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Trump says Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House to depart on travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida from the White House in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

March 22, 2019

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S.-backed forces had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria.

“Here’s ISIS on Election Day. And here’s ISIS right now,” Trump said, using the acronym for the group, as he displayed a before-and-after map to reporters, with the “before” portion full of red dots and the after-map empty.

“You guys can have the map. Congratulations,” Trump said. “I think it’s about time.” The president has previously displayed a map illustrating the diminution of Islamic State.

Trump has said Islamic State no longer holds territory several times over the past few weeks. But U.S. officials told Reuters that fighting still continued late into Thursday between U.S.-backed forces and Islamic State militants in the last remaining territory it holds.

Earlier on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Islamic State no longer held any territory in Syria and that U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had briefed the president on the milestone as he was traveling to Florida on Air Force One.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance.

The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State in the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border, all that remained of the territory the militants ruled, which once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq.

While the U.S.-backed SDF has captured most of the area, Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office, told Reuters SDF fighters were clashing late on Thursday with IS militants in more than two positions where they were refusing to surrender.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Idrees Ali; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Mary Milliken and Jonathan Oatis)

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Shortages of everything, and worries about relatives, for Mozambique flood survivors

People take shelter after Cyclone Idai in a secondary school in Guara Guara outside Beira
People take shelter after Cyclone Idai in a secondary school in Guara Guara outside Beira, Mozambique, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Emma Rumney

March 22, 2019

By Emma Rumney

GUARA GUARA, Mozambique (Reuters) – At a camp near the city of Beira for people rescued from Mozambique’s catastrophic flooding, residents were dealing on Friday with worries about their future and shortages of pretty much everything – water, food and medicines.

Also, painfully, some of them lacked information about how their relatives were faring.

Aid organizations such as the World Food Programme and Red Cross are delivering food, water, shelter and other basic supplies to the camp at Guara Guara, which was set up by the government, and scores of others like it in the flood zone around Beira.

But with roads cut off, progress is slow. Camps like the one at Guara Guara, 45 km (30 miles) west of Beira, can be reached only by helicopter. There are a limited number of craft available and they are in huge demand.

Fernando Marevere, a local village chief, said the main concern for new arrivals at Guara Guara was food and medicines, which were both in short supply.

Eight large tents were sent to the camp on Wednesday, but on Friday most people were outside in the blazing sun, or huddling into small patches of shade cast by the branches of sparse trees.

People also took shelter in the village’s secondary school – whose roof was still intact – sitting or slumped, head down, at its wooden desks. A number of elderly women were curled up on their side on the dirt floor.

Fresh water was in low supply and there were no toilets. The camp’s residents, numbering in the hundreds, washed in a stream nearby.

Medical tents were small and cramped.

A young boy bawled as doctors worked on a deep cut on his foot, as a family friend held him still and shielded his face from the gore.

Augusto Jose, a pharmacy technician who had come from Beira to help, told Reuters the main concern was malaria, and how to diagnose it with so few tests at hand.

Esther Zinge, 60, from near the town of Buzi, had not eaten anything yet on Friday. She had missed breakfast while waiting in line with her husband for the doctor, because he was unwell.

“The help is coming, but it’s coming very slowly,” she said, adding that what did arrive had to be given to children first.

“We had to ask a local hospital for soya milk so we can stretch out the food. All we’ve had so far is biscuits,” she said. “The conditions are terrible, and more people keep coming.”

Cyclone Idai pummeled the port city of Beira and its low-lying surrounds last week with ferocious winds and tore inland, dumping torrential rains and causing massive flooding in swathes of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The storm killed 242 people in Mozambique and 259 in Zimbabwe, and numbers were expected to rise, relief agencies said. In Malawi, 56 died in heavy rains before the onset of Idai.

‘MISSING FAMILIES’

Left with nothing, many people at Guara Guara were concerned for their future or the health of their small children. But the biggest fear, a number of people said, was for relatives and friends they had not heard from since the waters started rising.

There is no electricity, phones or internet at the camp.

Louisa Ndena, 60, was sitting on the ground in a white aid tent surrounded by family members and toddlers.

“Besides our missing families, the thing we are most worried about is disease,” she said, explaining that there are no toilets, and if the village’s residents would not let them use theirs, they use bushes for privacy.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday its relief efforts included sending teams to the region to help families without access to telephones or the internet find their missing relatives.

