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Donald Trump salutes civil rights heroes at boycotted museum opening

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:51:43 -0500

US leader Donald Trump called for an end to racial hatred Saturday at the launch of a museum dedicated to victims of white-supremacist violence in America‚??s Deep South, a ceremony boycotted by several black leaders. The president‚??s attendance at a private gathering to open the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History next door, which came at the invitation of the state‚??s Republican governor, had triggered a backlash from some who marched in the movement to win those rights, including veteran US congressman John Lewis. Lewis ‚?? a Democratic lawmaker from Georgia who also skipped Trump‚??s presidential inauguration in January ‚?? said Friday that the president‚??s "attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum." Democratic US congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi joined Lewis in the boycott. Trump did not reference the controversy in his tribute, opting instead to stay on script. In his remarks to invited guests prior to the museum‚??s public opening, the president emphasized the new institution‚??s recording of "the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African American community, the fight to end slavery." President Donald Trump greets Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters "We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent of hatred and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope," he said. Trump honored the legacy of slain activist Medgar Evers, whose widow and brother were in attendance, as well as Martin Luther King Jr ‚?? "a man we have studied and watched and admired for my entire life." He called the museum "an incredible tribute to Mississippi, a state I love; a state I‚??ve had great success." "This is a tribute to our nation at the highest level." Afterward, he took to Twitter to express his "great honor" at the ceremony and "pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past & dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice & peace." Small protests turned out in Jackson against the president‚??s presence, which was also boycotted by the city‚??s mayor and the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Several racially charged controversies have beset the Trump administration in its first year, notably his reaction to an August rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump came under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike after he failed to definitively condemn the role of white supremacists in the event, which turned violent and left one woman dead. In 1965, Lewis ‚?? one of King‚??s closest collaborators ‚?? led a landmark civil rights march in Selma, Alabama that prompted state troopers to attack the protesters during what later became known as "Bloody Sunday." Lewis suffered a fractured skull. When Lewis bowed out of the president‚??s inauguration ceremony earlier this year, Trump called him "all talk" and "not action or results." ¬†

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One 'Tantrum Away'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:01:38 -0500

Total nuclear destruction is ‚??only one impulsive tantrum away,‚?Ě this year‚??s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

Akayed Ullah: New York terror suspect named as 27-year-old

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:48:00 -0500

Police have named the suspect in the New York explosion as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah. Four people have been left injured after a bomb exploded on a Manhattan subway platform. The city's police force said the "explosion" was of "unknown origin" and was located near the Port Authority bus terminal on 42nd street and 8th avenue.

Explosion rocks New York commuter hub, suspect in custody

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:22:06 -0500

By Nick Zieminski and Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour on Monday, wounding himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, was identified as Akayed Ullah, the New York Police Department commissioner said.

Your Tax Dollars Are Being Used To Attack Patagonia

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:07:44 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚?? The House Committee on Natural Resources has joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke‚??s fight against Patagonia,¬†accusing the American outdoor retailer of lying in order to sell merchandise.

Missouri Woman Wins Lottery Twice in One Day

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:40:32 -0500

She's $101,000 richer.

Seven of the Best Cheap Mid-Engine Sports Cars

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:08:58 -0500

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat's invasion threat

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:44:57 -0500

A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means.

Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:05:24 -0500

In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.

Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:32:35 -0500

Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson's Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:08:27 -0500

At least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.

Japanese man kills wife and priestess sister with sword in bizarre family feud: media

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:29 -0500

A Japanese man wielding a sword killed his sister, a Shinto priestess, on the grounds of a Tokyo shrine, then stabbed his wife to death before committing suicide, police and media said. Police declined to comment on a motive for Thursday's killings or the family feud. Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, attacked Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, as she got out of a car.

