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Jamal Khashoggi’s Body Was Drained Of All Blood Before Medical Expert Dismembered Him, New Report Claims

Top Stories - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 06:04

Jamal Khashoggi’s body was brought to a sink and drained of blood immediately after he was murdered so he could be more easily dismembered, a gruesome new report claims. The murder of the Washington Post journalist has still been shrouded in some mystery as his body has never been found, but a new report from Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News claims that one of the members of the team of Saudi agents that killed Khashoggi had a very detailed plan to dismember and dispose of the body.

Time to Cozy Up to a Space Heater

Top Stories - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 06:00

Now that it’s sweater weather in many parts of the country, it’s time to box up that box fan and make space for a space heater. In Consumer Reports’ latest space heater tests, we found several wo...

Three twists on a classic fruit crumble for a chilly weekend

Top Stories - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 05:00

Nothing ends a Sunday lunch quite like a knobbly, bubbling crumble straight out of the oven – preferably drenched in double cream, custard, or flanked by a scoop of ice cream.  Although it's hard to beat a classic apple crumble, for which most home cooks have a recipe committed to memory, the bounty of late autumn and winter fruits make a lovely, tart alternative for a softly cooked base.  And it's not just the fruit you can mix up – try swapping regular flour for spelt flour, adding ground almonds to the oats, and warming spices to further pep up your pud.  Plum, blackberry and blueberry crumble with rosemary and lemon syrup Credit: Philippa Langley Both blackberries and blueberries have quite subtle flavours, but the combination with sweet plums, aromatic rosemary and sharp lemon really lifts them up. SERVES Eight to 10 INGREDIENTS For the filling 80g light brown muscovado or coconut sugar Pared zest of 1 unwaxed lemon and 50ml juice 4 small sprigs of rosemary 60ml water 700g firm-ish ripe plums (pitted weight), pitted and halved 250g blackberries, fresh or frozen 250g blueberries, fresh or frozen For the topping 100g wholegrain spelt or wheat flour 100g rolled or jumbo oats, or a mixture of both 100g ground almonds 80g light brown muscovado or coconut sugar 150g chilled unsalted butter, cubed, or virgin coconut oil (butter creates a crunchier crumble) METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4. In a medium-large saucepan, bring the sugar, lemon zest and juice and rosemary to the boil with the water. Add the plum halves, reduce the heat and cover with a lid for 10 minutes, stirring now and again. Now turn off the heat, lightly mix in the blackberries and blueberries and set aside. In a free-standing mixer fitted with a paddle, by hand, or with a food processor, combine the flour, oats, ground almonds and sugar. Add the butter or coconut oil and process until the mix resembles crumbs. Remove the rosemary and lemon zest from the cooked plums and berries (although I quite like to leave the lemon zest in, it’s up to you). Pour the fruits into an ovenproof dish: using a shallow, longer dish will allow for a crumblier top; a taller dish will mean that part of the crumble absorbs the juice and becomes soft. Spread the crumble over the top and bake for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the juices bubbling up around the edges. Serve hot. Keep any leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. The raw crumble mix can be frozen in freezer bags for at least a month. Recipe from The Natural Baker by Henrietta Inman (Jacqui Small, £20) Apple, pear and blackberry crumble Credit: Sam Gates Using autumn bounty, spices and not much sugar, this crumble delivers sweetness without being cloying. SERVES Eight INGREDIENTS 4 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into big chunks 4 tsp cornflour 4 tbsp dark brown soft sugar Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 4 Conference pears, peeled, cored and cut into thick slices 250g blackberries For the crumble topping 200g plain flour 80g golden caster sugar 60g dark brown soft sugar 75g rolled oats ½ tsp ground cinnamon Good pinch of mixed spice 180g butter, diced, plus extra for greasing METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4 and butter a traybake tin. To make the crumble, mix the flour, sugars, oats and spices together. Scatter the diced butter around the mix and turn it over with a spoon so it is well distributed. Either blitz in a food processor or rub the butter into the flour mix until it is the consistency of fine breadcrumbs. Toss the apple chunks in the cornflour, then tip into a saucepan with 200ml of water, the brown sugar, lemon zest and juice, and cook for five to 10 minutes until the apple is just starting to break down. Remove the pan from the heat and tip in the blackberries and pear slices. Stir well and pour into your traybake tin. Scatter the crumble mixture over the top and cook for 45 to 50 minutes until browned on top and purple juice start to peep through. Serve hot. Recipe from The Tin & Traybake Cookbook by Sam Gates (Robinson, £16.99) Plum crumble Credit: Andrew Burton SERVES Eight to 10 INGREDIENTS For the poached plums 1kg plums, stones removed 200g caster sugar 300ml cold water 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out 2 whole star anise For the crumble topping 160g unsalted butter 200g plain flour 200g demerara sugar 100g crushed hazelnuts or whole almonds METHOD Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6. First make the plum filling. You can cook the plums in halves or sliced into segments – the bigger the pieces the longer they will take to cook, but you will have better control over the cooking and a more consistent texture. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over the lowest heat possible, until the plums are soft and tender and their juices have released. Strain the plums through a sieve and reserve the poaching liquid in a separate saucepan. Place on the heat and reduce to a thick sauce that sticks to the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and leave to cool before adding the plums back to the liquid. Fill one large ovenproof dish or eight to 10 smaller dishes no more than two thirds full with the compote, and set aside. To make the crumble topping, rub the butter and flour into large clumps (leaving large clumps creates a lovely rubbly texture), then stir in the sugar and hazelnuts. Spread the topping on to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and spoon the baked crumble topping over the compote, pressing down as you go. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, or until the fruit below is bubbling through. When ready, serve with custard or ice cream. Any plums or crumble topping not required can be kept in the fridge or freezer for another day. Recipe from Puddings by Johnny Shepherd (W&N, £20)

