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German court convicts migrant of murdering ex-girlfriend

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 09:05

BERLIN (AP) — A migrant was convicted Monday of murdering his 15-year-old German ex-girlfriend and sentenced to 8.5 years in prison, the German news agency dpa reported.

Fall foliage map will help you plan out your leaf-peeping weekends in the US

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 08:50

The kids are back in school. The other day you spotted a lone, sad leaf browning at the edges at your feet. And Starbucks has released its Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's official: leaf-peeping season is once again upon us. 

Breathtaking images celebrate the world's best destination wedding photography

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 08:50

These breathtaking images have been selected as the best of the best when it comes to destination wedding photography around the world. The shots were taken in a variety of stunning locations, from the tops of mountains to sites overlooking lakes, and they use the likes of New York City and the Milky Way as glittering backdrops. In other images, newlywed couples can be seen embracing in fields in full bloom, reflected in salt flats, and kissing underwater. (Caters News)

Israel threatens attack on Iranian assets installed in Iraq

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 08:21

Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's defence minister, signalled on Monday it would “contend” with Iranian provocations wherever they are found. "We are certainly monitoring everything that is happening in Syria, and regarding Iranian threats we are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory. This also needs to be clear," Mr Lieberman told a conference in Jerusalem. Asked if this included Iraq, he responded: "I am saying that we will contend with any Iranian threat, and it doesn't matter from where it comes ... Israel's freed.” Tehran has transferred dozens of short-range ballistic missiles to Shia proxies in Iraq over the last few months, according to a Reuters report published over the weekend. Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran Credit: Anadolu Agency  The Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar missiles in question have ranges of 400 miles, putting Tel Aviv within striking distance if the weapons were deployed in southern or western Iraq. The Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has bases in both those areas. “It seems Iran has been turning Iraq into its forward missile base,” one Western source said. Israel is technically at war with Iraq, but the two countries have not openly traded blows for decades. Israel has however conducted hundreds of air strikes against arms transfers and deployments by Iran and its Lebanese ally, the Shia Hizbollah militia, fearing the threat across its border. Israeli officials will also be watching political developments in Baghdad with concern. Lebanese soldiers inspect remains of a surface to air missile that landed in the southern Lebanon after being fired by Iranian forces from Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan Credit: AFP After months of wrangling, two blocs on Monday claimed to hold the majority of seats in parliament and therefore the right to name a prime minister. The bloc of incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has the support of the US, while the bloc of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Badr Organisation militia leader Hadi al-Amiri is backed by Iran. Badr is part of the state apparatus and answers to Iraq’s prime minister, but Mr Amiri and other members of the group’s leadership frequently meet and consult with Qassem Soleimani, Quds Force commander. A Maliki-Amiri coalition would likely lead Iraq to greater hostilities with Israel. The Kurds, a minority in Iraq, have yet to pick a side but could end up kingmakers. Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat Isil, has been trying to convince the various Kurdish parties to fall in line behind Mr Abadi.   Phillip Smyth, Soref fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Telegraph the Israelis “won’t want to see another Iranian-controlled government spring up.” “I'd also bet this would worry them more if that also means there's the possibility of continued and more advanced weapons transfers,” he said. Richard Baffa, senior defense researcher at the Rand Corporation, warned that escalating tensions between Israeli and Iranian forces have demonstrably increased the risk of a new, large-scale regional conflict. “Tehran's continued provocations and violations of Israel's stated red lines are fueling an escalatory spiral that has the potential to rapidly spin out of control,” he wrote.

Arrest warrant issued for man in murder of wife, Amber Alert for 2 missing sons

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:46

An Amber Alert was issued for Jonathan and Victor Coronado Nunez, ages 5 and 8, on Saturday.

IKEA apologizes after customer reports caterpillar in his food

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:35

(Reuters) - IKEA has issued an apology to a customer in the Indian city of Hyderabad after he reported finding a caterpillar in his food at the store and posted a photograph of it on Twitter. Abeed Mohammad posted the picture on Twitter on Friday and Indian media reported that the city's food safety officials conducted a raid at the company's store. Officials from Hyderabad's civic body inspected the premises of IKEA and confiscated food samples, the Hindu newspaper reported over the weekend

Israeli farmers to file war crimes complaint against Hamas

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 06:32

JERUSALEM (AP) — A group of Israeli farmers is filing a war crimes complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday against Hamas over the torching of thousands of acres of farmland in recent months.

Is the 'realistic' beauty campaign about to get its big break?