“The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved ones in a disaster like Cyclone Idea is indescribable,” said Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deploying to Beira.

At Guara Guara, Albino Jose Albino, 18, was alone in the camp aside from friends, without an idea about what happened to his mother or seven siblings.

He too complained about a lack of food, water and shelter, but was more angry that he had no way to register his family as missing.

“They are not giving us details about our families, our lost families,” he said. “Someone should be responsible for this.”

(Additional reporting by Tom Miles in Geneva; Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Ex-FBI Official: Fusion GPS Founder Tried To ‘Elevate’ Dossier By Spreading It All Around Washington

  • In congressional testimony in 2018, former FBI general counsel James Baker said that the bureau was aware that the founder of Fusion GPS was shopping the infamous dossier around Washington, D.C., prior to the 2016 election.
  • Baker also said that his friend, the liberal reporter David Corn, was “anxious” to provide him with the dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
  • Baker’s testimony reveals new details about the full court press to put the unverified dossier onto the FBI’s radar.

James Baker, the former general counsel for the FBI, told Congress last October that the bureau was aware that the founder of Fusion GPS was spreading the Steele dossier “to a lot of different” people in government and the media in an effort to “elevate” the document’s profile.

Baker also told lawmakers in his Oct. 3, 2018 testimony that his longtime friend, the liberal reporter David Corn, was “anxious” to provide him with the dossier.

Baker’s testimony, which was first detailed by The Wall Street Journal and has been confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation, sheds new light on what the FBI knew about efforts before the election to spread the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC.

Republicans have criticized the FBI for failing to disclose those efforts in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who is a major target of the Steele report. Some GOP lawmakers have asserted that the FBI should have been leery of Steele and Fusion’s opposition research of Trump. (RELATED: FBI’s Former Top Lawyer Acknowledged ‘Unusual Steps’ In Early Days Of Russia Probe)

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson listens as his lawyer, Joshua Levy, speaks to members of the media following a meeting with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson listens as his lawyer, Joshua Levy, speaks to members of the media following a meeting with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Page has vehemently denied Steele’s allegations that he served as the Trump team’s backchannel to the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.

As has been previously reported, Simpson served as a PR man of sorts for the dossier, setting up meetings with reporters from numerous news outlets in an effort to get Steele’s reporting into the media bloodstream.

Both Steele and Simpson were also in contact with U.S. government officials, including the Justice Department’s Bruce Ohr and the State Department’s Jonathan Winer. Steele shared some of his findings with both officials, as well as his FBI handler, Michael Gaeta.

In his testimony, Baker said that the FBI was aware of Simpson’s full court press on the Steele report.

“My understanding at the time was that Simpson was going around Washington giving this out to a lot of different people and trying to elevate its profile,” said Baker.

He also said that the FBI was aware of “various copies of the dossier floating around Washington.”

Baker also addressed his interactions with Corn, the reporter at Mother Jones who published a report on Oct. 31, 2016 that quoted Steele.

“I know that David was anxious to get this into the hands of FBI. And being the person at the FBI that he knew the best, he wanted to give it to me,” Baker testified.

The FBI severed ties with Steele after Corn’s report on the grounds that the former spy improperly revealed that he was a confidential source for the bureau.

Corn’s contact with Baker has been previously reported. The journalist has said that nothing improper occurred and that he shared the dossier with Baker after the election in hopes of authenticating the document.

“I tried the FBI again after the election. On my own accord, I shared a copy of the dossier with the FBI in order to see if the bureau would authenticate the documents and now comment on them. Once again, it would not,” Corn told The Hill in July 2018.

Corn also said it was “inaccurate” to describe him as a source for the FBI.

“I was merely doing what a journalist does: trying to get more information on a story I was pursuing.”

The effort to spread the dossier far and wide appears to have picked up steam after Trump’s election win.

David Kramer, an associate of late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, said in a deposition in December 2017 that he provided the dossier to a dozen journalists, including one at BuzzFeed News, which published the report on Jan. 10, 2017. (RELATED: John McCain Associate Had Contact With A Dozen Reporters Regarding Dossier)

Steele asked him to meet with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger and CNN’s Carl Bernstein, according to Kramer.

