Lava swallows car in Hawaii – BBC News
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The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii started erupting on 3 May and has so far destroyed 26 homes and forced almost 2,000 people from their homes.
Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. 08 May 2018
Afghanistan: Blasts rock Kabul, casualties feared | News | Al Jazeera
Both the Taliban and IS frequently target Afghanistan’s Western-backed government and security forces [Anadolu] Suicide bombers attacked two police stations in Afghanistan’s capital, and then battled security forces from buildings they occupied in the latest spate of violence.
At least five people were killed and 16 wounded in the Wednesday’s attacks, said health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh, adding that the casualty toll was likely to rise.
Eight suicide bombers took part in the attacks, one of which was claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the other by the Taliban, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said.
However, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency blamed the Taliban’s Haqqani network and Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba for both attacks.
In the first incident in western Kabul, assailants hurled hand grenades and blew themselves up, setting part of the police station on fire, Barmak said, adding a third suicide bomber was shot and killed by police.
Two police were killed in the attack and two police and a civilian were wounded. ISIL claimed the attack in a brief statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.
The second attack unfolded in the city centre, where a suicide bomber struck the entrance to a police station in order to clear the way for another four bombers.
Barmak said “two or three” more attackers were holed up in a nearby building, trading fire with security forces. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media.
Afghanistan’s Western-backed government is fighting an intensifying war with both the Taliban and the ISIL group, that has turned much of Kabul into a high-security zone of concrete blast walls and razor wire.
The Afghan capital has seen an increase in bombings and other attacks against security forces and civilians since the Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on April 25.
Fighting traditionally picks up in Afghanistan as warmer weather melts snow in mountain passes, allowing fighters to move around more easily.
Twin suicide bombings claimed by ISIL last week killed at least 25 people, including 10 journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack. This was the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies
Trump is trying to strong-arm the news media
The Fix Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Trump is trying to strong-arm the news media by Callum Borchers by Callum Borchers May 9 at 9:51 AM There is nothing subtle about President Trump’s latest tweet about the media. The president made explicitly clear on Wednesday that his definition of “fake” news is “negative” and wondered, “Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?” The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018 The implication is that the White House will restrict press access if journalists do not cover Trump more favorably. The tweet is a naked attempt at punishment, something Trump has tried before. Trump denied press credentials to various news outlets, including The Washington Post, during the 2016 campaign but did not accomplish much. Reporters could still attend and cover Trump’s rallies; they just had to stand in line with the general public. Trump ultimately tore up his media blacklist.
Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.
Posted by Donald J. Trump on Monday, June 13, 2016 More disruptive was Trump’s refusal to allow journalists to travel aboard his campaign plane. He frustrated reporters in September 2016 when he scheduled a last-minute trip to Mexico to meet with its president, Enrique Peña Nieto, and sent his press plane to Phoenix, where he would deliver an immigration speech later in the day. Two weeks later, Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire that he had “really good news.” “I just heard that the press is stuck on their airplane,” Trump said in Laconia. “They can’t get here. I love it. So they’re trying to get here now. They’re going to be about 30 minutes late. They called us and said, ‘Could you wait?’ I said absolutely not. Let’s get going. Right?” Rallygoers cheered. Since his election, Trump has toyed with various means of curbing media access, ostensibly to remind journalists that they are, to some extent, at his mercy. During his transition into office, Trump repeatedly ditched the pool of reporters that traditionally follows a president or president-elect almost everywhere. He also considered kicking reporters out of the White House briefing room and workspace and moving them next door to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Trump told Fox News before his inauguration that the White House briefing room “is too small. So we said we’re going to move it to a larger room in a nearby area, but not the same area, and the press went crazy, so I said let’s not move it.” When Sean Spicer served as White House press secretary, he frequently held briefings off camera and even forbade live audio broadcasts of his question-and-answer sessions with reporters. Around this time last year, Trump floated the idea of scrapping briefings altogether. …Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy??? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 In his brief tenure as White House communications director last summer, Anthony Scaramucci reestablished consistent, on-camera media briefings, which have continued. But according to CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins, Trump often contemplates yanking press credentials. Fox News host Sean Hannity, an informal Trump adviser, has publicly questioned the need to keep reporters in the White House and endorsed the idea of banning certain outlets such as The Post and the New York Times. Revoking press credentials is an idea that the president floats privately often. https://t.co/45ASftOwOw — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 9, 2018 Trump has a mixed record of following through on threats against the media, but his apparent aim is to make journalists so nervous about access that they will ease up when covering him.
Trump’s job approval ticks up, CBS News poll shows
By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto
President Trump’s approval rating has inched up to 40 percent, the first time in a year that the president’s approval has hit that mark. A majority still disapproves. The president’s rating on handling North Korea elicits positive ratings for him; his handling of the economy is mixed and ratings on trade and tariffs are net negative.
As has been the case since he became president, a large majority of Republicans (85 percent) continue to approve of the job Trump is doing, while most Democrats (89 percent) and independents (55 percent) disapprove.
Of the issues asked about in this poll, Donald Trump gets his best approval rating on his handling of North Korea . More Americans disapprove than approve of the job he’s doing on immigration.
Sixty-six percent of Americans say the nation’s economy is good. Since Mr. Trump assumed office, most — at least 6 in 10 — have consistently rated the economy positively.
Overall, slightly more Americans (39 percent) think Mr. Trump’s policies are making the economy better, not worse (31 percent). Republicans (80 percent) are especially likely to think that, as are many independents (38 percent).
The public is more critical of Mr. Trump’s policies as it relates to the United States’ standing in the world. More than half of Americans (55 percent) think the president’s policies are making the U.S. less respected. Most independents and more than 8 in 10 Democrats hold this view, while two-thirds of Republicans think Mr. Trump’s policies are making the U.S. more respected.
Asked to describe their feelings about the Trump presidency, most Democrats say they are upset, while another third are dissatisfied. Republicans describe themselves as satisfied (48 percent) or happy (39 percent).
Zimbabwe’s women’s anti-poaching group protecting elephants – BBC News
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Vimbai is a ranger in Zimbabwe’s armed female anti-poaching unit, Akashinga. They protect one of the biggest elephant populations in Africa.
BBC News looks into how the group has managed to be so effective, following them as they patrol their area and make arrests.
Video journalist: Charlotte Pamment