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  Donald Trump Goes After Kavanaugh Accuser, Asks Why She Didn't Call Cops After Alleged Assault   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:34:46 -0400

Donald Trump Goes After Kavanaugh Accuser, Asks Why She Didn't Call Cops After Alleged AssaultPresident Donald Trump wondered on Twitter Friday morning why Christine Blasey



  Joe Biden: Christine Blasey Ford 'Shouldn't Have To Go Through What Anita Hill Went Through'   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:40:07 -0400

Joe Biden: Christine Blasey Ford 'Shouldn't Have To Go Through What Anita Hill Went Through'Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday defended his handling of Anita



  Best Bites: Pumpkin spice waffles   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Best Bites: Pumpkin spice wafflesWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your



  A Family Seeks Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients Drown In Police Custody   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:23:52 -0400

A Family Seeks Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients Drown In Police CustodyThe family of one of two mental health patients detained in South Carolina who



  Israel showed Russia proof Syria to blame for downed plane: Israeli military   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:27:10 -0400

Israel showed Russia proof Syria to blame for downed plane: Israeli militaryIsrael has provided Moscow with proof it bore no responsibility for bringing down a Russian plane in Syria, an Israeli military official said on Friday. Fifteen Russian crew were killed when an IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday. Russia has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit a target in the area.



  Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroid   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:14:17 -0400

Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroidA Japanese space probe Friday released a pair of exploring rovers towards an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system. The "Hayabusa2" probe jettisoned the round, cookie tin-shaped robots toward the Ryugu astroid, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). If the mission is successful, the rovers will conduct the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface.



  Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds apply   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:57:37 -0400

Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds applyA Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of pot and report back on their characteristics. The job, which is only open to Canadian adults, pays Can$50 (US$39) an hour for up to 12 hours a month "to evaluate the best that Canada's growers have to offer," it said. "A self-avowed interest in cannabis together with the ability to distinguish the often nuanced characteristics of different strains is desirable," said the job posting.



  Emilia Clarke's Badass 'Game Of Thrones' Tattoo Proves She's The Real Dragon Deal   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:39:49 -0400

Emilia Clarke's Badass 'Game Of Thrones' Tattoo Proves She's The Real Dragon DealEmilia Clarke will forever wear her "Game of Thrones" role on her wrist.



  Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:20:17 -0400

Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel AvivPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel's new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational. Netanyahu joined Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on the ride from a newly built train station in Jerusalem's city centre to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Travelling at speeds up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the ride from central Jerusalem to the airport will take 21 minutes -- half the time it takes to drive there in normal traffic, though congestion often makes the trip much longer.



  Trump attacks Kavanaugh’s accuser in a string of despicable tweets   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:48:19 -0400

Trump attacks Kavanaugh’s accuser in a string of despicable tweetsPresident Trump has finally done the unthinkable — and yet it was somehow expected. Friday morning he took to Twitter to attack Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Dr. Blasey has until now escaped Trump's direct wrath — to the surprise of many. But by Friday Trump was no longer holding back. He's come out expressing doubt as to the veracity of Ford's claims and is continuing his ongoing defense of Kavanaugh. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018 I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018 The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018 The suggestion that Ford is lying about the attack is bad enough, but this is an unprecedented statement for a president to make — especially coming from a man who has come under similar scrutiny for his own behavior. Besides the infamous Access Hollywood tape, Trump has been accused by numerous women of sexual harassment and assault.  But perhaps most galling is the way Trump's attack suggests that just because women don't report rapes or assaults, they must not be true. In fact, as Vox noted this week, about two-thirds of rape cases and only one-third of battery or assault cases are reported to police, according to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). And in a vast majority of the cases in which rapes and assaults are reported, the perpetrator never sees jail time.  In reality, seven out of every 10 victims don't report to the police. — RAINN (@RAINN) September 21, 2018 That doesn't even touch on the issue of victim shaming that still permeates our culture, even in 2018 in the wake of the #MeToo movement.  As Mashable's Angie Han wrote following the wave of Harvey Weinstein allegations, specifically about the shaming of accuser Ashley Judd: Trump's attacks is just the latest not only in this cycle, but in his own behavior of attacking those who make accusations of assault. Trumps comments follow an unusual period of silence in which even his aides were reportedly shocked at how mild the president's statements on Ford had been.  But it also follows a horrendous meme attacking Ford shared by his son, Don Jr., on Instagram and the president's outburst last week denying the reported death toll from Hurricane Maria.



