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San Francisco Giants Face Backlash Over Owner's Donation To Cindy Hyde-Smith

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:30

The San Francisco Giants are facing calls for a boycott after a report that


Melania Trump puts together care packages for U.S. troops

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 13:06

Melania Trump teams up with Red Cross.


What Facebook Really Doesn’t Want You to Talk About

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:14

In Tuesday’s hearing at the ludicrously named International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘fake news’ in London, it became clearer than ever what the social network giant is trying to keep out of the public discussion: antitrust. Instead, Richard Allan, Facebook’s European lobbying chief, took questions, and the committee ensured there was an empty seat behind a placard with Zuckerberg’s name on it — a barely disguised effort to generate a photo opportunity for the morning newspapers. Allan seemed willing to give ground on regulation, but with caveats.


Floral arrangements are this season's hottest holiday gift

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00

While many may think floral arrangements are only used as congratulatory


Turkey says Saudi prince has asked to meet Erdogan at G20

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:03

BERLIN/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview published on Tuesday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had asked for a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and that there was currently no reason not to meet him. "Yes, he has asked Erdogan on the phone, whether they could meet in Buenos Aires. Erdogan's answer was 'Let's see'," Cavusoglu told Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.


Migrant Mother Impaled In Front Of Children While Attempting To Scale Border Fence

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:29

Pieces of rebar impaled a migrant mother, causing a non-fatal injury after she


Paul Manafort Secretly Met With Julian Assange Multiple Times: Report

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:57

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met


Sarah Sanders to hold on-camera White House press briefing

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:05

Sanders has not briefed reporters on camera in nearly a month.


Academic Matthew Hedges thanks wife in first comments since his pardon for 'spying' in UAE

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:11

A British academic sentenced to life imprisonment by the United Arab Emirates and then pardoned has spoken for the first time since his release, thanking his wife for her "brave" support. Matthew Hedges was freed on Monday after a high-profile battle with the Gulf state ally, but officials persisted in calling him an MI6 spy - a claim denied by family and colleagues. "I could not have done this without Daniela, I hear her face is everywhere!" he said through his family spokesman, after landing at Heathrow airport on Tuesday morning. "She is so brave and strong, seeing her and my family after this ordeal is the best thing that could have happened. I thank you all once again, this is very surreal.”  He also thanked the British embassy and the Foreign Office for their help in securing his release.  The Durham University PhD student, originally from Exeter, was sentenced on Wednesday after being arrested at Dubai Airport as he tried to leave on May 5. His wife, Daniela Tejada, mounted a campaign to free the 31-year-old and Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, personally discussed the case with UAE leaders.  "No one should ever have to go through what he did and it will take him time to heal and recover," she said on Tuesday. "He is very overwhelmed. "To say we are happy is an understatement.” On Tuesday afternoon, she also tweeted a photograph of her husband kissing her on the cheek in a message of gratitude to everyone who helped her.  Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE president, approved the family's appeal for clemency during a traditional tranche of pardons for the state's national day. At a news conference on Monday in Abu Dhabi, officials showed a video of Mr Hedges describing himself as a captain in MI6 during what appeared to be a court hearing. Intelligence analysts have queried the veracity of the UAE account for two reasons. First, it is unusual for SIS personnel to refer to their organisation as MI6, viewing it as a slang term best saved for James Bond movies. The second, and more intriguing, reason for a raised eyebrow from the intelligence community, is the use of the term ‘Captain’. No such rank or appointment exists among Britain’s spies; they are simply known as ‘Officers’.   An official told reporters in Abu Dhabi that Mr Hedges was "100% a full-time secret service operative" who was in the country "to steal the UAE's sensitive security national secrets for his paymasters". He said the Briton's pardon came in response to a letter from his family appealing for clemency and due to the historical close ties between the UK and UAE. "His highness has decided to include Mr Matthew Hedges among the 785 prisoners released," he said. "Mr Hedges will be permitted to leave the country once all the formalities are complete." Matthew Hedges timeline The UK takes a "neither confirm nor deny" approach to allegations of intelligence service membership, but Mr Hunt has previously said he has seen "absolutely no evidence" to suggest Mr Hedges is a spy. Following the pardon, Ms Tejada, from Bogota in Colombia, said: "The presidential pardon for Matt is the best news we could have received. "Our six-plus months of nightmare are finally over and to say we are elated is an understatement. "That he is returning home to me and the rest of his family is much more than I was ever expecting to happen this week. I thank you all for your support." Ms Tejada credited media coverage, support from British diplomats, Mr Hunt, academics and members of the public across the world for helping her husband's cause. She continued to reject the accusation that he was a spy, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "In my heart I know that he isn't." Mr Hedges' release was confirmed after a family representative initially contradicted UAE officials who said he had been freed. Foreign Secretary @Jeremy_Hunt's statement today on the release of Matthew Hedges pic.twitter.com/5WBr6q6Cnl— Foreign Office ���� (@foreignoffice) November 26, 2018 Mr Hunt said the UAE had made a "very important gesture" in pardoning Mr Hedges but described it as a "bittersweet moment" given that Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains detained in Iran, also accused of spying. He told Today: "In a way it's a bittersweet moment as in Iran, another country in the region, we have Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an innocent woman who is still in prison for nearly three years now. "Indeed, there are other British citizens and other citizens from other countries also wrongly imprisoned in Iran also. "So, you know the wonderful news about Matthew is also making us remember there are other people who are in a terrible state right now and we must never forget them either." UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said the pardon would allow the two countries to "return our focus to the underlying fundamental strength of the UAE-UK bilateral relationship", the WAM Emirates news agency reported. Dr Gargash said: "It was always a UAE hope that this matter would be resolved through the common channels of our longstanding partnership. "This was a straightforward matter that became unnecessarily complex despite the UAE's best efforts." Professor Stuart Corbridge, vice-chancellor of Durham University, said staff were "absolutely delighted" to learn of the news. "It is paramount that he is now allowed to return home to Daniela and his family as quickly and safely as possible," he said. Ms Tejada told Sky News she wanted to arrange a "winter barbecue" for her husband, which had been postponed from Spring due to his detention.


