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British Black Friday Was Once Again A Wonderfully Civilized Occasion

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 06:53

Shoppers in Britain appear to be shunning the chaos of Black Friday.


Zimbabweans Prepare to Greet Their New President

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 05:49

Exuberant Zimbabweans converged on a stadium for the presidential inauguration Friday of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who will become the country’s second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980.


Zimbabwe's political roller-coaster: What we know

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 05:35

Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over as Zimbabwe's new leader, ending strongman Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign and the country's worst political crisis since independence. November 6: Mugabe fires Mnangagwa in an apparent bid to clear the way for his wife Grace, 52, to take over as president. November 15: South Africa says Mugabe has told its president, Jacob Zuma, by telephone that he is under house arrest but is "fine".


Argentine sub disaster stirs bitter memories in Russia

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 04:46

President Vladimir Putin has offered his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri help in trying to find a submarine that disappeared in the South Atlantic a week ago, and dispatched a Russian military vessel to the scene. In 2000, just a few months after the former KGB officer assumed his presidential duties for the first time, Russia lost a nuclear submarine with all 118 sailors on board following a bungled rescue effort. The loss of the Kursk became the worst disaster in the history of the Russian navy and a huge embarrassment for Putin.


The Cute And Hilarious Ways People Are Dealing With Holiday Stress This Year

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 04:23

Stay stress free this holiday season by taking a leaf out of these tweeters’ books.


Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 03:59

By Josh Smith and Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - A defector’s treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang. The defector, identified only by his family name of Oh, was shot at least four times by his former comrades during his daring escape into South Korea last week. American military helicopters flew the wounded soldier not to one of the many hospitals in Seoul, closer to the border, but to the Ajou University trauma center an hour south of the capital.


US, S. Korea to stage massive air exercise in show of force

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 03:27

The United States will send stealth fighters to a large-scale air force drill with South Korea next month, the US military said Friday, in a new show of force aimed at North Korea. The massive five-day annual exercise comes as Washington pushes what President Donald Trump has called a "maximum pressure campaign" against Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. The exercise, named Vigilant Ace, starts on December 4 with 12,000 US personnel and an unspecified number of South Korean airmen flying more than 230 aircraft at eight US and South Korean military bases.


Twitter Users Shred Tomi Lahren Over 'Disrespectful' Colin Kaepernick D-Day Image

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 03:09

Tomi Lahren is catching heat online for sharing a picture in which football player Colin Kaepernick appears to be taking a knee during the D-Day landings.


'She Was Just Ecstatic.' Paramedics Grant a Woman's Final Wish to See the Beach

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 02:41

The woman was en route to a Queensland hospital's palliative care unit when she expressed a desire to be at the sea again


Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council session

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:03

A local Japanese politician has stirred debate after she was forbidden from bringing her baby into a council session. In a case that contrasts starkly with the Australian lawmaker who breastfed her baby in parliament, Yuka Ogata was told she could not take part in the assembly on Wednesday if she had her seven-month-old son with her.  Officials of the Kumamoto municipal assembly said visitors and observers were forbidden from the floor, and that included the young children of politicians. The session eventually started 40 minutes late after Ms Ogata agreed to leave the infant with a friend.  It was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a plenary session since she gave birth to her son, the BBC reported. She said she wanted to show how difficult it was for women to continue careers and bring up children.   Ms. Yuka Ogata (Ogata is her family), one of a few female members of Kumamoto's City Council, has received... https://t.co/Q4KirSrif1— Kumamoto-i (@Kumamotoi) November 23, 2017 "I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job," she told the Mainichi newspaper. The council said it would discuss ways to support lawmakers who had young children.  "We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children," Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada, according to the Mainichi. Her move has sparked debate online with supporters saying she was brave and opponents questioning if it was a good idea to bring a baby to a workplace. "I think her act was wonderful. People wouldn't take problems seriously" if she hadn't shown up with the child, one Twitter user said. "Balancing work and child rearing isn't about being with a child all the time at a workplace," said another user, who identified herself as a fellow working mother. "I really cannot understand her action," wrote this user. Japan has consistently fared poorly in gender equality rankings in the developed world. Women are still often expected to give up work after having children, face chronic shortages of public childcare spots and regularly describe the existence of a “concrete” rather than glass ceiling preventing female workers from advancing to senior positions. So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspolpic.twitter.com/w34nxWxG0y— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017 In contrast, Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament in Australia in May after giving birth to her second daughter  and brought her baby Alia Joy with her while she voted.  Furthermore, she made political history in the country by breastfeeding her daughter in the chamber. In Britain, an independent review in July last year concluded that allowing women to breastfeed would be "symbolic" and showcase the Commons as a "role-model parent friendly institution".


New Signs Michael Flynn May Be Cutting Deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Top Stories - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 00:00

Flynn's lawyers have severed talks with President Trump's legal team over the Russia investigation.


U.S. Navy halts search for three sailors lost in Philippine Sea air crash

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 22:10

A U.S. Navy said it has called off a search for three sailors missing since a transport plane crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday enroute to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. "During the course of two days, eight U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Defence Force ships, three helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft covered nearly 1,000 square nautical miles," the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a press release. The latest Navy accident in the Asia Pacific comes after two deadly incidents in the region involving U.S. warships that have raised questions about training and the pace of Navy operations in the region, prompting a Congressional hearing and the removal of a number of some senior officers.


Al Franken Issues Another Apology: 'I Crossed A Line'

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 22:03

issued another apology Thursday after two more women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching.


An 'Explosion' Was Detected Near the Missing Argentine Sub's Last Known Location

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 21:07

More than a week has passed since the submarine disappeared


North Korea Is a Bad Actor—but That Doesn't Make It a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 20:24

Redesignating Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism is a political act, a declaration that the DPRK is on Washington’s naughty list. President Donald Trump demonstrated his contempt for the law in naming North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.


Mugabe's successor and the 'poisoned ice cream' plot

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:07

On August 17, the Zimbabwean government issued an official denial that Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president at the time, had eaten ice cream at a political rally. "For the record, the Vice President did not eat ice cream," Information Minister Chris Mushohwe said. "Yes, there was ice cream.


Odebrecht reportedly paid millions to ex-Lima mayor

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:41

Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, enmeshed in a corruption scandal which has shaken Latin America's political establishment, gave millions of dollars to Lima's mayor in a recall referendum, Peruvian media reported Thursday. Susana Villaran, a leftist and the first woman to hold the mayor's post, in 2013 faced the recall vote halfway through her four-year term. Odebrecht's former Peruvian boss Jorge Barata said that his company supported Villaran at her request, according to testimony he reportedly gave prosecutors in Brazil.


Michael Flynn May Be Cooperating With Robert Mueller's Russia Probe: Report

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 17:37

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may be moving to cooperate with the special counsel investigating ties between the Trump campaign and efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times reported Thursday.


Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburb

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 16:56

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities — in large part because hundreds of police officers from nearby Los Angeles lived there.


Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate Change

Top Stories - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 16:07

After a short trial lasting just a day and a half, climate activist and retiree Leonard Higgins was found guilty on Wednesday of a serious felony charge for his role in the “valve turner” protest last year that resulted in the brief shutdown of a tar sands pipeline in Montana.


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