"GENEVA (AP) — More than 1 million refugees and "irregular migrants" have entered Europe in this record-breaking year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday, a symbolic milestone driven by war, poverty and persecution in the Middle East and Africa."
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
NYTimes: Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS
"At a news conference on Saturday night, the Paris prosecutor, François Molins, said the attackers were all armed with heavy weaponry and suicide vests. Their assault began, he said, when two of them blew themselves up outside the gates of the soccer stadium on the northern outskirts of Paris."
Friday, November 13, 2015
French television and news services quoted the police as saying that around 100 people had been killed at a concert site where hostages had been held during a two-hour standoff with the police, and that perhaps dozens of others had been killed in apparently coordinated attacks outside the country’s main sports stadium and four or five other popular locations in the city. But estimates on the total number of dead varied.
Paris Attacks Kill More Than 100, Police Say; Border Controls Tightened - The New York Times
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
the United States, and social media has amplified students’ messages
far beyond campus. Here are some examples
Racial Tension and Protests on Campuses Across the Country
Friday, November 06, 2015
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
"LONDON — The British government temporarily halted flights to Britain from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el Sheikh on Wednesday after Prime Minister David Cameron said that a Russian chartered jet that broke apart over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday “may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”
"The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs.
The vote by the court’s criminal chamber declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. The ruling is a first step — applying only to a single cannabis club that brought the suit — and does not strike down Mexico’s current drug laws. But it lays the groundwork for a wave of legal actions that could ultimately legalize marijuana."
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Monday, November 02, 2015
Metrojet Rules Out Technical Failure or Human Error for Crash in Sinai Peninsula - The New York Times
“We absolutely exclude the technical failure of the plane, and we absolutely exclude pilot error or a human factor,” Aleksandr A. Smirnov, a former pilot who is now the airline’s deputy director for aviation, said at a packed news conference in Moscow.
Metrojet Rules Out Technical Failure or Human Error for Crash in Sinai Peninsula - The New York Times
Friday, October 30, 2015
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
"A partial-reconstruction of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down in July 2014 over eastern Ukraine with the deaths of all 298 on board, was unveiled on Tuesday as the Dutch safety board published its report into the crash.
MH17 crash report: Dutch investigators confirm Buk missile hit plane - live updates
The chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra, told a press conference at the Gilze-Rijen airbase that the report had concluded the jet was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile. He said the front of the aircraft was destroyed by the missile, which brought down the rest."
Sunday, October 11, 2015
"The building's residents and condo owners had invested in the namesake, a 70-story waterfront tower along Panama Bay, on the strength of Trump's reputation. But during the four years that Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC had managed the property, Central America's largest building, a team installed by the Trump family was accused of running up more than $2 million in unauthorized debts, paying its executives undisclosed bonuses and withholding basic financial information from owners.
The Trumps had done all of this through fine-print chicanery, the board said. A clause in many residents' purchase agreements prevented them from voting against the Trump company's wishes. That allowed the Trumps to install their top employee as chairman and the residents' representative on the board — even though the Trumps' actual stake in the building's residential area was merely a storage closet on the 15th floor.
The Trump Organization sent its response days later. "Your letter is a complete sham," wrote the Trumps' top lawyer, Alan Garten. He accused the board of ingratitude and criminal trespassing. After refusing to accept being fired, Garten declared that Trump's company was quitting — and demanded a $5 million termination fee."
"The move comes after the DoD alleged improper recruiting and marketing practices at the university.
The investigative journalism site Reveal exposed that the school was paying the military for exclusive base access, held recruiting events promoted as resume workshops and handed out challenge coins with military insignia used without permission.
Last year, the University of Phoenix received $20 million in military tuition assistance.
In a written response from the DOD, spokesman Maj. Ben Sakrisson told Reveal that the university has been placed on probationary status. Current students on tuition assistance will continue their programs. The University of Phoenix will not be permitted to recruit military members on bases and new or transfer students will not be granted DoD financial help."
