Cliven Bundy, holding a dead calf & talking about "Rosa Park" this morning on CNN. Cliven Bundy went on CNN's New Day to defend himself this morning, one day after we all found out that the former conservative hero rancher is actually pretty racist. It did not go well for Cliven Bundy. The rancher began the interview by holding up a dead calf live on air, after which he told CNN he wanted to "talk to you about being prejudiced a little bit." What followed was a somewhat astonishing series of thoughts from Bundy on civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks (whom he repeatedly called "Rosa Park")
US President Barack Obama said he would consult key European leaders later Friday on the failed agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine and on imposing new sanctions against Russia. Obama said in Seoul that he wanted to coordinate a united approach with Western US allies, after Washington concluded that Russia had done nothing to implement the deal reached in Geneva. "I will be talking to the Europeans, not all of them, but some key European leaders again this evening, making sure they share my assessment in terms of what has happened since the Geneva talks," Obama said at a press conference in Seoul. The president said Washington had already lined up further targeted sanctions against Russia "that are ready to go".
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Showing unity against North Korean provocations, President Barack Obama says it may be time to consider sanctions with "even more bite" against the North as its threatens its fourth nuclear test. South Korean President Park Geun-hye, meanwhile, says any test would trigger a regional nuclear arms race.
The Japanese wartime system of sex slavery was a "terrible" violation of human rights and its victims need to be heard, US President Barack Obama said Friday in Seoul. Stepping into one of the most contentious issues in Northeast Asia, Obama said there needed to be an accounting of the wrongs perpetrated by Japanese Imperial troops before and during World War II when thousands of women were forced into prostitution. Despite formal apologies issued by the Japanese government, South Korea and other nations accuse Tokyo of failing sufficiently to atone for the "comfort women" pressed to service its troops during its brutal war of expansion. Obama, who arrived in South Korea earlier Friday after a three-day state visit to Japan, said the two nations must find a way to move on.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that reclusive North Korea posed a threat not just to the region but to the United States and that he hoped China would use its influence to rein in its ally. In March, the North warned it would not rule out a "new form" of nuclear test to boost its nuclear deterrent, after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang's launch of a mid-range ballistic missile into the sea east of the peninsula. North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006, banning it from conducting atomic and missile tests, barring U.N. member states from weapons trade with Pyongyang and financial transactions that facilitate them.
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday it was still in the interest of Israel and the Palestinians to seek peace. Israel on Thursday suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group. The negotiations had appeared to be heading nowhere even before Wednesday's reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian groups plunged them deeper into crisis. The United States had been struggling to extend the talks beyond an original April 29 deadline for a peace accord. ...
Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused the United States of seeking to smear Moscow and called US Secretary of State John Kerry's tone over the Ukraine crisis unacceptable. Lavrov warned "the might of US propaganda" was aimed "at smearing Russia, smearing those who protest against the illegal actions of the (Kiev) authorities who are trying to ban Russian and trying to call all Russians and Russian speakers enemies who should be killed." Kerry warned Thursday that Moscow's refusal to end the Ukraine crisis would be costly, saying the window of opportunity for Russia to change tack was closing.