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Associated Press to drive traffic to new AP-hosted website

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The Associated Press (AP) is planning to prevent members and customers from publishing some of the AP’s news content on their websites. AP will instead have other news sites link directly to the main AP website for that content. The Associated Press has put together a briefing of their plans sent to AP members late […]
          

OutKast, R.E.M., Patti Smith nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

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A total of 24 songwriters are up for induction into the 2020 class

Songwriters Hall of Fame nominations 2020 induction OutKast REM Patti Smith

OutKast, R.E.M. and Patti Smith are up for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020. A total of 24 performing and non-performing songwriters were nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The list of nominees was published by Associated Press on November 5. Other notable performing songwriters up for induction include The Neptunes […]

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AP Top 25: Navy gives AAC 4 teams, 3rd-most by conference

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Navy moved into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 25, giving the American Athletic Conference four ranked teams, more than all but the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference.With nine ranked teams off this weekend, including four of the top five, there was little movement throughout the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. LSU is No. 1 for a second consecutive week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers and Crimson Tide on Saturday will play the first regular-season 1-2 [...]
          

DEMOCOMMIES BACKED BY RUSSIA STEALING THE GOVERNOR ELECTION IN KENTUCKY!

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HEY NOW! If the Democommies can charge without evidence that Russia stole the 2016 election for Trump, then I can make the same baseless charge against the Democommies of Kentucky! Okay...maybe the Dems didn't have foreign aid in stealing this election, but they do have a track record in stealing local elections - especially at the city and county level - in addition to stuffing the ballot boxes all across the USA for Hillary Clinton in 2016 to tune of over 2,000,000 illegal alien votes, which is well documented. ---RONBO
Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin refused to concede late Tuesday in Kentucky's gubernatorial race, citing unspecified "irregularities" -- potentially kickstarting weeks of uncertainty as the closely-watched contest with national implications remains too close to call.
The history-making evening also saw Republicans decisively hold onto the governorship in Mississippi despite a fierce Democratic challenge, while electing Kentucky’s first black attorney general. Democrats, meanwhile, took complete control over the Virginia statehouse for the first time in 26 years.
On Monday, Trump had called on an "angry majority" of voters to boost the relatively unpopular Bevin in Kentucky, in a nod to Richard Nixon's "silent majority" and Ronald Reagan's "moral majority." But with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bevin was behind Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear by 5,333 votes out of more than 1.4 million counted, 49.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Libertarian candidate John Hicks received 2 percent.
The Associated Press said it could not declare a winner, owing to the tight margin. The Democratic National Committee and Beshear's campaign, however, claimed victory.
"My expectation is that he [Bevin] will honor the election that was held tonight," Beshear said in a speech to supporters. "That he will help us make this transition. And I'll tell you what, we will be ready for that first day in office, and I look forward to it."


          

6 Νοεμβρίου 1985: Ξεσπά το σκάνδαλο Irangate

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6 Νοεμβρίου 1985: Ξεσπά το σκάνδαλο Irangate
6 Νοεμβρίου 1985: Ξεσπά το σκάνδαλο Irangate
06/11/2019 - 19:30

Το σκάνδαλο έλαβε χώρα το 1985. Εκείνο το χρόνο, επτά Αμερικανοί κρατούνταν όμηροι στο Λίβανο, από μια οργάνωση υπέρ του Ιράν, τον Στρατό των Φρουρών της Ισλαμικής Επανάστασης. Το Ιράν είχε τεθεί υπό αυστηρούς όρους και εμπορικά εμπάργκο - τα οποία απαγόρευαν μεταξύ άλλων την πώληση όπλων προς την χώρα. 

[Την ίδια περίοδο, σε μια χώρα μακρινή από το Ιράν - αλλά όχι τόσο από τις ΗΠΑ - μια άλλη διαμάχη είναι σε εξέλιξη: Στην Νικαράγουα, οι δεξιοί αντάρτες, Κόντρας, αντιμάχονται το καθεστώς των Σαντινίστας. Οι ΗΠΑ υπό τον Ρήγκαν στηρίζουν οικονομικά τους Κόντρας στον αντικομουνιστικό τους αγώνα. Παρόλα αυτά, και εδώ μια απόφαση της Γερουσίας, της Συνθήκης Μπόλαντ, του 1984 απαγορεύει στην αμερικανική κυβέρνηση να χρηματοδοτήσει περαιτέρω τους αντάρτες στην Νικαράγουα.]

Για να σωθούν οι επτά όμηροι Αμερικανοί η μέση λύση που βρέθηκε ήταν η ανταλλαγή τους με μια μεγάλη συστοιχία πυραύλων (περίπου 2600 αντιαρματικοί, με έξτρα ανταλλακτικά). Η ανταλλαγή θα έπρεπε να γίνει κρυφά, βέβαια, καθώς υπήρχε το εμπάργκο για αυτό και χρησιμοποιήθηκε ως μεσάζοντας ο Ιρανός έμπορος όπλων Μανουχέρ Γκορμπανιφάρ, και το Ισραήλ.

Τελικώς δεν χρησιμοποιήθηκε το Ισραήλ και η πώληση έγινε απευθείας. Αυτό γιατί το Συμβούλιο Ασφαλείας των ΗΠΑ, κατόπιν της σχετικής εισήγησης του ταγματάρχη, Όλιβερ Νορθ, αποφάσισε να δώσει μέρος των εσόδων από την πώληση στους Κόντρας της Νικαράγουας. Και αυτή η συναλλαγή ήταν φυσικά παράνομη και έπρεπε να παραμείνει μυστική.

Μετά την παράδοση των όπλων, στις 20 Αυγούστου του 1985, οι όμηροι σιγά-σιγά αφήνονται ελεύθεροι. Τον Οκτώβριο του 1986 άλλοι τρεις Αμερικανοί πιάνονται όμηροι. Ο επικεφαλής της CIA, Γουίλιαμ Κέισι, προτείνει την αποστολή όπλων «για να καλοπιάσουν» τους Λιβανέζους. Δύο από τους ομήρους δεν αφέθηκαν ποτέ ελεύθεροι. 

Το 1987, ο Κέισι είπε στον δημοσιογράφο Μπομπ Γουντγουορντ της Washigton Post, ότι ήξερε πως τα χρήματα από τις πωλήσεις όπλων στο Ιράν κατέληγαν μέσω του Νόρθ στους Κοντρας. 

Τα ναρκοδολάρια

'Οταν το 1984 εφαρμόστηκε η Συνθήκη Μπόλαντ, αναφορές άρχισαν να φτάνουν στην δημοσιότητα, οι οποίες υποστήριζαν πως οι Κόντρας χρηματοδοτούνται με ναρκοδολάρια. Οι Κόντρας διακινούσαν ναρκωτικά στον Παναμά, στην Κολομβία και στην Κόστα Ρίκα. Από εκεί μέσω πτήσεων αρκετές φορές έφταναν στο Μαϊάμι. Σύμφωνα με τις μαρτυρίες οι αμερικανικές αρχές είχαν επίγνωση των συναλλαγών.

Το 1985 το Associated Press παρουσίασε μια έρευνα που υποστήριζε ότι μέλη της Δίωξης Ναρκωτικών, Τελωνιακοί, του FBI και του Υπουργείου Δημόσιας Τάξης της Κόστα Ρίκα, συνεργάζονταν με τους Κόντρας. Μάλιστα, την σύνδεση επιβεβαίωσαν σύμφωνα με την έρευνα και πέντε Αμερικανοί υποστηρικτές των ανταρτών της Νικαράγουα, οι οποίοι επίσης είπαν πως δυο άλλοι Αμερικανοί, που συμμετείχαν και στην επιχείρηση εναντίον του Φιντέλ Κάστρο, το 1961 στον Κόλπο των Χοίρων, χρησιμοποιούσαν αντάρτες για την φύλαξη αποθηκών με κοκαΐνη στην Κόστα Ρίκα. 

Ο Χούλιο Ζαβάλα, καταδικασμένος έμπορος ναρκωτικών, είχε δηλώσει το 1986 στην εφημερίδα, San Fransisco Examiner, ότι είχε «δώσει 500.000$ στα στρατόπεδα των Κόντρας στην Κόστα Ρίκα. Αυτά τα χρήματα ήρθαν από την δραστηριότητα (εμπόριο ναρκωτικών)στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο, το Μαϊάμι και την Νέα Ορλεάνη».

Το ίδιο έτος ο νυν υπουργός Εξωτερικών των ΗΠΑ και τότε Γερουσιαστής, Τζον Κέρι, μαζί με τον συνάδελφό του Κριστοφερ Ντοντ, καταθέτουν πρόταση για εξεταστική επιτροπή για τις κατηγορίες που συνδέουν τους Κόντρας με εμπόριο ναρκωτικών. Το πόρισμα της επιτροπής το 1989 έλεγε: «Οι σύνδεσμοι των Κόντρας με το εμπόριο ναρκωτικών περιλαμβάνουν και πληρωμές από τις αρχές των ΗΠΑ προς εμπόρους. Τα κεφάλαια αυτά προέρχονταν από κονδύλια του Κογκρέσου για την ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στους Κόντρας. Πολλές φορές οι έμποροι είχαν συλληφθεί από τις αρχές ή βρίσκονταν υπό παρακολούθηση». Σύμφωνα με το πόρισμα, οι ΗΠΑ πλήρωσαν σε γνωστούς εμπόρους ναρκωτικών περισσότερα από 800.000$ με σκοπό τα χρήματα αυτά να φτάσουν με τον έναν ή τον άλλο τρόπο στους Κόντρας.

Στο φως

Όλα βγήκαν στην δημοσιότητα όταν τον Νοέμβριο του 1986 το λιβανέζικο περιοδικό Ash-Shiraa, επικαλούμενο ιρανική πηγή, αποκάλυψε την συμφωνία για την «αντάλλαγή όπλων - ομήρων». 

Ο Ρήγκαν επέμεινε σε δηλώσεις του ότι η μόνη του έγνοια ήταν οι όμηροι. Αρχικά είχε πει πως όλα έγιναν εν αγνοία του - παρά το γεγονός ότι το Ισραήλ είχε ζητήσει την έγκριση από την ανώτατη αρχή των ΗΠΑ και της πληθώρας εγγράφων που τον εμφανίζουν να γνώριζε. Δεν παραδέχτηκε ποτέ πως ήξερε για την σύνδεση της υπόθεσης με τους Κόντρας. 

Μια δεκαετία αργότερα, η εφημερίδα San Jose Mercury News δημοσιεύει την έρευνα του δημοσιογράφου Γκάρι Γουεμπ*, που στην ουσία καθιστούσε υπεύθυνη για την «επιδημία του κρακ» της δεκαετίας του 1980 την CIA. 

Μετά τα άρθρα του Γουέμπ, ο Εισαγγελέας, Φρέντερικ Χιτζ, κατέθεσε ότι η έρευνά του έδειξε πως η CIA εργάστηκε με «μια ποικιλία ανθρώπων» προκειμένου να βοηθήσει τους δεξιούς αντάρτες. «Σε καμία περίπτωση δεν προκύπτει ότι η CIA απέρριψε συνεργασία με εμπόρους ναρκωτικών», είπε ο Χιτζ.

Αξίζει να σημειωθεί πως ο Γουέμπ, κάτοχος Πούλιτζερ, βρέθηκε νεκρός στο σπίτι του στις 20 Δεκεμβρίου του 2004. Η πρώην σύζυγός του δήλωσε πως είχε κατάθλιψη και αυτοκτόνησε. Ο Μανουχερ Γκορμπανιφάρ, το 2003 βρέθηκε στο Πεντάγωνο ως «ειδικός σύμβουλος» για την επέμβαση στο Ιράκ. 

Το «μάθημα» και το «πάθημα»

Σύμφωνα με μια μελέτη του Κρις Λιούις, διδακτορικού φοιτητή του Πανεπιστημίου του Κολοράντο, το σκάνδαλο του Watergate, που οδήγησε στην πτώση της κυβέρνησης του Ρίτσαρντ Νίξον, έγινε «μάθημα» για τους μετέχοντες του Irangate: Κατέστρεψαν όλα τα στοιχεία που θα συνέδεαν τον Λευκό Οίκο με μια ευρύτερη συνωμοσία με εγκληματικές προεκτάσεις και ποινικές ευθύνες. Βρήκαν άλλοθι για τους υψηλά ιστάμενους - «Ο Πρόεδρος δεν ήξερε». Αρνήθηκαν ότι ενεπλάκησαν σε εγκλήματα, που «δεν ήταν εγκλήματα». Ομολόγησαν ότι διέπραξαν εγκληματικές πράξεις που «δεν ήταν εγκλήματα αλλά πολιτική παρεξήγηση».

Αν και η Ειδική Εξεταστική Επιτροπή του Κογκρέσου για το Irangate είχε αρκετά στοιχεία για την καθαίρεση του Ρήγκαν θεωρήθηκε ότι κάτι τέτοιο δεν έπρεπε να γίνει για να μην προκύψει μια «δεύτερη αποτυχημένη Προεδρία μετά τον Νίξον και το Watergate». Στην κοινή γνώμη έμεινε η εντύπωση ότι ο Ρήγκαν ήταν υπεύθυνος για το σκάνδαλο αλλά κατάφερε να υποβαθμίσει τις ευθύνες του σε αντίθεση με τον Νίξον. 

Παρόλα αυτά, οι Ρεπουμπλικάνοι δεν φαίνεται να συγχώρεσαν στους Δημοκρατικούς ότι μέχρι τελευταίας στιγμής «χτυπούσαν» αυτές τις ευθύνες - κάτι που θεωρούσαν αιτία της ήττας στις εκλογές του 1992 του Τζωρτζ Μπους από τον Μπιλ Κλίντον. Έτσι από την πρώτη κιόλας ημέρα της Προεδρίας του, Ρεπουμπλικάνοι ερευνούσαν τον Κλίντον για τυχόν «ατασθαλίες» στα οικονομικά της προεκλογικής του εκστρατείας. Ανήμποροι να το καταφέρουν, έδωσαν ιδιαίτερη βαρύτητα στην παράνομη σχέση του με την Μόνικα Λεβίνσκι - κάτι που έμεινε να ονομάζεται στους κύκλους τους ως «Monica-gate».


          

Кипр отнимет «золотые» паспорта, выданные за инвестиции

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Кипр отнимет «золотые» паспорта. Как заявил президент страны Никос Анастасиадис, речь идет 10-15 вопиющих случаях, сообщает Associated Press. Кипрские события начались в Малайзии. В этой стране некогда жил финансист по имени Джо Лоу. А потом ему пришлось оттуда срочно уехать: его заподозрили в хищении миллиардов долларов из государственного инвестфонда. Четыре года назад Лоу переехал на Кипр. Вложил 5 млн евро в недвижимость в Айя-Напе и получил так называемый золотой паспорт, то есть гражданство Кипра в обмен на инвестиции.

Теперь же президент страны назвал этот случай вопиющим, пообещал отобрать у финансиста кипрский паспорт и сказал, что есть еще 10-15 подобных случаев. Всего в рамках программы «гражданство в обмен на инвестиции» Кипр выдал четыре тысячи паспортов. Известно, что их получали и россияне. Например, кипрские паспорта есть у Дмитрия Рыболовлева, Олега Дерипаски.

Может ли обещание властей республики затронуть наших соотечественников? Вряд ли, говорит председатель совета директоров группы компаний «Вестник Кипра» Игорь Носонов.

Игорь Носонов председатель совета директоров группы компаний «Вестник Кипра» «Я ни разу не слышал ни одной русской фамилии. К русским это не имеет отношения, речь идет о каких-то азиатских фамилиях. Вроде бы, когда им эти паспорта давали, никакого криминала не было. Сейчас кого-то объявили в розыск. Поэтому президент сказал: если вопиющие какие-то нарушения, то однозначно будем принимать решения, пересматривать».

Программа кипрского гражданства действует с 2013 года. Чтобы получить «золотой» паспорт, нужно вложить в страну 2 млн евро, например купить на эту сумму недвижимость. За шесть лет программа принесла острову 7 млрд евро. И эти деньги помогли государству восстановиться после финансового кризиса.

Правда, не так давно процедуру ужесточили. И сейчас нужно дополнительно заплатить 150 тысяч евро, причем вложение безвозвратное. Кстати, перед ужесточением россияне активно скупали на Кипре недвижимость. Видимо, чтобы успеть попасть в программу.

Но если власти республики действительно начнут отнимать паспорта, то, скорее всего, со всеми инвестициями гражданам, а точнее уже негражданам, придется попрощаться. Ситуацию комментирует кипрский частный портфельный управляющий Александр Крапивко.

Александр Крапивко портфельный менеджер «Инвестиции могут отобрать и без паспортов. Законы по противодействию отмыванию денежных средств и финансированию терроризма настолько жесткие стали за последние два-три года, что могут и паспорт отобрать, и инвестиции, и инвестиции без паспорта. Компания или банк, если их уличили в нарушении этого законодательства и наложили штрафы, просто получают черную метку. Руки им никто не подаст. Если они отберут 10-15 паспортов по этой программе, со стороны Евросоюза будет более позитивное отношение».

Последний тезис важен. Кипр подал заявку на вступление в Шенген. И красивая показательная порка имиджу не помешает. Заодно будет и реверанс в сторону США. Ведь то самое дело о хищении и об отмывании миллиардов долларов ведут американские следователи. Кстати, они считают, что на эти деньги некогда был снят фильм «Волк с Уолл-стрит» с Леонардо Ди Каприо в главной роли.

Дело в том, что продюсер ленты — еще один малайзиец, Риза Азис, пасынок бывшего премьер-министра страны, связанный с беглым финансистом. Более того, СМИ писали, что сам Ди Каприо тайно давал показания по делу о хищениях. Кстати, кино окупилось, сборы по всему миру составили почти 400 млн долларов при бюджете в 100 млн. В общем, все пути, хоть с Кипра, хоть из Малайзии, ведут на Уолл-стрит.

 

 

 

Источник: www.bfm.ru


          

Voters Cast Ballots On Affirmative Action, Sanctuary Cities, In Off-Year Elections

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Election Night 2019 is in the books. And while much of the focus is on the winning candidates in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia and what that might mean for the 2020 presidential election, millions of voters also decided on a range of ballot measures. Here's a short list of results from around the U.S.

Tucson, Ariz.

Proposition 205: Making Tucson a Sanctuary City fails

While Arizona remains a conservative-leaning state, Democrats control the state's second largest city. Six years after the City Council designated Tucson an "immigrant welcoming city," some sought to push that mandate even further by allowing residents to decide on whether it should become a "sanctuary city."

Given the chance on Tuesday, Tucson residents roundly rejected the measure, with initial results showing more than 70% of voters disapproving. If approved, Prop 205 would have put in place more restrictions on how law enforcement officials there impose immigration laws.

As member station Arizona Public Media reports, if Proposition 205 had been OK'd, "it would likely have faced legal challenges based on potential conflicts with SB 1070."

That's the controversial Arizona law that allows law enforcement officials to check immigration documents if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.

Even Tucson's newly elected Democratic mayor, Regina Romero opposed the measure, according to Arizona Public Media. Romero made history Tuesday by becoming the first Latina and first woman to win that post — even got a shout out by Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Colorado

Proposition CC Fails. Proposition DD too close to call

Both these propositions have to do with taxes. Proposition CC would allow the state to take money intended for tax refunds and put it toward education and transportation costs. Proposition DD sought to legalize sports gambling and then use the tax dollars casinos would pay to the state to fund the Colorado Water Plan, a range of projects related to conservation and the environment.

As Colorado Public Radio explains, Proposition CC "would have allowed the state to keep money that would normally be returned to taxpayers because it exceeds revenue caps set in the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights." However, voters rejected the measure, according to initial returns tallied by The Associated Press.

Backers of Proposition CC had pledged that future tax refunds from the state "would have gone to transportation, K-12 and higher education," as the member station reported.

Proposition DD would legalize sports betting and impose a 10% tax on a gambling establishment's house winnings. As of Wednesday afternoon, the margin between those for and against the measure was separated by about 1 percentage point, with a slight edge in favor.

Jersey City, N.J.

Question 1 [restrictions for short-term rental properties] passes

In what was called "the most expensive municipal referendum" in New Jersey history, Jersey City residents overwhelmingly approved increasing regulations on short-term rentals. The move was widely seen as a blow to Airbnb and VRBO.

Voters said "yes" to limits on what units and properties are eligible for the part-time rentals, as well as capping the number of nights a property can be used as a rental at 60 per year, among other provisions.

According to NJ.com, Airbnb spent more than $3 million to defeat the measure, but the company failed to make much of an impact, as more than 69% of voters said "yes" to Question 1.

San Francisco

Proposition C [on ban of e-cigarettes sales] is rejected

In June, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city until the Food and Drug Administration completes a product safety review. Proposition C, which was supported by e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, sought to overturn the board's decision before the ban goes into effect at the start of the new year.

The ballot measure failed.

As member station KQED reports, "voters overwhelmingly rejected the referendum, with the 'no' side pulling into a strong position just after polls closed Tuesday night and only strengthening its margin of victory as the evening progressed."

The Board of Supervisors' ban prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes in brick and mortar stores, and also bars vaping devices bought online from being delivered to addresses in San Francisco. KQED adds that Juul spent more than $18 million to defeat this ban.

Texas

Proposition 4 [state income tax ban] passes

Residents of Texas don't pay state income tax. On Tuesday night, Texans made sure it stays that way by approving a measure that make it even more difficult to impose such a tax.

As the Dallas Morning News reports, Texas typically promotes the lack of a state income tax as "a conservative bona fide and part of a key attraction for businesses."

With the passage of Proposition 4, the newspaper notes, "two-thirds of the Texas House and Senate will be required to vote to repeal the amendment."

If that weren't enough, lawmakers now also have to schedule a statewide election to implement any state income tax.

Washington state

Referendum 88 [restricting affirmative action] too close to call

People in Washington state appear poised to send a message to lawmakers: Race, sex and ethnicity should not be factors when selecting a qualified applicant.

Voters banned affirmative action in 1998. Earlier this year, however, lawmakers passed a measure called Initiative 1000 that essentially reimposed affirmative action and allowed the state to weigh certain characteristics when making considerations on employment, contracting and acceptance in schools.

Referendum 88 put I-1000 to a vote — enough "no" votes would keep the initiative from going into effect. As of Wednesday afternoon, the referendum was failing by a narrow margin. Assistant Secretary of State Mark Neary says Washington state is still counting roughly 365,000 mail-in ballots.

As Seattle's KUOW notes:

"After majority Democrats passed [I-1000] in the final hours of the Legislative session this April, opponents gathered enough signatures over the summer to put the new law to a public vote.

"The opposition effort was led by a group of Asian Americans who said they feared their children would be passed over for university admissions in favor of other racial minorities. ...

"A mostly African American coalition delivered Initiative 1000 to the Legislature in January. This fall, a diverse coalition of business, labor and advocacy organizations, known as the Washington Fairness coalition, campaigned to protect the law from repeal."

The affirmative action vote more than 20 years ago was "emotional and highly charged," The Seattle Times notes, adding that Tuesday's vote in essence served as a new "barometer for feelings about the state of equity and discrimination."

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15 Killed In Deadliest Attack To Hit Thailand's Restive South In Years

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Gunmen opened fire on security forces and civilian volunteers at a checkpoint in Thailand's restive south on Tuesday night, killing at least 15 people in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack in the region in years.

More than 7,000 people have been killed since a separatist rebellion started in southern Thailand in 2004, according to Deep South Watch, which monitors violence there. The region is predominantly Muslim and was annexed from Malaysia by Buddhist-majority Thailand more than 100 years ago.

"This is likely the work of the insurgents," Col. Pramote Prom-in, a military regional security spokesman, told Reuters.

The floor of the checkpoint was soaked in blood and the walls covered in bullet holes, as forensic police combed through the grisly debris Wednesday morning. Most of the dead were village defense force volunteers in Yala Province, as reporter Michael Sullivan told NPR from Chiang Rai, Thailand. At least five other people were wounded

Security officials say the unidentified attackers tried to make it difficult for victims to escape and for rescue workers and security backup to get to the scene. "The insurgents scattered road spikes, set fire to tyres, felled a tree and bombed a power pole to obstruct pursuit," the Bangkok Post reported.

About 10 gunmen sneaked through a rubber plantation in Yala Province to approach the checkpoint, according to the newspaper. During the attack, they stole "an assault rifle, two shotguns and five pistols from the checkpoint victims."

Army spokesman Col. Kiattisak Neewong told The Associated Press that officials recovered bloody clothes at the scene, a sign that some of the attackers may have been wounded. Four of the people killed were women and one was a doctor, according to the spokesman.

There were also reports of a second checkpoint attack on the same night, according to the Post, though nobody was reported to have been injured there.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has vowed to better protect these volunteer forces at checkpoints, according to the AP, saying Tuesday night's attack could be an indication that rebels are planning to target them more frequently.

"Normally the insurgents don't hit these village volunteers because they are considered civilians, unless they [cross] the line and become part of state apparatus," Don Pathan, an expert on southern Thailand, told Reuters.

The rebels are seeking greater autonomy or even independence in southern Thailand. "The southern provinces are among the country's poorest and least developed," as Sullivan reported over a decade ago, soon after the violence started. "Many Muslims in the south say that's no accident. They accuse Bangkok of systematic neglect and discrimination."

It's not clear which group carried out this attack, though the attack is similar in style to others carried out by the separatist group Barisan Revolusi Nasional, the BBC reported.

Since 2013, the number of violent incidents per month in the south has slowly ratcheted downward, as has the number of dead or injured, according to data from Deep South Watch.

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Liberty Media rechazó comprar Indianápolis y la IndyCar por el precio

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Apenas han pasado 48 horas, pero el impacto y las ramificaciones del anuncio siguen coleando, aún cuando todavía se desconocen detalles cruciales, o los cambios que implicará en el futuro inmediato y posterior. Hace menos de 48 horas que Roger Penske añadió de forma pública a su amplio curriculum como empresario de éxito y jefe del equipo de carreras más exitoso de los Estados Unidos, el de dueño del Indianápolis Motor Speedway y de la IndyCar Series. Pero esa distinción bien podría haber recaído en manos muy diferentes.

Tal y como Tony George y Penske se encargaron de comunicar a los medios el lunes, el acuerdo entre ambas partes se cerró en apenas seis semanas, después de que el propio George contactase directamente con Penske en Laguna Seca durante la prueba final de la temporada 2019 acerca de la posibilidad de asumir el rol de "guardián" de los activos de Hulman & Company al hacerse con la propiedad de los mismos. Dos correos electrónicos y varias reuniones después, la primera solo seis días después con Penske disponiendo "miles de páginas con la debida diligencia", la transacción más importante del automovilismo americano en muchas décadas quedó completada. 

Pero la elección del término "guardián" no es en absoluto casual o decorativa, ya que eso es lo que Penske supone a los ojos de su antiguo mandamás. Según una información de Associated Press, la familia inició el proceso de venta poco después de la muerte de la matriarca Mari Hulman George el pasado mes de noviembre, y el banco de inversión al que se encargó la búsqueda de un comprador les conectó con Liberty Media, la compañía de medios de comunicación en masa propietaria de la Fórmula 1, como primer comprador potencial, algo que Tony George no veía con buenos ojos.

Al contrario que sus tres hermanos, cuya principal prioridad era canjear los activos de la compañía a la mayor celeridad posible (la empresa de levaduras Clabber Girl, fundada por la compañía en 1850, fue vendida en mayo a B&G Foods por 80 millones de dólares), George desconfiaba de la viabilidad de Liberty Media como propietaria debido a su desconocimiento de la categoría y de la tradición de Indianápolis. Según la información, Liberty Media rechazó la primera petición de 250 millones de dólares, y desistió por completo de cualquier acuerdo en cuanto se les informó que otro competidor entraría en la puja.

Ese competidor era Penske, quien era conocedor de las opciones alternativas, ya que la venta de la categoría era un secreto bien guardado en la industria desde principios de año, y su intención también era evitar que la categoría cayese en manos equivocadas, una vez fue contactado por los Hulman-George. Pero no sería el único en este periodo: la pasada semana, se rechazó una carta de crédito por valor de 250 millones de dólares de un potencial inversor individual tras comunicarle que ya era tarde para valorar su oferta, y otro grupo inversor no determinado también había expresado interés con anterioridad.

La cantidad final por la que Penske se ha hecho con el control de ambas propiedades y sus respectivas subsidiarias es objeto de disputa entre los medios encargados de reportar sobre la venta, variando entre los 300 millones de dólares que reporta Jenna Fryer de AP hasta los 2.000 millones sugeridos por Robin Miller de RACER, pasando por las "nueve cifras intermedias" que se limita a apuntar Adam Stern de Sports Business Journal, mayormente con Indianápolis como principal activo. Sea como fuere, la operación no es una suma de dinero pequeña, algo en lo que Liberty Media sí parecía estar de acuerdo.

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92-Year-Old Woman Shares Emotional Reunion with Holocaust Survivors She Helped Rescue

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During World War II, many civilians put their lives on the line to stand up for what was right. An entire people was being slaughtered before their eyes, and they had a choice: ignore what was happening and let innocent people die or intervene and risk their own lives. According to The Associated Press, Melpomeni…

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Suspect in Massacre of Nine Americans Arrested Near US Border with Hostages

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A suspect reportedly has been arrested in connection with the brutal Monday slaying of nine U.S. citizens in the Mexican province of Sonora. According to The Associated Press, the state’s Agency for Criminal Investigation revealed Tuesday that an unnamed suspect had been taken into custody in the border town of Agua Prieta — directly south…

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White nationalists seen filming at Emmett Till memorial before security alarm sends them scurrying away

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People carrying a white nationalist flag were caught on security cameras trying to film in front of a new memorial to lynching victim Emmett Till.

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Navy moved into the Associated Press college football poll rankings at No. 25, giving the AAC four ranked teams, more than all but the Big Ten and SEC.


          

Airbnb's 'party house' problem could spoil its public listing. Here's why its new rules to stop the rowdy blowouts might not even work.

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Add one more "risk factor" to the upcoming prospectus Airbnb will release when it makes its stock market debut next year: Party houses.

The home-sharing service has built a booming business by making it easy for anyone to rent their homes to vacationers or business travelers looking for an alternative to a hotel. But the instant and easy access to homes has also caught the notice of teens and others looking for a place to throw wild parties. 

Last month, one of these party house rentals turned tragic when a shooting at an Orinda, Calif home left five people dead. As many as 100 people were at the house for a Halloween party, despite an explicit ban by the homeowner on renting the home for parties, according to the Associated Press.

The incident set off a furor and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has vowed to crack down on the problem, unveiling new verification and support policies Wednesday that he said would stop "bad actors" from abusing the trust the business has established with users.

But the policy changes are largely reactionary, coming after numerous problems at Airbnb party houses over the years. And many people that Business Insider spoke to were skeptical that the new rules would do much to actually stop Airbnb party houses.

"I think it's great that Airbnb is taking some action to rein in the most extreme cases of so-called party houses. But it should not have taken a multiple homicide incident for that to happen," University of Texas assistant professor Jake Wegmann told Business Insider. Wegmann's research focuses on the impact of short-term rentals on local real estate, and he published one of the landmark studies in 2016 that found the existence of Airbnb in San Francisco increased market rents. 

As Airbnb, which has been valued as high as $31 billion by private investors, moves closer to a public listing, its party problem has become a high-priority.

Verification, refunds, and high-risk reservations

The new rules laid out by Chesky involve four key changes:

  • Verification of all 7 million Airbnb listings to ensure the site listing is an accurate representation of the rental.
  • Rebooking or refunding guests who book locations that are not up to the new verification standards.
  • A 24/7 hotline and prominent customer support phone number for guests and neighbors near Airbnb listings.
  • Screening of reservations that are deemed "high-risk" to deter unauthorized parties.

In addition, Airbnb said it has hired two former law enforcement officials as advisors to help the company combat the range of abuses and problems that can occur with short-term home rentals. 

According to American Family Voices president Mike Lux, the home rental startup rewards absentee property owners that have limited interest in screening guests. American Family Voices sponsored the anti-Airbnb advocacy group Airbnb Watch, which chronicles Airbnb's negative impacts on local neighborhoods and real estate. 

"I don't exactly understand honestly what they are doing with that rule," Lux said. "They are making a lot of noise about it, but I don't know how they are going to enforce it."

A homeowner renting a basement out on the weekends is incentivized to screen potential guests, Lux explained, but a real estate "speculator" with multiple units is incentivized to get as many guests in each unit as possible to maximize profits. This is what leads to so-called party houses, and until hosts feel the pressure from Airbnb, they will continue to operate in their own interests, Lux said.

"I do know that ultimately the problem isn't solved unless you stop multi-unit operators," Lux said. "That's what will stop this wild party house problem. They need to monitor hosts and guests better, and they should take more responsibility when something goes wrong."

In the case of the Orinda house, it's unclear whether the new policies would have stopped the unauthorized party. According to the Associated Press, the unit had been rented by a woman who claimed her family members were concerned about health effects of the nearby wildfires in Sonoma County. The owner, Michael Wang, had received multiple citations from city officials for exceeding the home's capacity in the past according to The San Francisco Chronicle, but it's not clear whether Wang owned multiple rentals in California's Bay Area. 

According to Lux's group, there have been more than 30 news reports about violent incidents at Airbnb parties in recent months, including shootings at similar "party houses" in St. Paul, Minn., and Los Angeles, Calif. and other cities. 

Just weeks before the Orinda incident, a woman was shot in the arm in Arizona at an Airbnb house party, according to the Phoenix Fox television station. In May, an 18-year old was shot at a party in a Seattle home that had been rented on Airbnb, according to local media.

The Orinda Police Department couldn't comment on the specifics of the case as the search for the shooter is still ongoing. Airbnb has a contentious relationship with its hometown, inspiring legislation from San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos to fine the company $1,000 each day for unregistered listings. The company settled with the city in 2017 after a lengthy public fight to repeal the regulation.

"Three years ago, we said the law being passed, which was written by Airbnb, won't work because there was no skin in the game in terms of enforcement," Campos told the New York Times in 2017. of this city's relationship to Airbnb.

Going public in the face of local scrutiny

Airbnb has clashed with local governments before, and has continuously fought local legislation that sought to limit the company's influence or applied short-term rental restrictions and taxes at city or county levels. On Tuesday, the company suffered a stinging defeat in New Jersey as voters overwhelmingly approved stricter regulations for short-term rentals, legislation that Airbnb publicly opposed, according to the New York Times.

The company's relationship with local governments will be critical as Airbnb tries to sell itself to public investors. Airbnb has said it plans to list its shares on the stock market by 2020, either through a traditional IPO or direct listing.

At a time when other richly valued startups like Uber and Lyft have struggled in the public markets, Airbnb will face significant scrutiny around its business prospects and the various risks it faces.

"Surely this casts light on the need by potential investors to fully understand what, if any, liability issues this or any other 'bad behavior' on the part of renters raises for the company," IPO consultant and financial advisor Lise Buyer told Business Insider.

For Lux, the Airbnb critic, it comes down to the company taking responsibility. 

"If you put up a mega-platform like this that allows people to do business in this way, you absolutely have to take responsibility as a company," Lux told Business Insider. "You can't let pure libertarianism run amok. That can't be the way society operates."

SEE ALSO: A Silicon Valley VC is handing out 'Free Hong Kong' shirts at Golden State Warriors games and calling out other tech leaders for taking Chinese money while staying silent

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Republican Lt. Gov. Reeves wins Mississippi governor's race

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his victory speech after winning the Mississippi governor's seat at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 5, 2019. Reeves defeated his Democratic opponent Jim Hood, winning 52.32% of the vote.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Republicans are keeping their hold on the governorship in Mississippi, despite facing the best-funded Democrat to run for the position in more than a decade.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns.

Reeves will succeed Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by state law to two terms.

"I want to be the governor for all Mississippians and I'm going to work hard every day to do that," Reeves told The Associated Press after his victory.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both traveled to Mississippi in recent days to campaign for Reeves, who is completing his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as the elected state treasurer.

"President Trump's rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory," Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. "Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low."

Trump also congratulated Reeves, tweeting: "Great going Tate!"

Reeves, 45, campaigned on keeping taxes low and limiting government regulation of businesses. He also said that a vote for Hood is akin to a vote for "liberal" national Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Hood, 57, is finishing his fourth term as attorney general. For three of those terms, he has been the only Democrat holding statewide office in Mississippi.

Hood was district attorney before winning statewide office, and he told supporters at a party late Tuesday that "the good Lord" has allowed him to serve the people of Mississippi. "I guess it was not his will that we continue on as governor," Hood said.

Hood's high-profile gubernatorial race came four years after the party's nominee was Robert Gray, a long-haul truck driver who didn't vote for himself in the primary, raised little money and lost the general election by a wide margin.

Hood this year campaigned on improving schools and highways and on expanding Medicaid to the working poor. Expansion is an option under the federal health overhaul signed into law in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama. Mississippi is among the 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid, a decision that Hood said has cost the state $1 billion a year in federal money.

Hood did not invite national Democratic figures to the state to campaign for him in person, but Obama recorded a call that went to some Mississippi residents Monday, urging people to vote for Hood.

Republicans have been governor in Mississippi for 24 of the last 28 years. The last Democratic governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost in 2003 as he sought a second term.