- See more at: http://m.fox23.com/news/news/national/dod-suspends-univ-phoenix-improper-recruiting-mark/nnydB/#sthash.jIHdS8Ws.dpuf
"A former investigator for the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to file a complaint in federal court next month alleging that he was fired unlawfully in part because his superiors opposed his efforts to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in the Libyan city. Instead, they focused primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he said.
The former investigator, Bradley F. Podliska, a major in the Air Force Reserve who is on active duty in Germany, also claims that the committee’s majority staff retaliated against him for taking leave for several weeks to go on active duty. If true, the retaliation would violate the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which Major Podliska plans to invoke in his complaint, according to a draft that was made available to The New York Times."
Friday, October 09, 2015
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
"The US military never gave Doctors Without Borders prior notification of a deadly airstrike on its field hospital in Kunduz, the aid group said on Wednesday, in an apparent violation of the Pentagon’s explicit 2015 instructions on the rules of war."
Monday, October 05, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership still faces months of debate in Congress and will inject a new flash point into both parties’ presidential contests.
But the accord — a product of nearly eight years of negotiations, including five days of round-the-clock sessions here — is a potentially legacy-making achievement for President Obama, and the capstone for his foreign policy “pivot” toward closer relations with fast-growing eastern Asia, after years of American preoccupation with the Middle East and North Africa.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached - The New York Times
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Sunday, September 06, 2015
"Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses, on Sunday appealed the order putting her in jail.
Davis' attorneys filed the appeal three days after the Rowan County clerk was held in contempt of court for defying a Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage. Davis cited her religious beliefs in her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
The three page motion did not include arguments as to why Davis should be released, but amended Davis' earlier appeal. U.S. District Judge David Bunning had ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses, but she refused to do it, saying she could not betray her conscience.
Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday for disobeying his order. Her deputy clerks then issued marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday."
Friday, September 04, 2015
After several days of chaos and civil disobedience by the migrants, Hungarian officials threw in the towel and allowed the people living in a squalid encampment in a below-ground plaza outside the city’s main train station onto more than 40 buses headed for the Austrian border, as they had been demanding.
Migrants Can Enter Austria and Germany, Official Says - The New York Times
Saturday, August 29, 2015
"CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Saturday handed down unexpectedly harsh verdicts in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English news channel, sentencing them to at least three years in prison on charges that human rights advocates have repeatedly dismissed as political in nature."
Monday, August 24, 2015
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"While forced labor exists throughout the world, nowhere is the problem more pronounced than here in the South China Sea, especially in the Thai fishing fleet, which faces an annual shortage of about 50,000 mariners, based on United Nations estimates. The shortfall is primarily filled by using migrants, mostly from Cambodia and Myanmar.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Thursday, July 09, 2015
"WASHINGTON — The Office of Personnel Management revealed on Thursday that “sensitive information” of 21.5 million individuals was obtained last year by hackers who intruded into the federal personnel agency’s computer networks."
Friday, July 03, 2015
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
"Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama said Wednesday that it was past time for the U.S. to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba as he announced that the two countries were reopening their embassies after more than 50 years.
"When the United States shuttered our embassy in 1961, I don't think anyone thought it would be more than half a century before it reopened," he said in remarks from the White House Rose Garden.
Earlier Wednesday in Havana, a U.S. diplomat delivered a note from Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro restoring diplomatic ties."
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies - The New York Times
Monday, June 22, 2015
"(CNN)South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House.
"Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds," said Haley, a Republican and the state's first non-white governor, while flanked by a diverse group of South Carolina politicians.
"This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state," she said."
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Esther Gibson as the maid of honor and Geana Mangroo as the matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Kimberly Jones, Michelle Cordner, Nicole Russell, Tiffani Cordner, Ayanna Russell, Delayshia Carter and Deja Fisher. The junior bridesmaid was Amani Ballard. Makaiya Mangroo and Kilahni Mangroo were the flower girls.
