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Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido
News ImageMIAMI (AP) President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:33:11 -0500
The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summit
News ImagePope Francis' summit on clergy sexual abuse, which opens Thursday at the Vatican, drawschurch leaders from around the world.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:03:49 -0500
U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funds
News ImageCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:55:03 -0500
An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance
News ImageThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:03:12 -0500
Lesbian couple turned away by Indiana tax preparer four years after Mike Pence signed anti-LGBTQ law
News ImageA married lesbian couple in Indiana were turned away by a tax preparer when they attempted to file their taxes jointly last week, making them one of many victims of the states anti-LGBTQ laws. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel got married last July and decided to file their taxes jointly for the first time. The couple went to Carter Tax Service in Russiaville to meet with Nancy Fivecoate, a tax preparer Ms Bailey used for the last four years.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:26:23 -0500
After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic
News ImageAt a clinic in eastern Syria, the Islamic State group have fled leaving a floor strewn with medical supplies -- but also explosives and a foreign passport. US-backed fighters took the three-storey building in the village of Baghouz in recent days, and now use its roof to survey the frontline against the jihadists. Under three mounds of earth, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had buried a woman and two IS fighters found wearing ammunition jackets.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:29:45 -0500
Pakistan will retaliate against any Indian attacks over Kashmir bombing, says Imran Khan
News ImagePakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, has warned his country will retaliate against any Indian attack in the wake of last week's Kashmir suicide bombing and called instead for dialogue to calm the growing crisis. Mr Khan said he was willing to help Delhi investigate the blast which killed at least 40 paramilitary policemen last week and prompted outrage in India and calls for revenge. As tensions remained high, the senior Indian military commander in Kashmir told mothers to ensure their sons surrendered to an ongoing security crackdown or they would be killed. India says it has incontrovertible evidence that Pakistan's spy agency was behind the blast as part of its long history of supporting militant groups in the region. The attack on a security convoy was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group. Only weeks before a spring general election, the worst ever attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir has put significant pressure on India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, to strike back. Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said militants in Kashmir had to surrender or die Credit: AP In a televised address Mr Khan told India that in the event of any aggression Pakistan will not just think about retaliating, we will retaliate. There will be no way to respond other than to retaliate." He went on: And after that, where does the matter go? We all know that starting a war is easy. [But] starting a war may be in our hands, ending it won't be. If Delhi had any actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved, give it to us," he said."I guarantee you that we will take action not because we are under pressure, but because they [any individuals found involved] are acting as enemies of Pakistan." An Indian soldier on guard during a curfew in Kashmir Credit: Reuters The disputed region has since the 1980s been a hotbed of insurgents wanting either independence or union with Pakistan, and heavy-handed Indian tactics have alienated many of the youth. The bombing was carried out by a 20-year-old man from a village in Indian Kashmir. His parents said he had joined a militant group after being beaten by Indian troops three years ago. Lt-Gen KJS Dhillon commander of the Indian army's Kashmir-based 15 Corps, accused Pakistan's military spy agency of "controlling" those behind the bombing. He said: "I would request all the mothers in Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream. Otherwise anyone who has picked up the gun will be killed.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:56:10 -0500
'Ice can be unforgiving': Huge winter storm moves east as snow, sleet, heavy rain target 39 states
News ImageEvery state east of the Mississippi is likely to get winter storm effects Wednesday, including Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:20:14 -0500
Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts
News ImageU.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone would need to show why the posts did not violate a gag order in the case or the conditions of his release.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:33:28 -0500
The Two Venezuelas and Foreign Intervention