          

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Responding to the Hong Kong protests

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By Mike Poteet

A controversial tweet

In early October, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted a simple image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” This tweet, which would seem innocuous to many in the United States, drew immediate and sustained backlash from both Chinese officials and businesses due to the complicated, contentious relationship between China and Hong Kong, a semiautonomous territory that, unlike mainland China, operates as a limited democracy with a capitalist economy.

According to the Associated Press, the Chinese consulate in Houston expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the team following Morey’s tweet; and both Chinese state television and Tencent, a streaming media company with whom the NBA recently signed a $1.5 billion deal, announced they wouldn’t show Rockets games.

Yet the protests that have taken place in Hong Kong this summer and fall hold far more significance than the relationship between the NBA and China. That they should have any impact at all on something as far afield as pro sports only underscores their significance and the serious political crisis they represent. 

Months of protest

According to a New York Times article from last June, the protests initially arose in opposition to a bill considered by Hong Kong’s legislative body, the Legislative Council. The bill would have allowed the territory to extradite criminal suspects to jurisdictions with which it has no formal extradition treaty, including mainland China.

Observers warned that the Chinese government could use the bill to exert increased pressure on Hong Kong. “If enacted, this law would extend the ability of the Mainland authorities to target critics, human rights activists, journalist[s], NGO workers and anyone else in Hong Kong, much in the same way they do at home,” stated Man-Kei Tam, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

On June 9, more than a million people marched in opposition to the bill — nearly one of every seven Hong Kongers and the biggest public protest Hong Kong had seen since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014. A New York Times video shows that police used tear gas against protesters on June 12, along with pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, after a small number of protesters threw objects at them. Anger over the police response inspired even larger protests on June 16, when as many as two million people came together in the largest protest in Hong Kong’s history.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief executive, withdrew the extradition bill in early September, but the withdrawal wasn’t enough to bring protests to an end. One commonly heard chant — “Five demands, not one less” — refers to the protesters’ aims. The first was the withdrawal of the extradition bill; the others include (1) no more descriptions of the protests as “riots,” (2) unconditional release and amnesty for arrested protesters, (3) independent inquiry into police behavior, and (4) full and genuine democracy.

Throughout the summer and into autumn, protests continued and were increasingly marked by violent confrontations between demonstrators and police. On October 1 — a holiday that marked the 70th anniversary of the Communist state founded in 1949 — police shot a protester with live ammunition for the first time.

CNBC reported that on October 4, Lam invoked emergency powers and banned face masks at all public gatherings, claiming the move would deter violence because demonstrators cannot conceal their identities. (Many protesters wear masks and respirators to guard against tear gas.) The ban provoked a fresh wave of fiery protests. Lam’s critics worry what further actions might follow and how those actions might weaken Hong Kong’s special status, which they believe China has been steadily eroding. 

Mixed U.S. responses

In mid-October, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It would require the State Department to certify every year “whether Hong Kong remains sufficiently autonomous from Beijing [China] to justify its unique treatment,” as quoted in The Washington Post. This unique treatment includes exemptions from tariffs and other U.S. laws that apply to all other Chinese exports. If the bill clears the Senate, where it has bipartisan support, it would need President Trump’s signature to become law.

Publicly, Trump hasn’t spoken much about the protests, but the Financial Times reports that he promised Chinese president Xi Jinping that the United States would “tone down criticism of Beijing’s approach” in order to revive trade talks. However, at the United Nations in September, Trump called on China to honor its commitment to “protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life,” adding, “We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader,” as quoted in Vox.

Some American businesses find themselves caught between democratic ideals and the pursuit of profit. The NBA, for instance, forced Daryl Morey to apologize for his tweet, then issued its own apology while simultaneously trying to defend free speech, a response that pleased neither Chinese officials nor many US observers. Meanwhile, Apple pulled a map app from its digital store that protesters had been using to track police movement, and shoe company Vans pulled the top vote-getter in a sneaker design competition because the design depicted the protests. 

Christian response

“The Chinese Communist Party may be the greatest existential threat to the Hong Kong church,” notes Christianity Today. Nevertheless, about 900,000 Hong Kongers (almost 12%) are Christian, and Christians enjoy more freedom in Hong Kong than believers in mainland China.

Several church organizations in Hong Kong expressed concern about the extradition bill while calling for restraint and peace from protesters. According to a United Methodist News Service article, the ecumenical Hong Kong Christian Council issued a statement urging the reopening of now-closed public spaces for peaceful demonstration, restraint from using force on the part of police, and dialogue and “rational discussion” between the government and protesters.

Many Christians in Hong Kong have joined the protests themselves. In late August, the first large-scale rally specifically for Christians drew thousands. Its motto was “Salt and light, for justice we walk together.” Attendees formed part of a human chain stretching for more than 21 miles and sang the hymn “Sing Alleluia to the Lord,” which quickly became an unofficial “anthem” for the Hong Kong protests — partly because religious gatherings are exempt from Hong Kong legislation regulating public assemblies.

For believers who choose to participate in the protests, taking to the streets to defend their civil liberties and advocate for greater freedom is an expression of how they understand the gospel. Andrea Wong, an 18-year-old protester, told The New York Times, “I am very certain that Jesus would not have stayed home enjoying the air-conditioning. He would have been out here helping people and marching.”


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AP Top 25: Navy Gives AAC 4 Teams, 3rd-Most By Conference

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Navy moved into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 25, giving the American Athletic Conference four ranked teams, more than all but the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference.

With nine ranked teams off this weekend, including four of the top five, there was little movement throughout the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. LSU is No. 1 for a second consecutive week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers and Crimson Tide on Saturday will play the first regular-season 1-2 game since the same two did it in 2011.

Navy joins fellow AAC members No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 19 Memphis and No. 23 SMU in the Top 25. Four ranked teams matches a high for the 7-year-old American, which was born from the collapse of the Big East.

Ohio State is No. 3 as the margin among the top three teams widened a bit after last week’s historically close vote. The first-place vote distribution stayed the same. The Tigers received 1,479 points and 17 first-place votes, Alabama had 1,472 points and 21 first places, and Ohio State got 1,467 points and 17 firsts. No. 4 Clemson received the other seven first-place votes and Penn State remained No. 5.

Georgia jumped two spots to No. 6 after beating Florida in the weekend’s biggest game. The Gators slipped four spots to No. 10.

POLL POINTS

The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings come out Tuesday night.

Since the selection committee started ranking teams around this point in the season, only last year did it have the same four teams in the top as the AP poll that was released two days earlier. And never has the first CFP rankings’ first four matched the preceding AP top four.

Top fours in order:

2014

AP: Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn

CFP: Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi

2015

AP: Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson, LSU

CFP: Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama

2016

AP: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington

CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M

2017

AP: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Wisconsin

CFP: Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson

2018

AP: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU

CFP: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame

OUT

Appalachian State was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. The Sun Belt Conference’s lone representative lost for the first time this season, falling at home to Georgia Southern on Thursday.

CONFERENCE CALL

The American also had four ranked teams on Nov. 8, 2015 (Houston, Temple, Navy, Memphis). The Midshipmen are ranked for the first time since 2017 and already have more than doubled their win total from last season’s disappointing 3-9 finish.

Big Ten — 6 (Nos. 3, 5, 13, 14, 16, 19)

SEC — 5 (Nos. 1, 2, 6, 10, 12)

American — 4 (Nos. 17, 19, 23, 25)

Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 9, 11, 20)

ACC — 2 (Nos. 4, 22)

Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 7, 8)

Mountain West — 2 (Nos. 21, 24)

Independent — 1 (No. 15)

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama. A playoff eliminator? Or is this just for seeding?

No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota. Coach P.J. Fleck’s unbeaten Gophers could row the boat right into playoff contention.

No. 19 Iowa at No. 18 Wisconsin. Huge game in the Big Ten West.

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The death of Blackberry, FINALLY!

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According to the Associated Press, Research in Motion, makers of the Blackberry smartphone, have announced a $995 million quarterly loss ending in June of this year. A billion dollars in three months means that, for every day of the period, the company lost about $463,000 an hour. Yes, $128 per second non-stop around the clock [Read more]
          

Indagato un membro dei BTS per un incidente stradale: Jungkook ammette l’errore

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Uno dei membri della band K-Pop BTS, il ventiduenne Jungkook, è stato indagato a seguito di un incidente autostradale con un autista di taxi. Stando a quanto scritto dall'Associated Press, che riporta l'agenzia del cantante, nessuno dei due membri coinvolti ha subito particolari ferite, ma il cantante ha ammesso la colpa.
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Grupo advierte que aumenta la desinformación en Facebook

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Un grupo que rastrea la información errónea advirtió el miércoles que ha detectado un aumento de noticias políticas falsas compartidas en Facebook antes de las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos en 2020.

El grupo, Avaaz, encontró que la desinformación viral todavía se sigue difundiendo en la red social a pesar de las medidas que Facebook ha puesto en marcha desde las elecciones norteamericanas de 2016. Los investigadores dieron seguimiento a las 100 noticias falsas más compartidas entre el 1 de enero y el 1 de octubre de este año. 

Las noticias falsas rastreadas fueron verificadas y desmentidas por los asociados de Facebook, entre ellos The Associated Press.

El grupo descubrió que, en conjunto, las noticias falsas se publicaron más de 2,3 millones de veces y que se calcula que tuvieron 158,9 millones de visitas, junto con 8,9 millones de 'Me gusta', comentarios y otras reacciones. Las noticias falsas apuntaban a los dos principales partidos políticos de Estados Unidos, pero Avaaz dijo que la mayoría estaban en contra de los demócratas y los liberales.

La mayoría de las fuentes de noticias falsas eran usuarios individuales o páginas políticas no oficiales. Avaaz, un grupo de defensa en línea de tendencia izquierdista, dijo que las noticias falsas que encontró difundiéndose incluso después de haber sido desacreditadas incluían una que afirmaba erróneamente que el abuelo del presidente Donald Trump era un proxeneta y un evasor de impuestos, y que su padre fue miembro del Ku Klux Klan. Se calcula que esa noticia falsa tuvo 29 millones de vistas. Otra información que afirmaba falsamente que la representante demócrata Ilhan Omar asistió a un campamento de entrenamiento de Al Qaeda tenía unas 770.000 vistas.

Facebook no respondió de momento a una solicitud de comentarios sobre el informe, publicado a última hora del martes.

Avaaz dijo en el reporte que los hallazgos son la 'punta del iceberg de la desinformación' antes de las elecciones de 2020.

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Thursday's Briefing: Smoke from Kincade Fire could reach the Bay Area on Friday; Protesters arrested at OUSD meeting

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1. The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has now consumed roughly 15 square miles of land near Geyserville, prompting evacuations, the Associated Press reports.…
          

Airbnb's 'party house' problem could spoil its public listing. Here's why its new rules to stop the rowdy blowouts might not even work.

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Add one more "risk factor" to the upcoming prospectus Airbnb will release when it makes its stock market debut next year: Party houses.

The home-sharing service has built a booming business by making it easy for anyone to rent their homes to vacationers or business travelers looking for an alternative to a hotel. But the instant and easy access to homes has also caught the notice of teens and others looking for a place to throw wild parties. 

Last month, one of these party house rentals turned tragic when a shooting at an Orinda, Calif home left five people dead. As many as 100 people were at the house for a Halloween party, despite an explicit ban by the homeowner on renting the home for parties, according to the Associated Press.

The incident set off a furor and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has vowed to crack down on the problem, unveiling new verification and support policies Wednesday that he said would stop "bad actors" from abusing the trust the business has established with users.

But the policy changes are largely reactionary, coming after numerous problems at Airbnb party houses over the years. And many people that Business Insider spoke to were skeptical that the new rules would do much to actually stop Airbnb party houses.

"I think it's great that Airbnb is taking some action to rein in the most extreme cases of so-called party houses. But it should not have taken a multiple homicide incident for that to happen," University of Texas assistant professor Jake Wegmann told Business Insider. Wegmann's research focuses on the impact of short-term rentals on local real estate, and he published one of the landmark studies in 2016 that found the existence of Airbnb in San Francisco increased market rents. 

As Airbnb, which has been valued as high as $31 billion by private investors, moves closer to a public listing, its party problem has become a high-priority.

Verification, refunds, and high-risk reservations

The new rules laid out by Chesky involve four key changes:

  • Verification of all 7 million Airbnb listings to ensure the site listing is an accurate representation of the rental.
  • Rebooking or refunding guests who book locations that are not up to the new verification standards.
  • A 24/7 hotline and prominent customer support phone number for guests and neighbors near Airbnb listings.
  • Screening of reservations that are deemed "high-risk" to deter unauthorized parties.

In addition, Airbnb said it has hired two former law enforcement officials as advisors to help the company combat the range of abuses and problems that can occur with short-term home rentals. 

According to American Family Voices president Mike Lux, the home rental startup rewards absentee property owners that have limited interest in screening guests. American Family Voices sponsored the anti-Airbnb advocacy group Airbnb Watch, which chronicles Airbnb's negative impacts on local neighborhoods and real estate. 

"I don't exactly understand honestly what they are doing with that rule," Lux said. "They are making a lot of noise about it, but I don't know how they are going to enforce it."

A homeowner renting a basement out on the weekends is incentivized to screen potential guests, Lux explained, but a real estate "speculator" with multiple units is incentivized to get as many guests in each unit as possible to maximize profits. This is what leads to so-called party houses, and until hosts feel the pressure from Airbnb, they will continue to operate in their own interests, Lux said.

"I do know that ultimately the problem isn't solved unless you stop multi-unit operators," Lux said. "That's what will stop this wild party house problem. They need to monitor hosts and guests better, and they should take more responsibility when something goes wrong."

In the case of the Orinda house, it's unclear whether the new policies would have stopped the unauthorized party. According to the Associated Press, the unit had been rented by a woman who claimed her family members were concerned about health effects of the nearby wildfires in Sonoma County. The owner, Michael Wang, had received multiple citations from city officials for exceeding the home's capacity in the past according to The San Francisco Chronicle, but it's not clear whether Wang owned multiple rentals in California's Bay Area. 

According to Lux's group, there have been more than 30 news reports about violent incidents at Airbnb parties in recent months, including shootings at similar "party houses" in St. Paul, Minn., and Los Angeles, Calif. and other cities. 

Just weeks before the Orinda incident, a woman was shot in the arm in Arizona at an Airbnb house party, according to the Phoenix Fox television station. In May, an 18-year old was shot at a party in a Seattle home that had been rented on Airbnb, according to local media.

The Orinda Police Department couldn't comment on the specifics of the case as the search for the shooter is still ongoing. Airbnb has a contentious relationship with its hometown, inspiring legislation from San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos to fine the company $1,000 each day for unregistered listings. The company settled with the city in 2017 after a lengthy public fight to repeal the regulation.

"Three years ago, we said the law being passed, which was written by Airbnb, won't work because there was no skin in the game in terms of enforcement," Campos told the New York Times in 2017. of this city's relationship to Airbnb.

Going public in the face of local scrutiny

Airbnb has clashed with local governments before, and has continuously fought local legislation that sought to limit the company's influence or applied short-term rental restrictions and taxes at city or county levels. On Tuesday, the company suffered a stinging defeat in New Jersey as voters overwhelmingly approved stricter regulations for short-term rentals, legislation that Airbnb publicly opposed, according to the New York Times.

The company's relationship with local governments will be critical as Airbnb tries to sell itself to public investors. Airbnb has said it plans to list its shares on the stock market by 2020, either through a traditional IPO or direct listing.

At a time when other richly valued startups like Uber and Lyft have struggled in the public markets, Airbnb will face significant scrutiny around its business prospects and the various risks it faces.

"Surely this casts light on the need by potential investors to fully understand what, if any, liability issues this or any other 'bad behavior' on the part of renters raises for the company," IPO consultant and financial advisor Lise Buyer told Business Insider.

For Lux, the Airbnb critic, it comes down to the company taking responsibility. 

"If you put up a mega-platform like this that allows people to do business in this way, you absolutely have to take responsibility as a company," Lux told Business Insider. "You can't let pure libertarianism run amok. That can't be the way society operates."

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Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'

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  • Bill Gates addressed his ties to Jeffrey Epstein on Wednesday, saying that he "made a mistake in judgement" by associating with the convicted sex offender.
  • It was the first time Gates has spoken publicly on his relationship to Epstein since a New York Times report last month revealed that the Microsoft cofounder met with Epstein multiple times despite his past.
  • Gates said he thought affiliating with Epstein would encourage the financier to commit money to global health initiatives, but that the money never materialized.
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Bill Gates apologized on Wednesday for his association with financier Jeffrey Epstein, making his first public statements since news surfaced that he had met with Epstein, a convicted sex offender, more often than previously believed.

"I made a mistake in judgment in thinking those discussions would go to global health ... that money never appeared," Gates said during a panel discussion hosted by The New York Times Dealbook series.

"And I gave him benefit of my association," Gates said.

The Microsoft cofounder has maintained that he believed meeting with Epstein would lead to investments in charities supported by Gates, who along with his wife, runs one of the world's largest philanthropic organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates had previously waffled on his association with Epstein. In September, he distanced himself from Epstein, telling The Wall Street Journal that he "didn't have any business relationship or friendship with him."

But a New York Times investigation published in October found that Gates met with Epstein multiple times after Epstein's conviction in 2011, including at least three meetings at Epstein's Manhattan townhouse. Following the publication of that story, a spokesperson for Gates said he regretted the association, but Gates himself hadn't publicly addressed it until Wednesday afternoon. 

Gates isn't the only tech mogul with ties to Epstein — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk each met with Epstein at least once, years after after Epstein was convicted.

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Trump-world is still determined to out the Ukraine whistleblower, but it’s too late for it to matter

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  • President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress continue to focus on outing the whistleblower who filed a complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry.
  • Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and Sen. Rand Paul has said he will "probably" say the name publicly.
  • But the whistleblower's identity is not relevant. The impeachment inquiry has gathered evidence that corroborates the whistleblower complaint and goes well beyond it.
  • If Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor, of which there's no evidence, they're too late.
  • "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions," a legal expert told Insider.
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President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have relentlessly sought to unmask the anonymous US intelligence official behind the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry, despite the fact that it's irrelevant at this point.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and was excoriated by the whistleblower's legal representation as a consequence.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul last Thursday shared an article via Twitter with unconfirmed details about who the whistleblower is and called for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed to testify under oath about "Hunter Biden and corruption."

Paul hasn't stopped in these efforts in the days since, and alongside Trump at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday called on the media to print the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower. On Tuesday, Paul told reporters he would "probably" out the whistleblower himself.

"I'm more than willing to and I probably will at some point," Paul said. "There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name."

But naming anyone as the whistleblower, whether true or not, could place that person in serious danger. And the public disclosure of the whistleblower's identity would not undermine the mounting slew of damning evidence against the president.

The whistleblower complaint has been corroborated by multiple witnesses in testimony to House lawmakers, and some of its details have been publicly confirmed by the president even as he's referred to the complaint as "fictitious." 

The House took a historic step last Thursday in passing a resolution that formalized the impeachment inquiry and signaled the process will begin to transition into a more public phase. Republicans have for weeks complained about the process and the closed-door interviews with witnesses, and they're now gradually shifting into focusing more on the whistleblower's identity as they struggle to defend the president against the substance of the inquiry

But if Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor — they're too late.

'The reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant'

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

With the trove of information that's been gathered as the Ukraine scandal has gained speed, the impeachment inquiry has gone well beyond the complaint that catalyzed it. At this point, the whistleblower's part in this escalating political drama has largely been played out. 

As the whistleblower's lawyers — Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid — put it in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week: "As each allegation in the complaint is substantiated by new witnesses, the president and his supporters remain fanatically devoted to bringing our client into the spotlight. But the reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant."

Bakaj and Zaid added that much of what's been disclosed since the complaint was released in late September "actually exceeds the whistleblower's knowledge of what transpired at the time the complaint was submitted." The attorneys said their client has "no additional information" and therefore there's "no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow."

Bakaj and Zaid reiterated they've notified both the House and Senate intelligence committees that the whistleblower is willing to answer questions in writing and under oath.

The evidence against Trump is damning, but Republicans aren't done defending him

The whistleblower complaint centers around a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in relation to the latter's work for a Ukrainian natural gas company. There's no evidence of illegal activity on the part of either Biden.

Trump and his allies have dismissed the complaint as hearsay, given it was based off second-hand information. But a memo willingly released by the White House confirms that Trump pressured Zelensky in this way, and Trump has publicly admitted it. And a top national security aide who was on the July 25 call, Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, testified to House lawmakers that he was so alarmed by what transpired he repeatedly expressed concern with his superiors.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, to appear before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform joint interview with the transcript to be part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Additionally, multiple witnesses have provided testimony to House lawmakers that's corroborated the existence of some form of a quid pro quo involving roughly $400 million in military aid in Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. These witnesses include current and former members of the Trump administration, as well as decorated US military veterans and career diplomats.

Evidence of a quid pro quo has also come via a trove of text messages provided to the House by Trump's former special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and public statements from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (though he later walked back on those remarks). 

But none of these factors have stopped Republicans from speculating about the identity of the whistleblower and pushing for public testimony.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of Trump, last Tuesday indicated that he has questions about the whistleblower's motives. Jordan told reporters: "It's tough to determine someone's credibility if you can't put them under oath and ask them questions."

The same day, Trump once again tweeted: "Where's The Whistleblower?" The president has repeatedly tweeted about this, and on Monday demanded that the the whistleblower be "brought forward to testify."

Trump, who never did an in-person interview as part of the Russia investigation and only submitted written answers, also rejected the offer for written testimony from the whistleblower. 

'The whistleblower is not the story'

Bradley P. Moss, a national security lawyer and partner at Zaid's law firm, on Friday told Insider these efforts from Republicans are an "irresponsible political deflection" and "beneath the dignity of the offices these lawmakers hold."

Moss added: "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions, and specifically whether that conduct merits invocation of the constitutional remedy of impeachment or not."

Congressional Democrats have also raised alarm and slammed Republicans for seeking to out the whistleblower. 

Last week, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell told reporters: "We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren't interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower."

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The defense secretary begged Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminals

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  • Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked by a "Fox & Friends" report Monday that President Donald Trump planned to intervene in three war crimes cases by Veteran's Day.
  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged Trump Tuesday not to intervene.
  • Included in the information packet will be the details of each case, as well as arguments that in none of the cases were the accused troops acting out of patriotism, as Trump suggested.
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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters he has urged President Donald Trump not to intervene in the cases of three members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes.

"I had a robust discussion with the president yesterday and I offered — as I do in all matters — the facts, the options, my advice, the recommendations and we'll see how things play out," Esper told press Wednesday.

Three defense officials told CNN that the Pentagon would send an information package to the president explaining why he should not intervene in the cases of former Army Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, a Green Beret, and Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher. The officials told CNN that the information would be delivered as soon as possible; administration officials had told CNN that Esper planned to discuss his concerns with Trump before Veterans' Day on Nov. 11. 

Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked by a "Fox & Friends" report Monday that Trump planned to intervene in the cases. He has tweeted about the war crimes allegations, saying, "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder charges, but found guilty of taking a photo with a slain ISIS fighter; Lorance is currently a 19-year sentence for murder; and Golsteyn is awaiting court-martial on murder charges.

Pentagon officials are concerned that Trump doesn't understand the gravity of the crimes Gallagher, Lorance, and Golsteyn were convicted or accused of, or the potential effects his intervention could have on military justice. 

Included in the information packet were the details of each case, as well as arguments that in none of the cases were the troops acting out of patriotism, as Trump appears to believe, and recommendations that Trump should follow the recommendations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice — with the acknowledgement that the final decision is up to the president. Esper also told reporters on Wednesday that he has "full confidence in the military justice system."

'Undermining the authority of command'

Trump has been heavily involved in the case of  Gallagher, who was accused of killing a teenage ISIS captive, as well as shooting at Iraqi civilians, both war crimes. He was acquitted of those charges in a military court, after the prosecution impugned its own witness and surveilled the defense without a warrant. Another SEAL testified to killing the young ISIS fighter; Gallagher was found guilty of posing for a photo with his body and demoted. 

Trump has also gotten involved in the cases of Lorance and Golsteyn. He has ordered that charges against both be reviewed; Lorance is serving a 19-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas for ordering an enlisted soldier in his platoon to fire at three Afghans on a motorcycle in 2012. Two of the men died, and Lorance was charged with murder, the Army Times reports. Lorance and his attorneys have maintained his innocence, arguing in an appeal that at least some of the men on the motorcycle had been linked to insurgent activity. 

Golsteyn's case has not yet gone to trial. He is accused of murdering an alleged Afghan bombmaker in 2010, and the Army maintains that, during a CIA polygraph test, he admitted to shooting the man, burying him, and later returning to burn the body. Golsteyn and his attorneys maintain his innocence, with one of his attorneys calling the alleged confession of Golsteyn killing an unarmed man "a fantasy." However, the Army Times reports Golsteyn did admit to a version of the events he allegedly told CIA interviewers during a Fox News interview. 

Golsteyn has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, has said that the death occurred during a mission that Golsteyn's superiors ordered. 

Should Trump intervene in the cases, the integrity of the UCMJ would be called into question, as well as the leadership of military authorities. Countries that host US troops could become more wary about the behavior of those troops, and of the military's ability to prosecute crimes, according to the officials CNN interviewed. 

"We all view this possibility as undermining the authority of command," one official told CNN.

Insider reached out to the White House and the Pentagon for comment, but did not receive a response from either by press time. 

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Forget Kentucky and Virginia, the worst election news for Republicans came out of suburban Pennsylvania

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  • Republican losses on Tuesday in Kentucky and Virginia are making headlines, but President Donald Trump should be more worried about the election results in the suburbs of Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania is a key swing state that went for Trump in 2016 and will be a central battleground state in 2020.
  • Democrats flipped suburban Delaware County, which has been controlled by Republicans since the Civil War, among other key wins in the previously Republican-dominated suburbs.
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There's been much discussion of the Republican Party's high-profile losses on Tuesday in Kentucky and Virginia, but historic GOP losses in Pennsylvania might be more concerning for the party in 2020.

The Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky's attorney general, beat the incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin, and Virginia Democrats took control of both legislative chambers in the state.

Beshear's victory had much to do with Bevin's status as one of the most unpopular governors in the country (Republicans swept other Kentucky statewide races), and Virginia's blue wave was a long time coming. Neither state will be a battleground in 2020. 

But in Pennsylvania, Republicans suffered more surprising — and potentially consequential — losses.

Democrats flipped suburban Delaware County, which has been controlled by Republicans since the Civil War. The county's five-member council, which was filled entirely by Republicans a few years ago, will now be occupied entirely by Democrats.

In Chester County, Democrats took control of the Board of Commissioners and pushed out the Republican district attorney for the first time. Democrats also took the majority of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners.

And in Philadelphia, a third-party candidate from the Working Families Party, Kendra Brooks, won a seat on the City Council reserved for the minority party. It had been held by a Republican for the past 70 years.

"We broke the GOP," Brooks said at an election-night party, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We beat the Democratic establishment ... They said a black single mom from North Philly wasn't the right person, but we have shown them that we are bigger than them."

Pennsylvania is a key swing state that went for President Donald Trump in 2016 and will be a central battleground state in 2020. Trump won the state by less than 1 percentage point — or about 44,000 votes of the more than 6 million cast — handing him Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.

Recent polling from The New York Times and Siena College found registered voters in Pennsylvania favoring former Vice President Joe Biden over Trump by 3 points, Sen. Bernie Sanders over Trump by 1 point, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren about even with the president. All the results, however, were within the poll's margin of error.

Democrats fear that Trump could again lose the popular vote by a significant margin but prevail in the Electoral College if an assortment of purple states swing in his favor in 2020.

The suburban vote is also a point of serious concern for the Republican Party. Democrats are looking to zero in on these voters, many of whom are women, moderates, and more affluent college-educated voters who went for Trump in 2016.

"Republican support in the suburbs has basically collapsed under Trump," Alex Conant, a Republican strategist, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Somehow, we need to find a way to regain our suburban support over the next year."

The trend in Virginia, where Democrats have surged in the northern part of the state and in the Richmond suburbs, also bodes poorly for Republicans, even in right-leaning suburbs.

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Crystal Lake woman among underage Juul users suing e-cigarette company

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The tag line appeared in a series of email blasts beneath a photo of a young woman with her arms crossed, loosely holding a Juul vaporizing device to her lips. The ad, playing to consumers' intelligence, bears a striking resemblance to a 1942 advertisement for Parliament cigarettes, which prided itself on its "smarter," safer filter that purported to shield smokers from harsh chemicals, according to a Stanford University study.

In the decades since President Richard Nixon banned the airing of cigarette ads, manufacturers have shifted their focus to a more discreet product that's legal to advertise and has come under fire for landing in the hands of children. One such underage consumer, a Crystal Lake teen who began using Juul products when she was 16, is among a group of consumers suing the company and its manufacturers in federal court.

“They are among the millions of youths who have been severely and negatively impacted by defendants’ campaign to promote and sell a highly addictive product as if it was safe, fun and appropriate for recreational use by young people when it is nothing of the kind,” Chicago attorney Edward Wallace wrote in the lawsuit.

The suit, filed Sept. 20 in Chicago, names five underage Juul users as plaintiffs who, according to Wallace, suffered serious health issues as a result of the company's "misleading" and "negligent" marketing campaign aimed at young people. Juul Labs, Pax Labs, and Altria Group are named as defendants. Specifically, Juul Labs is accused of using fruity- and dessert-flavored nicotine pods to target a younger demographic. The company also falsely advertised its products to minors as a "safe" alternative to traditional cigarettes, Wallace wrote.

Attempts to reach Wallace by phone were unsuccessful.

In an email Wednesday, Altria spokesman Steven Callahan called the allegations "meritless" and said Altria will seek to have the claims against them dismissed.

"Virtually all of the conduct alleged in the complaint occurred before we had any economic interest in Juul," Callahan said. "Our minority stake in Juul provides no basis for liability against Altria."

Juul originally operated under the name PAX Labs. In 2017, it was re-named Juul Labs, the lawsuit states. Altria Group owns the Marlboro cigarette brand and Philip Morris USA, the largest cigarette company in the U.S. On Dec. 20, 2018, Altria purchased a 35% stake in Juul in exchange for $12.8 billion, Wallace wrote.

Representatives from Juul Labs couldn't be reached for comment.

The suit seeks recovery for injuries, restitution for the teens' financial losses, and to halt the company’s marketing practices in the future. An amount wasn't specified.

“Defendants capitalized on the same themes ‘Big Tobacco” had used to appeal to youth decades before, including health, romance, sophistication and celebrity to market Juul Vaping Products to adolescents," Wallace wrote.

The lawsuit's allegations center around respiratory and behavioral changes in five Illinois teens who began using Juul products when they were younger than 18. Tiffany Teubert of Crystal Lake, Carter Bumbalough of Pekin, Sirenidy Perez of Carlinville, Kyle Ardelean of Lincolnwood, and Kadin Bowling of Chicago each claim to have suffered a variety of health conditions including coughing, shortness of breath and depression, as well as nicotine addictions as a result of Juul's marketing tactics.

As the number of underage Juul users continued to climb, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers that sold e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of storefronts and online sellers.

The company has stressed that the device was created for adults who want to transition from regular cigarettes. Earlier this year, as criticism of the company mounted, it committed $30 million over the next three years for independent research, youth and parent education and community engagement. It also announced a new social media policy that features adult smokers – not models – and their stories of switching to Juul.

In August 2017, Juul banned online sales to anyone younger than 21, and in April 2018 announced support for Tobacco 21 laws, the company's website shows.

The damage, however, is already done, Wallace wrote.

"In just one year, from 2017 to 2018, high school students’ use of e- cigarettes increased 78% (from 11.7% to 20.8%)," Wallace wrote, citing a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Youth Tobacco Survey. "Among middle school students, usage increased 48% during that time period (from 3.3% to 4.9%). In 2018, over 3.6 million youth used e-cigarettes."

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Protect asylum seekers on Giving Tuesday!

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Giving Tuesday is just one month away on December 3rd!

Your contribution to the National Immigrant Justice Center on Giving Tuesday will provide life-changing legal services to asylum seekers at a time of unprecedented need. You can reunite families, ensure children have lawyers, and allow people to begin safe and stable lives in the United States.

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Did you know families are still being separated at the border? With a lawyer, these parents actually have a chance to reunite with their children, win their asylum cases, and establish safe lives for themselves and their children.

The asylum process is incredibly confusing and difficult to navigate, but with a lawyer by their side, people have a real chance to establish safe lives for themselves and their families in the United States. Save the date to protect asylum seekers on Giving Tuesday, December 3!

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Learn more about NIJC's work defending asylum seekers:

NIJC attorneys and legal staff have been monitoring rights violations of asylum seekers at the border and reported back to the media. NIJC's Ashley Huebner spoke to the Associated Press from Laredo, Texas about the sham tent court hearings for asylum seekers at the border. After observing the tent courts, NIJC's Lisa Koop told NPR's Morning Edition, "if the effort is to give people a meaningful shot at seeking asylum, that's not happening in these courts."

Read in The Chicago Reader and Borderless Magazine the powerful first-hand stories from asylum seekers who recently settled in Chicago and are trying to win protection, including Gabriela, an NIJC client and mother who was separated from her son at the border and was reunited with the help of her NIJC lawyers. The piece also features NIJC's Hannah Cartwright, who represents detained individuals including asylum seekers.

We've documented all the ways in which the Trump administration has attacked the rights of asylum seekers and has tried to destroy asylum as we know it. Check out the timeline of the Trump administration's attempts to end asylum and our efforts to fight back.

 

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Judge keeps lawsuits against Purdue, its owners on hold

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A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday agreed to keep nearly 2,700 lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and hundreds more against the family members who own the company on hold until at least April so the sides can keep working toward a settlement.

A lawyer for Purdue, the maker of the highest-profile prescription opioid painkiller, told the judge that the company was agreeing to an expanded list of conditions for delaying the litigation. That includes paying into a $200 million fund intended for organizations that are combatting the opioid crisis, providing financial information for members of the Sackler family who own the company and hiring a monitor to make sure Purdue complies with the terms of any future settlement.

The company is in bankruptcy court in White Plains, New York, as part of a tentative settlement proposal it reached with about half the state attorneys general and lawyers for hundreds of local governments that are suing it.

It was one of two federal court venues where next steps were being discussed Wednesday in the ongoing litigation to address the nation's opioid crisis, an epidemic that has claimed more than 400,000 American lives since 2000.

In Cleveland, a federal judge who is overseeing claims brought by local governments, Native American tribes, hospitals and unions was trying to sort out the next steps in those cases.

U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster closed Wednesday's proceedings to the public and media. The Associated Press delivered a written request to the court asking the judge to reconsider his decision denying access, but it was denied.

Paul Farrell, one of the lead lawyers for the local governments, said Polster told the parties to identify four cases by next week to move ahead. He wants separate cases dealing with claims against manufacturers, distributors,...


          

Airline says false hijack alarm caused Dutch airport alert

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SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — An accidental hijack warning set off from the cockpit of a plane triggered a big security operation at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday night, a Spanish airline and Dutch military police said.

Air Europa said in a tweet that the scare that sent emergency services rushing to the airport was a false alarm.

The warning that triggers hijack protocols at airports "was activated, by mistake," on a plane that was bound for Madrid, the carrier tweeted. It did not say who activated the warning or how.

"Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologize," the airline said.

The Dutch military police service earlier said it was responding to a suspicious situation at the airport on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Dutch media reported that heavily armed arrest teams and other emergency service forces were deployed to the airport.

The military police said in a tweet that it followed all protocols following the alarm and would now investigate how the report of a hijack or hostage situation came from the plane's cockpit.

"The situation is now safe," airport spokesman Dennis Muller told The Associated Press. "All flights can now depart."

The local mayor responsible for the Schiphol region, Marianne Schuurmans, said it took two hours to give the all-clear signal.

"Further investigation by the military police must determine exactly what happened," Schuurmans said.

Willem Schmid, president of the Association of Dutch Pilots, said there are two ways a pilot can raise the alarm in a hijacking situation — via the plane's radio or by entering a code in its transponder, a device that communicates with air traffic control.

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Colorado voters narrowly approve legalized sports betting

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado became the 19th U.S. state to legalize some form of sports betting as election officials tallied Wednesday a surprisingly close vote in which ballots for the measure narrowly surpassed "no" votes.

More than 1.3 million Coloradans voted Tuesday on Proposition DD, a bipartisan ballot measure crafted by lawmakers that legalizes sports betting next year and taxes it to fund a state water conservation plan.

It led by a 51%-49% margin mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to unofficial returns.

Legal sports betting has spread since New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2018 allowing all 50 states to offer it. But most states have generated limited tax revenue.

An Associated Press analysis showed that seven states that reported on sports betting revenue for the fiscal year that ended in June generated just $74 million in state taxes.

Starting next May, Colorado's 33 casinos can offer in-person and online wagering on professional, collegiate, motor and Olympic sports.

The proposal calls for a 10% flat tax on net sports betting proceeds, which is estimated to total about $11 million in the next financial year that starts July 1. State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year allowing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to use that money to award grants to help meet the state's water plan.

Democratic House Majority Leader Alec Garnett is a co-sponsor of the legislation behind the measure, along with Republican House Minority Leader Patrick Neville.

Garnett and Neville cited several factors Wednesday for the close vote, including voters' rejection Tuesday of another tax measure that would have allowed the state to keep revenue it currently is obligated to refund to taxpayers.

