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Hamas deputy leader says to continue Iran ties, armed fight

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:52

The deputy head of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas vowed to keep close ties with Israel's arch-enemy Iran and to maintain its weapons, Iranian media reported on Sunday, rejecting Israeli preconditions for any peace talks. Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist group by Western countries and Israel, signed a reconciliation deal this month with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction. "Undoubtedly, the Palestinian resistance forces will never give up ... their arms," the semi-official news agency Mehr quoted Saleh Arouri as saying at a meeting with the Iranian parliament's speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran.


Some Truly Excellent Costumes From NYC's Famous Halloween Dog Parade

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:43

Every year, New Yorkers and their beloved canine pals embark on a time-honored tradition: The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.


Hikers Found Dead After Months Missing May Have Died in 'Sympathetic Murder-Suicide'

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:30

They were both found with gunshot wounds.


Budget Chief Raises Possibility Of Trump Agreeing To Obamacare Subsidy Deal

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:23

WASHINGTON ― Office of Management and Budget chief Mick Mulvaney suggested on Fox News Sunday that President Donald Trump could back a bipartisan deal on making certain reimbursement payments to insurers if he also got other, smaller changes to the health care system.


DIY Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Couples That Are Actually Doable

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:00

Procrastinating husband, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends: fear not!


Scot given three-month jail sentence for touching Dubai man's hip

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:57

A British man has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man's hip in a bar, according to campaigners. Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man's hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar. The 27-year-old electrician had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time. After his arrest for public indecency he lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail. Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday but lawyers plan to appeal. The group said Mr Harron is "angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next". He is not currently in custody while the appeal is considered, DiD chief executive Radha Stirling said. Mr Harron has already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident. Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of DiD said the 27-year-old was not told about the court date in advance and that sentence is also being appealed against. In relation to the alleged public indecency charge, Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then "touched a man on his hip to avoid impact". He was initially jailed for five days and then released on bail with his passport confiscated. Ms Stirling said: "Now Jamie has been sentenced to three months; there is no telling whether a judgement on appeal will be better or worse. "He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration. "His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE's cyber crime laws which forbid criticism of the government. "At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE." She added: "He feels betrayed and exploited by the system, which did not investigate the reports of key witnesses in his defence and led him to believe that the case would be dropped." A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We have been in contact with a British man following his arrest in Dubai in July. We are providing consular assistance."


Former CIA director Petraeus calls nuclear war with North Korea unlikely

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:10

Former CIA Director David Petraeus discusses the North Korea threat and more on "This Week."


The U.S. Navy Had a Crazy Plan to Build 'Super' Battleships (But Super Obsolete)

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:02

Had the U.S. built the Montanas, they likely would have had similar post-war careers to those of the South Dakotas.  Because of their speed, the Iowas were more useful at every job except fighting other battleships. Having built the ships in the late 1940s, the USN would have sold them for scrap in the early 1960s. In the early 1940s, the U.S. Navy still expected to need huge, first rate battleships to fight the best that Japan and Germany had to offer.


Indonesia demands answers after military chief denied U.S. entry

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:50

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washington's deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, Indonesian officials said on Sunday. Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection had denied him entry, military spokesman Wuryanto told a news conference in Jakarta.


Tom Hanks Offers Suggestion To Those 'Frustrated' With Current Affairs: 'Read History'

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:05

Actor Tom Hanks recommends this: Brush up on your history.


Voter Data: GOP Divide Goes Beyond Washington Feud

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 02:04

The Republican political feud in Washington often appears to be a battle of egos and personalities, but voter data Beltway shows a deeper schism in party.


King's legacy still felt strongly as Thailand bids goodbye

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:59

HUAY HOM, Thailand (AP) — Half a century has passed and the king is dead, but the villagers of Huay Hom still haven't forgotten the day Bhumibol Adulyadej descended by helicopter into their remote, impoverished mountain valley in northern Thailand and changed their lives forever.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says would travel to North Korea: NYT

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:39

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York Times reported on its website on Sunday. "I would go, yes," Carter, 93, told the Times when he was asked in an interview at his ranch house in Plains, Georgia whether it was time for another diplomatic mission and whether he would do so for President Trump. Carter, a Democrat who was president from 1977 to 1981, said he had spoken to Trump's National Security Adviser Lt.-Gen. H. R. McMaster, who is a friend, but so far has gotten a negative response.


Donald Trump's 2012 Yankees Tweet Proves There Really Is A #TweetForEverything

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:20

A strange phenomenon has happened since President Donald Trump took office.


Three wounded in shooting near US mine in Papua

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:05

At least one gunman has wounded three people near a huge Indonesian gold and copper mine owned by US firm Freeport-McMoRan, the company said Sunday. The attacks on Saturday injured two policemen and a security contractor, according to Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama.


Naval Showdown: What Happens When a Battleship Fights an Aircraft Carrier?

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:26

In 1930, the Glorious was converted into an aircraft carrier, just as the U.S. Navy did with the Lexington and Saratoga. Battlecruisers had proven fragile in World War I, but they could travel thirty knots and had large hulls suitable for planting a flight deck on. The Glorious was committed to the Norwegian campaign, perhaps the rock bottom of the Royal Navy’s performance in World War II. On April 9, 1940, the Germans launched an amphibious invasion of Norway.


Report: Fox Renewed Bill O'Reilly's Contract After $32 Million Harassment Settlement

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:33

Fox News extended host Bill O’Reilly’s contract for $100 million over four years shortly after he reached a $32 million agreement to settle claims of sexual harassment from a former network employee, The New York Times reported Saturday.


Rachel Maddow Defends Niger Theory After Experts Call It 'Conspiracymongering'

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:46

Rachel Maddow on Friday doubled down on her controversial reporting on the deadly Niger ambush on U.S. troops, in which she linked President Donald Trump’s travel ban with the deaths of four soldiers.


Eric Holder: Harvey Weinstein Revelations Must Prompt Culture Shift On Sexual Harassment

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:05

In the wake of the explosive revelations about alleged sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, former United States Attorney General Eric Holder called on men to take responsibility for creating a culture that allowed such abuse to occur ― and act to change.


Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and 'fake news' amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook ads

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:02

Donald Trump has gone on yet another Twitter tirade, this time attacking Hillary Clinton and Facebook after claims Russian-bought Facebook adverts were used to support his presidential campaign. Downplaying the significance of the ads, which many investigating politicians and law-enforcement agents believe were intended to influence the election result, Mr Trump went on the offensive. “Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did.


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