The past isn’t past in Mississippi as voting begins in Senate contest dominated by race

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:09

Mississippi’s runoff election for U.S. Senate wound its way to a finish Tuesday after dueling election-eve rallies urged voter turnout in a race that went from safely Republican to too close to call.


Best Bites: Creamy sweet potato and pear soup

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:00

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


College-built restomod Ford Sedan is too cool for school

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 07:47

This bespoke 1933 Ford Sedan hot rod was built by students of the Metropolitan Community College in Nebraska – and it's being sold at auction to raise funds for more projects


26 Tweets That Sum Up The Hell That Is Using Your Office Bathroom

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 05:45

Hell on earth is arguably having to use the public bathroom at work: "Oh,


Wishful thinking that EU will reopen Brexit talks if parliament rejects deal: UK minister

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 04:03

It is wishful thinking that the European Union will reopen Brexit negotiations if the British parliament votes down the deal Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed with Brussels, her de facto deputy David Lidington said on Tuesday. May faces an uphill struggle to get the deal approved by parliament in a vote on Dec. 11, with politicians both in her own Conservatives and opposition parties opposing it. "There is a bit of wishful thinking on the part of some people that a preference expressed by politicians in the UK will somehow lead to a different plan, an alternative being offered," Cabinet Office minister Lidington told BBC TV when asked what the plan B was if parliament rejects the deal.


India urged to abandon plans to recover body of American

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 03:34

NEW DELHI (AP) — A rights group that works to protect tribal people has urged Indian authorities to abandon efforts to recover the body of an American who was killed by inhabitants of an island where outsiders are effectively forbidden by Indian law.


Briton jailed by UAE for spying returns to London

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 03:22

British academic Matthew Hedges returned to London on Tuesday, his family said, a day after the UAE pardoned his life sentence for spying in a case he described as "very surreal". "After almost seven months of detention, including six months in solitary confinement, British PhD researcher Matthew Hedges has returned safely back to London," his family said in a statement. Concluding an ordeal which stunned Britain, he was welcomed back to Britain by his wife Daniela Tejada and other members of his family.


Ukraine Partially Imposes Martial Law After Russia Flare-Up

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 03:06

President Petro Poroshenko said martial law was needed to ready Ukraine for potential further Russian aggression amid fears Sunday’s incident near Crimea would rekindle the simmering four-year-old conflict between the two former allies. On Tuesday, he said Ukraine’s “top priority” now is the return of 23 captured sailors and three ships. While Ukraine’s Western partners blamed Russia, calls for harsher sanctions were only heard from smaller nations.


United Technologies to split into three companies

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 01:47

United Technologies is to break into three independent entities, following in the footsteps of companies like General Electric or Honeywell and splitting one of the last industrial conglomerates in the United States. CEO Gregory Hayes had previously hinted at dividing the $103 billion conglomerate, based in Farmington, Connecticut, and on Monday the company made the decision final. One of the new stand-alone entities will keep the name United Technologies (UTC) -- made up of Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney, business that had combined sales of $39 billion in 2017 -- and be focused on aerospace.


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