  3D-Printed Gun Creator Cody Wilson Arrested In Taiwan After Sexual Assault Charge   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:05:51 -0400

3D-Printed Gun Creator Cody Wilson Arrested In Taiwan After Sexual Assault ChargeCody Wilson ― 3D-printed gun creator, neo-Nazi funder and sexual assault



  Mother of baby swept away by Hurricane Florence floodwaters: 'I did everything I could'   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:11:44 -0400

Mother of baby swept away by Hurricane Florence floodwaters: 'I did everything I could'The mother of a child who died after he was swept away by Hurricane Florence's



  Yes, Yandy Really Made A 'Sexy' 'Handmaid's Tale' Halloween Costume   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:04:12 -0400

Yes, Yandy Really Made A 'Sexy' 'Handmaid's Tale' Halloween CostumeWelp: If you ever wanted to know what a "sexy" "Handmaid's Tale" costume looks



  China tells US to withdraw Russia sanctions or 'bear the consequences'   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:10:44 -0400

China tells US to withdraw Russia sanctions or 'bear the consequences'Beijing has warned the US must “bear responsibility for the consequences” if Washington doesn’t withdraw new sanctions on China for procuring military equipment from Russia. The US government imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying ten SU-25 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping US sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election. In response, “China expresses strong indignation at these unreasonable actions by the US side and has already lodged stern representations,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. The Chinese military bought Russian missile systems and jets, including the Su-35 combat aircraft pictured here Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters “We strongly urge the US side to immediately correct the mistake and rescind the so-called sanctions; otherwise the U.S. side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences," he said, without giving details. China has cozied up to Russia lately at a time when both nations have been targeted by the US. Bilateral relations have been so successful that China was invited to take part in military exercises in Russia earlier this month, the country’s largest since the Cold War and the first including a country from outside the former Soviet bloc. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also cultivated a rather public friendship. Xi and Putin have met several times, most recently at an annual economic forum in Vladivostok that occurred alongside the joint war games. The pair have enjoyed traditional foods together and Putin even recalled celebrating his birthday once with Xi. In 2017, Xi was award Russia’s highest state order, an occasion commemorated by Putin hanging an elaborate medallion around Xi’s neck. The following year Xi reciprocated by presenting Putin with a similar high order of friendship in the form of a giant gold necklace. As these new sanctions show, close relations with Russia means China could suffer collateral damage as the US continues to target Moscow, on top of escalating trade tensions with Washington. One US administration official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the sanctions imposed on the Chinese agency were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing or its military, despite an escalating trade war between the United States and China. Despite China essentially taking a hit for Russia, security analysts in Asia think the sanctions could further boost ties between Moscow and Beijing. "The imposition of US sanctions will have zero impact on Russian arms sales to China," said Ian Storey, of Singapore's ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. "Both countries are opposed to what they see as US bullying and these kind of actions will just push Beijing and Moscow even closer together," he said, adding that Moscow needed Chinese money and Beijing wanted advanced military technology. Collin Koh, a security analyst at Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the sanctions would do little to counter the evolving research and development relationship between China and Russia. At a glance | Sanctions against Russia Indeed, for now, Geng said China would continue to work with Russia to promote strategic cooperation at an even higher level. China relies less on large big-ticket purchases from Russia, but Chinese defense industries are seeking expertise from Russia and former-Soviet states to plug knowledge gaps, he said. The sanctions target China’s Equipment Development Department, the military branch responsible for weapons and equipments, and its director Li Shangfu for engaging in transactions with Russia’s main arms exporter, Rosoboronexport. Trump has insisted there was no collusion with Russia. Moscow denies any effort to meddle in US politics. They also block the Chinese agency and Xi from applying for export licenses and participating in the US financial system, and adds them to the Treasury Department's list of specially designated individuals with whom Americans are barred from doing business. The US blacklisted another 33 people and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence, adding them to a list under the 2017 law, known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.            



