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  • Nationwide Walkout Supports Kavanaugh Accusers: 'Women Must Be Heard' news

    Women's rights organizations are urging people to take part in a national

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:29:55 -0400
  • Interstate Left Covered In Fish After Hurricane Florence Floodwaters Recede news

    Firefighters in North Carolina put their hoses to a different use over the

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:42:29 -0400
  • Iran holds mass funerals for victims of military parade attack news

    Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets on Monday for the funerals of those killed in the weekend’s attack on a military parade amid conflicting claims over who was responsible for the shooting.  Mourners lined the streets of the southwestern city of Ahvaz to pay respects to the 25 people gunned down on Saturday when four armed men opened fire on a military ceremony to commemorate the Iran-Iraq war.     Among those buried was Mohammad Taha Eghdami, a four-year-old boy, who was the youngest victim of the attack. Eight members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were also killed in one of the worst attacks suffered by Iran in years. All four gunmen were killed. The Islamic State (Isil) has claimed responsibility for the shooting but so has an Arab separatist group within Iran, known as the Ahvaz National Resistance.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said on Monday that the attack was carried out by terrorists paid by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Iran's regional rivals.  "This cowardly act was done by people who the Americans come to help when they are trapped in Syria and Iraq, and are paid by Saudi Arabia and the UAE," the ayatollah said.  Isil's official news agency, Amaq, released a video purporting to show three of the four gunmen shortly before the attack.  The three men filmed the video in a car using a mobile phone. They appeared to be disguised in Revolutionary Guard uniforms to allow them to infiltrate the parade ground.  فيديو لـ 3 من منفذي هجوم مدينة #الأحواز جنوب #إيران أمس عراقي جزراوي إيراني— عطاء أحمد (@3ataaAh) September 23, 2018 One of the men, speaking in Farsi, vowed to carry out "merciless killings" against the Revolutionary Guard. "With Allah's will, there will be merciless killings against the enemies of Allah among the Guards and others," he said.  The other two men spoke in Arabic about carrying out jihad. None of the three men made any specific reference to being members of Isil or any other group in the video. It was not clear from their accents where the men were from.  Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for the Iranian military, said Saturday that Isil was not behind the attack and instead blamed Israel and the US.  Other Iranian officials have also blamed foreign powers for the attack.  Saturday's attack shook Iran Credit: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi In 2017, Isil launched a brazen attack on the Iranian parliament and other sites in Tehran. Eighteen people were killed in the attack. Iran and its Shia militia allies have been deeply involved in the fight against Isil in both Iraq and Syria.  Ahvaz is in the western province of Khuzestan, which neighbours Iraq, and has struggled with Arab separatist movements which want to declare independence from Iran. Iran summoned the ambassadors of Britain, Denmark, and the Netherlands after the attack and accused them of harbouring Arab separatists in their countries.  Iranian officials were furious after a London-based, Farsi-language television channel, known as "Iran International" broadcast an interview with a spokesman for the separatist militants immediately after the attack.  Iran's embassy said it planned to complain to Ofcom, the UK broadcasting regulator, about the channel.  

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:31:03 -0400
  • The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania news

    KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local):

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:18:48 -0400
  • Testimony by Kavanaugh accuser set; new allegation surfaces

    The agreement for Christine Blasey Ford to testify came just hours before the New Yorker magazine published an article in which a second woman, identified as Deborah Ramirez, described another instance of alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, also in the 1980s, when both attended Yale University. Ford's agreement to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came a week after she went public in an interview in the Washington Post with her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:57:11 -0400
  • Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link news

    A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing. Chinese security have been stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the harbourfront West Kowloon rail terminus, as part of a new "special port area" that is subject to mainland law. Despite critics' fears over passenger safety in the mainland zones, hundreds gathered at the terminus, with the first train leaving for the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen at 7:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday).

