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Donald Trump Finally Met His Match In The Handshake Stakes




There’s a certain art to dealing with a Donald Trump handshake.


And Tajikistan’s strongman president, Emomali Rahmon, appears to have gotten it down to a tee.


The authoritarian ruler didn’t let the U.S president’s reputation as a fierce hand-grabber faze him when the pair met at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.


In fact, he had the upper hand — as this viral clip shows:





Perhaps Rahmon analyzed footage of Trump’s February meeting with Japan’s prime minster Shinzō Abe to see how it shouldn’t be done:






Or maybe he studied Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s technique






 


Or he  might have just read HuffPost’s piece on how to defend yourself from a Trump-style handshake.


Here’s how Twitter users responded to Rahmon’s handshake encounter:


























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may 24 17, 12:40
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Freaky February Heat Waves Trigger More Chills Over Climate Change






A bonkers February with stretches of extremely high temperatures mixed periodically with plunging mercury is the latest chilling warning about global warming.


Single-day record highs as well as multiple-day heat waves broke more than 248 month-to-date records for February in spots across the nation, according to the National Center for Environmental Information. 


Temperatures in Oklahoma, the home state of new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, nearly reached triple digits earlier this month. The town of Magnum hit an all-time record Feb. 11 of 99 degrees, more than 40 degrees above the average February high.






The rest of the Southern Plains also broke records, and the Texas towns of Midland, Lubbock and Wichita Falls all racked up temperatures in the 90s the same week. A cold snap followed the heat wave in the region, with temperatures dropping as much as 50 degrees. 


Milwaukee’s 71 degrees this Wednesday was the highest temperature ever recorded in the state in the winter. (The typical high temperature for the day is 34.5 degrees). It was also the fourth time in February the city hit temperatures over 60 degrees, another all-time record for the state, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. 


Boston hit 68 degrees Thursday, busting its previous highest temperature of 65 degrees in 1990. All-time record highs for the month of February were broken Thursday in Burlington (63 degrees) and Montpelier, Vermont (63 degrees).


Denver broke its third record of the month last Thursday, topping out at 75 degrees, a full 5 degrees hotter than the date’s previous record, according to the National Weather Service. Snow was back a week later Friday.






Unseasonably warm days before cold snaps can have a devastating impact on the environment. Trees and flowers can blossom early in the warn weather, and the buds can then freeze and wither in following cold weather.


The freaky February is expected to continue with more of the same with dozens of new broken records. 


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Protests Flare Against Donald Trump's Election




NEW YORK — Thousands of protesters dissatisfied by Donald Trump’s stunning victory took to city streets on Wednesday, from New York to Seattle.


In Manhattan, thousands converged on Union Square in a light rain and prepared to march uptown to the president-elect’s home at Trump Tower. Protesters hoisted signs like “Bad Hombre” and “Not My President,” and anti-Trump chants echoed through the crowd. Police made several arrests.



Any number of colorful chants at Union Square tonight pic.twitter.com/WfeMCWaulE

— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell)



Jackie Smith, 53, of Staten Island, said she was blindsided by the election outcome. 


“There’s a lot of blame to go around,  but I blame myself,” said Smith. “Instead of laughing at Trump, I should have been out protesting.”


Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who attended the rally, told The Huffington Post that protesters must not falter in their opposition to Trump. 


“We had all those big protests before the Iraq War and once the war started, everyone stopped protesting,” Moore said. “This time, we keep it up and we don’t stop till he’s out of there.”



Michael Moore happened upon the protest tonight, calling for resistance and agitation. pic.twitter.com/LFiGaO1wfy

— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell)



Trump’s derogatory comments and allegations that he has sexually assaulted women loomed large for Emily Rems, managing editor of Bust magazine. She carried a sign that read “Don’t Grab My Pussy,” referencing vulgar comments Trump made in a 2005 video published by The Washington Post in October. 


“We’re pissed as hell that Donald Trump won this election,” Rems said. “Women should have equal rights in this society, and we don’t want Roe v Wade overturned.” 


Trump said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in March that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions. 



And now the arrests begin. pic.twitter.com/y2y4CKPC6M

— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc)



The prospect of Trump following through on promised anti-immigration policies worried Carmen Candelario, 23, who said she moved to the U.S. legally from the Dominican Republic. 