  New details: Man accused of trying to steal plane   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:11:36 -0400

New details: Man accused of trying to steal planeAuthorities say a man who is being accused of attempting to steal an American Airlines jet had a commercial pilots license and was in the U.S. with a Canadian passport.



  'Hotep' — community action in East New York   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:42:18 -0400

'Hotep' — community action in East New YorkEast New York, a residential neighborhood in the eastern section of Brooklyn, has battled poverty since the 1950s. In April 2018, I began documenting grassroots community action in response to the social problems associated with poverty — from street crime and drug addiction to gun violence. In this series, which is part of a long-term urban project I started in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 2012, I have been following the efforts of a local organization called ManUp Inc. Members use the Egyptian word “hotep,” which means “to be at peace,” to greet people in their community.



  Germany's Merkel sees a lot of work to do on Brexit by October   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:04:28 -0400

Germany's Merkel sees a lot of work to do on Brexit by OctoberSubstantial progress must be made on Brexit by October if a deal is to be struck in November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday after leaders discussed a possible final Brexit summit for November. Merkel said British Prime Minister Theresa May's so-called Chequers plan, hashed out at her country home in July, offered a good basis for negotiations but there was still a lot of work to do on the issue of future EU trade relations with Britain. "It was clear today that we need substantial progress by October and that we then aim to finalise everything in November," Merkel told reporters at an informal European Union summit.



  Brexit 'humiliation' leaves May vulnerable: UK papers   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:15:22 -0400

Brexit 'humiliation' leaves May vulnerable: UK papersLondon (AFP) - Prime Minister Theresa May's "humiliation" at the hands of EU leaders who rejected her Brexit plans dominated Britain's front pages Friday, although eurosceptic publications accused her tormenters of mafia-style behaviour.



  Dean Heller Calls Kavanaugh Allegation A 'Hiccup' To His Confirmation   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:28:12 -0400

Dean Heller Calls Kavanaugh Allegation A 'Hiccup' To His ConfirmationSen. Dean Heller of Nevada, a Republican facing a tough re-election fight in



  Michael Cohen visits NY courthouse a month after guilty plea   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:21:50 -0400

Michael Cohen visits NY courthouse a month after guilty pleaNEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid an unannounced visit Friday to the federal courthouse in New York where he pleaded guilty a month ago.



  4 Dead In Shooting At Maryland Rite Aid Facility   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:02:43 -0400

4 Dead In Shooting At Maryland Rite Aid FacilityFour people, including the shooter, were killed when a 26-year-old woman



  N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big Pork   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:41:29 -0400

N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big PorkIn Mr. Carter’s view, the fact that only 23 lagoons became inundated and 31 have overtopped is a sign of farm ingenuity in a state with 3,300 such lagoons across more than 2,000 farms. “We need an atta-boy for the job we’re doing,” says Carter. “The focus on pigs is because they are more regulated, they are more visible, and they can stink, there’s no doubt about it,” says North Carolina State University environmental engineer John Classen, who focuses on the waste chain.



  Russia says US is trying to 'squeeze out' competitors in the global arms trade   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:38:00 -0400

Russia says US is trying to 'squeeze out' competitors in the global arms tradeMoscow has accused the US of trying to “squeeze out” competitors in the global arms trade, after Washington imposed sanctions on China for buying Russian fighter jets. The US on Thursday blacklisted 33 Russian nationals and three entities in a new round of sanctions over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. One of the companies was an aircraft-making factory in Russia’s Far East.



