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Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

13 Dec 2018 at 7:51pm

Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attackRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ? Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away.




Rep. Peter Welch joins Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in addressing job creation, c...

12 Dec 2018 at 4:45am

Rep. Peter Welch joins Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in addressing job creation, climate changeVermont Rep. Peter Welch took to Twitter to support New York Rep.-Elect Ocasio-Cortez's ''Green New Deal." Here are the details.




Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless Bullying

13 Dec 2018 at 5:58am

Middle School Student Dumps Trump From His Name After Relentless BullyingA middle school student in Delaware has been allowed to change his surname




Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

12 Dec 2018 at 12:44pm

Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum orderThe U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration since taking office last year. Citing what he called an overwhelmed immigration system, Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that authorities process asylum claims only for migrants crossing the southern U.S. border at an official port of entry.




3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

13 Dec 2018 at 11:24am

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mineCLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) ? Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.




Pope removes two cardinals linked to sex abuse allegations from his inner circle

12 Dec 2018 at 4:15pm

Pope removes two cardinals linked to sex abuse allegations from his inner circleTwo leading cardinals allegedly linked to sexual abuse have been dismissed from Pope Francis' inner circle. Australian Cardinal George Pell and Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz have been removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals, an advisory body set up by Francis, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Cardinal Pell, appointed head of the Vatican?s economic secretariat by the pope in 2014, has taken a leave of absence to fight allegations of historic sexual misconduct in Australia. He is still officially in charge of Vatican finances, a position considered one of the most powerful in the Catholic hierarchy. Francisco Errazuriz Ossa has been accused of covering up allegations against abusive priests in Chile. Congolese Laurent Monsengwo, 79, who retired as archbishop of Kinshasa in November, is also leaving the advisory council. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke announced the changes on Wednesday, saying Francis had written to the three prelates individually in October, "thanking them for the work they have done for the past five years." In a statement Mr Burke said the Pope had reflected on ?the work, structure and composition? of the council after meeting council members in September. Chile's Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa has also been removed Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File At its latest meeting this week the advisory body discussed a variety of issues from Vatican spending constraints to the special conference on the protection of minors to be held at the Vatican at the end of February next year. The Catholic Church has been hit by a series of child abuse scandals in recent years in countries including the US, Ireland, Chile and Ireland, with widespread allegations of cover-ups against clergy, including the pope himself. Mr Errazuriz, long considered a close papal ally, was archbishop of Santiago from 1998-2010.  He has come under fire in recent months amid claims that he hid the crimes of Chile?s allegedly abusive priests including Fernando Karadima, who has been accused of a string of child sex offenses going back to 1984. Profile | Pope Francis Mr Pell, former archbishop of Sydney, has consistently denied allegations of sexual abuse made against him. Specific details of the accusations have been suppressed by a court order and Australian law strictly limits reporting on proceedings.   Mr Burke declined to comment on court proceedings against 77-year-old Mr Pell saying: "The Holy See has the utmost respect for Australian judicial authorities. We are aware that there is a suppression order in place by the court and we respect that order.? The Pope created the council of cardinals after his election in 2013, tasking the group with helping him reform the Vatican bureaucracy known as the Roman Curia. Mr Burke said the three cardinals would not be replaced immediately, leaving the council temporarily with six members.




Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid

12 Dec 2018 at 1:38pm

Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raidGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ? The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate ? everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.




Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

12 Dec 2018 at 11:39pm

Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billionInsurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total.




Stacey Abrams Says She?ll Run Again After Losing Fierce Battle For Georgia Go...

12 Dec 2018 at 5:53am

Stacey Abrams Says She?ll Run Again After Losing Fierce Battle For Georgia GovernorStacey Abrams is not done yet.




Sanctions Will Harm Only the Iranian Regime, Not the Iranian People

12 Dec 2018 at 7:41pm

Sanctions Will Harm Only the Iranian Regime, Not the Iranian PeopleThat is why Washington must maintain them.