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:38:17 -0400
  • Japan's Hayabusa2 successfully deploys two rovers on the surface of an asteroid news

    It's just like the movie Armageddon, but without the apocalypse scenario. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has reason to celebrate after successfully deploying a pair of robots on the surface of an asteroid. The mission, which played out on Friday, aims to gather photos and data from the asteroid called Ryugu. SEE ALSO: Astronaut captures photos of ominous-looking Hurricane Florence from space The mission's success — marking the end of a four-year journey — was confirmed in a tweet on Saturday from JAXA's account for the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer. We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface. #asteroidlanding — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 A flood of imagery followed as the two hopping rovers — yes, they get around by hopping — set about their important task.  This is a picture from MINERVA-II1. The color photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 21 around 13:08 JST, immediately after separation from the spacecraft. Hayabusa2 is top and Ryugu's surface is below. The image is blurred because the rover is spinning. #asteroidlanding — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 Photo taken by Rover-1B on Sept 21 at ~13:07 JST. It was captured just after separation from the spacecraft. Ryugu's surface is in the lower right. The misty top left region is due to the reflection of sunlight. 1B seems to rotate slowly after separation, minimising image blur. — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 This dynamic photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 22 at around 11:44 JST. It was taken on Ryugu's surface during a hop. The left-half is the surface of Ryugu, while the white region on the right is due to sunlight. (Hayabusa2 Project) — HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 You can keep up with the status of Hayabusa2's mission on JAXA's English-language website right here. There's also a post from JAXA discussing the mission here. As JAXA notes, MINERVA-II1 "is the world’s first rover (mobile exploration robot) to land on the surface of an asteroid. This is also the first time for autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid surface." WATCH: Elon Musk just unveiled images of SpaceX's ship that he hopes will be key to bringing people to Mars

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:24:32 -0400
  • Indonesian teenager survives for 49 days adrift at sea in a flimsy hut news

    In a tale of extraordinary human survival, an Indonesian teenager has managed to keep himself alive for 49 days while floating adrift in a flimsy hut for thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean. Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, was working lonely shifts as a lamp keeper for a floating fish trap, 80 miles off the coast of Indonesia’s North Sulawesi in July when strong winds broke the mooring and pushed him far out to sea.  He was eventually rescued in late August by a ship sailing under a Panama flag that picked him up in the waters near Guam and then dropped him off in Japan, reported the Jakarta Post.  Mr Aldi, who was finally reunited with his family in early September, had struggled to keep his spirits up when 10 passing ships failed to spot his plight, revealed an Indonesian consular official in the southern Japanese city of Osaka. “Aldi said he had been scared and often cried when adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than ten ships had passed him, none of them stopped,” said Fajar Firdaus, a diplomat.  Mr Aldi’s ordeal finally ended on August 31  Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka /Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka  Mirza Nurhidayat, the Indonesian consul general in Osaka, explained that Mr Aldi’s hut, known as a Rompong, did not have a paddle or an engine.  After his meagre food supplies ran out, he had to catch fish and drink sea water to survive. “After he ran out of cooking gas, he burned the rompong’s wooden fences to make fire for cooking. He drank by sipping water from his clothes,” he said.  Pacific Ocean fish trap rescue map Mr Aldi’s ordeal finally ended on August 31 when he saw the tanker ‘Arpeggio’ sailing nearby. After failing to attract attention by waving a cloth, he switched his radio to an emergency frequency and the ship’s captain picked it up.  The rescue was complicated by high waves and crew members threw a rope to help him as the ship circled his tiny craft. In desperation, Mr Aldi jumped into the water to reach it and was eventually pulled to safety.  Mr Aldi's ordeal has highlighted the perils faced by lamp keepers who take on the isolated job of looking after fish traps Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka  The captain contacted the coastguard of Guam, a tiny US territory, but was told to carry on his planned route to Japan, where Mr Aldi could be helped by his embassy.  Although his journey had a happy ending and Mr Aldi is now in good health, his story has also highlighted the perils faced by lamp keepers who take on the isolated job of looking after fish traps.  Mr Aldi's journey had a happy ending and he is now in good health Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka  Mr Aldi had been contracted to light lamps around the Rompong to attract and trap fish, and only had a walkie-talkie for company.  His only contact with another human being was once a week when someone would come to harvest the caught fish and give him a fresh batch of food, fuel and water.   

