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Is Iran's Regime Really Be About To Collapse?

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 21:00

The signs point to no, but it could happen.

UAW official who is charged in corruption probe placed on leave

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 20:58

Vance Pearson, who heads a 17-state UAW region and is charged with embezzling union money, wire fraud and money laundering, began the leave on Friday.

US senator barred from Kashmir as lockdown enters 3rd month

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 20:44

A U.S. senator and a well-known Indian activist were barred from visiting Indian-administered Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan territory where at least 10 people were injured Saturday in a grenade blast as a government security and communications lockdown entered a third month. Since removing several constitutional provisions in August that gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir semi-autonomy, Indian authorities have flooded the Kashmir Valley, the heart of a decades-old armed insurgency, with thousands of additional troops. Ram Madhav, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said leaders under house arrest in Kashmir would be released soon, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Johnson to Challenge the Queen to Fire Him, Sunday Times Reports

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 20:17

(Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is prepared to challenge Queen Elizabeth II to dismiss him rather than resign as he attempts to push through Brexit by the Oct. 31 deadline, the Sunday Times reported, citing senior aides.Johnson would not step aside if his Brexit proposals were rejected by the European Union, and even if members of the U.K. Parliament declare no confidence in his government and agree to a caretaker prime minister to replace him, according to the report.Failure to reach a deal would set the U.K. on a course for constitutional showdown with few precedents: Johnson has promised to pull the country out of the EU on Oct. 31 whether the talks succeed, while Parliament has already legislated to prevent him from taking U.K. out of the European bloc without a withdrawal agreement.“Unless the police turn up at the doors of 10 Downing Street with a warrant for the prime minister’s arrest, he won’t be leaving,” one senior Conservative said in the report.The last time a British monarch fired a prime minister was in 1834, it said.To contact the reporter on this story: Dominic Lau in Hong Kong at dlau92@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at, Linus Chua, Naoto HosodaFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Mom: Arrested 13-year-old girl 'no angel' but was mistreated

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 20:14

The mother of a 13-year-old black girl whose videotaped arrest in Minnesota has provoked an outcry on social media says her daughter is "no angel" but was treated unfairly by police. Davida Conover told The Associated Press on Saturday that her daughter has a mental illness. The mother would not specify the mental illness but contends that police were aware of it.

Climate activists occupy Paris mall as global Extinction Rebellion protests begin

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 19:53

Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves into a Paris shopping centre on Saturday as security forces tried to remove them, ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion movement. Campaigners faced off against police and some inconvenienced shoppers as they occupied part of the Italie 2 mall in southeast Paris. The protest comes ahead of planned disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, from Extinction Rebellion (XR), which is warning of an environmental "apocalypse".

FEATURE-What's in a name? India's citizenship drive hits women hardest

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 19:01

Abanti Deka had no idea when she married her husband that taking his name would jeopardise her Indian citizenship. When the register was published at the end of August, the names of nearly 2 million of the state's about 33 million people were missing, plunging them into a bureaucratic nightmare that human rights experts fear could render some stateless. Abanti was one of the unlucky ones.

Turkey Boosts Syria Border Troops as Erdogan Flags Incursion

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 17:48

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey reinforced army units at the Syrian border hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled an imminent cross-border operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish militants in Syria.Turkey sent additional armored vehicles and troops to the border town of Akcakale late Saturday, across from Tal Abyad in Syria, according to state TV television TRT.Erdogan said earlier in the day that Turkey was ready to start a military operation in northern Syria to claim areas from the Kurdish militant group YPG and may act “as soon as today or tomorrow.” “We have made our preparations, completed our operation plans,” Erdogan said at an AK Party meeting in Kizilcahamam in Ankara Province. “We have given the necessary orders.” The operation in the east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria will be carried out by land and air, he said.Erdogan has vowed to create a buffer zone inside Syria by pushing back Kurdish militants and settling Syrian refugees in the country’s north. Turkey suspects that the U.S. is backing Kurdish aspirations for self-rule in Syria and is prepared to use military force to prevent what it perceives as an attempt to redraw the region’s map.Turkey wants to act before winter conditions make it difficult for tanks to operate in muddy terrain, leaving little room for a last-minute agreement with the U.S.Erdogan has repeatedly called on the U.S. to join forces in expanding a previously negotiated security zone in Syria -- designed to be off-limits to American-backed Kurdish YPG forces -- while threatening an incursion if he didn’t get his way by the end of last month.The YPG, which helped defeat Islamic State, has been at the heart of Turkey-U.S. tensions. Turkey sees the fighters as a critical threat given their link to the separatist PKK, an autonomy-seeking Kurdish group. It’s considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union.Erdogan wants to resettle some of the more than 3.6 million Syrians who fled their country’s civil war in the buffer area to alleviate the burden on Turkey’s economy and defuse social tensions over hosting the world’s largest refugee population.(Adds context starting with fifth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Onur Ant at, ;Alaa Shahine at, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

A Jeffrey Epstein accuser blames Victoria's Secret owner Les Wexner for sexual assault that she says occurred on his Ohio property

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 16:49

In New Albany, Ohio, Maria Farmer says Jeffrey Epstein assaulted her in a home owned by CEO Les Wexner, with guards who wouldn't let her leave.