Canadian consultant falls foul of China

13 Dec 2018 at 7:24am

Canadian consultant falls foul of ChinaIrrepressible, linguistically adept, and astonishingly well-connected: the second Canadian being investigated for allegedly harming Chinese state security is a businessman whose relationships in North Korea go right to the very top. Michael Spavor is among only a handful of Westerners who met Kim Jong Un between his inheriting power in the North in 2011 and this year's Singapore summit with Donald Trump. Spavor has been pictured sitting next to Kim, sharing cigarettes and cocktails on board the North Korean leader's private yacht, moored off the country's east coast.




Trump claims he?s ?not concerned? about impeachment because there would be a ...

12 Dec 2018 at 10:01am

Trump claims he?s ?not concerned? about impeachment because there would be a ?revolt?Donald Trump has insisted he is ?not concerned? about the threat of impeachment because ?the people would revolt if that happened?. The president, who has been implicated in campaign finance violations admitted by his former personal lawyer, claimed it would be ?hard to impeach somebody who hasn?t done anything wrong?. Federal prosecutors said last week that Mr Trump had directed Michael Cohen to make six-figure payments to two women to stop them speaking about alleged affairs with the Republican candidate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.




Introducing the 2019 AD100

12 Dec 2018 at 11:30am

Introducing the 2019 AD100




US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

12 Dec 2018 at 1:59pm

US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off JapanTOKYO (AP) ? The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.




Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation,...

13 Dec 2018 at 11:32am

Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation, University of Texas campusJacob Anderson, accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student, has been banned from University of Texas at Dallas, but will receive a degree.




Police sound 'all clear' after bomb threat at Facebook's Silicon Valley campu...

12 Dec 2018 at 5:22am

Police sound 'all clear' after bomb threat at Facebook's Silicon Valley campusA bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc, police said, but gave the "all clear" after an hours-long search turned up no sign of a device. The New York Police Department had received an anonymous tip about a bomb threat regarding Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, and alerted local authorities at about 4:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police said. "The San Mateo County bomb unit was dispatched with explosive detection dogs that conducted a sweep of the building and found no suspicious packages or devices," they said.




Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedoms

12 Dec 2018 at 6:22am

Pakistan rejects US rebuke on religious freedomsISLAMABAD (AP) ? Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated."




Strasbourg Christmas market attack: French police launch operation in area wh...

