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  • Putin, Erdogan Spar Over Syria Militants Amid Split on Safe Zone
    February 14, 2019

    Putin, Erdogan Spar Over Syria Militants Amid Split on Safe ZoneWhile Putin urged Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a summit on Thursday to work out ways to ???completely destroy the terrorist hotbed??? in the Idlib region, a joint statement after the talks referred only to the need for ???concrete steps??? to restore a September truce shattered by the Islamist takeover last month. Erdogan said he???d ???relayed our expectations??? to Putin and Rouhani for Syrian government forces to ???abide by the cease-fire??? agreed in September, and for Russia and Iran to support Turkey???s demand for a buffer zone inside northern Syria to counter U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the region.


  • Multiple wounded, at least one dead in US shooting
    February 15, 2019

    Multiple wounded, at least one dead in US shootingAt least one person was killed and several others, including police officers, were wounded on Friday when a gunman opened fire in an industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago. US media reported that the suspected gunman was killed soon after police and federal agents flooded a manufacturing complex in Aurora, Illinois -- 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of central Chicago. Witnesses said they had locked themselves into nearby buildings as a man in his 30s or 40s began firing off rounds.


  • Venezuela opens investigation into opposition-appointed PDVSA directors: prosecutor
    February 14, 2019

    Venezuela opens investigation into opposition-appointed PDVSA directors: prosecutorCARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's chief state prosecutor said on Thursday an investigation had been opened into directors of state-run oil firm PDVSA, and its U.S. refiner Citgo, that the opposition-controlled congress appointed on Wednesday. Prosecutor Tarek Saab, in comments broadcast on state television, announced "the opening of an investigation against people designated illegally as directors of PDVSA and Citgo." Saab also said they would investigate foreign ambassadors named by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who on Jan 23 invoked constitutional provisions to assume an interim presidency. ...


  • US senate passes border bill as Trump prepares to declare national emergency
    February 14, 2019

    US senate passes border bill as Trump prepares to declare national emergencyThe US Senate has passed a major spending bill that would effectively avoid another federal government shutdown, sending the legislation to the president???s desk for a signature. Now, the only question is whether Donald Trump intends to sign it. The bipartisan measure is the product of weeks of negotiations after the longest government shutdown in history, in which Mr Trump demanded billions of dollars towards his campaign promise of building a wall sprawling across the entirety of the US-Mexico border.


  • The Latest: Nigeria says vote delay not due to interference
    February 16, 2019

    The Latest: Nigeria says vote delay not due to interferenceYOLA, Nigeria (AP) ??? The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local):


  • Honda's pickup trucks recalled because they can catch fire from car wash soap
    February 15, 2019

    Honda's pickup trucks recalled because they can catch fire from car wash soapThe Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to fix faulty fuel pumps that can crack when exposed to acids in car-wash detergents.


  • North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold
    February 16, 2019

    North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing coldThe Day of the Shining Star dawned bitterly cold in Pyongyang. Kim, the son of the isolated North's founder Kim Il Sung and the father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un, was born on February 16. According to Pyongyang's orthodoxy, he came into the world in 1942, in a snow-covered hut at a secret camp on the slopes of Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people, where his father was fighting occupying Japanese forces.


  • This Could Be the New Land Rover Defender's Interior
    February 14, 2019

    This Could Be the New Land Rover Defender's InteriorA tweeted photo shows what we think is a final styling mockup for the new Defender's interior.


  • Why This 'Atmospheric River' Could Cause Mudslides and 'Roofalanches' in California
    February 14, 2019

