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1. Father at centre of measles outbreak didn't vaccinate children due to autism fears | CBC News

Emmanuel Bilodeau said he neglected to get his children vaccinated for measles because he and his then-wife were concerned about reports of a link with autism. In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Emmanuel Bilodeau said he and his then-wife were influenced by reports that linked the vaccine that prevents measles, mumps and rubella with autism. A blood test ordered by VCH has since confirmed his youngest son has measles, and the other two are still waiting for confirmation, Bilodeau said.


2. Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone directly colluded with Russian operatives behind DNC email hack: Court filings show Mueller's team has correspondence between the Trump confidant and Russian intelligence.

In documents submitted to the U.S. district court, the special counsel's office detailed some of the evidence against Roger Stone, acknowledging for the first time they possess direct communications between Stone and Russian operatives known collectively as Guccifer 2.0, as well as WikiLeaks. In its initial indictment against Stone last month, the special counsel's office revealed that a senior Trump campaign official "Was directed" to reach out to Stone regarding WikiLeaks' publication of John Podesta's emails. Now that Stone himself was shown to have been in direct communication with Russian intelligence operatives, there is a direct line running between the Trump campaign and Russian military intelligence officials.


3. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after being requested to do so by Washington

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after being requested to do so by Washington, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday. The report came after Trump's claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the prize. Trump said Abe had sent him a copy of a five-page nomination letter delivered to the Nobel Peace Prize committee in which the Japanese leader praised his efforts in defusing tensions with Pyongyang.


4. Billionaire Brexiteer Sir Jim Ratcliffe to relocate to Monaco in bid to ‘save £4bn in tax’

The shadow chancellor said he was "Disappointed" with reports that prominent Brexiteer and Britain's wealthiest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is relocating to Monaco in a bid to save up to £4bn in tax. His comments came after The Sunday Times reported that Sir Jim, founder of the chemicals giant Ineos, was working on a plan to avoid tax. The news comes after Brexit supporter Sir James Dyson announced that he was moving the headquarters of his company to Singapore ahead of the UK's exit from the EU. Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, described Sir Jim's planning as "Deeply cynical".


5. Perth's first ocean rubbish bin is sucking plenty of plastic out of the sea - A unique floating rubbish bin, which effectively acts as a vacuum cleaner for the ocean, is being put to good use in waters off Western Australia for the first time.

Perth surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski garnered international attention in 2015 for their Seabin prototype, which was created after they became frustrated at the amount of rubbish floating in the ocean. The device is about the same size as a standard rubbish bin and is able to trap 20 kilograms of rubbish at a time. "Today we picked up lots of organic leaf waste, a cable tie, two cigarette butts, the top of a fruit juice container, nearly a dozen poly balls, two small plastic wrappers, a dozen bits of micro-plastic, fishing line and plastic curls."


6. Speaking on German soil 75 years after the U.S. and its allies prepared for D-Day, Joe Biden described America as "an embarrassment" and its trade policies "self-defeating."

MUNICH - Speaking on German soil 75 years after the U.S. and its allies prepared for D-Day, Joe Biden described America as "An embarrassment" and its trade policies "Self-defeating." "The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that's not right," the former vice president and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told the Munich Security Conference. Biden said: "While I cannot speak today as an elected government official who is able to set policy, I can speak as a citizen. I can offer insight into my country. I know we've heard a lot today about leadership, but in my experience, leadership only exists if somebody - and others - are with you. Leadership in the absence of people who are with you is not leadership."


7. Rockefeller, Big Pharma Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit for Intentionally Infecting People With Syphilis

A federal judge recently approved a $1 billion lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the Rockefeller Foundation. The lawsuit is seeking restitution for victims who were intentionally infected with syphilis during government experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s. A Rockefeller Foundation spokesman told Reuters that the lawsuit has "No merit," and that they had no knowledge that these studies were taking place.


8. Hundreds of thousands of cows drown after Australia sees a year's worth of rain in a week

Hundreds of thousands of cows are believed to have died in floods in northern Australia after the state of Queensland was hit by record rainfall. Earlier this week the Mayor of Townsville Jenny Hill said the town had received "More than years' worth of rain in seven days It surpasses anything we have on record." "Queensland desperately needed rain and now it's had way too much in some areas," said Phin Ziebell, agribusiness analyst at National Australia Bank.