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 06:31

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the dreaded pore, like zits or stray hairs, is far from welcome when it comes to major beauty campaigns. The image was subtly but crucially different from the brand's more usual social media output, which has tended to showcase complexions airbrushed into impossible perfection. Earlier this summer, cruelty-free label Urban Decay began posting pictures that showed complexions in close-up, pores, stray brows and all.

Turkey inflation surges to 15-year high in August

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 06:11

Turkey reported its highest inflation rate in 15 years Monday fuelled by a spectacular drop in the Turkish lira, as analysts predicted that worse is probably to come. Consumer prices rose 17.9 percent in August from the same month in the previous year --their highest increase since late 2003 -- up from 15.85 percent in July, according to the Turkish statistics office (TUIK), increasing pressure on the central bank to hike interest rates. The highest annual rise in the month was in the cost of transport, up 27.13 percent, while prices for food and non-alcoholic drinks were up 19.75 percent, TUIK said in a statement.

9 injured, 4 missing as boats collide on Colorado River

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 06:08

The two vessels collided head on at about 8 p.m. local time between Pirate Cove and the Topock Marina, north of Lake Havasu near the Moabi Regional Park, a recreational area on the Colorado River.

Rio fire: Towering inferno consumes Brazil's national museum full of 200 years of priceless relics

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 05:54

A huge fire has broken out at the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, engulfing the entire structure and leaving workers scrambling to rescue its priceless relics. The inferno could be seen for many miles around as the historic building, formerly the palace of the Portuguese royal family, was consumed by flames. Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, called it “a sad day for all Brazilians”.

Cherry Tomato Confit Is The Best Recipe You'll Make All Summer

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 05:45

The origin story of this recipe is simple: I made it to prevent my family from

Weekend Rewind: John McCain's funeral service

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 05:07

Former presidents and family delivered poignant final words as Sen. John McCain was laid to rest.

Sanofi wins European approval for rare blood-clotting disorder treatment

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 01:47

French drugmaker Sanofi on Monday said it had secured approval in Europe for a rare blood-clotting disorder treatment using nanobodies. The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) in June had recommended the approval of caplacizumab, which is to be prescribed to adults suffering acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). The U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which has granted the drug a 'Fast Track' designation, is expected to follow suit in early 2019.

Raging fire tears through prized Rio museum

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 00:58

A massive fire on Sunday ripped through Rio de Janeiro's National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, in what the nation's president said was a "tragic" loss of knowledge and heritage. Television footage showed the majestic building engulfed in flames that firefighters had yet to bring under control, with plumes of smoke shooting into the night sky. "This is a tragic day for Brazil," President Michel Temer said in a statement.

