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Puerto Rico’s governor goes AWOL as protesters gather outside his residence, US officials call to step down

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló official resident remains under siege as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered this week outside the La Fortaleza that serves as the governor’s official residence.

Puerto Ricans are calling for Rosselló’s resignation after leaked online chats show him insulting women, political opponents and mocking victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the island territory.

CASTRO BECOMES FIRST 2020 DEM TO URGE EMBATTLED PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR TO STEP DOWN

Amid the outcry, the media-friendly governor has avoided public appearances since July 11, making only four brief appearances, breaking from his usual three or four lengthy press conferences in addition to multiple media appearances.

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Demonstrators protest against governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, July 19, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finance. (AP)

A new wave of protests hit the island on Friday, with union workers marching towards La Fortaleza from the nearby waterfront. Horsebacks riders and hundreds of other people also joined the march.

Smaller protests are also organized across the island over the weekend, though most of the focus is on Monday when most people are expected to hit the streets.

The calls to oust the governor have caught the attention in the mainland U.S., with multiple officials coming out to in support of the protesters.

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR PUERTO RICO’S GOVERNOR TO STEP DOWN AMID WIDESPREAD PROTESTS ON ISLAND

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Demonstrators protest against governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, July 19, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finance. (AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro openly called on Rosselló to step down, saying “it’s clear that Gov. Rosselló can no longer be effective.”

U.S. Republican Sen. Rick Scott, New York congresswomen Nydia Velázquez and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez also called for the ouster.

“We must stand with la isla. Rosselló must resign,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.

On Wednesday, some well-known Major League Baseball players with ties to the island also urged the governor to resign. They included the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, the Saint Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Professional basketball player J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks also joined the chorus.

During a July 11 press conference, Rosselló asked Puerto Ricans to forgive him for the comments he made in private. In further media appearances, he continued to ask for forgiveness over the comments many deemed offensive and misogynistic.

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Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and several other government officials.

In one message Rosselló calls one New York female politician of Puerto Rican descent a “w—e” and described another as a “daughter of a b—h.” One chat also makes vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin’s homosexuality.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Britain warns of ‘serious consequences’ if Iran doesn’t release seized tanker as regime insists it was ‘reciprocal’ move

Britain warned Iran that it’s on a “dangerous path” after its authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf, but the regime insists it was a “reciprocal” measure amid economic sanctions.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that the Iranians’ behavior is “illegal and destabilizing” and warned of “serious consequences” after the tanker was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD SEIZES ONE UK-OPERATED TANKER IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ, BRIEFLY DETAINS ANOTHER

The top diplomat said Britain’s response would be “considered but robust” but appeared to rule out military action for the time being.

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Saturday that the Iranians’ behavior is “illegal and destabilizing” and warned of “serious consequences” after the tanker was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. (AP)

Spokesman of Iran’s Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, meanwhile, told the semi-official Fars news agency that the seizure of the tanker was warranted on the basis reciprocity as the British navy seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar two weeks ago amid suspicions of shipping oil to Syria in violation of sanctions regime imposed by the European Union.

He said that Iran moves to “confront the illegitimate economic war and seizure of oil tankers is an instance of this rule and is based on international rights.”

This contradicts the message put out by the state-run news agency IRNA that claimed the British vessel was seized because if rammed an Iranian fishing vessel rather than because of Britain’s actions near Gibraltar.

But the council’s official remarks signal the importance of the issue to the regime’s hardliners as it rarely comments on state matters, though when it does it’s perceived as the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s views.

IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD SEIZES ONE UK-OPERATED TANKER IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ, BRIEFLY DETAINS ANOTHER

President Trump said Friday that Iran is “nothing but trouble” shortly after the news broke of the seized tankers, though he remained hopeful the standoff will work out “very nicely.”

He added that the regime “is showing their colors” by seizing the tankers and that it’s in “big trouble right now” due to the crushing sanctions imposed by the U.S.

The British-flagged Stena Impero with 23 crew aboard was seized by Iran late Friday. Maritime trackers show it was headed to a port in Saudi Arabia. A second British-owned Liberian-flagged tanker, the MV Mesdar, was also seized but later released.

