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<li><strong>Britain to expel Russian diplomats -</strong>  UK Prime Minister Theresa May <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-43402524">said </a>Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats and impose investment restrictions on Russians involved in human rights abuses as part of its response to the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent she blamed directly on Vladimir Putin. May said that the use of a rare nerve agent, novichok, against ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury on March 4 was unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom. The UK will brief the UN Security Council on the poisoning later, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43402506?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-43402524&amp;link_location=live-reporting-story">according to</a> the UK Foreign Office, after Moscow did not respond to Britain's Tuesday midnight deadline to explain allegations that it was behind the killing.  
(See other <em>WikiTribune</em> coverage of this story: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/14/war_&amp;amp;_conflict/russia-changes-the-rules-of-warfare-perfecting-hybrid-war/54989/">Russia changes the rules of warfare, perfecting ‘hybrid war’</a>, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/diplomacy/britain-could-weaponize-londons-safe-haven-against-putin/54765/">Britain could weaponize London’s ‘safe haven’ against Putin</a>, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/espionage/who-is-sergei-skripal/54858/">Who is Sergei Skripal, target of the nerve agent attack in Britain?</a>, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">Nerve agent attack would be new chapter in Kremlin playbook</a>.)</li>  
   <li><strong>Britain to expel Russian diplomats –</strong> UK Prime Minister Theresa May <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-43402524">said </a>Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats and impose investment restrictions on Russians involved in human rights abuses as part of its response to the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent she blamed directly on Vladimir Putin. May said that the use of a rare nerve agent, novichok, against ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury on March 4 was unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom. The UK will brief the UN Security Council on the poisoning later, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43402506?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-43402524&amp;link_location=live-reporting-story">according to</a> the UK Foreign Office, after Moscow did not respond to Britain's Tuesday midnight deadline to explain allegations that it was behind the killing. (See other <em>WikiTribune</em> coverage of this story: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/14/war_&amp;amp;_conflict/russia-changes-the-rules-of-warfare-perfecting-hybrid-war/54989/">Russia changes the rules of warfare, perfecting ‘hybrid war’</a>, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/diplomacy/britain-could-weaponize-londons-safe-haven-against-putin/54765/">Britain could weaponize London’s ‘safe haven’ against Putin</a>, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/espionage/who-is-sergei-skripal/54858/">Who is Sergei Skripal, target of the nerve agent attack in Britain?</a>, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">Nerve agent attack would be new chapter in Kremlin playbook</a>.)</li>
<li><strong>Stephen Hawking dies - </strong><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-hawking-obit/physicist-stephen-hawking-who-conquered-the-stars-dies-at-76-idUSKCN1GQ0E4?il=0">Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died</a> at the age of 76. His work ranged from the origins of the universe to the mysteries of black holes. The Briton wrote several popular science books including<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Brief_History_of_Time"><em> A Brief History of Time</em>.</a> Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 21. At the time doctors only gave him two years to live. (See <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/14/physics/stephen-hawking-author-of-brief-history-of-time-dies-aged-76/55151/"><em>WikiTribune</em>'s story</a> for more.)</li>   <li><strong>Stephen Hawking dies  </strong><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-hawking-obit/physicist-stephen-hawking-who-conquered-the-stars-dies-at-76-idUSKCN1GQ0E4?il=0">Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died</a> at the age of 76. His work ranged from the origins of the universe to the mysteries of black holes. The Briton wrote several popular science books including<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Brief_History_of_Time"><em> A Brief History of Time</em>.</a> Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 21. At the time doctors only gave him two years to live. (See <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/14/physics/stephen-hawking-author-of-brief-history-of-time-dies-aged-76/55151/"><em>WikiTribune</em>'s story</a> for more.)</li>