    Why This 'Atmospheric River' Could Cause Mudslides and 'Roofalanches' in CaliforniaCalifornians are experiencing some unusually nasty winter weather this week as an "atmospheric river" passes through most of the state, bringing howling winds and heavy rain.The storm arrived on Tuesday night (Feb. 12) in Northern California and continued into Wednesday (Feb. 13), leading the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue warnings of flash flooding, mudslides and high winds in the region. It is forecast to bring "excessive rainfall" to Southern California on Thursday (Feb. 14), according to the NWS.[Weirdo Weather: 7 Rare Weather Events]Atmospheric rivers are huge "rivers in the sky" that cause moisture from the tropics to flow north, from California to Canada. These huge weather systems can carry many times the freshwater that flows through the mighty Mississippi River, local news outlet KQED reported."They're the biggest freshwater rivers on Earth," F. Martin Ralph, the director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes in La Jolla, California, told KQED.These atmospheric rivers of condensed water vapor can easily be 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) long and 300 miles (482 km) wide, Ralph said. When an atmospheric river brings moisture from Hawaii to the Western U.S. -- as is the case with the current storm -- it's known as the Pineapple Express.Atmospheric rivers can bring much-needed rain -- or wreak havoc by dumping heavy rain or snow when they make landfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). California has recently experienced storms, meaning the current downpour is falling on waterlogged soil. Summer wildfires also scorched the earth in several areas of California, and burn scars can be more prone to flash flooding and debris as well, according to the NWS.On Wednesday morning, 24-hour rainfall totals were as high as 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in some parts of the Northern Bay Area, with San Francisco receiving about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of rain, according to the NWS. Residents along the Bay Area coast and hills may face high winds from 25 to 35 mph (40 to 56 km/h) with gusts up to 60 mph (97 km/h), according to the NWS. Social media was abuzz with reports of downed trees and flash flooding. In the Sierras, the NWS warned that the atmospheric river could cause "roofalanches," or the sudden release of snow from already snow-packed roofs, which can pose a serious hazard.Earlier this month, Ralph and his colleagues developed a new scale to describe the strength of atmospheric rivers. The scale, which was described in the February issue of the journal Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, ranks these weather events using categories "1 to 5," with Category 1 indicating a "weak" storm and Category 5 indicating an "exceptional" one. The ranking is based on the amount of water vapor the storm carries, and how long it dumps moisture on a given area, according to a statement. The scale also indicates the extent to which the storm is likely to be beneficial -- by bringing much-needed rain to replenish reservoirs after a drought, for example -- or hazardous, leading to flooding and mudslides. The current storm is a "Category 3," according to local news outlet CBS San Francisco.Tia Ghose contributed reporting. * 9 Tips for Exercising in Winter Weather * Fishy Rain to Fire Whirlwinds: The World's Weirdest Weather * 10 Surprising Ways Weather Has Changed HistoryOriginally published on Live Science.


  • U.K. Spy Warns Against Triumphalism Over Islamic State Collapse
    February 15, 2019

    U.K. Spy Warns Against Triumphalism Over Islamic State Collapse???We are not triumphant because I think from triumphant you get to hubris,??? MI6 Chief Alex Younger told reporters in Munich on Friday. Younger said Islamic States???s so-called caliphate was now in its ???end game,??? with the extremist militants clinging to the last square mile of land they hold in the village of Baghuz in eastern Syria. Meanwhile the U.K. is debating the case of Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old from east London who wants to come home despite expressing no regrets over becoming a so-called jihadi bride with Islamic State in Syria at the age of 15.


  • Lawyer: Convicted officer beaten in prison
    February 14, 2019

    Lawyer: Convicted officer beaten in prisonAn attorney for the white Chicago police convicted in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says the officer was beaten by fellow inmates within hours of his transfer from an Illinois prison to a federal prison in Connecticut. (Feb. 14)


  • Our Favorite Eco-friendly Finds Put Sustainable Materials to Stylish Use
    February 15, 2019

    Our Favorite Eco-friendly Finds Put Sustainable Materials to Stylish Use


  • Modi says Pakistan will pay 'huge price' for Kashmir bombing
    February 15, 2019