9. Climate protesters disrupt London fashion week by blocking roads | Extinction Rebellion calls for British Fashion Council to declare climate emergency, forming human blockades on roads around event venues to highlight the spiralling throwaway culture in the UK’s clothing market

Protesters from the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion disrupted the third day of London fashion week, forming human blockades on roads around event venues to highlight the spiralling throwaway culture in the UK's clothing market and to urge the British Fashion Council to declare a climate emergency. "There are no signs that this is slowing, and events such as London fashion week contribute to and encourage this continued unsustainable growth," Farrell added, saying that the fashion industry was the most influential on earth. "We are committed to supporting businesses to do more to develop through green growth and our hope is that London fashion week becomes synonymous with responsible business in the years to come," a spokesperson said.


10. Poland PM cancels trip to Israel after Israeli PM said "Poles co-operated with the Germans" during the Holocaust"

PM Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled a trip to Israel following comments on the Holocaust by Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Polish government spokesperson Joanna Kopcinska said: "Prime Minister Morawiecki told Prime Minister Netanyahu in a telephone call that Poland will be represented at the summit by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz." Mr Netanyahu's office issued a clarification, saying: "In a briefing, PM Netanyahu spoke of Poles and not the Polish people or the country of Poland."


11. Andrew McCabe said the possibility of an "inappropriate relationship" between Trump and the government of Russia prompted his decision to launch obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations into the president.

Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said the possibility of an "Inappropriate relationship" between President Trump and the government of Russia prompted his decision to launch obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations into the president. In a clip that aired on "Face the Nation" from McCabe's "60 Minutes" interview, McCabe told correspondent Scott Pelley he launched the investigations shortly after speaking with Mr. Trump on details surrounding the dramatic 2017 firing of McCabe's own boss, former FBI Director James Comey. McCabe's spokesperson, Melissa Schwartz, said in a statement to CBS News' Paula Reid on Friday that "At no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions."


12. ‘We don’t have time anymore’: In face of climate change, young people across Europe are protesting for their future | The list of countries in which teens are protesting is growing, and they are organizing what is being billed as a global strike on March 15

The list of countries in which teens are protesting is growing, and they are organizing what is being billed as a global strike on March 15 that will most certainly include protests in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Britain, Australia and the United States. "We don't miss school because we're lazy or because we don't want to go to school," said 18-year-old Jakob Blasel, a high school senior from the northern city of Kiel who helped organize the January protest in Berlin. The youths' climate protests are growing, rivaling in size some of the more noted protests in Europe, such as the "Yellow Vest" protests in France, which in their 13th week continued to draw tens of thousands of people, though in diminishing numbers.


13. Australia to plant 1 billion trees to help meet climate targets

SYDNEY - Australia aims to plant a billion trees by 2050 as part of a new forestry plan the government says will help the country meet its Paris Agreement climate targets. A sod-turning spree on that scale would contribute to the removal of 18 million tonnes of greenhouse gas per year by 2030 in a country currently producing in excess of 500 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year. Australia has the seventh-largest forested area in the world covering 17 per cent of its land area, according to the government's 2018 State of the Forests report.


14. Ad code 'slows down' browsing speeds: Developer Patrick Hulce found that about 60% of the total loading time of a page was caused by scripts that place adverts or analyse what users do

The research by developer Patrick Hulce looked at which chunks of code take longest to load. About 60% of the total loading time of a page was caused by scripts that place adverts or analyse what users do, he found. The Javascript behind Google ads and its analytics system were found on the largest number of sites in the million sampled, Mr Hulce told The Register news site. Not all delays were down to ads and analytics, said Mr Hulce.



16. Nikki Haley couldn't keep a Chinese official out of a key UN job, and it's a sign the US is losing important influence

In one of her final acts as US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley tried but failed to prevent a veteran Chinese diplomat from landing an influential post as the UN special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region. Since the end of the Cold War, China has pushed to install its diplomats in senior UN roles and expand its participation in UN peacekeeping missions. The official said Huang "Knows the region and can play it to China's advantage."


17. Female German referee causes Bundesliga broadcast to be canceled in Iran

Iranian state broadcaster IRIB did not show a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Augsburg on Friday because German referee Bibiana Steinhaus was officiating, German media reported, citing Iranian media. Natalie Amiri, Iran correspondent for German public broadcaster ARD tweeted that the broadcast in Iran had been canceled "At the last minute," asking, "And who is responsible? Of course, it's Bibi again...". Another Bundesliga match in May last year with Steinhaus as referee was reportedly censored in this way, with random shots of spectators shown every time the Bundesliga feed focused on her.