News ImageToday Venezuela is at an impasse, a term allegedly coined by Voltaire to refer to a situation devoid of exits. It has infinite inflation, four immobilized branches of government, two presidents, and the worst humanitarian crisis to hit the Americas in decades. There is sporadic violence on the streets and in improvised prisons hidden away from YouTube. What today resembles a civil war without weapons could easily escalate into bloodshed. Yet it is foreign powers and not domestic actors that will determine the countrys fate.The Bolivarian divide runs so deep that the republic now has two presidents: Nicols Maduro and Juan Guaid. Maduro, elevated to power by the late Hugo Chavz, insists that he has begun his second constitutional term, sworn in by the Supreme Court, backed by the courts and, crucially, the countrys armed forces. Guaid is recognized by the National Assembly, the unicameral legislature that Chvez himself created when he wanted to do away with a Senate keen on opposing his accumulation of power. Hundreds of thousands of exiled Venezuelans, including former Chavista officers and representatives, support him, too.The international media have paid scant attention to Venezuela. With rare exceptions, the crisis has seemed far away, complex, and entirely domestic to the outside world. Yet that perception is misguided: Venezuelas crisis is no longer a mere constitutional battle; it is a power struggle among international powers.When Guaid invoked articles 233 and 333 of the Venezuelan constitution to declare himself president, he did so with plenty of support. The United States had already refused to recognize Maduro after last years presidential election, in which he was effectively the only candidate allowed to run. Same with the so-called Lima Group, a gathering of Latin American nations led by Brazil and Argentina. Such support allowed Guaid to unify an opposition whose internal divisions had previously enabled Chvez and then Maduro to accumulate power. A few days later, the European Union joined the anti-Maduro forces, in a move ironically led by the socialist government of Spain, but not by Italy, where the populists of the Right (the Northern League) could not get the populists of the Left (the 5 Star Movement, old friends of Chavismo) to abandon Maduro.Recognizing a president, however, does not topple a government. The most damaging hits against Maduro were economic. The United States blocked PDVSA, Venezuelas state-run oil giant and its only true source of funds, from accessing its refineries in the U.S. (Venezuelan oil has always been too heavy, leading the countrys oil industry to rely on American refineries.) The Trump administration also imposed sanctions on Venezuelas primary debt issuance, as necessary for revolutionaries as it is for capitalists, as well as on the trading of existing securities. Guaid will now control the countrys official accounts and will get to appoint a board for Venezuelas crown jewel in the U.S.: the Citgo refinery.When it became clear that the petrodollars would stop flowing, defections from Maduros camp ticked up. And yet the regime did not fall. To outsiders, Maduros days in charge might appear numbered, but in Caracas he hangs on. That is because Chavismos traditional allies Cuba, Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Syria have stood by him. In particular, the support of Russia and China, for whom Venezuela remains a bulwark against the pro-market governments ascendant elsewhere on the continent, has proved crucial.Despite its natural wealth, Venezuelas debts to China are far larger than is commonly understood. And in Russia, oligarchs close to the Kremlin have too much to lose if the Maduro regime falls apart. That is why RT is keen on broadcasting every single historic military exercise by Maduros generals. (As my colleague Daniel Lansberg has pointed out, Venezuela now has more generals than all of NATO.) Paradoxically, the socialist revolution that Chvez created is now sustained by the capitalist interests of its main international sponsors.This dynamic is far from unprecedented. Decades ago, when there were two Spains rather than two Venezuelas, the diplomatic support of Western democracies mattered very little on the ground. In 1936, a failed military coup against the legitimate Spanish republic kicked off the centurys paradigmatic civil war. Madrid quickly received the support of international actors, including France, the United States, Mexico, and even the Soviet Union. But the generals under Francisco Franco had sponsors willing to fight. Hitlers Germany and Mussolinis Italy invested blood and treasure in Franco and drove him to victory. His legitimacy was built on the battleground.Intervention matters. And so does the lack of it. When Rwandas ethnic conflicts escalated into an unspeakable genocide in 1994, U.N. troops stood by, eventually inspiring Samantha Powers doctrine of moral intervention. When, later, Power was U.N. ambassador under President Obama, Obama refused to intervene in Syria even after the Assad regime mounted chemical-weapons attacks on its own citizens, thereby crossing the red line Obama had laid out. In both cases, the results were gruesome and the victims numerous.Ultimately only force can break an impasse. In Venezuelas case, as in Spains before, legitimacy is not about constitutions but the balance of forces. Economic sanctions can debilitate a regime, but only those willing to use force can truly tilt the balance. As long as Venezuelas traditional allies areeconomically and financially motivated to keep Chavistas in power, the current regime will endure, with or without Maduro. If Washington is not willing to intervene with force, then it must convince Moscow and Beijing that a political transition is in their interests. Guarantees for their investments are a good place to start. More important, Venezuelas sorry destiny reminds us that in a world devoid of absolute hegemonies, there are worse things than American global leadership.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:30:57 -0500
Aurora warehouse where 5 killed won't reopen until next week
News ImageAURORA, Ill. (AP) The suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse where five people were fatally shot won't reopen until next week, but its doors will be open to support workers, company officials said Monday.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:23:42 -0500
As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say
News ImageArchbishop Anthony S. Apuron was found guilty of 'certain accusations' of crimes related to the sexual abuse of minors. He has appealed the ruling.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:10:07 -0500
Huawei Founder Says There's No Stopping China's Tech Giant, Despite U.S. Pressure
News ImageRen Zhengfei says there's "no way the U.S. can crush" the company
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:18:20 -0500
Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isnt.