“I already knew I was fighting against a lot of hate just because of my background and skin color,” Candelario said. “The dream to move forward as a community is now gone.”



Daisy Skelton, 22, of Manhattan, tried to grapple with Trump’s victory. 


“This election is unacceptable,” said Skelton. “I’ve been crying, and my friend said to me, ‘Optimism is the only way.’”


Socialist Alternative, NYC, the group that organized the anti-Trump march, heaped criticism on the Democratic Party.


“The Democratic Party has proven they are incapable of stopping Trump,” Socialist Alternative, NYC, said in a Facebook message announcing the protest. “The Democratic Party has failed. This is the result of the Democratic Party leadership backing Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders. It is time to build a new party of the 99%.” 



Thousands of protestors now at Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/Ck9NmO9qMH

— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc)



Protests and prayer vigils were held at other locations around New York City. 



At the Columbus Circle protest. pic.twitter.com/246jMvrb59

— Tiara Chiaramonte (@tiarachiara42)



In Austin, Texas, students from the University of Texas demonstrated on campus, then marched downtown. About 400 people blocked traffic on city bridges, but remained peaceful, according to the Austin American-Statesman.



RT BuzzFeedNews: Watch live: Anti-Trump protesters are marching in Austin https://t.co/lAwN4AEQC9 pic.twitter.com/YMsGKNrVMw #Bluehand #NewB

— Antifa GB (@Antifa_GB1)



Similar protests erupted in Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., shortly after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat early Wednesday. 


In California, Berkeley and Oakland authorities reported some disruption as well. About 250 people took to the streets and caused “vandalism on multiple businesses,” according to Oakland police. Small fires were set in city streets as marchers reached downtown Oakland. 



It's a dumpster fire on Broadway from 20th to 14th in #Oakland. Anti-Trump protest pic.twitter.com/ngwSUQs1hp

— David DeBolt (@daviddebolt)



In Seattle, dozens of students at West Seattle High walked out of class, and hundreds of residents took to the streets in protest of the election results, the Seattle Times reported. 


Kshama Sawant, a socialist Seattle City council member, called on protesters to “

” Trump’s inauguration ceremony, KIRO 7 reported. 



#BREAKING: Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters are marching through downtown #Seattle. https://t.co/JdHc4hIiaP pic.twitter.com/nzAkSXNfTU

— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle)



And in Chicago, protesters gathered outside Trump Tower before taking to the streets, according to the Chicago Tribune.



.@realDonaldTrump #protest in #Chicago outside #TrumpTower. Thousands of #protesters. @cbschicago

pic.twitter.com/YqnaugFLWK

— Mai Martinez (@MaiReports)



The next four years are going to be hard for all of us, but this is an unprecedented chance for all of us to fight as one,” Jonathan Lovitz, a senior vice president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, told NBC News. “Think of the possibilities when all minorities stand together.”


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Syrian Boy With Meningitis Evacuated From Besieged Town

For nearly a month, 11-year-old Yaman Ezzedine has been suffering from horrible pain caused by meningitis that his doctors in Madaya, Syria, lack the equipment and medicine to treat. 


Madaya is under siege by the Syrian government, so Yaman’s family in Syria and the United States have pleaded for help from aid organizations and lawmakers so he could leave the town to get treatment elsewhere.  


On Friday, their prayers were finally answered as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated Yaman and 12 other children out of the besieged town and took them to Damascus for needed medical attention, Yaman’s doctor said. 


The news came less than 24 hours after The WorldPost first reported on Yaman’s condition.   



The Syrian Arab Red Crescent said in a tweet that it was evacuating a total of “36 humanitarian cases” from Madaya and two government-held towns, Kafraya and Fuaa, in northwestern province of Idlib.


A local Syrian doctor, Mohamed Darwich, who had diagnosed Yaman, told The WorldPost that Yaman was among those evacuated to Damascus to receive treatment, along with children suffering from malnutrition and two babies with blood poisoning, according to AFP.  



#Breaking :@SYRedCrescent is evacuating 36 #humanitarian case from #Madaya , #Kafarya & #Foaa #ShareHumanity pic.twitter.com/EVvIreZM2D

— Syrian Red Crescent (@SYRedCrescent)



Yaman’s uncle, Yousif Jabir, who lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been appealing to local organizations for help. He said he was overcome with emotion at the news. “I am not able to express what I want to say from my heart and how much gratitude I have,” Jabir said. 


