{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.

{FD} Pakistan poised to reinstate secret military courts despite condemnation from human rights groups

While the measure still needs to be approved by Pakistan’s Senate early next week, experts say that this appears to be a mere formality given that a slew of recent terror attacks in the country has shifted public and political sentiment toward a stronger military approach.

{FD} Venezuelans passports in short supply as millions try to flee troubled nation

While estimates of how many passports request the socialist government received last year vary from between 1.8 million to 3 million, only 300,000 were doled out and everyday hundreds of people line up outside the passport agency, known as Saime, in the capital of Caracas in the hopes of obtaining the elusive document.

{FD} Drug dealers would face manslaughter charges for opioid overdoses under proposed Florida law

Florida politicians hope that the matching pieces of legislation – House Bill 477 and Senate Bill 150 – will combat the ubiquitous use of synthetic drugs like fentanyl throughout the Sunshine state following a crackdown on prescription painkillers that have led to a spike nationwide in heroin and opioid abuse.

{FD} Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters to stave off hunger amid mounting food crisis

While flamingo hunting is both illegal and uncommon in the South American nation, investigators from Zulia University in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Maracaibo have noted at least 20 cases of bird carcasses being discovered with their breasts and torsos removed.

{FD} Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Pope Francis’s progressive agenda on issues like migration, climate change and poverty has earned him widespread global popularity – particularly among more liberal Catholics – that eluded his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. But he’s drawn scorn and sharp criticism among more conservative members of the church.

{FD} Iraq’s ‘Marsh Arabs’ look to restore once-lost culture with help from US scientists

Living in arched reed houses and relying on water buffalo along with rice, barley, wheat and pearl millet for sustenance, the inhabitants of these wetlands – the so-called Marsh Arabs – maintained for centuries a lifestyle that was both unique and separate from that of the rest of the Middle East.

{FD} Dallas cop sues social media companies for allegedly helping influence police shooter

Lawyers for a Dallas police officer filed a federal civil suit late Tuesday against Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly providing “material support” to the Palestinian militant group Hamas and purportedly helping radicalize Micah Johnson, the Army veteran who killed five police officers and wounded nine others in an ambush last July.

{FD} Montreal pines for Rockefeller Center-style tree, fails spectacularly

When a flatbed truck accompanied by police escort brought the 88-foot balsam fir through the streets of the Canadian city in late February – broken branches, bare spots and all – Montrealers were far from impressed. After hoisting the tree up in the city’s Quartier des spectacles and covering it with lights and mini red Canadian Tire logos, things only got worse.

{FD} Exclusive: Families of Orlando nightclub shooting victims sue Facebook, Twitter and Google

In a complaint filed late Monday afternoon, the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero argue that the three web platforms provided “material support” to ISIS by allowing the terrorist group to use their sites to recruit and influence followers and to facilitate terror attacks.