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US, Turkey put end to visa spat

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:22

The United States and Turkey on Thursday turned the page on a visa crisis triggered nearly three months ago by the arrest of a staff member at the American mission in Ankara, but relations between the NATO allies remain tense. The two sides announced the resumption of full visa services for each other's citizens, but their statements revealed lingering misgivings between the countries, who are partners in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Ivanka Trump's Vacation Picture Has A Confederate Flag In The Background

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:18

One of Ivanka Trump’s photos from her family’s holiday break in Florida is causing quite the stir.

Mindfulness can lead to selfishness, warns psychiatry expert  

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:51

Mindfulness has grown in popularity as people search for meaning in life.  But doing it alone could actually make you more selfish, an expert at the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.  Dr Alison Gray, chair of the spirituality special interest group at the College, which advises psychiatrists on how to deal with spiritual issues, said more "inward-focused" types of spirituality "can become self-involved".  "In as much as religion is about binding people together, spirituality can become inward looking and selfish," she said.  "In no way does that happen to everyone - in many cases increases their passion for the whole world. But there's a potential for it to become inward-looking and basically self-centred." She warned that meditation can lead to problems as people uncover the more negative aspects of their personality, which they might previously have buried.  "When you look inside yourself what you find can be quite negative and quite destabilising, and so you need a community around you to help process this stuff and keep you healthy", she told the Daily Telegraph.  Meditation and mindfulness can mean people notice "selfish drives and ambitions, bits of themselves that they previously projected onto other people, anger hatred, all the negative emotions." To counter this, the practises should be done in groups.  "I would encourage people to be in with a community," she said.  Practises such as meditation and mindfulness have been growing in popularity in the UK and other western countries as people who do not have religious beliefs turn to "spirituality" instead.  Mindfulness is increasingly offered by schools and workplaces to help employees and students improve their mental health.  Dr Gray said she believed people were "rediscovering the old ways".  Mindfulness: a cheat's guide  "We're still the same human beings that have been around for thousands of years. The neanderthals had basic religion and ways of burying the dead, it's always been there.  "I would suggest that it's a  rediscovery of the old ways rather than anything completely new - the newness is the recombination of different traditions." Several studies have linked religion with better health and wellbeing.  Data from the Office for National Statistics published last year found that people with no religion have below-average happiness and life satisfaction levels.  On average respondents scored their life satisfaction as 7.53 out of 10 and their happiness the previous day as 7.38, while those who describe themselves as having no religion scored their happiness slightly below average, at 7.22 out of 10. But the data on spirituality is less clear, with the vague meaning of the word making it hard for scientists to define. 

6 Ways to Lose That Water Weight

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:32

Demi Lovato Is Already Cool For The Summer In Plunging Cherry Swimsuit

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:30

Move over, winter, Demi Lovato is ready for swimsuit season.

Death Of Argentine Prosecutor Investigating Massive Terror Attack Ruled A Murder

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:18

More than two decades after the deadliest bombing in Argentina’s history, the details of the unresolved massacre are only becoming more mysterious.

Brazil defense ministry opposes giving up Embraer control to Boeing

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:12

(Reuters) - Brazil's defense minister voiced opposition on Thursday to selling control in Embraer SA to Boeing Co , saying the defense operations of the Brazilian planemaker cannot be separated from the commercial business. Boeing and Embraer said last week they were discussing a "potential combination", in a move that would consolidate a global passenger jet duopoly provided Brazil's government gives its blessing. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday the ministry was concerned that the negotiations between the aerospace companies had advanced without its knowledge.

Gruesome murder leaves 2 children, 2 adults dead

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:05

Investigators in Troy, New York are on the hunt for the people responsible for murdering two children, their mother and her girlfriend. The bodies were found a day after Christmas.

Increased police presence in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:05

In the wake of the recent attempted suicide bombing in New York City and the Las Vegas hotel shooting, the New York Police Department announced new steps to protect people in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Shy 10-year-old Oklahoma boy looking for a permanent home

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:54

A shy fourth grader from Oklahoma is turning to the public in hopes that someone will read his story and make him a part of their family.

Solange Opens Up About Autonomic Disorder She's Been Battling For Months

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:35

Solange just revealed she won’t be performing in South Africa at Afropunk’s upcoming New Year’s Eve show due to medical issues.

Putin says St. Petersburg supermarket bomb blast was terrorist attack

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:55

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a bomb blast in a St. Petersburg supermarket on Wednesday was an act of terrorism.

China: US should curb demand for opioids, not blame China

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:47

BEIJING (AP) — The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals, a top Chinese drug enforcement official said Thursday.

Russia Warns U.S.: Don’t ‘Meddle’ In Upcoming Presidential Election

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:23

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government has issued a warning to the U.S.: Don’t “meddle” in the country’s upcoming election.

Macedonia introduces emergency measures as smog chokes capital

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 06:00

By Kole Casule and Maja Zuvela SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia took emergency measures against dense smog enveloping its cities, an annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, aging industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles. The government said residents of Skopje and Tetovo had been granted free travel on trains and buses to discourage use of cars while those with chronic illnesses and pregnant women were excused from work. Local media said shops ran out of face masks as many people sought to protect themselves from the subzero and largely windless air in Skopje, which sits at the bottom of a valley.

China pledges support for Cambodia's 2018 poll: official

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 05:55

China will donate ballot boxes and voting booths for Cambodia's 2018 election, an official said Thursday, weeks after Western democracies pulled their support in protest over a crackdown on opposition politicians. The US and the European Union withdrew their backing after a Phnom Penh court dissolved the main opposition party in November -- a move they said stripped next year's election of any legitimacy.

N. Korean boat skipper 'charged over Japan theft'

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 03:30

Japanese prosecutors reportedly charged a North Korean fishing boat captain for theft on Thursday, accusing him of making off with items ranging from home appliances to solar panels. The 45-year-old was among 10 North Korean "fishermen" spotted aboard a tiny wooden boat struggling in bad weather off the northern island of Hokkaido in late November. Some of them admitted to "taking out" some electronic products from a remote Japanese island where they landed briefly to take refuge.

Box Truck Blocks Media's View Of Trump Getting 'Back To Work' (a.k.a. Playing Golf)

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 02:57

Day after day, CNN’s team of political journalists have set up cameras on the same public road to catch glimpses of President Donald Trump hitting the links at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

A massive price tag to rebuild Iraq after Islamic State

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 02:14

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — It will take years to haul out the rubble that weighs down Mosul's Old City. More than 3,000 tons cover every acre, and much of the shattered concrete and twisted metal that once made up people's homes and shops is laced with explosives and unexploded ordnance.