News ImageRuth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:42:03 -0500
Putin threatens to target West with new missiles
News ImageRussian President Vladimir Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals as he delivered a state of the nation address Wednesday aimed at boosting falling approval ratings. The longtime Russian leader warned Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow would consider it a "serious threat". "I'm saying this clearly and openly, Russia will be forced to deploy weapons that can be used... against the decision-making centres that are behind the missile systems which threaten us," Putin said.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:38:19 -0500
China's Silicon Valley Blueprint Has Plenty of Holes
News ImageLate Monday, theofficial Xinhua News Agency released details of the State Council's Greater Bay Area plana project to knit together Hong Kong and Macau with nine mainland cities into a global innovation hub to rival Californias Silicon Valley. Hong Kong residents struggling with high housing prices will have the opportunity to move across the border and work in state-owned companies while people moving the other way will gain access to the citys educationand health systems.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:13:11 -0500
Museum for fallen border patrol agents vandalized in Texas
News ImageThe National Border Patrol Museum in Texas has been vandalized by dozens of protesters leading a confrontational demonstration, according to the director. National Border Patrol Council vice president and Border Patrol agent Hector Garza reacts.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:28:42 -0500
MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man
News ImageA student involved in a viral confrontation with a Native American man is suing the Washington Post for $250m (191m) over its coverage of the incident. The defamation lawsuit, filed by Covington Catholic High School pupil Nick Sandmann, claims the newspaper wrongfully targeted and bullied him due to its biased agenda against Donald Trump. The 16-year-old was wearing one of the presidents signature Make America Great Again hats when he attended an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January along with classmates from his Kentucky school.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:19:00 -0500
Polar Vortex may have killed off majority of stink bugs, experts find
News ImageResearchers say the recent Polar Vortex may have killed 95% of stink bugs that hadn't found shelter to stay warm.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:31:59 -0500
Israel should apologize to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw
News ImageThe row, initially sparked by media reports suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Poles of complicity in the Holocaust, deepened on Monday after the comment by his minister Israel Katz, who also labeled Poles anti-Semites. Katz's words led Poland to pull out of a planned summit of central European states in Israel. U.S. ambassador Georgette Mosbacher, asked if Katz should apologize, said the comment "warrants an apology".
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:00:20 -0500
10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested
10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:57:00 -0500
Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator
News ImageCHICAGO (AP) Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:06:44 -0500
Bernie Sanders stuns no one with 2020 bid, but there are some surprises as the field unfolds
News ImageBernie Sanders stuns no one by running for president. But there are some surprises from the 2020 Democratic field. Here are four of them.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:58:53 -0500
Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senators say
News ImageOfficials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:23:50 -0500
Pope's sex abuse prevention summit explained
News ImageVATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:45:29 -0500
Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony
News ImageKarl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday. "His wishes will be respected," a spokeswoman for his Karl Lagerfeld brand told AFP a day after the legendary designer died at the age of 85. Lagerfeld had previously said that his ashes would be mixed with those of his longtime lover, the French dandy Jacques de Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:05:01 -0500
Covington Catholic student's legal team files $250M suit against The Washington Post
News ImageAn attorney for Nick Sandmann says a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post was filed Tuesday for coverage of the CovCath incident.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:20:31 -0500
Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief says
News ImageDonald Trump must be removed from office as he is not well at all mentally, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, who served as George W Bushs ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trumps national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was clearly illegal and the product of the presidents state of mind.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:06:00 -0500
Palestinian president rejects tax money from Israel
News ImageThe Palestinian Authority (PA) will no longer accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel following its decision to trim the sum over the PA's financial support of militants' families, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body set up following the 1993 Oslo peace accords, has suffered a series of financial blows in the past year. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects taxes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip and makes monthly payments to the PA, which says it receives around $222 million each month.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:26:41 -0500
The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .
News ImageHint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:36:35 -0500
Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'
News ImageOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:21:46 -0500
7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold
7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or SoldWarren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:40:46 -0500
Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?
News ImageThe Home Office has stripped jihadi bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, but the ongoing saga of what will happen next to her and her days-old son remains up in the air. International law forbids nations from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship, prompting speculation that Begum held dual citizenship through her Bangladeshi parents. On Wednesday morning, Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said his client does not have dual nationality, but the Home Office told The Telegraph laws in Bangladesh means the teenager automatically retains dual citizenship until she is 21. Her family say they will consider "all legal avenues to challenge this decision", and Begum herself said that she may think about trying to travel with her terrorist husband to his home country of Holland to claim citizenship there. Thecase has prompted fresh discussions over how Britain manages those returning or attempting to come back from Syria, once gripped by the tyranny of Islamic State (Isil). Begumwas one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK in February 2015. She married an Isil fighter and on Sunday have birth to her third childat a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. Her first two children died.Begum's family has pleaded for the 19-year-old to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London. But what options do authorities have in such instances? Remain in Syria If Begum is not repatriated, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could hand her over to neighbouring Iraqi forces, Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor explains. The Telegraph is aware of at least three cases, including European citizens, where male Isil suspects have been transferred from Syria to Iraq to face trial. This would be a controversial option as Baghdad has the option to impose the death penalty, which the UK opposes. Foreign detainees are currently being held by the SDF in an area of Kurdish self-rule in northeastern Syria. The SDF has said that they do not have the money or resources to hold them forever. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria They have warned that if Turkey invades, which it has threatened, it could see the prisoners being set free in the chaos. The Syrian Kurds are also in talks with the Syrian government about ceding some of their territory, which could see some foreign prisoners being handed over to the regime. A third option - Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, has called for an international court to be set up in Syria. This would see them tried by international judges in Syria but return home to serve their sentence. However, sources at the UN say it would be difficult if not impossible to set up such a court in Kurdish-held territory without the authority of the Syrian government. Bangladesh dual citizenship The Telegraph understands that the Home Office made the decision to revoke Begum's British citizenship based on Bangladeshi law. There, until the age of 21, it is understoodthe Isil bride automatically retains dual nationality due to the fact her parents are both from the country. At the age of 21, a child born to Bangladeshi parents has the right to waive their right to dual nationality, but not before. The complication lies in how she gets to Bangladesh - where it is understood her father is currently living -and how she proves that she is Shamima Begum. The teenager has never visited the country and does not have a Bangladeshi passport. Her old British passport is invalid due to her citizenship being revoked and she has previously said she used her sister's passport to travel to Syria back in 2015. One possible option for her would beto travel to Turkey via the notoriously penetrable border with Syria and present herself to the Bangladeshi embassy. But officials in Dhaka may well appeal the Home Office's decision to make Begum their responsibility, insisting that she has never even been to the country. Attemptto gain Dutch citizenship Begum married Isil fighterYago Riedjik in Syria having travelled to the Middle East from Bethnal Green in east London in 2015. His whereabouts are still unknown, but when asked what she might do next, the Isil bridetold ITV News:"Another option I might try with my family is my husband is from Holland and he has family in Holland. "Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland. If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison." This would need a number of elements to align for it to even be a possibility. First, Holland would have to accept to take Riedjik back, having left the country to become a terrorist in the Middle East. Yago Reidjik The country doesn't offer to help its citizens in Syria who are willing to return, and if they report to an embassy, they would be transported to Holland, arrested and prosecuted. A foreigh fighter with dual nationalities deemed a threat to national security - like Britain - can have their Dutch citizenship and passport revoked. If that happens, Begum would have to follow him. But her British passport