Best Lego deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend

Top Stories - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 04:00

If there's one toy that'll be a hit on any kid's holiday list, it's a dope Lego set.  Lego is the brand we all know and love, and there's a reason they never go out of style. (And hey, in a world where kids are essentially doing everything on iPads, it's nice to bond over the same stackable wonders we too once enjoyed as kids.)  SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place Thankfully, retailers are not slacking on the Lego deals this year. We've scoured the internet seeking out all of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials we could find on these wonderful, buildable bricks. With themed sets from Marvel, Harry Potter, and more up for grabs, now's the time to snatch them up before they're gone.  Check out the best Lego deals below: Deals at the Lego store Image: LEGOLego is offering up to 30% off select models: Firehouse Headquarters — $314.99 (list price $349.99) The Joker™ Manor — $242.99 (list price $269.99) The Ocean Monument (Minecraft) — $95.99 (list price $119.99) Marvel Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown — $79.99 (list price $99.99) THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™ Video Game  for Nintendo Switch™ — $41.99 (list price $59.99) Star Wars Slave I — $179.99 (list price $199.99) Disney Silent Mary — $159.99 (list price $199.99) Creator Brick Bank — $135.99 (list price $169.99) Creator Detective's Office — $127.99 (list price $159.99 Creator Ferris Wheel — $179.99 (list price $199.99) Creator Big Ben — $199.99 (list price $249.99) Plus, get a free, exclusive buildable holiday present with purchases over $99.  Shop the full list of Lego deals here. Lego deals at Walmart Image: Walmart Lego Harry Potter TM Hogwarts™ Express — $64 (list price $79.99)  Lego Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn — $94.99 (list price $119.99)  Lego Star Wars TM Y-Wing Starfighter™  — $37.99 (list price $59.99) Shop all Lego deals at Walmart here . Lego deals at Amazon Image: Lego / Amazon Lego MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit with Remote Control for Kids — $299.97 (Orig. $349.99)  Lego Friends The Big Race Day Building Kit — $47.99 (list price $59.99) Lego Creator Robo Explorer 31062 Robot Toy — $11.99 (list price $19.99) Lego Friends Friendship House — $55.99 (list price $69.99) Lego Minecraft The Farm Cottage — $28.99 (list price $49.99) Shop all Lego deals at Amazon here . Lego deals at Target Image: lego Image: LEGO Save up to 30% on select LEGO toys: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow — $56.99 (list price $69.99)  LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter — $63.99 (list price $79.99) Lego Y-Wing Starfighter — $41.99 (list price $59.99) Lego Garma Mehcha Man — $41.99 (list price $59.99) Ninjago Lightning Jet — $41.99 (list price $59.99) Shop all Lego deals at Target here . Lego deals at Best Buy Image: LEGO Image: lego Get 20% off select LEGO sets from DC Super Heroes, Star Wars, and Minecraft: Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack — $103.99 (list price $129.99) Lego Minecraft: The Polar Igloo — $23.99 (list price $29.99) Lego Star Wars Snoke's Throne Room — $55.99 (list price $69.99) Shop all Lego deals at Best Buy here . More coverage: Black Friday 2018 Black Friday 2018: All the best deals are right here Shopping tips and tactics for Black Friday 2018 Black Friday 2018 deals by store Amazon: Shop sales on Fire tablets, Echo Spot, and more Walmart: Shop sales on Xbox One S, Instant Pot, Nintendo Switch Macy's: Shop sales on Vitamix, Dyson, Instant Pot, Roomba Target: Shop sales on iPhone XS, Apple Watch, 23andMe, TVs, and more Best Buy: Shop sales on QLED TVs, Microsoft laptops, Nintendo, and more Black Friday 2018 deals by category Gaming deals: Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, Nintendo, Alienware laptops, and more Laptop deals: Lenovo Yoga, Alienware, Dell, HP, Asus, and more TV deals: OLEDs from Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and more Smart home deals: Amazon Echo, Roomba, Google Home, Apple HomePod Instant Pot deals: Where to get the cheapest pricehttps://mashable.com/shopping/black-friday-2018-instant-pot-deals/ Clothing deals and promo codes: J.Crew, Macy's, Kohl's, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor Mattress deals: Nectar, Casper, Leesa, Eight Sleep, and more