  PayPal ends business dealings with Alex Jones's Infowars   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:36:10 -0400

PayPal ends business dealings with Alex Jones's InfowarsThe move makes PayPal the latest tech company to take action against Jones, a deeply controversial right-wing radio talk-show host who has suggested that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, among other sensational claims. "We've made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars websites, including PrisonPlanet," a PayPal spokesman said.



  Five people, including three babies, stabbed at New York daycare centre   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:33:12 -0400

Five people, including three babies, stabbed at New York daycare centreThree babies and two adults were slashed during an early-morning assault at a suspected illegal childcare centre in New York City on Friday, police said. A 52-year-old woman who works there as a "babysitter/worker" was arrested after assault which took place in the Queens neighborhood at around 3:30am, a police spokesman told AFP. The suspect attacked two baby girls and a baby boy, leaving one of the girls in serious condition, police said. One of the adults hurt in the attack worked there, while the other was the father of one of the babies. None of the victims' lives were in danger, police said. Officers found the suspect in the basement of the center with self-inflicted cuts to her wrists. She has not yet been charged. "It looks to be an illegal" childcare facility, apparently for members of the city's Asian community, the police spokesman told AFP. "We're unsure of its legality at this time." It was not immediately clear how many other children were at the centre at the time of the assault.



  The 64 Most Delish Mexican Recipes   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:47:00 -0400

The 64 Most Delish Mexican Recipes



  IMF warns tariffs could come at 'significant economic cost'   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:11:53 -0400

IMF warns tariffs could come at 'significant economic cost'Worsening trade tensions and exchange of tariffs could cause "significant economic cost" to the global economy, an International Monetary Fund spokesman warned Thursday. The global lender is still assessing the impact of the duties imposed so far but the economic costs "will quickly add up," IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters. The United States is due to impose punitive tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods on Monday, bringing the total to $250 billion, on top of separate duties on steel and aluminum from around the globe.



  Rivera on Kavanaugh showdown: This is all about abortion   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:31:01 -0400

Rivera on Kavanaugh showdown: This is all about abortionFox News correspondent-at-large says Kavanaugh's accuser is Democrats' 'last hope' to derail the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation.



  Watch This If You're Confused About Why Kavanaugh's Accuser Didn't Speak Up Sooner   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:48:56 -0400

Watch This If You're Confused About Why Kavanaugh's Accuser Didn't Speak Up SoonerA commentator just made a powerful plea to the Senate Judiciary Committee



  Alibaba Backpedals On Promise To Bring 1 Million Jobs To U.S., Blames Trump Tariff War   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:04:37 -0400

Alibaba Backpedals On Promise To Bring 1 Million Jobs To U.S., Blames Trump Tariff WarChinese tech giant Alibaba will no longer bring the 1 million jobs it had



  Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:50:50 -0400

Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody WilsonHe cancelled his flight following new developments in a case against him



  Floodwaters continue to rise on portions of Carolina rivers even a full week after Florence's arrival   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:44:35 -0400

Floodwaters continue to rise on portions of Carolina rivers even a full week after Florence's arrivalWhile crests will continue to work downstream along the major rivers in the eastern part of the Carolinas into next week, some unprotected areas may stay flooded until the end of September or early October.



  Hezbollah leader boasts group has 'highly accurate' missiles   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:04:07 -0400

Hezbollah leader boasts group has 'highly accurate' missilesThe leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah boasted they possess "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons.



  Brazil court orders Twitter to hand over user data related to Bolsonaro attack   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:22:05 -0400

Brazil court orders Twitter to hand over user data related to Bolsonaro attackA judge on Brazil's top electoral court on Friday ordered Twitter to hand over data of 16 users who celebrated via tweets the near-fatal assassination attempt two weeks ago of far-right, poll-leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Judge Carlos Horbach rejected an appeal from Twitter regarding the request and gave two days for the company to hand over the data, which was requested by the Bolsonaro campaign. The users could potentially face charges under Brazil’s hate crime laws.