The Latest: Gunmen attack TV offices in Baghdad amid unrest

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 15:56

Unknown gunmen have attacked the offices of television stations in the Iraqi capital amid the unrest gripping the country. The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel says masked gunmen who arrived in black cars wearing black clothes stormed the offices of the station in Abu Nawas street Saturday evening, beat up some of the employees and smashed equipment before they fled. Majed Hamid, the channel's correspondent in Baghdad, said several colleagues were injured.

Egypt says talks over Ethiopia's Nile dam deadlocked, calls for mediation

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 15:17

Egypt said on Saturday that talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over the operation of a $4 billion hydropower dam that Ethiopia is constructing on the Nile have reached a deadlock, and it called for international mediation. Egypt relies on the Nile for 90% of its fresh water.

Tens of thousands march for independence in Scottish capital

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 15:00

Tens of thousands of Scottish independence supporters marched in Edinburgh on Saturday, as calls grow for a fresh vote on Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom with Brexit scheduled for within weeks. Independence" as the throng of people made its way up the city's famous Royal Mile. "Scotland is second class in this union," said Peter Johnston, 22, one of the organisers of the march.

An anti-Muslim group is hosting a $1,500-per-ticket gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:22

The club is just one part of Trump's business network that has sparked concerns over ethics guidelines and possible pay-for-play association.

A year after limo crash killed 20, memorial is unveiled

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:22

A memorial to the 20 people killed when a stretch limousine blew through an intersection at the bottom of a long hill and barreled into an earthen embankment a year ago was unveiled Saturday at the crash site in upstate New York. On a cold, foggy day, family members and first responders got a private first look at the memorial featuring 20 stones in a semicircle. Each stone features a plaque bearing the name of a person killed in the Oct. 6, 2018, crash near a country store in Schoharie, New York.

Giuliani gives bizarre interview before posting angry 4:54 a.m. tweet

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 14:05

President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said his mission was “to disrupt the world” as he attempted to defend his involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

Purdue's proposed settlement could be in trouble after it was revealed how much Sacklers profited

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 13:51

It's becoming a little clearer just how much cash the Sackler family raked in from their ownership of Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical giant known for making OxyContin and allegedly playing a major role in the opioid epidemic plaguing the United States.Bankruptcy court filings revealed that Purdue reportedly sent $12 billion or $13 billion in profits to the Sacklers, The Wall Street Journal reports, though it's not clear what years the distribution covered.The figure is relevant as some states, cities, and tribes are looking to settle lawsuits with Purdue, which has been accused of fueling the opioid crisis through its marketing of OxyContin, while others argue the Sacklers should contribute more than they have agreed to so far. Purdue and the Sacklers deny the allegations about their role in the crisis, but they tentatively struck a deal with some states and local governments, in which the Sacklers would contribute $3 billion toward a potentially $12 billion total settlement.The recent revelations are likely to "bolster resistance" to the settlement, however, the Journal reports. "The Sackler family is trying to take advantage of the fact that they've extracted nearly all the money out of Purdue and pushed the carcass of the company into bankruptcy," North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said Friday. "That's unacceptable." Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Six elephants die while trying to save each other in 'Hell's Abyss' Thai waterfall

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 13:45

Six wild elephants drowned after slipping off a waterfall in northeast Thailand, authorities said on Saturday, with two others saved after they became stranded while apparently trying to rescue one of those that fell into the current. Officials in the northeastern Khao Yai national park were alerted to elephants "crying" for help at 3am, the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said in a statement. Hours later, they found six bodies at the bottom of the gushing Haew Narok ("Hell's Abyss") waterfall. Two of the elephants had apparently attempted to save one of those that fell, but they found themselves trapped on a thin, slippery sliver of rock above the churning waters. Video showed another of the hulking animals struggling desperately to get back up to where the pair stood. Park officials tossed food laced with nutritional supplements in an attempt to boost their energy and give them the strength to climb back up into the forest. They later said the two had been rescued but were extremely distressed. Parks department spokesperson Sompoch Maneerat said it was unclear what caused the accident. "No one knows for sure the real cause of why they fell, but there was heavy rain there last night," he told AFP. The waterfall was closed to tourists as the rescue took place. Elephants are Thailand's national animal and live in the wild in parts of the country, but their numbers have dwindled to only a few thousand. Deforestation has pushed the wild population into closer contact with humans in recent decades and away from their natural habitats.

Journalist says CBP agent refused to return passport until he admitted to writing 'propaganda'

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 13:12

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official withheld journalist Ben Watson's passport until he admitted to writing 'propaganda.'

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit south of San Francisco

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 13:07

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit west of Colma, which is just south of San Francisco. Colma is known as "The City of the Dead" because of its cemeteries

2020 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition Priced at $116,645

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 13:05

High-dollar, old-school American opulence is back for 2020, suicide doors and all.