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Ivanka Trump gets hissed at in Germany while touting father’s advocacy for women

ABC News(BERLIN) — First daughter Ivanka Trump was interrupted by hissing during a panel discussion at the W-20 conference in Germany Tuesday when she said she was proud of her father’s advocacy of women, specifically referencing his presidential campaign proposal for paid family leave.

The moderator, after the audience reaction, then suggested that many people are suspicious of President Trump’s stated support for women’s empowerment.

“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” Ivanka said, prompting further heckling from some in the crowd at the panel on women’s entrepreneurship.

She went on to vouch for her father’s record in empowering women – pointing to his business and her own upbringing – as evidence of his belief in gender equality.

“As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” she said, noting that her father did not distinguish between how she and her brothers were treated at home.

Ivanka Trump is participating in the panel along with other high-profile women, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who personally invited her to Germany for the summit, and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.

Trump was also asked by the moderator whether she is representing her father, the U.S. people or her business.

“Certainly not the latter,” she said, going on to say the role as first daughter is still very new to her but that she’s looking for the best ways to empower women in the workplace.

She said she’ll bring the knowledge she gains at the summit back to her father.

She specifically pointed to equal pay and paid family leave as useful policies to help level the playing field for women, and noted that the United States is the only developed country without a paid family leave policy.

She is also touted the cause of STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — for young women and girls.

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Ivanka Trump gets hissed at in Germany while touting father’s advocacy for women

ABC News(BERLIN) — First daughter Ivanka Trump was interrupted by hissing during a panel discussion at the W-20 conference in Germany Tuesday when she said she was proud of her father’s advocacy of women, specifically referencing his presidential campaign proposal for paid family leave.

The moderator, after the audience reaction, then suggested that many people are suspicious of President Trump’s stated support for women’s empowerment.

“I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated,” Ivanka said, prompting further heckling from some in the crowd at the panel on women’s entrepreneurship.

She went on to vouch for her father’s record in empowering women – pointing to his business and her own upbringing – as evidence of his belief in gender equality.

“As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” she said, noting that her father did not distinguish between how she and her brothers were treated at home.

Ivanka Trump is participating in the panel along with other high-profile women, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who personally invited her to Germany for the summit, and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.

Trump was also asked by the moderator whether she is representing her father, the U.S. people or her business.

“Certainly not the latter,” she said, going on to say the role as first daughter is still very new to her but that she’s looking for the best ways to empower women in the workplace.

She said she’ll bring the knowledge she gains at the summit back to her father.

She specifically pointed to equal pay and paid family leave as useful policies to help level the playing field for women, and noted that the United States is the only developed country without a paid family leave policy.

She is also touted the cause of STEM education — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — for young women and girls.

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Yemen aid summit looking to pull nation from famine threatening millions with starvation

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pledging conference to raise funds for war-torn Yemen is taking place in Geneva on Tuesday to help combat what the United Nations has called “largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

Ongoing violence has created a food crisis in Yemen, leaving nearly 7 million people, including, 2.2 million children, malnourished, the UN’s United Nations Children’s Fund said in a statement on Monday.

Hosted by the U.N. and the governments of Switzerland and Sweden governments, the funding event aims to make up for a $2.1 billion funding shortfall in the U.N,’s fight to deliver crucial aid and lifesaving assistance to Yemen, a country that has been dogged by intense war conflict for more than two years.

Yemen has been hit by at least 325 verified attacks, which have hit health facilities, schools, markets, roads, and other infrastructure, according to research released by the World Health Organization on Monday.

The conflict has disrupted essential aid and resources to the county, causing the flow of key medicines to declined 70 percent since March 2015, when the fighting first began, according to WHO.

“Without further action from parties to the conflict and the international community, Yemen is at a serious risk of plunging into famine – with even more children’s lives hanging in the balance,” UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere said in a statement Tuesday. “We are in a race against time,” he added.

UNICEF said the rampant violence has made large parts of Yemen inaccessible to humanitarian workers, leaving many of the county’s 25.6 million occupants vulnerable to famine.

Time is running out for families in Yemen. As famine looms, urgent action is needed now to save lives. #Aid4Yemen 🇾🇪 pic.twitter.com/ocZpTJ7Oza

— World Food Programme (@WFP) April 25, 2017

In a joint statement with the World Food Program humanitarian agency on Tuesday, UNICEF said its efforts were less than 20 percent funded and called for “an immediate political solution to end the war in Yemen.”