Kramer also met with Corn in early December 2016. He said that Corn was inquiring about a meeting that McCain planned to have with then-FBI Director James Comey. Kramer said that he was unsure how Corn found out about the meeting.

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FNC’s Tucker Carlson Worries About CNN Brian Stelter’s Hunger Pangs, Sends Him A Dozen Jelly Donuts

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

It’s a modern day media mystery.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson sent CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter a dozen jelly donuts. Stelter received them Wednesday in New York, but so far has not reached out to Carlson in response. Sources tell The Mirror that Stelter was thrilled to get the delicate pastries but agitated and confused by the gesture. He told a number of people he had no idea what the point was.

Was it a peace offering? Maybe. It’s hard to get inside anyone’s brain or stomach. But what is certain is that there are more jelly donuts on Stelter’s horizon. From what I’m told, as many as he needs.

The donuts came from Dunkin’ Donuts. The box was signed with a Sharpie: “Brian! Enjoy. All best, Tucker Carlson.”

Stelter did not return an email request for comment.

Here’s what I asked: “I understand that Tucker Carlson sent you a dozen jelly donuts yesterday. Why do you think that is and do you plan to thank him or warm up the icy relations between you two? Do you consider this an apology of sorts? Would donuts suffice after he called you a ‘eunuch’? Lastly, did you eat them and were they good?”

Someone who knows him well said it’s likely he enjoyed the donuts even if he didn’t understand the reason for their arrival: “I’m pretty sure he snuck the box into the bathroom and scared them in a stall.”

Stelter’s longtime nemesis at Fox News is usually Sean Hannity. But in recent weeks, Stelter has badmouthed Carlson on CNN, clearly siding with a Media Matters “journalist” who dug up old conversations that Carlson had with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge.

On last week’s show, Stelter went so far as to question the mental of health of Fox News, saying he really wanted the network to be “healthy.”

“For the record, if Tucker Carlson is watching, I don’t want Fox shut down,” he said, making himself out to be a big person even though he seriously insulted another network. “I just want Fox News to be a healthy part of the media ecosystem, and the spread of misinformation that happens on these programs is unhealthy. It’s as simple as that.” (RELATED: CNN’s Brian Stelter Questions Fox News’s Sanity)

Instead of being an unbiased media reporter, Stelter has taken it upon himself to question President Trump‘s mental health and now the mental stability of Fox News.

Carlson isn’t typically bubbly or warm toward Stelter. In fact, the donuts are probably the most kind gesture Carlson has shown Stelter in all the time they’ve known each other. Carlson has repeatedly called Stelter a “palace eunuch” on his prime-time program.

In January, Carlson told his viewers that Stelter was reading CNN President Jeff Zucker‘s talking points about Russia. Zucker had declared that anyone who is not spreading fear of Russia is doing the bidding of Russia.

“So the eunuch heads to the steps of the palace and reads the proclamation,” Carlson said. “Message received, thank you very much.” (RELATED: Tucker Carlson Calls Brian Stelter His Boss’s Marionette’)

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Rapids looking for first season win in matchup vs. FC Dallas

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FILE PHOTO: Mar 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC celebrate a goal by defender Gaston Sauro (22) in front of the supporters during the game against FC Dallas at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

While FC Dallas looks to rebound from its first defeat on the young season, the Colorado Rapids will again try to earn their first victory of 2019.

Both sides get the chance Saturday, when they meet in Frisco, Texas.

Through the first three matches of the MLS season, it’s probably too early to clearly make anything of Dallas (1-1-1). FCD opened with a 1-1 draw against New England and beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0.

Last Saturday, Dallas hit the road for the first time and lost 1-0 at Columbus. Gaston Sauro’s goal in the 10th minute held up and the visitors managed just two shots on target.

Now, Dallas returns home looking to regroup, but must do so with midfield starters Bryan Acosta (Honduras) and Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador), and keeper Jesse Gonzalez (United States) all on international duty.

“We’ll be confident that whatever lineup we put out, and whatever roster we form, is because guys were stepping up this week,” first-year manager Luchi Gonzalez told Dallas’ official website.

Colorado (0-2-1), meanwhile, has Diego Rubio tied to international obligations with Chile.

After scoring three times in a season-opening draw versus Portland, the Rapids have totaled one goal in their last two matches. It appeared Rubio’s 54th-minute score would stand Sunday against Sporting Kansas City, but Johnny Russell equalized for the visitors in the 88th.