  Photo Shows Wanda Barzee's First Taste of Freedom After Release From Utah Prison   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:08:55 -0400

Photo Shows Wanda Barzee's First Taste of Freedom After Release From Utah PrisonThe woman convicted of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart was also reportedly heard "wailing religious scripture" in her hotel room.



  Gavin Williamson commits extra British troops in Ukraine to stop Russia 'reversing Cold War outcome'   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:00:00 -0400

Gavin Williamson commits extra British troops in Ukraine to stop Russia 'reversing Cold War outcome'Only a month ago, a Ukrainian soldier was killed by sniper fire at the spot where Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is now standing. This is the front line of the West’s new war with Russia. Two hundred yards away, Russian-backed separatists are in position, their sniper rifles at the ready. Protected by helmet and body armour, Mr Williamson is surveying the remains of a hospital, its walls bullet-riddled and the windows blown out. Separatist fighters had targeted it with mortars  and machine gun fire from across the fields that now represent an illegal de facto border between Ukraine and Russian-occupied territory outside Marinka, a satellite town about three miles to the west of Donetsk.  Mr Williamson had deployed forward from the safety of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, to see for himself the effects of what he called Russia’s “brazen and reckless” act of initiating the conflict in the east of the country.  Britain will increase military support to its ally by sending Royal Marines later this year and increase the presence of Royal Navy patrols in the Black Sea in 2019.  Odessa, Ukraine’s biggest port, located in the west of the country, is expected to come under pressure from the Russian Navy over the coming months as they try to effect an economic blockade. Gavin Williamson with troops in the contested region of Ukraine. September 18th 2018. Tension with Russia after Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution in 2014 led to separatists, backed by regular Russian military units, seizing Crimea and a large swathe of Ukrainian territory along the border. More than 10,000 lives have been lost in the conflict. Mr Williamson’s Ukrainian hosts watched nervously as the Secretary of State surveyed the damage, mindful that he stay on the paved surface. The fields either side are now feared to have been planted with landmines hidden beneath the soil.  The Ukrainian soldier killed last month had been shot at from a house on the Russian separatist side of the frontline. Mr Williamson became on Tuesday the first western minister outside of Ukraine to experience the frontline - and Vladimir Putin’s land grab - at such close proximity. He may as well have been sauntering down Whitehall. “The Kremlin is trying to undermine our values, destroy our way of life, and reverse the outcome of the Cold War,” said Mr Williamson, 42. “Its behaviour only increases the risk of miscalculation and the prospect of crisis turning to chaos.”  There needs to be a response to Russian encroachment. We’ve got to make it clear that there is a price to be paid for such actionsDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson The Mi-8 Hip helicopter taking us east towards the 300 mile-long Line of Control, the new, illegal border with Russia, had raced forward at 120 knots, pulling up sharply to get over trees and power lines. Twenty-six Ukrainian aircraft have been shot down by Russian-supplied surface to air missiles since the conflict started, so the pilots take no chances and cling to the safety of the folds in the earth.  Some 35,000 Russian-backed separatists and an estimated 4,000 regular Russian troops are located in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. Holding them back are around 60,000 Ukrainian forces. The Kremlin tried to break the will of the Ukrainian people, Mr Williamson said, but the nation came together against such a blatant act of aggression. “What you’ve seen is an independent free nation that has been attacked by a powerful neighbour and we’ve seen men and women come together to repel that invasion and push back those that would wish to do them harm,” he told the Telegraph, accompanying him on the visit.   “Vladimir Putin and his cronies around him want to abuse their power. This is not the type of behaviour we expect of any nation, let alone one that sits as a permanent member of the Security Council. [Russia is becoming] a pariah nation.”  The Defence Secretary receives a brief in a hardened bunker from the Ukrainian General in command of the operational area.  Around 300,000 people live without clean water after the treatment plant supplying this region of Ukraine was destroyed by shelling. Just inside Russia an estimated 700 tanks are available to push further into Ukraine should the order come. Cyber attacks are common with Ukrainian military personnel regularly harassed on their personal mobile phones. The message from Russia is clear: we can get to you any time we want.   Russia’s military intelligence arm, the GRU, blamed by Britain for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, is also present. Two GRU operatives were caught inside Ukraine in 2016 and exchanged for a pilot that had been shot down. They are all constant reminders of how easily Russia and the separatists can raise or lower the pressure, according to the wider agenda of destabilising Ukraine and making it an unattractive prospect for Nato or EU membership.  Gavin Williamson stayed at the front line for about 20 minutes, accompanied by Ukraine’s Joint Force Operation Commander, Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev. The protection party of around 50 soldiers, scanning the scrub and battered buildings nearby for signs of movement, were eager to move on.  Four years of war in Europe: A photo dispatch from the frontline in Ukraine Despite all the security measures, including having two Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships cover our approach, the soldiers admitted Russia probably knew the British Defence Secretary was here. To attack the British minister would, of course, be an outrageous and provocative act, but after Salisbury all rules have changed. Mr Williamson was undeterred and happy to stay chatting with Ukrainian troops. “We have common values and we believe in standing up for those common values,” he said, “It’s important that we stand up for the international rules-based order. “There is a constant pattern where Russia is pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour [and] there needs to be a response to Russian encroachment. We’ve got to make it clear that there is a price to be paid for such actions.”  Mr Williamson is in no doubt that blame lies directly with Mr Putin. “The behaviour of the Putin-led regime is not acceptable. We want to be able to ensure that the people who are on the front line, where we are today, have the best ability to survive and defend their homeland.” He also fears Mr Putin is widening his new Cold War with the West. Mr Williamson added: “We’re seeing Russian aggression, not just on the front line but an increasingly more assertive posture in the Black Sea. They want to open up new fronts.” Gavin Williamson is shown the last checkpoint on the Ukrainian side of the contested Line of Control. The Russian-backed separatist checkpoint is 300m further down the road.  The Defence Secretary is pledging to stand firm. “We’re going to be upping our training and support efforts with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, making sure that the Ukrainian Navy and Ukrainian forces have the skills and the technical ability to deal with these increasing threats.” Mr Williamson was criticised in the past for saying Russia should “go away and shut up”. Invited by the Telegraph to repeat his suggestion at full volume towards the trenches just a few hundred yards away, he politely declined.  It was time to get back in the heavily armoured vehicles and head West, to the relative safety of Kiev. Mr Williamson’s full-throated support for his Ukrainian hosts and promise of increased British military personnel had earned much praise. “You are very brave for coming here,” one Ukrainian soldier told him.  “Our commitment remains unwavering,” Gavin Williamson said. “As long as the danger lasts we will continue to stand by your side. The safer you are here, the safer we are in the UK.”  