Brexit Deal Bigger Threat Than Corbyn, Foster Tells Times

Top Stories - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 02:18

Key PointsMay’s Brexit agreement would gradually create differences between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K., said Foster, whose DUP provides May’s Conservatives with the seats in the House of Commons they need to govern."In year five or ten we would be different.

Taiwan vote spotlights social and political rifts

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 22:36

Millions of Taiwanese went to the polls Saturday in key elections which tap into a raft of divisive issues, from relations with Beijing to gay rights. The island-wide vote for political representatives, from village up to city level, is a mid-term test for embattled President Tsai Ing-wen as she faces a backlash over domestic reforms and concerns about deteriorating ties with China. The ballot also features 10 referendums, including pro- and anti-gay marriage votes and a bid to change the name under which Taiwan competes at international sports events that has already angered China.

Exclusive: Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics - sources

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 22:15

The deal would be by far Logitech's largest acquisition and would illustrate the company's push to diversify its business. It would come as Logitech and Plantronics seek to keep down manufacturing costs following the introduction of tariffs on imports from China into the United States. Logitech has offered more than $2.2 billion to acquire Plantronics, one of the sources said.

Trump Lied When He Said CIA Didn't Link Saudi Prince To Khashoggi Killing: Senator Jack Reed

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 21:36

Despite President Donald Trump's insistence to the contrary, the CIA

Stocks Post Worst Thanksgiving Week Decline Since 2011

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 21:15

With some of the Dow’s most popular technology stocks under pressure and a steep decline in oil prices, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 178.74 points on Black Friday, the S&P 500 dropped 0.65 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.5 percent. It was the worst Black Friday performance for the Dow and S&P since 2010, and the worst for the Nasdaq since 2011. For the week, all three major indexes dropped more than 3 percent, their biggest loss during Thanksgiving week since 2011, according to CNBC.

Chicago defends location of Obama library in federal court

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 21:06

The city of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn't subject to restrictive public-trust laws.

Utah Teens Steal Plane From An Airstrip And Take It For a Joyride

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 20:10

A pair of teenagers had a wild Thanksgiving after stealing and driving a tractor to a local airstrip, where they nabbed an airplane, took it for a joyride and then landed safely back at the small airport in Vernal, Utah. The two boys, ages 14 and 15, had been staying at the Split Mountain Youth Detention Center in Vernal when they left to stay with friends in nearby Jensen. On Thanksgiving, the pair took a tractor and drove it to a private airstrip.

Social Democrats Now in Driver's Seat to Solve Swedish Impasse

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:00

After more than two months of failed talks, Andreas Norlen, the speaker, on Friday said that he would formally nominate Lofven on Dec. 3 and that a vote on prime minister would take place in the following days. Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson lost the first such vote after he was abandoned by his allies amid disagreements over relying on support from the nationalist. Now acting prime minister, Lofven will need to peel off the Center and Liberal parties from the center-right Alliance, or at the very least convince them not to vote against his government.

Europe's Dirty Money Machine Is a Lot Bigger Than First Thought

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:00

In testimony to European lawmakers this week, a whistle-blower revealed that another seven banks, and countless shell companies, were involved in the $230 billion case. The list includes three correspondent banks, which Bloomberg and other media have identified as Deutsche Bank AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp.

Fox News Analyst Says Washington Post 'Has Some Culpability' For Khashoggi's Murder

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:17

At least twice this week, Fox News has aired commentary dismissing the

Meghan cookbook mosque linked to 19 terror suspects including 'Jihadi John' in group's investigation 

