Former Middle East Advisor: We Should Have Bombed Assad
    Apr20

    Obama’s Former Middle East Advisor: We Should Have Bombed Assad

    U.S. President Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office upon his departure from the White House in Washington for his trip to Saudi Arabia Carlos Barria / ReutersA couple of weeks ago, I was talking with Philip Gordon, who held the Middle East portfolio at the National Security Council from 2013 to 2015 (and before that, served as assistant secretary...

    Military aid to Ukraine was last-minute scramble under pressure from PM: Docs
    Apr20

    Military aid to Ukraine was last-minute scramble under pressure from PM: Docs

    Canada’s high-profile delivery of military supplies to Ukraine in the summer of 2014 appears to have been planned and executed under pressure from the prime minister in only 10 days, according to internal documents. A few months after the Russian annexation of Crimea, as conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-supported...

    NATO-Russia Council meeting for 1st time since 2014
    Apr20

    NATO-Russia Council meeting for 1st time since 2014

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The NATO-Russia Council is meeting for the first time in nearly two years, with the U.S.-led alliance planning to object to what it deems provocative and dangerous actions by Moscow’s military. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday’s meeting at alliance headquarters is being held to exchange views on...

    The Holocaust, the Left, and the Return of Hate
    Apr20

    The Holocaust, the Left, and the Return of Hate

    Reprinted from TheTower.org. Alex Chalmers, the co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club, resigned on February 17, citing widespread anti-Semitism and hostility to Jews among its members. His statement and a subsequent press release by the Oxford University Jewish Society make for sobering reading, not least because this is not an isolated...

    A Voice of America, Part II
    Apr20

    A Voice of America, Part II

    Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, we have a piece by Jay Nordlinger, “A Voice of America.” It focuses on Myroslava Gongadze, the head of the Ukrainian service. This week, Mr. Nordlinger is expanding the piece in his Impromptus. For Part I, go here. The series concludes today.Myroslava Gongadze went to work for the...

    Ukrainian Pilot Jailed in Russia Ends Hunger Strike as Deal for Her Release Nears
    Apr20

    Ukrainian Pilot Jailed in Russia Ends Hunger Strike as Deal for Her Release Nears

    (MOSCOW) — Ukraine and Russia have reached a deal to free a jailed Ukrainian pilot, President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday, suggesting that she will be swapped for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine. Nadezhda Savchenko, who was captured by Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine in 2014, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in Russia...

    News of the day from across the globe, April 20
    Apr20

    News of the day from across the globe, April 20

    Japan’s southern quake-hit area was rattled by a strong aftershock Tuesday and searchers found a woman’s body buried under landslide rubble, raising the death toll from the twin earthquakes to 45. More than 100,000 evacuees, some sleeping in their cars and others in gymnasiums or community centers, were bracing for another chilly...