Britain said it will release the Iranian vessel if it could prove it wasn’t violating the EU sections on oil shipments to Syria. A court in Gibraltar extended by 30 days the detention of the vessel.

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Maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz has deteriorated in recent weeks after six attacks on oil tankers that the U.S. has blamed on Iran – an allegation the Tehran government denies.

The incidents have jolted the shipping industry, with some of the 2,000 companies operating ships in the region on high alert and many ordering their vessels to transit the Strait of Hormuz only during the daylight hours and at high speed.

Of the roughly 2,000 companies that operate ships in the Persian Gulf, only a handful of companies have halted bookings outright.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Hampshire lawmaker says American slavery had nothing to do with racism, just ‘business decision’

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A lawmaker in New Hampshire said this week that American slavery had nothing to do with racism and was just purely about economics.

Republican state Rep. Werner Horn raised eyebrows in a now-deleted social media post, insisting those who owned slaves weren’t racist and were just making a “business decision.”

O’ROURKE SAYS HE AND WIFE DESCENDED FROM SLAVE OWNERS, HAS ‘MORE PERSONAL CONNECTION’ TO SLAVERY

The lawmaker made the comment in response to former state House member Dan Hynes who criticized President Trump over his tweet that four freshmen congresswoman, all American citizens, should “go back” to their home countries, USA Today reported.

“If Trump is the most racist president in American history, what does that say about all of the other presidents who owned slaves?” wrote Hynes on Facebook.

This prompted Horn to respond, writing “Wait, owning slaves doesn’t make you racist…”

Hynes responded saying “I guess not,” but added that it’s “surprising since everything else makes someone a racist.”

“It shouldn’t be surprising since owning slaves wasn’t a decision predicated on race but on economics. It’s a business decision.”

— Republican state Rep. Werner Horn

The Republican lawmaker then said that “it shouldn’t be surprising since owning slaves wasn’t a decision predicated on race but on economics. It’s a business decision.”

Hynes disagreed with Horn, saying on Facebook that “slavery in the U.S. was in fact racist.”

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The state’s Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley slammed Horn for his “disgusting” comments and questioned the silence of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu over the issue.

“Sununu’s silence on Trump’s racism has sanctioned this kind of behavior from his Republican Party and has permitted comments like these with impunity,” Buckley said in a statement to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “It’s disgusting.”

Despite the inflammatory remark, Horn, a three-state lawmaker, didn’t balk amid the criticism and defended the claim to at least two media outlets.

He told the Union Leader that slavery existed throughout history and American slavery was an “economic reality.”

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“Slavery later on in the American South was not about the color of the skin of the slaves but their value as workers on the plantations,” Horn said.

“The U.S. had abolitionists since the start, people who felt slavery wasn’t moral but they weren’t enslaving black people because they were black. They were bringing in these folks because they were available.

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Kamala Harris, a critic of Acosta’s Epstein plea deal, under fire for agreement she negotiated as California AG

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is facing questions over a plea deal her office negotiated during her stint as California’s attorney general that allowed a disgraced former San Diego mayor to avoid registering as a sex offender and dodge prison time.

Harris’ office was reportedly in charge of negotiating a plea deal stemming from allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner brought by about 20 women in 2013.

HARRIS PULLS INTO VIRTUAL TIE WITH BIDEN IN HOME-STATE CALIFORNIA: POLL

According to the Washington Examiner, Harris’s office drew backlash for letting Filner plead guilty to state charges of false imprisonment and battery against three women in exchange for a light sentence.

So rather than spend five years behind bars, Filner got three months of house arrest, three years’ probation, and some loss of his mayoral pension.

It’s a deal that probably wouldn’t be considered acceptable today, critics said.

“The cultural change since #MeToo is having an impact of how prosecutors listen to victims now. I think it all comes down to whether we believe women and how seriously we take these allegations. In serious instances, you need serious consequences,” Maya Raghu, director of workplace equality and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, told the Washington Examiner.

SANDERS CAMPAIGN SLAMS HARRIS OVER REFUSAL TO ADMIT ‘MEDICARE-FOR-ALL’ MEANS HIGHER TAXES

“Powerful people can afford high-profile legal counsel that others don’t have access to. People [such as Filner] know how to leverage the system in their favor.”