Despite that frustrating finish, Rapids coach Anthony Hudson feels good about his club heading into this matchup.

“We go there confidently,” Hudson told the Rapids’ official website. “We believe in ourselves, and (though) we had a tough start to the season in terms of our position, I think we have been solid and strong.”

History backs up Hudson’s thinking, with Colorado amid a 3-1-6 league stretch against Dallas.

This contest marks Rapids defensive midfielder Kellyn Acosta’s return to Dallas for the first time since his hometown club traded him to Colorado last season after six-plus seasons in Frisco.

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UCLA Soccer Coach Who Allegedly Took $200K In Admissions Bribery Scandal Resigns

Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) said Thursday that a soccer coach who allegedly took $200,000 in relation to the massive admissions bribery scandal resigned.

Men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, 46, allegedly took two payments of $100,000 from William Rick Singer to help one male and one female applicant to get into UCLA as athletes, ESPN reported Friday. Both the applicants did not play soccer, however. (RELATED: USC Bars Students Possibly Linked To Admission Bribery Scandal From Registering For Classes)

Singer reportedly helped parents get their children into elite colleges like Stanford University, the University of Southern California and Georgetown by cheating the college entrance exam system, Fox News reported. He ran the charity, Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), which was used to facilitate the bribes.

At least 50 people were allegedly involved in the bribery scandal, including “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman.

Salcedo served as the lead coach for 15 years, making him the second longest tenured in UCLA’s soccer program for men. His leadership took UCLA to six conference titles and the NCAA tournament for 14 seasons, according to ESPN.

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Pictured is a soccer ball. SHUTTERSTOCK/Pasko Maksim

The former men’s soccer coach was put on leave March 12, CBS LA reported. Salcedo is set to make his first appearance in a Boston federal court Monday.

Salcedo played for UCLA in the 1990s and played Major League Soccer for five years, according to ESPN.

The women’s soccer team at the school has also been under scrutiny after student Lauren Isackson’s parents used bribes to get her on the team. Isackson had no prior experience playing soccer. Head UCLA women’s soccer coach Amanda Cromwell was not charged, CBS LA reported.

Isackson was taken off the team, but remains at the school.

“If UCLA discovers that any prospective, admitted or enrolled student has misrepresented any aspect of his/her application…UCLA may take a number of disciplinary actions, up to and including cancellation of admission,” UCLA said in a statement, according to CBS LA.

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U.S. says Russian ship suspected of illicit North Korea trade

Russian Tantal an oil/chemical tanker is seen at sea outside the far eastern city of Vladivostok
FILE PHOTO: The Russian vessel Tantal, an oil/chemical tanker, is seen at sea outside the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

March 22, 2019

By Polina Nikolskaya

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The U.S. government has named a Russian ship on a list of vessels suspected of providing fuel to Pyongyang, a month after Reuters reported the same ship violated sanctions by carrying out a clandestine transfer to a North Korean tanker.

The Treasury Department, which oversees U.S. sanctions, included the Russian vessel, the Tantal, on a new list of “vessels believed to have engaged in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers.”

The list was included in updated https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/dprk_vessel_advisory_03212019.pdf guidance on addressing North Korea’s illicit shipping practices published by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Inclusion on the list does not denote a ship or its owners are being put under sanctions.

Contacted on his mobile telephone on Friday, the owner of the Tantal, Russian businessman Alexander Anikin, said he had no immediate comment on the Tantal’s inclusion on the list, but would respond to questions later. OFAC did not immediately respond when asked why it included the Tantal on the list.

In an article published in February, Reuters cited two witnesses as saying the Tantal transferred fuel to a North Korean vessel at sea at least four times between October 2017 and May 2018.

Such transactions violate the international sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missiles program, which include a United Nations ban on nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to Pyongyang.

The Tantal was one of 18 vessels listed by OFAC in its updated guidance as ships believed to have engaged in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of fuel with North Korean tankers.

After Reuters’ report about the Tantal’s ship-to-ship transfers in February, Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying any Russian fuel deliveries to North Korea were legal and mainly by rail.

(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton in WASHINGTON, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Trump says Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House to depart on travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida from the White House in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

March 22, 2019

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S.-backed forces had dislodged the Islamic State militant group from its last holdout in Syria.