The Case for the Mid-Sized Cruiser

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:05 -0500

The Case for the Mid-Sized Cruiser Life altering decisions come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe you're getting married or planning to procreate, or perhaps you have a job offer that will relocate your life and augment your formerly associated style. My ‚??life

New York Subway bomb: Bangladeshi suspect 'armed with pipe device and battery pack' in 'Isil-inspired' attack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:26:39 -0500

Suspected bomber named as Akayed Ullah, 27-year-old Bangladeshi national Device exploded on a subway platform at at the Port Authority Bus terminal near Times Square Five people, including the suspect, have been injured but none of the injuries are life-threatening The transit hub, one of the busiest in the US, has now reopened A¬†bomb has exploded on a Manhattan subway platform leaving five people injured¬†in a suspected-Isil-inspired attack. The suspected bomber is Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who is thought to have¬†lived in the US for seven years.¬† Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn,¬†was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub, sources told the New York Post. An image thought to be of¬†Akayed Ullah by CBS news Credit: CBS/Universal News And Sport¬† The device prematurely exploded which meant it only partially detonated in the right side of the suspect's jacket.¬† ¬† Ullah, who is thought to have been seriously injured in the attack, told officials he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post. New York City explosion: Reports of rush-hour blast in Midtown Manhattan The blast happened on Monday morning in an underpass at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square - the nation's most crowded bus station. The New York Police Department (NYPD)¬†said an "explosion of unknown origin" had been reported at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. CCTV Port Authority image reported to be of Akayed Ullah¬† Credit: NY Port Authority/Universal News And Sport It is thought the bomb was intended to explode on a subway carriage, where it could have affected hundreds of people, but went off prematurely. Ullah¬†is in custody and four other people have been¬†injured in¬†the attack, NYPD said. None of the injuries are life-threatening, the department said. The explosion occurred inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains at 8th Avenue and W¬†42nd Street at around 7:20 am. New York explosion at Port Authority Terminal The NYPD said three metro lines are being evacuated. The¬†attack, at rush hour, also occurred at a busy shopping period for the city. The incident took place five blocks from Times Square near the¬†Port Authority Bus Terminal, the main station for interstate buses into Manhattan and New York City. The incident occurred less than two months after an Uzbek immigrant killed eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility. 5:12PM Intelligence agencies investigating suspect A thorough background investigation into Akayed Ullah is being conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Commissioner O'Neill said. 4:05PM Footage shows moment of attack ¬† 3:11PM Live from the scene The explosion took place opposite a corner shop owned by a Bangladeshi Muslim man, Harriet Alexander reports from the scene. "The people who do this have no religion," he said. "They are just savages." He only learnt of the incident when customers came in and told him - he heard no explosion. "It's sad, but it happens all over the world. In my country, in your country, here. That mosque attack in Egypt? Terrible, too.¬† "It's a fact of life now." 2:50PM Suspect had pipe bomb strapped to him, officials confirm The device was a pipe bomb fixed to the bomber with¬†hook and loop¬†fastens and zip ties, officials said in a press conference. 2:47PM Bomber named as Akayed Ullah Akayed Ullah is the 27-year-old suspect, New York Police¬†said. The suspect was placed in custody and transferred to Bellevue hospital. "We are asking anyone with information about this individual to come forward," Police Commissioner James O'Neill¬†said.¬† The individual who carried the device had burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen. 2:43PM Bill De Blasio: 'Our enemies want to undermine our multi-cultural society' There are no additional known incidents at this time, no additional activities, said New York Mayor Bill De Blasio.¬† The Mayor told a press¬†conference that the incident, which happened at the start of the city's rush hour, was "an attempted terrorist attack." "All we know is there was one individual who, thank God, was unsuccessful in his attempt," he said. Mr De Blasio added a fuller investigation would follow. #HappeningNow: @NYCMayor, @NYPDONeill, @FDNY, @NewYorkFBI and @NYGovCuomo update New Yorkers on explosion at #PortAuthority‚?? NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 "As New Yorkers our lives revolve around the subways. When we hear of an attack in the subways it is incredibly unsettling," de Blasio said. 2:39PM Governor: 'This is New York - let's go back to work' New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has praised the emergency services for their response. "Everyone worked together. There was an explosion, it was an effectively low-tech device. There were several minor injuries and it was handled extremely well." All bus services are being restored now, Mr Cuomo said. "This is one of our worst nightmares. This is New York. We are a target by many who would like to make a statement against freedom...That makes us an international target, we understand that," he said. "Anyone can go onto the internet. The counter reality is this is New York and we keep our eyes open and we have the best law enforcement in the world. We will go forward together, let's go back to work. We are not going to allow them to disrupt us." ‚??This is NYC, we don‚??t live in fear. But if you see something suspicious you have an obligation to come forward and tell us,‚?Ě @NYPDONeill now on #PortAuthority incident‚?? NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 2:30PM Dollar weakened in reaction to attack News of the incident jarred financial markets as trading was getting underway for the week. Standard & Poor's 500 index emini futures pared gains, the dollar weakened against the yen and US¬†Treasury securities prices gained on a modest flight-to-safety bid. 2:15PM Huge police presence Harriet Alexander is at the scene. She writes: New York‚??s police department has shut the normally chaotic 8th Avenue from Penn Station north, for around 10 blocks. Large blacked-out 4x4s are streaming in, sirens blaring, with senior NYPD officials arriving on the scene. There is a huge police presence at the Port Authority terminal itself, with heavily-armed police at the door and NYPD officers yelling at the curious onlookers not to stand in the road and take photos on their phones, blocking the influx of police cars. The explosion was in the middle of rush hour, and yet many caught up in it seemed unaware, asking instead why they had been asked to get off the subway. 1:58PM Bomber is 27-year-old man The suspected bomber is a 27-year-old man, according to the former NY police commissioner Bill Bratton. 1:43PM Male suspect had explosives 'strapped on' body The male suspect had explosives strapped on when they exploded, law enforcement official told AP. Fire brigade crew wait at the scene after an explosion occured at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York Credit: Getty ¬† 1:36PM Donald Trump briefed on attack The US President has been briefed on the explosion in New York, the White House said. ¬† 1:32PM Just one person injured, in addition to the suspected bomber Just one person has been injured in addition to the suspected bomber, CNN reported. The bomb went off prematurely¬†and had been intended to cause far greater damage. 1:29PM Bomb found on subway platform The bomb was reportedly found on a train platform, which suggests it was intended to be detonated in a train carriage. A still from a WNYW video showing police in Manhattan following reports of an explosion¬† ¬† 1:27PM 'Isil-inspired attack' - Bill Bratton Former NY police commissioner Bill Bratton has claimed the attack was inspired by Isil.

