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  1. The wives of NATO leaders all took a photo together. The husband of Luxembourg's gay prime minister joined them.

    05.26 / 14:56 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    When a handful of NATO leaders' wives took a photograph together at the Royal Castle of Laeken, in Brussels, on Thursday, there was a conspicuous suited figure in their ranks. Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg's gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, had been invited to join the first ladies: Husband of openly gay Luxembourg Prime Minister joins "family photo" of G7 first ladies. https://t.co/tRsykLY1Tm pic.twitter.com/wlj6tUnNwZ — Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 26, 2…
  2. U.N. peacekeepers allegedly ran a child sex ring in Haiti and were never prosecuted

    05.26 / 14:56 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    More than 100 United Nations peacekeepers recruited from the Sri Lankan military were identified as the operators of a child sex ring in Haiti, The Associated Press reported Friday, but none were ever prosecuted or jailed after repatriation. The U.N. does not have legal jurisdiction over the peacekeepers to bring its own charges, and it has now implemented a stricter screening process for would-be peacekeepers from Sri Lanka intended to better weed out recruits connected to military units…
  3. Joe Scarborough likens Trump's NATO speech to a 'love note to Vladimir Putin'

    05.26 / 14:56 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Friday criticized President Trump for spending his NATO speech Thursday scolding leaders for not paying enough for their collective defense. Trump, speaking at NATO's headquarters in Brussels, chastised members for "not paying what they should be paying" and issued a reminder that some still owe "massive amounts." NATO leaders could be seen smirking and exchanging looks during Trump's lecture. While Scarborough agreed that member nations "should carry…
  4. Trump's travel ban is stuck in court. But visits from the targeted Muslim-majority countries are dropping anyway.

    05.26 / 13:53 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The number of nonimmigrant visas issued to people in Muslim-majority countries declined steeply in April, Politico reported after analyzing data posted this week by the State Department. In nearly 50 Muslim-majority countries, 20 percent fewer nonimmigrant visas were issued in April compared to the monthly average issued in 2016. These drop-offs were noted in spite of the fact that President Trump's immigration executive order, which temporarily bans travel from multiple Muslim-majority…
  5. Denis Johnson, award-winning author of Jesus' Son, Tree of Smoke, dies at 67

    05.26 / 13:53 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Award-winning author and poet Denis Johnson died Thursday at the age of 67, The Washington Post reports. "Denis was one of the great writers of his generation," Farrar, Straus & Giroux president and publisher Jonathan Galassi said in a statement. "He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was." Johnson is best known for his hazy, freewheeling collection of linked stories, Jesus' Son, and he won the 2007 National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize…
  6. Democrats may have reason to hope after Gianforte's win in Montana

    05.26 / 12:54 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Following the election of Republican Greg Gianforte to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's vacated House seat in Montana on Thursday night, Democrats might be feeling pessimistic after a series of close, but ultimately unsuccessful, special elections. Yet "these are tangible signs of progress for Democrats and indicators that the House could be in play in 2018," Axios writes. "Princeton electoral politics statistician Sam Wang, citing a 12-point GOP underperformance in the Kansas race, and a…
  7. This is exactly what happened in the brawl between Turkish President Erdogan's security detail and unarmed protesters la

    05.26 / 11:55 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Large physical brawls are often messy and chaotic, and it's difficult to sort out who punched whom, who kicked whom, and who started the whole thing to begin with. Sometimes, though, it is crucially important to do so, such as in the case of the fight between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail and unarmed protesters, many of whom were American citizens, last week. Already recollections of the brawl have devolved into a game of he-said she-said. The U.S. State…
  8. Gunmen in Egypt attack bus with Coptic Christians, killing at least 20

    05.26 / 11:55 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A group of eight to 10 gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked a bus and pickup truck carrying Coptic Christians to St. Samuel Monastery in Egypt's Minya province, about 140 miles south of Cairo, witness and Egyptian officials say. At least 20 people were killed in the attack, including children, The New York Times reports, citing Egyptian state media reports; The Associated Press puts the toll at 24 dead, 25 wounded. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but groups…
  9. FISA court chided the FBI for sharing NSA data on Americans with outside contractors

    05.26 / 10:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    On May 11, the Director of National Intelligence's office declassified some rulings by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, explaining why the National Security Agency had limited its surveillance of emails and text messages from American citizens. Most of the ruling concerned the NSA's apparently since-corrected use of Section 702 of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, but, as Circa notes, 83 pages into the 98-page ruling, the FISA court reserved some criticism for the FBI,…
  10. Stephen Colbert shows he sometimes body-slams people asking him questions, too

    05.26 / 09:09 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the House Republican health care bill, and it no longer projects that 24 million fewer people will have health insurance in a decade — now it's only 23 million. "To put that in perspective," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show, "if you lay 23 million people end-to-end, they would reach a country where you can get health care." The CBO also said the bill would raise premiums for older, poor Americans by as much a…
  11. Trump arrives in Sicily for G7 summit, the final leg of his trip abroad

