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Hungary aims to criminalize aiding illegal migration in 'Stop Soros' bill

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:51

By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to jail under legislation submitted to parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has also proposed amending the constitution to state that an "alien population" cannot be settled in Hungary, rejecting European Union quotas to distribute migrants around the bloc. In power since 2010, the right-wing nationalist Orban has tightened state control over the media and campaigned on a platform of fierce hostility to immigration - policies that have put him in conflict with the European Union, which funds development policies to the tune of billions of euros a year.

The Latest: Germany: Rejected asylum-seeker sets self ablaze

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:58

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):

Tesla Model 3 Performance Fans Just Got Some Incredible News From Elon Musk

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:43

New, more powerful cars could be arriving soon.

President Macron offers citizenship to migrant who saved dangling child

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:42

French President Emmanuel Macron granted Mamoudou Gassama citizenship and offered him a job with the Paris emergency services.

Almost all in Congo city at immediate risk of Ebola now vaccinated -WHO

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:05

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday almost all the people it considers at immediate risk from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbandaka have now been vaccinated against the disease. More than 400 potential Ebola contacts have been vaccinated, which represents 90 percent of those considered at risk, said Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response. "We can't conclude that we've safeguarded the city of Mbandaka but we can say that so far there has not been an explosive increase in cases.

Supreme Court Blocks Appeal, Allowing Arkansas To Restrict Medical Abortions

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:02

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case from a Planned Parenthood affiliate

Giant, 11-Foot Alligator Captured After It Was Seen Eating Ducks in Florida Lake

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:59

The enormous reptile was seen eating ducks in a neighborhood lake.

Bernie Sanders 'is considering another run for the presidency,' former campaign manager says

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:44

Jeff Weaver, who managed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential bid, says the Vermont independent “is considering another run” in 2020.

No Charges For Teacher Who Drowned Raccoons In Front Of Students

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:31

A high school teacher in Ocala, Florida, who was caught on camera getting his

'Harry Potter' Star Matthew Lewis, AKA Neville Longbottom, Is Married

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:07

We now pronounce you wizard husband and wife.

India police investigate AirAsia boss Fernandes

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:41

India's federal police Tuesday raided local offices of budget carrier AirAsia as investigators accused the airline's boss Tony Fernandes of illegally obtaining operating licences. The Central Bureau of Investigation said it was probing allegations that Fernandes illicitly lobbied Indian officials for favourable treatment of licences for his Malaysian-based carrier. "We have filed a case against Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes, his colleagues and government officers over procuring licences illegally," CBI official R.K. Gaur told AFP.

Jada Pinkett Smith And Gabrielle Union Settle 'Petty' Feud Once And For All

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:37

The best daytime talk show isn't even on TV. No, it's Jada Pinkett Smith's

Hurricane Maria 'killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico', 70 times the official toll, researchers claim

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:32

Hurricane Maria, which pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4,600 people, some 70 times higher than official estimates, US researchers said on Tuesday. The government-provided death toll stands at just 64, but experts say an accurate count was complicated by the power outages and widespread devastation wreaked by the storm, which caused $90 billion in damages and is ranked as the third costliest cyclone in the United States since 1900. Earlier independent investigations have put the true toll at closer to 1,000. But the latest estimates, compiled by researchers at Harvard University, came back far higher - at 4,645 deaths from the day of the storm, September 20, until December 31, 2017. For comparison, the death toll from 2005's Hurricane Katrina - the costliest hurricane in US history - was far lower, and estimated at 1,833. Most deaths after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico are blamed on interruptions in medical care due to power outages and blocked or washed out roads, said the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Approximately one-third of post-hurricane deaths were reported by household members as being caused by delayed or prevented access to medical care," said the report. Researchers went door-to-door at 3,299 homes randomly selected from across the US territory, home to some 3.3 million people. Survey-takers used criteria from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if a person's death could be blamed on the hurricane. By definition, this could be either forces related to the event such as flying debris, or unsafe or unhealthy conditions in the three months afterward including loss of necessary medical services. The surveys were taken from January to February 2018, a time when, researchers noted, "many survey respondents were still without water and electricity." To avoid bias, people were not paid for their responses, and were informed that their answers would not gain them any additional government aid. If a family member was reported missing but not known to be deceased, researchers counted them as alive. The data showed a 62 percent increase in the mortality rate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, compared to the same period a year earlier, corresponding to a total of 4,645 deaths. Even this is believed to be a "substantial underestimate" of the actual death count, said the report, noting it could be above 5,700. "Our estimates are roughly consistent with press reports that evaluated deaths in the first month after the hurricane," it added. "On average, households went 84 days without electricity, 64 days without water, and 41 days without cellular telephone coverage." Researchers said they were unable to compare their estimates with the latest government count, because their request for access to those figures was denied. The government of Puerto Rico stopped publicly sharing its data on hurricane deaths in December 2017. "These numbers will serve as an important independent comparison to official statistics from death registry data, which are currently being re-evaluated, and underscore the inattention of the US government to the frail infrastructure of Puerto Rico," concluded the report.

Showdown in the South China Sea: Why China or America Won't Backdown

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:32

The South China Sea is once again rapidly becoming a major point of contention between Washington and Beijing, with both sides refusing to back down. Two U.S. Navy warships — the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam — conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea Saturday, sailing within twelve nautical miles of several Chinese-controlled islands in the Paracels, territories the Chinese military forcefully seized from Vietnam in the 1970s. Asserting that the American vessels entered China’s territorial waters “without the permission of the Chinese government,” the Chinese Ministry of National Defense explained that the Chinese military “immediately dispatched warships to identify and inspect the American ships according to law, and warned them to depart.” This claim has not been verified.

Offering No Evidence, Trump Says Mueller's Investigators ‘Will Be Meddling’ In Midterms

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:22

President Donald Trump dubiously suggested investigators from special counsel

This House On Stilts Is Stronger Than It Looks

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:00

On a waterfront stretch of Long Island, architect Bill Ryall devises an elegant, eco-friendly house to withstand the worst

WHO's Congo Ebola plan assumes 100-300 cases over three months

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 06:21

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization assumes 100-300 cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo between May and July, under a revised response plan to the outbreak that it published on Tuesday. Congo's Health Ministry said late on Monday there had been 54 cases of Ebola in the outbreak - 35 confirmed, 13 probable and six suspected - and 25 deaths.

US search firm says to end MH370 hunt in 'coming days'

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 05:15

A private search for Flight MH370 will end in the coming days, an exploration firm said Tuesday, some four years after the plane disappeared in one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. No sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January last year. After pressure from families, the Malaysian government struck a deal with US exploration firm Ocean Infinity to restart the search in January on condition it would only be paid if the Boeing 777 or its black boxes were found.