After Charlottesville, Baltimore and other cities mull over what to do with removed Confederate statues

This has been one of the biggest questions being asked as cities and towns from Baltimore to Los Angeles hasten their plans to remove the 718 statues, plaques and other homages to the Confederacy amid a nationwide debate over the public display of the 710 Confederate monuments nationwide.

{FD} MS-13 isn’t the only homicidal street gang in town – meet Barrio 18

While authorities can be forgiven for mixing up the two – both have members covered in head-to-toe tattoos, are well known for their murderous tactics and originated in some of the same Los Angeles neighborhoods – MS-13 and Barrio 18 are bitter rivals whose feud is responsible for the deaths of thousands across the U.S., Mexico and Central America.

{FD} Minnesota police shooting: Justine Damond’s family, friends join march

The family of Justine Damond, the Australian woman shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call, and hundreds of demonstrators gathered Thursday evening near the late meditation teacher's home for a march against police killings.

{FD} Minneapolis Somali community shocked by police killing , worried about backlash

While the killing has rocked the city still grappling with a string of police-related killings over the past couple years, it has also sown concern among some in Minneapolis’ large Somali community that there may be a backlash against them or incidents of Islamophobia.

{FD} North Korea captive Otto Warmbier ‘got exactly what he deserved,’ college prof says

Katherine Dettwyler, an adjunct professor in the University of Delaware’s anthropology department, made her statement about Warmbier on Facebook and in the comments section of an article about the late college student on the website of conservative magazine, the National Review.

{FD} London van attack against Muslims highlights rise in anti-Muslim violence by right-wing extremists

While terror attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State – or those who share the extremist group’s ideology – have received widespread coverage in the media and generated huge amounts of public outcry, the same cannot be said for the violence directed at Muslim communities around the world.

{FD} Pennsylvania coal mine, first in Trump era, praised as lifeline for local economy

Even amid ubiquitous predications of a decline in coal extraction, the mine has been praised locally as an economic lifeline for a region hard hit by the decline in coal-fired power plants and – despite Corsa starting work on the mine last August - been hailed by President Trump as proof that environmental deregulation will bring jobs to the struggling industry.

{FD} Venezuela opposition slams Goldman Sachs for $2.8 billion bond purchase

While Goldman Sachs said in a statement that it acquired the bonds "on the secondary market from a broker and did not interact” with the beleaguered government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, that has done little to assuage the anger that many Venezuelans – both at home and in the U.S. – feel toward the investment bank’s move.

{FD} Mount Everest madness: Recent deaths raise concerns of overcrowding and inexperienced climbers

While major improvements in climbing gear, weather forecasting and communications equipment along with the advent of professional guiding services have made the endeavor slightly safer, it has also opened the mountain up to less-experienced climbers and created the high altitude traffic jams on the mountain that in the past have proved deadly.

{FD} Oscar Lopez Rivera: Celebrations for freed Puerto Rican nationalist stir controversy

López was considered a top leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, an ultranationalist Puerto Rican group that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings at government buildings, department stores, banks and restaurants in New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico during the 1970s and early 1980s.

{FD} Trump’s expected widening of laptop ban has European airlines worried

The U.S. has already banned laptops on board flights coming into the country from eight Middle Eastern and North African nations and European transport and security officials are slated to meet with their American counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the broadening of the ban to Europe.

{FD} France concerned over Russian interference in elections amid reports of hacking, fake news

As lawmakers and the intelligence community in the United States continue to investigate claims of Russian interference in last year’s election, France has been hit with a slew of hacking attempts and fake news reports ahead of Sunday’s presidential vote that appears eerily reminiscent of what happened across the Atlantic last fall.

{FD} US, North Korea tensions put China in a difficult position as peacemaker

The Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on North Korea in recent weeks to dismantle its nascent nuclear program – igniting an escalating war of words between the U.S. leader and officials in Pyongyang and widespread worries from nearby Asian nations of a major armed conflict between the two countries.