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:38:05 -0400
  • Rod Rosenstein Attends White House Meeting As Job Is Reportedly In Jeopardy news

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was overseeing special counsel

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:59:56 -0400
  • Women Walk Out Across The Country In Support Of Kavanaugh's Accusers news

    At 1 p.m. on Monday, supporters of the women who accused Supreme Court nominee

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:20:59 -0400
  • James Woods Blasts 'Truly Egregious' Twitter For Locking His Account news

    Outspoken actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account after

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:41:16 -0400
  • US warns Russia over missile defense for Syria news

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:10:23 -0400
  • North Carolina Good Samaritan Who Saved 27 Cats and Dogs During Hurricane Florence Arrested for Lack of Permit news

    Tammie Hedges opened an emergency shelter but could now pay a steep price.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:56:56 -0400
  • Ambassador Haley: 'I've never heard' Cabinet consider invoking 25th Amendment news

    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is interviewed on "This Week" ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 07:25:54 -0400
  • Turkey orders 61 soldiers detained for suspected Gulen links: media news

    Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 61 soldiers from the navy and land forces, including senior officers, for suspected links to a U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 failed coup, state media said on Monday. Eighteen of those ordered detained were on active duty, Anadolu news agency said, adding the suspects included 13 majors and 12 captains from the land forces and 24 first lieutenants from the navy. Authorities have carried out regular sweeps against alleged members of cleric Fethullah Gulen's network since the coup attempt of July 2016, in which 250 people were killed.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:17:17 -0400
  • China comes out ahead in Vatican deal: analysts news

    The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said. The two sides signed a provisional agreement on Saturday on who gets to name senior churchmen, an issue that has bedevilled ties for decades, and China quickly said it hoped for an improvement in relations. With its outsized international influence, the Vatican is the most important of Taiwan's 17 remaining friends, and its only European partner.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:49:12 -0400
  • NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump news

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:37:15 -0400
  • Gunmen attack military parade in Ahvaz, Iran

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:26:53 -0400
  • Kellyanne Conway Downplays Kavanaugh Allegations: He Wasn't 'Powerful' At The Time news

    Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Monday appeared to brush off the

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:19:24 -0400
  • FCC Hiding Evidence Of Suspected Russian Role In Ending Net Neutrality: Lawsuit news

    The Federal Communications Commission has obstinately hidden information

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:02:29 -0400
  • Donald Trump's New Presidential Cadillac Limo Steps Out news

    First look at the new version of Donald Trump's presidential limousine, nicknamed the Beast, on duty in New York City.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:30:00 -0400
  • Six Flags St. Louis Challenges You To Stay In A Coffin For 30 Hours news

    Who hasn't at one time in their life considered lying in a coffin for an

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:59:21 -0400
  • Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 218 news

    (This new version of the story corrects number of dead in lede.) By Jackson Njehia UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) - Divers rescued a man from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry on Saturday, two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria killing at least 218 people. Bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel, which initial estimates suggested had been carrying more than 300 people. State broadcaster TBC said late on Saturday the death toll had reached 218. ...

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 05:34:26 -0400
  • Eerie images showcase the hidden abandoned beauty of de facto republic

    These images show eerily beautiful scenes of abandonment captured by British photographer James Kerwin in Abkhazia on the Black Sea.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:47 -0400
  • BIS warns global economy risks crisis 'relapse' news

    The Bank of International Settlements said Sunday the global economy risked a "relapse" of the crisis that rocked it a decade ago, warning there was little "medicine" left to treat the patient a second time. "Things look rather fragile," BIS chief economist Claudio Borio told reporters in a conference call. "There is little left in the medicine chest to nurse the patient back to health or care for him in case of a relapse," he warned.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:27:38 -0400
  • 2 militant groups reject demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two insurgent groups rejected a deal reached this month between Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region with one saying Sunday that the agreement aims to "bury the revolution."

