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apple music recruits new student ‘ambassadors’


apple music is trying out influencer marketing. according to 9to5mac, apple music has created an “ambassador” program in hopes of promoting the streaming service to young people in the u.k. the apple music ambassadors are college students with an online following who have been recruited to tweet on behalf of the service in exchange for an extension of the free three-month membership and other undisclosed perks. it’s unclear whether apple will expand this program to other countries, or if it will focus on other demographics beyond college students. apple music ambassadors are currently encouraging fellow students to activate their free three-month membership to apple music. the ambassadors will be expected to tweet three times throughout the campaign, according to the welcome email publishe






cutting money for u.n. would harm u.s. power, ambassadors warn


nine former u.s. ambassadors to the united nations on tuesday warned against trump administration plans to slash funding of the world body, portraying such a move as a grave danger to american power.the ambassadors' warning, contained in a letter to congressional leaders, came a day after president trump received members of the u.n. security council at the white house and gave them an undiplomatic lecture on what they've been doing wrong.trump has threatened to drastically reduce the sizable u.s. contribution to u.n. peacekeeping, health and other missions, which are made inefficient, as the president put it, by "bloat."madeleine albright, a former u.n. ambassador and the country's first female secretary of state, said cutbacks at a time of numerous global crises would in fact weaken u.s.






trump blames democrats for unfilled key positions


president donald trump blasted democrats monday for “taking forever” to approve trump appointees, including ambassadors, despite moving historically slow in nominating appointees. “dems are taking forever to approve my people, including ambassadors. they are nothing but obstructionists! want approvals,” he tweeted, mentioning fox news’ “fox and friends” in his tweet. former trump aide david bossie said…






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download download the citi ambassadors app is a new way for citi employees to stay up-to-date on the latest company news and discover relevant content. with citi ambassadors, sharing content is easy. connect to your social networks and share to all of them at once, or pick just one or two. please note: you must be an authorized citi employee to use this app. highlights: stay up-to-date with push notifications. get real time updates when new content is available. the news feed is a repository of content from across citi. browse categories, search, or simply view the newest, most important content any time. sharing is easy. pick which of your social channels to share with, share now or auto schedule, get social media post suggestions, and tailor your messaging. with auto schedule you can fin






9 former us ambassadors urge congress not to cut un funding


united nations (ap) — nine former u.s. ambassadors to the united nations are urging congress to maintain america’s leadership at the world body by fully funding its operations.their letter to congressional leaders released tuesday was a response to the trump administration’s proposal to cut funding for the u.n. and other international organizations as part of its plan to reduce the state department’s budget by roughly one-third.it followed a lunch hosted by president donald trump at the white house on monday for members of the u.n. security council, who also raised the importance of continued u.s. funding.the ambassadors, who served under five different republican and democratic presidents, said they understand the frustration in congress “at what can seem a needlessly slow pace of critica






brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal


rio de janeiro — brazil's president has met with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import brazilian meat to reassure them after a corruption investigation charged that meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.president michel temer said brazil's "government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product."federal police issued 38 arrest warrants involving the giant meatpackers jbs and brf, dealing a blow to brazil's reputation as one of the world's leading meat producers.temer minimized the investigation, saying only 33 of the 11,000 inspectors at the agriculture ministry are being investigated.wrapping up the meeting, the president invited the ambassadors for dinner at a brazilian barbecue restaurant in brasilia.earlier, temer met wi






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chicago teaches adults to ride bikes


when snigdha bhalotia sees cyclists along chicago's lakefront, she wishes she could join them.but the 54-year-old, who is visiting from india for the summer while her daughter pursues a master's degree at depaul university, never learned to ride a bike."all my life i never learned how to cycle because i was so scared of falling down," bhalotia said.on monday, she and her 22-year-old daughter vanshree attended a free learn to ride bike class the city is offering adults.they are among the 70 people who have registered for the class so far this summer, almost double the number who signed up last year, the first time the class was offered, said mike claffey, spokesman for the chicago department of transportation.the two-hour classes are held at 6 p.m. on mondays through aug. 28 and taught by t






