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French police evacuate 557 migrants from makeshift camp

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:12

PARIS (AP) — French police encircled a makeshift migrant camp in a wooded area near Dunkirk on Tuesday, evacuating 557 people, the prefecture of the Nord region said.

McCain urges end to 100-hour work weeks in Navy after collisions

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:04

U.S. Senator John McCain called on Tuesday for an immediate stop to U.S. sailors working over 100 hours a week as top Navy leaders struggled to explain a series of fatal naval collisions in the past few months. Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office government watchdog said that a reduction in crew sizes was contributing to safety risks, with some sailors working over 100 hours a week. "I think I know what 100 hours a week does to people over time and that has been standard procedure for a long time," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.

Czech zoo burns horns it sawed off rhinos after French attack

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:02

A Czech zoo on Tuesday burnt 33 kilos (72 pounds) of rare rhino horns, including some it sawed off its own animals in the wake of a brutal attack on a French zoo. Poachers broke into the Thoiry zoo near Paris in March and killed a critically endangered white rhino, hacking off its horns and putting zoos across the world on high alert. The brazen attack prompted a zoo in the central Czech Republic city of Dvur Kralove nad Labem to remove and burn the horns from its herd.

Building 'Breaks' Into Your Diet Could Help You Lose More Weight

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:02

Building frequent “breaks” into your diet could help you lose more weight and keep it off for longer than attempting to cut calories, uninterrupted, for months on end, according to new weight-loss research from the University of Tasmania in Australia.

If the U.S. Military Attacks North Korea Is Seoul Safe?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:59

In recent days, the United States has ratcheted up its rhetoric against North Korea as Pyongyang continues to test its arsenal of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. During a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, President Donald Trump promised to destroy the North Korean regime in the event of a conflict.

Al-Qaida-led fighters on the offensive against Syrian troops

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:08

BEIRUT (AP) — Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group launched one of their widest offensives yet Tuesday against Syrian pro-government forces, which responded with heavy airstrikes targeting hospitals and first responders.

Palestinian activist to be deported to Jordan from Chicago

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:07

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem will be deported to Jordan on Tuesday, her spokesman said.

World leaders' faces react to Trump's U.N. speech

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:05

As Trump made his announcements, country by country, photographers documented how the world leaders reacted to the U.S. commander in chief’s address. Click through the slideshow to see their faces.

Russia accuses US-backed rebels of hindering Syria IS fight

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:52

Russia on Tuesday accused US-backed rebels in Syria of targeting regime forces to try to halt their advance against Islamic State jihadists around the city of Deir Ezzor. In a statement the Russian military said it had received reports from Syrian generals that regime forces that crossed the strategic Euphrates River were faced with "gunfire from the north" near Deir Ezzor. Moscow claimed that shooting came from a zone controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by Washington.

Trump-Backed Luther Strange Limps Toward Finish Line In Alabama Senate Runoff

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:37

bid for re-election is backed by much of the GOP establishment, which has blanketed the airwaves in Alabama for weeks with television ads in support of his campaign.

'What a class act!' Chaffetz says he'll pass on reading Clinton's book

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:36

The former congressman who, as head of a House committee, grilled Hillary Clinton relentlessly says he knows he’s in her new book but feels no need to read it.

Report: Russian helicopter fires on spectators at drills

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:35

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military helicopter gunship accidentally fired on spectators during war games in western Russia, injuring several people, news reports said Tuesday.

Melania Trump dazzles in Calvin Klein suit for UN General Assembly appearance

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:34

The first lady accompanied husband President Trump to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning.

Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan: experts

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:46

Israel has become the only country to openly support an independent Kurdish state, a result of good ties between Kurds and Jews and expectations it would be a front against Iran and extremism, experts say. Iraq's Kurdish region plans to hold a non-binding referendum on statehood on September 25 despite the objections of Baghdad and neighbouring Iran and Turkey, as well as the United States. On Monday, Iraq's supreme court ordered the suspension of the referendum as legal and political pressure mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote.

Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Line Takes A Big Step Forward For Shade Inclusivity

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:40

Rihanna has the whole world scrambling to get its hands on one of Fenty Beauty’s 40 shades of foundation.

Explorers Found a Sunken World War I Submarine With 23 Bodies Inside

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:39

The century-old vessel was almost completely intact

German First World War submarine wreck discovered with 23 crewmen still onboard

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:28

A German First World War U-boat has been found off the Belgian coast almost totally intact and with the bodies of all 23 sailors onboard. The U-Boat II was found lying on its starboard side at the bottom of the North Sea at a depth of 27 metres, close to the coastal resort of Ostend. At this stage, it is unclear whether the submarine was sunk by a mine, a British ship or a British plane. The find is the best preserved of its kind in the North Sea. Its exact location is being kept secret to discourage trophy hunters. Although a part of the submarine’s bow is missing, the torpedoes remain in place. The submarine hatches are closed, which indicates that the vessel has never been discovered before and that the crew of 22 sailors and one commander have remained onboard for about 100 years. Belgian authorities have informed the German ambassador and processes to identify the men and to protect the discovery have begun. The find, which came after underwater scans suggested there could be a wreck in Belgian waters, was confirmed today by the governor of West Flanders. The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine.   Credit: Yves Herman /Reuters During the First World War, the German fleet in Flanders numbered 19 submarines. 15 of them sank, 11 of them in the North Sea.  Between 1915 and 1916 30 similar models to the wreck were made. Images of the wreck are not clear enough to give the number of the U-Boot. The Het Laatste Niews newspaper reported it could be U-Boot 27, 29 or 32. All three were sank in 1916 and 1917 by British ships and by a British plane. The most promising theory is that the submarine hit a mine tethered to the bottom of the sea by a cable. The wreck is 27 metres long and six metres wide. The U-Boot II model was a bigger, improved version of the type I U-Boot. The 270-ton submarine could dive to a maximum of 50 metres and disappear under the waves in 30 to 45 seconds. Compared to the earlier model, it had more electrical power and batteries that allowed it to stay submerged for longer. Bodies of soldiers from the First World War are still being discovered in Belgium on the battlefields of Flanders.  In 2013 archaelogists examined a German U-Boot II submarine, which had washed up on the Kent coast.  

Neighbor Opens Fire As Father In Clown Mask Chases Child

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:01

Two Ohio men face charges after a father donned a clown mask and chased his 6-year-old daughter through the streets, prompting a concerned neighbor to start shooting.

U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:32

(This September 18 story corrects amount to $21.6 million from $26.1 million in first, 10th paragraphs) By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Monday ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc, to pay at least $21.6 million for attempting to collect on possibly non-existent or out-of-date loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged that the companies sued borrowers without being able to prove the debt was owed or pursued collection on loans that were too old to sue over, and relied on false and misleading legal documents. The CFPB said the trusts had filed at least 486 lawsuits on debt where the statute of limitations for collections had expired.

Brazil warns 'no alternatives' to democracy in Venezuela

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:30

Brazil's leader on Tuesday warned that there were "no alternatives to democracy" in Venezuela as he voiced solidarity with the people of the crisis-consumed nation. President Michel Temer, addressing the UN General Assembly where Brazil is the customary first nation in the annual marathon of leaders' speeches, noted that his country has taken in thousands of Venezuelans. "The human rights situation in Venezuela has regrettably deteriorated continuously," Temer said.