What Is Eggnog Made Out Of, Anyway?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:52:35 -0500

What other time of year do we drink something that‚??s basically custard spiked with booze?

Trump visits Mississippi's Civil Rights Museum amid protests

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:30:48 -0500

As Trump visited the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, protesters held up signs and shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."

Al Franken Makes Santa's Naughty List On 'SNL,' But Roy Moore Makes The 'Registry'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:30:44 -0500

Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 10, 2017 ‚??Saturday Night Live‚??s‚?Ě take on politics this week featured elf Kate McKinnon and Santa Kenan Thompson in the cold open listening to a line-up of smart kids asking about everything from opioids to Colin Kaepernick and toys ‚?? more specifically, Matt Lauer‚??s sex toys.

Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They‚??re Not Scientologist

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:02:15 -0500

CLEARWATER, Fla. ‚?? It was a weekday afternoon here in early December, and a gaggle of kids outside of Clearwater Academy International were playing with a ball, their laughter and shouts filling the air.

Hannibal Buress Arrested For Disorderly Intoxication In Miami

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:53:54 -0500

Hannibal Buress was arrested in Miami on Saturday on charges of disorderly intoxication, People reported.

The Army's Has Over 100,000 'New' M4A1 Rifles - Here's What They Can Do

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:10:00 -0500

To date, the Army has completed more than 117,000¬†M4A1¬†upgrades on the way to the eventual transformation of more than 480,000¬†M4¬†rifles. As a result, it is entirely conceivable that the Army will explore new requirements and technologies for the¬†M4A1¬†as time goes on. The service‚??s so-called M4 Product Improvement Program, or PIP, is a far-reaching initiative to upgrade the Army‚??s entire current inventory of M4 rifles into higher-tech, durable and more lethal M4A1 weapons, Army spokesman Pete Rowland, spokesman for PM Soldier Weapons, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:18:11 -0500

BAGHDAD (AP) ‚?? After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.

Trump Chooses His Agenda Over Allegations in Alabama

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:55:35 -0500

Post Game: Hallie Jackson joins Ali Vitali to talk about President Trump's decision to endorse Reublican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, despite allegations against Moore.