former ambassadors say trump pick for israel is unqualified


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former ambassadors say trump pick for israel is unqualified


washington — five former u.s. ambassadors to israel said wednesday that the man president donald trump has selected for the post is unqualified and are urging senators to carefully consider his nomination.in a letter sent to members of the foreign relations committee, the former diplomats said david friedman has staked out "extreme, radical positions" and has derided the two-state solution as an "illusory" fix for a non-existent problem."we believe the committee should satisfy itself that mr. friedman has the balance and the temperament required to represent the united states as ambassador to israel," they wrote.the committee is scheduled to meet thursday for friedman's confirmation hearing.trump, during a white house news conference with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, was evas






macron promotes paris 2024 olympic bid playing tennis


paris — french president emmanuel macron exchanged hits with tennis players on an outdoor court set up on a paris bridge to promote the capital's bid for the 2024 olympics.macron visited tennis players practicing on the alexandre iii bridge on saturday and, at one point, grabbed a racket to play a few points in a suit. then he took off his jacket and sat on a wheelchair to play para-tennis.he also went to a floating boxing ring set up on the seine river. in shirt sleeves, he put on blue gloves and exchanged friendly punches with a young boxer.paris is competing against los angeles to host the games, and bid organizers have turned some of the city's famous landmarks over to sports during a two-day olympic festival.






when rangers and astros meet, their bad blood quickly boils


the houston astros and texas rangers will gather at the ballpark in arlington, texas, on friday for the first of six games in 13 days between the american league west rivals.pleasantries will not be exchanged.the last time the teams met, in early may, astros right-hander lance mccullers zipped a fastball behind the back of rangers slugger mike napoli, who had homered in his previous at-bat. mccullers was peeved that teammates jose altuve and yuli gurriel were hit by pitches earlier in the may 1 game.napoli and mccullers exchanged icy glares and took a few steps toward each other. both benches emptied, and there was some spirited pushing, shoving and jersey grabbing, but no real punches were thrown.there was more action outside minute maid park, where several vicious blows were exchanged in






syria children see worst year of civil war with attacks on schools, hospitals an


apmarch 13, 2017, 5:35 am21photosscreenshot from video shared by aleppo media center on aug. 17, 2016, of 4-year-old omran daqneesh in an ambulance after being rescued from a building in aleppo after a reported syrian government or russian airstrike in a rebel-held area. aleppo media center beirut -- in syria, last year was the worst yet for the country’s rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the united nations’ child relief agency said monday.there was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes as the syrian government, its opponents and the allies of both sides showed callous disregard for the laws of war.unicef said at least 255 children were killed in or near schools last year and 1.7 million youngsters are out of school. one of ever






us leads boycott of un talks on nuclear weapons ban | news


the united states, britain and france are among almost 40 countries boycotting talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the united nations, according to nikki haley, the us ambassador to the world body.with none of the participants - more than 100 countries - at monday's talks belonging to the group of states that possess nuclear weapons, the discussions were doomed to failure.according to haley, the countries skipping the talks "would love to have a ban on nuclear weapons, but in this day and time we can't honestly say we can protect our people by allowing bad actors to have them and those of us that are good trying to keep peace and safety not to have them."us releases unseen footage of nuclear testsspeaking as the debate at the un headquarters in new york got under way, haley also menti






us leads boycott of un talks on nuclear weapons ban | news


the united states, britain and france are among almost 40 countries boycotting talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the united nations, according to nikki haley, the us ambassador to the world body.with none of the participants - more than 100 countries - at monday's talks belonging to the group of states that possess nuclear weapons, the discussions were doomed to failure.according to haley, the countries skipping the talks "would love to have a ban on nuclear weapons, but in this day and time we can't honestly say we can protect our people by allowing bad actors to have them and those of us that are good trying to keep peace and safety not to have them."us releases unseen footage of nuclear testsspeaking as the debate at the un headquarters in new york got under way, haley also menti






ap fact check: mccaskill wrong about contacts with russian


washington — sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year's presidential campaign, during a furor over that country's alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but the missouri lawmaker went too far when she said she'd had no similar contacts in the decade that she'd been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, "i've been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that's because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations committ






