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Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Or 'One Of His Minions' Wrote Anonymous NYT Op-Ed

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 16:56

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore said he believes President Donald Trump

Mormon fighting to end youth interviews ousted from faith

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 16:13

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man who led a campaign criticizing the church's practice of allowing closed-door, one-on-one interviews of youth by lay leaders that sometimes included sexual questions has been kicked out of the faith following a disciplinary hearing.

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce at Saudi summit

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 15:44

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement Sunday at a summit in Saudi Arabia, bolstering a historic peace accord between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, officials said. Authorities did not reveal exact details of the new deal signed in Jeddah, but sources close to the Saudi government said it would help strengthen the truce and enhance security in the wider region. Saudi King Salman hosted the signing ceremony which was also attended by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Macron under fire after telling young jobseeker to 'find work by crossing the road'

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 13:02

Emmanuel Macron has provoked ridicule and anger by telling an unemployed man that he could find him work "just by crossing the road”. The 25-year-old aspiring gardener complained of being unable to find a job when he spoke to the French president during a public open day at the Elysée Palace on Saturday.  Mr Macron advised him to change his line of work, saying jobs were readily available in catering or construction.  “Hotels, cafés, restaurants, I can find you [work] by crossing the road. They just want people who are ready to work,” he said. There’s not a single place I go to where they don’t say they’re looking for people." Industry officials say about 100,000 vacancies in hotel and restaurants need filling in France. They have urged Mr Macron to allow immigrants to take the jobs.  But the off-the-cuff remark by Mr Macron, often derided by critics as the "president of the rich”, was immediately mocked on social media. Fort de Brégançon: Emmanuel Macron's 'Riviera Camp David' with view of Mediterranean A video of the exchange went viral, prompting a torrent of posts saying that Mr Macron, 40, a former Rothschild banker married to a chocolate heiress, was out of touch. “Completely disconnected from the reality of French people,” one post read. “How can someone show that much contempt, lack of empathy and ignorance in just 30 seconds?” said another. The exchange drew furious criticism from opposition parliamentarians. Laurence Rossignol, a Socialist senator and former minister for families, deplored the president’s “unfortunate remarks” three days after he announced a plan to wean the French off welfare. Mr Macron’s €8 billion “anti-poverty” proposals aim to end the French practice of lavish benefits payments for the poor. Instead, they are to be offered a way out of penury by finding jobs. Mr Macron, who has so far failed to fulfil election pledges to slash unemployment and revive economic growth, is struggling to restore his image after a summer of political scandals and plunging approval ratings. The president came under fire from Left and Right last month for describing the French last month as “Gauls who are resistant to change”. The head of Mr Macron’s party rejected accusations that his latest remarks showed contempt for the poor. “Is what the president said false? If you go to the Montparnasse area, you won’t find that they need workers?” Christophe Castaner said in a TV interview yesterday. “Would you prefer empty words? I prefer a president who speaks the truth.”

Doomed Palestinian village turns to Europe as last hope

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 12:49

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (AP) — For the anxious Palestinian residents of Khan al-Ahmar, there's little left to do but wait.

Top Brexiteer says British PM's plan is right 'for now'

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 12:43

Pro-Brexit figurehead Michael Gove insisted Sunday that Prime Minister Theresa May's blueprint for leaving the EU is right "for now" -- stressing that future PMs could alter it after Britain's departure. Environment Secretary Gove was among main voices advocating a Leave vote in the 2016 referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. "A future prime minister could always choose to alter the relationship between Britain and the European Union.

Lula’s guy: Brazilian Left’s new candidate Haddad rallies voters who barely recognise him