<li><strong>Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court -</strong> After the ICC began examining President Rodrigo Duterte in February for police killings of 4,000 drug suspects, Duterte said he <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43397837">planned to leave</a> the organization. Rights groups say the actual figure could be much higher. Duterte said: "The acts allegedly committed by me are neither genocide nor war crimes. The deaths occurring in the process of legitimate police operations lacked the intent to kill." However, Duterte who was elected in June 2016 on an anti-drugs platform, has <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/01/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-urges-people-to-kill-drug-addicts" data-link-name="in body link">publicly encouraged</a> (<em>The Guardian</em>) civilians to kill drug addicts and said he would not prosecute police for killings which weren't legally authorized.</li>   <li><strong>Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court </strong> After the ICC began examining President Rodrigo Duterte in February for police killings of 4,000 drug suspects, Duterte said he <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43397837">planned to leave</a> the organization. Rights groups say the actual figure could be much higher. Duterte said: "The acts allegedly committed by me are neither genocide nor war crimes. The deaths occurring in the process of legitimate police operations lacked the intent to kill." However, Duterte who was elected in June 2016 on an anti-drugs platform, has <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/01/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-urges-people-to-kill-drug-addicts" data-link-name="in body link">publicly encouraged</a> (<em>The Guardian</em>) civilians to kill drug addicts and said he would not prosecute police for killings which weren't legally authorized.</li>
<li><strong>Pennsylvania race too close to call -</strong> The Pennsylvania election between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone is too close to call. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/c1283d2763274b2f8a6615d4836de38b/The-Latest:-Lamb-declares-victory-in-special-House-race">However, Lamb has declared victory</a> with a lead of just 579 votes. President Donald J. Trump won the state by 20 percentage points in the 2016 election. The special election is viewed as a test for Republicans ahead of November's mid-term elections.</li>   <li><strong>Pennsylvania race too close to call </strong> The Pennsylvania election between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone is too close to call. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/c1283d2763274b2f8a6615d4836de38b/The-Latest:-Lamb-declares-victory-in-special-House-race">However, Lamb has declared victory</a> with a lead of just 579 votes. President Donald J. Trump won the state by 20 percentage points in the 2016 election. The special election is viewed as a test for Republicans ahead of November's mid-term elections.</li>
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<li><a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/12/27/europe/fighting-kleptocracy-in-london-a-global-capital-for-dirty-money/18879/">Wealthy Russians have long valued</a> the City of London<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/12/27/europe/fighting-kleptocracy-in-london-a-global-capital-for-dirty-money/18879/"> </a>as a “safe haven” for their money. This gives the UK government a potentially powerful weapon as it considers responses to a nerve agent attack on a former spy in south-west England, according to sanctions experts. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/diplomacy/britain-could-weaponize-londons-safe-haven-against-putin/54765/">They told <em>WikiTribune</em> that London's financial clout</a> could be turned against rich Russians, though that would also be costly for the UK.</li>  <li><a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/12/27/europe/fighting-kleptocracy-in-london-a-global-capital-for-dirty-money/18879/">Wealthy Russians have long valued</a> the City of London<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/12/27/europe/fighting-kleptocracy-in-london-a-global-capital-for-dirty-money/18879/"> </a>as a “safe haven” for their money. This gives the UK government a potentially powerful weapon as it considers responses to a nerve agent attack on a former spy in south-west England, according to sanctions experts. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/13/diplomacy/britain-could-weaponize-londons-safe-haven-against-putin/54765/">They told <em>WikiTribune</em> that London's financial clout</a> could be turned against rich Russians, though that would also be costly for the UK.</li>
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<li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/secretary-of-state-rex-tillerson-fired-idUSRTS1ND2T">The departure of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson</a> adds to a long line of people at the White House who have either been forced or voluntarily left their posts. <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/amp-stories/you-re-fired-a-timeline-of-trump-administration-departures/">This interactive story from the <em>Washington Post</em> lays them all out</a> — starting in January 2017 with the firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates. -- <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>  <li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/secretary-of-state-rex-tillerson-fired-idUSRTS1ND2T">The departure of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson</a> adds to a long line of people at the White House who have either been forced or voluntarily left their posts. <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/amp-stories/you-re-fired-a-timeline-of-trump-administration-departures/">This interactive story from the <em>Washington Post</em> lays them all out</a> — starting in January 2017 with the firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates. -- <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>
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