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:38:14 -0400
  • Michelle Obama calls out 'nastiness of our politics' during voting rally news

    Michelle Obama said she hoped to get Nevada residents "fired up" to vote.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:23:47 -0400
  • You Can Participate In Me Too Without Sharing Your Own Trauma news

    Last week, the president of the United States defended his Supreme Court

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:45:11 -0400
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack news

    Saturday's assault, one of the worst ever against the most powerful force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran. "Considering (the Guards') full knowledge about the centers of deployment of the criminal terrorists' leaders ..., they will face a deadly and unforgettable vengeance in the near future," the Guards said in a statement carried by state media. Four assailants fired on a viewing stand in the southwestern city of Ahvaz where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:40:50 -0400
  • Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines news

    Sports car maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and resulting urban driving bans. "There won't be any Porsche diesels in the future," CEO Oliver Blume told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. The Porsche chief conceded the step was a result of the three-year-old "dieselgate" scandal at auto giant Volkswagen, the group to which the luxury sports car brand belongs.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:39:44 -0400
  • National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption news

    HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:30:12 -0400
  • Cosby's lawyers, psychologist spar in court over 'predator' label news

    Bill Cosby's lawyers and a state-appointed psychologist argued in court on Monday over whether the disgraced comedian should be deemed a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law as a two-day sentencing hearing began for Cosby's sexual assault conviction. Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to face a possible prison sentence since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields. Cosby, 81, built a family-friendly reputation playing the affable Dr. Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show." He was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:54:50 -0400
  • US trade war with China intensifies as planned talks 'are axed' amid largest ever tariffs news

    The US has hit China with its largest round of tariffs yet in an escalating trade war, as planned talks between the two nations have reportedly been cancelled. The Chinese government accused Donald Trump’s administration of "trade bullying practices" and "intimidating other countries through economic measures" after the US levied tariffs of 10 per cent on $200bn of Chinese products. The latest round of tariffs arrived after $50bn worth were previously applied by both China and the US on each other’s products.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:58:07 -0400
  • Equities slide as US and China trade blows news

    Asian and European stocks slid Monday as US tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports took effect, clouding the global economic outlook as the trade war reached a fever pitch.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:56:39 -0400
  • Russia blames 'misleading' Israeli intelligence for downed plane in Syria news

    The Russian military on Sunday said "misleading" information from the Israeli airforce caused the downing of a Russian plane in Syria, and denounced the "adventurism" of Israeli pilots. Military spokesman Igor Konashenkov presented the results of an investigation of how a Russian Ilyushin-20 with 15 troops on board was shot down by a Syrian air defence missile on September 17. Moscow has accused Israel's fighter pilots of using the bigger Ilyushin as cover, resulting in Syria's Soviet-era S-200 air defence system interpreting the Russian plane as a target. Israel denied this version of events and its air force commander flew to Moscow following the incident, which President Vladimir Putin called a result of a "chain of tragic accidental circumstances." It was the deadliest known case of friendly fire between Syria and key backer Russia since Moscow's game-changing 2015 military intervention. Konashenkov said the Russian military received a call from Israeli command at 1839 GMT warning that Israel would be striking "north of Syria", where the Il-20 surveillance aircraft was monitoring the Idlib de-escalation zone. Russia ordered its plane back to base. Then, "one minute" after Israel's call, its F-16 planes struck targets in Latakia in western Syria, he said. "The misleading (information) by the Israeli officer regarding the location of the strikes made it impossible to guide the Il-20 to a safe location," said Konashenkov. As the Il-20 was landing near Latakia, one of the F-16 planes "began manoeuvres" at 1859 GMT "getting closer to the Il-20", which was interpreted as a repeat attack by the Syrian air defence and resulted in it being shot down, he said. "Monitoring the Il-20, the Israeli fighters used it as cover from the anti-aircraft missiles" and continued to patrol the area long after the Russian plane was shot down, he said.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:54:15 -0400
  • Our Favorite Light Fixtures Right Now news

    Rustic, retro, or refined, our favorite fixtures showcase the materials of the moment

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0400
  • Hundreds Of Yale Students Protest Kavanaugh, Demand Investigation news

    Hundreds of Yale Law students are demanding a full, fair and impartial

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:32:56 -0400
  • Barrett-Jackson to Auction Vehicles from the Burt Reynolds Collection news

    Yes, there's a black and gold Trans Am among them,

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:05:00 -0400
  • Miner Barrick agrees to buy Randgold to create $18bn gold giant news

    Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold agreed Monday to buy Africa-focused rival Randgold Resources to create a global industry champion worth $18.3 billion. The blockbuster all-share deal was described as a merger but is effectively a takeover because Barrick investors will own a majority 66.6-percent stake. Randgold shareholders will hold the rest.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:58:50 -0400
  • Red lentils shine when you add garlic, ginger and curry news

