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Trump still can't strike the right note about 9/11

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:39

Trump's excited tone seemed at odds with the somber anniversary, but his speech was comparatively dignified.

Brussels will not turn Hungary into 'country of migrants', rages Viktor Orban

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:14

Viktor Orban warned he would never allow Brussels to transform Hungary into “a country of migrants” on Tuesday, ahead of an unprecedented vote tomorrow in the European Parliament that could strip Budapest of its EU voting rights. MEPs will vote on whether to trigger “Article 7”, an EU law drafted to ensure respect for democracy and the rule of law, amid fears that Mr Orban is turning Hungary into a dictatorship.  “You believe you know better than the Hungarians themselves,” Mr Orban told MEPs, after arriving late at Tuesday's debate. “Hungary will be condemned because Hungarians have decided their country is not going to be a country of migrants." Hungary will become the first country to face the procedure because of a European Parliament vote, if it is passed by the required two-thirds majority. Poland is also undergoing the Article 7 process, but in its case this was triggered by the European Commission rather than a parliament vote. National governments must back any action and Budapest has already vowed to veto any punishment levied on Warsaw.   Mr Orban is at loggerheads with Brussels over mandatory migrant relocation quotas, as well as laws in Hungary cracking down on NGOs, the media and the Central European University. In an incendiary speech that exposed deep EU divisions, he claimed the “verdict was already written” by a “pro-migration majority”, despite his Fidesz party being a member of the European Peoples Party (EPP), the largest parliament group. “We will protect our borders and we will decide who to live together with. We have built a fence and we have stopped illegal migrants. Hundreds of thousands of them. We have defended Hungary and we have defended Europe," he said. "This is the first case in the history of Europe when a community has condemned its own border guard,” he added.  Perceived share of immigrants in national population “Thank God there is at least one European leader prepared to stand up for his principles, his culture, his nation and his people in the face of such extreme bullying,” said Nigel Farage, the MEP and former Ukip leader. “Come and join the Brexit club. You’ll love it,” he said, after telling Mr Orban he was at a “show trial”. Merkel's migration tensions | Read more There is speculation that EPP support for Mr Orban is splintering but British Conservative MEPs will vote against Article 7 because it “infringes the sovereignty of a member state”.  “Will you ensure that the values of this Union are more than just words written on a piece of paper?” asked Judith Sargentini, the Dutch Green MEP who wrote the parliament report that will be voted on. Mr Orban echoed Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Guy Verhofstadt, the federalist MEP, in predicting that next May’s European Parliament elections would be a battle between pro-EU and anti-migrant, nationalistic parties. 

The 84 Most Delish Lasagnas

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:14

New York commemorates 17th anniversary of September 11

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:01

New York on Tuesday honored the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001 in a ceremony at Ground Zero, the site where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers. The 17th anniversary was commemorated in fog and gentle rain by relatives of those who were killed, police officers, fire fighters and officials, who remembered what remains the deadliest single attack on US soil. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley and Mayor Bill de Blasio, together with his predecessors, Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, were among those who attended.

Goldman banker had raised ethics concerns: NYT

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:51

(Reuters) - A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc partner had raised concerns about some unethical practices at the bank before he left in 2015, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people close to the matter. James Katzman, who led the bank's West Coast mergers-and-acquisitions practice, had used the whistle-blower hotline in 2014 to report on the investment bank trying to hire a customer's child and colleagues' repeated attempts to obtain and then share confidential client information, the paper reported The investigation was taken up by the bank's general counsel and Katzman was urged to move past his complaints by several senior investment banking executives, the newspaper reported, citing several people familiar with the interactions.

Remembering 9/11 on the 17th anniversary of terrorist attacks

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:25

Americans commemorated he Sept. 11 terror attacks with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims.

Among Cries On The Medieval Battlefield: 'Me Too'

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:00

SLIPPERY ROCK, Penn. ― Hannah Hoffman usually feels more comfortable close-

Best Bites: Weeknight meals minestrone with dinosaur noodles

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:00

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your

What 31 Air Force Pilots Who Flew the F-35 Really Think

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:08

A former F-15C pilot said he beat his former fighter in mock dogfights.

Oslo Accords 25 years on: from hope to deadlock

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:05

Sealed with a handshake beamed across the world, the 1993 Oslo Accords were the first agreements between the rival Israelis and Palestinians and promised to end decades of deadly conflict. The all-smiles image of Arafat shaking hands with Rabin was a moment of hope, but 25 years after that bright day in Washington, relations between the two sides have soured and the deal -- which envisaged eventual Palestinian autonomy -- is deadlocked. Here is a look back at the landmark Oslo Accords.