White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For Years

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:24:31 -0500

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Will 'Step Away' From Company After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:27:30 -0500

The chef apologized to the "people I have mistreated and hurt"

Rouhani meeting wraps British FM's 'worthwhile' Iran visit

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:14:29 -0500

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, wrapping up a visit in which he pushed for the release of imprisoned dual nationals. A key focus of Johnson's visit had been the case of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which she denies. "Nazanin's case was not held today in the wake of the foreign secretary's visit.

The fight for the Dream Act is reaching its peak ‚?? but time is running out

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:00:15 -0500

Osmar Abad Cruz likes to say his mom is the ‚??original Dreamer‚?Ě. Nearly 25 years later, Abad Cruz, now 29, is living the life his mother wanted him to have. This was possible in large part thanks to an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Daca,, which shielded nearly 800,000 young immigrants brought to the US as children from the threat of deportation.

China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:56:00 -0500

Like the rest of China‚??s military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China‚??s People‚??s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license‚??or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China‚??s armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.

Who is New York subway bomber suspect Akayed Ullah?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:14:25 -0500

A bomb has exploded on a Manhattan subway platform leaving four people injured in a suspected-Isil-inspired attack. The suspected bomber is Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who is thought to have lived in the US for seven years.  Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub, sources told the New York Post. Local TV image reported to be Akayed Ullah Credit: CBS/Universal News And Sport The device prematurely exploded which meant it only partially detonated in the right side of the suspect's jacket.    Ullah, who is thought to have been seriously injured in the attack, told officials he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post. CCTV Port Authority image reported to be of Akayed Ullah Credit: NY Port Authority/Universal News And Sport The blast happened on Monday morning in an underpass at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square - the nation's most crowded bus station. Ullah had burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen, police said. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has described the incident as a "suspected terror attack". Emergency services respond to New York terror attack  

Tennessee boy's heart-wrenching video about bullying rallies massive support

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:40:52 -0500

A Tennesse boy's emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school is stirring support across the country.

Fox News Anchor Fumbles With Facts During Segment On 'Fake News'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:13:23 -0500

During a Sunday segment sounding the alarm about the rise of ‚??fake news‚?Ě in the mainstream media, Fox News anchor Leland Vittert¬†twice claimed that The Washington Post had fired a reporter over a misleading tweet that sparked the ire of President Donald Trump.

DNC Unity Commission Agrees On Slate Of Historic Reforms

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:00:00 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚?? At its final meeting on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic National Committee‚??s Unity and Reform Commission agreed to a set of dramatic revisions aimed at restoring faith in the presidential nomination process and the management of the DNC.

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas in kingdom after 35-year ban

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:38:41 -0500

Saudi Arabia has lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the kingdom's nascent film industry. Reviving cinemas would represent a paradigm shift in the kingdom, which is promoting entertainment as part of a sweeping reform plan for a post-oil era, despite opposition from conservatives who have long vilified movie theatres as vulgar and sinful. "Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years," the culture and information ministry said in a statement. A Saudi woman takes a selfie with a man dressed as the Beast from Disney film Beauty and the Beast at the country's first ever Comic-Con Arabia event "This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the kingdom," the statement quoted Information Minister Awwad Alawwad as saying. Like most public spaces in the kingdom, cinema halls are expected to be segregated by gender or have a separate section for families. Hardliners, who see cinemas as a threat to cultural and religious identity, were instrumental in shutting them down in the 1980s. Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric warned in January of the "depravity" of cinemas, saying they would corrupt morals. Profile | Mohammad bin Salman But authorities appear to be shrugging off the threat, with some comparing Saudi Arabia's reform drive to a fast-moving bus - either people get on board or risk being left behind.  Saudi Arabia in recent months has organised music concerts, a Comic-Con pop culture festival and a mixed-gender national day celebration that saw people dancing in the streets to thumping electronic music for the first time. Saudis themselves appear quietly astounded by the torrid pace of change - including the historic decision allowing women to drive from next June. The social transformation chimes with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's recent pledge to return Saudi Arabia to an "open, moderate Islam" and destroy extremist ideologies. Saudi filmmakers have long argued that a ban on cinemas does not make sense in the age of YouTube. Saudi films have been making waves abroad, using the internet to circumvent distribution channels and sometimes the stern gaze of state censors. "It is a beautiful day in #SaudiArabia! Saudi Arabia says cinemas to get licenses in early 2018," Saudi female director Haifaa al-Mansour wrote on Twitter. Her film "Wadjda" made history in 2013 after it became Saudi Arabia's first Academy Award entry. The film depicts the dream of a 10-year-old girl to get a bicycle just like the boys in her conservative neighbourhood. This year, the country is again vying for an Oscar with the film "Barakah Meets Barakah", the kingdom's first romantic comedy which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. "Now our young men and women will show the world possibilities and stories worth seeing," Saudi filmmaker Aymen Tarek Jamal said on Twitter. "Congratulations to the 2030 Generation."

