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Hindu hardliners clash with police over women at shrine

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 13:18

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hindu hardliners vandalized shops, shut businesses and clashed with police in a southern state Thursday to protest the entry of two women in one of India's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, police said.

This Alpina Z1 showed BMW where it went wrong

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:50

Rarely seen but undoubtedly a star, the Alpina Z1 roadster is what BMW should have done with its own sports car

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Macworld - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:45
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Husband surprises wife of 67 years with new engagement ring

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:27

After 67 years, it is still nice to know that you can still surprise someone

5 ways Apple's awful quarter could impact the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in 2019 and beyond

Macworld - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:00

Apple’s new year isn’t off to a great start. Instead of celebrating another stellar quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a lengthy letter to investors warning about subpar iPhone sales and an overall dip in revenue to the tune of about $6 billion. That mean Apple is only going to make around $84 billion in revenue over the 3-month holiday quarter, an impressive number for sure, but one that represents a five percent dip from the same quarter last year and confirmation that all is not right in Cupertino.

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Debuts Next Week with Motion-Activated Interior Lights

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:39

The second generation of Benz's smaller four-door coupe will be revealed at CES.

Chile's LATAM Airlines is world's most punctual airline 2019

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:03

Flyers aboard LATAM Airlines are most likely to make their connecting flight and arrive at their destination on time, according to a new ranking of the world's most punctual airlines. 

11-year-old Brooklyn boy dies from apparent reaction to smell of fish

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:52

An 11-year-old boy died in his Brooklyn home Tuesday after authorities believe he had an allergic reaction to seafood that was being cooked at the time.

Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:27

Switching from beef to alternative proteins could save millions of lives and dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions, the World Economic Forum said Thursday. New research conducted by the Oxford Martin School for WEF showed that efforts to replace meat and especially beef could provide huge benefits for human health and the environment. The organisation, famous for the plush gathering of the world's rich, famous and influential at the luxury Swiss ski resort of Davos each January, said 2.4 percent of global diet-related deaths could be avoided by moving away from beef.

Polish Central Bank Chief Is Questioned in Watchdog Scandal

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:12

The latest in a string of central bankers from emerging Europe becoming involved in legal probes, Glapinski has rebuffed calls to step down from opposition parties that are demanding a parliamentary investigation into bribery allegations against the former head of the Financial Supervisory Commission. In November, Latvia’s anti-corruption bureau said it was carrying out a criminal probe involving central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics.

Where do the Kurds fit into Syria's war?

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:10

The future of Kurdish-led areas of northern and eastern Syria has been thrown into doubt by President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops who have helped to secure the region. Amounting to about one quarter of Syria, the area is the largest chunk of territory still outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Russia and Iran. Trump said on Wednesday the United States would withdraw slowly "over a period of time" and would protect the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters as Washington withdraws troops, but without giving a timetable.

PETA responds to Tiffany Haddish's vow to wear fur till 'police stop killing black people'

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 10:01

PETA responded to Tiffany Haddish after the comedian said she wold wear animal fur every day until "the police stop killing black people."

PHOTOS: How many animals live at the London Zoo?

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 09:28

The yearly stock-taking sees staff at the Zoological Society of London facility work through all the herds and packs and flocks, from tigers and penguins to jellyfish.

Democrats to take on Trump as divided US Congress arrives in Washington

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 09:16

Democrats on Thursday took over the US House of Representatives, ushering in a new era of divided government in Washington with the goal of checking Donald Trump's turbulent presidency. Battle-tested Nancy Pelosi was poised to take over as speaker of the House as a partial federal government shutdown over Trump's insistence that lawmakers fund a southern border wall neared the two-week mark. The end of Trump's one-party rule in Washington lent air to Democrats deflated after the bombastic Republican's 2016 victory.

'Assad will stay for a while, thanks to Russian support', says Jeremy Hunt

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 09:14

Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Minister, has conceded that President Bashar al-Assad will remain in place for "a while", reversing Britain's long-held position to reflect the new reality on the ground in Syria. "The British long-standing position is that we won't have lasting peace in Syria with that (Assad-led) regime," Mr Hunt said. "But regretfully we do think he's going to be around for a while and that is because of the support that he's had from Russia. "Russia may think that it's gained a sphere of influence. What we would say to them is: Yes - and you've also gained a responsibility,” the Foreign Minister told Sky News. Moscow, which intervened in the war in 2015 on behalf of the Syrian government, helped swing it in Assad's favour. Russian military gives a press tour of destroyed parts of Aleppo, Syria.  Credit: Alec Luhn for the Telegraph While Russia's relationship with Damascus, which dates back to the Soviet era, may not be new, its dominance in the civil war helped elevated it to a position of power broker in the region. Britain, the US and its allies meanwhile backed the opposition, though its lack of real commitment allowed President Vladimir Putin to gain the upper hand. The UK broke off diplomatic contact with the regime in 2012 after peaceful protests were met with a brutal crackdown. Its position since has been that Assad must go and there must be a transition of power through a democratic election. This stipulation is also a precondition to the UK providing the country with reconstruction aid, which Damascus greatly needs to rebuild its flattened cities. However, with Assad claiming a victory and showing no signs of any intention to step aside, the UK must decide how it now wishes to engage. Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, meets with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Damascus, Syria, Credit: Sana "If you're going to be involved in Syria then you need to make sure that there really is peace in Syria," Mr Hunt said. "And that means making sure that President Assad does not use chemical weapons on his own people." The British admission also raises doubt that the Syrian leader and his inner circle will ever face trial for alleged war crimes, including sarin attacks which left more than 1,200 dead. In December, the United Nations acknowledged it had failed to persuade Moscow, a veto-wielding member, to agree to form a sufficiently diverse body to prepare a constitution and elections in Syria. This meant the indefinite delay of any UN-supervised elections. The president had for years been an international pariah, but in recent months relations with the Arab world have begun to thaw. Last week, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus, marking a diplomatic boost for Assad from a US-allied Arab state that once backed rebels fighting him. Egypt and other Arab League members have also hinted that Damascus could soon be invited back into the group it was expelled from in 2011.

What Happens When You Stop Making Credit Card Payments?

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 09:00

Whether the reason is a layoff, a medical emergency or a pile of debt that is more than you can afford, struggling to pay credit card bills is a problem many people face. When you quit making credit card payments, you can be charged late fees and higher interest rates and take a hit on your credit. Brent Vallat, head of lending at Varo Money Inc., a provider of mobile banking services, says credit card issuers understand that sometimes people face circumstances where money gets tight.

‘Black Girl Magic’: 17 black female judges elected Texas county swear in, make history

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:51

Officials believe this is the largest group of black female elected at the same time in Texas' largest county.

US stocks set for another big fall after Apple's warning

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:44

LONDON (AP) — Apple's shock warning that its Chinese sales are weakening ratcheted up concerns about the world's second largest economy and weighed heavily on global stock markets as well as the dollar on Thursday.

National parks forced to close, hazards mount at others amid government shutdown

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:32

Heavy snowfall in parts of the southwestern United States over the past week resulted in the closure of two national parks in Utah.

Best Bites: Spinach zucchini lasagna rolls

Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:00

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


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