“Here’s ISIS on Election Day. And here’s ISIS right now,” Trump said, using the acronym for the group, as he displayed a before-and-after map to reporters, with the “before” portion full of red dots and the after-map empty.

“You guys can have the map. Congratulations,” Trump said. “I think it’s about time.” The president has previously displayed a map illustrating the diminution of Islamic State.

Trump has said Islamic State no longer holds territory several times over the past few weeks. But U.S. officials told Reuters that fighting still continued late into Thursday between U.S.-backed forces and Islamic State militants in the last remaining territory it holds.

Earlier on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Islamic State no longer held any territory in Syria and that U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had briefed the president on the milestone as he was traveling to Florida on Air Force One.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance.

The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State in the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border, all that remained of the territory the militants ruled, which once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq.

While the U.S.-backed SDF has captured most of the area, Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office, told Reuters SDF fighters were clashing late on Thursday with IS militants in more than two positions where they were refusing to surrender.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Idrees Ali; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Mary Milliken and Jonathan Oatis)

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Shortages of everything, and worries about relatives, for Mozambique flood survivors

People take shelter after Cyclone Idai in a secondary school in Guara Guara outside Beira
People take shelter after Cyclone Idai in a secondary school in Guara Guara outside Beira, Mozambique, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Emma Rumney

March 22, 2019

By Emma Rumney

GUARA GUARA, Mozambique (Reuters) – At a camp near the city of Beira for people rescued from Mozambique’s catastrophic flooding, residents were dealing on Friday with worries about their future and shortages of pretty much everything – water, food and medicines.

Also, painfully, some of them lacked information about how their relatives were faring.

Aid organizations such as the World Food Programme and Red Cross are delivering food, water, shelter and other basic supplies to the camp at Guara Guara, which was set up by the government, and scores of others like it in the flood zone around Beira.

But with roads cut off, progress is slow. Camps like the one at Guara Guara, 45 km (30 miles) west of Beira, can be reached only by helicopter. There are a limited number of craft available and they are in huge demand.

Fernando Marevere, a local village chief, said the main concern for new arrivals at Guara Guara was food and medicines, which were both in short supply.

Eight large tents were sent to the camp on Wednesday, but on Friday most people were outside in the blazing sun, or huddling into small patches of shade cast by the branches of sparse trees.

People also took shelter in the village’s secondary school – whose roof was still intact – sitting or slumped, head down, at its wooden desks. A number of elderly women were curled up on their side on the dirt floor.

Fresh water was in low supply and there were no toilets. The camp’s residents, numbering in the hundreds, washed in a stream nearby.

Medical tents were small and cramped.

A young boy bawled as doctors worked on a deep cut on his foot, as a family friend held him still and shielded his face from the gore.

Augusto Jose, a pharmacy technician who had come from Beira to help, told Reuters the main concern was malaria, and how to diagnose it with so few tests at hand.

Esther Zinge, 60, from near the town of Buzi, had not eaten anything yet on Friday. She had missed breakfast while waiting in line with her husband for the doctor, because he was unwell.

“The help is coming, but it’s coming very slowly,” she said, adding that what did arrive had to be given to children first.

“We had to ask a local hospital for soya milk so we can stretch out the food. All we’ve had so far is biscuits,” she said. “The conditions are terrible, and more people keep coming.”

Cyclone Idai pummeled the port city of Beira and its low-lying surrounds last week with ferocious winds and tore inland, dumping torrential rains and causing massive flooding in swathes of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The storm killed 242 people in Mozambique and 259 in Zimbabwe, and numbers were expected to rise, relief agencies said. In Malawi, 56 died in heavy rains before the onset of Idai.

‘MISSING FAMILIES’

Left with nothing, many people at Guara Guara were concerned for their future or the health of their small children. But the biggest fear, a number of people said, was for relatives and friends they had not heard from since the waters started rising.

There is no electricity, phones or internet at the camp.

Louisa Ndena, 60, was sitting on the ground in a white aid tent surrounded by family members and toddlers.

“Besides our missing families, the thing we are most worried about is disease,” she said, explaining that there are no toilets, and if the village’s residents would not let them use theirs, they use bushes for privacy.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday its relief efforts included sending teams to the region to help families without access to telephones or the internet find their missing relatives.