former ambassadors say trump pick for israel is unqualified


washington (ap) — five former u.s. ambassadors to israel said wednesday that the man president donald trump has selected for the post is unqualified and are urging senators to carefully consider his nomination.in a letter sent to members of the foreign relations committee, the former diplomats said david friedman has staked out “extreme, radical positions” and has derided the two-state solution as an “illusory” fix for a non-existent problem.“we believe the committee should satisfy itself that mr. friedman has the balance and the temperament required to represent the united states as ambassador to israel,” they wrote.the committee is scheduled to meet thursday for friedman’s confirmation hearing.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.trump, during a white house news conf






jeff sessions spoke twice with russian envoy during presidential campaign


attorney general jeff sessions had two contacts with russian envoy sergey kislyak during the presidential campaign, justice department officials confirmed, following a washington post report wednesday.when he was asked in his confirmation hearing whether anyone associated with donald trump’s presidential campaign had communicated with the russians, sessions replied that he wasn’t aware of any such “activities,” and added, “i did not have communications with the russians.” a questionnaire he filled out for the committee also asked whether he had had contact with the russians, to which sessions, according to the post, wrote, “no.”playvideocbsnag sessions not recusing himself from trump-russia investigations cbs news has learned that attorney general jeff sessions is still not recusing himsel






democratic senator oversteps in criticism of sessions


washington (ap) — missouri sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage thursday at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year’s presidential campaign, during a furor over that country’s alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but she went too far when she said she’d had no similar contacts in the decade that she’d been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, “i’ve been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that’s because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations co






ap fact check: mccaskill wrong about contacts with russian


washington (ap) — sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year’s presidential campaign, during a furor over that country’s alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but the missouri lawmaker went too far when she said she’d had no similar contacts in the decade that she’d been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, “i’ve been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that’s because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations co






ap fact check: democrat forgets her own russian meetings


washington (ap) — missouri sen. claire mccaskill was one of many democrats taking umbrage thursday at the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions had twice met with the russian ambassador to the u.s. during last year’s presidential campaign, during a furor over that country’s alleged interference in the election, and misled his colleagues about it during his confirmation hearing.but she went too far when she said she’d had no similar contacts in the decade that she’d been, like sessions, a member of the senate armed services committee.mccaskill: in a statement, said, “i’ve been on the senate armed services committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the russian ambassador. ever. that’s because ambassadors call members of the foreign relations co






dem. senator mccaskill nailed for falsely claiming she’s never met with russia’s


sen. claire mccaskill took to twitter on thursday to slam attorney general jeff sessions, her former colleague in the senate, for failing to disclose having two meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year.but mccaskill apparently went too far when she asserted that she had never once met with the russian ambassador during her tenure on the senate armed services committee.“i’ve been on the armed services committee for 10 years,” she wrote. “no call or meeting with russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign relations committee.”i've been on the armed services com for 10 years.no call or meeting w/russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign rel com.— claire mccaskill (@clairecmc) march 2, 2017as national review writer charles c.w. cooke point






dem. senator mccaskill nailed for falsely claiming she’s never met with russia’s


sen. claire mccaskill took to twitter on thursday to slam attorney general jeff sessions, her former colleague in the senate, for failing to disclose having two meetings with russian ambassador sergey kislyak last year.but mccaskill apparently went too far when she asserted that she had never once met with the russian ambassador during her tenure on the senate armed services committee.“i’ve been on the armed services committee for 10 years,” she wrote. “no call or meeting with russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign relations committee.”i've been on the armed services com for 10 years.no call or meeting w/russian ambassador. ever. ambassadors call members of foreign rel com.— claire mccaskill (@clairecmc) march 2, 2017as national review writer charles c.w. cooke point






jeff sessions used campaign cash for rnc trip where he met russian ambassador fo


attorney general jeff sessions told reporters at a press conference thursday that as a senator, he met with many ambassadors to various countries in an official capacity. however, a wall street journal report revealed that sessions used campaign money to fund his trip to the republican national convention, where he then met in an official capacity, with the russian envoy.similarly, sessions made political statements about donald trump’s presidential campaign while at a heritage foundation event during the gop convention in july. he then met with russian ambassador sergei kislyak.(read more: did trump reverse an obama order last month because he knew there would be a sessions-russia investigation?) senators do meet with ambassadors frequently, but sessions has come under fire this week for