    05.26 / 08:14 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump arrived in Sicily on Thursday night for a G7 summit on Friday in the coastal town of Taormina with the leaders of Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Britain, and Canada. He will start the day with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the only leader who wasn't with Trump in Brussels for a NATO summit on Thursday. "The day will feature a welcoming ceremony and concert at the remains of an ancient Greek temple, as well as a relentless number of meetings, many of…
  12. New nurse saves life of fellow passenger on airplane

    05.26 / 06:20 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Courtney Donlon was sleeping on her flight home to New Jersey on Monday when an announcement woke her up — over the loudspeaker, a crew member was asking if any medical professionals were on board. Donlon, 22, started as a nurse in the respiratory care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in September, and she quickly volunteered to help. A 57-year-old woman was experiencing the classic symptoms of a heart attack, and working with just a stethoscope, blood p…
  13. Greg Gianforte says he's 'not proud' of altercation with reporter

    05.26 / 06:20 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Republican Greg Gianforte, the projected winner of Montana's special election to fill its vacant House seat, used part of his victory speech Thursday night to apologize to the reporter he has been charged with assaulting. In victory speech, Greg Gianforte says he's ‘sorry.' "Last night I made a mistake." https://t.co/53QVJshUEz pic.twitter.com/wXfVpLpxhp — ABC News (@ABC) May 26, 2017 "Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can't take back," Gianforte said in front of a…
  14. Montenegro leader shrugs off shove from Trump, calling it 'natural' that U.S. presidents 'be in the first row'

    05.26 / 05:23 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Some observers found it rude when President Trump casually pushed Montenegro's prime minister, Duško Marković, out of the way so he could get to the front row for a NATO photo-op on Thursday, but Marković calls the encounter "an inoffensive situation." Journalists are "differently commenting" on the scene, he added, but "I want to tell you that it is natural for the president of the United States to be in the first row." Prime Minister of #Montenegro Duško Marković answered journalists' qu…
  15. Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election

    05.26 / 05:23 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Republican Greg Gianforte is projected to win the Montana House seat left vacant by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte has 167,871 votes, compared to Democrat Rob Quist with 143,410 votes and Libertarian Mark Wicks with 19,251 votes. On Wednesday night, Gianforte was charged with assault, following an altercation with The Guardian's Ben Jacobs, who accused Gianforte of "body slamming" him and breaking his glasses. Gianforte's campaign claimed…
  16. Memo claims Air Force mortuary official offered to let people look at John Glenn's remains

    05.26 / 05:23 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    On two separate occasions, a senior mortuary employee at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware allegedly asked inspectors if they wanted to look at John Glenn's remains prior to his burial, a Defense Department official wrote in an internal memo obtained by Military Times. Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, a decorated Marine, and a former U.S. senator, died on Dec. 8 at age 95, and his family asked the Air Force to care for his remains between his death and burial April 6 at Arlington…
  17. NOAA predicts above-average Atlantic hurricane season

    05.26 / 04:18 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    If forecasters are correct and there are warmer-than-average waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and weak El Niño conditions this summer, the 2017 hurricane season could be an active one. "There's a potential for a lot of Atlantic storm activity this year," acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Ben Friedman told The Associated Press Thursday. NOAA's forecast calls for 11 to 17 named storms and five to nine hurricanes, with two to four …
  18. Counting of ballots underway in Montana special election

    05.26 / 03:16 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    With 26 percent of precincts reporting their results, Republican Greg Gianforte has a slight lead over Democrat Rob Quist in Thursday's special election in Montana for the House seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Gianforte has 94,802 votes compared to Quist's 89,896, while Libertarian Mark Wicks has 11,394 votes. Gianforte, a millionaire businessman, was charged with assault Wednesday night after an altercation with The Guardian's Ben Jacobs, who said Gianforte "body slammed"…
  19. Holocaust survivor, 88, receives high school diploma

    05.26 / 03:16 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    With multiple generations of her family looking on, Esther Begam, 88, collected her high school diploma, decades after she was denied an education by the Nazis. Begam grew up in Poland, and when she was 11 years old, she had to quit school and move into a Jewish ghetto. Later, she was sent to a forced labor camp. Her father, a rabbi, was a chaplain in the Polish army, and was never heard from again. Begam lost her mother and brother at Auschwitz, and her older sister and every other member…
  20. NOAA predicts above average Atlantic hurricane season

    05.26 / 02:20 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    If forecasters are correct and there are warmer-than-average waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and weak El Nino conditions this summer, the 2017 hurricane season could be an active one. "There's a potential for a lot of Atlantic storm activity this year," acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Ben Friedman told The Associated Press Thursday. The NOAA's forecast calls for 11 to 17 named storms and five to nine hurricanes, with two to four…