“If we act now, many lives could be saved in Yemen,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. “We call on the international community to urgently provide us with sufficient funding and to help us avert famine across Yemen.”

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‘Why we are here’: Syrian refugees lead tours of Berlin to share their stories

ABCNews.com(BERLIN) — An estimated 1 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 alone, nearly half of them hailing from war-torn Syria. Thousands of Syrian newcomers seeking asylum in Germany have since settled in the nation’s capital of Berlin, a city that itself has a recent history marked by political division and war. Now several Syrian refugees are leading a weekly walking tour of Berlin’s historic center that draws parallels between the city’s history and the civil war in Syria. Organized by the initiative Refugee Voices Tours, the tour is aptly called “Why we are here.”

The two-hour excursion includes stops in locations such as the Topography of Terror, an outdoor museum on the site of the former Nazi secret service headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie, which was an entry point to the Soviet-controlled East Berlin during the nearly three decades that the city was divided by the Berlin Wall. In that time, many East Germans attempted to sneak into West Berlin in hopes of finding a better life.

“It’s similar to what happened in Syria,” guide Eyas Adi tells ABC News’ Sarah Hucal and tour participants. “A lot of people tried to go as refugees to the Western world because they wanted more freedom; they wanted the opportunity to build a new life for their families and more suitable situations in a more stable country.”

The tour also seeks to clear up any misconceptions about refugees. “Many ask, ‘Why Germany, why Europe?” says Adi. He points out that Germany and Europe as a whole aren’t the only places hosting Syrian refugees. Turkey is currently home to 2.9 million Syrians, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Lebanon and Jordan, which have relatively small populations of about 6.5 and 4.4 million respectively, host over 1 million Syrians each. Many Syrians in those countries live in camps with only basic life necessities.

For Adi, leaving Syria was not something he had wanted. Before he moved to Berlin in May, he was studying medicine and working with UNICEF and the humanitarian aid group Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Damascus. But when it came to the point that he could no longer avoid the Syrian government’s mandatory service in the military, he decided that fleeing the country was preferable to serving with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Today, Adi and others lead the weekly walking tour while they continue to settle into life in Berlin. He shares with tour-goers his own experience as a refugee in Germany. He also fields common questions, such as why Germany was a popular destination for asylum-seekers and why so many refugees are young men.

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Leading French candidate targeted by group behind DNC hacks, research firm says

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign has been the target of cyberattacks at the hands of the same group linked to attacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, according to a reputable security research firm.

Feike Hacqueboard, a senior threat researcher with security firm Trend Micro, told ABC News that he has identified four internet domain names connected to a group called “Pawn Storm” that were used to target the French centrist’s campaign with so-called phishing attacks.

“The attacks could have started [in the middle of] March and I think they went on for half of April,” Hacqueboard told ABC News in a phone call from the Netherlands.

Pawn Storm is also known as Fancy Bear and APT28, among a number of other monikers. The group has been linked by several private security firms to the Russian government, and in some cases, the Russian military intelligence agency called the GRU.

For its part, Trend Micro — as a policy — does not point fingers at state actors for fear of interfering in the political process, Hacqueboard said. But he conceded that Pawn Storm are after targets that are of interest to the Russian government.

In addition to the DNC, the group was behind the recent cyberattacks on the Turkish parliament and Angela Merkel’s party in Germany (the CDU), as well as cyberattacks on the parliaments of Montenegro and Germany, according to Hacqueboard.

“We see that the fingerprints of these attacks are the same,” the researcher said. “The mode of operation is very, very similar.”

A spokesman for the French government cybersecurity agency ANSSI confirmed the attacks on the Macron campaign to Reuters, but would not comment on whether Pawn Storm was behind them.

Among the group’s favored attack methods, Hacqueboard said, is an attack called “phishing.”

This attack method sees hackers send duplicitous emails to their targets that appear to be from legitimate institutions or organizations. The emails usually demand that the target hand over some personal information, such as a password, in order to avoid some negative outcome, such as having a social media or email account locked.

The emails appear authentic, but in reality are designed to gather personal information that hackers can then exploit to gain further access to systems.

Richard Ferrand, secretary-general of Macron’s party, previously accused Russia of trying to influence the French election in a February news conference and urged the French government to take action to prevent any “foreign meddling,” according to Reuters.

The French election is in full swing. A first round of votes on Sunday saw Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen best nine other candidates and advance to a second round of voting that is scheduled for May 7.

