Chinese icebreaker Xuelong ends odyssey through ‘roar

  The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong with the 126 members of China’s 35th research mi

ssion to Antarctica on board ended on Friday a nine-day odyssey through the infamous “roaring forties.”

  Xuelong is taking the Chinese researchers back to home. The voyage beginning Feb 14 has turned o

ut to be the longest and hardest of its altogether four travels through the westerlies during the research mission.

  After leaving Prydz Bay by which the Chinese research base Zhongshan Station is loca

ted, the Chinese icebreaker almost immediately entered the westerlies.

  ”The westerlies usually are between 40 and 60 degrees south latitude, but this time the winds reached further to near 69

degrees south latitude, and that is where Prydz Bay and Zhongshan are,” said Xuelong’s Captain Shen Quan.

  ”We are currently north to the westerlies, but I’m afraid there is still a rocky, shaky journey ahead because of a tropical low pressure,” he added.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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NYPD hate crimes task force investigating Nazi drawings

  The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.

  Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.

  Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t

he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.

  I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz

i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce

ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk

  ”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”

  Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the

last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.

  ”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”

  There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared

with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.

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Haley on Friday tweeted congratulations to Craft, writing

  Congratulations to Kelly Craft. She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCa

nada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations. #USstrong.”

  CNN reported earlier this week that Craft was being considered, along with US Ambassador to Germany Richard Gr

enell, US Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt and former National Security Council official Dina Powell.

  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on Friday applauding Trump’s announcement, say

ing he is “very pleased” and that Craft “has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and eco

nomic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations.”

  ”I look forward to her confirmation and continuing to work with her at the United Nations,” Pompeo said in the statement.

  The Kentucky native and her husband, billionaire coal mining executive Joe Craft, have been hea

vyweight Republican funders. In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. M

arco Rubio to be the Republican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

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The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador

  In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be the Rep

ublican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

  The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador to Canada, a position she officially assumed in October 2017.

  Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Craft earned some ridicule for telling the CBC she

understood “both sides” of the debate on climate change. Both, she said, “have the

ir own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”

  Craft is likely to encounter some wariness. Trump and his senior staff have made their

dislike for the United Nations clear, earning the distrust of many at the institution and at times, their mo

ckery. The President has referred to the world body as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good ti

me” and repeatedly attacked the institution’s core principle of multilateralism.

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He got immediate and huge applause, of the type Pence

  can only have wished for.Biden’s antidote to Trump’s two years was to promise change.

  ”And I promise you, I promise you. As my mother would say, ‘this too shall pass.’ We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that.”

  Right on cue more applause fell about him.

  No need to guess whom the Munich crowd would put in the White House given the chance.

  Two years of Trump has had an impact.

  In the hotel this weekend the view is that he is not a safe pair of hands for today’s security challenges.

  At a presentation titled “NATO at 70: An Alliance in Crisis,” two for

mer US representatives to the organization, Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns, shared insi

ghts from its 55 pages. Those insights were garnered, they said, from 60 past and present ambassadors and cabinet sec

retaries. They concluded that Trump, and his inability to lead, is the biggest of the 10 imminent threats to NATO.

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If an investigator comes to your door and asks to speak

  to you, please ask to see their badge and not their rosary,” she said.

  The Archdiocese of Detroit took issue with Nessel’s “broad generalizations” during Thursday’s press conference.

  Since 2002, the archdiocese has reported all accusations of clergy sexual abuse to law

enforcement and has not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with victims, said spokesman Ned McGrath.

  ”The Archdiocese of Detroit does not self-police,” McGrath said.

  Related: Vatican faces growing list of scandals

  US momentum against church builds amid summit

  The Michigan investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is joined by a fe

deral investigation and similar probes in at least 12 other states and the District of Columbia.

  The investigations follow a damning report released by a grand jury in Pennsylvania last Augu

st that accused more than 300 “predator priests” of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947. The vas

t majority of cases occurred before Catholic bishops in the US instituted new child-safety protocols.

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Meanwhile in California, a state senator introduced a bil

  would force priests to report suspected child abuse, even if that meant violating the seal of the Sacrament of Penance, wid

ely known as Confession. Under current church law, priests who violate the secrecy of the sacrament can face excommunication.

  ”Individuals who harm children or are suspected of harming children must be reported

so a timely investigation by law enforcement can occur,” said State Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo.

  ”The law should apply equally to all professionals who have been designated as mandated reporters of these crimes — with

no exceptions, period. The exemption for clergy only protects the abuser and places children at further risk.”

  Pope’s bid to tackle abuse scandal

  The actions by US prosecutors and legislators came as nearly 200 Catholic leaders f

rom around the world descended upon the Vatican to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

  The four-day summit, convened by Pope Francis last September, has included a spee

ch by the Pope, talks outlining best practices and small-group discussions among bishops.

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The event will feature performances from more than

  artists, according to the concert’s website. These include huge names in Latin America, like Colombian musical legends Carl

os Vives, Juanes and reggaetón singer Maluma — all three of whom have collaborated with pop-star Shakira in the past.

  Swedish DJ Alesso is also on the lineup, alongside Mexican rock band Mana, who

have won seven Latin Grammys and four Grammys, and Spanish singer and songwriter Alejandro Sanz.

  Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked a constitutional provision last month to declare himself acting pres

ident, has been working with a raft of global partners, including the United States, to bring aid into the co

untry. Maduro has repeatedly refused assistance, leaving aid languishing on the border despite growing shortages.

  The Venezuelan government has used containers to barricade the Tienditas Bridge and prevent aid from entering.

  Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, told CNN en Espanol Thursday that he was asked to do the concert by Guaido.

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Samsung said the cameras’ software on all the newphones is abl

  to faster identify what’s in the shot and make suggestions for better framing.

  The four models, which are available for pre-order on Thursday and hit starts on March 8, start at 128GB and go up in cost depending on s

torage size. The devices come in four colors in the US: black, white, blue and a pink inspired by t

he Pantone color of the year (Living Coral). More colors will be available globally.The S10 5G mod

el is the first mainstream device to run on lightning-fast 5G wireless networks later this year. The move could give Samsung a sig

nificant head start in early 5G markets, such as part of the US, South Korea and China, and pit itself as an inn

ovation leader. Apple isn’t expected to have a 5G iPhone until the final quarter of 2020.

  Of course, the 5G network is still in its infancy, which could limit the new device’s true potential.

  ”Some carriers have aggressive launch dates, but full-scale co

verage, like we currently have with 4G, is years away,” Ben Stan

ton at Canalys told CNN Business. “Cellular waves needed for 5G do not travel as far as with 4G and 3G, an

d it will take time for carriers to build a sufficiently dense network of infrastructure.”

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