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Georgia group can prove illegal voter purge by Kemp, leader says

Top Stories - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 05:00

The leader of a group formed by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says it can prove that voters were illegally removed from state rolls over the past few years by the office of former Secretary of State Brian Kemp.


Oil prices surge on output cut pledge, US-China deal

Top Stories - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 03:38

Oil prices soared on Monday after Russia and Saudi Arabia renewed a pact to cap output, while the US agreed to halt raising tariffs on Chinese imports, stalling a trade row that many feared could hit demand for the commodity. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "have agreed to extend our agreement" to limit production as prices slump on global markets. An existing deal committing OPEC and non-members to cuts expires this year.


British couple get happy ending to engagement ring disaster in US

Top Stories - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:02

For many visitors to New York, Times Square is a must-see. For one British man, it was where his romantic marriage proposal went horribly wrong -- the diamond ring fell through a grate. John Drennan got down on bended knee to ask his girlfriend of 10 years, Daniella Anthony, to marry him in New York's Central Park.


Mexico, Canada Diverge in Tariff Relief Hopes After Trade Deal

Top Stories - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:01

The three countries signed their new deal Friday in Buenos Aires to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement despite U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports remaining in place, along with counter-tariffs from Canada and Mexico. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said talks would continue this week and be split into two tracks: one with Canada, which sells much more of both metals to the U.S., and another with Mexico.


Mexico's new government prepares sale of former president's plane

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 21:02

"We are selling all the planes and helicopters that the corrupt politicians used," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a rally in Xalapa, Veracruz, near the end of his first full day as president. Finance Minister Carlos Urzua convened a news conference in Mexico City earlier on Sunday, attended by a small army of local reporters in front of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to announce that the plane will "very soon" be put up for sale. Photographers and camera crews were then ushered into the aircraft to see for themselves the spacious interior emblazoned with official government seals on the walls and flat-screen monitors, as well as the presidential bedroom and what appeared to be a marble-lined bathroom.


Mexico says presidential jet to be sold

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 20:17

Mexico is putting the presidential jet on the auction block, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's team said Sunday, making good on the new president's campaign pledge on his second day in office. The Boeing 787-8's last mission took outgoing president Enrique Pena Nieto to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week. Lopez Obrador vowed a "deep and radical" change in Mexico as he assumed the country's presidency Saturday, five months after winning a landslide election victory.


Mexican city shuts down migrant shelter near US border, blaming 'bad sanitary conditions'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 20:16

The city of Tijuana has closed down a migrant shelter close to the US border where as many as 6,000 Central American migrants have been staying as they wait for their asylum claims to be processed. The migrants are now being moved from the sports centre where the shelter had been located to a former concert venue that is much further from the US-Mexico border, officials have said. The facilities were designed to hold about half as many people as had been placed there as the migrants arrived from their long journeys north through Mexico.


Couple wins lawsuit over extravagant Christmas decoration display

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 19:38

The couple says bus loads of people came to their home to confront them about their display and that some people even sent them death threats.


Michelle Obama tells Meghan Markle: 'Don't be in a hurry' to launch ambitious projects

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 19:01

It is surprisingly prescient advice given the slew of recent allegations made about the Duchess of Sussex’s forthright demeanor and demands. And if there is any truth in the anecdotes that have been tumbling forth from behind palace walls detailing “ghastly” rows with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, temper tantrums over tiara choices and staff reduced to tears, she may well take note. Michelle Obama, the former American First Lady and a long-term friend of her husband, the Duke of Sussex, has suggested that the Duchess take her foot off the gas, slow down and remember she is in it for the long haul. Asked if she had any advice for the newlywed royal, Mrs Obama drew on her own experience of having every move subjected to public scrutiny. “Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot,” she told Good Housekeeping magazine. “So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. Michelle Obama Credit: Good Housekeeping “I think it’s okay – it’s good, even – to do that…. What I’d say is that there’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that – and I think Meghan can maximise her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally.” Mrs Obama is in the UK today on a whistlestop tour to promote her new memoir, Becoming, and will meet children at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington before speaking at the Royal Festival Hall, London. She and her husband enjoy such a close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they were rumoured to be joining the royal couple for a dinner hosted by George and Amal Clooney at their riverside mansion in Berkshire on Tuesday night. But Palace sources suggested that tales of the star-studded dinner party were wide of the mark. And Mrs Obama announced  on Sunday that she was cutting short her European tour in order to return to the US for the funeral of former President George HW Bush on Wednesday. Michelle Obama chats to Prince Harry at a Wounded Warriors wheelchair basketball game in 2015 Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Mrs Obama admits in the interview how she struggled to keep up with life in the White House. “Thankfully I get more (and more regular) sleep these days,” she said. “But it probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that sometimes it was a real challenge to keep up with the pace.” She said she, her husband and daughters, Sasha, 17, and Malia, 20, had a wonderful life in the White House but added that she was grateful they all “came out of those eight years in one piece”. Mrs Obama ruffled feathers at an event on Saturday in Brooklyn when she claimed that a prominent piece of feminist self-help championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, was “s---” that “doesn’t work.” She told the sold-out crowd that women cannot experience equality in both their professional and personal lives "at the same time," calling the idea a "lie" and arguing that "marriage still ain't equal, y'all." She added: "And it’s not always enough to ‘lean in’, because that s--- doesn’t work all the time" before quickly adding: “I forgot where I was for a moment.” Sandberg promoted the "lean in" concept in her 2013 book, "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead," which urges women to be more proactive at seizing career opportunities. Mrs Obama admitted that she thought in many ways, things were harder for young women today but said that they were not held back by “societal belief that girls and boys can’t do the same thing” as her generation was. “They’re charging forwards in sports and maths and science and technology,” she told Good Housekeeping. “They’re speaking up and speaking out, not just in classrooms but in the public arena at a young age. I find great hope in this generation of young women.” The full interview appears in the January issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale December 3