The betting ballot language didn't help, Garnett said.

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Acting UAW head says he'll clean up corruption found by feds

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DETROIT (AP) — The acting president of the United Auto Workers said Wednesday that a corruption scandal plaguing the union will get worse before it gets better, but he's confident he can fix the mess and turn over a clean house to the next leader.

Rory Gamble, a union vice president who successfully negotiated a tentative contract with Ford, took over as acting president Saturday when President Gary Jones took a paid leave of absence.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Gamble pledged to put financial controls in place to stop the bribery and embezzlement uncovered in a widening federal investigation.

"We're going to plan for going forward and how we fix this great union," Gamble said. "Right now, that's my charge and what I came to this job to do, to make sure I hand to the next president a very clean and uncorrupted union."

Gamble, a former director of a union region based in Detroit, has a tough job to do.

Earlier Wednesday, a retired union vice president became the 13th person to be charged in the federal probe of the union and auto companies.

Joe Ashton is accused of receiving thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a contractor who made watches for union members. The 58,000 watches are still in storage five years later.

Ashton was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiring to commit money laundering. The case is filed in Detroit federal court as a "criminal information," which means a guilty plea is expected.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Ashton's lawyer, Jerry Ballarotto.

Ashton was a powerful official who headed the UAW's General Motors department. He also was a member of the GM board but resigned in 2017 after being implicated in the corruption probe.

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Correction: Fatal Plane Crashes-Average story

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a story Nov. 3 about the rate of fatal airplane crashes in Alaska, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 2 percent of the nation's population live in Alaska. That figure is about .02 percent.
          

Erdogan: Turkey Captures Slain ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi’s Wife

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The first question that comes to mind is “Which wife?” Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, plus several ex-wives, one of whom was arrested in Lebanon in 2014, and freed a year later in a prisoner swap with al-Qaida. The 2nd question is “What part did the ‘intelligence gold mine’ obtained from the capture of al-Baghdadi’s elder sister days earlier play in the wife capture?” Suzan Fraser at the Associated Press connects some dots: “The ISIS leader blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province

          

Mass murder of Mormons in Mexico

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'You need an army to defeat an army': President Trump wages WAR on Mexican drug cartels to 'wipeout monsters' after three American Mormon mothers and six of their children are EXECUTED and their bodies left in burned out SUVs

  • At least nine U.S. citizens, including six children, who live in the Mexican border state of Sonora were killed in a shooting attack Monday 
  • Rhonita Maria LeBaron, died along with her 6-month-old twins and her two other children, aged 10 and 12  
  • Christina Langford Johnson, Dawna Langford and two of Dawna's children, aged 11 and three, were also killed
  • The victims belong to the LeBaron family - a breakaway Mormon community that settled in the hills of northern Mexico decades ago 
  • At the time of the attack, 17 of the family members were traveling in three cars from the settlement 
  • According to relatives, drug cartel gunman opened fire and torched vehicles as the victims burned to death 
  • Mexico's top security official Alfonso Durazo said on Tuesday cartel gunmen may have mistaken the group's large SUVs for rival gangs 
  • Nine of the family members were slaughtered in the massacre and one child was still missing 
  • Six children were wounded in the attack and five have since been transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona 


          

Associated Press: Why Zelensky aimed for Oval Office

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The room features a couple of couches, an extremely old desk and a pair of classic wing chairs by the fireplace. But the location conveys power and instantly elevates the stature of any guest. Read more here.

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Re: 35 Reasons Why You Should Move Away From California

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Conservative Virginians have plenty of reasons to be planning their escape before the full onset of communism.

Republicans Have A Lot To Be Happy About After Tuesday’s Elections
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The bright spots are the victories of Tate Reeves as governor of Mississippi and the GOP’s statewide margins in Kentucky in all races, except the gubernatorial contest.

The mitigations are the Kentucky governor’s battle, which as of Wednesday morning the Associated Press said was too close to call, though other outlets called it for the Democrat — and the loss of both houses of the Virginia legislature for the first time in 20 years.

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Giuliani associates pursued Florida medical marijuana license. Is industry vulnerable? (Tampa Bay Times)

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In October 2016, RUDOLF WILLIAM LOUIS GIULIANI spoke to adoring crowds of misguided Americans, supporting DONALD JOHN TRUMP at our St. Augustine Amphitheater.  Alert Amphitheater Manager Ryan Murphy made sure they paid in advance by wire transfer. TRUMP has stiffed thousands of vendors as a corrupt businessman with five bankruptcies, as well as refusing to pay more than a dozen venues for rental and security.

Now we learn that several of RUDOLF GIULIANI's Soviet-born associates, LEV PARNAS and IGOR FRUMAN, under indictment in federal court in New York, were hustling to get medical marijuana licenses here in Flori-DUH. Mr. GIULIANI, you have the right to remain silent, but we wish you wouldn't. GIULINI's father served time in prison for armed robbery of a milkman. The apple does not fall far from the tree.





Giuliani associates pursued Florida medical marijuana license. Is industry vulnerable?

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Donald Trump not quite a Florida man yet. He may face audit over planned move from New York. (AP)

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Fraudfeasing "President*" DONALD JOHN TRUMP Is in for a rude awakening.  The State of New York will not take "no" for an answer, whether on criminal charges or back taxes.







In this Nov. 22, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following his teleconference with troops from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. President Donald Trump says he will be making Palm Beach his permanent residence after he leaves the White House, rather than returning to Trump Tower in New York.
In this Nov. 22, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following his teleconference with troops from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. President Donald Trump says he will be making Palm Beach his permanent residence after he leaves the White House, rather than returning to Trump Tower in New York. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Donald Trump a Florida man? Not so fast.
Despite a stinging "good riddance" tweet from New York's governor, the president's home state may not let him go to Florida without a fight.
Trump’s plan to shift his permanent residence to Palm Beach will likely be heavily scrutinized by New York state officials, who are notorious for auditing wealthy residents seeking to flee to lower-tax states to make sure such moves are real and not just on paper. Those cases can go on for years.
"New York says just because you fill out a piece of paper, that doesn't make you a Floridian," said Mark Klein, a tax lawyer who has handled hundreds of tax-residency audits. "People have this misunderstanding that if you go to Florida and fill out an affidavit, you register to vote and you get a driver's license, that is all it takes."

RELATED: Trump dumps Manhattan to make permanent home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach »

Even though it appears Trump has a strong case — he's only spent a few nights at his Trump Tower penthouse overlooking Fifth Avenue since he became president — tax experts say it's not a matter of if he will be audited but when.
"It's 100 percent he'll get audited," predicted Barry Horowitz, a tax accountant who has handled many change-of-residency cases. "There'll be a fight."
The general rule for avoiding New York taxes is to spend less than 184 days of the year in the state, but that's just the beginning. Auditors and judges could look at where his business is headquartered (also in Trump Tower), the size of his various homes, where he displays his family photos and his most valuable artwork, even where he gets his teeth cleaned.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, is the place I have come to love and will stay for, hopefully, another 5 years as we MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, but my family and I will be making Palm Beach, Florida, our Permanent Residence. I cherish New York, and the people of.....

In announcing his move in a tweet late Thursday, Trump said New York City "will always have a special place in my heart!" But despite paying "millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year," he complained, he had been "treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo quickly tweeted: "Good riddance. It's not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway..."
And then New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio chimed in, tweeting, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out" and "Deepest condolences to the good people of Florida."
Trump responded later Friday with a four-part tweet that blasted both Cuomo ("the brother of Fredo") and de Blasio, saying, "I love New York, but New York can never be great again under the current leadership."

RELATED: Who’s moving to Florida because of the new federal tax laws? »

In New York, Trump is paying a top marginal tax rate to the city and state that adds up to 12.7 percent. And because of Trump's own tax overhaul two years ago, he can no longer deduct most of those state and local taxes on his federal return.
In Florida, Trump would pay zero income taxes and zero estate taxes.

Trump is following a well-trod path of many other septuagenarian New Yorkerswho have been drawn to Florida’s year-round warmth, sunshine and low taxes. Last year alone, 63,000 New Yorkers became Florida residents.
"I think the governor of New York should take a look at his economic policies and what is happening there," said Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president. "The president is doing what many taxpayers have done and property owners have done, and that is to go to a state that is more hospitable to hard-working Americans."
For Trump, his planned move to Florida could mark the end of an era. The glittering Manhattan skyline has always been part of Trump's brand, interwoven with his brash, boastful, in-your-face style. Trump Tower, his gleaming high-rise home for decades, became a character in his 2016 presidential campaign, the site of his famous escalator ride to launch his bid and dozens of headline-grabbing events and news conferences.
But soon after Trump took office, few people around him thought it would remain his home, mostly because of the hostile reception he's gotten there. Upset with its Democratic leaders and the protests, Trump has privately raged against the city, according to three Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.


RELATED: Taxed to the hilt, more northern homebuyers are migrating to Florida »

New York City's elite never full accepted the brash, tabloid-friendly, Queens-born businessman. And it got worse after he embraced right-wing politics, particularly on immigration. The deeply diverse and Democratic city turned on him, and he only received 10 percent of the vote in Manhattan.
When the president-elect ran his presidential transition out of the Tower, aides actively explored scenarios in which Trump would return to New York most weekends. But as demonstrators clogged midtown streets, Trump, who is loath to face protesters, began to back away from the idea.
Since taking office, New York's attorney general has announced investigations into the Trump Organization, and the state Legislature has moved to obtain his tax returns, efforts that likely will not be affected by his planned move to Florida.


“If people could escape New York charges simply by moving to Florida, there would be a lot of criminals walking around Miami Beach right now,” said Duncan Levin, a New York City lawyer specializing in money laundering and fraud cases.

Trump returns to New York City on Saturday to cheer on a mixed martial arts fight. As if on cue, protests are already scheduled to pass in front of Trump Tower.

Jonathan Lemire reported for the Associated Press from Washington. Associated Press writers Michael R. Sisak in New York and Zeke Miller and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.


          

Iowa insurance group wants $22K for access to settlements

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa government insurance program under fire for spending lavishly on out-of-state travel says it would cost $22,000 for the public to see how it’s been using money to settle recent legal cases.

The Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, which provides insurance to counties, cities and other local governments, is refusing to disclose its settlement agreements without that payment.

Settlements are public under Iowa law, and The Associated Press requested those that ICAP negotiated for its members since 2018.

Board Chairman Jody Smith first claimed the settlements weren’t ICAP records, even though they release the pool from liability.

He later reversed course after AP protested. But he said it would take an employee 439 hours — more than 10 weeks of work — to find the settlements at a $50 per-hour charge.

Some ICAP members have argued the pool is too quick to settle lawsuits. One recent case involved a $250,000 payout to an arrestee whose leg was broken by an Iowa Falls officer.

After an AP investigation, ICAP board members are reconsidering their longstanding practice of having public meetings at resorts in Florida and Michigan during peak vacation times.


          

Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of parolee’s home

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DES MOINES — The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search.

The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost. The Associated Press has reported that parole officer Kari White was fired over the April 2018 search.

An investigation by the Department of Correctional Services found that White conspired with a Boone detective to search Vinnece’s home without a warrant.

Just days before he was to be released from parole.

Unlike police, parole officers can conduct home visits to check on parolees without a warrant. White, however, was not Vinnece’s parole officer and there was no need for such a check.

The search led to the discovery of drugs and Vinnece’s arrest. But the charges were dropped after a judge ruled the search was illegal.


          

Власти Италии убеждают Миттала не отказываться от Ilva

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Обеспокоенное большими потерями рабочих мест, правительство Италии пытается убедить компанию ArcelorMittal не выходить из сделки по приобретению завода на юге Италии, сообщает Associated Press

          

Trump Expands US Military Mission in Syrian Oil Fields, as Russian calls him a “Hitler”

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Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Lolita C. Baldor at the Associated Press reports that Trump has been prevailed upon by the US officer corps and national security officials to authorize some 600 troops to guard the Syrian oil fields in Deir al-Zor province, in addition to the 200 already in the Tanf pocket. Kurdish troops […]
          

Emerson Comments on DE Shaw's Presentation and Letter to Board - Associated Press

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Correction: Yemen story

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CAIRO (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about the signing of a power-sharing deal in Yemen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been in exile since 2014. He fled Yemen in 2015.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Yemen's government, separatists sign deal to stop infighting

Yemen's internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal with southern separatists backed by the UAE that aims to end months of infighting

By SAMY MAGDY

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal on Tuesday with southern separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates. The deal aims to end months of infighting in the country's south.

The two groups are in an alliance against Yemen's Houthi rebels. But their deadly clashes have exposed a potential rift in the anti-Houthi bloc and threatened to further destabilize the Arab world's poorest country.

Saudi Arabia's state TV broadcast the signing ceremony in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. That's where Yemen's president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has been in exile since 2015, when the Houthis took control of the capital Sanaa and much of northern Yemen.

In August, the UAE-backed southern separatists took control of Aden, the temporary capital, from forces loyal to Hadi, which are backed by Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday's power-sharing deal allows for President Hadi to return to Aden and envisages a new Cabinet.

A copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press also shows the separatists agreed to disband their militias, which would be integrated into Hadi's forces within three months.

In return, the southern separatists are to take part in United Nations-brokered talks between Hadi's government and the Houthi rebels.

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Aid group says hospital hit during Houthi attack in Yemen

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international medical relief agency said Thursday that a hospital it runs in western Yemen was damaged by a recent attack. Yemeni military officials blamed the Houthi rebels for the drone and missile attack that targeted buildings near the hospital, causing huge explosions that killed at least eight people.

In a statement, Doctors Without Borders said they closed the hospital because of the attack, but said there were no reports of deaths or injuries among its patients. They were transferred to other health facilities in the Red Sea city of Mocha.

Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for Yemen's internationally recognized government, said the Houthi attack struck warehouses used by a government-allied force late Wednesday, causing a huge fire.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, says its hospital opened in August last year, offering free services to war-wounded people and surgeries.

Abdel-Rahman Ahmed, a general doctor at the hospital, told The Associated Press that: "The patients fled after a huge explosion from the missile attacks on a weapons warehouse shook the area."

After five years of conflict, Yemen remains a divided country. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have controlled the capital Sanaa and much of the north since 2014. A Saudi-led, U.S.-backed military coalition backs the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Saudi-led coalition began its destructive air campaign in 2015. Airstrikes and ground combat have killed 100,000 people, including fighters and civilians, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, which tracks violence reports in Yemen. The war has also caused near-famine conditions in some areas.

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Yemeni officials: Rebels missile, drone attack kills 8

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's rebels staged missile and drone attacks Wednesday on forces allied with the country's internationally recognized government in a Red Sea town, killing at least eight people, including three civilians, and causing large fires, military officials said.

Wadah Dobish, a spokesman for government forces on Yemen's western coast, told The Associated Press at least four missiles fired by the Iran-backed rebels struck warehouses used by the allied force known as the Giants Bridges in the port town of Mocha. He said their defenses intercepted at least three other missiles.

Dobish said at least three Houthi drones also took part in the attack, which caused huge explosions and fires that spread to residential areas. The media arm of the Giants Bridges force posted footage online showing flames and explosions were heard apparently from the warehouses.

Officials said at least 12 people, mostly fighters, were wounded in the attacks.

A statement from the government forces on the western coast said the attacks also targeted a refugee camp and a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the town.

The medical aid group did not immediately respond to an AP request seeking a comment.

Houthi officials, meanwhile, said Giant Bridges fighters fired dozens of shells at the rebel-held town of Durayhimi, just south of the Hodeida port city.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The escalation could jeopardize a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Hodeida. The port city is the main entry point for humanitarian aid to Yemen, where more than five years of war have spawned the world's worst humanitarian crisis , with near-famine conditions in some areas.

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Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A self-exiled businessman who claims to know the secrets of Egypt's ruling military says he is marshaling political groups to try to topple President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, despite the opposition movement's increasingly bleak prospects.

Mohamed Ali, 45, pitches himself as a former government insider. Without offering evidence, he says he's witnessed high-level corruption and large-scale misuse of funds as a construction contractor for the military.

His allegations, recorded in a series of viral videos made in Spain, managed to ignite rare protests in September against el-Sissi. The government swiftly stamped out the scattered demonstrations, arresting thousands of suspected dissidents across the country.

Now Ali is on a media blitz, seeking to inject momentum into his cause.

"All of the opposition groups outside of Egypt are now agreeing with me. This is the first time this has happened under el-Sissi's rule," Ali told The Associated Press in an unadorned office outside of Barcelona, surrounded by camera crews for a possible documentary and sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea.

He claimed to be communicating with an array of liberals, leftists and Islamists outside Egypt to oppose el-Sissi's government.

"I told them (the Muslim Brotherhood) that we have to close ranks," he said, referring to the Islamist political organization now outlawed in Egypt.

While in Spain, where he has relocated, Ali said he was approached by the Brotherhood, which had taken offense to one of his videos accusing their elected but divisive president, Mohammed Morsi, of mismanaging the country during his brief rule.

"I told them that we want Egypt to be like Europe," he said. "They said we agree with you, we also want Egypt to move forward."

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Lawyer: British editor should serve 2 years in Dubai killing

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The lawyer of a British newspaper editor convicted of killing his wife with a hammer asked a Dubai court on Wednesday to reduce his client's sentence to two years in prison, meaning he could be freed before the end of the year if the court grants his request.

Former Gulf News editor Francis Matthew had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for bludgeoning his wife Jane Matthew to death at their home in 2017. However, a series of appeals has seen his sentence change and his case go before Dubai's Court of Appeal.

Matthew's lawyer Ali al-Shamsi told the court that evidence proves the crime was not premeditated and that he had no previous intent to kill.

"Premeditated murder must have clear evidence or a confession," al-Shamsi said.

Prosecutors have argued that Matthew had enough time to reconsider his actions when he followed his wife to the bedroom before her death, which showed intent to kill.

Al-Shamsi also said Matthew's son previously dropped the charges against him, and that his wife's father, Jane's only other next-of-kin, was on the verge of dropping the charges as well before he died.

According to law in the United Arab Emirates, a sentence can be reduced if a victim's next of kin waives their right to press charges, but to no less than seven years for premeditated murder as is Matthew's case. Judges can reduce the sentence even further for various reasons, including a suspect's age.

Jane's brother Peter Manning however told The Associated Press it was a "straightforward lie" for al-Shamsi to claim that their father was going to forgive Matthew before his death.

Matthew had succeeded "in getting the court to blame not the person holding the hammer, but his defenseless victim," Manning said.

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Egypt lawmaker says parliament could sack him for criticism

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian opposition lawmaker said Wednesday that the country's parliament has referred him to an ethics committee for posting a video criticizing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the latest episode in a widening crackdown by authorities on dissent.

The lawmaker, Ahmed Tantawi, also told The Associated Press that security forces arrested a worker in his office and an unspecified number of friends on Cairo. He didn't elaborate.

The development comes after the parliament, stacked with el-Sissi supporters, on Tuesday moved against Tantawi, and referred him to an ethics committee, which could ultimately remove him from parliament.

The state-run MENA news agency also reported on the referral by lawmakers.

Tantawi's video had lobbied against constitutional amendments adopted earlier this year in a national referendum, enshrining that el-Sissi can stay in power until 2030.

On Tuesday's session, around 100 lawmakers called for disciplinary measures against Tantawi. Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Al said those criticizing the political leadership "have no place in Egypt and should go to another country."

"We are committed to protect the people. The nation, the leadership, the military and police are red lines," Abdel-Al was quoted as saying by MENA.

El-Sissi, who previously held the office of military chief, led the military's 2013 overthrow of the freely elected but divisive Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, after protests against Morsi's his brief rule.

El-Sissi was elected president the following year and has since presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent. He was re-elected last year after all potentially serious challengers were jailed or pressured to exit the race.

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In last days, al-Baghdadi sought safety in shrinking domain

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BEIRUT (AP) — In his last months on the run, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was agitated, fearful of traitors, sometimes disguised as a shepherd, sometimes hiding underground, always dependent on a shrinking circle of confidants.

Associates paint a picture of a man obsessed with his security and well-being and trying to find safety in towns and deserts in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border as the extremists' domains crumbled. In the end, the brutal leader once hailed as "caliph" left former IS areas completely, slipping into hostile territory in Syria's northwestern Idlib province run by the radical group's al-Qaida-linked rivals. There, he blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house.

For months, he kept a Yazidi teen as a slave, and she told The Associated Press how he brought her along as he moved, traveling with a core group of up to seven close associates. Months ago, he delegated most of his powers to a senior deputy who is likely the man announced by the group as his successor.

The Yazidi girl, who was freed in a U.S.-led raid in May, said al-Baghdadi first tried to flee to Idlib in late 2017. She said one night she was loaded into a three-vehicle convoy that included the IS leader, his wife and his security entourage, headed for the province. The convoy reached a main road but then turned around, apparently fearing it would come under attack, said the girl, who was 17 at the time.

For about a week they stayed in the southeastern Syrian town of Hajin, near the Iraqi border. Then they moved north to Dashisha, another border town in Syria within IS-held territory.

There, the Yazidi teen stayed for four months at the home of al-Baghdadi's father-in-law, a close aide named Abu Abdullah al-Zubaie. Al-Baghdadi would visit her there frequently...


          

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Thursday Top News Executive Summary Media Editors:  Above the Fold RULES APPROVED: Democrats push impeachment rules package through House (Associated Press) COLLUSION: Anti-trump “whistleblower” worked with DNC operative who sought dirt on Trump from Ukrainian officials (The Federalist) Government & Politics BOLTON SUMMONED: Former national security advisor John Bolton summoned to testify in House impeachment inquiry (Associated Press) “WEAPONIZED…
          

President Trump Set To Launch A.A. Initiative In The ATL

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Trump has a long and tough road ahead of him to win the black vote. Research from the Associated Press NORC Center for Public Affairs shows 4% of African Americans believe Trump's policies support or benefit people of color.
          

Masacre de Sonora refleja empeoramiento de guerra antidroga

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CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (AP) — Hubo una época en la que la violencia de la guerra de México contra el narcotráfico, entre 2006 y 2012, conmocionó a los estadounidenses, pero apenas les afectó. En esta ocasión, como en todo lo demás en el renovado conflicto del país con los cárteles, es peor.

El asesinato de tres mujeres estadounidenses y seis de sus hijos, algunos de ellos bebés, el lunes en el estado norteño de Sonora dejó en evidencia la vieja creencia de que los cárteles del narcotráfico evitarían matar a extranjeros, mujeres o niños. Pero no fue ni la primera ni la única vez.

Los niños pasan a ser víctimas con una frecuencia escalofriante mientras las reglas no escritas de la guerra contra el narco parecen desvanecerse. En agosto, pistoleros entraron a una casa de Ciudad Juárez, territorio del cártel de Juárez, y dispararon 123 balas que acabaron con la vida de niñas de 14, 13 y 4 años además de con la de un adulto que parecía ser el verdadero blanco del ataque.

Unos días antes de la masacre de Sonora, la policía detuvo a un sospechoso en la capital del estado, Hermosillo, que retenía a un empresario de Nueva York para pedir un rescate en un caso con una víctima extranjera. El hombre fue secuestrado en Tucson, Arizona, y al parecer cruzó la frontera en el maletero de un coche.

El impactante asesinato de los nueve estadounidenses a manos de pistoleros hicieron que el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, ofreciese ayuda a México para borrar los cárteles “de la faz de la Tierra”. Su homólogo mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, rechazó la oferta, pero otros, tanto dentro como fuera del país, se preguntan si no habrá llegado el momento de que cambie su política de “abrazos, no balazos”, que evita la confrontación y trata de resolver los problemas sociales subyacentes en su lugar.

Incumplir las viejas convenciones de no matar a niños y familias o atacar a extranjeros no parece ser una prioridad, ni siquiera una preocupación, para los criminales dada la débil aplicación de la ley en México.

“Desde la perspectiva de los delincuentes, es lo mismo matar a uno que matar a nueve”, dijo el analista de seguridad Alejandro Hope. “No perciben que hay un riesgo adicional de cometer este tipo de actos de brutalidad extrema”.

“Mismo caso con los niños, no perciben que hay una raya en la arena. Y no lo han percibido porque el Gobierno no lo ha pintado”, agregó.

Los estadounidenses muertos vivían en comunidades mexicanas fundadas hace décadas por una escisión de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días. Los reportes de las madres intentando proteger a sus hijos de la lluvia de balas y de niños heridos caminando durante horas tras la balacera para buscar ayuda para los sobrevivientes más pequeños intensificaron los llamados desde el extranjero para una nueva guerra contra el narco.

La ofensiva militarizada de México contra los cárteles comenzó en 2006 con el expresidente Felipe Calderón, y continuó con su sucesor, Enrique Peña Nieto.

López Obrador, de centroizquierda, rechazó este enfoque. En su lugar creó la Guardia Nacional y dijo que la forma de combatir la delincuencia en el país era con programas de trabajo y oportunidades para los jóvenes.

Y se aferró a su posición tras la masacre del lunes, rechazando los pedidos de Trump, entre otros, para enfrentarse a la organizaciones delictivas.

'Declaramos la guerra y no funcionó”, dijo López Obrador el martes refiriéndose a la política de sus predecesores. “Esa no es una opción”.

Ni siquiera dio marcha atrás cuando el cártel de Sinaloa humilló al ejército el 17 de octubre, cuando los soldados se vieron obligados a dejar libre al hijo del narcotraficante Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán para evitar un mayor derramamiento de sangre luego de que pistoleros de la banda lanzaron un contraataque en la ciudad de Culiacán.

Según los analistas, los cárteles recibieron entonces el mensaje de que pueden enfrentarse a las autoridades. Tras el incidente de Culiacán, un oficial en la ciudad fronteriza de Nogales, en Sonora, reportó que la policía detuvo un auto lleno de sospechosos armados que dijeron a los agentes que retrocediesen o harían “lo que hicieron en Culiacán”.

El exfiscal antidroga Samuel González señaló que 'tarde o temprano va a haber un ajuste en la estrategia de seguridad del gobierno'.

'No es que el gobierno haya declarado la guerra al crimen organizado, sino que los narcotraficantes han declarado la guerra al Estado”, añadió González. “Y ante esta situación, el gobierno tiene que responder con proporcionalidad en el uso de la fuerza y en legítima defensa”.

Aunque el presidente se mantiene firme, respaldado por un alto índice de aprobación en las encuestas, los ataques violentos siguen sucediéndose.

En abril, hombres armados irrumpieron en una fiesta en la ciudad costera de Minatitlán, en el estado de Veracruz, y mataron a 14 personas, incluyendo dos filipinos. En agosto, pistoleros del cártel de Jalisco entraron a un club nocturno de la ciudad cercana de Coatzacoalcos, bloquearon las salidas del local y provocaron un incendio que mató a 28 personas que quedaron atrapadas en el interior, entre ellas 10 mujeres. Antes ese mes, la misma banda colgó 19 cadáveres en un puente o esparció sus cuerpos cerca en Uruapan, una ciudad del oeste del país.

Esto debería ser una oportunidad para que el gobierno 'reflexione lo que hace y lo que no hace”, apuntó Hope. 'No lo detonó Minatitlán, no lo detonó Coatzacoalcos, no lo detonó Uruapan , no lo detonó nada'.

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La periodista de The Associated Press María Verza en la Ciudad de México contribuyó a este despacho.


          

Choques aumentan tensión en Bolivia tras polémicos comicios

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Choques entre seguidores y opositores del presidente Evo Morales dejaron al menos 20 heridos el miércoles en la ciudad de Cochabamba en una de las jornadas más violentas en tres semanas de protestas tras las elecciones, de las que el gobernante se declaró triunfador en medio de acusaciones de un supuesto fraude.

Cocaleros y campesinos afines al mandatario llegaron a esa ciudad del centro de Bolivia para apoyar a Morales y desbaratar las barricadas opositoras que bloquean calles y avenidas de la ciudad tras los comicios del 20 de octubre. Los grupos antagónicos chocaron en varios sitios.

Televisoras mostraron imágenes de la turba en batalla campal en las calles con piedras y palos. Funcionarios del Defensor del Pueblo confirmaron 20 heridos, uno de ellos fue internado con muerte cerebral, según fuentes médicas. Poco después, sus familiares informaron que el joven murió. The Associated Press no pudo confirmar esta información de manera independiente con los voceros del hospital, pero una publicación del diario local Los Tiempos difundía un informe médico que daría por cierto el fallecimiento.

Los choques se prolongaron hasta el miércoles en la tarde. Las oficinas de una alcaldía cercana a la ciudad fueron incendiadas y la alcaldesa oficialista Patricia Arce fue agredida y retenida por opositores que la acusaron de trasladar gente para enfrentarlos.

El miércoles en la noche, la tensión se trasladó a La Paz donde arribó el líder cívico del movimiento opositor Luis Fernando Camacho con fuerte resguardo policial para entregar la carta de dimisión de Morales bajo la acusación de fraude electoral.

Grupos rivales chocaron a la salida del aeropuerto y la policía los trataba de dispersar con equipo antimotines. Manifestantes de ambos se apostaron cerca de la casa de gobierno, que estaba bajo fuerte custodia policial. Al parecer la carta sería entregada el jueves.

“El mandato es entregar la carta y estoy decidido a cumplirlo”, declaró a la televisora Unitel, que acompañó en el avión al presidente del influyente Comité Cívico de Santa Cruz. Más tarde llamó a la calma. “Venimos a buscar la paz, no buscamos enfrentamientos”. dijo

Es el segundo intento de Camacho de entregar la carta. El lunes seguidores de Morales impidieron que saliera del aeropuerto. El miércoles, militantes de uno y otro bando se apostaron a la salida de la terminal aérea después de que el Ministro de Gobierno Carlos Romero garantizó la llegada del líder opositor desde Santa Cruz

En nueve de las 10 mayores ciudades del país las protestas opositoras se dejaban sentir con cortes de rutas, barricadas callejeras, marchas y reyertas.

Santa Cruz, un reducto opositor y motor agroindustrial del país, permanecía casi paralizada por la huelga convocada por el poderoso Comité Cívico. Dos opositores murieron en esa ciudad producto de choques con oficialistas.

Desde el martes los opositores realizan plantones en las puertas de las oficinas públicas y bloquean algunos pasos fronterizos.

Se espera que la próxima semana una misión de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) concluya una auditoria de los comicios del 20 de octubre, pero la oposición la oposición la rechaza bajo la sospecha de que avale el resultado. La misión llamó a los ciudadanos a entregar pruebas del supuesto fraude. La oposición pide la renuncia de Morales y la convocatoria a nuevas elecciones con otro Tribunal Electoral. El mandatario anticipó que no dimitirá y acusó a los opositores de confabular para derrocarlo.

Estas son las mayores protestas que afronta Morales en sus casi 14 años en el poder.

El mandatario llegó debilitado a los comicios por escándalos de corrupción, acusaciones de autoritarismo y su empeño en reelegirse pese a un referendo que le negó esa posibilidad, lo que encendió el rechazo ciudadano a pesar de su buena gestión económica.


          

37 personas asesinadas en emboscada en Burkina Faso

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UAGADUGÚ, Burkina Faso (AP) — Al menos 37 personas fueron asesinadas y otras 60 resultaron heridas en una emboscada de hombres armados contra una caravana cerca de una mina canadiense en Burkina Faso, informó el miércoles un gobernador regional.

La minera Semafo, con sede en Montreal, dijo que el ataque ocurrió a unos 40 kilómetros (25 millas) de su mina Boungou, en la región este de Burkina Faso, y que la caravana de cinco autobuses de empleados iba acompañada de una escolta militar.

El coronel Saidou Sanou, gobernador de la región este del país, informó el saldo provisional en un comunicado, mientras que la compañía se limitó a indicar que estaba al tanto de “múltiples fatalidades y lesiones”.

“El sitio minero Boungou sigue siendo seguro y nuestras operaciones no resultaron afectadas”, señaló Semafo en su comunicado. “Trabajamos activamente con todos los niveles de las autoridades para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros empleados, contratistas y proveedores”.

La situación se ha vuelto cada vez más precaria para Semafo en la zona, que opera dos minas de oro en Burkina Faso. El año pasado, un empleado y un subcontratista fueron asesinados después de que bandidos atacaran un autobús, según Canadian Press. También ese año, cinco miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad murieron en un atentado cerca de la mina Boungou.

Sylvain Leclerc, portavoz de la cancillería canadiense, dijo que no se reportó deceso de ningún ciudadano canadiense. Añadió que el gobierno de Canadá condena el ataque y respalda las labores para restaurar la paz en Burkina Faso.

El atentado destaca el rápido deterioro de la situación de seguridad en Burkina Faso, a donde se han infiltrado yihadistas que han permanecido activos durante años en la vecina Mali. Nadie se ha atribuido el ataque hasta el momento, pero las sospechas se centraron de inmediato en extremistas islámicos que han lanzado una serie de ataques contra iglesias y oficinas públicas en el norte de Burkina Faso en los últimos años.

Acciones militares coordinadas entre cinco naciones de la región, junto con operaciones francesas, no han logrado frenar la creciente violencia en la zona.

El país, que sufrió su primer gran ataque extremista en 2015, es la puerta de entrada al sur rumbo a las naciones costeras de África occidental, y a los líderes regionales les preocupa que los extremistas avancen hacia Togo y Benín.

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La periodista de Associated Press Krista Larson en Dakar, Senegal, contribuyó a este despacho.


          

Futuro de Cam será una decisión difícil para Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, Carolina del Norte, EEUU. (AP) — La decisión de incluir a Cam Newton en la lista de lesionados ha generado dudas sobre su futuro con los Panthers de Carolina.

El Jugador Más Valioso del 2015 ha lidiado en las últimas dos temporadas con problemas en el hombro y el pie, y terminará esta campaña en la lista de reservas por lesión. Además, tiene marca de 0-8 en sus últimos ocho partidos como titular, por lo que el equipo tendrá que tomar una difícil decisión en febrero.

Los Panthers deberán decidir si quieren pagar los 21,1 millones de dólares de su contrato la próxima temporada o cortarlo y así ahorrarse 19 millones respecto de su tope salarial. Si deciden prescindir del quarterback, ello sólo les costaría dos millones de dólares en materia de tope salarial.

Ceder a Newton mediante un canje a otro equipo también es una opción, aunque para esto Carolina tendría que encontrar una organización dispuesta a pagar por un año de contrato o darle una extensión.

El gerente general de la franquicia Marty Hurney y el coach Ron Rivera no están listos para discutir el tema, en momentos en que los Panthers (5-3) están buscando llegar a la postemporada.

Newton no ha hablado con la prensa sobre su salud desde que se lesionó en la derrota de la semana dos ante los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay. El miércoles apareció en el vestuario.

Al preguntarle si podría hablar con los reporteros, Newton respondió bromeando: “No he hablado con ustedes ningún domingo en el último mes. Ningún domingo en el último mes, no tengo nada que decirles”.

Ante la insistencia de los periodistas, volteó, sonrió y dijo: “ya tienen ustedes todas las respuestas. Ustedes van a encontrar la respuesta”.

Los representantes del mariscal de campo no han respondido las llamadas y mensajes de texto de The Associated Press, en busca de un comentario sobre su futuro.

Hurney también declinó una entrevista y sólo se refirió al comunicado de prensa del martes, en que el equipo aclaró: “En este momento hemos decidido que lo mejor para asegurar que el pie quede al 100% es poner a Cam en la lista de reservas por lesión”.

Rivera dijo que, en conjunto, todos los involucrados decidieron poner a Newton en las reservas por lesión, pero se negó a hablar de la situación del quarterback.

“Creemos que en este momento lo mejor es ponerlo en las reservas por lesión y seguir”, comentó Rivera. “Realmente aprecio todo lo que ha hecho Cam y que siga aquí. Ha hecho un gran trabajo presentándose. Una vez dicho esto, quiero ahora hablar de enfrentar a los Packers el domingo”.

Ante la pregunta sobre si cree que Newton podría regresar en la postemporada tras pasar ocho semanas en las reservas, Rivera respondió irritado.

“La cuestión no será tratada hasta que sea el momento”, sentenció. “Entonces, al final de día, está en la lista de lesionados. Kyle Allen es nuestro quarterback”.


          

Comisionado resalta éxito de MLS, de cara a negociación

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SEATTLE (AP) — Ya sea por un mayor talento en la liga, un formato exitoso de postemporada o una nueva expansión para abarcar más clubes, el comisionado de la MLS Don Garber percibe que la organización que encabeza está en pleno auge.

Y sus opiniones llegan días antes de la final de la MLS, que se realizará este fin de semana.

Pero el buen momento podría cortarse abruptamente si la liga no llega a un acuerdo laboral con sus jugadores antes de que comience la temporada de 2020. Las negociaciones de un nuevo contrato colectivo de trabajo acapararían la atención durante el receso que comenzará tras la final.

“Nosotros y nuestros jugadores nos concentramos en hacer todo lo posible por llegar a un acuerdo que tenga sentido para los dueños y para los jugadores”, dijo Garber el miércoles, durante una entrevista telefónica con The Associated Press. “Ya saben, estas conversaciones están en curso y han sido productivas. A medida que sigue creciendo la liga, existen más oportunidades para todos y más asuntos que debemos manejar mientras la liga se desarrolla”.

La MLS celebrará la conclusión de su 24ta temporada el domingo, cuando los Sounders de Seattle reciban a Toronto FC en el duelo por el campeonato.