is - as it stands - invalid. And she previously said she had travelled to Syria on her sister's passport, which has since been taken from her. Dutch legislation dictates that a spouse or partner wishing to live in Holland would need a residence permit, and in order to be eligible for a permit - they must have a valid passport or other travel documents. Somehow, if she manages to make the 2,000-mile journey from Syria to Holland,the Dutch authorities would have to accept that she and Riedjik are married. The pair were wedwithin the confines of Islamic State a matter ofweeks after shearrived. It is highly unlikely there is paperwork to prove they are legally married, and even if there is, the Dutch authorities would have to accept it as binding. Home Office decision is rescinded As the Home Office's letter states, Shamima Begum and her family have the right to appeal the decision. Her lawyer Tasnima Akunjee's rhetoric all along suggests he will help his client fight any move to strip her of her British citizenship. The letter to the Begum family Credit: ITV News If judges side with Begum, deciding Sajid Javid had no right to revoke her British citizenship because it renders her stateless - the Government would be back to square one. The appeal might not necessarily need to happen. If, as Begum's lawyer suggests, the Isil bride is currently stateless - the Home Office would be forced to reverse it stance. In that scenario, all these options are once again back on the table. Sent to Guantnamo Bay As revealed by Ben Riley-Smith, Robert Mendick and Laura Fitzpatrickon The Telegraph's front page on Friday, theUnited States is planning to send BritishIsilfighters to Guantnamo Bay amid frustration at the UK's failure to take responsibility for its homegrown terrorists. Senior US officials believe Guantnamo can house more than 50 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, including the two surviving British members of the so-called "Beatles" terrorist cell that executed Western hostages. It has emerged that the vast majority of Islamist fighters returning to the UK from Syria have been placed on "secretive" government rehabilitation schemes rather than prosecuted. Despite British concern, Guantnamo Bay is being readied in the run-up to Donald Trump's withdrawal of US troops from Syria as soon as April. There is acute frustration within the Trump administration over how Britain and other western European countries are refusing to take back their foreign fighters for prosecution in their own courts. Returning jihadis: What other countries do Arrest and prosecution Home Secretary Sajid Javid previously said those who make it back "should be ready to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted". But authorities have faced difficulties obtaining evidence to prove someone committed crimes in Syria. Most recently, The Isil Beatles have caused theGovernment enormous problems. Two of the foursuspected terrorists' fate has been left in limbo as the UK and the US play tug-of-war with where they will end up in court. The Home Office previously blocked their return, andthey could end up in an American federal court facing the death penalty after the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence" for them to be tried in the UK. uk drops opposing of death pen Figures disclosed in the Commons last year suggested that only around one in 10 returnees has been prosecuted over "direct action" in Syria, although ministers say a significant proportion of those who have come back were assessed as no longer being of national security concern. New legislation which passed lastweek made it an offence to enter or remain in overseas terror hotspots, officially termed "designated areas". Managed return to UK Powers known as temporary exclusion orders (TEOs) were introduced in 2015. They can last for up to two years and can be imposed on those suspected of involvement in terrorism abroad, making it unlawful for them to return to the UK without engaging with authorities. The powers were unused in 2016, while nine TEOs were issued in 2017. Isil schoolgirls' journey into Syria TPIMs Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) allow the Home Secretary to impose a range of disruptive measures on individuals who are suspected of posing a threat to security but who cannot be prosecuted, or, in the case of foreign nationals, deported. Restrictions can include relocation to another part of the country, electronic monitoring and limits on the use of phones and computers. As of the end of August, six TPIMs were in force. Deradicalisation back in Britain Returnees could be referred to the Government's 40 million a year Prevent programme, which aims to stop people being drawn into terrorism. There were 7,318 individuals referred to Prevent in 2017/18. The schoolgirl who turned to Isil In most cases, referrals are found to require no further action or passed to other services, but when authorities conclude there is a danger the person could be drawn into terrorism, they can be supported through a voluntary scheme known as Channel. Prevent is backed by ministers and police, but has been described as "toxic" by critics, and the Government announced earlier this year that it would be independently reviewed.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:29:41 -0500
Chilean nuns find 'relief' in Pope's recognition of Church abuse
