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Alarm sounded, nations urged to act at UN climate talks

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:36

With the direst warnings yet of impending environmental disaster still ringing in their ears, representatives from nearly 200 nations gather Sunday in Poland to firm up their plan to prevent catastrophic climate change. The UN climate summit comes at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming. The smaller, poorer nations that will bare its devastating brunt are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement.


'I will never accept violence,' Macron says after Paris protests

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:02

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday denounced protesters against him as chaos-seekers, as the growing demonstrations first triggered by planned fuel price hikes turned violent. "I will never accept violence," Macron told a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires amid the massive "yellow vest" demonstrations. Macron has tried to focus in Buenos Aires on global affairs, seeking to lead like-minded countries in taking action on challenges such as climate change in the face of resistance from US President Donald Trump.


Trump Refuses To Say Whether He Regrets Attacking The Bush Family

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:31

President Donald Trump refused to say whether he regretted any of his previous


Mattis reveals Russian government attempted to interfere in U.S. midterm elections

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:12

Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed that the Russian government attempted to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections last month during remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, CA.


Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:56

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saturday that Saudi Arabia extradite suspects in the killing in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking to task the kingdom's crown prince who was basking in his quick return to the world stage at the G20. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's presence at the summit of the Group of 20 powers in Buenos Aires demonstrated he was firmly in control, as he met with Western leaders and sealed an oil pact with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Purify public life in Mexico, goal of Lopez Obrador's government

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:15

Mexico, Dec. 1 (Notimex).- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stressed that the goal of his government is to seek the purification of public life in Mexico and promised special attention to the indigenous peoples of the country, as he reiterated that for the wellness of everybody, first the poor. When he began his speech in the capital's Zócalo after receiving the baton of command of indigenous and Afro-Mexicans in the country, he pointed out that a modernity forged from below and for all is sought. "We are going to give special attention to the indigenous peoples, it is an ingnominia, a shame that the native peoples have lived for centuries under oppression and racism, with poverty and marginalization on their backs," he said. Lopez Obrador reaffirmed the commitment not to lie, steal and not betray the people of Mexico and make the fourth transformation of public life in the country a reality. NTX/JRD-MTG/4TAT/BBF


G20 agreement backs 'rules-based' order but bows to Trump on trade reforms

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 17:54

World leaders have signed off on an agreement which reaffirms a basic commitment by the world’s biggest economies to multilateral trade and a “rules-based international order”, but bows to US demands for urgent reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Agreement on a joint communique was by no means guaranteed at the beginning of the summit, when US negotiators took hardline positions, rejecting any mention of multilateralism, the “rules-based order” or the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a global safety net.


PHOTOS: Aftershocks shake Alaska after back-to-back earthquakes

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 16:55

Aftershocks on Saturday continued to fray nerves in Alaska. There have been 545 aftershocks, including the 5.7 magnitude shaker that came almost immediately after Friday's big quake measuring 7.0. Eleven have had magnitudes of 4.5 or greater.


En el G20 de Buenos Aires comparan al Primer Ministro de India con Apu

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:13

Una televisora de noticias en Argentina enfrento una reaccion violenta despues


Saudi Crown Prince to visit Algeria after G20 summit

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:02

Before the G20 summit the heir to the throne of the world's top oil exporter visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia. It is his first trip abroad since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered the prince's image abroad. Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge ofthe murder.


Lopez Obrador: Mexico's new president is 'stubborn' leftist

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:37

Mexico City (AFP) - "Stubborn" is among the many insults that have been hurled at Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the anti-establishment leftist who became Mexico's new president on Saturday. It is the start of a political regime change," Lopez Obrador, 65, said in his inaugural address. The man widely known by his initials AMLO is one of the most divisive figures in Mexican politics: his critics hate him as fervently as his fans love him.


Louisiana gets $11M settlement in interest rate manipulation

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:23

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is receiving $11 million as its share of a multistate settlement with Deutsche Bank over the manipulation of a key benchmark involving global interest rates.