“Powerful people can afford high-profile legal counsel that others don’t have access to. People [such as Filner] know how to leverage the system in their favor.”

— National Women’s Law Center’s Maya Raghu

The plea deal is particularly awkward for Harris, one of the leading presidential candidates, who stressed on the campaign trail the importance of #MeToo movement.

She also slammed departing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta for taking part in the now-infamous Jeffery Epstein 2008 sweetheart plea deal that left the wealthy financier largely unscathed despite the severity of the crimes, saying the plea deal a “simple, very light pat on the hand.”

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Harris’ campaign remained defiant and said in a statement that the Filner plea deal actually further boosts the California Democrat’s records as a prosecutor.

“She prosecuted a politician from her own party for sexual harassment, and he pled guilty to a felony,” the campaign’s spokesperson told the outlet.

“She was broadly praised for taking action, including by the Republican San Diego County district attorney who said it sent ‘a strong message that nobody is above the law, abuse of women won’t be tolerated and victims will be treated with respect.’”

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UK knife crime rises by 8 percent to record high as London mayor blames ‘austerity’ for sharp increase

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The knife crime epidemic plaguing England and Wales has reached a record high in 2018-19 with such offenses increase by at least 8 percent, new figures show.

The data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 43,516 police-recorded offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument, the highest figure since such records began in 2011.

BRITISH TEENAGERS SENT TO EAST AFRICA TO AVOID RISING UK KNIFE CRIME: REPORTS

The data doesn’t take into account the crimes recorded by Scottish authorities and Greater Manchester Police, which patrols parts of the 9th largest city in Britain, Sky News reported.

“The picture of crime is a complex one. Overall levels of crime have remained steady, but this is not the case for all types of crime,” said ONS’ Mark Bangs, adding that there were increases in “violent crimes involving knives and sharp instruments” and “fraud and overall theft.”

LONDON MAYOR APPEARS EXASPERATED ON KNIFE CRIME QUESTIONS, ROLLS EYES AT REPORTER

The increasing knife crime is particularly evident in London, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been trying to contain the problem.

While politicians and experts have called for different policing, Khan decried the rampant knife crime as the “human cost of austerity.”

“The sad reality is the violence we’re seeing on our streets today is an appalling side effect of increasing inequality and alienation caused by years of austerity and neglect,” he said in public remarks earlier this week.

“The sad reality is the violence we’re seeing on our streets today is an appalling side effect of increasing inequality and alienation caused by years of austerity and neglect.”

— Sadiq Khan

He added that there’s a “direct link” between poverty and violent crime, according to the data published the City Hall.

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This year there have been at least 33 fatal stabbings in London, while last year, knife crime took the lives of 135 people.

The capital also saw 3,301 knife crime offenses in 2017/18. This is a massive 42 percent higher than in the year ending March 2011, Sky News reported.

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Will Omar and Tlaib get OK to visit Israel? It may be all up to Netanyahu

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib want to visit Israel — but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely have the final say on whether the far-left “Squad” members may enter Jewish state.

Both Omar and Tlaib have previously announced a trip to Israel and Palestinian-controlled territories, but their plans have been mired in a series of controversies including their support for the anti-Israel BDS movement and charges that the U.S. congresswomen hold anti-Semitic views.

Meanwhile, Israeli law permits authorities to deny entry to any people who support a boycott of the Jewish state — which both U.S. lawmakers have done.

WATCH: ILHAN OMAR USES PRESIDENT’S WORDS TO DELIVER HEATED, PROFANITY-LACED ATTACK ON TRUMP

Omar told Jewish Insider that she expects to travel to Israel and other territories “in a couple of weeks,” adding, “But truly, everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation.”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (Associated Press)

According to Haaretz, the congresswomen may be allowed to enter if the Foreign Ministry recommends that the Strategic Affairs and Interior ministries issue a waiver for them on the basis that they are political figures and denying them the entry would negatively affect Israel’s foreign relations.