News ImageThree former Chilean nuns who claim to have been sexually abused over two decades ago by priests in their religious order have hailed comments by Pope Francis earlier this month in which he recognized the abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church. The three nuns, who had been members of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan order in the Chilean city of Molina, 130 miles south of Santiago, told Reuters in an interview on Friday that they were embraced and fondled during the 1990s and 2000s by several priests who had since died. The three, Yolanda Tondreaux, Eliana Macias and Marcela Quitral, told Reuters TV they had reported the abuse to their mother superior but were told either that they were lying or had provoked the abuse and were threatened with being forced to leave the convent.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:36:36 -0500
India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer
News ImageIndia on Tuesday demanded that rival Pakistan take "credible and visible action" over a major suicide attack in Kashmir as it sternly rebuffed Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to investigate the bombing. Amid a new spike in tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Khan earlier demanded that India give "actionable evidence" to back its claim of Pakistan's backing for the suicide bomber. While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:29:40 -0500
How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows
How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:54:59 -0500
Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'
News ImageA man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:28:46 -0500
How the border wall battle could hurt the economy
How the border wall battle could hurt the economySixteen states that joined in the first of a string of expected lawsuits overPresident Donald Trumps national emergency maneuver to fund a southern borderwall could
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:00:53 -0500
Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm
News ImageSouthwest Airlines had already started waiving rebooking fees ahead of the new storm. Its likely that others would do the same as forecasts solidified.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:06:57 -0500
Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'
News ImagePANAMA CITY (AP) Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:40:57 -0500
Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off
News Image"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:59:51 -0500
Ginsburg Returning to Supreme Court Bench After Cancer Surgery
News ImageGinsburgs presence for arguments in one case will be a relief to liberals worried about any prospect that the 85-year-old justice might have to step down and give President Donald Trump a third Supreme Court vacancy to fill. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed that Ginsburg will be on the bench Tuesday. Ginsburg has been working from home while recovering from the operation.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:42:59 -0500
French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse
News Image"Our country is confronted with a resurgence of anti-Semitism undoubtedly without precedent since the Second World War," President Emmanuel Macron said later on Tuesday in an annual speech to Jewish leaders in France. France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse. "We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including "Heil Hitler", "dirty Jew" or "dirty Jews", comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community," the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:40:56 -0500
3 Conservative U.K. Lawmakers Defect to New Independent Group Over 'Disastrous Handling of Brexit'
News ImageThe trio accused the Conservative Party of abandoning the political center ground
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:50:51 -0500
Maryland town hopes to build Civil War memorial featuring large portrait of John Wilkes Booth
News ImageA small Maryland town is considering a controversial proposal to build a new Civil War memorial that would feature John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, along with other famous figures from the conflict.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:53:26 -0500
One-time US head of Russia probe to leave office soon: reports
News ImageThe US Justice Department official who once oversaw the Russia probe, Rod Rosenstein, plans to resign in mid-March, US news outlets reported. Rosenstein's departure from his post as deputy attorney general has been expected for some time. CNN late Monday quoted a department official as saying it has nothing to do with recent explosive claims by the former acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:26:14 -0500
Buckle up and hunker down: Coast-to-coast storm to bring weather misery to 200 million
News ImageA powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:20:17 -0500
Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave
News ImageBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) Young girls and boys stared out of the back of trucks, their faces dirty, their eyes filled with terror, exhaustion and uncertainty, as hundreds of men, women and children were evacuated from the Islamic State group's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday. The evacuation may signal an imminent end to the territorial rule of the militants self-declared "caliphate" that once stretched across much of Syria and Iraq.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:58:14 -0500
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