“The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved ones in a disaster like Cyclone Idea is indescribable,” said Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deploying to Beira.

At Guara Guara, Albino Jose Albino, 18, was alone in the camp aside from friends, without an idea about what happened to his mother or seven siblings.

He too complained about a lack of food, water and shelter, but was more angry that he had no way to register his family as missing.

“They are not giving us details about our families, our lost families,” he said. “Someone should be responsible for this.”

(Additional reporting by Tom Miles in Geneva; Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Ex-FBI Official: Fusion GPS Founder Tried To ‘Elevate’ Dossier By Spreading It All Around Washington

  • In congressional testimony in 2018, former FBI general counsel James Baker said that the bureau was aware that the founder of Fusion GPS was shopping the infamous dossier around Washington, D.C., prior to the 2016 election.
  • Baker also said that his friend, the liberal reporter David Corn, was “anxious” to provide him with the dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
  • Baker’s testimony reveals new details about the full court press to put the unverified dossier onto the FBI’s radar.

James Baker, the former general counsel for the FBI, told Congress last October that the bureau was aware that the founder of Fusion GPS was spreading the Steele dossier “to a lot of different” people in government and the media in an effort to “elevate” the document’s profile.

Baker also told lawmakers in his Oct. 3, 2018 testimony that his longtime friend, the liberal reporter David Corn, was “anxious” to provide him with the dossier.

Baker’s testimony, which was first detailed by The Wall Street Journal and has been confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation, sheds new light on what the FBI knew about efforts before the election to spread the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC.

Republicans have criticized the FBI for failing to disclose those efforts in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who is a major target of the Steele report. Some GOP lawmakers have asserted that the FBI should have been leery of Steele and Fusion’s opposition research of Trump. (RELATED: FBI’s Former Top Lawyer Acknowledged ‘Unusual Steps’ In Early Days Of Russia Probe)

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson listens as his lawyer, Joshua Levy, speaks to members of the media following a meeting with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson listens as his lawyer, Joshua Levy, speaks to members of the media following a meeting with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Page has vehemently denied Steele’s allegations that he served as the Trump team’s backchannel to the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.

As has been previously reported, Simpson served as a PR man of sorts for the dossier, setting up meetings with reporters from numerous news outlets in an effort to get Steele’s reporting into the media bloodstream.

Both Steele and Simpson were also in contact with U.S. government officials, including the Justice Department’s Bruce Ohr and the State Department’s Jonathan Winer. Steele shared some of his findings with both officials, as well as his FBI handler, Michael Gaeta.

In his testimony, Baker said that the FBI was aware of Simpson’s full court press on the Steele report.

“My understanding at the time was that Simpson was going around Washington giving this out to a lot of different people and trying to elevate its profile,” said Baker.

He also said that the FBI was aware of “various copies of the dossier floating around Washington.”

Baker also addressed his interactions with Corn, the reporter at Mother Jones who published a report on Oct. 31, 2016 that quoted Steele.

“I know that David was anxious to get this into the hands of FBI. And being the person at the FBI that he knew the best, he wanted to give it to me,” Baker testified.

The FBI severed ties with Steele after Corn’s report on the grounds that the former spy improperly revealed that he was a confidential source for the bureau.

Corn’s contact with Baker has been previously reported. The journalist has said that nothing improper occurred and that he shared the dossier with Baker after the election in hopes of authenticating the document.

“I tried the FBI again after the election. On my own accord, I shared a copy of the dossier with the FBI in order to see if the bureau would authenticate the documents and now comment on them. Once again, it would not,” Corn told The Hill in July 2018.

Corn also said it was “inaccurate” to describe him as a source for the FBI.

“I was merely doing what a journalist does: trying to get more information on a story I was pursuing.”

The effort to spread the dossier far and wide appears to have picked up steam after Trump’s election win.

David Kramer, an associate of late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, said in a deposition in December 2017 that he provided the dossier to a dozen journalists, including one at BuzzFeed News, which published the report on Jan. 10, 2017. (RELATED: John McCain Associate Had Contact With A Dozen Reporters Regarding Dossier)

Steele asked him to meet with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger and CNN’s Carl Bernstein, according to Kramer.