    Small red lentils are one of our favorite legumes; they do not hold their shape when cooked but break down into a creamy, thick puree_perfect for a hearty, satisfying soup.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:18:18 -0400
  • 17 Easy French-Inspired Recipes That Anyone Can Make

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    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:36:00 -0400
  • Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge news

    Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he was under investigation, police said, and was picked up by Taiwanese authorities on Friday after his U.S. passport was annulled. Wilson's attorney, Samy Khalil, said in a statement late on Sunday: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. As the founder of Defense Distributed, Wilson became a notable figure in the U.S. debate over guns after the company posted on the internet the blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3-D printer.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:36:06 -0400
  • Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows news

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump's lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 20:38:25 -0400
  • Conservationists slam Australia shark policy as more killed news

    Conservationists on Monday slammed the baiting and killing of sharks at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot after two swimmers were attacked, saying the policy was brutal and indiscriminate. Queensland state authorities deployed drumlines -- which use baited hooks to catch the predators -- at the Whitsunday Islands after two tourists were mauled in separate incidents a day apart last week. Hannah Papps, 12, and 46-year-old Justine Barwick, who were bitten on their legs, remain in hospital.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:39:47 -0400
  • Yes, China or Russia Could Beat the Air Force In a War. This Is How. news

    All of the scary details. 

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0400
  • Tiger's Back! Woods Brings Home First Golf Victory Since 2013 news

    Looking like his younger self, Tiger Woods held on Sunday at the Tour

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:34:07 -0400
  • Rep. Biggs: Ford's testimony offer looks like stall tactic news

    Kavanaugh's accuser agrees to testify, but Dr. Christine Ford's lawyers request a Thursday hearing; Rep. Andy Biggs reacts on 'America's News HQ.'

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:41:21 -0400
  • Britain 'concerned' after Hong Kong bans pro-independence party news

    The UK government has demanded China respect the autonomy of Hong Kong after Beijing banned a political party in the city that supports independence from China. “We are concerned by the decision” of the government, the Foreign Office said in a statement. “The UK does not support Hong Kong independence, but Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and its rights and freedoms are central to its way of life, and it is important they are fully respected.” The ban was instituted on Monday on the grounds that the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) was found a threat to national security as Beijing continues to stamp out challenges to its sovereignty. It is the first such ban on a political party since the former British colony was handed back to China by the UK in 1997. Police requested the ban in July under the Societies Ordinance, which allows groups to be prohibited in the interests of national security and public safety.  Under the move, it is now illegal to be a party member, raise money for the group and to participate or act on behalf of the organization. Anyone in violation could face up to three years in prison and thousands in fines, according to a government notice posted online. Pro-democracy demonstrations in the special administrative region in 2014 largely failed to usher in political reforms. Since then, activists have continued speaking out. However, pro-independence supporters have been barred from running for office, including Andy Chan, a founding member of HKNP. Others have been disqualified from the legislative council.  The ban came one day after a controversial high-speed rail link opened connecting Beijing to Hong Kong, a move that also stoked concerns about the growing reach of China into the city diminishing its autonomy.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:45:52 -0400
  • Toyota is jumping on the Android Auto bandwagon: report news

    Just a week after Google revealed its partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to create intelligent infotainment systems using Android, Toyota has reportedly agreed to use Android Auto. According to a Bloomberg source, Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to put the Android infotainment system directly into their cars, an agreement taking place not long after the company's decision to make their vehicles compatible with Apple's CarPlay earlier this year. The new level of connectivity being introduced to Toyota products is likely to bring in new customers who may have previously avoided the brand due to the compatibility delay with the Google software, especially since more than 80% of smartphones use this OS.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:36:41 -0400
  • Pope honours victims of Holocaust, Soviet terror in Lithuania news

    Pope Francis on Sunday paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and remembered those who risked and lost their lives to challenge the Soviet regime in Lithuania. Pre-war Lithuania was home to a thriving Jewish community of more than 200,000 people known as "Litvaks", with its capital Vilnius a hub of learning known as the "Jerusalem of the North".

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:03:40 -0400
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