Yaman’s mother, Khawala Jabir, said Friday from Madaya that she only wished she could go with her son to Damascus. “But I am very thankful,” she said.


For Khawala Jabir and others in Madaya, a rural town on the outskirts of Damascus, starvation and a severe lack of medical and humanitarian aid are a part of daily life. 


An estimated 40,000 residents have been affected by food and medicine shortages in the town. The starvation and blockades persists despite multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed at ensuring the delivery of aid to those in need, regardless of who controls the territory.


There are 4.5 million people who live in regions of Syria that are hard to reach for aid groups, 400,000 of whom live in besieged areas, according to the United Nations.

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Police In Baton Rouge Face Off With Protesters Demanding Justice For Alton Sterling




BATON ROUGE, La. ― Police on Friday night faced off with several hundred protesters in Baton Rouge who were demanding justice for victims of police brutality, particularly Alton Sterling, who was killed here Tuesday.


At least 100 officers, some in riot gear, tried to keep the protesters contained on the sidewalk outside the city’s police department, and several engaged in heated exchanges with protesters who demanded they be allowed to march into the street. Protesters eventually did so, marching down Airline Highway and shutting down traffic in one direction as cops followed.


Most of the earlier exchanges had been verbal, though some protesters threw bottles at the officers. Police arrested at least three protesters who initially moved off the sidewalk, and also threatened to arrest a group of teenage girls who were picking up the bottles and other trash from the street. 



#BREAKING man arrested after breaking through police line. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/9cGKENpzg6

— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington)



Tensions were high after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday, allegedly citing revenge for recent police shootings as a motive. That massacre came midway through a week already marked with tragedy: The day after police killed Sterling, a 37-year-old father of five, an officer shot and killed Philando Castile, 32, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The shootings of both black men were caught on graphic and widely shared videos, and sparked renewed calls for reforming police use of force and the criminal justice system. 


“We need answers. Someone needs to be charged with (Sterling’s) murder,” Baton Rouge resident Nadarrian Shearrill told The Advocate.



 One police officer in riot gear, who would not provide his name, pinned the fault of the confrontation on the media for supposedly “poking the bull.”


Demonstrations against Sterling’s death, which protesters had previously held in front of the convenience store where he was killed, had not been met with a heavy police presence until Friday night, according to The Advocate. 


 


This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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Orlando Shooter Told Police 'I Did The Shootings'

The man who gunned down 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub praised God and told authorities, "I did the shootings," before hanging up.


Omar Mateen called 911 at least several times during the attack, which also wounded dozens. In the calls, transcripts of which were released by the FBI on Monday, he also claimed there was a vehicle outside the nightclub with explosives in it.



#BREAKING: FBI description of #OrlandoShooter calls.

pic.twitter.com/e0NGBzteUt

— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan)



Mateen called the Orlando Police Department from the bathroom, where several people took coverage after gunshots went off early June 12th. Faced with both an active shooter and a hostage situation, authorities held off on confronting the suspect, attempting to still him with negotiation tactics. 


Authorities said that Mateen spoke to police "in a chilling calm and deliberate manner." 


Once Mateen threatened to use explosives, however, police began an intervention, rescuing hostages through a hole in the bathroom wall and ultimately fatally shooting him. 


Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that he believes eight people were saved during the hostage rescue attempts.


The FBI will not be releasing 911 calls of any of the victims out of respect for their families.

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Photos Show Fire And Smoke Engulfing Ankara District After Deadly Car Bomb


A massive explosion rocked the heart of the Turkish capital on Wednesday, the latest in a string of bomb attacks that have shocked the nation. 


A vehicle filled with explosives went off during rush hour in Ankara on Wednesday evening, Turkish authorities said, targeting an area close to the country's parliament, military headquarters and several government buildings. 


Turkish authorities said at least 28 people had been killed in the explosion, Reuters notes.


 



#BREAKING The map of the #Ankara attack site. Right banner: Turkish Parliament, left banner: Air Force HQ. pic.twitter.com/L4ktlWlMRM

— CNN Türk ENG (@CNNTURK_ENG)



Photos and videos showed a massive plume of smoke rising from the site, as well as efforts by police officers and firefighters to contain the fire that had broken out at the blast site. 






 


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