Dozens arrested after 'yellow vests' clash with police in Paris

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:39

More than 65 people were injured and almost 170 people arrested in central Paris on Saturday after violent clashes between police and "yellow vest" protesters, in a third weekend of nationwide demonstrations against high living costs. Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with protesters around the Arc de Triomphe near the Champs-Elysees avenue and clashes were reported elsewhere across the city centre as well as in other towns across the country. Police said they had arrested 169 people and some are concerned that violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) movement, a spontaneous grassroots rebellion against the struggle many French face to make ends meet. For three weeks, protesters have blocked roads across France, posing one of the largest and most sustained challenges Emmanuel Macron has faced in his 18-month-old presidency. Thousands of anti-government protesters are expected today on the Champs-Elysees in Paris Credit: AFP Sixty-five people, including 11 members of the security forces, have been injured in the capital, Paris police said. "We are attached to dialogue, but also respect for the law," Edouard Philippe told reporters. "I am shocked by the attacks on the symbols of France." The skirmishes in Paris broke out early on Saturday, with rioters and peaceful protesters mixed together after authorities cordoned off the Champs-Elysees, forcing them into adjacent streets. Demonstrators put up barricades in the surrounding areas, smashed some car windows and set alight dozens of vehicles, including a police car. A restaurant in the vicinity was also set ablaze. Several hundred yellow vests, who have no leader and have largely organised themselves online, sat down around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, singing La Marseillaise, France's national anthem, and chanting, "Macron Resign!" A demonstrator waves a French national flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs in front of the Arc of Triomphe Credit: AFP On the facade of the towering 19th-century arch, protesters scrawled in big black letters: "The yellow vests will triumph." Some protesters were later seen on top of the arch. Clashes also took place in other cities and towns including Nantes in the west, Toulouse and Tarbes in the southwest, Puy-en-Velay in the centre of the country, Charleville Mezieres in the northeast and Avignon in the southeast. Along the Champs-Elysees, which was cordoned off, peaceful protesters held up a slogan reading, "Macron, stop treating us like idiots!" The president, who is at the G20 leaders summit in Argentina, said on Tuesday he understood the anger felt by voters outside France's big cities over the squeeze that fuel prices have put on households, but insisted he would not be bounced into changing policy by "thugs". The slogan "The yellow vests will triumph" is seen on the Arc de Triomphe as protesters demonstrate at the Place de l'Etoile in Paris Credit: Reuters Philippe said there were 5,500 protesters in Paris and a combined 36,000 elsewhere in France. Police unions reported 582 road blockages. Some of the protesters expressed concern over the clashes. "What message do the yellow vests want to pass today? That we set France on fire, or find solutions? I find this (violence) absurd," Jacline Mouraud, a prominent activist within the yellow vests movement, told BFM television. But assistant teacher Sandrine Lemoussu, 45, who came from Burgundy to protest, told Reuters that people had had enough. "The people are in revolt," she said. "The anger is rising more and more, and the president despises the French. We aren't here to smash things, but the people have had enough." France's prime minister said 36,000 people were protesting across the country, including 5,500 in the capital for this third nationwide day of demonstration Credit: AFP One retiree protester said: "The government is not listening. Revolution cannot happen without violence." Many on the outskirts of smaller provincial towns and villages have expressed anger, underlining the gap between metropolitan elites and working class voters that has boosted anti-establishment politics across the Western world. "Mr Macron wrote a book called Revolution. He was prophetic because it is what he has managed to launch, but not the revolution he sought," Far-left La France Insoumise leader Jean-Luc Melenchon told reporters ahead of a protest in Marseille. The yellow vests, who enjoy widespread public support, get their name from the high-visibility jackets all motorists in France must carry in their vehicles. The protests have caught Macron off-guard just as he was trying to counter a fall in his popularity rating to 30 percent. His unyielding response has exposed him to charges of being out of touch with ordinary people. 


What To Watch On Netflix That’s New This Week

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:39

Streamline recommends "F is for Family" as the thing to watch on Netflix this


‘Fake news’ could destroy Western society, State Department official warns

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:25

Matt B. Chessen, who serves as acting deputy science and technology adviser to the secretary of state, delivers what might be considered a rebuke of the president.


YouPorn bans Starbucks products from its offices after the cafe chain bans porn

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:54

Starbucks doesn't want customers using each cafe's free WiFi to look at porn. Now, YouPorn has apparently responded with a blanket ban on Starbucks products in its offices. The coffee company confirmed on Thursday that a plan is in motion to prevent customers from accessing online pornography over in-store WiFi. "We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019," a spokesperson said. SEE ALSO: Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers in the U.S. celebrate Starbucks' first 'Signing Store' That's probably a smart move for a family-friendly business like Starbucks, but YouPorn had a little fun with the news. In an internal memo obtained by Forbes, YouPorn vice president Charlie Hughes imposed a blanket ban on Starbucks products in the company's offices, effective Jan. 1, 2019. "In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, Starbucks products will officially be banned from the YouPorn offices," Hughes wrote. (A YouPorn spokesperson later confirmed to Forbes the authenticity of the memo.) It's hard to imagine an employer actually taking disciplinary action against one of its workers over their coffee brand preference. Maybe Hughes is serious, but the more likely explanation is this memo "leak" is just a clever public relations move aimed at getting YouPorn into a few headlines. In which case, job well done. In the dumpster fire that is our current 24-hour news cycle, YouPorn's silly, hopefully non-serious clapback at this sensible move from Starbucks amounts to a welcome break. WATCH: Join us in ogling these Starbucks holiday drinks from around the world


Citing Russia threat, Ukraine boosts security at ports, power plants

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:37

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday his country had stepped up security at vital infrastructure sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports in the face of what he called a Russian test of the world order. Russia opened fire on and seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Nov. 25 in an incident which Moscow and Kiev have blamed on each other, triggering a crisis that has raised fears of a wider conflict. Poroshenko on Saturday repeated allegations that Russia had amassed a large military force in eastern Ukraine, which is controlled by pro-Russian separatists, and in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.


The Future of HIV Treatment Might Not Involve Pills

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:26

Researchers are now looking beyond daily drugs to therapies


Royal Mail delivers: Postman, can you take this to heaven?

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:18

LONDON (AP) — A 7-year-old Scottish boy who sent a birthday card to his father in heaven has received a heart-warming reply.


UN: Aid mission driver wounded by gunfire in eastern Syria

Top Stories - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:01

BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen opened fire at the convoy of a joint humanitarian assessment mission in eastern Syria, the United Nations said Saturday, wounding a local driver in one of the country's most remote areas where fighting against Islamic State militants has displaced thousands.


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