El año ha sido ya positivo para la liga, con el debut del FC Cincinnati, el anuncio de que San Luis y Sacramento contarán con equipos de la MLS a partir de 2022 y la estupenda temporada del mexicano Carlos Vela, quien reescribió los libros de récords con Los Angeles FC y fue nombrado el Jugador Más Valioso.

Conservar este impulso hasta 2020 y los años posteriores requerirá un acuerdo con los futbolistas, que parecen más unificados y dispuestos a parar actividades que en 2015, cuando se evitó la huelga apenas por un par de días.

Los jugadores quieren otro aumento salarial. Desean ampliar las posibilidades de declararse agentes libres y contar con más voz a la hora de decidir dónde juegan.

Asimismo, quieren que se mitigue el desgaste de los viajes durante la temporada, mediante la asignación de más vuelos fletados para los equipos.

Se trata apenas de algunos asuntos, en una larga lista que ambas partes deben negociar.

El sindicato de jugadores ha establecido un fondo para ayudarse en caso de una huelga. Ha recomendado a los agremiados que reserven dinero para enfrentar la posibilidad de que cesen las actividades.

Garber dijo que no considera esas medidas una señal ominosa.

“En mi mente no ha cambiado nada”, aseveró el comisionado, quien abordó también otros temas:

-Dijo que la adopción de un formato de partido único en los playoffs _en vez de cotejos de ida y vuelta_ ha sido un éxito rotundo, tanto por la calidad de los partidos como por los niveles de audiencia televisiva. La postemporada será coronada el domingo por la final, en la que se esperan más de 69.000 espectadores, la segunda mayor cifra que se haya registrado en este tipo de encuentros.

“Estamos emocionados por esto, porque nuestros aficionados están también emocionados”, expresó Garber. “Creen realmente en esta idea de que todos los jugadores necesitan dejar todo en la cancha en cada partido, porque si no ganan se van a casa”.

_Luego que llegue la incorporación de Sacramento y San Luis, la liga planea expandirse con un club más, para totalizar 30.

Garber dijo que esa adición no sería anunciada necesariamente antes de que concluya el año, pero indicó que el trigésimo equipo podría jugar a partir de 2022, con los otros dos clubes nuevos. Aunque se han mencionado como opciones Phoenix y Las Vegas, Charlotte parece liderar la puja.


          

Juez rechaza nueva regla de Trump de objeción de conciencia

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NUEVA YORK (AP) — Un juez federal de Nueva York derogó el miércoles una nueva regla del gobierno del presidente Donald Trump que podría abrir la puerta a que más trabajadores de salud se rehúsen a participar en abortos y otros procedimientos por motivos morales o religiosos.

El juez Paul A. Engelmayer dijo que el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS por sus iniciales en inglés) excedió su autoridad y rebasó las leyes existentes al emitir la norma. Señaló también que la medida podría ser costosa, onerosa y perjudicial para la atención de emergencia y que toda la lógica de la regla está basada en una mentira.

Señaló que la afirmación de la agencia de que había un importante incremento de quejas de que se obligaba a los trabajadores a violar su conciencia era “simplemente falsa”. La regla del HHS, declaró, es una clásica “solución en busca de un problema”.

Una portavoz del HHS declinó comentar.

Un total de 19 estados, el Distrito de Columbia, tres gobiernos locales, organizaciones de salud y otros grupos interpusieron una demanda para evitar que la regla entrara en vigor el 22 de noviembre, bajo el argumento de que sería discriminatoria e interferiría el acceso público a la atención médica.

“Hoy, se le prohibió al gobierno de Trump proveer una cobertura legal a la discriminación”, dijo Alexis McGill Johnson, presidente interino de Planned Parenthood. “Como lo dejó en claro la corte federal de distrito, el gobierno actuó por encima de su autoridad y realizó falsas afirmaciones para intentar justificar esta regla”.

Rosie Phillips Davis, presidenta de la Asociación Estadounidense de Psicología, dijo que la norma del HHS “pudo poner en riesgo la salud de algunas de nuestras poblaciones más vulnerables, incluyendo mujeres, miembros de la comunidad LGBT y personas con VIH y sida”.

Pero el senador republicano Ben Sasse dijo que el fallo era “absurdo” e instó al gobierno federal a interponer una apelación.

Las instituciones de salud han dependido desde hace tiempo de las Disposiciones de Conciencia que se establecieron originalmente en 1973 y han sido enmendadas desde entonces, y que protegen a los profesionales del sector salud de realizar labores que contradigan sus creencias religiosas o morales.

La nueva regla del HHS incrementa el listado del personal de salud que se puede rehusar a participar, añadiendo a quienes realizan asesorías, referencias, capacitaciones o a quienes organizan procedimientos médicos.

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Los periodistas de Associated Press Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar en Washington y Jennifer Peltz en Nueva York contribuyeron a este despacho.


          

Activan por error alerta en aeropuerto de Holanda

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SCHIPHOL, Holanda (AP) — Una alarma de seguridad se activó el miércoles por la noche en el Aeropuerto de Ámsterdam-Schiphol luego de que se accionó una alerta de secuestro por error, informó una aerolínea española.

Air Europa tuiteó que la alerta que provocó que los servicios de emergencia llegaran al aeropuerto había sido una falsa alarma. Señaló que una alerta que desencadena los protocolos de secuestro en los aeropuertos “se activó, por error”.

Todos los pasajeros “se encuentran perfectamente esperando poder volar pronto. Lo lamentamos”, escribió la aerolínea.

“La situación es segura”, comentó el portavoz del aeropuerto Dennis Muller a The Associated Press. “Todos los vuelos pueden despegar”.

El servicio de la policía militar había informado que respondía a una situación sospechosa en el aeropuerto ubicado en las afueras de Ámsterdam.

De momento no está claro cómo se activó la alarma.

Los medios holandeses reportaron que se desplegaron numerosos servicios de emergencia al aeropuerto.

Un fotógrafo de la AP que se encontraba cerca de la entrada principal dijo que la situación parecía estar bajo calma, y que había policía militar y policía civil dentro del inmueble. Los automóviles que recogían o dejaban pasajeros continuaban llegando con normalidad.


          

Trump critica el anonimato de informante, pero no lo revela

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WASHINGTON (AP) — El presidente Donald Trump criticó a los medios de comunicación por no revelar el nombre del informante que detonó la investigación de juicio político en su contra y que ha sido identificado en círculos conservadores. Sin embargo, Trump tuvo cuidado en no identificarlo él mismo.

Identificar públicamente a un informante puede ser peligroso, incluso para un presidente. Hacerlo, por un lado, podría significar una violación de la ley federal. Aunque hay pocas posibilidades de que Trump enfrentara cargos, revelar el nombre podría dar más combustible a los demócratas para un juicio político.

También podría provocar un contragolpe entre algunos senadores republicanos que han defendido a los informantes desde hace mucho tiempo.

Y, a pesar de que él quiere que se revele el nombre, Trump mismo recibe algunos beneficios al mantenerlo en secreto. El anonimato hace más fácil que Trump socave la credibilidad de la persona detrás de la denuncia, así como de la denuncia en sí, según tres funcionarios y republicanos cercanos a la Casa Blanca que no están autorizados a hablar públicamente sobre conversaciones privadas. También le permite atacar a los medios de comunicación por supuestamente proteger al denunciante.

En las últimas semanas, ha circulado en los medios de comunicación conservadores el nombre de un individuo que se dice que es el informante. El hijo del presidente, Donald Trump Jr. tuiteó el miércoles un enlace a un texto en el sitio web de Breitbart que usaba el nombre. También incluyó el nombre en su tuit.

Las leyes que protegen la denuncia de irregularidades en Estados Unidos buscan proteger la identidad y las carreras de las personas que revelen posibles irregularidades cometidas por funcionarios del gobierno. Los legisladores de ambos partidos han respaldado históricamente esas protecciones. Por lo general, The Associated Press no revela la identidad de los informantes.

La identidad del denunciante es ahora casi innecesaria: gran parte de la denuncia sobre la llamada telefónica del 25 de julio que tuvo Trump con el presidente ucraniano Volodymyr Zelenskiy ya ha sido corroborada y ampliada con el testimonio de funcionarios que hablaron de manera oficial, en el Congreso, y con la transcripción parcial reconstruida de la llamada publicada por la Casa Blanca.


          

Apuñalan a turistas en Jordania, entre ellos tres mexicanos

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AMÁN, Jordania (AP) — Un joven palestino de un campo de refugiados apuñaló el miércoles a ocho personas, entre ellas a tres turistas mexicanos y una mujer suiza, en un popular yacimiento arqueológico en el norte de Jordania, informaron las autoridades el miércoles.

El ataque en Jerash, uno de los principales destinos turísticos del país, amenazó con empañar el vital sector del turismo del país.

Un portavoz de la Oficina de Seguridad Pública de Jordania precisó que entre los heridos había tres turistas mexicanos y una mujer suiza. Los demás lesionados por arma blanca fueron la guía turística y otros tres jordanos, entre ellos dos policías y en conductor de un autobús, antes de que el atacante fuera sometido y detenido.

La oficina dijo que dos personas _una mujer mexicana y un policía jordano_ se encontraban en estado grave y que fueron trasladadas por helicóptero a un hospital de la capital, Amán. Jerash está a unos 60 kilómetros (40 millas) al norte de la capital.

El canciller mexicano, Marcelo Ebrard, dijo que el ataque ocurrió durante una visita guiada y confirmó que una de las víctimas estaba herida de gravedad y que otra estaba siendo intervenida quirúrgicamente. “El gobierno de Jordania nos ha apoyado en todo momento', tuiteó. Hay un 'Seguimiento personal del Rey de Jordania', agregó.

El ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores suizo confirmó que una mujer suiza resultó herida en el ataque, pero dijo que su vida no corría peligro.

Un video amateur grabado en el lugar mostraba una escena sangrienta en Jerash, una antigua ciudad cuyas ruinas incluyen un anfiteatro romano y una columnata. En el video se oye a una mujer exclamando en español '¡Es un puñal, es un puñal! ¡Trae una navaja! ¡Por favor, ayuda aquí a él, ayuda ya!'.

Las imágenes mostraban a una mujer tendida inmóvil en el piso, mientras alguien le presionaba la espalda con una toalla. A su alrededor había manchas de sangre. Un hombre sentado cerca parecía tener una herida en la pierna.

El sitio en internet Hala Akhbar, del ejército jordano, informó que el atacante era un veinteañero palestino que vive en el campo de refugiados de Jerash, habitado por palestinos que abandonaron sus hogares durante la guerra relacionada con la creación de Israel en 1967; es también una de las zonas más pobres de Jordania. Los habitantes de este sitio denunciaron el ataque, del que aún se desconocen los motivos.

'Condenamos el atentado terrorista perpetrado por un cobarde en Jerash', dijeron en una carta firmada y citada en el sitio web de un periódico gubernamental.

La economía jordana depende en gran parte del turismo y anteriormente grupos milicianos islámicos han atacado sitios turísticos para avergonzar al gobierno o dañar a esa valiosa rama económica. El sector turístico ha gozado de una fuerte recuperación en los últimos dos años.

En 2005, los ataques a tres hoteles causaron la muerte de al menos 23 personas, mientras que al año siguiente un turista británico fue asesinado cuando un pistolero abrió fuego en las ruinas romanas de Ammán.

Más recientemente, un ataque en 2016 del grupo Estado Islámico mató a 14 personas, entre ellos un turista canadiense.

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El periodista de The Associated Press Mohammed Daraghmeh en Ramala, Cisjordania, contribuyó para este despacho.

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Este despacho fue corregido para reflejar que los residentes de Jerash abandonaron sus hogares en la guerra del Medio Oriente de 1967, no en 1948.


          

Chile: Piñera envía proyecto para aumentar el salario mínimo

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SANTIAGO DE CHILE (AP) — El presidente Sebastián Piñera envió el miércoles al Congreso un proyecto para aumentar 16% el salario mínimo mientras cientos de automovilistas reclamaron una baja en los peajes, una de las muchas demandas sociales que alimentan las protestas en Chile que llevan casi tres semanas.

Piñera firmó la iniciativa que garantiza a aquellos que trabajan jornada completa y pertenecen al 90% de los hogares más vulnerables un ingreso mínimo de 350.000 pesos chilenos (unos 468 dólares), que será pagado en forma de un subsidio estatal.

“Estamos respondiendo con hechos y no solamente con buenas intenciones a lo que la gente ha demandado con tanta fuerza”, dijo Piñera. El salario mínimo actual se ubica en unos 402 dólares.

La medida beneficiaría a unas 540.000 personas, afirmó el mandatario, y la mayoría de estas ayudas estarán destinadas a pequeñas y medianas empresas. “Este es un beneficio que va a llegar al bolsillo y directamente” a los trabajadores chilenos, afirmó. “Con esto estamos dando un nuevo impulso a una agenda social”.

Pero la iniciativa fue interpretada en la calle como un “parche” que no soluciona la desigualdad social que existe en Chile y que no ha logrado resolver ningún gobierno desde el regreso de la democracia en 1990.

“Son manotazos de ahogado”, dijo a The Associated Press Jorge Cabrera, un vendedor ambulante de 48 años. “A mí no me convencen sólo con propuestas momentáneas, son cosas que se han solicitado hace más de 30 años: aumentar el sueldo mínimo, mejorar las pensiones, mejorar la salud”.

Incluso algunos dudaron de la veracidad de la propuesta. “Ojalá que se arregle esto y sea verdad lo que dijo, que va a aumentar” el ingreso mínimo, expresó Flor Silva, de 70 años. Silva recibe una pensión de 130.000 pesos (unos 174 dólares) y tiene que vender productos en la calle para completar sus ganancias. En los dos buses que toma cada día para movilizarse gasta aproximadamente unos 60 dólares mensuales.

Mientras tanto, cientos de automóviles y camiones se desplazaron por las autopistas de Santiago, generando grandes congestiones de tránsito, en reclamo de que se reduzcan en un 80% los peajes, se aplique una tarifa plana que no dependa de las horas de más tráfico y se condonen las deudas en peajes que tienen muchos chilenos.

Andrés Alarcón, uno de los dirigentes de la protesta de camioneros, dijo que el Ministerio de Obras Públicas les afirmó que tendrán que pagar lo que adeudan.

En medio de la congestión vehicular el ministro de Hacienda Ignacio Briones, que se dirigía al Congreso en el vecino puerto de Valparaíso, se bajó de su automóvil y conversó con los manifestantes. Una veintena de camioneros se interrumpían a viva voz y pedían la anulación de sus deudas.

Calmadamente Briones les explicó que “tenemos una cantidad de demandas sociales enormes, ustedes están conscientes de eso y hay gente que lo está pasando muy, muy mal en todos los sectores”.

En el interior del país se sucedían varias manifestaciones, muchas de las cuales fueron dispersadas violentamente por la policía.

El fiscal Manuel Guerra informó que 14 policías serán investigados por supuestas torturas a dos personas. Explicó que se investigaron imágenes de televisión que mostraban las agresiones que dejaron a un manifestante con “trauma ocular grave, fractura nasal, fracturas costales” y que un menor de 16 años “fue brutalmente golpeado de forma reiterada por dos funcionarios de carabineros (policías)”, tras ser detenido por infringir el toque de queda vigente a fines de octubre.

A su vez se confirmó la detención del mayor de carabineros Humberto Tapia, acusado de haber disparado a dos menores durante la intervención policial en un recinto estudiantil. Las menores quedaron con heridas de perdigones.

El Colegio Médico alertó que se han registrado más de 180 personas con heridas oculares severas, especialmente causadas por balines de goma.

El presidente de la Sociedad Chilena de Oftalmología, Dennis Cortés, afirmó en una intervención en el Senado que “no hay ningún número en la historia de nuestra especialidad que avale estos números que tenemos en este momento. Más aún, cuando evaluamos esto a nivel internacional, haciendo una revisión exhaustiva del número de casos de pacientes que han perdido el globo ocular por uso de armas no letales, el número es también muy alarmante y lideramos tristemente esta cifra a nivel internacional”. El experto pidió a las autoridades responsables de la seguridad que “apliquen correctamente los protocolos al momento de resguardar el orden público”.

En una de las zonas más adineradas de Santiago la policía dispersó con chorros de agua a centenares de manifestantes.

Un alza en la tarifa del subterráneo detonó hace 20 días violentos saqueos, incendios y destrucción de la mayoría de las estaciones del metro que dieron paso a multitudinarias protestas en todo el país y obligaron a Piñera a ofrecer un paquete de leves mejoras sociales -que deben ser aprobadas por el Congreso-, cambiar a ocho de sus 24 ministros, proponer rebajas en los millonarios sueldos de los congresistas y un alza en los impuestos a quienes ganan más de 11.000 dólares al mes.


          

OEA: Violencia contra indígenas desafía paz en Colombia

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WASHINGTON (AP) — La Organización de los Estados Americanos dijo el miércoles que el incremento acelerado de la violencia contra autoridades indígenas en el sureño departamento del Cauca es el principal desafío para la consolidación de la paz en Colombia.

Roberto Menéndez, jefe de la Misión de la OEA para el Apoyo al Proceso de Paz (MAPP), indicó que el Norte del Cauca se ha vuelto el epicentro de lo que describió como una guerra entre grupos criminales, disidencias de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) y autoridades indígenas por el control territorial, de rutas y de cultivos de amapola, marihuana y cocaína.

El Cauca fue escenario la semana pasada de dos homicidios múltiples, incluyendo uno que dejó cinco indígenas asesinados.

“Pero más allá de estos casos, ya son decenas de amenazas y ataques contra autoridades indígenas” en esa zona, dijo Menéndez a The Associated Press. “Es lo más preocupante”.

Menéndez dijo que la MAPP no cuenta con estadísticas actualizadas porque su mandato no incluye la verificación.

Según la Organización Nacional Indígena, en Colombia han sido asesinados más de 115 indígenas en diferentes partes del país en los últimos años.

Menéndez destacó como otras tendencias preocupantes el reclutamiento forzado de menores por parte de grupos armados ilegales y el incremento reciente en el sembrado de minas antipersonales, revirtiendo la disminución de años recientes.

El funcionario atribuyó el repunte en el sembrado de minas principalmente a obstaculizar la erradicación forzosa de sembradíos incluso de minería ilegal, a diferencia del uso tradicional más relacionado con aspectos defensivos durante enfrentamientos militares.

Menéndez acudió a la sede de la OEA a presentar el 27 informe semestral de la MAPP, relativo al primer semestre de 2019 y elaborado con información recogida durante 1.648 misiones a 860 centros poblados en 205 municipios de 22 departamentos.

Decenas de indígenas colombianos han sido asesinados en años reciente junto con líderes sociales tras la firma del acuerdo de paz de 2016, debido a que los grupos armados y disidentes se disputan el control de antiguos territorios rebeldes y las lucrativas rutas del trasiego de drogas.

Menéndez aplaudió al gobierno de Iván Duque por la definición de cinco Zonas Estratégicas de Intervención Integral, con la meta de eventualmente garantizar una acción coordinada y sostenida del Estado en áreas afectadas por el conflicto armado.

El entonces presidente Juan Manuel Santos firmó un acuerdo de paz en 2016 con las FARC para poner fin a medio siglo de lucha armadas en el país sudamericano. Sin embargo, un grupo disidente de esa guerrilla anunció en agosto que decidió retomar las armas tras acusar al gobierno de no garantizar sus derechos políticos.

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Luis Alonso Lugo está en Twitter como: http://www.twitter.com/luisalonsolugo


          

Melania Trump va a centro para bebés dependientes en Boston

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BOSTON (AP) — La primera dama Melania Trump visitó el miércoles un hospital que con arrumacos ayuda a bebés que nacen con una dependencia a las drogas o el alcohol.

La primera dama se reunió con los cuidadores y administradores en el Centro Médico Boston y les dijo que está “muy enfocada” en su trabajo innovador con los bebés nacidos con el síndrome de abstinencia neonatal.

“Espero que la visita de hoy ayude para arrojar una luz a programas como el suyo”, dijo la señora Trump, quien fue acompañada por Alex Azar, secretario de Salud y Asistencia Social.

Afuera, unos 200 empleados del hospital protestaron contra la visita, condenando las severas políticas inmigratorias del gobierno de Donald Trump que afirman que disuaden a los migrantes a buscar atención médica.

Cecilia Girard, una empleada de 26 años que actualmente trabaja como enfermera partera, dijo que la señora Trump representaba al mismo gobierno que ha tomado una postura severa contra la inmigración, incluso enjaulando a inmigrantes que intentaron cruzar la frontera sur de Estados Unidos.

“No es una persona que queremos que venga a nuestro hogar, nuestro hospital”, dijo Girard.

El hospital desarrolló el programa de arrumacos para atender a bebés que nacieron con el síndrome de abstinencia neonatal. El hospital también trabaja con madres embarazadas que abusan de las drogas o el alcohol.

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El periodista de Associated Press William J. Kole en Boston contribuyó a este despacho.


          

Apuñalan a turistas en Jordania, entre ellos tres mexicanos

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AMÁN, Jordania (AP) — Un joven palestino de un campo de refugiados apuñaló el miércoles a ocho personas, entre ellas a tres turistas mexicanos y una mujer suiza, en un popular yacimiento arqueológico en el norte de Jordania, informaron las autoridades el miércoles.

El ataque en Jerash, uno de los principales destinos turísticos del país, amenazó con empañar el vital sector del turismo del país.

Un portavoz de la Oficina de Seguridad Pública de Jordania precisó que entre los heridos había tres turistas mexicanos y una mujer suiza. Los demás lesionados por arma blanca fueron la guía turística y otros tres jordanos, entre ellos dos policías y en conductor de un autobús, antes de que el atacante fuera sometido y detenido.

La oficina dijo que dos personas _una mujer mexicana y un policía jordano_ se encontraban en estado grave y que fueron trasladadas por helicóptero a un hospital de la capital, Amán. Jerash está a unos 60 kilómetros (40 millas) al norte de la capital.

El canciller mexicano, Marcelo Ebrard, dijo que el ataque ocurrió durante una visita guiada y confirmó que una de las víctimas estaba herida de gravedad y que otra estaba siendo intervenida quirúrgicamente. “El gobierno de Jordania nos ha apoyado en todo momento', tuiteó. Hay un 'Seguimiento personal del Rey de Jordania', agregó.

Las autoridades suizas de momento no dijeron nada sobre el ataque.

Un video amateur grabado en el lugar mostraba una escena sangrienta en Jerash, una antigua ciudad cuyas ruinas incluyen un anfiteatro romano y una columnata. En el video se oye a una mujer exclamando en español '¡Es un puñal, es un puñal! ¡Trae una navaja! ¡Por favor, ayuda aquí a él, ayuda ya!'.

Las imágenes mostraban a una mujer tendida inmóvil en el piso, mientras alguien le presionaba la espalda con una toalla. A su alrededor había manchas de sangre. Un hombre sentado cerca parecía tener una herida en la pierna.

El sitio en internet Hala Akhbar, del ejército jordano, informó que el atacante era un veinteañero palestino que vive en el campo de refugiados de Jerash, habitado por palestinos que abandonaron sus hogares durante la guerra relacionada con la creación de Israel en 1967; es también una de las zonas más pobres de Jordania. Los habitantes de este sitio denunciaron el ataque, del que aún se desconocen los motivos.

'Condenamos el atentado terrorista perpetrado por un cobarde en Jerash', dijeron en una carta firmada y citada en el sitio web de un periódico gubernamental.

La economía jordana depende en gran parte del turismo y anteriormente grupos milicianos islámicos han atacado sitios turísticos para avergonzar al gobierno o dañar a esa valiosa rama económica. El sector turístico ha gozado de una fuerte recuperación en los últimos dos años.

En 2005, los ataques a tres hoteles causaron la muerte de al menos 23 personas, mientras que al año siguiente un turista británico fue asesinado cuando un pistolero abrió fuego en las ruinas romanas de Ammán.

Más recientemente, un ataque en 2016 del grupo Estado Islámico mató a 14 personas, entre ellos un turista canadiense.

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El periodista de The Associated Press Mohammed Daraghmeh en Ramala, Cisjordania, contribuyó para este despacho.

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Este despacho fue corregido para reflejar que los residentes de Jerash abandonaron sus hogares en la guerra del Medio Oriente de 1967, no en 1948.


          

Relatos de valentía y horror durante balacera en México

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GALEANA, México (AP) — Los ocho niños _algunos de ellos muy pequeños_ que sobrevivieron a una emboscada en el norte de México no sólo escaparon de los hombres armados de un cártel del narcotráfico que mataron a sus madres, sino que lograron esconderse entre la maleza y algunos caminaron kilómetros para obtener ayuda pese a tener horribles heridas de bala.

En un ejemplo de la devoción de una madre, una mujer habría escondido a su bebé en el piso de su camioneta Suburban antes de salir del vehículo agitando los brazos para mostrar a los pistoleros que ella no representaba una amenaza. Su cuerpo baleado apareció a unos 15 metros (yardas) del vehículo.

La madre fue uno de los nueve ciudadanos estadounidenses _tres mujeres y seis menores, todos residentes en el norte de México_ que fueron asesinados el lunes cuando pistoleros de un cártel emboscaron a tres camionetas SUV en un camino sin pavimentar. Además de los múltiples agujeros de bala, uno de los autos quedó calcinado.

Las autoridades mexicanas apuntaron que los agresores podrían haber confundido los vehículos con los de una banda rival con la que libran una violenta guerra territorial.

El cártel de Juárez y su brazo armado, conocido como 'La Línea', están librando una despiadada guerra territorial contra una facción del cártel de Sinaloa conocida como 'Salazar'.

'Esa fue la percepción que tuvimos, que en el último de los casos, las personas que agredieron a los ocupantes dejaron ir a los menores. Luego entonces, podemos establecer alguna premisa: que no fue una agresión directa' contra las familias, dijo en conferencia de prensa el jefe del Estado Mayor de la Defensa Nacional, general Homero Mendoza.

Mendoza precisó que la emboscada consistió en dos ataques, con dos horas de diferencia en dos lugares a lo largo de la carretera. Dijo que a las 9 de la mañana, una camioneta Chevrolet Tahoe fue alcanzada por balas y se incendió, y que las 11 de la mañana, dos camionetas Suburban _una con la madre y su bebé_ fueron alcanzadas por disparos.

Las autoridades mexicanas usaron un helicóptero militar para llevar a los cinco menores heridos a un hospital en Estados Unidos. En el momento del traslado estaban “estables”, según las autoridades médicas del estado de Sonora.

Otros tres menores que salieron ilesos quedaron a cargo de familiares en la pequeña comunidad de La Mora, en el norte de México.

Según relató una de los familiares, Kendra Miller, uno de los pocos niños que no sufrió heridas fue Devin Blake Langford, de 13 años. El menor rápidamente se hizo cargo de la situación, llegando a caminar 22,5 kilómetros (14 millas) de regreso a La Mora para pedir ayuda.

'Después de presenciar como su madre y sus hermanos morían baleados, Devin escondió a sus otros seis hermanos entre los arbustos y los cubrió con ramas para mantenerlos a salvo mientras iba a buscar ayuda”, contó Miller. 'Como tardaba mucho en regresar, su hermana de 9 años dejó a los otros cinco” y se marchó a pedir auxilio.

Esa niña, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, caminó durante horas a oscuras y la encontraron varias horas después de que los demás fueran rescatados. Por un momento, fue dada por desaparecida.

En total, los niños estuvieron solos desde alrededor de las 11:00 de la mañana hasta alrededor de las 7:30 de la tarde, cuando fueron rescatados. Familiares en La Mora intentaron llegar a ellos antes, pero se detuvieron ante los disparos.

En las grabaciones de las llamadas entre los rescatistas, se les puede escuchar discutiendo si era mejor arriesgar más vidas o esperar una hora o dos a la llegada del ejército mexicano. Fue una decisión agónica.

Lo que vieron cuando encontraron a los niños fue aterrador.

Cody Greyson Langford, de 8 años, tenía un disparo en la mandíbula y sangraba de forma abundante. Otra niña sufrió balazos en el pie y en la espalda.

Al parecer, los asesinos eran miembros de La Línea, cuyos sicarios entraron al territorio del cártel de Sinaloa y establecieron un puesto de avanzada armado en una colina y una emboscada carretera arriba. El cártel de Juárez aparentemente quería enviar el mensaje de que controlaba la carretera al estado de Chihuahua.

En este panorama fue en el que se adentraron las madres estadounidenses en sus tres camionetas, pero lo que los familiares quieren que se recuerde no es la crueldad del cártel, sino la valentía, la inocencia y el sacrificio de las víctimas.

Austin Cloes, un pariente de los fallecidos, dijo desde su casa en Salt Lake City que eran buenas personas que amaban a sus hijos y disfrutaban de una vida tranquila en una exitosa plantación de nueces pecanas.

'Este tipo de cosas no deberían pasar desapercibidas”, apuntó Cloes, quien trabaja con jóvenes en situación de riesgo y entrena a un equipo de baloncesto de secundaria. 'Y este tipo de personas no deberían ser enterradas sin que sus nombres salgan a la luz. Son grandes personas”.

Las víctimas vivían en el estado mexicano de Sonora, a unos 110 kilómetros (70 millas) al sur de Douglas, Arizona, en la comunidad de La Mora, que se fundó hace décadas por una escisión de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días. Muchos residentes de la localidad se identifican como mormones pero no están afiliados a ninguna Iglesia.

Todas las víctimas estaban aparentemente relacionadas con la familia LeBarón de Chihuahua, cuyos miembros llevan años enfrentados con los narcotraficantes. Benjamín LeBarón, un activista contra el crimen que creó los patrullajes vecinales contra los cárteles en la localidad, fue asesinado en 2009.

Las víctimas iban a visitar a sus familiares en Chihuahua y una de las mujeres se dirigía al aeropuerto en Phoenix para reunirse con su esposo.

Aunque la violencia relacionada con el narcotráfico ha estado presente en México durante años, el ataque expuso la manera en la que los hombres armados de cárteles han dejado de preocuparse por matar niños como daño colateral.

En agosto, en el estado de Chihuahua, pistoleros dispararon 123 balas a un hombre y mataron a tres niñas de 4, 13 y 14 años. En junio, un niño fue asesinado junto a su padre en Sonora, y en julio, otro de 10 años murió en un robo en el estado de Puebla.

Las autoridades dijeron el martes que un sospechoso fue arrestado en la ciudad fronteriza de Agua Prieta en posesión de varios rifles de asalto, pero luego dijeron que el sospechoso aparentemente no estuvo involucrado en la emboscada.

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El periodista de The Associated Press Brady McCombs en Salt Lake City contribuyó a este despacho.


          

Lila Downs abre las puertas de Oaxaca en un documental

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CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (AP) — Lila Downs abre las puertas de su casa con el documental “Al son del chile frito”.

La veterana cantante y compositora mexicana-estadounidense, quien ha expresado su orgullo por Oaxaca desde sus primeras producciones, ahora presenta con lujo de detalle cómo es la cocina, el paisaje y la gente en el sureño estado mexicano indígena donde creció, en este filme dirigido por Gonzalo Ferrari.

“El cine siempre ha sido familiar para mí porque mi padre fue cineasta”, dijo Downs en una entrevista con The Associated Press al día siguiente del estreno a la sala llena en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. “El cine es una herramienta singular en mi trabajo. Siempre es importante para mí hacer en compañía de la música la cuestión visual”.

La semana pasada, Downs fue galardonada en los premios Lunas del Auditorio Nacional en la categoría de música mexicana y le dedicó su premio a México, un país del que dijo que hay muchas versiones. Una de ellas es la que presenta en la película.

La iniciativa surgió durante la grabación de su más reciente disco, “Al chile”. De acuerdo con el director, fueron sus canciones las que sirvieron como base para encontrar los temas a abordarse.

“Lo asociamos con el viaje interior que estaba haciendo Lila, el viaje que inicia cuando está grabando el disco”, dijo Ferrari, un uruguayo afincado en México desde hace una década. “Por eso vamos a Oaxaca, por eso vamos a Juchitán, porque ella sentía con este disco una necesidad de reencontrarse con toda esta gente”.

Aunque Downs es originaria de la ciudad de Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, fue en Juchitán donde pudo proyectar su carrera después de unos años difíciles tras la muerte de su padre, cuando ella tenía 16 años. Cuenta que en esa época cambió la forma en la que era tratada en su ciudad porque no había un hombre en su casa.

“Mi pueblo fue duro conmigo de joven”, recordó la artista. “Aunque era gringo, era muy respetado en el pueblo, lo querían mucho”, dijo sobre su padre, quien según la cantante ayudó a fundar y daba clases en la casa de la cultura local.

Su madre, originaria de Oaxaca, todavía vive y aparece en el documental. “El cine es bien importante para ella y ella fue la (actriz) protagónica en varias películas de mi papá”, dijo Downs.

Una vez que probó suerte en Juchitán, en el Itsmo de Tehuantepec, su vida empezó a cambiar.

“Fui tan aceptada, musicalmente, como mujer, como ser humano, que nunca se me olvida ese lugar y siempre lo veo como una plataforma de mi carrera. Quise volver a ese lugar por eso”, dijo la cantante, quien el viernes hizo bailar al Auditorio Nacional con su ya tradicional concierto del Día de Muertos.

El título del documental proviene de las bandas de la costa chica de Oaxaca (una región diferente a la de Juchitán), que tocan chilena y merequetengue en las fiestas populares. La zona es colindante con el estado de Guerrero y en ella hay población afromestiza.

El ritmo bailable de las bandas de chile frito, dice Downs, tiene similitudes con el huapango, de la zona norte del Golfo de México.

“Es donde se encuentra la negritud, pero también el mestizaje del español. Ese ritmo tiene que ver con las dos cosas: es un ejemplo del gran mestizaje que llevamos en las venas”, explicó.

En total aparecen en el filme unos 200 músicos, entre la banda La Misteriosa de Downs y otros como un joven que se identifica como muxe (pronunciado mushe), género con que se define en la región zapoteca a una persona nacida con genitales masculinos que asume roles femeninos.

En una escena el joven comienza a tocar música vestido de acuerdo a su nueva identidad de género sin que su banda se incomode. Pero en otra aparece con su madre, quien le cuenta a Downs lo difícil que fue aceptarlo en esta nueva etapa debido a su religión cristiana.

“Es verdad que no todo es tan bonito como lo pintan en algunas películas que yo he visto. Ves todo el lado positivo de la aceptación muxe”, dijo Downs. “En una edición anterior (del documental) habló la abuela, y la abuela decía ‘yo acepto a mi nieto como vino, ella quiere ser así’. Fue muy lindo”.

El documental, con guion de Christian Cueva y Ricardo Farias, muestra los agaves de los que se hace el famoso mezcal, las montañas sagradas en Oaxaca y a una cocinera que explica la importancia de los ingredientes tradicionales para el mole.

“Comimos rebien”, dijo Downs con una sonrisa. “Todos subimos un buen, nos pusimos gorditos”.

Y aunque aún no está definido dónde se proyectará o transmitirá tras su estreno en Morelia, la artista se quedó con ganas de mostrar aún más de Oaxaca.

“Siento que es como un primer capítulo, que se presta para seguir”, dijo Downs.


          

Apuñalan a turistas en Jordania, entre ellos tres mexicanos

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AMÁN, Jordania (AP) — Un agresor solitario apuñaló el miércoles a ocho personas, entre ellas a tres turistas mexicanos y una mujer suiza, en un popular yacimiento arqueológico en el norte de Jordania, informaron las autoridades el miércoles.

El ataque en Jerash, uno de los principales destinos turísticos del país, amenazó con empañar el vital sector del turismo del país.

Un portavoz de la Oficina de Seguridad Pública de Jordania precisó que entre los heridos había tres turistas mexicanos y una mujer suiza. Los demás lesionados por arma blanca fueron la guía turística y otros tres jordanos, entre ellos dos policías y en conductor de un autobús, antes de que el atacante fuera sometido y detenido.

La oficina dijo que dos personas _una mujer mexicana y un policía jordano_ se encontraban en estado grave y que fueron trasladadas por helicóptero a un hospital de la capital, Amán. Jerash está a unos 60 kilómetros (40 millas) al norte de la capital.

El canciller mexicano, Marcelo Ebrard, dijo que el ataque ocurrió durante una visita guiada y confirmó que una de las víctimas estaba herida de gravedad y que otra estaba siendo intervenida quirúrgicamente. “El gobierno de Jordania nos ha apoyado en todo momento', tuiteó. Hay un 'Seguimiento personal del Rey de Jordania', agregó.

Las autoridades suizas de momento no dijeron nada sobre el ataque en Jordania.

Un video no profesional grabado en el lugar mostraba una escena sangrienta en Jerash, una antigua ciudad cuyas ruinas incluyen un anfiteatro romano y una columnata.

En un video se oía a una mujer exclamando en español '¡Es un puñal, es un puñal! ¡Trae una navaja! ¡Por favor, ayuda aquí a él, ayuda ya!'.

Las imágenes mostraban a una mujer tendida inmóvil en el piso, mientras alguien le presionaba la espalda con una toalla. A su alrededor había manchas de sangre. Un hombre sentado cerca parecía tener una herida en la pierna.

Por el momento no había detalles de la identidad del agresor ni sus motivos, pero varios residentes del campo de refugiados de Jerash, habitado por palestinos cuyas familias huyeron o se vieron obligadas a abandonar sus hogares durante la guerra relacionada con establecimiento de Israel en 1967, denunciaron el ataque.

