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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa calls for end to Western sanctions

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:07

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government during a speech to ruling party officials and said elections due in 2018 were nearer than "you expect". Mnangagwa, 75, became leader of the southern African nation last month after the military and ruling ZANU-PF turned against Robert Mugabe who had ruled the country for 37 years and was seen grooming his wife Grace to succeed him. While the European Union removed sanctions on ZANU-PF officials, members of the military and some government-owned firms in 2014, the United States has kept a travel and economic embargo on several ruling party elites.

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:45

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.

Another Woman Accuses Nevada Congressman Of Sexual Harassment

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:32

A second woman has come forward alleging that Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.)

Images from Newtown

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:07

A collection of photos taken in the weeks that followed the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Sanders: Tax bill is simply a 'gift' to 1%

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:38

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks on the tax plan that the Republicans are expected to pass soon. He feels that the process to pass the bill has been a 'disaster'.

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:30

Hours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election, the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:   I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.

Dan Johnson: Who is the Kentucky Republican politician accused of child sexual assault found dead in apparent suicide?

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 03:23

A Republican state representative who denied allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl has died in an apparent suicide. Dan Johnson died of a single gunshot wound after stopping his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area of Mount Washington, Kentucky, the Bullitt County Coroner said. Mr Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Roy Moore Still Won’t Concede Defeat: ‘The Battle Rages On’

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:15

Although Democrat Doug Jones was named the shock winner of Alabama’s Senate special election on Tuesday, Moore refuses to admit that the campaign has ended.

Latest Monsanto GMO seeds raises worries of monopoly

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:54

The rapid growth of Monsanto's new GMO seeds resistant to the controversial herbicide dicamba has revived worries about the company's stranglehold over farming during a period of industry consolidation. Long a producer of dicamba, Monsanto last year introduced genetically-modified cotton and soybean seeds that can resist the weed killer. The products took off, amassing more than 20 percent of US soybean fields and 50 percent of US cotton fields in just two years, according to Monsanto data.

11 Congolese Fighters Have Been Jailed for Life For Raping Dozens of Children

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:54

A spiritual adviser reportedly told the men raping infants would give them supernatural powers

A Kentucky Lawmaker Who Was Facing Sexual Assault Allegations Kills Himself

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:35

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013

Weakened and divided, S.Africa's ANC to elect a new leader

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:08

South Africa's ruling ANC party holds a conference starting Saturday to elect its new leader in a hotly contested two-way race seen as a pivotal moment in the country's post-apartheid history. The winner will be well-placed to be the next president, but the ANC has lost much popularity since Nelson Mandela led it to power in the euphoric 1994 election that marked the end of white-minority rule. President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been marred by graft scandals, will step down as ANC chief but remain national leader ahead of general elections in 2019.

Ohio passes law barring abortion over Down syndrome diagnosis

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:36

Women in Ohio would be prohibited from receiving abortions because of a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis under a bill that passed the state senate on Wednesday and is heading to Republican Governor John Kasich’s desk. Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the law, which criminalizes abortion if the physician has knowledge that the procedure is being sought due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Doctors would lose their medical licenses in the state and face a fourth-degree felony charge under the law if they were to perform an abortion with that knowledge.

David Cameron criticises Donald Trump for 'fake news' attacks on media

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:14

David Cameron has joined the chorus criticising US President Donald Trump for his tirades against the media, saying his attacks on "fake news" was undermining democracy.  In his first public speech since stepping down after his failed attempt to win a vote to stay in the European Union last year, the former prime minister said Mr Trump was corrupting society and diverting attention from real abuses through his attacks on outlets like CNN and the BBC.  “President Trump: ‘fake news’ is not broadcasters criticising you, it's Russian bots and trolls targeting your democracy, pumping out untrue stories day after day, night after night,” Mr Cameron said at an anti-corruption lecture hosted by Transparency International and law firm Clifford Chance in London.  “When you misappropriate the term fake news, you are deflecting attention from real abuses. Ignoring what’s happening on social media is facilitating a form of corruption that is undermining democracy.” Mr Cameron championed the fight against corruption and pushed through legislation strengthening the hand of law enforcement officials. At a glance | The rise of fake news Now, he said, the problem was worsening. Taking aim at Russia, he suggested underhand tactics had been used by the country to win the right to stage the 2018 Fifa World Cup. “I am sure (President Vladimir Putin) wasn’t completely surprised when Russia actually won the bid. You couldn’t make it up. In the years since, 10 of the 22 members of that Fifa executive committee were indicted or punished.” Speaking tonight at @TransparencyUK#TILecture17 - Britain was first G20 country to set up open register of beneficial ownership. We must keep promoting transparency and fighting the battle against corruption.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 13, 2017 He also said the EU had not done enough to fight Russia's attempts to interfere with Europe's democracies. “To be honest this is one area where, far from being too quick to act, the EU has been far too slow,” he added. “Barack Obama used to challenge European leaders over how we seemed to ignore or even tolerate Russian subversion of some eastern European business, energy, media or even political interests. He was bang on target.”  

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:41

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.

Republicans Near Deal On Tax Cut Bill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:08

WASHINGTON ― Even before House and Senate lawmakers held their first official meeting on Wednesday to work out differences between their tax bills, Republican tax writers were touting a tentative deal Wednesday that would likely set up final congressional passage of a compromise GOP proposal next week.

Racial tension over Charlottesville allegedly sparked Omarosa's departure from Trump White House

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:55

Omarosa Manigault-Newman has been an ally of President Donald Trump since her appearance on "The Apprentice" in 2004, but her role in his White House will now come to an end after her departure was announced on Wednesday morning.

Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:38

Sarah Illig’s dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.

NTSB investigates Delta plane that nearly landed on taxiway

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

Republicans strike deal on tax plan as they rush to pass it before arrival of Alabama's new Democratic senator

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:13

Senate and House Republicans have struck a tentative deal on a tax plan as they race to get a final measure on President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas. At the same time, Democrats are urging Republicans to delay the process until a newly-elected Democratic senator from Alabama, Doug Jones, is seated - currently expected not to be until after the Senate wraps up its work for the year. In a stunning upset on Tuesday, Mr Jones defeated his Republican opponent Roy Moore in a special election, flipping control of the seat and reducing the Republican Senate margin to 51-49.