Le Pen has in the past expressed support for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine, according to BBC News. That annexation was widely condemned by the international community.

Le Pen has also called for the European Union to lift sanctions imposed on Russia, saying that they were “counterproductive,” the BBC reported.

The Macron campaign did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

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Canadian bride and groom hit the slopes after wedding ceremony for ‘quiet moment together’

www.gadboisphotography.ca(TORONTO) — This Canadian bride and groom hit the slopes after their wedding ceremony, using the few hours before their reception for a “quiet moment together to reflect.”

“It was super sentimental,” Andrew Leonard of Vancouver told ABC News. “The day we got married, it was important to do a run on the mountain. We didn’t bring the wedding party up, no friends or family, just us.”

“It felt like a really sacred ritual to do that run together on our wedding day,” bride Chela Davison explained. “It symbolized some of the underlying values of what we care about in our relationship and partnership — not just big adventure in a ‘woohoo’ fun way, but really going after dreams and things that are meaningful to us. Those runs together really felt like a symbolic ceremony of what we’ve been in together and where we’re headed.”

The newlyweds, both on the leadership team with Integral Coaching Canada, had a ski-themed wedding at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in Whistler, a location that holds special meaning for them.

“That’s where we had our first date,” said Davison. “We got engaged up in Whistler and we go every year for our anniversary.”

Obviously comfortable on the slopes, the adventurous couple skied black diamonds in their full wedding attire, including the bride’s wedding gown and the groom’s dapper top hat, which remained on his head the entire time.

“I had a jacket for when it got colder and layers I could work with,” said Davison. “But when I went shopping for my dress I really had in mind, ‘I need to be able to ski in this.’”

“The dress, because it was so big and heavy, she looked like a beautiful bride floating down the mountain,” Leonard added.

They chose their wedding photographer, Pascale Gadbois, a former member of a national freestyle ski team, based on her ability to ski with them to capture these awesome yet tender moments.

“She was incredible,” Davison said of Gadbois. “She knows the mountain really well. She lives up there. She had great ideas about where to take us.”

“We had the mountain all to ourselves,” Leonard added.

Although they were physically alone on the mountain, Leonard said there was a touching moment when he realized there was one additional guest shining down on them on their big day.

“One of the most impactful parts of my day, we got up to the top of the lift and Chela and I are messing with our bindings and ski [stuff] and then from behind us Pascale says, ‘I don’t know what you believe in or what your religion is, but I believe in the power of nature,’” Leonard recalled. “And that was when she pointed out the rainbow around the sun.”

“My brother passed away in November and he was going to be the best man at the wedding,” the groom added. “It looked like an eye in the sky. It was the amount of presence and intimacy that brought that whole moment together, having that feeling of knowing he was there.”

Davison couldn’t agree more.

“It did feel sacred,” she said. “And it did feel like a deeply spiritual moment for the two of us.”

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Russia may be aiding Taliban, US general in Afghanistan says

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Russia is believed to be the source of an influx of weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a press conference on Monday.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who appeared with Nicholson at Resolute Support headquarters, said the U.S. would have to “confront Russia” over “denying the sovereignty of other countries,” including Afghanistan.

“For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law,” said Mattis.

Asked if he would refute claims that Russia is providing weapons to the Taliban, Nicholson answered definitively.

“Oh no, I’m not refuting that,” the general said.

Nicholson said the U.S. has continued to receive reports of Russian assistance to the Taliban.

While Mattis said that the U.S. would “engage with Russia diplomatically,” he spoke in stronger terms about the threat of the Taliban and of ISIS in Afghanistan and expressed confidence about his ability to advise President Donald Trump on U.S. policy in the region upon his return.

“We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission,” said Mattis, who called the Taliban a “barbaric enemy” as he referenced an attack Friday that killed more than 100 at an Afghan military base.

On ISIS, Nicholson issued a warning to the terrorist organization that is currently centered within Iraq and Syria.

“If they come here to Afghanistan, they will be destroyed. In keeping secretary’s intent, they will be annihilated,” said Nicholson, who noted that ISIS attempts to gain a foothold in the country have been mostly repelled.

“We’re going to keep going until they’re defeated in 2017,” said Nicholson. “Now they have an aspiration, I think, to move fighters here from Syria. We haven’t seen it happen. And, in fact, by reducing their sanctuary here, by annihilating them here, it should very clear to ISIS main there is no space to come to in Afghanistan.”

