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Not My Presidents Day protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.

Not My Presidents Day protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump on Monday a federal holiday that organizers have dubbed Not My Presidents Day. Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. For a recap of the days events, scroll through our coverage in the blog below.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:59:36 -0500
Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon clericBEIRUT (AP) France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:48:35 -0500
As he turns 93, Mugabe dismisses corruption allegations

As he turns 93, Mugabe dismisses corruption allegationsBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - As he celebrated his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe brushed aside persistent allegations of corruption against senior officials, saying rumour-mongers were merely targeting "big fish" in his administration. In comments to be aired on state media on Tuesday, the world's oldest leader said he would act if shown evidence - even though graft scandals involving ministers and even members of his own family are regular fare in local newspapers. People have not come out and actually said here is a case against a big fish," Mugabe said in the pre-recorded interview.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:46:16 -0500
A Serbian Trap: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in Belgrade

A Serbian Trap: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in BelgradeA trip along the refugee track within Serbia reveals that the old route through the Balkans is still being used despite strong border control, harsh conditions and frozen temperatures. Despite the existence of camps built by the Serbian state, the migrants are here trying to make their way into European Union countries illegally.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:35:57 -0500
Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank

Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bankIraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul on Monday and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank. The fresh push in the four-month-old operation to retake Mosul has sparked fears for 750,000 trapped civilians who risk being killed if they try to flee and starvation if they stay. Federal police forces reached the Aqrab checkpoint on the highway from Baghdad, a spot that marks the southern entrance to Mosul and from which the city is clearly visible.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:09:28 -0500
US vice president visits former Nazi concentration camp

US vice president visits former Nazi concentration campDACHAU, Germany (AP) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:42:58 -0500
Explosive blog post details abhorrent sexism at Uber

Explosive blog post details abhorrent sexism at UberIn a blog post published Sunday, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect. In the post, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:

I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. - an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.
Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:
In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.
Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:
"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."
This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested digging up dirt on journalists to discredit them. That statement came in response to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again. More recently, #DeleteUber trended on Twitter after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:46:57 -0500
Senators Ask For Preservation Of Materials Related To Russia Probe

Senators Ask For Preservation Of Materials Related To Russia ProbeThe Senate Intelligence Committee sent formal requests to organizations, agencies and individuals, including at the White House, requesting that materials related to the Russian probe be preserved.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:02:26 -0500
Woman Rescues Cop By Jumping on Attacker's Back: 'This Is a True Hero Right Here'

Woman Rescues Cop By Jumping on Attacker's Back: 'This Is a True Hero Right Here'Vickie Williams-Tillman jumped on the back of a man beating a cop, authorities.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:35:00 -0500
U.S.-Mexico border shooting case at Supreme Court today

U.S.-Mexico border shooting case at Supreme Court todayThe Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday in a dispute over a Mexican familys ability to sue a U.S. Border Patrol officer who killed their son in a cross-border incident. Both governments filed briefs in the case, on opposite sides of the dispute.

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:15 -0500
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