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Bernie Sanders gets personal as he hits the 2020 campaign trail

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders showed a more personal side as he hit the 2020 campaign trail for the first time on Saturday, describing the struggles of his working class youth and how it helped shape his progressive politics. At a rally in Brooklyn, near the New York City neighborhood where he grew up in a small, rent-controlled apartment, Sanders contrasted his spare upbringing with Republican President Donald Trump’s privileged youth as the son of a New York real estate developer. “My experience as a kid, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values,” Sanders said at a campaign…

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Trump slams Mueller, mocks critics in fiery two-hour speech

(Note language in 1st and 9th paragraphs that may offend readers.) By Katanga Johnson and Steve Holland OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his report on alleged Russia collusion by the Trump campaign in 2016 and said his political opponents were “trying to take me out with bullshit.” In a speech that lasted more than two hours — his longest since taking office two years ago — Trump also vented about Democrats, a proposed “green new deal,” illegal immigrants and criticism of his North Korea summit, while voicing optimism about his own re-election prospects in…

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Algeria’s Bouteflika names new election campaign director

ALGIERS/GENEVA (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has changed his campaign manager for an April election in which he is expected to seek a fifth term, state news agency APS said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi BoudinaNews of Abdelghani Zaalane’s appointment came a day after tens of thousands of Algerians protested against a further presidential term for the 82-year-old, who is in Switzerland for medical checks. Zaalane is a minister. APS did give any reason for Bouteflika’s decision to replace his previous campaign manager Abdelmalek Sellal, who had said on Tuesday that the president…

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183 injured in Algeria protests: state news agency

ALGIERS (Reuters) - A total of 183 people were injured during protests across Algeria on Friday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for election to a fifth term, the state news agency APS said on Saturday, citing the health ministry. Police officers try to disperse people trying to reach the government palace during a protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to extend his 20-year rule by seeking a fifth term in April elections in Algiers, Algeria, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra One person died of a heart attack, officials said earlier. Tens of thousands of protesters called on the ailing, 82-year-old Bouteflika to abandon plans to seek re-election…

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NHTSA probing two fatal Tesla crashes in Florida since Sunday: agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is investigating a fatal Tesla Inc Model S crash in Davie, Florida last Sunday that killed the driver and resulted in a massive vehicle fire, the second fatal crash this week the agency is probing. FILE PHOTO - The logo is seen on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S car in Hawthorne, California October 9, 2014.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson The agency and the National Transportation Safety Board said late on Friday they are sending teams to investigate the other fatal crash Friday in Delray Beach, Florida of a 2018 Model 3 that crashed into…

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Trump says strong dollar hurting U.S. competitiveness

OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday renewed criticism of the Federal Reserve and said the U.S. central bank’s tight monetary policy was contributing to a strong dollar and hurting the United States’ competitiveness. U.S. dollar bills are seen on a light table at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo“We have a gentleman that likes a very strong dollar at the Fed,” Trump said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. “I want a strong dollar, but I want a dollar that’s great for our country not a dollar that is so…

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No charges for Sacramento police in killing of unarmed black man

(Reuters) - Prosecutors will not file criminal charges against two police officers involved in the shooting death in Sacramento, California, of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed nearly a year ago, officials said on Saturday. Clark, 22, was gunned down on March 18, 2018, in his grandparents’ backyard after police responded to a report that someone was breaking car windows. Police said the officers who shot Clark seven times feared he was holding a firearm, but that he had only a cellphone. Clark’s death, like other fatal police shootings of black men, sparked anger and added fuel to a national debate on police force…

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North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons: Trump

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump meet for the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in this photo released on March 1, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that North Korea had a bright economic future if the two countries made a deal, but did not have any economic future with nuclear weapons. The second meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Vietnam, was cut short after they failed to reach a deal on the extent of sanctions relief North Korea…

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Trump vows executive order requiring ‘free speech’ at colleges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would soon sign an executive order requiring American universities and colleges to maintain “free speech” on campuses and threatened that schools not complying could lose federal research funds. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual meeting at National Harbor near Washington, U.S., March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri GripasTrump made his remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference after bringing to the stage Hayden Williams, a conservative activist who was punched at the University of California, Berkeley, last month while recruiting students for a conservative group. “Today, I am proud to…

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India refuses to share proof of strikes in Pakistan amid doubts of militant deaths

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A top Indian minister said on Saturday the government would not share proof that “a very large number” of militants were killed in air strikes inside Pakistan this week, after doubts were raised there were any casualties in the attack that stoked tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. A man watches a statement of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman on his mobile phone, released on Twitter by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in Karachi, Pakistan March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro The flare up appeared to be easing on Saturday after Pakistan handed back a captured Indian fighter pilot on Friday night,…

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