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'More Opposition in Mao's Time.' Why China's Xi Jinping May Have to Rule for Life

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:51

After ruthlessly purging all opposition and centralizing power, Chinese President Xi Jinping risks a lot if he ever steps down himself

The Latest: All 5 passengers killed in NYC helicopter crash

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 01:58

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in New York City (all times local):

Space bases could preserve civilization in World War III: Elon Musk

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 01:10

Bases on the moon and Mars could help preserve human civilization and hasten its regeneration on earth in the event of a third world war, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, said on Sunday. Musk, the founder of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX, said the company's interplanetary ship could begin test flights as soon as next year. There is "some probability" that there will be another Dark Ages, "particularly if there is a third world war," Musk said at the SXSW conference.

Putin: Russia's post-Soviet tsar

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:37

Vladimir Putin, who is set to extend his long rule to 2024 in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, has stamped his total authority in Russia, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might abroad. The 65-year-old former KGB officer has reimposed the Kremlin's grip over society since taking power 18 years ago after a lawless but relatively free decade following the demise of the USSR. On the international stage, he has outlasted three US presidents to become one of the globe's undisputed strongmen, thrusting Moscow into a new rivalry with the West by snatching Crimea from Ukraine and launching a pivotal intervention in Syria.

Tesla paused Model 3 production for planned upgrade in February

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:10

Tesla Inc temporarily suspended production of its Model 3 electric car from February 20-24 for planned work to adjust equipment in order to improve automation and increase production rates. Tesla said the planned pause was normal and common for increases in output when a company is ramping up a new product. Last month, Tesla said in a shareholder note that it continues to target weekly Model 3 production rates of 2,500 by the end of the first quarter and 5,000 by the end of the second quarter.

Hong Kong democratic opposition fails to regain veto power in legislature

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:09

By Venus Wu and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp failed on Monday to regain some veto power in the city's legislature in a pivotal by-election, struggling to draw what they hoped would be protest votes against creeping control from Communist Party rulers in Beijing. The democrats won only two of four seats up for grabs, with the opposition now left one seat short from having the power to block most bills in the 70-seat legislative chamber. The by-election marked the first time the democratic camp has lost its long standing veto power via the ballot box, raising fresh questions over the future of the struggle for democracy and autonomy in the freest city in greater China.

China's Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat club

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 23:25

BEIJING (AP) — Recent history offers sobering lessons to China's Communist Party following its decision to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.

Father Of Parkland Victim Creates Powerful Mural Honoring Son And 16 Others Killed

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 20:14

In a silent, moving tribute, Manuel Oliver, the father of Parkland school shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, painted a mural on Saturday honoring his son and the 16 other people killed in the Florida massacre last month. The event was captured on a viral video as part of an art exhibit created by artist Evan Pestaina located in an art space in Miami. It was organized by Miami Heat NBA star Dwyane Wade.

China, the South China Sea and North Korea

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 20:01

The United States needs to diplomatically engage China over the South China Sea to reduce tensions, build trust, and achieve a quick and lasting solution to the North Korea problem. The USS Carl Vinson’s port call to Danang, Vietnam, the first port call of its kind since the Vietnam War, is aimed at China’s posture in the South China Sea and will no doubt elicit criticism from Beijing.

Caitlyn Jenner: Trump's Administration Has Set Trans People 'Back 20 Years'

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 19:33

Over a year after she publicly supported Donald Trump’s candidacy, Caitlyn Jenner continues to distance herself from the increasingly unpopular president, saying on Thursday that his administration has been the worst ever for trans people. “As far as trans issues, this administration has been the worst ever,” she told Newsweek at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York on March 9. The former Olympian has flip-flopped somewhat on Trump before.

Trump Gun Proposal Probably Won't Include Universal Background Checks

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 18:22

Less than two weeks ago, at a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers at the White House, Trump expressed support for the idea. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah shied away from an embrace of that position during an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” His backtracking was consistent with Wall Street Journal reporting from Saturday and what many skeptics had predicted. Host Jon Karl reminded Shah of what Trump had said at the Feb. 28 meeting ― in particular, the president’s support for universal background checks.

Hong Kong democrats struggle to recapture lost ground in by-elections

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 18:09

By Venus Wu and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A low turnout in by-elections in Hong Kong on Sunday raised alarms among the city's pro-democracy camp as its candidates struggled to gain sufficient seats to win back a legislative veto bloc and a recount was ordered in one closely fought district. Some voters voiced concerns about the city's future in light of news that China's parliament had passed a constitutional change paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. The city's democratic opposition has so far won two of the four seats up for grabs, and the pro-establishment camp one.

Trump Brags That He Won Most Of The Women's Vote In 2016. He Didn't.

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 18:02

President Donald Trump inaccurately bragged that he won the majority of women’s votes in the 2016 presidential election at a political rally on Saturday. Appearing before a crowd in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Trump boasted that he had proved his naysayers wrong when he received 52 percent of women’s votes. It will be a rough night for Donald Trump because the women won’t come out.’ We got 52 percent, right?

Photograph of Joe Biden talking with homeless man in Washington DC goes viral

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 17:30

An image of former Vice President Joe Biden speaking with a homeless man in Washington DC has gone viral, being shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook. The photograph was taken by Caleb Baca on Thursday night, according to local television station Fox 5, but was posted into Facebook businessman Paul Equale, with that post being shared 103,000 times since it was posted on Friday - with more than 148,000 people reacting to it. Speaking about Mr Biden, he added that “character is about what you do when no one is watching”.

Cuba's likely next president pledges more responsive gov't

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 16:45

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba on Sunday took the final political step before a promised transition from the founders of the Communist state to a younger generation of officials.

Black Filmmakers Make History At The Box Office This Weekend

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 15:56

This weekend marks the first time when two movies directed by black filmmakers, with budgets over $100 million, hold the number one and two spots at the box office. The Ryan Coogler-helmed “Black Panther” continues its fourth week of domination, bringing in another $41.1 million. “A Wrinkle In Time” opens this weekend in second place with $33.3 million.

Israel's Netanyahu in emergency talks amid coalition crisis

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 15:05

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister held emergency negotiations with key coalition partners on Sunday in hopes of averting a crisis that has threatened to plunge the country into early elections.

Srebrenica award to Bosnian Serb leader angers victims' families

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 14:34

Authorities in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica angered relatives of the 1995 massacre there by handing its top municipal award on Sunday to the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, local media reported. The town's city hall under its Serb mayor Mladen Grujicic awarded the distinction, the Golden Plaque of Srebrenica, to Milorad Dodik, president of the Serb entity of Bosnia, Republika Srpska, the N1 television channel said. Dodik declines to describe the Srebrenica massacre as genocide.

Norway's Hydro says Brazil plant made unauthorized spills

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 14:20

Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro's Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil made unauthorized spills of waste water last month, the company said on Sunday, more than two weeks after local authorities first began to raise questions. Authorities in late February ordered the plant, the world's largest alumina refinery, to cut output in half until it addressed concerns, leading Hydro to declare force majeure with no time set to restart production. A Brazilian government-backed research institute on Friday told Reuters it will soon publish evidence of a waste leak from Alunorte, located in the northern state of Para.

Jonathan Karl: Trump's unpredictable, risky move on North Korea may prove successful

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 13:37

President Donald Trump turned the usual "strategic patience" practice upside down by accepting a meeting with North Korea.