donald trump has an opportunity to right one of obama’s biggest wrongs


on aug. 21, 2013, syrian president bashar al-assad used sarin gas to kill 1,429 of his own people, including 426 children, in the town of ghouta.i watched these horrific events unfold from an unusual perch for an american: at the time of the attack, i was working as a technical adviser to the united arab emirates’ special envoy for syria. the work entailed accompanying my boss, a former emirati air force general, to meetings in turkey and elsewhere to coordinate with the syrian opposition and the ambassadors of the countries - including the united states - that were assisting them.most popularfive days after the attacks, we were in istanbul for an emergency meeting with the syrian opposition leadership and the group of western, arab and turkish ambassadors known as the “london 11.” the top






us leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks


more than 100 countries on monday launched the first un talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic.before the conference had even begun, the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats.“as a mom and a daughter there is nothing i want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons,” haley, who represents the world’s largest nuclear power, said on the sidelines of the meeting.“but we have to be realistic,” she added. “is there anyone that believes that north korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?”haley spoke in a group of some 20 ambassadors from us allies which are boycotting the negotiations, includi






ap fact check: trump lags in filling government posts


washington — president donald trump is accusing senate democrats of slow-walking his nominees, but his blame is misplaced. it's the president who is lagging behind his predecessors in naming candidates for key government posts during his first five months in the office.trump has so far nominated 110 people for 559 positions, fewer nominations than each of the last four presidents, according to the nonpartisan partnership for public service. by comparison, democrat barack obama had selected 252 nominees by early june 2009. forty of trump's nominees have been confirmed, compared with 151 for obama, the group's data show.as part of a monday morning tweetstorm, trump wrote that democrats "are taking forever" to confirm his nominees, including ambassadors. "they are nothing but obstructionists!






justice dept: sessions spoke with russian ambassador in 2016


washington (ap) — attorney general jeff sessions had two conversations with the russian ambassador to the united states during the presidential campaign season last year, contact likely to fuel calls for him to recuse himself from a justice department investigation into russian interference in the election.sessions, an early supporter of president donald trump and a policy adviser to the republican candidate, did not disclose those communications at his confirmation hearing in january when asked whether “anyone affiliated” with the campaign had contact with the russians.justice department spokeswoman sarah isgur flores said wednesday night that “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer.”that answer did not satisfy democrats demanding his recusal from an ongoing federal inve






sessions spoke with russian ambassador in 2016 – the denver post


by eric tuckerwashington (ap) — attorney general jeff sessions had two conversations with the russian ambassador to the united states during the presidential campaign season last year, contact likely to fuel calls for him to recuse himself from a justice department investigation into russian interference in the election.sessions, an early supporter of president donald trump and a policy adviser to the republican candidate, did not disclose those communications at his confirmation hearing in january when asked whether “anyone affiliated” with the campaign had contact with the russians.justice department spokeswoman sarah isgur flores said wednesday night that “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer.”that answer did not satisfy democrats demanding his recusal from an ongoin






brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal


rio de janeiro — brazil's president met sunday with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import brazilian meat, seeking to minimize damage from a corruption probe that alleges meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.speaking at the presidential palace, president michel temer told the diplomats that brazil's "government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product."temer set up the meeting following inquiries from the european union and china over the scandal. federal police issued 38 arrest warrants involving the giant meatpackers jbs and brf in a blow to brazil's reputation as one of the world's leading meat producers.the president minimized the investigation, saying that only 33 of the 11,000 inspectors at the agriculture ministry