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Le Pen stepping down from her party’s leadership as she fights for presidency

Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) — French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Monday that she is temporarily stepping down from her party’s leadership as she battles for the presidency. She will face off against Emmanuel Macron during the second round of the election on May 7.

“I’m taking a leave of absence as president of @FN_officiel [the Front National]; I’m now simply a candidate in the presidential election,” Le Pen tweeted from her official account.

“Je me mets en congé de la présidence du @FN_officiel : je ne suis plus que la candidate à la présidentielle.” #JT20h pic.twitter.com/4XaLe8rcIq

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) April 24, 2017

Le Pen and Macron bested nine other candidates to advance past the first round of voting on Sunday. They will now spend two weeks fighting for votes ahead of the second and final round.

Her decision to step down from the leadership of the National Front party appears to be an attempt to broaden her appeal as she and Macron battle to gain the support of voters who backed losing candidates in the first round of voting.

Since the results of the first round of voting became clear, Macron has enjoyed a number of high-profile endorsements, including from French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

The National Front’s image has been tarnished by the reputation of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who led the party until his daughter took it over in 2011.

The elder Le Pen was widely rebuked for calling Nazi gas chambers “a detail of history.”

Marine Le Pen has denounced these remarks and worked to broaden her party’s appeal.

The two opposing French candidates received tacit support from two opposing U.S. politicians in the lead up to the first round vote.

President Donald Trump, while not offering a formal endorsement, said in an interview that Le Pen was “the strongest on what’s been going on in France.”

Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, phoned Macron to wish him well ahead of the vote. Obama’s spokesman said it was not an official endorsement.

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US sanctions 271 Syrian government workers after chemical attack

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Treasury has announced sanctions against 271 employees of the Syrian government agency believed to be responsible for developing chemical weapons like those used in an attack on dozens of civilians in the country earlier this month.

“These 271 SSRC employees have expertise in chemistry and related disciplines and/or have worked in support of SSRC’s chemical weapons program since at least 2012,” the Treasury said in a statement.

The attack on April 4 in the village of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria killed more than 80 people and prompted a U.S. missile strike on the air base linked to the attack.

“The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor and we intend to hold the Assad regime accountable for its unacceptable behavior,” the statement from the Treasury said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Please check back for the latest.

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley: Chinese pressure on North Korea ‘working’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — North Korea is trying to show strength at home by detaining another U.S. citizen while overall Chinese pressure on the East Asian nation is “working,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday morning.

“I think that North Korea’s been playing games from the very beginning,” Haley said Monday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

“I mean what we’re seeing is that Kim Jong Un is trying to really show his strength to the people of North Korea, whether it’s just with all of these threats or what he’s trying to do in terms of talking in terms of trying to start a war. And what we’ve said is we don’t want war, so don’t start one,” she continued.

Tony Kim, a U.S. citizen and professor, was detained in North Korea Saturday while trying to leave the country with his wife.

Haley said the United States is going to work with China to negotiate his release. Kim is at least the third American citizen now detained in North Korea.

Haley also said that China has “shown genuine concern” in regard to rising tensions with North Korea after the country tested another missile earlier this month.

“I think really the power has been through China, they have shown genuine concern,” she said. “I think that they are trying to put the pressure on North Korea, and I think it’s working.”

Chinese state media reported that President Trump had a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday in which Xi urged restraint in dealing with North Korea. Trump has pressured China to increase its economic pressure on the North Korean regime.

China has proposed that the U.S. suspend military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea halting its nuclear program, a proposal Haley strongly rejected.

“We’re not going to do that,” Haley said, adding that the U.S. will protect South Korea.

“What we can say is South Korea has been an ally from the very beginning. We want to protect them just as we’re protecting ourselves, and that’s what we said we were going to do is we were going to have the backs of our allies and we were going to call out our adversaries,” she said.

When asked about how the president has modified campaign positions since entering office, Haley responded that he is reacting to changing times.

“I think it’s changing with the times,” Haley said. “I mean the times that we’re dealing with right now we’re seeing some aggression from some bad actors, we’re seeing the need for strength with our allies and we’re seeing the need that we have to show force when we have to show force. And I think what we’ve seen the president do is say that he’s not afraid to make a decision, he’s not afraid to act, and he’s going to change with the circumstances. And that’s exactly what we want to see in a leader.”

Trump will meet with Haley as well as the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council at the White House later Monday.

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