Kramer also met with Corn in early December 2016. He said that Corn was inquiring about a meeting that McCain planned to have with then-FBI Director James Comey. Kramer said that he was unsure how Corn found out about the meeting.

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FNC’s Tucker Carlson Worries About CNN Brian Stelter’s Hunger Pangs, Sends Him A Dozen Jelly Donuts

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

It’s a modern day media mystery.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson sent CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter a dozen jelly donuts. Stelter received them Wednesday in New York, but so far has not reached out to Carlson in response. Sources tell The Mirror that Stelter was thrilled to get the delicate pastries but agitated and confused by the gesture. He told a number of people he had no idea what the point was.

Was it a peace offering? Maybe. It’s hard to get inside anyone’s brain or stomach. But what is certain is that there are more jelly donuts on Stelter’s horizon. From what I’m told, as many as he needs.

The donuts came from Dunkin’ Donuts. The box was signed with a Sharpie: “Brian! Enjoy. All best, Tucker Carlson.”

Stelter did not return an email request for comment.

Here’s what I asked: “I understand that Tucker Carlson sent you a dozen jelly donuts yesterday. Why do you think that is and do you plan to thank him or warm up the icy relations between you two? Do you consider this an apology of sorts? Would donuts suffice after he called you a ‘eunuch’? Lastly, did you eat them and were they good?”

Someone who knows him well said it’s likely he enjoyed the donuts even if he didn’t understand the reason for their arrival: “I’m pretty sure he snuck the box into the bathroom and scared them in a stall.”

Stelter’s longtime nemesis at Fox News is usually Sean Hannity. But in recent weeks, Stelter has badmouthed Carlson on CNN, clearly siding with a Media Matters “journalist” who dug up old conversations that Carlson had with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge.

On last week’s show, Stelter went so far as to question the mental of health of Fox News, saying he really wanted the network to be “healthy.”

“For the record, if Tucker Carlson is watching, I don’t want Fox shut down,” he said, making himself out to be a big person even though he seriously insulted another network. “I just want Fox News to be a healthy part of the media ecosystem, and the spread of misinformation that happens on these programs is unhealthy. It’s as simple as that.” (RELATED: CNN’s Brian Stelter Questions Fox News’s Sanity)

Instead of being an unbiased media reporter, Stelter has taken it upon himself to question President Trump‘s mental health and now the mental stability of Fox News.

Carlson isn’t typically bubbly or warm toward Stelter. In fact, the donuts are probably the most kind gesture Carlson has shown Stelter in all the time they’ve known each other. Carlson has repeatedly called Stelter a “palace eunuch” on his prime-time program.

In January, Carlson told his viewers that Stelter was reading CNN President Jeff Zucker‘s talking points about Russia. Zucker had declared that anyone who is not spreading fear of Russia is doing the bidding of Russia.

“So the eunuch heads to the steps of the palace and reads the proclamation,” Carlson said. “Message received, thank you very much.” (RELATED: Tucker Carlson Calls Brian Stelter His Boss’s Marionette’)

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Rapids looking for first season win in matchup vs. FC Dallas

MLS: FC Dallas at Columbus Crew SC
FILE PHOTO: Mar 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC celebrate a goal by defender Gaston Sauro (22) in front of the supporters during the game against FC Dallas at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

While FC Dallas looks to rebound from its first defeat on the young season, the Colorado Rapids will again try to earn their first victory of 2019.

Both sides get the chance Saturday, when they meet in Frisco, Texas.

Through the first three matches of the MLS season, it’s probably too early to clearly make anything of Dallas (1-1-1). FCD opened with a 1-1 draw against New England and beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0.

Last Saturday, Dallas hit the road for the first time and lost 1-0 at Columbus. Gaston Sauro’s goal in the 10th minute held up and the visitors managed just two shots on target.

Now, Dallas returns home looking to regroup, but must do so with midfield starters Bryan Acosta (Honduras) and Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador), and keeper Jesse Gonzalez (United States) all on international duty.

“We’ll be confident that whatever lineup we put out, and whatever roster we form, is because guys were stepping up this week,” first-year manager Luchi Gonzalez told Dallas’ official website.

Colorado (0-2-1), meanwhile, has Diego Rubio tied to international obligations with Chile.

After scoring three times in a season-opening draw versus Portland, the Rapids have totaled one goal in their last two matches. It appeared Rubio’s 54th-minute score would stand Sunday against Sporting Kansas City, but Johnny Russell equalized for the visitors in the 88th.