  Three babies stabbed at New York childcare center   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:38:50 -0400

Three babies stabbed at New York childcare centerThree newborn babies and two adults were stabbed during a pre-dawn attack at a suspected illegal childcare center in New York on Friday, allegedly carried out by a female employee, police said. One woman suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso, while a man received a stab wound to the leg.



  Mazie Hirono Says It's 'Bulls**t' That GOP Has Tried Everything To Contact Kavanaugh Accuser   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:08:16 -0400

Mazie Hirono Says It's 'Bulls**t' That GOP Has Tried Everything To Contact Kavanaugh AccuserSen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is once again not holding back her thoughts on



  Former Southwest Airlines employee files lawsuit, claiming 'whites-only' airport break room   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:44:38 -0400

Former Southwest Airlines employee files lawsuit, claiming 'whites-only' airport break roomA former Southwest Airlines employee has filed a discrimination lawsuit, claiming that workers created a 'whites-only' break room at Hobby Airport.



  ‘What Is Wrong With You?’: Trump Slammed For Tone-Deaf Comments To Storm Survivors   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:27:47 -0400

‘What Is Wrong With You?’: Trump Slammed For Tone-Deaf Comments To Storm SurvivorsPresident Donald Trump made a number of eyebrow-raising comments on Wednesday



  Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak feared   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:46:16 -0400

Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak fearedDuke also said it cannot rule out the possibility that coal ash from another plant is flowing into nearby waters. Water breached the cooling lake dam at Duke's 625-megawatt natural gas L.V. Sutton plant, causing the company to shut the plant. Hurricane Florence brought several feet of rain to parts of North Carolina over a period of days, and the historic level of storm flooding is not expected to subside until next week.



  'We Are at an Impasse.' Britain's Theresa May Plays Chicken with E.U. Leaders Over Brexit   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:22:18 -0400

'We Are at an Impasse.' Britain's Theresa May Plays Chicken with E.U. Leaders Over BrexitU.K. prime minister Theresa May will stand by the Brexit plan rejected by 27 European leaders, putting the U.K. into a deadlock over Brexit



  Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:05:51 -0400

Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on what critics call unreasonable airline fees.



  Hurricane Florence: Family Demands Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients Drowned   Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:36:31 -0400

Hurricane Florence: Family Demands Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients DrownedThe two women were being transported in a van at the time of their deaths.



  Hizbollah chief boasts of moving 'high-precision' weapons under Israel's nose   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:22:32 -0400

Hizbollah chief boasts of moving 'high-precision' weapons under Israel's noseThe leader of Lebanon's militant Hizbollah has boasted the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons. Hassan Nasrallah did not offer specifics on the precision weapons, but his comments prompted a reply from Israel's Prime Minister. Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Hizbollah leader that "if he confronts us, he will receive a lethal blow that he can't even imagine." Israel worries that Hezbollah has been improving its capabilities and Israeli officials have said they will not allow "game-changing" weapons, such as guided missiles, to reach the group. In recent months, Israel has acknowledged carrying out scores of strikes in Syria, most of them believed aimed at halting suspected arms shipments for Hizbollah from Iran, its main backer and Israel's archenemy. Female supporters of Lebanon's Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah chant slogans as he addresses his supporters via a screen Credit: Reuters On Thursday, Nasrallah claimed Israeli strikes in Syria to prevent Hizbollah from acquiring precise missiles were ineffective. "I tell (Israel) no matter what it did to cut the route, it is over. It has already been achieved," he said, adding that Hizbollah "now possesses precision missiles and non-precision and weapons capabilities." Nasrallah was speaking during a traditional televised speech at the end of Ashoura, a top religious holy day for Shia Muslims that lasts for 10 days. He told supporters to be confident and Israelis to be concerned of Hizbollah's capabilities. Nasrallah said the balance of power in the region has changed. Hizbollah has thousands of fighters in Syria supporting President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war. "If Israel imposes a war on Lebanon, Israel will face a destiny and reality it didn't expect any day," Nasrallah said. A general view shows Russian fighter jets on the tarmac at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria Credit: AFP Nasrallah's speech was broadcast on a large screen to supporters in Beirut's majority-Shia suburb of Dahiya. On Wednesday, Nasrallah said Israeli claims to have targeted a shipment to Hezbollah in Syria's Latakia province earlier this week were "lies." Hizbollah fighters will continue to be deployed in Syria, he said, but perhaps in lesser numbers due to reduced fighting there after Syrian government forces regained control of most rebel-held areas. Nasrallah also urged supporters to rally behind Iran, saying it's facing hard times as more US sanctions take effect in November. 



  Woman shoots dead three at US warehouse, commits suicide   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:12:37 -0400

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