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Taiwan vote spotlights social and political rifts

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 22:36

Millions of Taiwanese went to the polls Saturday in key elections which tap into a raft of divisive issues, from relations with Beijing to gay rights. The island-wide vote for political representatives, from village up to city level, is a mid-term test for embattled President Tsai Ing-wen as she faces a backlash over domestic reforms and concerns about deteriorating ties with China. The ballot also features 10 referendums, including pro- and anti-gay marriage votes and a bid to change the name under which Taiwan competes at international sports events that has already angered China.

Exclusive: Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics - sources

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 22:15

The deal would be by far Logitech's largest acquisition and would illustrate the company's push to diversify its business. It would come as Logitech and Plantronics seek to keep down manufacturing costs following the introduction of tariffs on imports from China into the United States. Logitech has offered more than $2.2 billion to acquire Plantronics, one of the sources said.

Trump Lied When He Said CIA Didn't Link Saudi Prince To Khashoggi Killing: Senator Jack Reed

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 21:36

Despite President Donald Trump's insistence to the contrary, the CIA

Stocks Post Worst Thanksgiving Week Decline Since 2011

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 21:15

With some of the Dow’s most popular technology stocks under pressure and a steep decline in oil prices, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 178.74 points on Black Friday, the S&P 500 dropped 0.65 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.5 percent. It was the worst Black Friday performance for the Dow and S&P since 2010, and the worst for the Nasdaq since 2011. For the week, all three major indexes dropped more than 3 percent, their biggest loss during Thanksgiving week since 2011, according to CNBC.

Chicago defends location of Obama library in federal court

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 21:06

The city of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn't subject to restrictive public-trust laws.

Utah Teens Steal Plane From An Airstrip And Take It For a Joyride

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 20:10

A pair of teenagers had a wild Thanksgiving after stealing and driving a tractor to a local airstrip, where they nabbed an airplane, took it for a joyride and then landed safely back at the small airport in Vernal, Utah. The two boys, ages 14 and 15, had been staying at the Split Mountain Youth Detention Center in Vernal when they left to stay with friends in nearby Jensen. On Thanksgiving, the pair took a tractor and drove it to a private airstrip.

Social Democrats Now in Driver's Seat to Solve Swedish Impasse

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:00

After more than two months of failed talks, Andreas Norlen, the speaker, on Friday said that he would formally nominate Lofven on Dec. 3 and that a vote on prime minister would take place in the following days. Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson lost the first such vote after he was abandoned by his allies amid disagreements over relying on support from the nationalist. Now acting prime minister, Lofven will need to peel off the Center and Liberal parties from the center-right Alliance, or at the very least convince them not to vote against his government.

Europe's Dirty Money Machine Is a Lot Bigger Than First Thought

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:00

In testimony to European lawmakers this week, a whistle-blower revealed that another seven banks, and countless shell companies, were involved in the $230 billion case. The list includes three correspondent banks, which Bloomberg and other media have identified as Deutsche Bank AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp.

Fox News Analyst Says Washington Post 'Has Some Culpability' For Khashoggi's Murder

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:17

At least twice this week, Fox News has aired commentary dismissing the

Meghan cookbook mosque linked to 19 terror suspects including 'Jihadi John' in group's investigation 