AOC ‘SQUAD’ REFERS TO TRUMP AS ‘OCCUPANT’ OF WHITE HOUSE, CONDEMNS ‘RACIST’ REMARKS, AS TRUMP FIRES BACK

But due to the sensitivity of the issue, it will come down to Netanyahu, who enjoys a stellar relationship with President Trump, to decide whether to allow the congresswoman into the country, the newspaper reported.

Omar first came under fire after she tweeted in 2012 that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to carry out “evil.”

This year, she suggested U.S. politicians support Israel due to financial support, echoing the anti-Semitic trope of Jewish or Israeli influence on politics, and later claimed that those lawmakers who support Israel “push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Tlaib, meanwhile, has been seen socializing with anti-Israel activists following her election victory and has come out against the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, supporting instead a single-state solution.

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She also came under fire in May after saying that the Holocaust gave her “kind of a calming feeling” in part because in its aftermath, the Palestinians helped create “a safe haven for Jews.”

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said during an appearance on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”

“And, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways, but they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

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Trump calls Theresa May ‘foolish’ on Brexit, blasts ‘wacky’ and ‘pompous’ UK ambassador

President Trump on Tuesday said Prime Minister Theresa May was “foolish” in her handling of Brexit, as he doubled down on the feud with Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch — whom he called “wacky,” “stupid” and a “pompous fool.”

“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled,” he tweeted.

TRUMP SAYS US WILL ‘NO LONGER DEAL’ WITH BRITISH AMBASSADOR AFTER LEAKED ANTI-TRUMP CABLES

He then turned his ire toward May, who is leaving office later this month after resigning over her handling of Britain’s departure from the E.U. Britain was scheduled to leave the bloc in March, but that timeline has been pushed back until October amid repeated failures to get her withdrawal agreement, negotiated with European leaders, through Parliament.

“I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!” Trump said, apparently referring to past advice that she sue the E.U. “I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool.”

The outburst came amid an escalating diplomatic spat over the leak of diplomatic cables in which Darroch called Trump’s administration “diplomatically clumsy and inept” and said he doubted it would become “substantially more normal.”

The memo was one of several cables published by the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday in which Darroch made negative statements about the U.S. government, in which he said that Trump could be at the mercy of “dodgy Russians,” and that Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and be at “the beginning of a downward spiral.” He also reportedly indicated that Trump could win re-election, warning that he could shrug off scandals and “emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of ‘The Terminator.'”

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Trump on Sunday called Darroch ineffective and said “he has not served the U.K. well.” He followed up on Monday to attack both Darroch and May – announcing that he won’t work with the ambassador anymore.

BRITISH AMBASSADOR WHO CALLED TRUMP ‘INEPT’ HAS THERESA MAY’S FULL SUPPORT

“I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way,” he wrote in a tweet.

“I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well…. thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him,” he added.

But Downing Street stood by its man in Washington, saying early Tuesday that Darroch “continues to have the prime minister’s full support.”

A spokesman said that “We have made clear to the U.S. how unfortunate this leak is” and that “the selective extracts leaked do not reflect the closeness of, and the esteem in which we hold, the relationship.”

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“At the same time we have also underlined the importance of ambassadors being able to provide honest, unvarnished assessments of the politics in their country,” the spokesman added.

May will be replaced at the end of the month by either former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson or current Secretary Jeremy Hunt after a Conservative Party ballot to decide the party leadership. Trump has spoken positively of both candidates, particularly Johnson who he has said would be “excellent” as Britain’s next prime minister.

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Ilhan Omar admits she may have flubbed facts in dramatic story she told high school students

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Rep. Ilhan Omar admitted that she may have embellished part of the story she told to high school students in an apparent attempt to showcase racial and economic disparities in the country.

The Minnesota Democrat recently told hundreds of Richfield High School student that about five years ago, when she was working as a Minneapolis city councilman, she witnessed an example of injustice that shook her to the core.

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She recalled a “sweet, old… African American lady” who was detained for a whole weekend for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter,” according to the Washington Post, and screamed an expletive in court after the woman was fined $80 for the crime.

“I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar told students, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

“I couldn’t control my emotions because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

— Ilhan Omar

“Omar’s story echoed the plot of ‘Les Miserables.’ If true, it is also probably embellished,” the newspaper claimed. “City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.”