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:00

Acommunity kitchen supported by the Duchess of Sussex is housed inside a mosque linked by experts to individuals connected to “terrorist acts” and run by an imam who says girls who listen to music risk becoming strippers. Meghan visited the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre on Wednesday after championing a cookbook to raise funds for the “Hubb Community Kitchen” project there to help victims of the fire at nearby Grenfell Tower. In February it emerged the 37-year-old royal had made secret visits to the mosque in Westbourne Grove, which has also hosted Princes William and Harry, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in recent months. An investigation by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), the anti-extremism think tank, has linked the mosque, opened by Prince Charles in 2001, to 19 jihadists, including Islamic State executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John. Imam Samer Darwish, who has been photographed with Mrs May, Mr Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, presents a weekly show on the Islam Channel where he has condoned bigamy, suggested women should not pray while on their periods, claimed girls who listen to music risk becoming strippers and said women should not cry when visiting graves. Samer Darwish, Imam of the Al Manaar mosque in Acklam Road, west London. Credit: You Tube/You Tube The comments are likely to shock the Duchess, who has described herself as a feminist and is committed to championing gender equality. On Wednesday, Meghan visited the kitchen at Al Manaar after it was refurbished with proceeds from the sale of the Together cookbook of recipes inspired by women involved in the “Hubb” project, for which she wrote the foreword. So far 39,000 copies have been sold raising £210,000 which has been channeled into the community group based at the kitchen via The Royal Foundation. Research by the HJS suggests the mosque was once attended by three of the four “Beatles”, the Isil terror cell charged with guarding, torturing and killing hostages in Syria and Iraq. As well as Emwazi, Choukri Ellekhlifi, Alexanda Kotey and Aine Davis, all from west London, also have links with Al Manaar. Emwazi and Ellekhlifi were associates in London and it seems highly likely that they fought together after joining Isil in late 2012 and early 2013. Ellekhlifi reportedly fought with al-Qaeda affiliate Jhabat al-Nusra and was killed in 2013 near Aleppo. Mohammed Emwazi during his time at Westminster University Credit: TMG/TMG Kotey would allegedly stand outside Al Manaar and preach extremist propaganda, such as arguing that suicide bombings did not violate the Koran. In 2008, Kotey became involved with the London Boys, a radical network linked to terrorist attacks in the UK, including the 7/7 bombings. According to the US State Department, Kotey acted as a guard for Isil and "likely engaged in the group's executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding". He is currently being held in solitary confinement in Syria. Former drug dealer Davis oversaw beheadings of British hostages, including British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, and US journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley. He was convicted of terrorism charges in Turkey, 2017 and sentenced to seven and a half years. Davis’s wife Amal el-Wahabi, the first woman to be convicted of terrorism offences connected to Syria, formerly worked as a nursery assistant at Al Manaar. Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London Credit: TMG You Tube videos show Mr Darwish, who preaches at the mosque for three and a half days a week, speaking on the Islam Channel. In one clip he says of women on their periods: “Bleeding, no praying. Stop bleeding, just pray. I’ve seen some of our sisters holding Koran using glove, which is a good idea.” Condoning bigamy in another, he says: “In Islam, it is permissible, yes, to marry more than one wife.” He also says listening to music or dancing is haram (sinful) except as reward for memorising the Koran, adding: “Those who are uncovering up some parts of their body and you will have no control in your daughter.” On women visiting graves, he says: “There is no harm for the women to visit the grave, but this is also conditional that she will not commit something haram, she will not cry to the extent to the point that she start screaming and stuff.” In other footage, he claims a man can “bring back” his divorced wife “by having sexual intercourse” with her. Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “The Duchess of Sussex has been poorly advised over her involvement with a mosque where many former congregants have gone on to commit terrorist acts. This is not one or two isolated cases but 19 separate individuals. A simple Google search would have highlighted concerns over these connections, and the recently expressed views of Imam Darwish.” The support that Al Manaar Mosque has given to survivors, their families & the local community following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire continues to demonstrate the true spirit of our city. Good to be back as part of #VisitMyMosque Day. pic.twitter.com/2nV3JGgsbG— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 18, 2018 A Kensington Palace source said: “The funds raised by the cookbook are supporting the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is an independent project that leases space from Al Manaar. The project is empowering the women and helping provide some hope and joy to a community that has gone through unspeakable tragedy.” Abdulrahman Sayed, chief executive of the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre said: “Al Manaar has been on the record rejecting and condemning extremism and terrorism. The Charity’s vision and mission is to be a vibrant and welcoming community hub and resource that encourages and promotes a sense of belonging, unity and pride for both Muslims and the wider community; and to contribute to building cohesive and resilient communities.” He said the mosque could not be held responsible for anything Mr Darwish said outside the mosque but added: “I’m happy to look at what he said and have a word with him about that language.”

Photos of the week: 11/16 - 11/23

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 17:00

A gunman opened fire at a Chicago hospital this week before killing himself.

Climate change could cost US 'hundreds of billions' a year: study

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:40

Tampa (AFP) - Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major US government report warned on Friday.

14 Palestinian protesters wounded by Israeli gunfire: Gaza ministry

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 15:01

At least 14 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests along the Gaza border, the enclave's health ministry said, as a lull in deadly violence held after a truce deal last week. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 14 people were injured by Israeli army fire along the border, including "a child shot in the chest east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp" in the central Gaza Strip.

Judge Rejects Trump's Request To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Trump Foundation

Top Stories - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 14:39

The New York State Supreme Court has rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit


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