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Palestinian President Abbas hospital stay extended

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 08:39

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who officials said is being treated for a lung infection, will remain in hospital for an eighth day on Sunday. The 82-year-old leader had been expected to be released from hospital in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, but this was postponed, Abbas' office said in a text message to journalists. Abbas, who is a heavy smoker, was admitted on May 20 for what doctors had initially said were medical tests following ear surgery.


Photo Dispatch: Death of the American motorcycle - and the search for next generation of riders

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:01

As baby-boomers get older the US motorcycle industry is desperate to capture the younger demographic, or see its own death. The median age of motorcycle owners has increased from 32 to 47 since 1990, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and Harley-Davidson, America’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer, announced in March that it will close its Kansas City plant, laying off more than 800 people by the end of 2019.  What was once the baby-boomer symbol of freedom and rebellion has become the mascot of the weekend warrior. Wealthy suburbanites in ‘ride to live, live to ride’ t-shirts are still loyal to the brand associated with Easy Rider and Marlon Brando’s The Wild One. But the boomers are now in their sixties and seventies and their most recently purchased bike may possibly be their last. A man tries on a t-Shirt in the gift shop of the Harley-Davidson's vehicle and powertrain operations plant in Kansas City Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Desperate to capture the younger demographic, Harley-Davidson has launched initiatives such as the "Find Your Freedom", a paid internship seeking young people willing to spend their summers riding around on motorcycles and chronicling the experience on social media. The company is also planning to win over environmentally conscious millennials with an electric motorcycle which it plans to launch in 2019. Harley Davidson's vehicle and powertrain operations plant in Kansas City Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph The figures provided by MIC are a reflection of new motorcycle sales. Someone looking to buy their first ride will be looking at a minimum of  $7,000 (£5,000) for the most basic Harley-Davidson model. However, vintage motorcycle can be bought for as little as $1,000, and some work and modifications can turn it from a ride to work to an extension of the rider’s personality. Spencer Bink and Mike Ashpaugh photographed with the chopper they're building in Ashpaugh's garage Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph In home garages all around Kansas City the skeletons of abandoned Harley’s - Shovelheads and Panheads - are being resurrected, but it’s community hubs like Blip Roasters and co-op workshops, Hickory Union Moto (HUM), in the old warehouse district of West Bottoms, that have sprung up organically to help a new generation climb on to motorcycles for the first time. Chris Taylor, 33, with his Harley Davidson 2018 Road Glide outside Blip Roasters, West Bottoms,  Missouri Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Cousins Spencer Bink, who works at Harley-Davidson, and Mike Ashpaugh, a lorry driver by profession, are building a chopper from old parts in Ashpaugh's garage. "Younger guys are buying old bikes, they're not built to be comfortable, old bikes are cool," he told The Telegraph. "You kinda want to make it your own, it's fun to work on bikes yourself, everything's like a bird nest of wiring on the new bikes with their computers and that," said Bink. "I bought my first bike for $800, rode it around found out I liked it. New bikes are inaccessible if you're trying to decide if want to ride a bike - you can't exactly go to Enterprise and check out if you want to ride. Old bikes have more style," Tom Pulliam, an architectural intern, said referring to the rent-a-car business. Ricky Reyes in Anchor Moto, a workshop which specialises in bike repairs and custom builds, in West Bottoms Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Jesse Clay, a 34-year-old engineer believes Harley priced themselves out of the market. "They used to be designed as a working man's bike that anyone could afford. I don't like having a payment on a bike. That's the reason I build bikes - I like to own my motorcycle." Jesse Clay, 34, with his 1985 BMW K100RT at HUM Credit:  Neville Elder for The Telegraph As Harley-Davidson prepare to pack up and leave Kansas City, Missouri, you don’t have to look far to see motorcycling is as popular as ever. Until 1991, West Bottoms’ stockyards and cattle markets, was the centre of the cattle trade in the mid-west. The area, plagued by flooding, fell into disuse. Now mostly empty, warehouses have been converted into antique shops and mechanics’ workshops. Stephanie Hartman, 29, with her 2007 Harley-Davidson Buell Blast outside Blip, a cafe which doubles as a bike shop Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Blip Roasters sits above the abandoned loading lock of one such warehouse. The buildings’ exterior still wears the original brickwork, and large retro-fitted windows look out onto the rough, unpaved empty lots with a patchwork of puddles and bricks. Inside, a hipster Brooklyn coffee shop and a mid-western community centre for bikers blend into one. Racks of motorcycle gear and helmets, rebuilt motorcycles, restored by local ‘builders’ sit alongside comfortable couches, where patrons can watch repeats of the latest Motorcycle Grand Prix race. ‘Sunday Church’ is a weekly meet-up of Motorcyclists at Blip. People gather and exchange tips about building and repairing bikes, many of them classic Harleys from the 80’s and 90’s but also Japanese and European motorcycles. Ian Davis, Blip Roasters owner, makes coffee with Meghan, a barista at the West Bottoms cafe Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph "Blip is a good example of how motorcycle culture has changed", owner Ian Davis said. "All I remember was biker bars, and we might not want to get drunk in a smelly bar, now there's new places to hang out." "We started out just as a coffee roasters and I’d used to leave my first bike - a 1976 [Honda] CB50 - up on the dock," the 32-year-old said. People chat and work in Blip Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph "People would come by and ask about the bike, and people started dropping by on other motorcycles to say hi. Gradually it became a thing, to hang out on Sundays, drink coffee and talk about bikes. "We open at 8am and usually by 9:30pm there are 10 or 20 bikes parked out front, then it’s just a free for all! Hundreds of people sometimes. Men, women, young or old on [new and old] Harleys, Hondas, Ducatis, even mopeds.” Motorcycles parked outside Blip Roasters Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph Just around the corner, in an old fire station, Hickory Union Moto (HUM) provides space and education for people new to the motorcycle world. In the big empty room that once housed fire engines and their crews, motorcycles sit in various states of repair. Some stripped down to their bare bones, some looking like Mad Max bikes, with distressed petrol tanks, and hand stitched seats. A rebuilt Harley Davidson engine in Ricky Reyes's workshop Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph John Iiames, 36, an architect and a partner at HUM says his love of old bikes came from frustration of living in a condo: John Iiames is one of the partners at HUM Credit: Neville Elder for The Telegraph “I was living in downtown Kansas City, with nowhere to work on a bike. There’s not the same sense of ownership with a new bike as there is with getting an old bike from the seventies and bringing it back to life, and not have a $300 payment on it every month.” As Harley Davidson prepare to pack up and leave Kansas City, Missouri, you don’t have to look far to see motorcycling is as popular as ever and ironically, it’s the Baby Boomers’ discarded machines that’s kick-starting a new generation of bikers and gear heads. For Millennials, riding motorcycles is cool again.  


Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back home

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 05:08

An American couple who spent nearly two years in a Venezuelan jail received a heroes' welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday after Caracas freed them in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington. "Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family where he has always belonged. Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela," Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.


Imran Khan eyes victory as Pakistan announces elections on July 25

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 04:33

Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan's party vowed Sunday to oust the country's "corrupt" rulers, as the nuclear-armed state announced it will hold general elections on July 25. The poll will bring to a head political tensions that have been building since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court on corruption charges and later barred from politics for life. Khan is hoping to achieve a years-long dream of leading the country as its prime minister, and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is the main challenger to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was headed by Sharif until his ban.


RFK Jr. Seeking New Investigation Into His Father's Assassination

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 03:16

Robert Kennedy Jr. had a three-hour prison meeting in California with his


Flake: 'I do hope that somebody runs on the Republican side' against Trump in 2020

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 02:48

During an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) refuses to rule out a 2020 run for the White House, and expresses support for someone to challenge President Trump


Full Panel: 'The Chinese want a seat at the table' on North Korea talks

Top Stories - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 02:34

Victor Cha joins Andrea Mitchell, Eugene Robinson, Amy Walter and Matthew Continetti to talk about the back forth over whether the North Korea summit will still take place in Singapore.


Trump Slams Media For Concocting Official Who Actually Ran His White House Briefing

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:43

President Donald Trump attacked The New York Times in a tweet Saturday,


Border Patrol Alters Account Of Guatemalan Woman's Death

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:26

U.S. immigration authorities have altered their account of the Border Patrol's


Superpower in the Sky: Why Israel Wants F-35s and Deadly New F-15s

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 19:46

Although the F-35 saw its first combat duty this week in Israel, the Jewish state has reportedly decided to purchase more of the most advanced version of Boeing’s F-15 rather than buy more Joint Strike Fighters. On May 16, Flight Global—an aviation-focused news source—reported that Israel is proposing a deal to purchase twenty-five F-15Is in an advanced configuration. This would double the number of F-15Is the Israeli Air Force (IAF) currently operates.


The Latest: Klopp unhappy with Ramos 'wrestling' Salah

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 19:29

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid (all times local):


Refugee Office That Lost 1,500 Kids Not 'Legally Responsible' For Finding Them: Official

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 18:13

The government program meant to place unaccompanied children taken from the


Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 18:10

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The family of a woman and girl who were wounded in an Oklahoma restaurant shooting said Saturday that the victims didn't know the gunman or why he attacked them as they walked into the lakeside restaurant for a birthday party.


The Latest: Rep: "Hero teacher" released from hospital

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 17:59

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an Indiana middle school (all times local):


Indiana School Shooting: 13-Year-Old Girl Shot Is in Critical But Stable Condition

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 15:22

It is not clear if the shooting was targeted.


Service Dog Gives Birth to 8 Puppies at Florida Airport Gate

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 15:00

They missed their flight.


Why Finding the Source of Tainted Romaine Lettuce Is so Hard

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 14:28

The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce started two months ago, and it has sickened 172 people and killed one. But federal investigators still do not know how the lettuce came to be contam...


AMBER Alert Issued for New York Toddler After Mom's Body Found Stuffed in Bag in Woods

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 14:25

Police in western New York are searching for a missing 14-month-old boy whose mother’s dead body was found in the woods, stuffed in a plastic bag


Oil output could return to October 2016 level, says Russia's Novak

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 14:22

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - A return to the oil production levels that were in place in October 2016, baseline for the current deal to cut output, is one of the options for easing curbs, Russia's energy minister said on Saturday. Sources said this week that Saudi Arabia and Russia were discussing raising OPEC and non-OPEC oil production to ease 17 months of strict supply curbs amid concerns that a price rally has gone too far. "When we extended the agreement until the end of 2018, we spoke about such possibilities (of returning to the October 2016 level)," Novak told reporters.


Hero teacher saved lives during Indiana school shooting

Top Stories - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 14:21

Jason Seaman, a science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., subdued a student armed with two handguns who opened fire inside his classroom Friday, May, 25, 2018 .


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