    Modi says Pakistan will pay 'huge price' for Kashmir bombingIndia's prime minister yesterday accused Pakistan of involvement in the suicide bombing that killed 44 paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday, and warned of a dire response. Narendra Modi said the neighbouring country had made a "huge mistake" for which it will pay a "huge price". Speaking after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Mr Modi declared that India's security forces had been given "full freedom" to respond to the attack. "If our neighbour thinks it can destabilise India, then it is making a big mistake," he said.?? Mr Modi was reacting to claims from the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), that it carried out the attack on a paramilitary convoy on the outskirts of Kashmir???s summer capital, Srinagar. India???s foreign office demanded that Islamabad take "immediate and verifiable action" against the JeM. New Delhi has also withdrawn trade privileges extended to Pakistan under their long-standing Most Favoured Nation (MFN) agreement as part of "diplomatically isolating" Islamabad, said senior federal minister Arun Jaitley. Pakistan, however, has dismissed all Indian charges of any involvement in the bombing, which it said was a "matter of grave concern". ??Police detain a demonstrator during a protest against the attack on a bus that killed 44 CRPF personnel in south Kashmir on Thursday Credit: Reuters Over 2,700 Central Reserve Police Force paramilitary personnel were travelling to Srinagar in a 78-vehicle convoy when a 22-year old suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed his car packed with over 125bs of plastic explosives into one of the stationary busses. Police officials said Dar, a school dropout??who had earlier worked in a sawmill near Srinagar, was reported missing since late last year. ?? The JeM has been active in Kashmir since its founding in 2000 and India holds it responsible for attacking its parliament building in New Delhi in 2001, an assault that brought the nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war. The JeM has been designated a ???terrorist??? organisation by the UN, UK and the US, and even, under foreign pressure, proscribed in Pakistan since 2002. But its founder, cleric Masood Azhar, freely roams the country, holding public meetings and fund-raising drives. Indian efforts to have Azhar designated an international terrorist have long been been blocked by Pakistan???s close strategic ally China. ?????? India claims Pakistan, which seized a third of Kashmir after independence in 1947 and lays claim to the rest, fuels the disputed province???s 30-year??Muslim insurgency for an independent homeland in which over 70,000 people had died. Students hold candles during a vigil for the dead paramilitary police Credit: Reuters Pakistan denies Indian allegations, saying it only provided Kashmiri separatists??? moral and diplomatic support for their cause.?? The two neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir. And in 1999, soon after both became nuclear weapon states, their two armies clashed in Kashmir???s Himalayan Kargil region for 11-weeks resulting in 1,200 soldiers dying on both sides.?? Meanwhile, India???s principal Opposition Congress Party, virulently opposed to Modi???s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government, has offered its unequivocal support to the administration to deal with the crisis posed by the terror strike. The authorities have also imposed curfew in Kashmir???s winter capital Jammu following violent protests that erupted in the city over the terror attack. Several cars were set alight and the authorities have suspended Internet services in Jammu to prevent rumours?? spreading over social media.


  • Netanyahu leaves Poland after plane mishap delayed departure
    February 15, 2019

    Netanyahu leaves Poland after plane mishap delayed departureWARSAW, Poland (AP) ??? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to spend an extra night in Warsaw after his plane was damaged following an airport mishap shortly before departure. He departed around noon Friday, marking an inauspicious ending to a turbulent visit.


  • During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she dies
    February 15, 2019

    During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she diesA second-grader wrote a chilling note to her parents on her arm during school lockdown.


  • Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests
    February 14, 2019

    Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protestsAmazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies. The online retail giant had promised the sprawling complex in the borough of Queens would create 25,000 jobs in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives -- which had riled some New Yorkers. "While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project," Amazon said in a statement.


  • Denver teachers, school district reach deal to end strike
    February 14, 2019

    Denver teachers, school district reach deal to end strikeThe walkout, the first teachers' strike in Colorado's largest city since 1994, began on Monday after 15 months of contract talks broke down.


  • Top US cardinal expelled from Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused teenager and solicited sex during confession
    February 16, 2019

    Top US cardinal expelled from Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused teenager and solicited sex during confessionA disgraced former US cardinal has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood over allegations he abused a teenage boy and solicited sex during confession. The Vatican announced the defrocking of Theodore McCarrick on Saturday days before the Pope is to lead an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world over the sex abuse crisis engulfing the church. McCarrick, a once-powerful prelate and former Archbishop of Washington, is the highest profile church figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.


  • Trump will sign spending bill but end-run Congress to build wall
    February 14, 2019

    Trump will sign spending bill but end-run Congress to build wallPresident Trump will sign the bipartisan funding bill pending in Congress and then declare a national emergency to build the border wall, the White House announced Thursday afternoon.


  • FBI releases 16 drawings prolific serial killer Samuel Little made of his victims
    February 14, 2019

    FBI releases 16 drawings prolific serial killer Samuel Little made of his victimsThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has released more than a dozen drawingsmade by a prolific serial killer in hopes the public may be able to identifysome of his victims


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