Russia‚??s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:29:00 -0500

All of the reasons¬†the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia‚??s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.

California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:33:32 -0500

The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:32:22 -0500

Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well. Fires that have chased almost 200,000 Californians from their homes covered the Getty's hillside location in smoke this week. Perched above the busy 405 freeway, an artery of California's traffic system, the Getty is among the most visited U.S. museums and reopened on Friday after two days closed.

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:11:24 -0500

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) ‚?? A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.

Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As ‚??Fabricated‚??

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:00:03 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚??¬†Interior Secretary¬†Ryan Zinke¬†on Saturday swung back at recent media reports about his costly¬†use of government helicopters,¬†calling them ‚??total fabrications and a wild departure from reality.‚?Ě

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:10:25 -0500

By Robin Emmott and John Davison BRUSSELS/CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, took his own case to Egypt on Monday and was expected to fly to Turkey for a meeting of Muslim countries this week, cementing support from leaders who say the U.S. move was a dire error. President Donald Trump announced last Wednesday the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy and international consensus that the city's status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian talks.

UN envoy warns N. Korea 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:31:26 -0500

A senior UN envoy warned Saturday there was a grave risk that a miscalculation could trigger conflict with North Korea as he urged Pyongyang to keep communication channels open after a rare visit to the reclusive state. Jeffrey Feltman's trip to the North -- the first by such a high-ranking UN diplomat since 2010 -- kicked off less than a week after Pyongyang said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. The United Nations said Feltman met North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk and they "agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today".

Vladimir Putin announces Russian withdrawal from Syria during visit to airbase 

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:08:26 -0500

Vladimir Putin has said Russia will withdraw the bulk of its¬†forces from Syria following the "successful intervention" in the conflict there. The announcement comes after the defence ministry said last week that Russia had ‚??completely liberated‚?Ě Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), despite reports that the terrorist group still controls some remote territory there.¬† Speaking to soldiers at Russia's Khmeimim airbase during¬†his first trip to Syria,¬†where he was welcomed by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Mr Putin said he was ordering the defence minister and head of the general staff to begin withdrawing Russian forces to their home bases. ¬† ‚??In two-and-a-half years, Russia's military along with the Syrian army have defeated the most battle-worthy gang of international terrorists,‚?Ě Mr Putin said. ‚??In connection with this, I've made the decision that a significant part of the Russian military contingent located in the Syrian Arab Republic will return home to Russia.‚?Ě VIDEO: Putin visits Russian troops at Syria‚??s #Khmeimim Airbase‚?? RT (@RT_com) 11 December 2017 Moscow will continue to operate the Khmeimim airbase as well as its naval base in Tartus and will crush any further terrorist activities in Syria, he said.¬† ‚??If the terrorists raise their head again, we will hit them with such strikes as they have never seen,‚?Ě Mr Putin said. ‚??We will never forget the casualties and losses that we suffered in the fight with terrorism here in Syria as well as at home in Russia.‚?̬† Vladimir Putin with Bashar al-Assad during his visit at Hmeymim base Credit: Kremlin Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The president told his troops they were ‚??returning with victory‚?Ě to their homeland and loved ones. Mr Putin's triumphant visit to Syria comes days after he said he would run for re-election in March, a vote that is expected to keep him in power until 2024, nearly as long as Joseph Stalin. He is expected to make Russia's more aggressive foreign policy and defiance of the West a centerpiece of his campaign. Assad welcomes Putin¬† The leaders embrace on the tarmac Mr Putin also met with president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt on Monday and was traveling on to Turkey to speak with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of a strengthening of ties and the two countries. During the sit-down, Mr al-Sisi called for the Syria de-escalation zones established by Iran, Russia and Turkey to be expanded. Mr Putin said Russia was ready to resume flights to Egypt, which were suspended after the bombing of a Russian airliner on Halloween 2015. Russia has also been drafting an agreement to deploy warplanes to Egypt, further increasing its presence in the Middle East.¬† Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian and Turkish leaders would discuss a political solution to the Syrian war. Mr Putin has met Mr Erdogan, who he once denounced as a backstabber after Turkey shot down a Russian plane in 2015, four times in the past two months. Vladimir Putin, left, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, arrive for their talks in Cairo Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Russia's casualties have been mounting in Syria as its ground presence grew from advisers and military contractors to include special forces this fall, although the exact number of deaths remains secret. In September, Russia's top military adviser was killed by a mortar strike, and two Russians who were reportedly working for a Russian private contractor were captured by Isil¬†and executed in September. Read more | Escape from Isil Mr Putin announced an air campaign in September 2015 to support his ally, an intervention that has turned the tide of the war and positioned Russia as one of the most influential voices in talks to deterine Syria's future. Russia, Turkey and Iran have been holding rival negotiations to the Western-backed talks in Geneva.¬† Al-Assad visited Sochi last month, hugging his Russian counterpart and thanking him for ‚??Russia's efforts to save our country‚?Ě.¬†Mr Putin returned the gesture and hugged al-Assad when he disembarked his presidential plane in Syria on Monday.