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Omar apparently “flubbed some facts” when telling the story to the students and told the newspaper that the woman may have not been just a one-time innocent shoplifter.

“She might have had a prior [arrest],” Omar said. “I’m not sure…The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

“She might have had a prior [arrest]. I’m not sure…The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

— Ilhan Omar

Omar has been reeling from a number of controversies even since getting elected into Congress. She’s part of the freshmen progressive Democrats, most notably Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that have clashed with the party’s leadership on multiple issues.

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Omar fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she criticized the freshmen Democrats for voting against the $4.6 billion border bill signed into law last week by President Trump by saying “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world … They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

“Patetico!  You know they’re just salty about WHO is wielding the power to shift ‘public sentiment’ these days, sis,” Omar tweeted. “Sorry not sorry.”

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Melania Trump honored with odd statue likened to a ‘scarecrow’ in her Slovenian home town

First Lady Melania Trump’s Slovenian home town is paying a tribute to her as a “Slovenian hero” with a wood-carved statue that has raised some eyebrows, with some decrying it as a “scarecrow.”

The life-size statue was officially unveiled on Friday on the outskirts of Sevnica. It was first envisioned by Brad Downey, a 39-year-old American artist.

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Downey, who told AFP that it’s the first monument dedicated to the First Lady in the world, commissioned a local artist to carve a tree using a chainsaw and shows the wife of President Trump in a blue dress raising her left hand in a waving motion.

But the sculpture has attracted some detractors who say it looks more like a “scarecrow” than a true representation of the First Lady.

“I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” Downey told AFP, but said the statue was “absolutely beautiful.”

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The town of Sevnica has become an overnight tourist attraction following Trump’s election into office in 2016, with some journalists looking for insight into the first lady.

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The town welcomed the opportunity to cater to the tourists, reportedly offering a series of Melania Trump-branded food and other items.

The actual sculptor is Ales Zupevc, a local artist also known as Maxi. Downey told the AFP that conversations with the artist helped him to see Trump’s ancestral town through local eyes.

“You see this river that she would have seen as a child, you see the mountains,” he told the outlet.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. (REUTERS)

Yet the statue’s style was mocked by others in the country, with some unsure whether it was meant to be a parody or a serious attempt at honoring the first lady.

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“If the monument was meant to be a parody, then the artist has been successful,” Nika, an architecture student told AFP. “We in Sevnica can only laugh and, at the same time, hold our heads in our hands over their [the Trumps’] catastrophic reputation.”

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Otto Warmbier’s parents file claim for seized North Korean cargo ship as part of $500M judgment against regime

Otto Warmbier’s parents have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship to satisfy part of their $500 million judgment against the North Korean regime over the death of their son.

Warmbier was an American student on tour who was detained by the North Korean government and later sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in March 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.

The Ohio native, then 21, fell into a coma for unknown reasons while in custody and was held in that condition for another 17 months. North Korean officials did not tell American officials until June 2017 that he had been unconscious the entire time. He died less than a week after he returned to the U.S. the same month.

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The parents are now seeking the seized North Korean cargo ship as part of the $500 million judgment awarded by U.S. court after suing the regime over their son’s death.

According to the filing, first reported by CNN, the family is forced to chase down the assets of the regime to recover anything for the crimes.

The claim slams North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his “cronies” for showing “no regard for human life.”

The North Korean cargo ship that Warmbier family is claiming was reportedly seized back in May amid violations of U.S. sections that ban most trade with North Korea and supposedly contains heavy machinery.

“We are committed to holding North Korea accountable for the death of our son Otto, and will work tirelessly to seize North Korean assets wherever they may be found,” the Warmbiers added in a statement.

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President Trump recently met with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, with Trump becoming the first sitting U.S. president to cross the border into the North.

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The North Korean government once demanded $2 million from the U.S. for the hospital care of Warmbier.

Pyongyang authorities insisted the U.S. envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student sign a pledge to pay the bill before allowing Warmbier’s comatose body to return to the United States. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed the bill and the amount to Fox News.

While an agreement was reportedly signed to pay the medical bill, a source told Fox News the U.S. did not pay money to North Korea.

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