'Condenamos el atentado terrorista perpetrado por un cobarde en Jerash', dijeron en una carta firmada y citada en el sitio web de un periódico gubernamental.

La economía jordana depende en gran parte del turismo y anteriormente grupos milicianos islámicos han atacado sitios turísticos para avergonzar al gobierno o dañar a esa valiosa rama económica. El sector turístico ha gozado de una fuerte recuperación en los últimos dos años.

En 2005, los ataques a tres hoteles causaron la muerte de al menos 23 personas, mientras que al año siguiente un turista británico fue asesinado cuando un pistolero abrió fuego en las ruinas romanas de Ammán.

Más recientemente, un ataque en 2016 del grupo Estado Islámico mató a 14 personas, entre ellos un turista canadiense.

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El periodista de The Associated Press Mohammed Daraghmeh en Ramala, Cisjordania, contribuyó para este despacho.

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Este despacho fue corregido para reflejar que los residentes de Jerash abandonaron sus hogares en la guerra del Medio Oriente de 1967, no en 1948.


          

Ensayan por primera vez la edición genética para tratar cáncer

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El primer ensayo en Estados Unidos de una herramienta de edición genética llamada CRISPR contra el cáncer parece ir bien en tres pacientes hasta ahora, pero es demasiado pronto para saber si mejorará sus probabilidades de supervivencia, informaron los médicos el miércoles.

Los doctores tomaron células del sistema inmunológico de los pacientes y las alteraron genéticamente para instruirlas a reconocer el cáncer y combatirlo, con efectos secundarios mínimos y manejables.

El tratamiento elimina tres genes que podrían haber estado obstaculizando la capacidad de estas células para atacar la enfermedad, y añade una nueva y cuarta característica para impulsarlas en la tarea.

'Es la ingeniería genética y celular más complicada que se ha intentado hasta ahora', afirmó el líder del estudio, el doctor Edward Stadtmauer, de la Universidad de Pensilvania en Filadelfia. 'Esta es la prueba de que podemos hacer la edición genética de estas células con seguridad'.

Después de dos o tres meses, el cáncer de un paciente continuó empeorando y otro se mantuvo estable. Una tercera paciente fue tratada demasiado recientemente como para saber cómo le irá. El plan es tratar a 15 pacientes más con el tratamiento antes de evaluar su seguridad y buen funcionamiento.

'Es muy temprano, pero me siento increíblemente animado por esto', dijo un experto independiente, el doctor Aaron Gerds, especialista en cáncer de la Clínica Cleveland.

Otras terapias celulares para algunos cánceres de la sangre 'han sido un gran éxito, ya que han tomado enfermedades que no son curables y las están curando', y la edición genética podría ser una forma de remediarlas, apuntó.

La edición genética es una forma de cambiar permanentemente el ADN para atacar las causas fundamentales de una enfermedad. CRISPR es una herramienta para cortar el ADN en un punto específico. Se ha utilizado durante mucho tiempo en los laboratorios y se está probando para otras enfermedades.

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Marilynn Marchione está en: https://twitter.com/MMarchioneAP

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El Departamento de Salud y Ciencia de The Associated Press recibe apoyo del Departamento de Educación Científica del Instituto Médico Howard Hughes. La AP es la única responsable de todo el contenido.


          

Apuñalan a turistas en Jordania, entre ellos tres mexicanos

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AMÁN, Jordania (AP) — Un agresor solitario apuñaló el miércoles a ocho personas, entre ellas tres turistas mexicanos y su guía, en un popular yacimiento arqueológico en el norte de Jordania, informaron las autoridades.

El ataque en Jerash, uno de los principales destinos turísticos del país, amenazó con empañar el vital sector del turismo del país.

Un portavoz de la Oficina de Seguridad Pública de Jordania precisó que una turista suiza estaba entre los heridos. Los demás lesionados por arma blanca fueron la guía turística y otros tres jordanos, entre ellos dos policías y en conductor de un autobús, antes de que el atacante fuera sometido y detenido.

La oficina dijo que dos personas _una mujer mexicana y un policía jordano_ se encontraban en estado grave y que fueron trasladadas por helicóptero a un hospital de la capital, Ammán. Jerash está a unos 60 kilómetros (40 millas) al norte de la capital.

Las autoridades mexicanas y suizas no dijeron nada de inmediato sobre el ataque en Jordania.

Un video no profesional grabado en el lugar mostraba una escena sangrienta en Jerash, una antigua ciudad cuyas ruinas incluyen un anfiteatro romano y una columnata.

En un video se oía a una mujer exclamando en español '¡Es un puñal, es un puñal! ¡Trae una navaja! ¡Por favor, ayuda aquí a él, ayuda ya!'.

Las imágenes mostraban a una mujer tendida inmóvil en el piso, mientras alguien le presionaba la espalda con una toalla. A su alrededor había manchas de sangre. Un hombre sentado cerca parecía tener una herida en la pierna.

Por el momento no había detalles de la identidad del agresor ni sus motivos, pero varios residentes del campo de refugiados de Jerash, habitado por palestinos cuyas familias huyeron o se vieron obligadas a abandonar sus hogares durante la guerra que relacionada con establecimiento de Israel en 1967, denunciaron el ataque.

'Condenamos el atentado terrorista perpetrado por un cobarde en Jerash', dijeron en una carta firmada y citada en el sitio web de un periódico gubernamental.

La economía jordana depende en gran parte del turismo y anteriormente grupos milicianos islámicos han atacado sitios turísticos para avergonzar al gobierno o dañar a esa valiosa rama económica. El sector turístico ha gozado de una fuerte recuperación en los últimos dos años.

En 2005, los ataques a tres hoteles causaron la muerte de al menos 23 personas, mientras que al año siguiente un turista británico fue asesinado cuando un pistolero abrió fuego en las ruinas romanas de Ammán.

Más recientemente, un ataque en 2016 del grupo Estado Islámico mató a 14 personas, entre ellos un turista canadiense.

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El periodista de The Associated Press Mohammed Daraghmeh en Ramala, Cisjordania, contribuyó para este despacho.

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Este despacho fue corregido para reflejar que los residentes de Jerash abandonaron sus hogares en la guerra del Medio Oriente de 1967, no en 1948.


          

Apuñalan a turistas en Jordania, entre ellos tres mexicanos

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AMÁN, Jordania (AP) — Un agresor solitario apuñaló el miércoles a ocho personas, entre ellas tres turistas mexicanos y su guía, en un popular yacimiento arqueológico en el norte de Jordania, informó la prensa oficial.

El ataque ocurrió en Jerash, uno de los principales destinos turísticos del país. Un agente de seguridad no identificado por la agencia de noticias Petra precisó que otra turista suiza estaba entre los heridos. Los demás lesionados por arma blanca fueron la guía turística y tres jordanos, entre ellos un policía, antes de que el atacante fuera sometido y detenido, según los reportes.

De momento se desconocían detalles sobre el estado de los heridos, pero el sitio independiente de noticias Ammon dijo que dos personas en estado crítico fueron trasladadas por helicóptero a un hospital de la capital, Ammán. Jerash está a unos 60 kilómetros (40 millas) al norte de la capital.

Las autoridades mexicanas y suizas no dijeron nada de inmediato sobre el ataque en Jordania.

Un video no profesional grabado en el lugar mostraba una escena sangrienta en Jerash, una antigua ciudad cuyas ruinas incluyen un anfiteatro romano y una columnata.

En un video se oía a una mujer exclamando en español '¡Es un puñal, es un puñal! ¡Trae una navaja! ¡Por favor, ayuda aquí a él, ayuda ya!'.

Las imágenes mostraban a una mujer tendida inmóvil en el piso, mientras alguien le presionaba la espalda con una toalla. A su alrededor había manchas de sangre. Un hombre sentado cerca parecía tener una herida en la pierna.

Por el momento no había detalles de la identidad del agresor ni sus motivos, pero varios residentes del campo de refugiados de Jerash, habitado por palestinos cuyas familias huyeron o se vieron obligadas a abandonar sus hogares durante la guerra que relacionada con establecimiento de Israel en 1948, denunciaron el ataque.

'Condenamos el atentado terrorista perpetrado por un cobarde en Jerash', dijeron en una carta firmada y citada en el sitio web de un periódico gubernamental.

La economía jordana depende en gran parte del turismo y anteriormente grupos milicianos islámicos han atacado sitios turísticos para avergonzar al gobierno o dañar a esa valiosa rama económica. El sector turístico ha gozado de una fuerte recuperación en los últimos dos años.

En 2005, los ataques a tres hoteles causaron la muerte de al menos 23 personas, mientras que al año siguiente un turista británico fue asesinado cuando un pistolero abrió fuego en las ruinas romanas de Ammán.

Más recientemente, un ataque en 2016 del grupo Estado Islámico mató a 14 personas, entre ellos un turista canadiense.

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El periodista de The Associated Press Mohammed Daraghmeh en Ramala, Cisjordania, contribuyó para este despacho.


          

Grupo advierte que aumenta la desinformación en Facebook

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Un grupo que rastrea la información errónea advirtió el miércoles que ha detectado un aumento de noticias políticas falsas compartidas en Facebook antes de las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos en 2020.

El grupo, Avaaz, encontró que la desinformación viral todavía se sigue difundiendo en la red social a pesar de las medidas que Facebook ha puesto en marcha desde las elecciones norteamericanas de 2016. Los investigadores dieron seguimiento a las 100 noticias falsas más compartidas entre el 1 de enero y el 1 de octubre de este año. Las noticias falsas rastreadas fueron verificadas y desmentidas por los asociados de Facebook, entre ellos The Associated Press.

El grupo descubrió que, en conjunto, las noticias falsas se publicaron más de 2,3 millones de veces y que se calcula que tuvieron 158,9 millones de visitas, junto con 8,9 millones de 'Me gusta', comentarios y otras reacciones. Las noticias falsas apuntaban a los dos principales partidos políticos de Estados Unidos, pero Avaaz dijo que la mayoría estaban en contra de los demócratas y los liberales.

La mayoría de las fuentes de noticias falsas eran usuarios individuales o páginas políticas no oficiales. Avaaz, un grupo de defensa en línea de tendencia izquierdista, dijo que las noticias falsas que encontró difundiéndose incluso después de haber sido desacreditadas incluían una que afirmaba erróneamente que el abuelo del presidente Donald Trump era un proxeneta y un evasor de impuestos, y que su padre fue miembro del Ku Klux Klan. Se calcula que esa noticia falsa tuvo 29 millones de vistas. Otra información que afirmaba falsamente que la representante demócrata Ilhan Omar asistió a un campamento de entrenamiento de Al Qaeda tenía unas 770.000 vistas.

Facebook no respondió de momento a una solicitud de comentarios sobre el informe, publicado a última hora del martes.

Avaaz dijo en el reporte que los hallazgos son la 'punta del iceberg de la desinformación' antes de las elecciones de 2020.


          

Detenido un senador de Puerto Rico en un caso de corrupción

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — El senador de Puerto Rico Abel Nazario y otras siete personas fueron detenidos el miércoles de madrugada por agentes del FBI dentro de un caso de corrupción en el territorio estadounidense.

La secretaría de Justicia de Estados Unidos ofrecería pronto más detalles, indicó la vocera del FBI Limary Cruz a The Associated Press. La portavoz declinó dar más detalles.

El presidente del Senado puertorriqueño, Thomas Rivera Schatz, pidió la renuncia de Nazario tras su detención.

“Es lamentable para él y para su familia pero principalmente para el pueblo de Puerto Rico que observa con angustia eventos que laceran la confianza en las instituciones del gobierno”, dijo Rivera en un comunicado.

Puerto Rico aún se está recuperando de una crisis política que incluyó la renuncia del anterior gobernador de la isla, tras protestas masivas avivadas en parte por el descontento por la corrupción.

El portavoz de Nazario Edgardo Rosado dijo a AP que el senador era inocente y añadió que la detención estaba relacionada con un caso federal abierto en el que varias personas estaban acusadas de cobrar al gobierno puertorriqueño por servicios que nunca se prestaron. Se han presentado cargos contra varios sospechosos, incluido el exdirector de la Oficina de Asuntos Gubernamentales del Senado.

Las autoridades federales ya detuvieron a Nazario en septiembre de 2018 y le acusaron de defraudar a sus empleados cuando era alcalde de la localidad suroccidental de Yauco. Los investigadores indicaron que sus empleados estaban obligados a trabajar dos horas diarias como voluntarios, algo que el Departamento de Trabajo considera una infracción.

Nazario accedió a pagar casi 590.000 dólares en salarios adeudados a 177 empleados, pero las autoridades dijeron haber descubierto después que la municipalía estaba reteniendo los salarios de los trabajadores, pese a la promesa de Nazario de que no tomaría represalias.

Está esperando juicio por ese caso.

Nazario era entonces vicepresidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista, al que pertenece la actual gobernadora.


          

Detenido un senador de Puerto Rico en un caso de corrupción

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El senador de Puerto Rico, Abel Nazario y otras siete personas fueron detenidos el miércoles de madrugada por agentes del FBI dentro de un caso de corrupción.

La secretaría de Justicia de Estados Unidos ofrecería pronto más detalles, indicó la vocera del FBI Limary Cruz a The Associated Press. La portavoz declinó dar más detalles.

El presidente del Senado puertorriqueño, Thomas Rivera Schatz, pidió la renuncia de Nazario tras su detención. El portavoz de Nazario Edgardo Rosado dijo a AP que el senador era inocente.

Las autoridades federales ya detuvieron a Nazario en septiembre de 2018 y le acusaron de defraudar a sus empleados cuando era alcalde de la localidad suroccidental de Yauco. Está esperando juicio por ese caso.

Nazario era entonces vicepresidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista, al que pertenece la actual gobernadora.


          

Placido Domingo oskarżony o molestowanie. Artysta wydał oświadczenie

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Tucson voters overwhelmingly reject sanctuary city measure

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Chris Brown's People Say L.A. Officials Harassed Him Over Yard Sale - TMZ

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Carrier says security alert at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport began when hijacking warning was #Accidentally set off

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SCHIPHOL, Netherlands — Carrier says security alert at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport began when hijacking warning was accidentally set off. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
          

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Fires Are Ravaging Brazil’s Pantanal, the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:38 PM PST

(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing.

The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon region.

The Pantanal, which sprawls over parts of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is a popular ecotourism destination considered one of the best places to see wildlife in South America. During the wet season, rivers overflow their banks and make most of the region accessible only by boat and plane. In the dry season, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see jaguars lounging on riverbanks, as well as macaws, giant river otters and caiman.

But this year’s dry season has extended much longer than usual.

“Any spark in this area these days of high temperatures and very low humidity will start fires like those we’ve seen in recent days,” Júlio Cesar Sampaio, chief of WWF Brasil’s Cerrado Pantanal program, said by phone. “Only rain will decrease the risk of fire.”

Rescue efforts have so far found burned remains of caimans, iguanas and snakes. SOS Pantanal, a local group, reported that hyacinth macaws, a vulnerable species, lost much of their primary food source as coconut and palm trees went up in flames, and the blue-and-yellow birds have been seen flying about aimlessly.

Between January and November, the area had 516% more fires than the same period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research.

While there have been more fires in the Amazon, they have been dispersed across an area roughly half the size of the United States. The blazes in the Pantanal, by contrast, are concentrated in Corumba, a municipality in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Corumba has had about twice as many fires as the worst-affected municipalities in the Amazon.

“There is no precedent for a fire of this scale,” said Angelo Rabelo, president of the Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, an environmental group based in Corumba.

Fires in the Pantanal this time of year are abnormal because heavy rains usually start in October. Rabelo said waters in the rivers and wetlands drained much faster this year. The Paraguay River, one of the region’s main fluvial veins, is at a 20-year low.

“Climate change is here,” he said.

With little precipitation, high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, fires are spreading fast through the low vegetation, authorities say.

The Mato Grosso do Sul state government said in a press release that the fires are “of a proportion never-before registered” and that the causes were both the dry conditions and “criminal activity.”

Firefighters say the cause is likely local people setting fires to clear land of vegetation, a practice also blamed for many of the Amazon fires. Such burning is particularly common among cattle ranchers, who use fire rather than costly equipment to prepare pastures.

Fires in the Pantanal this year have been overshadowed by the months-long period of blazes seen in the Amazon region. The governor of Mato Grosso do Sul declared a state of emergency on Sept. 11 after over 10,000 square kilometers (nearly 3,900 square miles) burned in the previous five weeks in the state’s portion of the Amazon.

The Hyacinth Macaw Institute, an environmental group, released a report Wednesday saying the Pantanal destruction in September and October hit the area’s biggest center for hyacinth macaw reproduction and also came in the middle of mating season. Of 98 nests monitored, at least four baby birds died, their nostrils clogged with soot.

The fires have only worsened since, and still the rain hasn’t fallen.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years,” said Waldemir Moreira, who runs the state fire department’s environmental protection unit. “We’ve certainly had fires before, but it’s much more serious now. We want the world to pay attention to our Pantanal, too.”

Northern Mexico Town Prepares Funerals After Nine Americans Were Killed in Drug Cartel Violence

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:30 PM PST

(LA MORA, Mexico) — Under a strong security presence, this remote farming community prepared to hold the first funerals Thursday for some of the nine American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen.

Dozens of high-riding pickups and SUVS, many with U.S. license plates from as far away as North Dakota, bumped across dirt and rock roads over desert, arid grasslands and pine-covered mountains Wednesday as night fell on this community of about 300 people. Many of the residents are dual U.S. and Mexican citizens who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At least 1,000 visitors were expected to bunk down in the hamlet overnight ahead of Thursday’s funerals, filling floor space in the 30 or so homes or sleeping in tents they brought with them. At least one cow was slaughtered to help feed the masses, as well as the few dozen Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance to La Mora.

Steven Langford, who was mayor of La Mora from 2015 to 2018, said he expected the killings to have a “major” impact on the community. Once upon a time he didn’t think about moving around the area in the middle of night, but in the last 10 to 15 years things “got worse and worse and worse.” As many as half of the residents could move away, he feared.

“It was a massacre, 100% a massacre,” said Langford, whose sister Christina Langford was one of the women killed. “I don’t know how it squares with the conscience of someone to do something so horrible.”

When gunmen opened fire on them Monday, the Mexican army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

To many, the bloodshed seemed to demonstrate once more that the government has lost control over vast areas of Mexico to drug traffickers.

“The country is suffering very much from violence,” said William Stubbs, a pecan and alfalfa farmer who serves on a community security committee in the American-dominated hamlet of Colonia LeBaron. “You see it all over. And it ain’t getting better. It’s getting worse.”

The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.-Mexican residents of places like Colonia LeBaron to form their own civilian defense patrols.

Stubbs said that after the 2009 killing of anti-crime activist Benjamin LeBaron, residents positioned themselves each night for two years with high-powered binoculars to keep watch from the large “L” for “LeBaron” that stands on a hillside above the town.

Since then, he said, the cartels have left Le Baron and the town of Galeana a few kilometers to the north alone. But he said they have watched the cartels get stronger in the past two decades, with nearby communities in the mountains suffering from violence and extortion.

This week, he said, the military told him that the town of Zaragoza had been about 50% abandoned.

The army’s chief of staff, Gen. Homero Mendoza, said Wednesday the attack that killed three American mothers and six of their children started at 9:40 a.m. Monday, but the nearest army units were in the border city of Agua Prieta, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) and 3½ hours away.

Soldiers didn’t start out for the scene until 2:30 p.m. and didn’t arrive until 6:15 p.m. — even while five surviving children lay hiding in the mountains with bullet wounds.

“There are areas where the government’s control is very fragile,” said Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador created the militarized National Guard after he took office last December to help law enforcement, but its 70,000 troops have to cover a vast territory.

“The government’s main policy tool, the National Guard, is not where it should be,” Hope said. “It should be in the mountains, and it’s not there.”

He noted that Sonora and Chihuahua states, with over 160,000 square miles (420,000 square kilometers) between them, have only about 4,100 National Guard agents stationed there, or about one for every 40 square miles.

Questions have also arisen over whether the army can do its job even when it is present. On Oct. 17, in Sinaloa state, soldiers were forced to release the captured son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to avoid further bloodshed after Sinaloa cartel gunmen counterattacked in greater numbers in the city of Culiacan.

Colonia Le Baron is a place where the U.S. influence is evident everywhere: pickup trucks with license plates from California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and English-speaking customers eating hamburgers at Ray’s Restaurant, Coffee & Grill. Many of the dual citizens were born here, and their families have been here for decades.

Stubbs predicted that some people will move their families to the United States out of fear but will ultimately come back, as happened after the 2009 killing.

He dismissed López Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security strategy of trying to solve underlying social problems instead of battling drug cartels with military force.

“I’m really shocked actually of his way of thinking, and it ain’t going to solve the problems,” Stubbs said.

Residents know they can’t fight the cartels on their own.

“We’re not experts in military and war and weapons,” Stubbs said. “We’re farmers, and we have great families and big families, and we definitely want our families to be peaceful.”

Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang. The Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” are fighting a vicious turf war against a faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as the “Salazar.”

“Those who attacked the occupants (of the vehicles), they let the children go, so we can deduce that it was not a targeted attack” on the families, said Mendoza, the army chief of staff.

Most of the victims lived in La Mora, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona. Many in the hamlet are related to the extended LeBaron family.

The killers were believed to be from La Linea, whose gunmen entered Sinaloa cartel territory the previous day and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop near La Mora and an ambush farther up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to prevent Sinaloa gunmen from entering their territory in Chihuahua state.

On Wednesday dozens of army soldiers, federal and state police and National Guard troops provided security along the bumpy route from Chihuahua state to La Mora, in neighboring Sonora, retracing in reverse the route the victims were on when they were ambushed. People in the caravan clapped the agents on the back in thanks and gave them food, bottles of water and baseball caps.

Langford said he and others come and go frequently between La Mora and the United States, working north of the border to build lives and families in a place he described as a “paradise” for children to grow up. Behind the lot where he and his wife raised 11 kids, they are fond of fishing and swimming.

“We’ve always known the dangers. We’ve seen the people doing their deal. We always had the policy, ‘We don’t bother them.’ We never dreamed something like this could happen,” said Langford. “Now this place is going to become a ghost town. A lot of people are going to leave.”

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Shakes Off a Rocky Start to the Elections

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:41 PM PST

(LONDON) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party’s election campaign.

Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day of Britain’s five-week campaign, Johnson said the political impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union made him want to “chew my own tie in frustration.”

“I don’t want an early election, and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we have got to the stage where we have no choice,” he said.

Johnson, trying to set the stage for a people-versus-Parliament campaign, said lawmakers were “refusing time and again to deliver Brexit and honor the result of the referendum.”

In fact, lawmakers approved Johnson’s EU divorce deal in principle last month, but asked for more time to scrutinize it. Johnson then withdrew the bill and pushed for an early election instead.

Johnson also slammed his main rival, left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, comparing him to former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and — erroneously — claiming he had sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a nerve-agent attack on British soil.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in the Dec. 12 election, which is coming more than two years early. Some 46 million British voters are eligible to take part in the country’s first December election in 96 years.

Johnson urged voters to deliver a Conservative majority so Britain could “put uncertainty behind us.” With that support, Johnson vowed he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit deal and the country would leave the EU as scheduled on Jan. 31.

Brexit was supposed to happen on Oct. 31, but with Britain’s politicians deadlocked, the bloc granted the U.K. a three-month delay.

While unofficial campaigning has been ramping up for weeks, the campaign formally began when Parliament was dissolved Wednesday. Johnson went to Buckingham Palace to notify Queen Elizabeth II of the dissolution before unveiling the party’s election slogan — “Get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential” — at a rally in the central England city of Birmingham.

The Conservative campaign has had a bumpy start. Just minutes before Johnson spoke Wednesday, Cabinet Minister Alun Cairns resigned over allegations about a former aide’s role in a rape trial.

Cairns said he was quitting as Welsh secretary because of “speculation” surrounding the “very sensitive matter,” which is under investigation. He said he was confident he would be cleared of wrongdoing.

Cairns denies allegations that he knew his former staffer Ross England made claims about a victim’s sexual history when he was a witness in a 2018 rape trial. That is not allowed, and the trial collapsed. The judge accused England of deliberately sabotaging the trial. Cairns later endorsed England as a candidate for an upcoming Welsh Assembly election.

On Tuesday, another Conservative, outgoing House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, was forced to apologize for suggesting that the victims of a 2017 London apartment block inferno that killed 72 people lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait in their apartments for help.

The comments drew sharp rebukes from opposition politicians — and from rap star Stormzy, who urged the Conservative lawmaker to resign and tweeted: “These politicians are actual aliens.”

The Conservatives were also criticized for posting a doctored video of a senior Labour figure on Twitter that appeared to show him failing to answer a question, when in fact he did. Conservative Party chair James Cleverly claimed Wednesday the ad was just “a lighthearted satirical video.”

In another over-the-top political insult, Johnson used a column in the Daily Telegraph to accuse the Labour Party under Corbyn of attacking the rich “with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks,” the wealthier peasants targeted by the Soviet regime in the 1930s.

In his Downing Street speech, Johnson also claimed inaccurately that Corbyn had “sided with Putin” after a former Russian spy and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

Corbyn initially asked for “incontrovertible evidence” that Moscow was behind the 2018 attack, as Britain’s Conservative government had insisted. He later said he believed Russia was responsible for the poisoning.

Other parties in the race include the Liberal Democrats, who want to cancel Brexit; the Scottish National Party, which opposes Brexit and wants Scotland to leave the U.K.; and the Brexit Party, which says Britain should leave the bloc without a deal.

The Labour Party has its own woes, with many of the party’s lawmakers uneasy about Corbyn’s firm left-wing views and ambivalence over the EU. On Wednesday, deputy leader Tom Watson, who has often clashed with Corbyn, announced that he was stepping down from politics.

Watson acknowledged his “political differences” with Corbyn in a resignation letter but said the decision was personal rather than political.

Labour wants to shift the election debate away from Brexit and onto domestic issues such as health care, the environment and social welfare, saying it will reverse Britain’s increasing social inequality.

Corbyn has labelled Johnson’s economic plans “Thatcherism on steroids,” in reference to the free-market, low-spending ideology of the late former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“I don’t do personal attacks,” Corbyn told supporters in Telford, central England. He said, if elected, he would be “a very different kind of prime minister.”

“I was not born to rule,” Corbyn said, contrasting himself with the affluent, Oxford University-educated Johnson. “I don’t pursue the kind of politics that thinks it’s all a game, a parlor game, a debating society game.”

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:09 PM PST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso’s Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

Col. Saidou Sanou, the region’s governor, gave the provisional casualty toll in a statement. The mining company said only that it was aware of “several fatalities and injuries.”

“Boungou mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected,” Semafo said in its statement. “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

The area has become increasingly precarious for Semafo, which operates two gold mines in Burkina Faso. Last year, an employee and subcontractor were killed when a bus was targeted by bandits, according to Canadian Press. Later last year, five members of Burkina Faso’s security forces were killed in an attack near the Boungou mine.

Sylvain Leclerc, spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties. She added that Canada’s government condemns the attack and supports efforts to bring peace to Burkina Faso.

The violence underscores the rapidly deteriorating security situation in once peaceful Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by jihadists who have been active for years in neighboring Mali. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic extremists have staged dozens of attacks on churches and public officials across the north of Burkina Faso the last few years.

Concerted military actions by five regional countries, along with a French operation, have failed to stem the growing violence.

The country, which experienced its first major extremist attack in 2015, is a gateway south into coastal West Africa, and regional leaders worry the extremists could be moving into Togo and Benin.

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Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:07 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO — The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

It also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users’ private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. They were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

Ahmad Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, was also charged with falsifying documents and making false statements when questioned by FBI agents. He was expected to make his initial court appearance in Seattle federal court Wednesday afternoon.

That same year, investigators alleged that a Saudi working as a social media adviser for the Saudi royal family, recruited Twitter engineer Ali Alzabarah by flying him to Washington, D.C., for a private meeting with an unnamed member of the family.

“Within one week of returning to San Francisco, Alzabarah began to access without authorization private data of Twitter users en masse,” the complaint said.

The effort included the user data of over 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter, investigators said.

After being confronted by his supervisors at Twitter, Alzabarah allegedly admitted to accessing user data and said he did it out of curiosity.

Alzabarah was placed on administrative leave, his work-owned laptop was seized and he was escorted out of the office. The next day, he flew to Saudi Arabia with his wife and daughter and has not returned to the United States, investigators said. A warrant for his arrest was issued as part of the complaint.

False Alarm Triggers Hijacking Protocol at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Airline Says

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:48 PM PST

Passengers and crew on board a plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were reported safe after Dutch police began investigating a “suspicious situation” on Wednesday.

A tweet from the official Schiphol airport’s account said the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch military police, is looking into the situation on board of a plane at the airport. The police’s official Twitter account also confirmed the investigation.

Details about what police were investigating on the plane were not immediately available.

About an hour after announcing the start of the investigation, police and airport officials said the passengers and crew were safely off the plane. The investigation on the plane continues, they said.

The airline Air Europa said Wednesday afternoon that a false alarm prompted the investigation. A warning that “triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport” was activated by mistake on a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid, according to a tweet from the airline.

Air Europa noted in a followup tweet that its flight to Madrid would take off shortly. Schiphol airport said later Wednesday afternoon that regular operations had resumed at the airport.

Schiphol airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs, with more than 70 million passengers passing through each year.

 

The ‘OK Boomer’ Meme Has Officially Entered Parliamentary Record in New Zealand

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:20 AM PST

The decisive rise of the “OK Boomer” meme continues.

On Monday, an MP from New Zealand’s Green Party, 25-year-old Chlöe Swarbrick, delivered a speech in support of a Zero Carbon Bill, which would provide a framework to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish a new Climate Change Commission. The government’s previous plan to limit greenhouse gases has been criticized by climate activists as insufficient.

“Mr. Speaker, how many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep [climate change] behind closed doors?” she asked. “My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”

Read more: Why TIME Devoted an Entire Issue to Climate Change

“In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old… yet, right now, the average of this 52nd Parliament is 49-years old,” she continued. In response, another MP began to heckle her.

“OK boomer,” Swarbrick shot back.

Not sure what she’s referring to? The phrase “OK boomer” comes from a viral meme that originated on the social media site TikTok. The videos usually include an audio clip of an older man saying, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.” Teens then include their reactions, always a variation on the phrase “OK Boomer.”

The phrase has taken off across the Internet and beyond, and become a common retort used by young people when confronting condescension from older people, usually those of the Baby Boomer generation.

 

In an interview with Stuff, Swarbrick explained her use of the phrase: It’s a “simple summarisation of collective exhaustion,” she said. “Young people have suffered a decade of jibes about how millennials have ruined everything and need to ‘pull our socks up,’ or something.”

“‘OK boomer’ acknowledges that you cannot win a deeply polarized debate — facts don’t matter,” she continued. “It’s better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere.”

Hungarian Mayor Resigns Amid ‘Yacht Orgy’ Scandal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:36 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — The mayor of western Hungary’s largest city, who was re-elected despite the publication of a video showing him participating in an orgy on a luxury yacht, has resigned less than a month after winning a fourth term.

Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Gyor and a 1988 Olympic champion gymnast, said in an open letter on Wednesday that he was stepping down because of his “moral predicament.” His resignation is effective Friday. Under pressure, Borkai had already quit Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party last month.

Hungary’s opposition had seized on the Borkai scandal during the campaign for nationwide municipal elections as evidence of moral decay under Orban’s nine-year rule. The video was widely seen as having helped tip close races in favor of a united opposition, including in Budapest, and deal the Hungarian leader his worst electoral setback in more than a decade.

Child Survivors of Mexico Ambush Hid in Brush, Walked as Much as 14 Miles for Help

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:25 AM PST

(GALEANA, Mexico) — The eight children, some mere infants, who survived the ambush in northern Mexico not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers but managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help despite grisly bullet wounds.

In a testament to a mother’s devotion, one woman reportedly stashed her baby on the floor of her Suburban and got out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the gunmen she wasn’t a threat. She may have moved away from the vehicle to distract their attention; her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 yards (meters) away from the SUV.

The mother was one of nine U.S. citizens — three women and six children all living in northern Mexico — slaughtered Monday when cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road in an attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk. Mexican officials said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

The five wounded children were seriously enough injured that Mexican authorities flew them to the border in a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer. Three other children who were not wounded are in the care of family members in the tiny hamlet of La Mora in northern Mexico.

But what the children went through in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state is nearly indescribable.

Kendra Miller, a relative, said in an account of the shootings that Devin Blake Langford, 13, was one of the few uninjured young people and quickly took charge, eventually walking about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) back to La Mora for help.

“After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” according to the account. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”

That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before she was found several hours after the other children were rescued. She was listed as missing for a while.

Altogether, the kids were on their own from about 1:00 p.m., when the ambush began, until about 7:30 p.m., when they were rescued. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that, but were turned back by gunfire. The area is the site of a cartel turf war.

In recordings of calls between the rescuers, they can be heard debating whether it was better to risk more lives, or wait for an hour or two until Mexican army troops arrived. It was an agonizing decision.

What they saw when they found the children was terrifying.

Cody Greyson Langford, 8, had been shot in the jaw and bled profusely. Another girl had been shot in the foot and the back.

The killers were apparently members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea — “The Line” — whose gunmen had entered Sinaloa cartel territory and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road into Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that the American mothers and their three vehicles drove into.

It was only after the first vehicle was shot up and set afire that 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel gunmen showed up to see what had happened.

But it isn’t the cruelty of the cartel, but the bravery, innocence and sacrifice of the victims that relatives want remembered.

Austin Cloes, a relative of the victims, said from his home in Salt Lake City that they were good people who loved their children and enjoyed their quiet lives based around a successful pecan farming operation.

“This sort of thing shouldn’t go unnoticed,” said Cloes, who works with at-risk youth and coaches high school basketball. “And these sorts of people shouldn’t just be buried without their names being put out there. These are great people.”

The dead in the attacks included a mother, her 8-month-old twins, her 10-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son. Another mother lay dead in the front seat of another Suburban, along with the bullet-riddled bodies of her sons, ages 11 and 2.

The victims lived in Sonora state, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona, in the hamlet of La Mora, which was founded decades ago by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many La Mora residents call themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with any church.

A number of such American farming communities are clustered around the Chihuahua-Sonora state border. Many members were born in Mexico and have dual citizenship. While some of the splinter groups were once polygamous, many no longer are.

All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009.

The victims had set out to visit relatives in Chihuahua. One woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband.

While a drug-related violence has been raging for years in Mexico, the attack underscored the way cartel gunmen have become increasingly unconcerned about killing children as collateral damage. In August in Chihuahua state, cartel gunmen fired 123 bullets at a man and also killed three girls, ages 4, 13 and 14. In June, a young boy was killed along with his father in Sonora state. In July, a 10-year-old was killed during a robbery in Puebla state.

Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested, but it was unclear whether the person had taken part in the ambush.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

The suspect, whose gender was not specified in the statement, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as various large vehicles including a bullet-proofed SUV, the agency said.

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AP Writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

Buckingham Palace Says Queen Elizabeth’s New Clothes Will No Longer Feature Real Fur

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 05:13 AM PST

(LONDON) — Buckingham Palace says new outfits designed for Queen Elizabeth II will not use real fur.

The palace said Wednesday the decision does not mean the queen will dispose of all the fur outfits she already has. The palace statement says “the queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”

The decision pleased animal rights activists, who have sometimes criticized the monarch for the fur pieces in her collection of designer clothes.

Claire Bass, director of the Humane Society International/UK, says “we are thrilled Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.” She says the queen’s decision will send a positive message that fur is no longer considered fashionable.


          

Власти Кипра начали отзывать «золотые паспорта»

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Власти Кипра отозвали 26 паспортов, которые были выданы гражданам других стран в обмен на инвестиции, сообщает Πολιτης со ссылкой на кипрского министра внутренних дел Константиноса Петридиса.

Кого именно лишили гражданства, чиновник не сказал. По данным кипрского ресурса Sigmalive, среди тех, кого лишили гражданства, девять россиян, восемь граждан Камбоджи, пять китайцев. Кипрские паспорта отобрали также у членов их семей.

Как добавил Петридис, правительство Кипра продолжит проверять «золотые паспорта», выданные до ужесточения правил приобретения гражданства.

Президент Кипра Никос Анастасиадис 4 ноября заявил о 10-15 «вопиющих» случаях ошибочной выдачи паспортов. Речь идет о людях, заподозренных в отмывании денег или связанных с «авторитарными правительствами», сообщало Associated Press.

В начале октября в парламент Кипра внесли законопроект, предусматривающий публикацию имен тех, кто купил гражданство.

Кипрский паспорт популярен у богатых россиян. Последние данные Евростата о получении иностранцами гражданства Кипра датируются 2017 годом, тогда паспорт островного государства получили 5,5 тысячи иностранцев, из них 1,3 тысячи россиян.

С 2019 года объем вложений в экономику Кипра для получения паспорта повысили с двух миллионов евро до 2,5 миллиона евро. Кроме того, гражданство не дадут тем, кому ранее отказали другие страны Евросоюза.