13 Dec 2018 at 3:42pm

Strasbourg Christmas market attack: French police launch operation in area where gunman was last seenA police operation was underway Thursday in the Strasbourg neighborhood where the suspected gunman in an attack near a popular Christmas market that killed three people last was seen. One French police official said security forces, including the elite Raid squad, took action based on "supposition only" that the suspect, Cherif Chekatt, 29, could be hiding in a building nearby two days after the attack. The official could not be identified because he was not authorised to disclose details on the investigation. Authorities said a taxi driver dropped Chekatt off in the Neudorf neighborhood of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening after the shooting that also wounded 13 people. The suspect also was wounded while exchanging fire with security forces, officials said. More than 700 French security forces have been trying to trace Chekatt since the bloodshed on Tuesday, when he is suspected of shooting and stabbing shoppers at the city's popular annual market. The fugitive Strasbourg gunman had an Osama bin Laden poster in his prison cell a decade ago and said he shot victims at point-blank range to "avenge brothers in Syria" and to kill "infidels", French reports said on Thursday. The revelations came as French authorities said they would take prime suspect Chekatt dead or alive, as a massive manhunt continued in the eastern French city and the surrounding region, as well as across the nearby border with Germany.  "It doesn't matter [if he is taken alive]. The best thing would be to find him as quickly as possible,? government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told CNews. France on Wednesday night issued a wanted poster of the 29-year old local who has 27 previous convictions for theft and armed robbery and served sentences in French, German and Swiss jails. The poster of Chekatt, who was wounded in an exchange of fire with security forces, included the warning: "Individual dangerous, above all do not intervene." Wanted posted issued by French security forces Credit: Police Nationale At least five of the victims of his Tuesday night killing spree remain in a serious condition.  More than 700 police were on Thursday engaged in the manhunt in eastern France, amid reports German police had launched a raid near the French border in Kehl. Witnesses told investigators that he shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater) as he opened fire on the Christmas market, frequented by two million people every year. The photo shows a bearded man of North African descent with a blemish on his forehead due to frequent prayer. French authorities have said that Chekatt was placed on a terror watch list in 2015 and had been monitored closely in recent months. However, according to Le Monde, he had slapped a picture of late al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on his prison wall as early as 2008, when he was 19 years old. ?His radicalisation dates from before his time in prison,? a source close to the investigation told the paper. Some 720 police and gendarmes are hunting Cherif Chekatt, 29, who vanished after a gun attack Credit: Christophe Ena/AP Two years later, in 2010, he actively sought to proselytise other inmates and threatened them if they were not assiduous enough, it said. According to Le Parisien, he told a taxi driver he forced to drive him out of Strasbourg's city centre on Tuesday at gunpoint that he had killed his victims at point blank range in the head to avenge ?brothers in Syria? and to punish ?infidels?. The driver only escaped with his life because he had signs that he was a practicing Muslim in the car. Strasbourg's famed Christmas market remained shut on Thursday while the gunman is still at large Credit:  Christophe Ena/AP Police have set up checkpoints on the German border and questioning the suspect's entourage, including his parents and two brothers. Two of his 12 siblings are reportedly on a terror watchlist. As the manhunt continued, the French government called on members of a nation-wide ?yellow vest? revolt against high taxes and low purchasing power to stop or at least suspend their protests to allow French security forces to focus on the terror threat. President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced tax concessions to quell the month-long public revolt that sparked the worst riots in central Paris since the 1968 student riots. Mr Griveaux said authorities had not yet decided whether to ban another planned "yellow vest" protest in Paris after three consecutive Saturdays of violence in the capital. "We're simply saying at this stage that, given the events that are unfolding after the terrorist attack in Strasbourg, it would be preferable if everyone could go about a Saturday before the festive holidays in a quiet way,? he said.    




Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PA

13 Dec 2018 at 4:58pm

Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PAA disgruntled employee at a Canadian Walmart decided that he wasn?t going to




Chinese Arrest and Trump?s Boast Drag Trudeau Into Huawei Feud

12 Dec 2018 at 11:11pm

Chinese Arrest and Trump?s Boast Drag Trudeau Into Huawei FeudState security officers seized Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service, in Beijing on Monday, in relation to a national security investigation. The arrest comes nine days after Canada?s capture of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities. Meng was granted bail Tuesday, and while the timing of Kovrig?s arrest has analysts suggesting a possible tit-for-tat motivation, neither China nor Canada has yet linked the two cases.




This Potential Presidential Candidate Is On A Mission To Restore Tip Jars To ...

12 Dec 2018 at 11:30am

This Potential Presidential Candidate Is On A Mission To Restore Tip Jars To Airport LoungesSen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was hanging out in a United Airlines airport




Beto O'Rourke tops new poll as possible Democratic nominee for 2020 President...

13 Dec 2018 at 5:05am

Beto O'Rourke tops new poll as possible Democratic nominee for 2020 Presidential runAccording to the poll, the Texas Congressman beat out Sen. Bernie Sanders by less than one percent.




AD and LIFEWTR Celebrate the Opening of The Haas Brothers: Ferngully at The B...

13 Dec 2018 at 9:54pm

AD and LIFEWTR Celebrate the Opening of The Haas Brothers: Ferngully at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami




Fueled by Jamal Khashoggi murder, Senate poised to open historic debate on U....

12 Dec 2018 at 11:13am

Fueled by Jamal Khashoggi murder, Senate poised to open historic debate on U.S. role in Yemen warThe Senate will vote Wednesday on a measure to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, where a civil war has killed thousands




Indian girl seeks father's arrest over broken promise to build lavatory

12 Dec 2018 at 12:15pm

Indian girl seeks father's arrest over broken promise to build lavatoryMillions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states. The girl, E. Hanifa Zaara, didn't want to go out in the open and won a promise from her father to build a lavatory indoors, said police officer A. Valarmathi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been pushing a campaign to build 100 million toilets over five years but the drive has not covered large parts of the country.