Burma jails two Reuters journalists for seven years amid international outrage

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 00:41

Jeremy Hunt, the British Foreign Secretary, on Monday vowed to champion the cause of two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting of the Rohingya crisis, in a case that has been denounced as a new low for press freedom in Burma.   A Burmese court sentenced Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, to seven years in prison for breaching a law on state secrets while they were investigating the mass murder of ten Rohingya men. The Foreign Secretary added his protest to global condemnation of the ruling - the latest in a long series of human rights abuses in Burma to undermine the reputation of Nobel Peace laureate and civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. "Imprisoning journalists who write about inconvenient truths is an unconscionable blow to press freedom, and indeed everyone's freedom. Will be raising the extremely serious case of the two Reuters journalists on my forthcoming visit to Burma (Myanmar)”, Mr Hunt said on Twitter. The two journalists had pleaded not guilty to violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. They protested that they were framed by police while investigating allegations of the massacre of a group of Rohingya men by the military. As they were led to a police van in handcuffs after, Wa Lone shouted: “I have no fear. I have not done anything wrong. I believe in justice, democracy and freedom.” Their sentencing falls just one week after the publication of a blistering report by a UN fact-finding mission that called for Burma’s top military generals to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in Rakhine State, home of the Rohingya minority. Burma rejects the charges.  Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s civilian leader and former global human rights heroine, was singled out by UN investigators for failing to use her “moral authority” to stop the military’s extreme violence against the Rohingya, which has caused more than 700,000 to flee their homes.  Reuters journalist Wa Lone departs Insein court after his verdict announcement in Yangon Credit: Reuters Monday’s conviction of the journalists seeking to expose military atrocities against the Muslim minority dealt another blow to hopes that her election to government after years of house arrest would herald an accelerated transition to full democracy from military rule.  Stephen Adler, editor-in-chief at Reuters, denounced the verdict as “a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the press everywhere,” adding that the “false charges” had been designed to “silence their reporting and intimidate the press.” In a statement, he added: “This is a major step backward in Myanmar’s transition to democracy, cannot be squared with the rule of law or freedom of speech, and must be corrected by the Myanmar government as a matter of urgency.” The two journalists were arrested in December while reporting on the mass killing of ten Rohingya Muslim men in the village of Inn Din, Rakhine state, last September.  Burmese journalist Kyaw Soe Oo is escorted by police after being sentenced by a court to jail in Yangon Credit: AFP Seven Burmese soldiers have since been sentenced to ten years of hard labour for their role in “contributing and participating in murder.” The trial of the reporters who exposed the crime, and who both testified that they suffered from harsh treatment during their initial interrogations, has drawn widespread condemnation from the US, United Nations and wider international community.  Their several appeals for release on bail were rejected, and during his detention Wa Lone missed the birth of his first child, a daughter named Thet Htar Angel. Kyaw Soe Oo also has a three-year-old daughter, Moe Thin Wai Zan.  "What happened today threatens to undermine the rule of law and freedom of press that democracy requires," said Kevin Krolicki, Reuters’ regional editor for Asia. He called the verdict "heartbreaking." Human Rights Watch condemned the “politically-motivated” charges as a return to the media repression seen during military rule.  No words for this outrageous injustice against @Reuters reporters Wa Lone & Kyaw Soe Oo. How can #Myanmar judicial system justify sending reporters doing their job to a longer prison sentence than the #Tatmadaw soldiers who killed the 10 #Rohingya in their story in cold blood?— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) September 3, 2018 “The outrageous convictions of the Reuters journalists show Myanmar courts’ willingness to muzzle those reporting on military atrocities,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “These sentences mark a new low for press freedom and further backsliding on rights under Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.” During eight months of hearings, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo testified that two police officers they had not met before handed them papers rolled up inside a newspaper during a meeting at a Yangon restaurant on 12 December. Almost immediately afterwards, they said, they were bundled into a car by plainclothes officers. In April a police captain, Moe Yan Naing, testified that a senior officer had ordered his subordinates to plant secret documents on Wa Lone to “trap” the reporter. Other police witnesses have told court that the reporters had been searched at a routine traffic stop by officers who were unaware they were journalists and found to be holding secret documents from an unknown source. The prosecution’s case was marked by inconsistencies and irregularities, including conflicting official accounts and evidence of police misconduct, Human Rights Watch said.  Attacks on free speech had intensified over the past two years, the group added, pointing to a slew of repressive laws that had been increasingly used to silence journalists and activists for perceived criticism of the government or military.  Chit Su Win, (2nd-R), wife of jailed @Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, sobs with family members as their daughter Mar Mar Latt (L) looks on. She won't see her father come home for seven— Jerome Taylor (@JeromeTaylor) September 3, 2018 “These convictions won’t hide the horrors against the Rohingya from the world – they merely reveal the precarious state of free speech in the country and the urgent need for international action to free these journalists,” said Mr Adams. Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Director of Crisis Response, demanded that the convictions be quashed and the men unconditionally released.  The judgement sent “a stark warning to other journalists in the country of the severe consequences that await should they look too closely at military abuses. This amounts to censorship through fear,” she said.   “Today’s verdict cannot conceal the truth of what happened in Rakhine State. It’s thanks to the bravery of journalists like Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, that the military’s atrocities have been exposed. Instead of targeting these two journalists, the Myanmar authorities should have been going after those responsible for killings, rape, torture and the torching of hundreds of Rohingya villages.” Reuters has said it will contest the decision. “We will not wait while Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo suffer this injustice and will evaluate how to proceed in the coming days, including whether to seek relief in an international forum,” said Mr Adler.    

Trump Has Hurt American Workers, Charges AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 00:09

President Donald Trump has done more to hurt American workers than help them,

Chinese billionaire arrested in US over sexual misconduct allegations

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:58

Chinese e-commerce billionaire Liu Qiangdong -- also known as Richard Liu -- was briefly arrested in the midwestern US city of Minneapolis over allegations of criminal sexual conduct, authorities said. Records from Hennepin County Jail showed Liu, founder and CEO of Chinese online retail giant, was arrested over the misconduct allegations late Friday night and released Saturday afternoon.

Japan to halt Iran oil imports under US pressure: reports

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:55

Japan's major oil wholesalers are preparing to suspend crude oil imports from Iran in October, amid fears Washington will sanction countries importing Iranian crude, local media reported. US President Donald Trump in May pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and last month began reimposing sanctions that block other countries from trading with Iran.

Firefighters Battle Huge Fire at 200-Year-Old National Museum in Rio De Janeiro

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 21:55

Nobody was injured and the fire began after the museum had closed for the day