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Your love of the 4-day workweek would exclude half the American workforce

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  • While shorter workdays or workweeks might boost productivity and work-life balance for some, low-wage hourly workers, as well as nurses and teachers, would not immediately benefit from these changes, experts tell Business Insider.
  • Because of low pay, hourly shift workers are actually looking for more hours to work. And nurses and teachers face challenges with too many patients and large class sizes.
  • Advocates say centering white-collar employees in the shorter workweek discussion hurts low-wage workers.
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Long before Microsoft's four-day-workweek experiments, Colorado school districts shifted to the same schedule, in part to entice teachers with a better work-life balance.

There was just one problem, says elementary-school teacher Kallie Leyba: "Teachers can't afford to ski."

Colorado teachers like Leyba say they already work longer than 40 hours to get paperwork done, on top of receiving among the lowest statewide educator pay. Colorado's shorter workweek hasn't helped these major issues, says Leyba, who serves as president of the state's American Federation of Teachers branch.

As the conversation around fewer work hours gets more traction, experts say at least three segments of the workforce — low-wage workers, teachers, and nurses — could be excluded from the benefits that a shorter workweek provides.

Teachers and nurses represent 6 million people; workers earning less than $15 represent 65 million people. Together, that's nearly half the labor market.

"Very often when we think about life conflict and over work we have a vision of white-collar workers in mind," says Daniel Schneider, a researcher at the Shift Project at the University of California at Berkeley. "It's super important we bring in hourly workers into the conversation."

American workers — especially hourly ones — need better work-life balance.

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As a whole, American workers have some of the worst work-life balance worldwide.

Workers in the US notoriously take less vacation and spend more time at work than employees in other developed countries, and the government doesn't mandate guaranteed time off.

The lack of work-life balance could be contributing to a mental-health crisis. Over half of employees say their job is negatively affecting their mental health.

But burnout looks different for different workers. Research finds people who work irregular hours or the night shift have a 33% greater risk of experiencing depression on average. That's why blue-collar workers, like construction workers and paramedics, have higher rates of suicide and depression than the general population.

Domestic workers — think house cleaners and nannies — typically work outside the 9-to-5 workday entirely, sometimes working 24/7, as in the case of live-in nannies. They get paid just $11 an hour, on average, meaning a shorter workweek "won't cut it for them," says Julie Kashen, senior policy adviser at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

"It's hard to even think about [shorter workweeks] without thinking about the need to increase wages and improve working conditions," Kashen tells Business Insider.



In reality, low-wage workers want to work more hours — and have a better sense of their schedule.

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Along with better work-life balance to prevent burnout, shorter workweeks might increase productivity.

Microsoft, for instance, found that reducing the workweek by one day led to a 40% boost in productivity. A buzzy Wall Street Journal article last month highlighted how employees at a German company got the same amount of work done after cutting three hours in a workday.

Yet the reality for low-wage workers is that they are already being worked to optimal productivity. Scheduling algorithms, such as Kronos, use AI to devise worker shifts around when to best meet a store's demand. Companies increased use in these scheduling algorithms in the past decade, according to Adrian Haro, CEO of The Workers Lab.

The issue, however, with scheduling technology is that it gives little forewarning to hourly workers on what their daily schedules will look like. As many as 60% of hourly workers get less than two weeks' notice of changes to their schedule, according to the University of California at Berkeley's Shift Project.

Schneider, a researcher at the Shift Project, says hourly employees want to work more hours outside of just what these algorithms decide for them.

"The problem is, we do see people working a less-than-40-hour week, but they don't like it. They want more hours because they're paid hourly and not very much," Schneider told Business Insider. "For these workers, there's a clear time-money trade-off."



For nearly half of workers, solutions for better work-life balance include higher pay, better staffing, and more fixed schedules — not a shorter workweek.

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Leyba said that, as with teachers, nurses are often overworked. A recent report as many as half of nurses and doctors suffer from burnout.

Yet the burnout stems not from time on the job but the quality of work.

Many nurse advocates say working with too many patients is the root of the issue, and groups like Nurses Take DC and SEIU121RN have lobbied for safer nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. So far, only California caps the number of patients a nurse can have at once, despite research that suggests fewer patients lead to higher-quality patient care.

Similarly, the National Union of Teachers found teachers with larger class sizes work the longest hours. Many teachers have gone on strike over the last few years, most recently in Chicago, protesting increasing class sizes and dwindling pay.

In the case of low-wage, hourly workers, a bill to give people better notice of schedules just got reintroduced into Congress by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday.

While most experts agree a discussion around shorter workweeks is a good start, as it suggests — but Kashen says non-white-collar workers must be at the center of this discussion.

"White-collar workers are able to have a different conversation because they have more agency in the workplace, and they also have more resources and higher wages," Kashen says. "If we can improve working conditions for the most vulnerable then that will really help everyone."



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Doi pescari nord-coreeni și-au omorât cei 16 colegi de echipaj și au încercat să fugă în Coreea de Sud

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Autoritățile de la Seul au deportat joi doi nord-coreeni după ce au descoperit că aceștia și-au omorât, în weekend, 16 colegi pescari, membri ai echipajului unei nave de pescuit, relatează Associated Press, preluată de Mediafax.
          

Airbnb's 'party house' problem could spoil its public listing. Here's why its new rules to stop the rowdy blowouts may not even work.

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Add one more "risk factor" to the coming prospectus Airbnb will release when it makes its stock market debut next year: party houses.

The home-sharing service has built a booming business by making it easy for anyone to rent their homes to vacationers or business travelers looking for an alternative to a hotel. But the instant and easy access to homes has also caught the notice of teens and others looking for a place to throw wild parties.

Last month, one of these party-house rentals turned tragic when a shooting at an Orinda, California, home left five people dead. As many as 100 people were at the house for a Halloween party, despite an explicit ban by the homeowner on renting the home for parties, according to the Associated Press.

The incident set off a furor, and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has vowed to crack down on the problem, unveiling new verification and support policies Wednesday that he said would stop "bad actors" from abusing the trust the business had established with users.

But the policy changes are largely reactionary, coming after numerous problems at Airbnb party houses over the years. And many people Business Insider spoke with were skeptical that the new rules would even do much to stop Airbnb party houses.

"I think it's great that Airbnb is taking some action to rein in the most extreme cases of so-called party houses," Jake Wegmann, an assistant professor at the University of Texas, told Business Insider. "But it should not have taken a multiple-homicide incident for that to happen."

Wegmann's research focuses on the impact of short-term rentals on local real estate, and he published one of the landmark studies in 2016 that found the existence of Airbnb in San Francisco increased market rents.

As Airbnb, which has been valued as high as $31 billion by private investors, moves closer to a public listing, addressing its party problem has become a high priority.

Verification, refunds, and high-risk reservations

The new rules laid out by Chesky involve four key changes:

  • Verification of all 7 million Airbnb listings to ensure the site listing is an accurate representation of the rental.
  • Rebooking or refunding guests who book locations that are not up to the new verification standards.
  • A 24/7 hotline and prominent customer-support phone number for guests and neighbors near Airbnb listings.
  • Screening of reservations that are deemed "high-risk" to deter unauthorized parties.

In addition, Airbnb said it had hired two former law-enforcement officials as advisers to help the company combat the range of abuses and problems that can occur with short-term home rentals.

American Family Voices' president, Mike Lux, says the home-rental startup rewards absentee property owners who have limited interest in screening guests. American Family Voices sponsored the anti-Airbnb advocacy group Airbnb Watch, which chronicles Airbnb's negative impacts on local neighborhoods and real estate.

"I don't exactly understand honestly what they are doing with that rule," Lux said. "They are making a lot of noise about it, but I don't know how they are going to enforce it."

A homeowner renting a basement out on the weekends is incentivized to screen potential guests, Lux said, but a real-estate speculator with multiple units is incentivized to get as many guests in each unit as possible to maximize profits. Unless hosts feel pressure from Airbnb, Lux said, they will continue to operate in their own interests.

"I do know that ultimately the problem isn't solved unless you stop multiunit operators," Lux said. "That's what will stop this wild party-house problem. They need to monitor hosts and guests better, and they should take more responsibility when something goes wrong."

In the case of the Orinda house, it's unclear whether the new policies would have stopped the unauthorized party. According to the Associated Press, the unit had been rented by a woman who told the owner, Michael Wang, that her family members were fleeing Sonoma County over concerns about health effects of the nearby wildfires. Wang had received multiple citations from city officials for exceeding the home's capacity in the past, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, but it's not clear whether Wang owned multiple rentals in California's Bay Area.

According to Lux's group, there have been more than 30 news reports about violent incidents at Airbnb parties in recent months, including shootings at "party houses" in Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Just weeks before the Orinda incident, a woman was shot in the arm in Arizona at an Airbnb house party, according to the Phoenix-area Fox station. In May, an 18-year-old was shot at a party in a Seattle home that had been rented on Airbnb, according to local media.

The Orinda Police Department couldn't comment on the specifics of the case as authorities were still searching for the shooter. Airbnb has a contentious relationship with its hometown, inspiring legislation from San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos to fine the company $1,000 a day for unregistered listings. The company settled with the city in 2017 after a lengthy public fight to repeal the regulation.

"Three years ago, we said the law being passed, which was written by Airbnb, won't work because there was no skin in the game in terms of enforcement," Campos told The New York Times in 2017 of the city's relationship to Airbnb.

Going public in the face of local scrutiny

Airbnb has clashed with local governments before, and it has continually fought local legislation seeking to limit the company's influence or apply short-term-rental restrictions and taxes at city or county levels. On Tuesday, the company suffered a stinging defeat in New Jersey as voters overwhelmingly approved stricter regulations for short-term rentals, legislation that Airbnb publicly opposed, according to The Times.

The company's relationship with local governments will be critical as Airbnb tries to sell itself to public investors. Airbnb has said it plans to list its shares on the stock market by 2020, through either a traditional initial public offering or a direct listing.

At a time when other richly valued startups like Uber and Lyft have struggled in the public markets, Airbnb will face significant scrutiny around its business prospects and the various risks it faces.

"Surely this casts light on the need by potential investors to fully understand what, if any, liability issues this or any other 'bad behavior' on the part of renters raises for the company," an IPO consultant and financial adviser, Lise Buyer, told Business Insider.

For Lux, the Airbnb critic, it comes down to the company taking responsibility.

"If you put up a mega-platform like this that allows people to do business in this way, you absolutely have to take responsibility as a company," Lux told Business Insider. "You can't let pure libertarianism run amok. That can't be the way society operates."

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Study: Number of Kids Watching Online Videos Doubled in 4 Years

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  A new study has found that the number of young Americans who watch online videos each day has more than doubled in the past four years. The findings were based on a survey of about 1,700 young people aged 8 to 18. Results were released this week by the U.S.-based not-for-profit group Common Sense Media. The group researches youth technology activity and offers guidance for parents. Fifty-six percent of 8- to 12-year-olds taking part in the survey said they watched online videos each day. That rate jumped to 69 percent for 13- to 18-year-olds. A 2015 survey by Common Sense Media found the rate was 24 percent for 8- to 12-year-olds and 34 percent for 13- to 18-year-olds.   The survey found that overall screen time for young Americans did not change much over the past four years. On average, preteens spent just under five hours of screen time on devices each day. Teens had about seven and a half hours of screen time. The numbers did not include time young people spent on their devices doing homework, reading books or listening to music. Common Sense Media’s director of research, Michael Robb, told The Associated Press that such screen time among American youth “really is the air they breathe.” The findings suggest a continuing change by young people to move away from traditional television to watch streaming video services on their phones and other personal devices. Only about one-third of teens surveyed said they enjoyed watching traditional television programming “a lot.” This compared with nearly half of those surveyed four years ago. About half of preteens said they enjoyed watching traditional television “a lot,” compared with 61 percent in 2015. YouTube, which is owned by Google, was the number one choice of youth for online videos, even among the preteens surveyed. Three-quarters of the preteens said they use the site even though it has age restrictions. Only 23 percent of preteens said they watch YouTube Kids, a separate service aimed at their age group and even younger children. Of those who said they used YouTube Kids, most said they enjoyed the regular YouTube site better. Robb said the common use of YouTube by young people “puts a lot of pressure” on parents to find ways to restrict what their children see. In answer to the survey, YouTube said the company is rethinking the way it deals with children and families. A spokesman for YouTube, Farshad Shadloo, repeated the company’s terms of use on age: “YouTube is not a site for people under 13,” he said. The company said YouTube Kids and its restriction tools are designed to limit site usage for preteens. But experts say it is easy for many children to get to the videos they want to watch, whether on YouTube or another streaming service. Sarah Domoff is a professor at Central Michigan University who studies the effects of technology on youth and families. She told the AP that parents often do not have the time or skills to limit what their children are watching effectively. Domoff said she thinks many parents could do more to try to track the screen time of their children. She added, however, that tools aimed at limiting usage on services such as YouTube could be greatly improved. “It’s really hard to block out certain things unless you’re really standing over your child,” Domoff said. I’m Bryan Lynn. The Associated Press reported on this story. Bryan Lynn adapted the report for VOA Learning English, with additional information from Common Sense Media. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page. ___________________________________________________________ Words in This Story   survey – n. examinations of people’s opinions based on asking questions screen – n. the usually flat part of a computer or device that shows images and text stream – v. listen or watch something on a computer or device track – n. follow the movement of certain – adj. completely sure of something
          

Fewer Chinese Traveling to United States

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  The United States tourism industry is facing a problem: A drop in the number of Chinese visiting U.S. cities and states. Close to 3 million Chinese traveled to the country last year. They spent quite a lot of money. The U.S. Travel Association estimates they spent an average of $6,700 per person per trip. That amount is more than 50 percent higher than the average spending of international tourists, the group said. But the number of visitors from China dropped nearly 4 percent in the first six months of this year. This follows a nearly 6% drop in 2018. Reasons for the Drop in Chinese Tourists Tourism industry experts say there could be several reasons for the smaller number of visitors. Theresa Belpulsi is with Destination DC, the tourism marketing office for Washington, DC. She thinks one of the reasons is trade tensions between the two countries. “With the trade war, with some of the travel warnings, with some of our visa challenges that we’ve had, we’ve seen a little bit of a dip in Chinese visitors,” she said. “The U.S. is just losing market share,” notes Adam Sacks, president of advisory service Tourism Economics. “Something’s made the U.S. uncompetitive, and I would target the trade war as one of the reasons.” Larry Yu is a professor of hospitality management at George Washington University. He says that people are slow to forget the idea that a country has an unwelcoming environment. “The trade war creates a kind of environment in China that makes people think twice,” Yu said. “Even though we know that Chinese demand is high, the current environment makes people substitute the U.S. for another place.” China’s government has published two warnings for Chinese interested in visiting the United States: One was about gun violence; the other, about harassment by U.S. law enforcement. In a related issue, visa approvals for Chinese visitors have become more difficult. The U.S. rejection rate of Chinese tourist visa applications reached 17 perncet in the 12 months from October 2017 to September of 2018. Five years earlier, the rate was a much lower 8.5 percent. U.S. tourism competitors are also taking steps to attract Chinese travelers. The European Travel Commission has joined with Chinese representatives at travel shows and partnered with Chinese media personalities to share videos and social media posts. The commission notes that Europe welcomed 14 million Chinese tourists last year. U.S. Travel Industry Tries to Get More Tourists Adam Sacks of Tourism Economics says he hopes that local travel marketing agencies across the country can help raise the number of Chinese tourists. The District of Columbia, for one, has increased its advertising and programs for China. Destination DC’s latest plan is to offer hotel discounts for the Lunar New Year in 2020. The plan includes a number of events and performances aimed at Chinese tourists. San Francisco has used social media to reach out to Chinese tourists. The city created ads that drove some 12 million people to a contest showcasing the city’s famous landmarks. The San Francisco Travel Association says the city used two popular Chinese apps, WeChat and Weibo, for the campaign. At the same time, tourism marketing agencies for U.S. cities and states are trying to reach countries other than China. Utah and Los Angeles, among others, are trying to expand their presence in nations like India. “There’s a great deal of interest,” said Jamie Foley of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. “But that comes with the understanding that India is very different from China.” Even with the drop in Chinese tourists, some experts note how important China will be to the U.S. tourism industry for years to come. “The trade war’s an important subject, but it’s seen as a temporary setback,” said Sage Brennan, co-founder of the company China Luxury Advisors. “Over the next 20 to 30 years, China is going to continue to impact and shape the tourism market.” I’m Alice Bryant. And I’m John Russell. Bani Sapra reported on this story for the Associated Press. John Russell adapted it for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments Section. ___________________________________________________________ Words in This Story   per – prep. for each challenge – n. a call to take part in a competition; a test dip - n. a drop or decrease hospitality – n. the warm welcome and friendly treatment of visitors and strangers management – n. the process of dealing with or controlling things substitute – n. replacement; something to take the place of something else harassment – n. aggressive pressure discount – n. an amount taken off the usual price; a price reduction setback – n. a problem that makes progress more difficult or success less likely  
          

The Berlin Wall: Memories of the Cold War’s Greatest Symbol

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  Sister Brigitte Queisser walks slowly along the wrecked remains of the Berlin Wall. The wall here is slowly breaking down. Rusty metal is exposed where the concrete has crumbled away. The 77-year-old Lutheran religious worker stops to catch her breath. She opens a gate and steps from what once was West Berlin into what used to be communist East Berlin. What is a simple step today was a dangerous act for those who tried to escape East Berlin, then controlled by the Soviet Union. November 9 marks 30 years since the wall finally fell. The wall divided the city’s west from its east. Many people attempted to cross it hoping to find freedom on the other side. Watchtowers and armed soldiers closely guarded the area. Some people who attempted to cross planned the act for months. Others tried with no planning at all. Many succeeded. But Sister Brigitte, who is a deaconess of the Lutheran Lazarus Order, witnessed the results of failure. Directly across from the wall, on Bernauer Street, her order ran a medical center that provided help to those who were injured trying to cross the barrier. The sisters also took care of burying those who died seeking freedom. “Families were torn apart, people couldn’t move freely from one neighborhood to the other anymore, many died trying to run away to the West,” she said. “It was a nightmare.” Remembering the cost of the Berlin Wall Germany is preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The country also is remembering those who were arrested, injured or died as they tried to escape by tunneling under the wall, swimming past it or climbing or flying over it. Experts say about 140 people died trying to cross. The first version of the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. East German leader Walter Ulbricht described it as an “anti-fascist protective wall” meant to keep his country secure. In reality, it was built to keep East German citizens from fleeing to the West. It stood for 28 years, until November 9, 1989. For many, the wall was the front line and a symbol of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Lazarus deaconesses were at the center of it all. Their living area and medical center on Bernauer Street were cut off from the order’s cemetery by the wall itself. “We took care of everybody in our first-aid station who was somehow injured,” remembers 84-year-old Sister Christa Huebner. “Dead or alive, cut open…everything.” Many of the sisters worked as nurses in the hospital. From the windows that overlooked the wall, they saw many escapes. “I saw young men jumping from the roofs on the other side into the nets of the West Berlin firefighters; other men roped down on clothes lines and came to us with their hands all bloody,” Sister Christa said. “But there were also those who weren’t so lucky,” she added. “We took care of those who died as well.” Because they were cut off from the order’s own graveyard, the sisters had to find a different burial place. Today, without the wall, the deaconesses can again reach their own cemetery and visit the burials of their sisters. Sister Brigitte looks at the gravestones marking the burials of her late companions. The sounds of school and tourist groups visiting the remains of the wall can be heard from Bernauer Street, now a major tourist stop. “I often thought, ‘God, can you please take away this wall,’” Sister Brigitte says. “When it finally happened, it was like a fulfillment — but at the same time, it was also beyond comprehension.” She added, “It was a miracle. I’m Mario Ritter Jr. The Associated Press reported this story. Mario Ritter Jr. adapted it for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor. We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.​ ____________________________________________________________ Words in This Story   crumble –v. to fall apart into small pieces order –n. a religious group whose members usually live together and promise to follow certain rules deaconess –n. a woman in a Christian church who has special duties symbol –n. an object that represents an idea comprehension –n. ability to understand something miracle –n. an unusual or wonderful event caused by God  
          

Winfrey picks ‘Olive, Again” for her next book club read

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NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive, Again,” the follow-up to Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Olive Kitteridge,” as her next book club read. In a statement provided Thursday to The Associated Press, Winfrey praised Strout’s plain-spoken title ... Reported by Seattle Times 40 minutes ago.
          

Brazil's offshore oil auction nets $17B

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US worker productivity dips for first time since 2015

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After rising steadily for nearly four years, US productivity fell by 0.3% in this year's third quarter, the Labor Department said. Lydia Boussour, senior economist at Oxford Economics, said with the US economy expected to slow into 2020 previous productivity gains are likely to fade away. The Associated Press (06 Nov.)
          

1 GOP, 1 Dem Judge Hold Leads In Open Superior Court Seats

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Candidates from each party are holding onto leads for the pair of open Pennsylvania Superior Court seats while officials are finishing up the vote count from Tuesday's election. Philadelphia Judge Dan McCaffery, a Democrat, was leading the four-candidate field early Wednesday, and Republican prosecutor Megan King from Chester County was running about 30,000 votes ahead of the third-place candidate. Their respective parties are claiming wins for McCaffery and King, although The Associated Press has not called the race. Trailing are Democrat Amanda Green-Hawkins, a longtime steelworkers' union lawyer from Pittsburgh, and Republican Christylee Peck, a Cumberland County judge. The 15-seat court handles civil and criminal appeals from Pennsylvania's county courts. The court currently has eight Republicans and six Democrats, with one vacancy and one Republican retiring.
          

WR Sterling Shepard Returns to Concussion Protocol

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard re-entered league’s concussion protocol, the team announced on Sunday.

Shepard was previously cleared by an independent neurologist on Friday to play against Dallas Cowboys in tonight's Monday Night Football contest.

“He practiced fully this week and was limited with no contact the two weeks before that,” said Giants coach Pat Schumer via the team's official website. “He told (Sr. VP Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer) Ronnie (Barnes) last evening (Saturday) he didn’t feel well and was sent for examination and evaluation. When he arrived for work this morning, he still did not feel well. At that point, the decision was made to continue in the concussion protocol.”

The fourth-year veteran has missed much of the season due to concussions --- missing the previous three games after suffering a concussion in week five against the Minnesota Vikings. In the season opener, Shepard suffered concussion-like symptoms against the Cowboys resulting in him missing a game.

Shepard has recorded 25 receptions for 267 yards and a touchdown in four games.


          

South Sudan Silences a Witness to Its Horrors

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Impeachment hearings next week to be public for all to see

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WASHINGTON – Democrats announced Wednesday they will launch public impeachment hearings next week, intending to bring to life weeks of closed-door testimony and lay out a convincing narrative of presidential misconduct by Donald Trump.

First to testify will be William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, who has relayed in private his understanding that there was a blatant quid pro quo with Trump holding up military aid to a U.S. ally facing threats from its giant neighbor Russia.

That aid, at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, is alleged to have been held hostage until Ukraine agreed to investigate political foe Joe Biden and the idea, out of the mainstream of U.S. intelligence findings, that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

The testimony of Taylor, a career envoy and war veteran with 50 years of service to the U.S., is what Democrats want Americans to hear first.

Taylor has told investigators about an “irregular channel” that the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, set up for Ukraine diplomacy, and how the White House was holding up the military aid, according to a transcript of his closed-door interview released Wednesday.

“That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the president committed to pursue the investigation,” Taylor said.

He was asked if he was aware that “quid pro quo” meant “this for that.”

“I am,” he replied.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and Republicans largely dismiss the impeachment inquiry, now into its second month, as a sham.

But Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee leading the probe, said that with two days of hearings next week, Americans will have a chance to decide for themselves.

“The most important facts are largely not contested,” the California Democrat said. “Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also to learn firsthand about the facts of the president’s misconduct.”

Along with Taylor, the public will hear from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump fired after what she and others said was a smear campaign against her, and career State Department official George Kent. Taylor and Kent will appear Wednesday, Yovanovitch on Friday.

To prepare for what’s ahead, the White House is beefing up its communications operations.

Trump ally Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida, and Tony Sayegh, a former Treasury Department spokesman, are expected to join the White House team to work on “proactive impeachment messaging,” a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal staffing.

The Trump administration has ordered officials not to participate in the House inquiry. But lawmakers have spent weeks hearing from current and former government witnesses, largely from the State Department, as one official after another has relayed his or her understanding of events.

The testimony from Taylor further connected Trump, Giuliani and the administration to a quid-pro-quo agreement that came to light after a government whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Even before that call, Taylor said, he and other diplomats involved in Ukraine policy started having concerns about a shadow foreign policy being run by Trump and his private attorney.

Taylor testified that the concerns reached high levels at the White House. In a July 10 meeting with Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland raised the idea of Ukrainian investigations.

That “triggered Ambassador Bolton’s antenna, political antenna, and he said ‘we don’t do politics here,’ ” Taylor testified, noting that Bolton ended the meeting.

Bolton, who resigned from the administration later, has been asked to appear before the House investigators for a closed-door interview this week. His lawyer said he would not come without a subpoena.

All three of those scheduled to appear in public hearings next week have already testified behind closed doors, and investigators in recent days started releasing hundreds of pages of transcripts from their interviews.

Yovanovitch, who was ousted in May at Trump’s direction, testified that she had been told to “watch my back” and that people were “looking to hurt” her. Kent and Taylor testified about their concerns about her dismissal at the same time Giuliani was taking a leading role on Ukraine policy.

The spark for the inquiry was the July phone call from Trump to the new Ukrainian president. According to a rough transcript, released by the White House, Trump asked Zelenskiy to probe Biden and his family and interference in the 2016 election.

Taylor, who testified in October, had repeatedly conveyed concerns about the “irregular channel” that Giuliani had set up at Trump’s instruction to bypass the embassy and the State Department.

“The security assistance got blocked by this second channel,” he said.

In his appearance last month, Taylor told lawmakers that it was the “unanimous opinion of every level of interagency discussion” that the military aid should be resumed without delay.

Republicans, signaling a line of attack they may pursue during the open hearings, argued that he received none of the information firsthand.

In the final stretch of questioning, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., grilled him on whether he had primary knowledge that Trump was demanding that Ukraine investigate the Bidens. Taylor said he had not spoken directly to Trump or Giuliani. Zeldin says that information was “secondhand or thirdhand.”

Trump allies also have argued that there couldn’t have been an inappropriate arrangement because Ukraine didn’t even know the aid was being held up. But Taylor said the new government under Zelenskiy recognized it had to commit to investigations to get the aid or a promised meeting with Trump at the White House.

He said the Ukrainians worried that opening the investigations, in particular of the gas company Burisma, which had Biden’s son on its board, would have involved them in the 2020 election campaign in the U.S.

They didn’t want to do that, he said.

Taylor said he had specifically raised his concerns with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and told him he would resign if strong U.S. support for Ukraine somehow evaporated.

“This would have been throwing Ukraine under the bus,” he said. “And I told the secretary: ‘If that happens, I’ll come home. You don’t want me out there, because I’m not going to defend it, you know. I would say bad things about it.”

Taylor told investigators that the “Russians are paying attention to how much support the Americans are going to provide the Ukrainians.”

He said, “So the Russians are loving, would love, the humiliation of Zelenskiy at the hand of the Americans, and would give the Russians a freer hand, and I would quit.”

At one point, Taylor said he was hearing from colleagues in Washington that it was difficult for them to arrange a meeting with Trump to try to persuade him to release the aid.

Why? It was around the time the president was interested in buying Greenland from Denmark, he said, and that “took up a lot of energy” at the National Security Council.

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Associated Press writers Colleen Long, Ben Fox, Laurie Kellman, Michael Balsamo, Matthew Lee and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.


          

Associated Press Styl And Libel Manual Including Guidelines On Photo Captions Filing The Wire

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11/04 Links Pt1: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority; The delusional one-state solution; Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran

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PMW: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority
Since its creation, the Palestinian Authority has received tens of billions of dollars of international aid. Just since 2011, the European Union, the United States, and other countries have provided the PA with hundreds of millions of dollars and euros of aid.

While the PA has constantly complained about its financial difficulties, scrutiny of the PA’s own financial records for the years 2011 - 2018, shows that the PA transferred from its coffers over 7 billion shekels to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), some of which was then given to terrorist organizations. In that same period, the PA also spent over 440 million shekels to fund its non-functioning institutions.

Funding to the PLO and internationally designated terrorist organizations

The PLO, which is also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is an umbrella organization for several Palestinian groups. The largest and most dominant member is Abbas’ Fatah party. Other members include groups designated as terror organizations by the US and the EU such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Front. PLO members are entitled to and receive funding from the PLO.

While international donors have demanded that the PA show financial transparency, the PLO is not subject to any financial regulation or demands of transparency. Accordingly, it is impossible to know what happens with billions of dollars of donor money the PA has given and continues to give today to the PLO.

Only on sporadic occasions are the financial workings of the PLO exposed. In June 2018, a senior PFLP official, Maher Mazhar, complained that the PFLP was not getting its monthly allocations from the PLO.

Denying the claim of the PFLP, PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad confirmed that Abbas and the Palestinian National Fund - the financial branch of the PLO - are responsible for funding the PFLP, and stressed that the allocations had not been stopped:

“PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped. In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP.” [Ma’an, (Independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018]
The delusional one-state solution
Events like the Jaffa Riots of 1921 (95 dead) and the Riots of 1929 (249 dead) were a common fixture. When all out war inevitably emerged in 1948 due to Arab rejection of a Jewish state, it ended with the permanent exile of up to 90% of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory. Nothing unusual here. Population transfers are a common result of intrastate ethnic conflict. Those wishing to alleviate Palestinian hardship should consider this when contemplating a situation that would result in a power struggle similar to what emerged following the British Mandate.

And a power struggle it will be. One-staters envision shared governance between Jews and Arabs, who will work together under a liberal democratic framework, but the Palestinians have proven unable to do this even amongst themselves. Two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas overthrew the PLO and instituted a totalitarian Islamist regime.

Things are not much better in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas is now in his 15th year of a four-year term. The “occupation” cannot be blamed. After all, pre-state Israel somehow managed to uphold democratic norms under the brutality of the British Mandate. Democracy is simply not presently part of the Palestinian lexicon.

The same goes for the “liberal” part of “liberal democracy.” Polls by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center show that the Palestinians hold beliefs vehemently at odds with an inclusive society. A majority support honor killings, and 93% of the population harbors antisemitic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Before the one-state solution as envisioned by Palestinian advocates is even discussed, Palestinians have a very long way to go. Looking at examples from the broader region, there’s good reason to believe that an Israeli-Palestinian utopia will forever remain a pipe dream.

Understandably, as US President Donald Trump continues to delay his vision for resolving the conflict, ideas counter to the mainstream two-state solution will be discussed. Some are worse than others, but few are as bad as the one-state solution.
Trump’s Middle East shake-up led to killing of al-Baghdadi
As it turns out, the killing of both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his heir apparent, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was a direct result of Trump’s shake-up of the pre-existing order in northern Syria and northern Iraq. While it should be obvious, it bears repeating: the media and the American people are not privy to the vast trove of intelligence the commander in chief has at his fingertips. This is particularly important in the complex and multidimensional Middle East, where alliances and verbal agreements are the rule, rather than the exception.

We think in black-and-white terms, but the truth is often closer to gray and white, or black and gray. I have many theories as to just how our US special forces pulled off this miraculous assault against the No. 1 terrorist in the world, but overall, I would venture that what it boils down to is that the president caught al-Baghdadi off-guard.

Al-Baghdadi was no doubt celebrating America’s pullout from the region and got careless. Essentially, it flushed him out into the open. He was planning a new barrage of terror, especially against the Kurds and Yazidis. What he was not prepared for was the determination and steadfastness of Trump. He miscalculated regarding our president and suffered the consequences.

By taking out al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir, Trump has now sent the clearest message yet to all of our enemies, including Iran and North Korea, that he means business. This was and is a major turning point in his presidency, and it is a crying shame that he can’t seem to get one iota of credit for it from his political opponents.

In the final analysis, the American people will ultimately decide how much credit to give him. I am a firm believer they will be much kinder and wiser judging his record in hindsight.




Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran
The Arab world’s perception of Israel is undergoing a seismic shift, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Addressing a 200-strong crowd in Jerusalem at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and inauguration of the Friends of Zion Museum’s new media center, Netanyahu said Israel has gone from being perceived as an enemy in the region to being seen as an “indispensable ally.”

“Something very big is happening: the transformation of Israel in the minds of many in the Middle East. It’s no longer being perceived as an enemy. We’ve become an indispensable ally against the enemy of militant Islam,” he said.

As evidence, Netanyahu cited the lack of violence following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then later of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“People said there would be a tremendous convulsion. But what happened? Nothing,” said Netanyahu.

The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem is an interactive facility that harnesses Christian support to combat BDS and antisemitism.

The impetus behind the Arab world beginning to band together with Israel, said Netanyahu, was Iran. Israel’s goal, he said, was “to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that its march toward an empire and conquest has stopped.”

Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose hefty economic sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but said that “if Israel was not here, Iran would already have nuclear weapons.”


Thanks to the Likud, Israeli Arabs Are Flourishing
During Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure in office, and contrary to widespread perceptions that he is anti-Arab, the Jewish state’s Arab citizens have seen major social and economic improvements. Netanyahu himself displayed his characteristic savvy and tenacity in pushing through an important 2015 measure to increase government investment in Arab communities. Drawing on an interview with Ron Gerlitz—a staunchly leftist activist who advised the government in devising and implementing these policies—Netta Ahituv explains what they have accomplished. (Free registration required.)

Over the past seven years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80 percent. Over five years the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number of Arab students pursuing master’s degrees in all fields have both jumped 50 percent, while the number studying for a PhD has soared 60 percent.

In the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased eighteenfold, and one-quarter of them are women. . . . The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018, and 21 percent of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry. Educational institutions in Arab locales are receiving unprecedented levels of funding—including 130 million shekels ($37 million) for informal-education programs. Moreover, public transportation is finally making inroads into the smaller Arab towns, to the point where the Bank of Israel recently declared that the gap in access to such transport between Jewish and Arab locales with fewer than 20,000 residents has shrunk considerably.


In the interview, Gerlitz notes that some of the ministries that have contributed the most to these improvements have done so under the direction of right-swing politicians, such as Likud’s Yisrael Katz and the Orthodox Shas party’s Aryeh Deri. And he notes other kinds of good news as well, including major changes in the labor market:

Government investment, on the one hand, and a new spirit in Israeli Arab society, on the other, has led to Arabs enrolling in higher education and working in both the public and private sectors; [in fact], the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7 percent in 2007 to 11.3 percent in 2017.
Arabs and Jews speak up for Israel and foster coexistence
Israel is often accused by her enemies of being an apartheid state. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As one who grew up under the apartheid system in South Africa, I can attest to this. Arab citizens of Israel are accorded the same rights as any other citizen. They travel on our public transportation in safety without the fear of being attacked. They walk freely around our neighborhood streets, play with their children in the local parks, attend the local movie theaters, eat in Israeli restaurants, and are treated in all Israeli hospitals.

Until not long ago, some of the Hamas terrorist officials were sending their relatives to be treated in Israeli hospitals. The practice was stopped at the behest of the Hamas leadership, who forbade their citizens from seeking treatment in Israel – despite medical services in Gaza being woefully inadequate.

In Jerusalem, many of the main pharmacies are staffed and managed by Arab citizens. Arab women wear the Hijab and are often seen shopping in Israeli shopping malls and supermarkets with their husbands and families. Many of the doctors and specialists in Jerusalem are from the Arab sector. A friend’s daughter gave birth to her child at Hadassah-University Medical Center, on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. She shared a ward with another expectant mother who also happened to be Arab. The obstetrician was a Muslim Arab from East Jerusalem.

“He was outstanding,” our friend told us. “Apart from being an excellent doctor, he was also so kind and considerate. In fact, my daughter was so impressed with him that she asked if she could come and see him at his consulting rooms in East Jerusalem. Unsurprisingly, he advised against it. He told her that it would not be safe for her to come to the neighborhood where he worked.”

Many years ago, a few years after the Six Day War, I lived in Jerusalem for a short while. In those days relations between Jewish and Arab citizens were particularly cordial to the extent that we young people would patronize some of the Arab discotheques. This was before the days of fundamentalism (on both sides). We spent many Saturday nights learning the moves of the exotic oriental disco music. Both Arabs and Jews mingled on the dance floor and had a great time. We shopped in the Arab shuk, and would regularly visit the souvenir stores of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

Despite the feeling of gloom and hopelessness, there are chinks of light. One of my first voluntary activities was to coach young Israelis. I ended up coaching two remarkable young people. One was an Israeli Arab from a virulently ant-Israeli town in the north, where “A” was brought up to hate Israelis and Jews. When the IDF offered young Arab youths the opportunity to attend an engineering course for free, A decided to sign up.

“After all,” he told me, “anything we could take from the Israelis for free was almost considered an obligation.”

A recounted his first encounter with Israelis. He was surprised and almost shocked to discover how friendly and “nice” the personnel were.
JPost Editorial: Gaza policy
Ten rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the South on Friday night. Although they were fired after a month of relative calm, it’s hard to say they came out of the blue. Israelis, and particularly residents of the western Negev, are aware that rocket attacks from Gaza can happen at almost any time.

The main difference with the rockets this weekend was that they did not seem to be fired for any particular reason. There had been no Israeli operation in the area and no casualties in the ongoing “March of Return” border protests. The rockets, one of which scored a direct hit on a home in Sderot, were reportedly fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and not Hamas, which controls the Strip.