The groom chose Ky Wilson as the best man. The ushers were Don Cherry Jr., Decardiay Fisher, Steve Stroud, Omari Roland, Joshua Cordner, Jeff Thibodaux, Lamar Carter and Terrance Bailey. The ringbearer was Jahsiah Mangroo.
Dr. Roland is a Curtis High School graduate and received a bachelor of science degree in molecular cell biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. She graduated from the Medical University of the Americas, St. Kitts-Nevis, with a medical degree as a general practitioner. She is employed as an internal medicine physician at Carolinas Medical Alliance-Primary Care, Florence, S.C.
Friday, May 29, 2015
"John M. Murphy, a former New York City congressman who served 18 years in the House before being caught taking a $50,000 cash payment in the Abscam sting operation in the late 1970s, died on Monday on Staten Island. He was 88.
His death, at a hospital there, was confirmed by his grandson John M. Murphy III.
Mr. Murphy, a Democrat from Staten Island, was one of seven members of Congress found guilty of taking illicit payoffs in the Abscam operation, which involved undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation posing as Middle Eastern tycoons offering bribes in exchange for help with immigration and other matters. The F.B.I. videotaped the payoffs."
Saturday, May 23, 2015
"WASHINGTON — The United States and China on Friday escalated their dispute over contested territory in the South China Sea, after the Chinese repeatedly ordered an American military surveillance plane to abandon flights over areas where China has been building artificial islands."
Sunday, May 10, 2015
"And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the media on Sunday that "There is no doubt but that oil did escape from the transformer, there is no doubt that oil did go into the holding tank and exceeded the capacity of the holding tank, and there is no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River. Exactly how much, we don't know."
The portion of the plant affected by the fire was shut down automatically, while the rest of the facility continued operating normally.
Plant authorities said Sunday that the installation remains partially shut down, but stable, after the problem, which did not affect its nuclear area.
Cuomo visited the plant on Saturday night and called the incident "not a major situation," but said that he takes nothing lightly when it comes to the Indian Point plant since it is located so close to New York, with its high population density.
He added that the transformer that caught fire was seriously damaged.
Cuomo, as reported by local media, also expressed his concern over the environmental effects of the incident, not due to radioactivity but rather to the chemicals used to put out the blaze.
According to the governor, the remains of the foam used to quell this kind of fire can pass through the sewer system and into the nearby Hudson River, which runs through New York City.
He assured the public that environmental protection authorities are working to avoid possible negative consequences of those chemicals. EFE"
Friday, May 08, 2015
Thursday, May 07, 2015
"On Tuesday, the lefty New Democratic Party (NDP) won the provincial elections on a platform that promises to diversify Alberta's fossil fuel-dependent economy. The NDP campaigned on criticism of the Conservatives for being too close to the oil industry and a pledge to tax more oil profits. From The Wall Street Journal:
The longtime ruling party of Canada's energy-rich Alberta province lost its four-decade hold on power on Tuesday, ushering in a left-leaning government that has pledged to raise corporate taxes and increase oil and gas royalties.
The Alberta New Democratic Party swept enough districts to form a majority, taking most of the seats in both the business center of Calgary and the provincial capital of Edmonton, according to preliminary results from Elections Alberta."
"Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he would fund every existing grant request South Carolina public school teachers have made on the education crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.
Colbert made the announcement on a live video feed Thursday at a surprise event at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville."
Friday, May 01, 2015
"Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges next week, according to people with knowledge of the matter."
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Rachel Maddow slams despicable Alabama lawmaker who tried to repeal a law inspired by his own patient’s death - Salon.com
"In a development that drew national attention this week and inspired a segment on Rachel Maddow’s show last night, GOP state senator Larry Stutts attempted to repeal Rose’s Law, a 1999 measure to protect new mothers by requiring a two-day hospital stay after giving birth. Under the law, mothers with complicated births stay in the hospital for four days."
