5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump taps Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as new national security adviser

  • Milo Yiannopoulos dropped by CPAC, loses book deal after videos surface

  • Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian gets 18 months in prison

  • Protesters slam Trump at 'Not My Presidents Day' rallies across U.S.

  • Plane crash in Australia kills 4 U.S. tourists, Australian pilot

President Trump on Monday announced that he had picked Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser. McMaster replaces Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week for withholding information on his communication with Russia's ambassador from Vice President Mike Pence. In an appearance at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump introduced McMaster as "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience" who is "highly respected by everyone in the military." Trump's first choice to replace Flynn, retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward, turned down the job.

Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times

Controversial Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Monday lost a speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference and a $250,000 Simon & Schuster book deal after a pair of videos surfaced in which he made controversial statements about pedophilia. In one of the clips, he appears to speak sympathetically about pedophilia, and in the other he jokes about having a sexual encounter with a Catholic priest as a child. Yiannopoulos said on Facebook that he regrets how his comments were interpreted, and is "horrified by pedophilia." "I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim," he wrote. "My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous."

Source: USA Today, Politico

An Israeli soldier, Sgt. Elor Azaria, received an 18-month prison sentence on Tuesday for killing a wounded Palestinian knife-attack suspect in a case that has divided Israel. A military court last month found Azaria guilty of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Prosecutors had sought a three- to five-year sentence, but Palestinians wanted Azaria sentenced to life. Azaria, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was charged after video emerged showing him fatally shooting Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, in the head as he was sprawled on the ground, injured and subdued after he and another man allegedly stabbed a soldier.

Source: The Associated Press, BBC News

Protesters held "Not My Presidents Day" rallies in cities across the country on Monday, using the federal holiday honoring past presidents to criticize President Trump's policies on issues such as immigration and the environment. "While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he's trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people," said Nova Calise, a TV production manager and an organizer of a New York event. Events in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities drew crowds ranging from hundreds to thousands of people.

Source: NBC News

Four U.S. tourists and an Australian pilot were killed Tuesday when their twin-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Melbourne, Australia. Relatives, via social media, identified two of the Americans as Greg Reynolds De Haven, 70, and Russell Munsch. De Haven's sister Denelle Wicht said on Facebook that her brother was "on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia" with friends. The pilot reported a catastrophic engine failure and the plane, a Beechcraft Super King Air, crashed into an outlet mall adjacent to the airport, erupting in a fireball. No one on the ground was hurt. The crash occurred 45 minutes before the mall was to open.

Source: The Associated Press
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