ap fact check: trump lags in filling government posts, blames dems


washington (ap) — president donald trump is accusing senate democrats of slow-walking his nominees, but his blame is misplaced. it’s the president who is lagging behind his predecessors in naming candidates for key government posts during his first five months in the office.trump has so far nominated 110 people for 559 positions, fewer nominations than each of the last four presidents, according to the nonpartisan partnership for public service. by comparison, democrat barack obama had selected 252 nominees by early june 2009. forty of trump’s nominees have been confirmed, compared with 151 for obama, the group’s data show.as part of a monday morning tweetstorm, trump wrote that democrats “are taking forever” to confirm his nominees, including ambassadors. “they are nothing but obstruction






trump attorney general jeff sessions under fire over russia meetings


media captionjeff sessions at his confirmation hearing: "i did not have communications with the russians"attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador during the election despite telling his confirmation he had "no communications with the russians".the justice department confirmed he met sergei kislyak in july and september last year as part of his role on the senate armed services committee.mr sessions said on thursday he did not meet "with any russians at any time to discuss any political campaign".claims of russian interference in the election have dogged president trump.the us intelligence community believes the alleged russian hacking of democratic organisations was carried out to help mr trump defeat democrat hillary clinton.mr trump's national security adviser, michael flyn






brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal


rio de janeiro — brazil's president met sunday with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import brazilian meat, seeking to minimize damage from a corruption probe that alleges meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten meat on the market.speaking at the presidential palace, president michel temer told the diplomats that brazil's "government wants to reiterate its confidence in the quality of our national product."temer set up the meeting following inquiries from the european union and china over the scandal. federal police issued 38 arrest warrants involving the giant meatpackers jbs and brf in a blow to brazil's reputation as one of the world's leading meat producers.the president minimized the investigation, saying that only 33 of the 11,000 inspectors at the agriculture ministry






kidnapping mars un security council visit to colombia | colombia news


an employee of the united nations has been kidnapped by a dissident rebel faction in southern colombia, marring a visit by un security council ambassadors to show support for the south american nation's recent peace deal.president juan manuel santos' administration said that the colombian national was working on a crop substitution project in the southern state of guaviare when he was taken captive late on wednesday.rodrigo pardo, the president's top aide for post-conflict planning, said the captors are a unit of the revolutionary armed forces of colombia who refused to lay down their weapons as part of a peace deal last year."these people live thanks to drugs and they want to continue living that way," pardo said, adding that the incident would not stop the government in its goal of eradi






kidnapping mars un security council visit to colombia | colombia news


an employee of the united nations has been kidnapped by a dissident rebel faction in southern colombia, marring a visit by un security council ambassadors to show support for the south american nation's recent peace deal.president juan manuel santos' administration said that the colombian national was working on a crop substitution project in the southern state of guaviare when he was taken captive late on wednesday.rodrigo pardo, the president's top aide for post-conflict planning, said the captors are a unit of the revolutionary armed forces of colombia who refused to lay down their weapons as part of a peace deal last year."these people live thanks to drugs and they want to continue living that way," pardo said, adding that the incident would not stop the government in its goal of eradi






trump attorney general jeff sessions under fire over russia meetings


media captionjeff sessions at his confirmation hearing: "i did not have communications with the russians"attorney general jeff sessions met russia's ambassador during the election despite telling his confirmation he had "no communications with the russians".the justice department confirmed he met sergei kislyak in july and september last year as part of his role on the senate armed services committee.mr sessions said his comments at his confirmation hearing had related to his role on the trump campaign team.claims of russian interference in the election have dogged president trump.the us intelligence community believes the alleged russian hacking of democratic organisations was carried out to help mr trump defeat democrat hillary clinton.mr trump's national security adviser, michael flynn,






former us envoys to un warn congress against cutting funding


nine former u.s. ambassadors to the united nations warned congress in a letter on tuesday that slashing funding for the world body would weaken washington’s global influence by ceding “the agenda to countries that can be hostile to our interests.”the ambassadors – andrew young, donald mchenry, thomas pickering, edward perkins, madeleine albright, bill richardson, john negroponte, susan rice and samantha power – served under both republican and democratic presidents.“cutting funding to the u.n. … will only damage u.s. national security and our position in the world,” albright told reporters. “other powers, most prominently china and russia, will do everything they can to fill the leadership gap.”the letter urged congress to avoid drastically cutting u.n. funding and to give current u.s. amb