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 12:35

As the new favourite to face far-Right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian election race, there is only one question on the lips of Fernando Haddad's supporter base: who is he? Last week, jailed former president Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva - the firm frontrunner - officially stepped down as the candidate for the centre-left Workers’ Party, calling in running mate Mr Haddad as his replacement.  Now, the Workers' Party’s strategy is to transfer as much of these votes as possible to Lula's understudy Mr Haddad, the former education minister and São Paulo mayor. Besides Mr Haddad’s professorial, technocratic demeanour – a far cry from Mr da Silva’s passionate fist-shaking and rabble-rousing – the stand-in candidate is virtually unknown outside of the large urban centres of Brazil’s southeast. Nevertheless, early indications show that Mr Haddad, who has seen his voting intentions triple in the last three weeks, is hotly tipped to challenge Mr Bolsonaro in a second-round runoff. Supporters of Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva holds a mask of his face Credit: NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP This week, Mr Haddad beings his campaign in the northeast of Brazil, the least developed region of the country and a traditional Workers’ Party stronghold. During his last visit, Mr Haddad was a stranger to the local electorate, referred to mostly as “Lula’s guy”, or mistakenly as Fernando “Andrade”.  This time, he will need to make a much greater impact. Brazil goes to the polls on October 7, leaving Mr Haddad little time to win over Mr da Silva's impressive support base. Polls released last week gave Mr Haddad 13 per cent of the vote, up from 4 per cent three weeks ago and tied in second place alongside fellow centre-Left candidate Ciro Gomes. Supporter of Brazil's Workers Party gather for a rally  Credit: DANIEL RAMALHO/AFP/Getty Images In contrast, before bowing out of the race, Mr da Silva was polling at 39 per cent. Had he not been barred from running, there is a considerable chance he would have been elected with an overall majority, despite the fact he is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering. "Haddad is trying his best to present himself as Lula’s candidate, and this is why he has been growing in opinion polls", said José Alvaro Moisés, political scientist and one of the founders of the Workers’ Party.  "After two days’ campaigning, we’re already in second place", joked Mr Haddad at a press conference with foreign correspondents last week. "There are still 20 more days to go."

Texas set to eliminate Hillary Clinton from required state curriculum

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 11:57

The Texas Board of Education has voted to eliminate Hillary Clinton and other historical figures from the required curriculum in an effort to “streamline” lessons. The vote does not prevent educators from teaching about Ms Clinton, deaf-blind activist Helen Keller, and Republican Barry Goldwater who was the first Jewish presidential candidate, but it is no longer compulsory for the state’s 5.4 million public school students to learn about them. The final vote on the matter is set to take place in November after a period of public consultation.

FEMA Boss Defends Trump's Puerto Rico Death Toll Denial: 'Numbers Are All Over The Place'

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 11:15

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday defended

FEMA Will Test an Emergency System That Lets President Trump Send You Text Alerts

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:44

The texts will be sent as "Presidential Alerts"

London Mayor Pushes For Second Brexit Vote

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:08

Alarmed by the possibility of a bad or "no-deal" Brexit, London Mayor Sadiq

Lewandowski: Manafort's plea deal unrelated to Trump

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:03

Paul Manafort takes a plea deal that includes cooperation with special counsel Mueller; Corey Lewandowski reacts on 'Fox & Friends.'

Hurricane Florence updates: 13 dead, including 10 in NC, as flooding continues

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 09:57

Ten deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina and three in South Carolina as a result of Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Flooding threatens the Carolinas as Florence is downgraded to a tropical depression

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 09:47

 A killer storm that left up to 13 people dead weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday, but authorities warned the devastation it caused -- including catastrophic flooding -- is far from over.

After Damascus raid, Israel says working to keep weapons from foes

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 09:41

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday his country is taking action to stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours after Damascus said Israeli missiles targeted its airport. Israel has not officially confirmed or denied a report by Syrian state news agency SANA of an attack late Saturday on Damascus international airport. "Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying at the start of his cabinet's weekly meeting.

Bird's-eye abstraction: Iceland viewed from above

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 09:14

Florian Ledoux captured these rare aerial views of the hills, water and craters of Iceland that look like abstract art compositions.

US swimmer dies from suspected shark attack: police

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 04:56

A swimmer has died from an apparent shark bite off the coast of Massachusetts in the northeastern United States, a police report on the rare incident said. The victim, in his mid-20s, "was bitten by what is believed to be a shark" while he swam at Newcomb Hollow Beach in the Cape Cod area, Wellfleet Police said in a statement Saturday. "The town beaches are closed to swimming for the next 24 hours," the police said.

Typhoon Mangkhut closes in on Hong Kong

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 04:04

Heavy rainfall and flooding hit Hong Kong, causing extensive damage, as "super typhoon" Mangkhut swirled by the city on Sunday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

China tells Taiwan to halt all mainland spying, sabotage activities

Top Stories - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 03:34

China on Sunday accused Taiwan's spy agencies of stepping up efforts to steal intelligence with the aim of "infiltration" and "sabotage", and warned the island against further damaging already strained cross-strait ties. The relevant agencies in Taiwan must end such activities immediately, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing An Fengshan, a spokesman of China's policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office. On Saturday, state television kicked off the first in a series of programs detailing cases in which Chinese students studying in Taiwan are said to be targeted by domestic spies who lure them with money, love and friendship.


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