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Third Lynk & Co Model Revealed

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 01:40

The 03 is the Chinese brand's first sedan.

European losers in new Iranian sanctions game

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 01:15

US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and reimpose a raft of sanctions will hit European businesses working in Iran. The group, which is Europe's second biggest carmaker, last year sold more than 445,000 vehicles in Iran, making the country one of its biggest markets outside France. Renault says it intends to keep up activities in Iran albeit scaling them back.

Protesters clash with police as alt-Right rallies in Portland

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 01:00

Activists hurled rocks and bottles during a rally in the American city of Portland, Oregon organised by two far-Right groups that drew counter protests, said police, who ordered demonstrators to leave not long after the marches got under way. Officers in the western state of Oregon's largest city maintained a heavy presence during the duelling demonstrations, which raised fears of a replay of last year's "Unite the Right" protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in bloodshed. The projectiles were thrown at officers, said police, who ordered those in the area to "immediately disperse" - warning "failure to comply with this order may subject you to arrest or citation, and may subject you to the use of riot control agents or impact weapons." Footage of the rallies that drew hundreds showed plumes of smoke rising in the city of about 640,000 people. Portland police later said "protest officers seized firework mortars," while some activists on the left accused police of shooting "stun grenades." Counter-demonstrators gather across the street from right-wing supporters of the Patriot Prayer group Credit: Reuters Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys, Right-wing groups linked to violence at a previous Portland rally, were marching in the city's Tom McCall Waterfront Park in support of Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson, who is running as a Republican for the US Senate. Meanwhile, a group called Popular Mobilisation had organised a counter-demonstration at the park, accompanied by a marching band and protesters in clown costumes. Police fire projectiles at counter-protesters during a rally by the Patriot Prayer group in Portland, Oregon Credit: Bob Strong/Reuters On the event's Facebook page, organisers said they "make no apologies for the use of force in keeping our communities safe from the scourge of right-wing violence." Following the police order on Saturday to disperse, Portland's branch of the Democratic Socialists of America pinned blame on officers, saying on Twitter that "a little bit before 2 PM all seemed normal in the crowd." Police charge counter protestors Credit: Reuters "Then without warning, the cops shot stun grenades into the anti-fascist crowd and started forcing people to disperse," the organization said, pointing to Portland's police as "the ones who escalated and created a dangerous situation." On Friday, the city's mayor Ted Wheeler had voiced concern "that individuals are posting publicly their intent to act out violently," saying "we don't want this here." Police had warned protesters to leave their guns at home even though holders of valid Oregon concealed-handgun licences are permitted to carry their weapons at the park. A little bit before 2 PM all seemed normal in the crowd. Then without warning the cops shot stun grenades into the anti-fascist crowd and started forcing people to disperse. Yet again the Portland Police are the ones who escalated and created a dangerous situation.— DSA Portland Oregon (@PortlandDSA) August 4, 2018 They had said officers would screen people for weapons at entrances to the park, and explosive-sniffing dogs were also to be brought in. "The potent combination of bigotry and violence on the streets of Portland poses a serious threat to community safety, and particularly to residents who are people of color, women and LGBTQ," said a statement from the Western States Centre, signed by around 40 activist groups. A right-wing supporter of the Patriot Prayer group cools off in a fountain  Credit: Reuters According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a non-profit group that monitors extremism, Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys have appeared together at several rallies in the Pacific Northwest since 2017. A rally on June 30 was declared a riot and shut down by police after marchers and counter-protesters clashed, leaving several people injured.

The Latest: Expert says Maduro may use attack for purge

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 23:03

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on explosions at speech given by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (all times local):

Venezuela's Maduro says drone blast was bid to kill him, blames Colombia

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 22:40

By Alexandra Ulmer and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - At least one explosion rocked a military event where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech on Saturday and the government said it was a failed assassination attempt involving drones carrying explosives. Maduro said "everything points" to a right-wing plot that initial investigation suggested was linked to Colombia and the U.S. state of Florida, where many Venezuelan exiles live. Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said drones loaded with explosives detonated close to the military event in downtown Caracas.

Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro survives attack from 'drone like devices' armed with explosives

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 20:29

Explosive drone like devices went off as Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro was giving a live televised speech in his country’s capital Caracas, the country’s government said. Information minister Jorge Rodriguez said several devices detonated near the socialist leader, but he was safe and unharmed. Mr Maduro was “fine” and continuing to work, he said.

Venezuelan President Unharmed After Explosions Interrupt Speech

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 19:54

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was unharmed after an explosion went off

The Latest: Hundreds attend service for fallen firefighter

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 19:17

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

Afghans bury victims of mosque attack as toll rises to 35

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 17:53

Hundreds of mourners Saturday buried the victims of a twin suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan, as the death toll rose to 35, officials said. Two suicide bombers dressed as women struck a Shiite mosque in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, Friday as it was crowded with worshippers for weekly prayers. The burqa-clad attackers shot at the mosque's security guards before opening fire on worshippers then detonating their explosives.

Right-wing Patriot Prayer rally and counterprotest in Portland, Ore.

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 17:25

Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed "flash bang" devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters.

Ex-I. Coast leader on trial at ICC, named head of party's dissident wing

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 17:04

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, currently on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, has been chosen to head the dissident wing of the Ivorian People's Party (FPI), the party he created. Gbagbo, 73, was the only candidate for the position and won 97.5 percent of 5,325 votes cast, said Franck Anderson Kouassi, spokesman for the pro-Gbagbo wing of the opposition FPI party.

Scattered protests in Iran as U.S. sanctions loom

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 16:38

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a Shi'ite seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media, as Iranians brace for a return of U.S. sanctions. Hundreds rallied in cities including Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, and Qom, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation caused in part by a collapse in the rial currency over fears of the reimposition of crippling sanctions on Aug. 7. In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

7 Puppies Rescued From Remote Island Are Named After Gilligan and Friends

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 15:43

No one knows how these brothers and sisters were lost.

Disturbing composite photos reimagine ocean pollution

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 14:46

Portuguese artist Paulo de Oliveira's shocking composite images of animals being strangled by discarded nets and gorging on plastic rubbish serve as a stark warning of the damage caused by human waste.

Romania police probe anti-semitic graffiti at Elie Wiesel home

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 14:27

Romanian police on Saturday announced a probe into anti-semitic graffiti found on the walls of the house where Nobel Peace prize winner Elie Wiesel was born. "An enquiry is underway to identify those responsible," police spokeswoman Florina Metes said, adding that officers were studying footage from surveillance cameras in the northern town of Sighetu Marmatiei, hometown of Holocaust survivor Wiesel who died in New York in 2016. "This grotesque act represents an attack not only on the memory of Elie Wiesel but on all the victims of the Holocaust," said the national institute for Holocaust studies, which is named after Wiesel.

Woman Becomes First Person in Denmark Fined for Wearing a Face Veil

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 13:27

The 28-year-old woman was asked to either remove the veil or leave the premises

US progress in reuniting migrant families 'disappointing', says judge

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:58

The federal judge overseeing the reunification of more than 2,500 migrant families separated by Donald Trump’s administration said the government’s efforts were “disappointing” – and it was its responsibility to unite them. Hundreds of families remain separated a week after the court’s reunification deadline because the parents are no longer in the US or have been deemed ineligible for reunification by the government. “The reality is that for every parent who is not located there will be a permanently orphaned child and that is 100% the responsibility of the administration,” said the US district judge Dana Sabraw in his San Diego court on Friday.

Five die as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:57

At least five people were killed and a village razed in an attack by Boko Haram jihadists in the northern Nigerian Borno state, militia fighting the Islamists told AFP Saturday. Arriving in 10 trucks, the Boko Haram fighters stormed the village of Gasarwa near the garrison town of Monguno late Friday, setting homes on fire. "Five people were killed in the arson, they included two elderly men and three children," Babakura Kolo, a militia leader in the Borno state capital Maiduguri said.

Mollie Tibbetts latest: Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:54

Investigators said they will continue to withhold basic details about the disappearance of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts because they believe it gives them the best chance to solve the case.

Ferguson Fire moves into Yosemite, jumps Highway 41

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:33

Fueled by a changing weather pattern, a wildfire burning near Yosemite has been acting more erratically and has exploded in size.