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U.S. diplomats accuse Tillerson of breaking child soldiers law

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:05

By Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal documents reviewed by Reuters. A confidential State Department “dissent” memo, which Reuters was first to report on, said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.

Conservatives knew 'family values' pol had secret gay life

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:03

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including "committed natural marriage," the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office.

Venezuela arrests six top executives from PDVSA's US subsidiary Citgo

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:57

Venezuela on Tuesday arrested the acting president and five other top executives in charge of Citgo, the US refinery subsidiary of troubled state oil company PDVSA, on corruption charges. "Six senior executives have been arrested," said chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab, adding that the charges included embezzlement, bid rigging, money laundering and criminal association. The Citgo chief, Jose Angel Pereira, was arrested in Caracas.

Man arrested in cop killing; mom accused of helping him flee

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:50

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Tips from informants helped lead law enforcement to the man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer, and the suspect's mother is accused of helping him evade arrest during a four-day manhunt, officials said Tuesday.

What 3 Creepy Meetings With Charlie Rose Taught Me About Toxic Sexism And Blurred Lines

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:49

A few years ago I belonged to the group of people who thought that working for Charlie Rose represented the holy grail of journalism.

Scientists Were Wrong About This Water on Mars

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:50

It might be worse than it sounds.

Zimbabwe's New Leaders Are None Other Than Mugabe's Former 'Enforcers'

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:42

Jubilant crowds filled the streets of Zimbabwe’s cities on Tuesday, after the country’s speaker of parliament announced that President Robert Mugabe had resigned after decades in power.

U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:37

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to "consider the risks" when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen. The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Iran-aligned Houthis from Yemen towards the Saudi capital Riyadh. The missile, which the Houthis said was in response to Saudi-led air strikes on civilians in Yemen, was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.

The Latest: Conyers acknowledges settling staffer complaint

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:47

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers (all times local):

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Engaged to Producer Brad Falchuk: Reports

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:39

Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged to her producer boyfriend Brad Falchuk after more than three years together, according to multiple reports

"They said, I’m sorry, because you weren’t physically injured, you can’t go to the private events."

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:10

Lisa Hamp was in the same building as the gunman on the day of the Virginia Tech shooting. She and her classmates pushed against the door of the room to keep him from entering. Last fall, we were talking, and we were like, “Are you going to the 10-year anniversary?” And I said, “I haven’t been to one since my senior year, which was the first anniversary, but I’d love to go because now I’m recognizing all this power from recovery and healing.

"I remember feeling really scared that he could be around any corner, because we weren’t sure exactly where he was."

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:09

Chelsea Sobolik had just come off a double shift at a Red Robin restaurant when she decided, at the last minute, to join a group of friends for a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado. After the shooting, Sobolik took a year off to rest and recover, something that would not have been possible without Red Robin’s Giving Fund ― a charitable donation her colleagues made with every check to support workers during tough times. Between this fund, the free mental health care she received from the Aurora Mental Health Center and help from her family and friends, Sobolik feels grateful for all the support that has helped her cope, but she considers recovery a lifelong process.

Donald Trump is reportedly more popular than some of Europe's biggest leaders

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:58

President Trump has received some rather dismal approval ratings, but he’s reportedly more popular compared to some of his European counterparts.

Iran's Rouhani urges France to remain "realistic, impartial" in Middle East

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:48

BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) - France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a "realistic and impartial approach", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media. Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.

More charges filed against woman in Missouri teen's suicide

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:51

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More charges have been filed against the former manager of a small-town Missouri Dairy Queen accused of bullying a teenage employee so relentlessly that he killed himself.

Apologizing For Predatory Behavior Requires More Than Saying 'I'm Sorry'

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:44

In 2011, Angie’s* male colleague at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History brought her into an isolated hallway and grabbed her butt without her consent.

US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:35

US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 jihadists, military officials said. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time (0730 GMT), killing more than 100 militants," the US Africa Command said in a statement.

102-year-old Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family died meets nephew he didn't know existed

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:26

A 102-year-old Polish man who believed his entire family had died in the Holocaust was reduced to tears this week when he met a nephew that he didn't know he had.