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Bibi1581 Blog For 06/12/2018: Morning Edition 

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1…………> Operation “Broken Heart”: Cold Jail

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, the operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.

The 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during the months of March, April, and May 2018. During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.

“No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have facilitated the spread of child pornography and created greater incentives for its production. We at the Department of Justice are determined to strike back against these repugnant crimes. It is shocking and very sad that in this one operation, we have arrested more than 2,300 alleged child predators and investigated some 25,200 sexual abuse complaints. Any would-be criminal should be warned: this Department will remain relentless in hunting down those who victimize our children.”

The operation targeted suspects who: (1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.






2…………> Trump, Un & Co: Discussions & Decisions

US President Donald Trump has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have signed an agreement to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula after their historic meeting in Singapore.

Mr.Trump described his meeting with Chairman Kim as “honest, direct and productive”.

“We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time, under very strong, strong circumstances.

“We’re prepared to start a new history and we’re ready to write a new chapter between our nations.”
And he trusts that Kim is going to live up to his promises seek.

“… Chairman Kim is on his way back to North Korea and I know for a fact as soon as he arrives he is going to start a process that is going to make a lot of people very happy and very safe …”
He announced there will be no more war games with South Korea

He was asked if he would be stopping military war exercises with Korea, and replied: “Yes”.

“We have done war exercises with a long period of time working with South Korea and we call them war games.

“… They’re tremendously expensive. The amount of money that we spend on that is incredible. And South Korea contributes but not 100%, which is certainly a subject that we have to talk to them about …”
But is sticking with US sanctions against the North:

“In the meantime, the sanctions will remain in effect.” 






3…………> Historic U-Turn: Trump Meets Comrade Un

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that North Korea’s denuclearization process will start “very quickly” as the pair wrapped up an unprecedented meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore, as the two leaders signed what was described as a “comprehensive” deal in front of international camera crews.

Mr.Trump was full of praise for his “very smart” North Korean counterpart, describing their “very special bond” and a total shift in Washington’s relationship with Pyongyang.

North Korea has repeatedly threatened to attack the U.S., after decades of hostility and suspicion since the 1950-53 Korean War closed with a ceasefire. Trump increasingly hit back with his own rhetoric since taking office last year.

But Kim told reporters at the Capella Hotel that they have chosen to “leave the past behind”.

Trump also confirmed he would invite the North’s leader to the White House.





4…………> Words Of Wisdom: Trump

“Past does not have to determine our future”: President Trump





5…………> Venezuela Hyper-Inflation: Misfit Maduro

The opposition-dominated Venezuelan parliament issued fresh economic data on Monday, showing that inflation for the month of May spiked 110.1 percent compared with April, and sending annual inflation to a staggering 24,571 percent.

With daily inflation running at 2.4 percent, the country’s currency, the bolivar, plunged about 98 percent in the course of the past 12 months alone.

“It’s a tragedy that we are experiencing every day,” said the parliament’s finance commission spokesman Rafael Guzman as he revealed the latest figures.

Opposition politicians in the South American country blame the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro for the massive economic crisis. Years of mismanagement had led to widespread shortages of food and medicine, they said and had caused the oil-rich country and its state-owned oil company PDVSA to default on some of its debt.

The government says US sanctions and financial speculators have caused the economic crisis to worsen in recent months.

Making ends meet

While parliamentary leaders have called on the government to abandon 15-year-old currency controls and stop printing money, hyperinflation is devastating Venezuelans, whose salaries often are not enough to pay for one meal a day.

In May, 2.2 lbs of meat cost about 2 million bolivars (€16.9 or $20). But the monthly salary of a surgeon stood at less than 6 million bolivars.

Worried by growing discontent, the Maduro government nearly doubled the minimum salary in May, raising it to 2.5 million bolivars per month.

But the hike seems to have poured only more gasoline on the flames of hyperinflation, as consumers rushed to buy the few products available in stores and thereby drive prices even higher.

The International Monetary Fund has forecast that Venezuela’s hyperinflation will top 13,800 percent this year, but some lawmakers believe it could be at least 100,000% and possibly 300,000%.

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