The Latest: Paris police chief says 112 cars torched in riot

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 18:24

PARIS (AP) — The latest on French protests against higher taxes (all times local):


Merkel protege suggests reducing gas flow through Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 18:16

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a top candidate to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats, told public broadcaster ARD it would be "too radical" to withdraw political support for the project, but Berlin could reduce the amount of gas to flow through the pipeline. Russia is resisting international calls to release three Ukrainian ships seized last weekend in the Kerch Strait near the Crimea region that Moscow illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow has accused the 24 sailors of illegally crossing the Russian border, which Ukraine denies.


Popular scientist Tyson rejects misconduct allegations

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 17:13

Well-known author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday denied allegations by three women of sexual misconduct spanning several decades. Tyson, 60, who has built a successful career on television and in his books explaining and popularizing science, had remained largely silent as three different women lodged complaints dating as far back as 1984. In the first case, a woman alleged that Tyson drugged and raped her when both were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.


Iran says it will continue missile tests after U.S. allegation

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 16:24

Iran said on Sunday it would continue missile tests to build up its defences and denied this was in breach of U.N. resolutions following U.S. allegations that Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he called Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of the 2015 international agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, from which Washington has withdrawn. "Missile tests ... are carried out for defence and the country's deterrence, and we will continue this," Brigadier- General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for Iran's armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.


The Latest: Earthquake doesn't disrupt supply chain of goods

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:51

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a powerful earthquake striking near Anchorage (all times local):


Kamala Harris To Decide On 2020 White House Run 'Over The Holiday'

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:45

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Saturday she'll decide whether to launch a


Number of missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops to 25

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:31

The death toll from the Camp Fire that all but obliterated the mountain town community of Paradise in northern California stood unchanged at 88, the Butte County Sheriff Department said late on Saturday in a statement. The roster of those unaccounted for has fluctuated widely since the fire erupted on Nov. 8 and swept through Paradise, a town once home to almost 27,000 people about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco. On Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said search and recovery teams had finished going through the ruins of some 18,000 homes and other buildings that were incinerated.


Macron surveys damage after Paris riots, calls for talks

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:25

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday surveyed the damage from a day of riots across Paris and led a crisis meeting that ended with a call for further talks with anti-government activists who have staged two weeks of protests. Macron met with the prime minister, interior minister and top security service officials to forge a response to the violence that left hundreds injured nationwide. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has been asked to meet protest organisers and party leaders as part of a "constant wish for dialogue," the Elysee Palace said.


Netanyahu's legal woes grow as police seek new bribery charges

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:08

Authorities allege Netanyahu awarded regulatory favours to Israel's leading telecommunications company, Bezeq Telecom Israel , in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife on a news website, Walla, owned by the company. Netanyahu has long denied wrongdoing. Now in his fourth term, Netanyahu dominates Israeli politics.


Comey Ends His Subpoena Fight, to Speak Behind Closed Doors

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:52

Comey had sued to block the summons last week, contending that the sealed testimony would be leaked and distorted by Republicans for political purposes. Early on Sunday, two days after Comey’s attorney conceded in court that no federal trial judge had ever batted down a House subpoena, the former Federal Bureau of Investigations chief -- who was fired by President Donald Trump in 2017 -- withdrew his request.


Damaging police report looms over Netanyahu re-election bid

Top Stories - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 14:43

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a growing collection of legal troubles that have clouded the longtime leader's prospects for pursuing re-election next year.


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