Although this is not the first time, this should be of concern because the large number of rockets launched indicates that Hamas might be losing its grip to more radical terrorist organizations, and that an internal struggle among these terrorist groups could result in them trying to gain points by attacking Israel or even trying to drag Israel into an escalated conflict.

Until now, Israel has seen Hamas as in control and responsible for what happens in Gaza. But it should be kept in mind that PIJ is affiliated with Iran and relies on the Islamic Republic for funds and weapons. In this sense, the events in the South cannot be seen in isolation from the tension with Iranian-proxy Hezbollah on the northern border.

The general opinion seems to be that Hamas is not interested in another mini-war with Israel – what would be the fourth serious conflict since 2008 – and Israel does not want another war on its southern border.

The fact that there is not a fully functional government following two rounds of elections – and a serious possibility now of a third round – might act as an encouragement to the terrorists in Gaza. It will be clear to the Palestinian extremists that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to face a third election in a state of war on the southern border.
Only Decisive Action on the Ground, Not Precision Firepower from Afar, Can Defeat Israel’s Enemies
In its conflicts fought in the past two decades with Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon, the IDF has a used a strategy based on the combination of precision weapons with detailed intelligence. David M. Weinberg, basing himself on a recent, extensive report, argues that this doctrine has proved to be a failure, and calls for a return to the military principles that served the Jewish state so well in the first three decades of its existence:

In most clashes, a deleterious dynamic has repeated itself. At first, Israel successfully launches a salvo of firepower based on accurate intelligence gathered over a long period of time. Then follows a decline in the quality of targeting intelligence with an attendant reduction in the number of targets that justify a strike, and a recovery by the enemy and a continuation of its attacks against Israel.

Subsequent Israeli frustration leads to attacks on targets with high collateral damage or on useless targets, alongside an immense effort to acquire new quality targets, which can lead to an occasional success but does not alter the general picture. What follows is a prolonged campaign—leading to public anger and frustration—and a maneuver by ground forces that is not sufficiently effective to bring the enemy to the point of collapse.

Consequently, a return to combat along more traditional lines is inevitable in many cases. This means maneuvering into enemy territory, locating and destroying enemy forces (or capturing them, thus undermining the myth of the self-sacrificing jihadist “resistance”). Only this will break the spirit of the enemy.

Consider this, too: while no large conventional armies today threaten Israel, the situation could change. If a radical Muslim Brotherhood regime should rise in a country like Egypt, or if the Syrian army is rebuilt after that country’s civil war, the IDF must be ready. Bear in mind that building ground forces is a complex process that takes time. Neglecting IDF ground-maneuver capabilities is therefore a dangerous gamble.
Caroline Glick “The Joint Arab List is Unified to Wipe Israel Off the Map”
The Joint Arab List is a political party in Israel’s parliament. It currently has 13 seats.

The only way the Anti-Bibi Netanyahu forces can form a government without Netanyahu is if it has the support of this Joint Arab List party. Yet how can any Israeli, or Israel supporter, support having this list or these politicians in an Israeli government or even in Israel’s parliament?

Nobody else is saying the truth about this party like Caroline.

Israeli Transportation Ministry Pushing ‘Sovereignty Through Transportation’
Israel’s Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich is pursuing a policy that would bolster the road and rail infrastructure in Judea and Samaria with the goal of creating de facto annexation of the territories, according to a report by Israel Hayom.

The program, described by the ministry as “sovereignty through transportation,” would see the road connecting Jerusalem to Gush Etzion expanded at a cost of about NIS 1 billion ($283 million). A major new road from Gush Etzion southward would be built at a similar cost under the plan.

According to Smotrich’s office, this new policy, which includes additional projects, is designed to “end the current isolation of Judea and Samaria when it comes to transportation planning, so that the area is just like any other region in Israel.”

To promote this agenda, Smotrich has also created a special bureau for Judea and Samaria planning in his ministry. He has also had Judea and Samaria transportation projects integrated with national projects so that the residents of those areas can have their concerns addressed over the long term.

This means that a variety of issues that have previously been ignored by state agencies will have proper oversight, including road safety. It would also allow residents of Judea and Samaria to use the same general monthly or daily public transportation passes used all over Israel, known as the Rav Kav.
EU slams Israel for okaying 2,342 settler homes, road that ‘fragments’ West Bank
The European Union on Monday condemned Israel after construction plans for 2,342 settlement homes were green-lighted last month.

The bloc said its position on Israel building in the West Bank remains unchanged: “All settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

The EU also criticized the decision to approve the expansion of a road that connects settlements to Jerusalem while bypassing Bethlehem, referred to by locals as the tunnel road, saying it is “entrenching the fragmentation of the West Bank.”

The Peace Now settlement watchdog has speculated that the project would “dramatically increase the number of settlers in the Bethlehem area.”

The bloc made its statement after the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee — the Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction — published on Thursday the protocol from a meeting it held earlier this month when it made the approvals, capping off a record year for such plans since US President Donald Trump took office.

The quarterly session was the last held during the 2019 calendar year, during which plans for 8,337 homes were advanced — the most since 2013. Each of Trump’s nearly three years in office saw an increase in settlement approvals, with 6,742 green-lit in 2017 and 5,618 advanced in 2018.
This Ongoing War: In Washington, a step towards bringing the Sbarro bomber to justice
So did the legislators ask King Abdullah II to extradite Tamimi so she can be put on trial for the terrorism charges she faces in Washington? We still don't know and it's not for lack of trying. But at least we know now this isn't because Jordan is free of the obligation to hand her over. We know the State Department has an actual view on this. That view is the Jordanians surely are obliged and that justice demands it.

Jordan's government tracks what was published in yesterday's Country Report about Jordan and Ahlam Tamimi. We know because it's a front page item in today's Jordan Times, the English-language newspaper said to be controlled by the government (and which blocks us on Twitter):

The US Department of State has hailed Jordan as a “committed partner” in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). In its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, the Department of State commended Jordan’s “leading role” in the global coalition to defeat the Daesh terror group...

Hailed and commended, yes. As for the State Department report saying the US regards the extradition treaty as valid, that part the authoritative Jordanian daily's editors simply ignore. They just choose not to report it. And for those laboring under the illusion of a free, liberal and fair-minded Hashemite Kingdom, you might want to glance at "20-Jan-18: Shutting down media critics in Jordan isn't quite the challenge it might seem to be". According to Freedom House, Jordan has one of the world's most unfree news industries, media and human rights environments.

Nonetheless, what's just happened amounts in our eyes to a welcome step in the direction of overdue justice.
Jordanians held in Israel to be sent home, Amman set to return envoy after row
Two Jordanian nationals who were recently detained by Israel will return to the Hashemite Kingdom in the coming days, authorities in both countries said Monday.

Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s foreign minister, made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. It was later confirmed by Israeli authorities, who pointed to the importance of Jerusalem’s ties with Amman.

Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri were detained several months ago over suspicions of ties to terror groups and held without charge, sparking a diplomatic row between Jerusalem and Amman.

Jordan recalled ambassador to Israel Ghassan Majali last week to protest the pair’s detention.

“Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri will return home before the end of the week,” Safadi tweeted.

“The government has worked to secure their release since the first day [they were arrested] in accordance with strict instructions from his Majesty King Abdullah II to take all measures necessary to bring them back safely,” he added.

Israel detained Labadi, 32, and Miri, 29, at the Allenby crossing in the Jordan Valley on August 20 and September 2, respectively. The Palestinian Authority Prisoners Affairs Commission has said that both of them were held under administrative detention orders.

Administrative detention is a measure that allows Israel to detain certain suspects for months at a time without indicting them or presenting details of the accusations against them.
'We'll turn Israeli cities into ghost towns,' Hamas leader warns
If Blue and White leader Benny Gantz "dares" to order a "foolish operation" against the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip, he will "rue the day he was born," leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sinwar declared on Monday.

Sinwar was speaking in response to remarks Gantz made about a possible military response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

In a meeting at which Hamas' politburo leader Ismail Haniyeh and UN Special Coordinator for the Gaza Strip Sergey Mladenov were also present, Sinwar called Gantz "the next leader of the occupation."

According to a report on the Al Ghad TV station, at a separate meeting with young people in Gaza, Sinwar said, "If Israel continues to tighten the siege on Gaza, we'll shoot rockets at Tel Aviv for six months straight. We'll turn the cities of Israel into ghost towns."

Over the past few days, Sinwar had made a number of stringent anti-Israeli declarations. In an interview Sunday, he said that a prisoner exchange deal was not currently possible because of the political situation in Israel and the "leadership vacuum it has created."

Sinwar also said that "They don't even have a government that can agree on a budget, or a limited government to discuss security issues such as the Iranian threat, for example."
How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists
A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State’s use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has been written about how Hezbollah uses similar approaches to recruit and execute attacks. A new study published this month in the CTC Sentinel explores this development by analyzing several cases of Hezbollah’s alleged social media efforts to recruit Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to kill Israelis.

From the end of 2015 through 2017, both the Islamic State and Hezbollah recruited terrorists outside their base countries using social media and encrypted communications platforms to help people form cells and conduct terrorist attacks abroad. Several high-profile Islamic State virtual plots were carried out successfully, killing people in Europe and beyond during this period. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has thus far failed to execute an attack using Palestinians recruited online. But foiled, covert plots still point to a major, yet poorly understood, terrorist threat to Israel. By hiding behind anti-Israel Facebook groups, Hezbollah can oversee plots from afar, at a limited cost to the organization.

The latest study compares and contrasts six publicly available cases of Palestinians recruited by Hezbollah handlers online. In each case, Hezbollah operatives develop ties with individual Palestinians through anti-Israel Facebook groups. After establishing a relationship, the Palestinian recruit is instructed to continue discussions over encrypted email and other communications platforms. The recruit is then asked to form cells with other trusted people in the West Bank. According to the analysis, all of the recruits and cell members were young men from across the West Bank between the ages of 18-32. The sole exception was 49-year-old Mustafa Ali Mahmoud Basharat — who did not make it very far in the planning process before Israel foiled that plot.

In most cases, Hezbollah used secure platforms to send instructions on how to build explosive devices. Palestinian recruits usually conducted surveillance of Israeli military targets, unless Israeli authorities disrupted the cell early on the planning process. Hezbollah’s instructions ranged from kidnapping Israelis, carrying out bombings, and conducting shooting attacks against Israeli military targets. In one case, a Hezbollah-led cell started to build explosives to use in a suicide bombing targeting an Israeli bus.
It’s Time for the US and NATO to Give Turkey the Boot
No wonder. Despite a long, friendly relationship with Turkey, Ankara under Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly belligerent towards the United States and our allies, especially Israel, and, most recently, the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey’s invasion of Syria this month to subdue US Kurdish allies has generated condemnations from Western European and Arab nations, as well as from Russia, India, China, and, surprisingly, even Iran

But this is only the latest dust-up: Erdogan’s Turkey is guilty of a string of international offenses.
In 2015, Turkey, unprovoked, shot down a Russian fighter jet.
To Egypt’s annoyance, Turkey supports its enemy, the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan frequently issues antisemitic calumnies, is a reliable foe of Israel, and in 2010 attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which ended in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.
Turkey deployed a team of thugs to the streets of Washington, DC to abduct anti-Erdogan Turkish activists.
Turkey illegally occupies most of Cyprus.
After buying American F-35 fighter jets, Erdogan contracted with Russia to purchase anti-aircraft batteries against stern US objections.
Erdogan runs Turkish politics with an authoritarian fist, just a short step from totalitarianism

To make matters worse, Turkey is a member of NATO, and the alliance’s only Eurasian member; all others are North American or European, but Turkey has been in the group since 1952. Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has moved further from the goals and policies of other NATO members, often standing in stark opposition to the body’s will, as it is currently doing in Syria.

US Vice President Mike Pence insisted that “the United States of America is not going to tolerate Turkey’s invasion of Syria any further.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper is encouraging NATO members to take “diplomatic and economic” measures against Turkey. President Donald Trump threatened Erdogan with devastating economic sanctions, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that “military action” may be needed.
Turkey’s Erdogan May Call Off US Trip After Congress Votes: Officials
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey, three Turkish officials said.

Erdogan is due in Washington on Nov. 13 at President Donald Trump’s invitation, but said last week that the votes put a “question mark” over the plans.

“These steps seriously overshadow ties between the two countries. Due to these decisions, Erdogan’s visit has been put on hold,” a senior Turkish official said, adding that a final decision had not been taken.

Turkish sources say Trump and Erdogan have a strong bond despite anger in Congress over Turkey’s Syria offensive and its purchase of Russian air defenses, and despite what Ankara sees as Trump’s own erratic pronouncements.

Those personal ties could be crucial given NATO member Turkey’s purchase of Moscow’s S-400 missile defense system, which under US law should trigger sanctions.

Turkey is already suspended from the F-35 fighter jet program in which it was both joint producer and customer, and the offensive it launched against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Oct. 9 set the stage for further US retaliation.
Turkish pro-gov media orders Qatar to 'weed out' critical journalists
In a withering attack on Al Jazeera and Qatar, the pro-government Daily Sabah slammed Al Jazeera English for being critical of Turkey’s foreign policy and demanded that it “weed out” journalists.

Turkey, which Amnesty International calls “the world’s largest prison for journalists,” appears to be using its far-right nationalist media to try to order Qatar to muzzle Al Jazeera in English. The lead editorial at Daily Sabah calls the network a “threat against the Turkey-Qatar alliance.”

The editorial begins by noting that Turkey and Qatar are “strategic partners” and accuses Israel and other countries of “ganging up” on Qatar. But the Turkish newspaper accuses Al Jazeera English, “Qatar’s flagship news channel,” of “spreading anti-Turkey propaganda under the pretext of independent and objective journalism.” Turkey’s pro-government media now accuses Qatar’s media of “jumping on the Western media’s Turkey-bashing bandwagon” and “smearing last month’s Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

The US State Department slammed Turkey on Saturday as one of the “worst offenders” in crimes against journalists. Amnesty International says Turkey has arrested hundreds of people for being critical of Turkey’s invasion of Syria. The Daily Sabah article now reflects Turkey’s demands that regional media of other authoritarian states abide by Turkey’s demands and control critical journalists. There can be no critique of Turkey’s military operation, either in Turkish media or abroad.
Turkey vows to return jihadists to countries that revoked their citizenship
Turkey said Monday it would send jihadist prisoners back to their countries of origin, regardless of whether they had been stripped of citizenship.

Interior Minister Soleyman Soylu said Turkey had nearly 1,200 foreign members of the Islamic State terror group (IS) in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria.

“Of course, those that are in our hands, we will send them back to their countries,” he said, state news agency Anadolu reported.

“However, the world has devised a new method. They say ‘Let’s strip them of their citizenship… Let them be tried where they are.’

“It is impossible for us to accept this view… We will send Daesh (IS) members to their countries whether they strip them of their citizenship or not,” he added.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to do so in practice.

Western countries have often refused to accept the repatriation of citizens who left to join IS in Syria, and have stripped many of their citizenship.

Although under the New York Convention of 1961, it is illegal to leave someone stateless, several countries, including Britain and France, have not ratified it, and recent cases have triggered prolonged legal battles.
JCPA: The Mystery Successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
U.S. intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi paid sums of money to the “Hurras al-Din“ (Guardians of Religion Organization) which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, to provide protection for ISIS members and their families, who fled Deir ez-Zor and Mosul.

The main difference between ISIS and al-Qaeda was that ISIS initiated the establishment of the Caliphate through the occupation of huge territories in Iraq and Syria and founded the “Islamic State,” whose capital was Raqqa. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile concentrated on establishing its affiliates in various parts of the world.

As a result of ISIS’s success, terrorist branches in various parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, such as the Philippines and Myanmar abandoned al-Qaeda and swore allegiance to ISIS instead.

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a severe blow to the morale of ISIS, but ISIS has already lost leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, so the death of the latest leader may be a temporary blow from which the organization can recover.

The new leader of ISIS will find it very difficult to re-take control of the vast territories the “Islamic State” lost in Syria and Iraq and will have to devise a new strategy.

The dream of the Islamic Caliphate ended even before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.

ISIS’s new leader is now expected to become the number one target of U.S. intelligence, who the U.S. will also seek to assassinate because ISIS and its new leader pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Protests in Iraq Have Turned against Iran
At the beginning of last month, anti-corruption demonstrations spread through Iraq. They were put down, violently, by the government, sometimes with the help of the Iran-backed militias that have come to exert increasing influence in the country. The deaths of protestors at the hands of these militias have, however, only stoked popular anger and diverted much of it toward the Islamic Republic itself. David Adesnik and Nicholas Wernert write:

From the onset of the unrest, Tehran has played an integral role in shaping Baghdad’s response. After the first protests, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the organization’s expeditionary branch, flew to Baghdad and—in place of the prime minister—chaired a meeting of Iraq’s top security officials.

The U.S. has supported the elected Iraqi government’s efforts to assert the rule of law over the militias, yet their parliamentary factions serve as key power brokers in Baghdad. The current protests also demonstrate Iraqi voters’ complete loss of confidence in their prime minister, in part because of his failure to resist Tehran.

Until now, the U.S. government has been extremely hesitant to designate Iraq’s Iran-backed militias as terrorist organizations, fearing a potential popular backlash. Yet Iraqis’ own resentment of Iran’s proxy forces is now obvious. Washington therefore should designate these groups [as terrorists] under human-rights as well as counterterrorism authorities in order to highlight their atrocities and demonstrate that America stands with the Iraqi people.
Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters, killing 5
At least five people were killed as Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands continued to gather in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades.

A Reuters witness saw one man shot dead, his body carried away by fellow protesters, when security forces opened fire with live rounds on demonstrators near Baghdad's Ahrar bridge.

A Reuters cameraman saw at least four others get killed.

However, security and medical sources put the toll at one dead and 22 wounded, adding that rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, were used. The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

More than 250 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.
‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy
Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the former US Embassy in downtown Tehran as state television aired footage from other cities across the country.

“Thanks to God, today the revolution’s seedlings have evolved into a fruitful and huge tree that its shadow has covered the entire” Middle East, said Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, the commander of the Iranian army.

However, this year’s commemoration of the embassy seizure comes as Iran’s regional allies in Iraq and Lebanon face widespread protests. The Iranian Consulate in Karbala, Iraq, a holy city for Shiites, saw a mob attack it overnight. Three protesters were killed during the attack and 19 were wounded, along with seven policemen, Iraqi officials said.

Associated Press video showed a fire burned the consulate’s gate as demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and climbed its walls, some waving an Iraqi flag. Iranian media only reported a “protest outside” of the diplomatic post, adding that things had returned to normal.
Iran announces fresh violations of nuclear deal with extra, advanced centrifuges
Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it’s doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one. Iran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though Western fears about its work led to the 2015 agreement that saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Salehi dramatically pushed a button on a keyboard to start a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where he was being filmed, increasing the number of working centrifuges to 60.
Iran remains worst state-sponsor of terror, works with al-Qaeda
The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

“Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” noted the document titled, “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” that was released on Friday. “The regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe. Tehran has funded international terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It also has engaged in its own terrorist plotting around the world, particularly in Europe.”

The report said that “Tehran continued to allow an AQ [al-Qaeda] facilitation network to operate in Iran, which sends fighters and money to conflict zones in Afghanistan and Syria, and it has extended sanctuary to AQ members residing in the country.”

“At the same time, the United States and its partners continued to pursue al-Qa’ida (AQ) globally, and the United States applied maximum pressure on Iran-backed terrorism, significantly expanding sanctions on Iranian state actors and proxies and building stronger international political will to counter those threats,” the State Department said.

Germany and the EU have refused to designate Hezbollah’s entire organization a terrorist group. According to German intelligence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, 1,050 Hezbollah members and supporters operate in Germany. The Hezbollah operatives raise funds for Hezbollah in Lebanon, recruit new members and spread antisemitic and jihadi ideologies in Europe. The Netherlands, Canada, the US, Israel, Britain and the Arab League proscribed Hezbollah’s entire entity a terrorist organization.

“Hezbollah remained Iran’s most powerful terrorist partner and the most capable terrorist organization in Lebanon, controlling areas across the country,” wrote the State Department’s counterterrorism experts. “Iran’s annual financial backing to Hezbollah – an estimated US $700 million per year – accounts for the overwhelming majority of the group’s annual budget. Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria continued to pose a threat to Israel.”
European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims
The European Union on Monday warned that it could back away from supporting the Iran nuclear deal, after Tehran announced a major increase in enriched uranium production.

Following a series of steps away from its commitments under the 2015 accord, the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency said Monday that production of enriched uranium had reached five kilos a day and two new advanced centrifuges had been developed.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, said that the EU’s backing for the deal depends on Tehran keeping up its end of the pact.

She said the bloc “took note” of the announcement but would wait for confirmation by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency before responding.

“We have continued to urge Iran to reverse such steps without delay and to refrain from other measures that would undermine the nuclear deal,” Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels, saying the EU “remained committed” to the nuclear deal.

“But we have also been consistent in saying that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran.”
Iran's decision to speed up uranium enrichment 'unacceptable,' says German FM
Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up its uranium enrichment jeopardizes an agreement with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday, urging Tehran to return to the original accord.

"Iran has built very advanced centrifuges, which do not comply with the agreement," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a news conference in response to a question about the announcement.

"They have announced in early September that they would not comply with the nuclear accord and we think this is unacceptable," he said through an interpreter.

On Monday, Iran broke further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it was doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement – which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal – came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon – if it chose to pursue one.






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Gov. Newsom Floated The Idea Of A State Takeover Of PG&E. How Would That Look And How Would It Impact Customers?

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From left, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, California Governor Gavin Newsom and L.A. City Mayor Eric Garcetti tour a burned home along Tigertail Road in Brenwood on October 29, 2019 in Brentwood, California.

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California's governor on Friday threatened a possible takeover of the troubled utility blamed for sparking deadly wildfires across the state with its outdated equipment unless it can emerge from bankruptcy ahead of next year's wildfire season with a plan focused on safety.

Gov. Gavin Newsom called all sides to a meeting early next week, saying he would personally try to mediate a solution involving Pacific Gas & Electric. But if an agreement can't be reached, Newsom said, "then the state will prepare itself as backup for a scenario where we do that job for them."

PG&E has come under more scrutiny in recent weeks as it cut off power to millions of people to avoid a repeat of last year's deadly fire season. The shutoffs have angered residents, businesses and local governments, who say the company has done a poor job of communicating.

It's unclear how the state could take over PG&E in the event it does not meet the June 30th deadline. But the governor's office pointed to General Motors as an example. The automaker filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and the federal government purchased a controlling stake in the company. The government later sold its shares once the company was on solid footing.

Pacific Gas & Electric filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after a 2018 wildfire mostly destroyed the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. An investigation revealed the fire was started by one of the company's powerlines that was knocked down during a windstorm.The utility is facing up to $30 billion in damages from that fire and others.

With files from the Associated Press

We invited Governor Gavin Newsom to participate in our discussion but he was not available to us at the time we requested. We also contacted PG&E to request comment, but as of the airing of this segment we had not received a response. We will update this segment if we hear back from them.

Guests:

Bill Dodd (D-Napa), State Senator representing California’s Third Senate District, which is comprised largely of Yolo County but also includes cities in Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Napa Counties in the northern San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region he tweets @BillDoddCA

Severin Borenstein, professor of business administration and public policy at UC Berkeley; he is also faculty director of the Energy Institute at Berkley’s Haas School of Business; he tweets @BorensteinS

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Власти Кипра начали отбирать у россиян гражданство, которое сами им продали

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Власти Кипра отозвали 26 паспортов, выданных иностранцам в обмен на инвестиции, сообщает местное издание Politis со ссылкой на кипрского министра внутренних дел Константиноса Петридиса. Об этом сообщает rus.err.ee.

 

По данным кипрского ресурса Sigmalive, среди тех, кого лишили гражданства, девять россиян, восемь граждан Камбоджи, пять китайцев. Кипрские паспорта отобрали также у членов их семей.

Как добавил Петридис, правительство Кипра продолжит проверять "золотые паспорта", выданные до ужесточения правил приобретения гражданства.

Президент Кипра Никос Анастасиадис 4 ноября заявил о 10-15 "вопиющих" случаях ошибочной выдачи паспортов. Речь идет о людях, заподозренных в отмывании денег или связанных с "авторитарными правительствами", сообщало Associated Press.

В начале октября в парламент Кипра внесли законопроект, предусматривающий публикацию имен тех, кто купил гражданство.

Последние данные Евростата о получении иностранцами гражданства Кипра датируются 2017 годом, тогда паспорт островного государства получили 5,5 тысячи иностранцев, из них 1300 россиян.

С 2019 года объем вложений в экономику Кипра для получения паспорта повысили с двух миллионов евро до 2,5 миллиона евро. Кроме того, гражданство не дадут тем, кому ранее отказали другие страны Евросоюза.


          

Jeffrey Epstein’s New York jail was short-staffed: reports

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As authorities were conducting Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy in New York City, The Associated Press reported that just two guards — one working a fifth day of overtime and another working mandatory overtime — were on duty at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the morning of the US financier’s apparent suicide. And The New York Times has reported […]
          

Polish Citizens to #Travel Visa-Free to US From Next Week

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Polish Citizens to Travel Visa-Free to US From Next Week By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish citizens will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa from next week, ...
          

U.K.'s Bercow speaks out on Trump, calls Brexit a 'historic mistake'

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John Bercow is not a man of few words. And now that he has been freed from the enforced neutrality of his job as Speaker of Britain's House of Commons, he has quite a few things to say. Brexit? A historic mistake. Donald Trump? A leader who has said "loathsome and despicable" things.


          

Of Course the Motherfucker Is Refusing to Concede

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But. He. Is. Out.  Moscow Mitch is on the run, and so is the Pumpkin Traitor.

5,151 votes is four tenths of one percent.  There will be a recount.
Kentucky voters appeared to reject Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday, bucking a statewide Republican trend as they turned their backs on a politician known as much for his blustery personality as his conservative values.

Democrat Andy Beshear, who ran a campaign as the anti-Bevin and stuck to a script of “kitchen table issues” — education, pensions, health care and jobs — declared a narrow victory over the incumbent governor.

As of 10 p.m., unofficial results from the Associated Press showed Beshear leading Bevin by 4,658 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. More than 1.4 million votes were cast.
Bevin refused to concede the race.

“Would it be a Bevin race if it wasn’t a squeaker? I mean come on,” Bevin asked the crowd at the Galt House in Louisville. “This is a close, close race. We are not conceding this race by any stretch.”

Instead, he said he wanted every vote to be counted and for the “process to be followed” before the next governor takes office. The State Board of Elections typically approves the official election results within a few days of

Bevin did not specify whether he would challenge the results of the race, but he has 30 days after the results are certified by the State Board of Elections to decide whether to formally contest the results, according to state law. Typically candidates request a recanvass of voting machines, and then a recount, before contesting an election.

A contested election in Kentucky is extremely rare. According to Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, the last contested election for governor involved the 1899 election of Democrat William Goebel. (Who was assassinated in the aftermath.)
“After tonight this election is over,” Beshear told supporters as he declared victory. “After tonight, we move forward with every other Kentucky citizen as team Kentucky.”


          

Kentucky Gov. Bevin seeks vote recanvass

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Iconic bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death

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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 7, 2019

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Date set for Santa Claus parade

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Mark the first Saturday of December on your calendars!

Santa Claus will be coming to town that day as part of the annual Christmas parade in downtown Fort Frances.

The parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 7. Start time is 5 p.m. with lineup to begin at 3:30 p.m. and float judging to take place at 4:15 p.m.

No cash calendar next year

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association wishes to inform the public that they will not be undertaking a cash calendar lottery project for 2020.

We wish to extend thanks to all those who supported the sale of these calendars over the years.

Special thanks to all the district fire teams and others who assisted with the calendar sales.

Rainycrest visit

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Travis Irwin, accompanied by his mother, Heather, took part in trick-or-treating at Rainycrest Long Term Care on Halloween. An estimated 250 kids stopped by the home where many residents were on deck handing out candy.

Exploring industries

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Sam Odrowski

Registered dental hygienists Elizabeth Bobczynski and Angela DeGagne of Fort Frances Tribal Area Health spoke to attendees of the United Native Friendship Centre's career fair about opportunities in dental hygiene yesterday afternoon. The event was meant to provide job seekers with a glimpse at a “day-in-the-life” of various occupations.

An ounce of prevention

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Katie Bissonnette received her influenza vaccine from Infection Control Practitioner Jodi Jewell as part of Riverside Health Care's annual staff flu shot campaign. Over 100 Riverside employees across the district have already received their flu shot as part of this program with staff clinics happen throughout November.

Gymnastics ribbon cutting

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Jamie Mountain

The new Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy held its official grand opening yesterday evening in the auditorium of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Musical revue

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Ken Kellar

Fort Frances High School students ran through the final rehearsal of the musical revue last night at the Townshend Theatre in advance of its opening night tonight. “What's the Difference?” features a bevy of songs about, or featuring, numbers and stretches across decades and genres of music, ensuring there's a little bit of something for everyone.

Ontario tries to undo damage from earlier cuts

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Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government is reaching into its pockets for hundreds of millions of dollars to undo some of the damage caused by a year of cuts.

Where the spring budget—and last year's fall economic statement—cut from wide swaths of programs and services, yesterday's document tells the story of a host of recent reversals.

First Nations struggling with food insecurity

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Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Rates of obesity and diabetes are higher among First Nations adults than in the general Canadian population, while almost half of all Indigenous families have difficulty putting enough food on the table, a new study has found.

County passes independence vote

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The Canadian Press

STRATHMORE, Alta.—Some discouraging words about national unity from out on the range in southern Alberta.

A rural municipality east of Calgary has passed a resolution that says if the federal government does not treat Alberta more fairly the province should hold an independence referendum.

Unemployed youth face health risks: study

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Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new study is offering what it calls a rare look at the health and psychological impacts endured by Canadian youth who are not working, training or studying.

The Statistics Canada research said 11.1 percent of youth, aged 18 to 29 years old, found themselves in this situation and, therefore, were at risk of persistent social and economic challenges.

Remembering those animals who served Canada

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—While Remembrance Day is intended to remember those members of Canada's armed forces who gave their lives in defending the country, it is also an important moment to reflect on the cost of war and the sacrifices of all those who have served in uniform.

Not all of those who served Canada—and in some cases laid down their lives—have been people, however.

B.C. bones yield new dinosaur species

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Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—A geologist's discovery of a mysterious claw in rocks along a rail line in British Columbia's northern wilderness almost 50 years ago has led to the recognition of the first dinosaur species unique to the province.

New inductees into Toy Hall of Fame

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The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Matchbox cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The newest honorees debuted decades ago but occupy store shelves even today.

Mix of sun, clouds, flurries on tap

Weather

Tonight will have a few clouds and a low of minus-12 C (10 F).

Tomorrow will see periods of light snow turning to a chance of flurries overnight with a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-eight (18).

Saturday will continue with a chance of flurries throughout the day and overnight, bringing a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-14 (seven).

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Around Town

The Friends of the Fort Frances Museum will hold its eighth-annual wine-and-cheese fundraiser, this year tying into the new Prohibition exhibit, today (Thursday, Nov. 7) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the museum. It also will feature “giggle water,” hors d'oeuvres, live music, auctions, and games.


          

Keystone pipeline shut after spilling 1.4 million litres of oil in North Dakota, Keystone pipeline leaks oil in northeastern North Dakota

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Authorities said Thursday that TC Energy's Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 1.4 million litres of oil in northeastern North Dakota since Wednesday, though the cause was still under investigation. (North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality/Taylor DeVries/AP)

Cause of rupture not yet disclosed

An estimated 1.4 million litres of oil have spilled from TC Energy Corp.'s Keystone crude pipeline in North Dakota, state authorities said on Thursday, a major leak at a time of increased regulatory scrutiny of oil pipeline expansions.

The cause of the rupture has not yet been disclosed. But the initial estimate makes it one of the biggest onshore crude spills in the past decade and the largest for Keystone, according to U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) data.

Pipeline operator Calgary-based TC Energy has been seeking to expand its pipelines linking Western Canadian oil fields to U.S. refineries with its proposed Keystone XL project. The $6 billion US ($7.8 billion Cdn) project has faced regulatory and environmental hurdles despite backing by U.S. President Donald Trump.

 

A nearly 10-year legal fight between TC Energy, formerly called TransCanada, and environmental activists has delayed development of the line that would run from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast. A Nebraska court in August affirmed an alternative route through the state, raising hopes the project might proceed and provide badly needed transport for Alberta's crude.

On Wednesday, TC Energy said its 93.8 million litre-per-day (lpd) Keystone pipeline system to the United States was shut after a drop in pressure was detected. It said there were no injuries and it was investigating the cause of the breach near Edinburg, N.D.

The company has not said when pipeline operations would restart, but told shippers that service to U.S. Midwest refiners would remain shut during the outage. The line could remain shut for at least a week, according to market sources on Thursday.

TC Energy has begun using backhoes and vacuum trucks to recover the spilled oil, said Brent Nelson, an emergency response manager for Walsh County who visited the site.

 

"At this time I would estimate 50 to 75 persons onsite working between two shifts.... They are focusing on oil recovery at this time and will then move to making repairs," he said.

The exact amount of oil released will not be available until recovery has been completed, TC Energy said in a statement on Thursday.

 

In 2017, a Keystone crude pipeline leak in rural South Dakota spilled nearly 1.04 million litres, PHMSA data showed. Earlier this year, Keystone was partially shut after leaking 6,800 litres of crude in Missouri.

The latest release also affected a wetland area, a statement from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said.

"It [Keystone] went in during the 1990s. They've had a few spills ... more than you would hope to have on a line that's still fairly new," said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust in Bellingham, Wash., a non-profit promoting pipeline safety.

Keystone has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the U.S. than the company indicated to regulators in risk assessments before operations began in 2010, according to a Reuters review in 2017.

Marketlink pipeline disrupted 

The Keystone outage also disrupted flows on the Marketlink pipeline, which has a capacity to flow 119 million lpd and is connected to Keystone, roiling oil prices at the delivery point for U.S. crude futures. 

On Wednesday, TC Energy said on its website that the Marketlink system was not affected by the Keystone outage, which was shut from Hardisty, Alta., to Cushing and to Wood River-Patoka, Ill.

By Thursday, sources said the rates on the Marketlink were reduced, with one source saying the line was operating at about 30 million lpd.

However, market intelligence firm Genscape said on Thursday afternoon that Marketlink shut from reduced rates at approximately 47 million lpd earlier in the day.

"[This incident] underscores the structural issue plaguing the Canadian oil industry," said Michael Tran, managing director of global energy strategy at RBC Capital Markets.

"While it is too soon to draw comparisons to last year's historic pricing disconnect, the stranded barrels may raise similar fears if the outage proves longer than historical precedents," Tran said.

TC Energy said in a statement it would focus on cleaning up the spill and preparing to make Keystone pipeline repairs.

The Sierra Club said the latest spill was an example of why the Keystone XL should not be built.

"We don't yet know the extent of the damage from this latest tarsands spill, but what we do know is that this is not the first time this pipeline has spilled toxic tarsands, and it won't be the last."

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took to Twitter on Thursday to condemn the pipeline and Trump for supporting the pipeline extension.

Sanders said he would shut down the existing pipeline if elected.


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Keystone pipeline leaks oil in northeastern North Dakota

Cause and size of the spill are under investigation

 
Russ Girling, president and CEO of Calgary-based TC Energy, which owns the Keystone pipeline. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
A pipeline that carries oilsands oil from Canada through seven states has leaked an unknown amount of crude oil in northeastern North Dakota, the state's top environmental regulator said Wednesday.

State environmental quality chief Dave Glatt told The Associated Press that regulators were notified late Tuesday night of the leak near Edinburg, in Walsh County. Glatt said pipeline owner TC Energy shut down the pipeline after the leak was detected. The cause and size of the spill are under investigation.

The Calgary-based company formerly known as TransCanada did not immediately respond to phone messages seeking comment Wednesday.

 

Glatt said state regulators were expected to be at the scene Wednesday afternoon. Some wetlands appeared to be affected, but not any sources of drinking water, he said.

"We're seeing some soil staining but I'm reluctant to say how widespread it is," Glatt said.

Crude oil began flowing through the $5.2-billion pipeline in 2010. It is part of a system that also is to include the proposed $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport the oil from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. State Department held the sole public meeting on a new environmental review of the long-stalled proposal. A federal judge blocked it last year, saying more environmental study was needed.

The original Keystone is designed to carry crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri on the way to refineries in Patoka, Illinois, and Cushing, Oklahoma. It has experienced problems with spills in the past, including one in 2011 of more than 52,000 litres of oil in southeastern North Dakota, near the South Dakota border.

In 2017, the pipeline leaked an estimated 795,000 litres of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, in a rural area near the North Dakota border.

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Amazon poured $1.5 million into Seattle City Council races. It apparently backfired.