Despite that frustrating finish, Rapids coach Anthony Hudson feels good about his club heading into this matchup.

“We go there confidently,” Hudson told the Rapids’ official website. “We believe in ourselves, and (though) we had a tough start to the season in terms of our position, I think we have been solid and strong.”

History backs up Hudson’s thinking, with Colorado amid a 3-1-6 league stretch against Dallas.

This contest marks Rapids defensive midfielder Kellyn Acosta’s return to Dallas for the first time since his hometown club traded him to Colorado last season after six-plus seasons in Frisco.

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UCLA Soccer Coach Who Allegedly Took $200K In Admissions Bribery Scandal Resigns

Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) said Thursday that a soccer coach who allegedly took $200,000 in relation to the massive admissions bribery scandal resigned.

Men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, 46, allegedly took two payments of $100,000 from William Rick Singer to help one male and one female applicant to get into UCLA as athletes, ESPN reported Friday. Both the applicants did not play soccer, however. (RELATED: USC Bars Students Possibly Linked To Admission Bribery Scandal From Registering For Classes)

Singer reportedly helped parents get their children into elite colleges like Stanford University, the University of Southern California and Georgetown by cheating the college entrance exam system, Fox News reported. He ran the charity, Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), which was used to facilitate the bribes.

At least 50 people were allegedly involved in the bribery scandal, including “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman.

Salcedo served as the lead coach for 15 years, making him the second longest tenured in UCLA’s soccer program for men. His leadership took UCLA to six conference titles and the NCAA tournament for 14 seasons, according to ESPN.

Pictured is a soccer ball. SHUTTERSTOCK/Pasko Maksim

Pictured is a soccer ball. SHUTTERSTOCK/Pasko Maksim

The former men’s soccer coach was put on leave March 12, CBS LA reported. Salcedo is set to make his first appearance in a Boston federal court Monday.

Salcedo played for UCLA in the 1990s and played Major League Soccer for five years, according to ESPN.

The women’s soccer team at the school has also been under scrutiny after student Lauren Isackson’s parents used bribes to get her on the team. Isackson had no prior experience playing soccer. Head UCLA women’s soccer coach Amanda Cromwell was not charged, CBS LA reported.

Isackson was taken off the team, but remains at the school.

“If UCLA discovers that any prospective, admitted or enrolled student has misrepresented any aspect of his/her application…UCLA may take a number of disciplinary actions, up to and including cancellation of admission,” UCLA said in a statement, according to CBS LA.

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U.S. says Russian ship suspected of illicit North Korea trade

Russian Tantal an oil/chemical tanker is seen at sea outside the far eastern city of Vladivostok
FILE PHOTO: The Russian vessel Tantal, an oil/chemical tanker, is seen at sea outside the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

March 22, 2019

By Polina Nikolskaya

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The U.S. government has named a Russian ship on a list of vessels suspected of providing fuel to Pyongyang, a month after Reuters reported the same ship violated sanctions by carrying out a clandestine transfer to a North Korean tanker.

The Treasury Department, which oversees U.S. sanctions, included the Russian vessel, the Tantal, on a new list of “vessels believed to have engaged in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers.”

The list was included in updated https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/dprk_vessel_advisory_03212019.pdf guidance on addressing North Korea’s illicit shipping practices published by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Inclusion on the list does not denote a ship or its owners are being put under sanctions.

Contacted on his mobile telephone on Friday, the owner of the Tantal, Russian businessman Alexander Anikin, said he had no immediate comment on the Tantal’s inclusion on the list, but would respond to questions later. OFAC did not immediately respond when asked why it included the Tantal on the list.

In an article published in February, Reuters cited two witnesses as saying the Tantal transferred fuel to a North Korean vessel at sea at least four times between October 2017 and May 2018.

Such transactions violate the international sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missiles program, which include a United Nations ban on nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to Pyongyang.

The Tantal was one of 18 vessels listed by OFAC in its updated guidance as ships believed to have engaged in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of fuel with North Korean tankers.

After Reuters’ report about the Tantal’s ship-to-ship transfers in February, Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying any Russian fuel deliveries to North Korea were legal and mainly by rail.

(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton in WASHINGTON, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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