(CNN)The White House warned Beijing on Thursday that there will be consequences for its growing militarization in the South China Sea, following reports of missiles being deployed to three of the country's outposts in the disputed region. US intelligence assessed that there is a high probability the Chinese military had deployed anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to three artificial islands during recent military drills on the contested sea. But a US defense official told CNN it was unclear if the missiles remained on the outposts following the April exercises. The South China Sea is one of the most contested regions in the world, with overlapping territorial claims by China, the Philippines and Vietnam, among several others. The move would mark the first reported Chinese missile deployment in the Spratly Islands, a series of small inlets and reefs that Beijing has slowly built into militarized, artificial islands to reinforce its claims. Read More White House Press Secretary … [Read more...] about White House warns China on growing militarization in South China Sea
London (CNN)Julian Assange's stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London could finally be drawing to a close. Six years after he fled to the country's diplomatic mission in Knightsbridge, yards from the world-famous Harrods department store, facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations, the WikiLeaks founder appears to be burning bridges with the only people known to have helped him since then. The Swedish case may have since been shelved but he's still wanted by British authorities for jumping bail and entering his Ecuadorian refuge in 2012. Back then, the activist triumphantly praised Ecuador as the "courageous Latin American nation that took a stand for justice." But as the relationship has deteriorated over the years and Ecuador's leadership has changed hands, Assange has found himself in an increasingly precarious position. Assange is seen for the first time in months after appearing via teleconference at a hearing in Quito, Ecuador, on Thursday, October 25, 2018. … [Read more...] about Julian Assange: The house guest who overstayed his welcome?
Kansas City, Missouri (CNN)Leo Morris served in the Air Force. Karen Carter patrolled with the Coast Guard. Henry Owens enlisted in the Navy. These veterans all served their country. They've also shared another experience: homelessness. "You feel a sense of desperation, loneliness," said Owens, who was homeless for eight years. "I had no hope." Today, they have another common bond: They are neighbors. Each one lives in a tiny home in the Veterans' Village in Kansas City, Missouri -- run by the Veterans Community Project. CNN Hero Chris Stout The nonprofit is the vision of a group of young veterans led by former US Army Corporal Chris Stout. Read More After being wounded in Afghanistan in 2005 and returning home, Stout struggled with his injury and PTSD. He enjoyed being around veterans and got a job connecting vets to services they needed. But he was frustrated by the gaps and inefficiencies he saw. At times, Stout used his own money to put homeless veterans up in … [Read more...] about Veteran: Tiny houses for homeless vets make a lot of sense
(CNN)Bruce Springsteen enjoys a unique bond with his fans, one only heightened by his autobiography and Broadway run. For those who couldn't see the latter, "Springsteen on Broadway" endeavors to give them the best seat in the house, a mission that the Netflix special surely fulfills for anyone who has ever yelled "Bruuuuuce" during one of his concert marathons. Like those shows, the Broadway special is a testament to both Springsteen's storytelling skills and his astonishing stamina, holding the stage for 2 ½ hours, with the only company being the stage hands who hand him instruments and his wife, Patti Scialfa, who joins him for a brief two-song interlude. Otherwise, it's all Bruce, all the time, moving between the piano and the microphone stand where he plays guitar and harmonica, using his acoustically performed songs to help tell the story of his life. It's a riveting combination of introspection, nostalgia and assessment of the U.S. circa 2018, acknowledging concerns about … [Read more...] about ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ gives fans best seat in the house
Washington (CNN)The House passed a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that will renew the agency's funding for another five years. Besides renewing funding, the legislation also includes provisions directing how disaster program funds are spent, though the measure does not allocate money for those programs. The final vote was 393-13. A Republican aide to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee told CNN they are looking to have the legislation on the Senate floor in May or June and a long-term reauthorization in place by August. Because of all the recent disasters and emergency aid packages Congress has passed, a lot of the funding that was allocated still hasn't been spent. The bill would apply to all those still-unspent funds, and any future disaster funds, a Republican aide told CNN. A total of about $4.35 billion per year would be allocated for the FAA in the legislation. A few major FAA programs would receive funding authorizations. About $3.35 … [Read more...] about House passes FAA reauthorization bill