18. Russia may absorb Belarus: "We’re ready to unite," president says

The president of Belarus has said the country is ready to unite with long-time ally Russia, raising the prospect of Moscow absorbing the eastern European dictatorship on the borders of Poland and Lithuania. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet state since the presidential post was created in 1994, said Friday his nation was ready to join with Russia, The Moscow Times reported. Rumors have long abounded that Belarus could be absorbed into Russia under Putin's watch, deepening the "Union state" arrangement that has existed between them since the late 1990s.


19. US woman 'deeply regrets' joining Isis and wants to return home

Once one of Isis's most prominent online agitators who took to social media to call for the blood of Americans to be spilled, Hoda Muthana, 24, claims to have made a "Big mistake" when she left the US four years ago and says she was brainwashed into doing so online. Speaking from al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, while her 18-month-old son played at her feet, Muthana said she misunderstood her faith, and that friends she had at the time believed they were following Islamic tenets when they aligned themselves to Isis. Muthana describes her experience with Isis as "Very mind-blowing".


20. 'We now have an outbreak': 8 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver

Published Friday, February 15, 2019 10:03AM PST Last Updated Friday, February 15, 2019 7:32PM PST. Vancouver health officials have identified eight cases of measles in the city in recent weeks. Speaking at a news conference Friday afternoon, Vancouver Coastal Health's Dr. Althea Hayden said it was determined that all cases are associated with a single school. Another measles case has since been confirmed at École Anna?Hébert Elementary.


21. Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser | UK news

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica - which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data - confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation. Damian Collins, chairman of parliament's inquiry into fake news, said it was "No surprise" that Kaiser was under scrutiny by Mueller because "Her work connected her to WikiLeaks, Cambridge Analytica and SCL, the Trump campaign, Leave.EU and Arron Banks". In August, Sam Patten, a US political consultant who had worked for Cambridge Analytica on campaigns in the US and abroad, struck a plea deal with Mueller after admitting he had failed to register as a foreign agent for a Ukrainian oligarch.


22. Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

Asked about European anxiety over Trump's leadership style, a senior U.S. official on Pence's Air Force Two plane said the vice president's Munich conference speech on Saturday at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof would "Help give them a different perspective". "The tit-for-tat logic is unfortunately prevailing ... I think that takes us back to the question of enlightened leadership," said Thomas Greminger, secretary general of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a security and human rights watchdog. After using a speech in Warsaw on Thursday to accuse Britain, France and Germany of trying to undermine U.S. sanctions on Iran, Pence called in Munich for the European Union to recognize Venezuelan congressional leader Juan Guaido as president over Nicolas Maduro, whom he called a dictator.


23. Nearly 14% of Dutch teens don't turn up for meningitis vaccination as death toll rises to 41. The infection most commonly occurs in the 15 to 19 age group.

Nearly 14% of the 132,000 young teenagers called up to be vaccinated against an increasingly deadly form of meningitis have failed to come forward, according to figures from the public health council RIVM. All 13 and 14-year-olds are being offered the jab against meningococcal W, which has claimed 41 lives since 2015. In Zeeland, 28% of teens have not yet been vaccinated, in Amsterdam 23%. Zeeland is part of the Dutch Bible belt where many parents do not agree with vaccinations. At the moment 90.2% of Dutch children are vaccinated against potentially serious illnesses such as measles, polio and whooping cough.


24. Angry over campus speech by Uighur activist, Chinese students in Canada contact their consulate, film presentation

The bulletin, which was co-signed by five McMaster student groups, including the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, noted contact with the Chinese Consulate in Toronto. Though student organizing and heated debate are common and important parts of campus life, contact with the Chinese Consulate may cross a line, experts said, and will no doubt renew questions about the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to influence foreign institutions, including universities. As the number of Chinese students at foreign universities has grown, educators have expressed concern that student activism carried out with the support or direction of Chinese officials could corrode free speech by making students and scholars, particularly those with family ties to China, afraid to criticize the Communist Party.


25. Massive restoration of world’s forests would cancel out a decade of CO2 emissions, analysis suggests | New findings suggest trees are 'our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change'

Dr Crowther said undervaluing trees means scientists have also been massively underestimating the potential for forests to combat climate change. "There's 400 gigatons now, in the 3 trillion trees, and if you were to scale that up by another trillion trees that's in the order of hundreds of gigatons captured from the atmosphere - at least 10 years of anthropogenic emissions completely wiped out," he said. Dr Crowther discussed his findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC. Full restoration of all sites identified is clearly unrealistic, but tree planting is increasingly being recognised as a critical activity to preserve life on Earth.