What to Know About the Attack in New York City Today

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:21:01 -0500

One suspect has been taken into custody after an explosion at a major transit hub

Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Nick and Drew Lachey's Bar Manager

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:41:37 -0500

Lavoris Hightower faces several charges, including attempted murder and felonious assault.

Migrants workers in Beijing are being evicted from their premises

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:04:53 -0500

Migrants workers in Beijing are being evicted from their premises since Nov. 11. The move came after a deadly fire in Beijing's outskirts that left 19 dead.

Barack Obama Records Robocall For Doug Jones In Alabama Senate Race

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:31:18 -0500

WASHINGTON ‚?? Former President Barack Obama has jumped into the highly anticipated Alabama Senate race, recording a robocall to rally support and voter turnout for Democratic candidate Doug Jones, on the eve of Tuesday‚??s special election.

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:19:51 -0500

MOSCOW (AP) ‚?? Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against "terrorists" in Syria on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in the county, where he also announced a partial pullout of Russian troops.

Kelsey Grammer says he forgives sister‚??s rapist and killer but he does not deserve freedom

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Kelsey Grammer has spoken about his grief following his sister‚??s murder in 1975. Speaking on BBC Radio 4‚??s Desert Island Discs, the Frasier actor said he has forgiven the man who sexually assaulted and killed his sister. Karen Grammer was abducted, raped and murdered at the age of 18 by Freddie Glenn and accomplice Michael Corbett on 1 July 1975.

US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:07:03 -0500

A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island's main prison by cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw, authorities said. Foreigners are regularly arrested for drugs offences on Bali.

Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don't Sound Too Inspired.

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:04:52 -0500

‚?? Days before Alabama‚??s special Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones is within striking distance of winning a seat his party hasn‚??t won in 25 years.

Yemen's Saleh buried in Sanaa with handful of relatives present -sources

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:01:34 -0500

Yemen's Houthi group has buried the body of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, allowing only a handful of relatives to attend, sources from his General People's Congress (GPC) party said on Sunday. Saleh, 75, was killed by the Iran-aligned Houthis on Monday, after he had called for a "new page" in ties with a Saudi-led coalition that his supporters together with the Houthis had fought for nearly three years. A GPC source, who has asked not to be identified, said the Houthis allowed less than 10 people from Saleh's relatives to attend the night-time burial in the capital Sanaa, but gave no details on the exact location.

Suspect Captured In 'Terror-Related' Explosion Near New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:48:34 -0500

New York City police said they were investigating a possible explosion in New York City‚??s transit system near Eight Avenue and 42nd Street in the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday.

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