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Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:01

A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

Trump-Russia probe: Mueller requests dismissal documents on former FBI Director James Comey, reports say

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:25

Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the Justice Department turn over a range of documents, including some about the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey, it has been reported. Mr Mueller is currently leading an investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, and is also reportedly examining whether Mr Trump himself obstructed justice by asking Mr Comey to drop an investigation into then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

10 Things That Good Houseguests Never Ever Do

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:45

It’s houseguest season, with friends and relatives gathering for varying lengths of time under one roof.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:02

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

Daughter of Haitians, 10, urges Trump to extend families' protected status

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:00

Any 10-year-old who records her own video address to a United States president is usually seeking high marks in fifth grade civics. For Ronyde Christina Ponthieux, the message is much more poignant – a personal appeal to Donald Trump not to tear her family apart. While Ronyde is an American citizen, born and raised in Miami, her parents are not, and they face deportation if Trump follows an expected path and ends the temporary protected status (TPS) of more than 50,000 Haitian immigrants living legally in the US.

Diana Ross' Grandson Stole The Show During Her AMA Performance

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:54

Another star was born Sunday night when Diana Ross turned her American Music Awards performance into a family affair.

Christina Aguilera Performs Touching Tribute To Whitney Houston At AMAs

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:55

Christina Aguilera took the stage Sunday night to pay tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2017 American Music Awards.

Twenty Chinese Uighurs use blankets to escape Thai cell

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:32

Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention center near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said on Monday, after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were detained in 2014. Members of the group identified themselves as Turkish citizens and asked to be sent to Turkey but more than 100 were forcibly returned to China in July 2015, a move that sparked international condemnation, including from rights groups who feared they could face torture in China.

Clinton Says Russian Disinformation, GOP Voter Suppression 'Likely' Cost Her Wisconsin

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:24

Hillary Clinton believes that GOP efforts to keep voters from the polls and a “weaponized” disinformation campaign by the Russians “likely” cost her Wisconsin during the presidential election.

M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:13

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands and was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month. Monday's quake struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of six miles, east of the remote Loyalty Islands, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, but later said the danger had largely passed. Waves may have reached up to one metre (three feet) above the high tide level in parts of New Caledonia and smaller in Vanuatu, the PTWC said. "Minor sea level fluctuations...may continue over the next few hours," a statement from the agency said. "Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations populations at risk," the PTWC said in an alert. Nervous residents reported feeling several tremors throughout the night before the quake hit. "Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside," one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP. "I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building," said a resident of central Noumea. A Tsunami threat is forecasted to hit the Southern islands and parts of Central islands. Waves of 0.30 meters to 0.5 meters are likely to hit the coastlines of TAFEA, SHEFA and MALAMPA and possibly SANMA provinces. People from these provinces should take precautionary measures.— Dan McGarry (@dailypostdan) November 20, 2017 Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning. "We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night and today it was quite a big one," he said.  Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground. New Caledonia's civil security agency said it was still compiling data, and was not planning to evacuate immediately. Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries. 

Tank War: America's M1 Abrams vs. Israel's Super Merkava Tank (Who Would Win?)

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:49

If the Merkava IV offers any lessons to the U.S. military, it should be regarding the importance of fielding effective countermeasures against more advanced anti-tank missiles such as the Kornet, which the U.S. military has so far only encountered in limited numbers. The Merkava IV’s combat experience with the Trophy APS suggests that implementing such an upgrade to the U.S. tank fleet could significantly improve its survivability.

Thousands March On National Mall To Demand Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:01

Thousands gathered Sunday on the National Mall in Washington to demand the federal government increase its commitment to disaster relief on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:19

By Walter Bianchi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - A storm on Sunday complicated efforts to find an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members, while satellite calls thought to come from the vessel did not help searchers identify the vessel's location. The defense ministry has said the ARA San Juan appeared to try to make contact through seven failed satellite calls on Saturday between late morning and early afternoon. The vessel was 432 km (268 miles) off Argentina's coast when its location was last known early on Wednesday.

The Latest: Border agent injured in Texas dies

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:36

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas (all times local):

Video Shows New Yorkers Rushing To Free People Trapped Under Scaffolding

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 17:20

Dozens of New Yorkers jumped into action after a scaffolding collapse in lower Manhattan Sunday morning left several people trapped, but fortunately with only minor injuries.

Kim Davis Denied This Gay Man A Marriage License, And Now He May Run Against Her

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:57

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk whose steadfast opposition to same-sex marriage made her a darling of Christian conservatives, may draw a re-election opponent next year that again puts her in the national spotlight.

Democrats Select Candidate To Replace GOP Congressman Who Resigned Over Abortion

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:49

Democrats on Sunday picked Conor Lamb to run for the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), who resigned last month after it was revealed that he’d urged a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:14

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

Hidden Camera Shows Dying WWII Veteran's Gasps For Help Were Ignored

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:02

A World War II veteran’s last breaths were among nurses who were secretly filmed laughing and failing to adequately perform CPR or call for help in a timely fashion, a disturbing video shows.

Protesters march in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:21

Protesters marched Sunday in Washington in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, criticizing the lackluster US response to the storm and calling for reform. Demonstrators gathered at the US Capitol with Puerto Rican flags and signs that read "Fight for Puerto Rico," then marched toward the Lincoln Memorial at the other end of the National Mall. "We have men and women in Puerto Rico who are suffering.