Drugs ruled out in Paris knife rampage: legal source

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:55

A man being held after a knife attack that injured seven people along a canal in Paris was not under the influence of drugs at the time, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday. The suspect, believed to be an Afghan citizen in his 30s, was described by witnesses as acting drugged when he began striking people with a knife and iron bar on the Canal de l'Ourcq late Sunday. Two British tourists and an Egyptian visitor were among those injured, and three people were still in hospital as of Monday evening, including one in critical condition, a source close to the inquiry said.

Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolina coast

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 06:15

States of emergency have been declared from the Carolinas to Maryland as millions brace for Hurricane Florence. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.

Iran's Nuclear Chief Warns of an Atomic Program Stronger Than Ever

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 05:53

Iran's nuclear chief said President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 accord "puts him on the loser's side"

Who is walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 05:46

The Victoria's Secret Fashion show is one of the highlights of the yearly fashion calendar. The 2018 show won't take place until this winter, but several of the industry's top models have already confirmed their spot on the sexiest catwalk in the business. One of the most well-known is Winnie Harlow, a Canadian supermodel who hasn't let her skin condition vitiligo get in the way of forging a wildly successful catwalk career that has seen her walk for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Coach and many more.

Hurricane Florence Looks Truly Terrifying From Space

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 05:44

Photographs and videos taken from space have revealed the power of Hurricane

A Louisiana Mayor Ordered a Boycott of Nike Gear Over 'Political' Colin Kaepernick Ad

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 01:33

The Kenner city mayor said he was protecting taxpayers from a political campaign

Japan proposes resumption of commercial whaling

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 01:00

Governments and animal rights’ organisations around the world have condemned a proposal put forward by Japan at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunting of whales.  Tokyo’s motion to lift a global moratorium on whaling that was adopted by the IWC in 1982 was introduced at the commission’s biannual meeting in the Brazilian city of Florianopolis on Monday. Japan is chairing this year’s conference and its delegation is headed by Joji Morishita, who once described Minke whales as “the cockroaches of the ocean”.   “Science is clear: there are certain species of whales whose population is healthy enough to be harvested sustainably”, the submission reads. “Japan proposes to establish a committee dedicated to sustainable whaling (including commercial whaling and aboriginal subsistence whaling)”.   A whale is unloaded at a port after a whaling for scientific purposes in Kushiro Credit: AP Tokyo is also seeking to change how the IWC votes and wants the commission to reach agreements based on a simple majority vote of member nations, instead of the three-quarters majority that is required at present.  Japan has accused the organisation of being “intolerant” of different opinions on whaling and claims that it is has descended into a “forum for confrontation”.   Since the moratorium was introduced, Japanese whalers have used a loophole that permits “scientific whaling” to slaughter thousands of the creatures in the Pacific Ocean. You don’t need to be a vet to know that firing at a whale with a harpoon... is going to cause appalling and completely unacceptable sufferingClaire Bass, Humane Society International In its most recent hunt, the fleet met a quota set by Tokyo of 333 Minke whales, the meat from which was sold in supermarkets and to restaurants.  Critics say the “scientific” hunt is thinly disguised commercial whaling. “Japan could not possibly have advanced a more regressive and reckless proposition, imperiling both the conservation and welfare of whales”, said Claire Bass, executive director of the British branch of Humane Society International.  “You don’t need to be a veterinarian to know that firing at a whale with a harpoon that explodes inside its body, in many cases not killing it immediately, is going to cause appalling and completely unacceptable suffering”, she said. “There is no humane way to kill whales at sea, and that fact alone should be enough for countries to reject Japan’s proposal”.  Japan has declined to provide data on how long it takes whales to die after they have been harpooned, although analysis of video footage of Japanese whalers’ operations suggests it could be at least 33 minutes.  Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister, and Josh Frydenberg, Canberra’s environment minister, released a statement calling on like-minded nations to resist Japan’s proposals.  “Australia remains steadfastly opposed to all forms of commercial and so-called ‘scientific’ whaling and continues to be a leader in seeking to strengthen the International Whaling Commission to protect whales. “We strongly support the 30-year global moratorium on commercial whaling and will vehemently oppose any attempts to undermine the processes that support it, including through changed voting regimes or the establishment of catch-limits for commercial whaling”, the statement added.  The meeting is scheduled to end on Friday.

The Latest: Protesters speak out against Dallas shooting

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 00:35

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer (all times local):

Pat Robertson Casts 'Shield Of Protection' Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 00:35

Televangelist Pat Robertson broke out a prayer that sounded more like a

The Latest: Hospital releases bank shooting victim

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 22:33

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the Sept. 6 shootings in a Cincinnati bank building (all times local):