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:00

Acommunity kitchen supported by the Duchess of Sussex is housed inside a mosque linked by experts to individuals connected to “terrorist acts” and run by an imam who says girls who listen to music risk becoming strippers. Meghan visited the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre on Wednesday after championing a cookbook to raise funds for the “Hubb Community Kitchen” project there to help victims of the fire at nearby Grenfell Tower. In February it emerged the 37-year-old royal had made secret visits to the mosque in Westbourne Grove, which has also hosted Princes William and Harry, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in recent months. An investigation by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), the anti-extremism think tank, has linked the mosque, opened by Prince Charles in 2001, to 19 jihadists, including Islamic State executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John. Imam Samer Darwish, who has been photographed with Mrs May, Mr Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, presents a weekly show on the Islam Channel where he has condoned bigamy, suggested women should not pray while on their periods, claimed girls who listen to music risk becoming strippers and said women should not cry when visiting graves. Samer Darwish, Imam of the Al Manaar mosque in Acklam Road, west London. Credit: You Tube/You Tube The comments are likely to shock the Duchess, who has described herself as a feminist and is committed to championing gender equality. On Wednesday, Meghan visited the kitchen at Al Manaar after it was refurbished with proceeds from the sale of the Together cookbook of recipes inspired by women involved in the “Hubb” project, for which she wrote the foreword. So far 39,000 copies have been sold raising £210,000 which has been channeled into the community group based at the kitchen via The Royal Foundation. Research by the HJS suggests the mosque was once attended by three of the four “Beatles”, the Isil terror cell charged with guarding, torturing and killing hostages in Syria and Iraq. As well as Emwazi, Choukri Ellekhlifi, Alexanda Kotey and Aine Davis, all from west London, also have links with Al Manaar. Emwazi and Ellekhlifi were associates in London and it seems highly likely that they fought together after joining Isil in late 2012 and early 2013. Ellekhlifi reportedly fought with al-Qaeda affiliate Jhabat al-Nusra and was killed in 2013 near Aleppo. Mohammed Emwazi during his time at Westminster University Credit: TMG/TMG Kotey would allegedly stand outside Al Manaar and preach extremist propaganda, such as arguing that suicide bombings did not violate the Koran. In 2008, Kotey became involved with the London Boys, a radical network linked to terrorist attacks in the UK, including the 7/7 bombings. According to the US State Department, Kotey acted as a guard for Isil and "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding". He is currently being held in solitary confinement in Syria. Former drug dealer Davis oversaw beheadings of British hostages, including British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, and US journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley. He was convicted of terrorism charges in Turkey, 2017 and sentenced to seven and a half years. Davis’s wife Amal el-Wahabi, the first woman to be convicted of terrorism offences connected to Syria, formerly worked as a nursery assistant at Al Manaar. Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London Credit: TMG You Tube videos show Mr Darwish, who preaches at the mosque for three and a half days a week, speaking on the Islam Channel. In one clip he says of women on their periods: “Bleeding, no praying. Stop bleeding, just pray. I’ve seen some of our sisters holding Koran using glove, which is a good idea.” Condoning bigamy in another, he says: “In Islam, it is permissible, yes, to marry more than one wife.” He also says listening to music or dancing is haram (sinful) except as reward for memorising the Koran, adding: “Those who are uncovering up some parts of their body and you will have no control in your daughter.” On women visiting graves, he says: “There is no harm for the women to visit the grave, but this is also conditional that she will not commit something haram, she will not cry to the extent to the point that she start screaming and stuff.” In other footage, he claims a man can “bring back” his divorced wife “by having sexual intercourse” with her. Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “The Duchess of Sussex has been poorly advised over her involvement with a mosque where many former congregants have gone on to commit terrorist acts. This is not one or two isolated cases but 19 separate individuals. A simple Google search would have highlighted concerns over these connections, and the recently expressed views of Imam Darwish.” The support that Al Manaar Mosque has given to survivors, their families & the local community following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire continues to demonstrate the true spirit of our city. Good to be back as part of #VisitMyMosque Day.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 18, 2018 A Kensington Palace source said: “The funds raised by the cookbook are supporting the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is an independent project that leases space from Al Manaar. The project is empowering the women and helping provide some hope and joy to a community that has gone through unspeakable tragedy.” Abdulrahman Sayed, chief executive of the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre said: “Al Manaar has been on the record rejecting and condemning extremism and terrorism. The Charity’s vision and mission is to be a vibrant and welcoming community hub and resource that encourages and promotes a sense of belonging, unity and pride for both Muslims and the wider community; and to contribute to building cohesive and resilient communities.” He said the mosque could not be held responsible for anything Mr Darwish said outside the mosque but added: “I’m happy to look at what he said and have a word with him about that language.”

Photos of the week: 11/16 - 11/23

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:00

A gunman opened fire at a Chicago hospital this week before killing himself.

Climate change could cost US 'hundreds of billions' a year: study

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:40

Tampa (AFP) - Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major US government report warned on Friday.

14 Palestinian protesters wounded by Israeli gunfire: Gaza ministry

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 15:01

At least 14 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests along the Gaza border, the enclave's health ministry said, as a lull in deadly violence held after a truce deal last week. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 14 people were injured by Israeli army fire along the border, including "a child shot in the chest east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp" in the central Gaza Strip.

Judge Rejects Trump's Request To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Trump Foundation

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:39

The New York State Supreme Court has rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit

US man wrote 'God sheltered me' before trip turned deadly

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:22

NEW DELHI (AP) — The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities.

Three Kosovo Serbs arrested over politician's murder

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:37

Three Kosovo Serbs were arrested Friday over the murder of prominent Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic who was shot dead in January, Kosovo authorities said. The early morning arrests were a rare intervention by Kosovo's special police forces into the northern half of Mitrovica, an ethnically divided city with Serbs in the north and Albanians in the south.

U.S. lawmaker subpoenas ex-FBI chief and former Attorney General

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:11

The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, has issued subpoenas for former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to give depositions in a probe of their handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. A committee statement released on Friday said the two former top law enforcement officials have been repeatedly asked to meet with the Judiciary and Oversight committees "as part of the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016" but "have yet to voluntarily appear," driving the need to issue subpoenas. According to the statement, Comey would be deposed on Dec. 3 and Lynch on Dec. 4.

Retailers look to millennials for holiday shopping cheer

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:54

As the US holiday shopping season kicked off Friday, retailers were looking to an unexpected savior to keep the tills humming: millennials. The generation of 22 to 37-year-olds have long been seen as cash-strapped and debt-laden after graduating college into a jobless economy after the 2008 global financial crisis. "This holiday season retailers will experience the growing purchasing power of Gen Z and millennials," National Retail Federation president Matthew Shay said.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Accuses Trump Of Turning 'Blind Eye' To Khashoggi's Murder

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:47

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu criticized President Donald Trump