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Amazon poured $1.5 million into Seattle City Council races. It apparently backfired."First, Amazon dropped a money bomb on the Seattle City Council elections," says Daniel Beekman at The Seattle Times. "Then, voters dropped their own bomb with Tuesday night's election results."Amazon dumped $1.5 million into the city council races via a political action committee of the Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Lots of votes still have to be counted, but of the seven candidates the business organization backed in Tuesday's election, it appears no more than two will prevail."On balance, this is not the city council that Amazon or the chamber of commerce wanted to see," councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, who was not up for re-election, told The Associated Press on Wednesday as the votes trickled in. In 2010, seven of the nine city council members were backed by the chamber, former Mayor Mike McGinn added, and now they will have just two or three allies. "Amazon's spending helped unite and grow the left," he told AP. "The labor and social justice block gained seats in this election."Even Egan Orion, a chamber-backed candidate trying to unseat Socialist Council member Kshama Sawant, seemed annoyed at having "the shadow of Amazon hanging over me." Having Amazon's backing "was completely unnecessary" and "a big distraction from our closing arguments," Orion added.The city council clashed with Amazon in 2018 when it passed an "Amazon tax" to get large Seattle companies to help pay for homeless services. It later repealed the tax after fierce blowback from Amazon. The online retailer said it's pleased with Tuesday's election results. "We're looking forward to working with the new city council, which we believe will be considerably more open to constructive dialogue and making the decisions that need to be made in order for Seattle to be world-class city to live and do business," Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement.



          

Live coverage of election night 2019: Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, and more

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It’s election night 2019! Hundreds of important races are on the ballot across the country, and we’re liveblogging the top contests below.

Follow: Daily Kos Elections on Twitter

Results (with poll closings in Eastern Time): KY (6/7 PM) | MS (8 PM) | NJ (8 PM) | NY (9 PM) | TX (8 PM) | VA (7 PM): Senate, House

Key Races: Live Cheat-sheet| Election Preview| County Benchmarks | VA: Senate, House

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 2:44:42 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

We are almost four hours into Election Night 2019, and it has been a freaking barnburner. Start off in deep-red Kentucky, where it appears that Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has been defeated by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. With only about two dozen precincts outstanding, Beshear has a 7600-vote lead. Meanwhile, the Democrats have claimed control of the Virginia State Senate with at least 21 seats in the forty-seat chamber locked up. Right now, they also are in the lead for control of the Virginia House of Delegates, where they have three confirmed pickups. But that situation remains very fluid. If there is a downer, it is that Democrat Jim Hood trails Republican Tate Reeves in the battle for Governor of Mississippi in early returns.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 2:51:34 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

VIRGINIA:  The Democrats get some more cushion in the Senate, as Republican Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant has conceded to Democrat Debra Rodman. That would boost the Democrats to a 22-18 edge, with races outstanding. Meanwhile, in the House of Delegates, the Democrats get a critical hold, as Alex Askew has held onto HD-85, a critical swing open seat. That win, coupled with other races, has led the state legislative campaign wing for the Democrats (the DLCC) to claim that the Democrats will seize control of the House of Delegates.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 2:57:31 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

KY-Gov: We’ve finally hit 100% reporting in Kentucky! Democrat Andy Beshear is still winning over GOP incumbent Matt Bevin, by a 49.2 to 48.9 margin. The difference in raw votes is around 4,700. There is still no AP call yet, though. (In case you’re wondering, Kentucky does not have an automatic recount law.)

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:00:31 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

VIRGINIA: Welp. Not ideal, but not disastrous. There are now reports that a tabulation error might’ve errantly given Debra Rodman an insurmountable lead in SD-12. So, the Democrats might net a smaller majority (21-19) than previously reported.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:01:07 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

MS-Gov: Lost amidst the Kentucky and Virginia news, there’s one more gubernatorial race going on where the news isn’t as good, in Mississippi. Republican Tate Reeves is still leading Democrat Jim Hood in this open seat, still 55-44 with 33% reporting.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:03:17 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

VIRGINIA: The Associated Press has now confirmed what was already apparent in the early results—The Democratic Party will, for the first time since 1993, control the trifecta in Virginia.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:10:25 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

KY-Gov: Republican Matt Bevin, currently trailing in the gubernatorial race with all precincts reporting, is not conceding tonight and expecting a recall. The Associated Press, also, does not seem likely to make a call any time soon, instead saying the race is “too close to call.”

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:11:07 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

VIRGINIA: Big pickup for the Democrats in the House of Delegates, as they take HD-40, where Del. Tim Hugo (R) barely won re-election in 2017. This time around, Democrat Dan Helmer has taken the win, beating Hugo by a 52-47 margin.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:12:57 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

KY-Gov: Meanwhile, Democrat Andy Beshear is currently declaring victory in the gubernatorial race. If you’d like further information on Kentucky's recount law, start here.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:15:53 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

MISSOURI: A good win for the Democrats in a state that has not been fertile ground for them as of late. Democrats were able to win a special election in MO-HD-99, with Democrat Trish Gunby defeating Republican Lee Ann Pittman by a 54-46 margin.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:16:20 AM +00:00 · David Jarman

Indianapolis mayor: One of the most populous cities to host a mayoral race tonight has re-elected its Democratic incumbent mayor: Indianapolis voters gave another term to Joe Hogsett, who easily defeated Republican Jim Merritt, 70-29.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 · 3:21:38 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

WICHITA MAYOR:  A pleasant turn of events in red-state Kansas, as a Democrat has been elected mayor of Wichita! Democrat Brandon Whipple won election tonight over Republican incumbent Jeff Longwell by a 46-36 margin. He was helped by a write-in campaign by Republican Lyndy Wells, who narrowly missed the runoff for this seat and did not feel like having a unity breakfast with Longwell. Wells appeared to have been the bulk of the write-in tally, which was 18% of the vote.


          

Judge orders Trump to pay $2m over misuse of charity

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The Associated Press reports that a New York judge today ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2m for misusing the Trump Foundation, supposedly a charity but evidently an extension of his political and business interests.

Judge Saliann Scarpulla also signed off on an agreement Thursday to close the Trump Foundation and distribute about $1.7 million in remaining funds to other nonprofit groups. A request for comment was emailed to Trump’s lawyer. New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit last year alleging Trump and his family illegally operated the foundation as an extension of his businesses and his presidential campaign.

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Dumpster diving bear rescued from trash can

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In Northern California, sheriff's deputies helped a large bear get out of a locked trash bin, which the bear somehow managed to get stuck inside while dumpster diving for dinner.

The bear was discovered Monday in a locked trash bin in Kings Beach, on Lake Tahoe’s northern shore, by Placer County sheriff’s deputies. From AP:

Video the agency posted to Facebook shows a deputy shining a flashlight on the dumpster and the bear suddenly popping its head out. As the startled deputy jumps back, others laugh and say “whoa!”

They recognize it as the bear they’ve dubbed “T-Shirt” for a patch of white fur on its chest. The agency says the animal has had run-ins with deputies before.

They unlock the dumpster from a distance and fling open one of the doors. The bear is stuck in a smaller opening in the top of one of the doors, but eventually drops down, pushes it open and lumbers out.

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Skidding Maryland tries to slow down No. 3 Ohio State

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Nov. 7, 2019 2:18 PM EST Skidding Maryland tries to slow down No. 3 Ohio State By The Associated Press AP-FBC–T25-Maryland-Ohio State Preview Capsule Nick Wass, ASSOCIATED PRESS Maryland (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten) at No. 3 Ohio State (8-0, 6-0), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (FOX). Line: Michigan by 42. Series record: Ohio State leads […]
          

Family: France’s Catherine Deneuve hospitalized with stroke

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PARIS (AP) — French actress Catherine Deneuve has had a mild stroke while filming her latest movie, the screen star’s family said Wednesday. The 76-year-old Deneuve suffered a “very limited and therefore reversible” stroke, according to a family statement sent to The Associated Press by the media representative for Artmedia, the agency that represents Deneuve. […]
          

Covering Colorado Colorado biologist gets probation for selling bobcat pelts Associated Press 3:08 PM, Nov - KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

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Steyer aide offered donations for local politicians to endorse him: report

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An aide to billionaire 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer has offered campaign donations to numerous Iowa politicians in exchange for their endorsements, according to The Associated Press.The AP reported Thursday that former Iowa...
          

Changing Views On The Death Penalty

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Governor Mike DeWine delayed execution dates again last week for two death-row inmates as the state continues its search for a pharmaceutical company willing to sell drugs for use in executions. It marks the first time in three years Ohio will not hold any executions in a calendar year. Today on All Sides, the death penalty in Ohio. Guests: Laura Bischoff , State Government Reporter , Dayton Daily News Andrew Welsh-Huggins , Legal Affairs Writer, Associated Press, author of 2009 book : “No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States“ Douglas Berman, Law Professor, Ohio State University Rebecca Anzel , Statehouse Reporter, Capitol News Illinois
          

Winfrey picks 'Olive, Again' for her next book club read

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NEW YORK — Author Elizabeth Strout, whose "Olive, Again" is Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick, has a pretty good idea about how the plainspoken Olive Kitteridge would have responded.

"Olive would say, 'Godfrey Mighty!'" Strout told The Associated Press in a recent email. "But even Olive would be impressed with Oprah onboard with her story. Olive — who would not admit to it publicly — would be really pleased that Oprah finds her life so worthy of respect."

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Walter Mercado, mítico astrólogo de TV, muere a los 88 años

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Trump Administration Has Mixed Messages on Louisiana Economy

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John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House is sending mixed messages about Louisiana's economy while President Donald Trump tries to ...
          

Secret Service study: Most school shooters were badly bullied, showed warning signs

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By Coleen Long, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other […]
          

Federal judge strikes down Trump administration rule allowing health care workers to refuse abortions

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By Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press NEW YORK — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that could open the way for more health care workers to refuse to participate in abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said the U.S. Health […]
          

Cambodian opposition, Sam Rainsy, readies return from exile

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Cambodia’s most prominent opposition politician, Sam Rainsy, says he’s ready to risk imprisonment or death by returning to his country from self-imposed exile to unseat the country’s longtime ruler. Sam Rainsy, co-founder of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, told The Associated Press that he hopes his planned return on Saturday will trigger a nonviolent People’s […]
          

Final Tennessee high school football statewide Associated Press rankings

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Piñera anuncia medidas para reforzar el orden público

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El presidente Sebastián Piñera anunció el jueves una serie de medidas para reforzar el orden público al cumplirse 21 días de un estallido social sin precedentes, mientras recrudecen las protestas en todo Chile.

'Queremos anunciar hoy en día una agenda para fortalecer el orden público y para resguardar mejor la seguridad ciudadana', anunció sorpresivamente el mandatario desde el palacio presidencial de La Moneda. Agregó que con esta agenda busca que 'Chile pueda superar estas difíciles tres semanas y reencontrarnos con la paz social, con el progreso y con la unidad entre todos los chilenos'.

Las medidas incluyen una ley anti saqueos, el avance de un proyecto en el Congreso contra los manifestantes encapuchados, la creación de un equipo especial de abogados para perseguir los delitos contra el orden público, el reforzamiento de la vigilancia aérea y la mejora de la inteligencia policial para prevenir y combatir la delincuencia, el vandalismo, el terrorismo, el narcotráfico y el crimen organizado.

'Una de las principales responsabilidades del Estado es resguardar el orden público y la seguridad ciudadana', manifestó el presidente respaldando el trabajo realizado por la policía chilena hasta el momento, muy cuestionado por amplios sectores sociales que la acusan de violaciones sistemáticas a los derechos humanos.

'Estamos convencidos de que esta agenda representa y constituye un aporte significativo e importante a mejorar nuestra capacidad de resguardar el orden público... y por esa razón creemos que su aprobación es algo urgente y necesario', señaló el mandatario, quien convocó a un Consejo de Seguridad Nacional para el fin de la tarde.

El anuncio de Piñera “probablemente exacerbará aún más la crisis. Refuerza la percepción de que el presidente no está en contacto con las demandas de los ciudadanos y que su gobierno ve a los manifestantes como criminales. Tomar esta posición en un contexto de mayor represión y violencia es probable que alimente más movilizaciones”, dijo a The Associated Press Jenny Pribble, profesora asociada de ciencias políticas en la Universidad de Richmond, Estados Unidos.

En Santiago y en otras ciudades están previstas el jueves distintas manifestaciones que acogen una gran diversidad de reclamos sociales que van desde una mejora en la educación y la salud a la reforma del sistema de pensiones.


          

Choques aumentan tensión en Bolivia tras polémicos comicios

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Choques entre seguidores y opositores del presidente Evo Morales dejaron al menos 20 heridos el miércoles en la ciudad de Cochabamba en una de las jornadas más violentas en tres semanas de protestas tras las elecciones, de las que el gobernante se declaró triunfador en medio de acusaciones de un supuesto fraude.

Cocaleros y campesinos afines al mandatario llegaron a esa ciudad del centro de Bolivia para apoyar a Morales y desbaratar las barricadas opositoras que bloquean calles y avenidas de la ciudad tras los comicios del 20 de octubre. Los grupos antagónicos chocaron en varios sitios.

Televisoras mostraron imágenes de la turba en batalla campal en las calles con piedras y palos. Funcionarios del Defensor del Pueblo confirmaron 20 heridos, uno de ellos fue internado con muerte cerebral, según fuentes médicas. Poco después, sus familiares informaron que el joven murió. The Associated Press no pudo confirmar esta información de manera independiente con los veceros del hospital.

Los choques se prolongaron hasta el miércoles en la tarde. Las oficinas de una alcaldía cercana a la ciudad fueron incendiadas y la alcaldesa oficialista Patricia Arce fue agredida y retenida por opositores que la acusaron de trasladar gente para enfrentarlos.

El miércoles en la noche, la tensión se trasladó a La Paz donde arribó el líder cívico del movimiento opositor Luis Fernando Camacho con fuerte resguardo policial para entregar la carta de dimisión de Morales bajo la acusación de fraude electoral.

Grupos rivales chocaron a la salida del aeropuerto y la policía los trataba de dispersar con equipo antimotines. Manifestantes de ambos se apostaron cerca de la casa de gobierno, que estaba bajo fuerte custodia policial. Al parecer la carta sería entregada el jueves.

“El mandato es entregar la carta y estoy decidido a cumplirlo”, declaró a la televisora Unitel, que acompañó en el avión al presidente del influyente Comité Cívico de Santa Cruz. Más tarde llamó a la calma. “Venimos a buscar la paz, no buscamos enfrentamientos”. dijo.

Es el segundo intento de Camacho de entregar la carta. El lunes seguidores de Morales impidieron que saliera del aeropuerto. El miércoles, militantes de uno y otro bando se apostaron a la salida de la terminal aérea después de que el Ministro de Gobierno Carlos Romero garantizó la llegada del líder opositor desde Santa Cruz.

En nueve de las 10 mayores ciudades del país las protestas opositoras se dejaban sentir con cortes de rutas, barricadas callejeras, marchas y reyertas.

Santa Cruz, un reducto opositor y motor agroindustrial del país, permanecía casi paralizada por la huelga convocada por el poderoso Comité Cívico. Dos opositores murieron en esa ciudad producto de choques con oficialistas.

Desde el martes los opositores realizan plantones en las puertas de las oficinas públicas y bloquean algunos pasos fronterizos.

Se espera que la próxima semana una misión de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) concluya una auditoria de los comicios del 20 de octubre, pero la oposición la oposición la rechaza bajo la sospecha de que avale el resultado. La misión llamó a los ciudadanos a entregar pruebas del supuesto fraude. La oposición pide la renuncia de Morales y la convocatoria a nuevas elecciones con otro Tribunal Electoral. El mandatario anticipó que no dimitirá y acusó a los opositores de confabular para derrocarlo.

Estas son las mayores protestas que afronta Morales en sus casi 14 años en el poder.

El mandatario llegó debilitado a los comicios por escándalos de corrupción, acusaciones de autoritarismo y su empeño en reelegirse pese a un referendo que le negó esa posibilidad, lo que encendió el rechazo ciudadano a pesar de su buena gestión económica.


          

¿Cómo ocho niños lograron sobrevivir a la emboscada de cartel mexicano?

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Los ocho niños, algunos de ellos bebés, que sobrevivieron a una emboscada en el norte de México no solo escaparon de los pistoleros de un cártel que mataron a sus madres, sino que lograron esconderse entre la maleza y algunos caminaron kilómetros (millas) para obtener ayuda pese a tener horribles heridas de bala.

En un ejemplo de la devoción de una madre, una mujer habría escondido a su bebé en el suelo de su camioneta Suburban antes de salir del vehículo agitando los brazos para mostrar a los pistoleros que no era una amenaza. Podría haberse apartado del auto para distraer su atención: su cuerpo baleado apareció a unos 15 metros (yardas) del coche.

La madre era uno de los nueve ciudadanos estadounidenses _ tres mujeres y seis menores _ que vivían en el norte de México y que fueron asesinados el lunes cuando pistoleros de un cártel emboscaron a tres camionetas en una carretera sin pavimentar. Además de los múltiples agujeros de bala, uno de los autos quedó calcinado. Las autoridades mexicanas apuntaron que los agresores podrían haber confundido los vehículos con los de una banda rival con la que libran una violenta guerra territorial.

Las autoridades anunciaron en la noche del martes la detención de un sospechoso, que está siendo investigado por su posible relación con los asesinatos. En un comunicado publicado en su perfil de Facebook, la Agencia Ministerial de Investigación Criminal de Sonora explicó que el sospechoso fue localizado en Agua Prieta, una localidad en la frontera con el estado estadounidense de Arizona, y que tenía retenidas a dos personas amordazadas y atadas en el interior de un auto.

El sospechoso, del que no se dieron más datos, estaba en posesión de cuatro rifles de asalto y munición, además de varios vehículos de gran tamaño, incluyendo una camioneta blindada, agregó la agencia.

Ante la gravedad de sus pronósticos, las autoridades mexicanas decidieron llevar a los cinco menores heridos a un hospital en Estados Unidos en un helicóptero militar. En el momento del traslado estaban “estables”, según las autoridades médicas del estado de Sonora. Otros tres que salieron ilesos quedaron a cargo de familiares en la pequeña comunidad de La Mora, en el norte de México.

Pero lo vivido por los niños en la remota y montañosa zona de Sonora es casi indescriptible.

Según el relato de una de los familiares, Kendra Miller, Devin Blake Langford, de 13 años, fue uno de los pocos que no sufrió heridas y en seguida se hizo cargo de la situación, llegando a caminar 22,5 kilómetros (14 millas) de regreso a La Mora para pedir ayuda.

'Después de presenciar como su madre y sus hermanos morían baleados, Devin escondió a sus otros seis hermanos entre los arbustos y los cubrió con ramas para mantenerlos a salvo mientras iba a buscar ayuda”, contó Miller. 'Como tardaba mucho en regresar, su hermana de 9 años dejó a los otros cinco” y se marchó a pedir auxilio.

La niña, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, caminó durante horas a oscuras y la encontraron varias horas después de que los demás fuesen rescatados. Por un momento, fue dada por desaparecida.

En total, los niños estuvieron solos desde cerca de las 13:00 horas, cuando comenzó la emboscada, hasta alrededor de las 19:30, cuando fueron rescatados. Familiares en La Mora intentaron llegar a ellos antes, pero se detuvieron ante los disparos. En la zona del ataque hay una guerra territorial entre cárteles.

En grabaciones de llamadas entre los rescatistas, se les puede escuchar discutiendo si era mejor arriesgar más vidas o esperar una hora o dos a la llegada del ejército mexicano. Fue una decisión agónica.

Lo que vieron cuando encontraron a los niños era aterrador.

Cody Greyson Langford, de 8 años, tenía un disparo en la mandíbula y sangraba de forma abundante. Otra niña sufrió balazos en el pie y en la espalda.

Al parecer, los asesinos eran miembros del cártel de Juárez y de su brazo armado, La Línea, cuyos pistoleros entraron al territorio del cártel de Sinaloa y establecieron un puesto de avanzada armado en una colina y una emboscada carretera arriba. Juárez aparentemente quería enviar el mensaje de que controlaba la carretera a Chihuahua. En este panorama fue en el que adentraron las madres estadounidenses en sus tres camionetas.

Solo después de que el primer vehículo fuese baleado e incendiado, unos 50 o 60 hombres del cártel de Sinaloa aparecieron para ver qué había pasado.

Pero no es la crueldad del cartel, sino la valentía, la inocencia y el sacrificio de las víctimas lo que los familiares quieren que se recuerde.

Austin Cloes, un pariente de los fallecidos, dijo desde su casa en Salt Lake City que eran buenas personas que amaban a sus hijos y disfrutaban de una vida tranquila en una exitosa plantación de nueces pecanas.

'Este tipo de cosas no deberían pasar desapercibidas”, apuntó Cloes, quien trabaja con jóvenes en situación de riesgo y entrena a un equipo de baloncesto de secundaria. 'Y este tipo de personas no deberían ser enterradas sin que sus nombres salgan a la luz. Son grandes personas”.

Entre los fallecidos en la emboscada había una madre, sus mellizos de ocho meses, su hija de 10 años y otro hijo de 12. Otra madre yacía tendida en el asiento delantero de otro Suburban junto a los cuerpos baleados de sus hijos de 11 y 2 años.

Las víctimas vivían en el estado de Sonora, a unos 110 kilómetros (70 millas) al sur de Douglas, Arizona, en la comunidad de La Mora, que se fundó hace décadas por una escisión de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días. Muchos residentes de la localidad se identifican como mormones pero no están afiliados a ninguna iglesia.

Varias comunidades agrícolas de familias estadounidenses están agrupadas en la frontera entre los estados de Chihuahua y Sonora. Muchos miembros nacieron en México y tienen doble nacionalidad. Aunque algunas de las facciones escindidas fueron polígamas hace tiempo, muchas ya dejaron de serlo.

Todas las víctimas estaban aparentemente relacionadas con la familia LeBarón de Chihuahua, cuyos miembros llevan años enfrentados a los narcotraficantes. Benjamín LeBarón, un activista contra el crimen que creó los patrullajes vecinales contra los cárteles en la localidad, fue asesinado en 2009.

Las víctimas iban a visitar a sus familiares en Chihuahua y una de las mujeres se dirigía al aeropuerto en Phoenix para reunirse con su esposo.

Aunque la violencia relacionada con el narcotráfico ha estado presente en México durante años, el ataque expuso la manera en la que los hombres armados de cárteles han dejado de preocuparse por matar niños como daño colateral. En agosto, en el estado de Chihuahua, pistoleros dispararon 123 balas a un hombre y mataron a tres niñas de 4, 13 y 14 años. En junio, un niño fue asesinado junto a su padre en Sonora, y en julio, otro de 10 años murió en un robo en el estado de Puebla.

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Masacre de mormones en México y la historia de la escisión de esa iglesia

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Las nueve mujeres y niños que fueron asesinados por hombres armados de un cártel de narcotráfico en el norte de México vivían en una comunidad agrícola remota donde los residentes se identifican como mormones, descendientes de antiguos miembros de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días que huyeron de Estados Unidos para escapar de la prohibición a la poligamia impuesta por esa Iglesia en el siglo XIX.

Muchas familias que viven en la zona llegaron a la comunidad de La Mora en la década de 1950, aunque algunos tienen unas raíces mucho más profundas.

Con una población de menos de 1.000 personas con doble nacionalidad, la estadounidense y mexicana, La Mora se ubica en un valle desértico rodeado por montañas a unos 110 kilómetros (70 millas) al sur de las ciudades fronterizas de Douglas, Arizona, y Agua Prieta, en el estado mexicano de Sonora.

Aunque muchos residentes de La Mora se identifican como mormones, también se consideran como independientes de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días, comentó Cristina Rosetti, experta y catedrática de fundamentalismo mormón.

Un residente de la comunidad que habló bajo condición de anonimato por temor a represalias de los cárteles, comentó que su bisabuelo se asentó ahí a finales de la década de 1890 o principios de 1900 luego de abandonar Estados Unidos, pero fue regresado al norte de la frontera por el revolucionario mexicano Pancho Villa.

El bisabuelo no regresó, pero el abuelo del residente se volvió a mudar a La Mora en la década de 1950 junto con otras personas, agregó.

Aunque muchos de los residentes de La Mora creen en los principios del mormonismo convencional, también creen que “no deberían formar Iglesia, ni deberían estar organizados alrededor de un líder. Simplemente deberían ser mormones y vivir su vida mormona. Así son los habitantes de La Mora”, dijo Rosetti.

Algunas de las familias que viven ahí siguen practicando la poligamia, aunque otras lo dejaron de hacer hace décadas, añadió.

Austin Cloes, de Utah, que tenía familiares entre las víctimas, dijo que eran personas religiosas que creían en Jesucristo. Ninguno de los miembros de la familia que conocía practicaba la poligamia, señaló.

Las víctimas, que incluyen unos mellizos de 8 meses de edad, fallecieron en una emboscada a las tres camionetas en las que viajaban por un camino sin pavimentar en una zona remota y montañosa donde el cártel de Sinaloa ha estado involucrado en una guerra territorial. Ocho niños fueron encontrados vivos después de que se escondieron en la maleza, pero por lo menos cinco tenían heridas de bala u otras lesiones, informaron las autoridades.

Los familiares dijeron que las víctimas habían recorrido ese camino muchas veces sin problemas. Terry Langford, cuya tía fue una de las mujeres que falleció, dijo que ésta iba en camino a Phoenix para recoger a su esposo en el aeropuerto y que las otras iban a visitar a parientes en México.

Matthew Bowman, profesor adjunto de historia y religión en la Claremont Graduate University de California, dijo que comunidades como La Mora surgieron por primera vez luego de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos comenzó a procesar a los polígamos durante la década de 1870.

La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días respondió asentando colonias en México y Canadá.

La Iglesia abandonó la poligamia en 1890, aunque algunos de sus miembros continuaron practicándola. En la década de 1920, los líderes eclesiásticos lanzaron una campaña agresiva contra esos miembros, excomulgando a algunos y aplicando disciplina eclesiástica, comentó Bowman.

Eso provocó que algunos fundamentalistas se fueran al norte de Arizona y otros más al sur, hacia México.

Mejor conocidos que los mormones de la comunidad de La Mora son los fundadores y descendientes de la Colonia LeBarón en el estado de Chihuahua.

Alma LeBarón mudó a su familia a Chihuahua cuando la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días expulsaba a los polígamos. Tras su muerte, sus hijos establecieron la Iglesia del Primogénito de la Plenitud de los Tiempos, explicó Bowman.

En 2009, Benjamín LeBarón fue asesinado por hombres armados de un cártel en represalia por su activismo contra el crimen organizado. Su hermano menor fue secuestrado y liberado posteriormente.

A través de la endogamia durante generaciones, el apellido LeBarón se volvió común en La Mora, añadió Rosetti. Pero como el nombre de la familia está tan ampliamente relacionado con la Iglesia, los residentes de La Mora se ven a sí mismos como “mormones independientes” para destacar que no tienen una conexión con la Iglesia del Primogénito de la Plenitud de los Tiempos, explicó.

“Estas colonias se han marchitado un poco para empezar”, dijo Bowman. “Ha habido incidentes con los cárteles en las colonias en los últimos 15 años... Esto ha sido un problema por un tiempo y creo que es parte de la razón por la que muchas personas se marchan”.

Este año, la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días lanzó una campaña para que la gente dejara de utilizar los nombres abreviados de la iglesia “mormón” y “LDS”.

En su explicación de la decisión de poner fin a los apodos de su fe, el presidente de la iglesia Russell M. Nelson dijo que el Señor le recalcó la importancia del nombre completo y que dejarlo fuera era una “gran victoria para Satanás”.

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Los periodistas de The Associated Press Brady McCombs en Salt Lake City y Adriana Gómez Licón en Miami contribuyeron a este despacho.


          

Pilot killed as plane crashes into Upland home, which catches on fire - Los Angeles Times

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Republican Lt. Gov. Reeves wins Mississippi governor's race

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his victory speech after winning the Mississippi governor's seat at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 5, 2019. Reeves defeated his Democratic opponent Jim Hood, winning 52.32% of the vote.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Republicans are keeping their hold on the governorship in Mississippi, despite facing the best-funded Democrat to run for the position in more than a decade.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns.

Reeves will succeed Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by state law to two terms.

"I want to be the governor for all Mississippians and I'm going to work hard every day to do that," Reeves told The Associated Press after his victory.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both traveled to Mississippi in recent days to campaign for Reeves, who is completing his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as the elected state treasurer.

"President Trump's rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory," Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. "Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low."

Trump also congratulated Reeves, tweeting: "Great going Tate!"

Reeves, 45, campaigned on keeping taxes low and limiting government regulation of businesses. He also said that a vote for Hood is akin to a vote for "liberal" national Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Hood, 57, is finishing his fourth term as attorney general. For three of those terms, he has been the only Democrat holding statewide office in Mississippi.

Hood was district attorney before winning statewide office, and he told supporters at a party late Tuesday that "the good Lord" has allowed him to serve the people of Mississippi. "I guess it was not his will that we continue on as governor," Hood said.

Hood's high-profile gubernatorial race came four years after the party's nominee was Robert Gray, a long-haul truck driver who didn't vote for himself in the primary, raised little money and lost the general election by a wide margin.

Hood this year campaigned on improving schools and highways and on expanding Medicaid to the working poor. Expansion is an option under the federal health overhaul signed into law in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama. Mississippi is among the 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid, a decision that Hood said has cost the state $1 billion a year in federal money.

Hood did not invite national Democratic figures to the state to campaign for him in person, but Obama recorded a call that went to some Mississippi residents Monday, urging people to vote for Hood.

Republicans have been governor in Mississippi for 24 of the last 28 years. The last Democratic governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost in 2003 as he sought a second term.


          

A running list of the false or misleading claims Trump makes about the economy

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President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Chicago to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Trump appeared to falsely suggest the US added more than double the number of jobs last month than what was reported by the government.
  • The comment only added to a long string of false or misleading claims by the president.
  • Here are some of the falsehoods he regularly pushes about jobs, interest rates, immigration and more.
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President Donald Trump appeared to suggest last week that the US added more than 300,000 jobs in October, more than double the figure reported by the government. The comment only added to a long string of false or misleading claims by the president, many of which involve the economy. 

Here are some of the falsehoods Trump regularly pushes about jobs, interest rates, immigration and more.

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Jobs

Claim: "The economy is doing great. More people working in U.S.A. today than at any time in our HISTORY. Media barely covers!" (January 2019)

Fact check: This is misleading. Trump is right that there are more people working in the US than at any other point in history. But there are also more people than ever in the country. The number of jobs added during the Trump presidency has largely kept in line with population growth.



Manufacturing

Claim: "We have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs — something which almost everyone said was impossible to do, but the fact is, we are just gettin started." (February 2019)

Fact check: This is false. According to the Labor Department, about 436,000 factory jobs had been created at this point of the Trump presidency. And the sector has begun to gradually shed some of those positions since then. 

Claim: "We have a miracle … It's been an extraordinary resurgence of American manufacturing." (July 2019)

Fact check: This is misleading. American manufacturing picked up in the first year of the Trump White House. But activity has fallen sharply over the past two years as tariffs levied by the president exacerbate a broader slowdown in factory activity. By 2019, the sector had fallen into a recession. 



Dollar

Claim: "Our Dollar is now the strongest in history. Sounds good, doesn't it? Except to those (manufacturers) that make product for sale outside the U.S." 

Fact check: This is false. Trump has said this at various points in office, often as part of his attacks on the Federal Reserve. While the greenback has remained strong against other major currencies in recent years, it was even higher on common indexes as recently as 2016. Its peak strength was in the 1980's.



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Kansas City to vote on removing King's name from street - The Associated Press

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Responding to the Hong Kong protests

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By Mike Poteet

A controversial tweet

In early October, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted a simple image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” This tweet, which would seem innocuous to many in the United States, drew immediate and sustained backlash from both Chinese officials and businesses due to the complicated, contentious relationship between China and Hong Kong, a semiautonomous territory that, unlike mainland China, operates as a limited democracy with a capitalist economy.

According to the Associated Press, the Chinese consulate in Houston expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the team following Morey’s tweet; and both Chinese state television and Tencent, a streaming media company with whom the NBA recently signed a $1.5 billion deal, announced they wouldn’t show Rockets games.

Yet the protests that have taken place in Hong Kong this summer and fall hold far more significance than the relationship between the NBA and China. That they should have any impact at all on something as far afield as pro sports only underscores their significance and the serious political crisis they represent. 

Months of protest

According to a New York Times article from last June, the protests initially arose in opposition to a bill considered by Hong Kong’s legislative body, the Legislative Council. The bill would have allowed the territory to extradite criminal suspects to jurisdictions with which it has no formal extradition treaty, including mainland China.

Observers warned that the Chinese government could use the bill to exert increased pressure on Hong Kong. “If enacted, this law would extend the ability of the Mainland authorities to target critics, human rights activists, journalist[s], NGO workers and anyone else in Hong Kong, much in the same way they do at home,” stated Man-Kei Tam, director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

On June 9, more than a million people marched in opposition to the bill — nearly one of every seven Hong Kongers and the biggest public protest Hong Kong had seen since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014. A New York Times video shows that police used tear gas against protesters on June 12, along with pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, after a small number of protesters threw objects at them. Anger over the police response inspired even larger protests on June 16, when as many as two million people came together in the largest protest in Hong Kong’s history.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief executive, withdrew the extradition bill in early September, but the withdrawal wasn’t enough to bring protests to an end. One commonly heard chant — “Five demands, not one less” — refers to the protesters’ aims. The first was the withdrawal of the extradition bill; the others include (1) no more descriptions of the protests as “riots,” (2) unconditional release and amnesty for arrested protesters, (3) independent inquiry into police behavior, and (4) full and genuine democracy.

Throughout the summer and into autumn, protests continued and were increasingly marked by violent confrontations between demonstrators and police. On October 1 — a holiday that marked the 70th anniversary of the Communist state founded in 1949 — police shot a protester with live ammunition for the first time.

CNBC reported that on October 4, Lam invoked emergency powers and banned face masks at all public gatherings, claiming the move would deter violence because demonstrators cannot conceal their identities. (Many protesters wear masks and respirators to guard against tear gas.) The ban provoked a fresh wave of fiery protests. Lam’s critics worry what further actions might follow and how those actions might weaken Hong Kong’s special status, which they believe China has been steadily eroding. 

Mixed U.S. responses

In mid-October, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. It would require the State Department to certify every year “whether Hong Kong remains sufficiently autonomous from Beijing [China] to justify its unique treatment,” as quoted in The Washington Post. This unique treatment includes exemptions from tariffs and other U.S. laws that apply to all other Chinese exports. If the bill clears the Senate, where it has bipartisan support, it would need President Trump’s signature to become law.

Publicly, Trump hasn’t spoken much about the protests, but the Financial Times reports that he promised Chinese president Xi Jinping that the United States would “tone down criticism of Beijing’s approach” in order to revive trade talks. However, at the United Nations in September, Trump called on China to honor its commitment to “protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life,” adding, “We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader,” as quoted in Vox.

Some American businesses find themselves caught between democratic ideals and the pursuit of profit. The NBA, for instance, forced Daryl Morey to apologize for his tweet, then issued its own apology while simultaneously trying to defend free speech, a response that pleased neither Chinese officials nor many US observers. Meanwhile, Apple pulled a map app from its digital store that protesters had been using to track police movement, and shoe company Vans pulled the top vote-getter in a sneaker design competition because the design depicted the protests. 

Christian response

“The Chinese Communist Party may be the greatest existential threat to the Hong Kong church,” notes Christianity Today. Nevertheless, about 900,000 Hong Kongers (almost 12%) are Christian, and Christians enjoy more freedom in Hong Kong than believers in mainland China.

Several church organizations in Hong Kong expressed concern about the extradition bill while calling for restraint and peace from protesters. According to a United Methodist News Service article, the ecumenical Hong Kong Christian Council issued a statement urging the reopening of now-closed public spaces for peaceful demonstration, restraint from using force on the part of police, and dialogue and “rational discussion” between the government and protesters.

Many Christians in Hong Kong have joined the protests themselves. In late August, the first large-scale rally specifically for Christians drew thousands. Its motto was “Salt and light, for justice we walk together.” Attendees formed part of a human chain stretching for more than 21 miles and sang the hymn “Sing Alleluia to the Lord,” which quickly became an unofficial “anthem” for the Hong Kong protests — partly because religious gatherings are exempt from Hong Kong legislation regulating public assemblies.

For believers who choose to participate in the protests, taking to the streets to defend their civil liberties and advocate for greater freedom is an expression of how they understand the gospel. Andrea Wong, an 18-year-old protester, told The New York Times, “I am very certain that Jesus would not have stayed home enjoying the air-conditioning. He would have been out here helping people and marching.”


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Ghazala Hashmi becomes first Muslim woman elected to Virginia's state senate

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Ghazala Hashmi (D) unseated Virginia state Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R) on Tuesday to become the first Muslim woman elected to the state senate, according to The Associated Press. Hashmi, a former community college professor, will represent the state’s 10th Senate District, which includes Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield County and Richmond. She emigrated to the U.S. from India as a child and 2019 marked her first campaign for public office. Hashmi’s campaign hit heavily on issues such as gun violence and education, and she was a supporter of Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) universal pre-kindergarten proposals. During the campaign, she...
          

Yemen’s Dirty War: A Q&A with Pulitzer Winner Maggie Michael

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Yemen has been embroiled in civil war for decades. But its current conflict has left 100,000 dead, with hundreds of thousands more displaced. While the war has received limited coverage by most international and mainstream media outlets, during 2018 and 2019 a team of Associated Press journalists spent months investigating Yemen’s Dirty War. Maggie Michael, Nariman El-Mofty, and Maad al-Zekri won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. GIJN's Majdolin Hasan spoke with Michael about how they did it.

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