"LAUSANNE, Switzerland — It was just one of hundreds of arguments between American and Iranian officials as they tried to hash out what may prove to be one of the hardest-to-negotiate arms control agreements in history. But it spoke volumes about how two countries that so deeply distrust each other managed to strike a tentative deal.
After President Obama revealed the existence of a secret, deep-underground enrichment operation near the sacred city of Qum in late 2009, the White House demanded that it be dismantled and closed. In defiance, the Iranians stuffed the facility, called Fordo, with 3,000 centrifuges — a huge issue for American and Israeli military planners because it is impervious to all but the largest bunker-buster bombs."
"After two years of negotiations, capped by eight tumultuous days and nights of talks that appeared on the brink of breakdown several times, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced the plan, which, if carried out, would keep Iran’s nuclear facilities open under strict production limits, and which holds the potential of reordering America’s relationship with a country that has been an avowed adversary for 35 years."
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
ELECTION EVE SURPRISE: BIBI VEERS RIGHT-ER JERUSALEM (AP) -- Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a Palestinian state will not be established on his watch if he is re-elected.
"JERUSALEM (AP) -- Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a Palestinian state will not be established on his watch if he is re-elected.
In an interview published Monday, Netanyahu tells the daily Maariv newspaper that withdrawing from occupied areas to make way for a Palestinian state would only ensure that territory will be taken over by Islamic extremists. When asked if that means a Palestinian state will not be established if he is elected, Netanyahu said "indeed."
His comments come a day before a March 17 election that is viewed as a vote of confidence in Netanyahu, whose Likud Party is trailing the centrist Zionist Union in recent polls."
Saturday, March 14, 2015
"WASHINGTON — The United States and Iran are closing in on a historic agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, but are confronting serious last-minute obstacles, including when United Nations sanctions would be lifted and how inspections would be conducted, American and European officials said.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who heads to Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday night for a critical round of talks, is still clashing with his Iranian counterpart over Tehran’s demand that all United Nations sanctions be suspended as soon as there is a deal, as well as Washington’s insistence that international inspectors be able to promptly visit any nuclear site, even those on Iranian military bases.
There are also disagreements over Iran’s research and development of advanced centrifuges, which would allow Iran to produce nuclear fuel far more quickly, as well as over how many years an agreement would last."
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
" So it looks like there's no smoking gun. But her decision to use a personal email account stored on her own private server raises questions, at best, especially when you're (likely) running for president. Anything else?"
Saturday, March 07, 2015
"In an address at the scene of what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” Mr. Obama rejected the notion that race relations have not improved since then, despite the string of police shootings that have provoked demonstrations. “What happened in Ferguson may not be unique,” he said, “but it’s no longer endemic. It’s no longer sanctioned by law or custom, and before the civil rights movement, it most surely was.”
But the president also rejected the notion that racism has been defeated. “We don’t need the Ferguson report to know that’s not true,” he said. “We just need to open our eyes and our ears and our hearts to know that this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us. We know the march is not over yet, we know the race is not yet won. We know reaching that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character requires admitting as much.”
Friday, March 06, 2015
Job Growth Was Fantastic Last Month. So Why Aren’t Wages Rising More? - NYTimes.com
Sunday, March 01, 2015
"MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.
The marchers occasionally broke into chants of "Russia without Putin," or "Say no to war," but often the only sound was the steady thwack of police helicopters overhead or the hum of police boats patrolling the shores of the Moscow River.
While the killing of Nemtsov has shaken the Russian opposition, which sees the Kremlin as responsible, it is unclear whether his death will be enough to invigorate the beleaguered movement. Despite the Ukraine conflict and Russia's economic crisis, support for President Vladimir Putin has been above 80 percent in the past year."
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Friday, January 09, 2015
"There were at least four explosions and a barrage of gunfire at the kosher market in Paris today and then police were seen going in. People then were seen coming out of the market, and ambulances and firetrucks drove towards the market, loaded people in and drove away."