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Florida school officer ‘didn’t have the courage’: Trump

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Washington, Feb 24: An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week “certainly did a poor job”, US President Donald Trump has said.

Deputy Scot Peterson resigned after an investigation found he failed to confront the suspect.

Trump on Friday said Peterson might be a “coward” who “didn’t react properly under pressure”, BBC reported.

Florida’s governor meanwhile called for law enforcement officers to be placed in every public school in the state.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, President Trump criticised the police officer who did not confront the perpetrator of the February 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida.

“He trained his whole life but when it came time to do something he didn’t have the courage,” he said.

“He certainly did a poor job.”

“But that’s a case where somebody was outside, they’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were coward,” he added.

The Republican president later touted his love for gun rights on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac) in Maryland.

He again proposed arming teachers as a solution to school safety, a method long championed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel revealed on Thursday that Peterson, the 54-year-old school resource officer, stood outside while the alleged gunman shot students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

He said video footage showed Peterson arriving at the building where the shooting broke out about 90 seconds after the first shots were fired, and that he remained outside for about four minutes. The attack lasted six minutes, Sheriff Israel said.

“I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went in,” Sheriff Israel said.

Asked what Peterson should have done, Sheriff Israel said: “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

Peterson is yet to publicly comment on what happened. Officers are reportedly guarding his home. It is unclear if he will face charges.

The suspect used a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, police say, and escaped the scene before being captured later.

School resource officers are sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools, although their exact roles differ from school to school and authority to authority.

Employed by the local police or sheriff’s office, they document incidents and can make arrests, as well as working on areas such as mentoring and education.

There are between 14,000 and 20,000 such officers in the US, according to the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Peterson had been in his position at the school since 2009.

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Taliban orders fighters from visiting government-held areas

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Kabul, June 17 :The Taliban on Sunday ordered its fighters not to visit areas controlled by the Afghan government, a day after an attack by the Islamic State terror group against a gathering of insurgents and civilians left 25 dead.

The attack cast a shadow over the rapprochement between the Taliban and the Army after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a unilateral truce, which was followed two days later by the announcement of a three-day ceasefire by the Taliban marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, reports Efe news.

“Yesterday, a mysterious explosion took place at a park in Rodato district of Nangarhar province resulting in a number of countrymen embracing martyrdom and sustaining injuries,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

“In order to prevent such events from re-occurring, the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) orders all its Mujahideen to remain in their trenches and areas of control and to not venture into enemy controlled areas or cities even briefly.”

Since Friday, for the first time in 17 years of conflict, Taliban fighters and security force members had been praying together in the same mosques in different parts of the country, visiting areas controlled by the opposite side and even had photos taken that showed them hugging each other.

A large number of insurgents entered Kabul on Saturday with the government’s permission after leaving behind their weapons with the security forces and were welcomed by Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak near the western entrance to the capital.

The joy was cut short by an attack by the Islamic State in Nangarhar province, where the Taliban and civilians had gathered to celebrate the ceasefire, which caused 25 deaths and left 54 wounded.

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Highly qualified Indians in US may have to wait 151 years for green card

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Washington, June 16 : A Washington- based think tank -Cato Institute in its report has revealed that Indians having advanced degrees will have to wait for over 150 years to become green card holders.

Cato’s findings are based on the calculation of the number of green card issuances in 2017. As of April 20, 2018, there were 632,219 Indian immigrants and their spouses and minor children waiting for green cards also known as legal permanent residency cards.

A green card authorises to live and work in the US permanently.

Cato Institute, a Washington-based think-tank has reportedly come out with such a calculation after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released number of applicants for such cards.

Indians with the highest skilled category fall in the category of extraordinary immigrants will have to wait “only” six years, Cato Institute said in its latest report.EB-3 immigrants (EB stands for Employment-based) implies Indians having bachelor’s degrees will have to wait about 17 years, Cato Institute said.

In 2017 only 22,602 Indians have issued the legal permanent residency cards. Of these 13,082 were in the EB-1 category, 2,879 in EB-2 category and 6,641 in EB-3 category, according to the latest USCIS figures.

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Trump threatens Abe: ‘I can send 25 million Mexicans to Japan’

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Washington, June 16 : US President Donald Trump threatened Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he could send 25 million Mexicans to his country.

The alleged statement was made during G7 meet , according to a report on Friday.

The G7 summit, gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being dishonest.
Trump said migration was a problem for Europe and then turning to Abe, he said : “Shinzo, you don’t have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you’ll be out of office very soon.”

Trump made another controversial comment to French President Emmanuel Macron when terrorism was being discussed, saying: “You must know about this, Emmanuel, because all the terrorists are in Paris.”

The recent G7 summit is a  grouping of the ‘rich kids’ of the world, accounting for just 11 percent of the population and some 60 percent of the net global wealth.

US President Donald Trump tweeted a picture of G7 summit  expressing that he had good relations with Angela Merkel .

I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement – where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for!

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