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Rival Israel rallies after Netanyahu indictment decision

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 16:01

Opponents and supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the streets Saturday evening after the country's attorney general said he intended to file graft charges against him. In central Tel Aviv, Netanyahu loyalists waved blue and white Israel flags and carried placards reading "Netanyahu, the people are with you" and "Netanyahu, my prime minister". Separated from them by a police cordon, opponents waved signs proclaiming "Crime Minister" and "Time for Netanyahu to Go", an AFP photographer said.

Headteacher reads students bedtime stories on Facebook Live

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 14:26

A Texas headteacher who wants her students to continue learning after school ends has started reading bedtime stories to them on a Facebook livestream. Dr Belinda George, 42, films herself reading a children's book in her living room in her pyjamas every Tuesday evening, which anyone can watch on Homer Drive Elementary School's Facebook page. “I don't know if they are read to or not at home,” said Dr George.

Nigeria's Abubakar Gets Legal Team to Challenge Election Result

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 14:22

Abubakar who alleges the ruling party skewed the outcome of the Feb. 23 ballot. Election authorities declared President Muhammadu Buhari the winner by a margin of 56 percent to 41 percent, giving him a second term leading the country that’s Africa is biggest oil producer. “I have just inaugurated my legal team and charged them with the responsibility of ensuring that our stolen mandate is retrieved,” Abubakar said in a statement on Saturday.

Poster tying Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 attack sparks angry confrontation in W.Va. Capitol

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 14:08

The poster led to the resignation of the House sergeant at arms who reportedly said, "All Muslims are terrorists."

UC-Berkeley police make an arrest following the attack of a conservative student

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 13:29

Police have made an arrest after a conservative student was attacked at the University of California, Berkeley.

India refuses to share proof of strikes in Pakistan amid doubts of militant deaths

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 12:50

The flare up appeared to be easing on Saturday after Pakistan handed back a captured Indian fighter pilot on Friday night, amid efforts by global powers to prevent another war between the arch enemies. India accuses Pakistan of harboring the Jaish-e Mohammad Islamist group that claimed the bombing. Indian warplanes carried out air strikes on Tuesday inside northeast Pakistan's Balakot on what New Delhi called militant camps.

US-backed Syrian fighters advance on 2 fronts against IS

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 12:48

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The ground assault into the last area held by the Islamic State group intensified Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters made "remarkable progress" amid heavy clashes, including the capture of a hill overlooking a tent encampment for the extremists, officials with the Kurdish-led forces said.

The Latest: Global Muslim body urges India, Pakistan to talk

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 10:52

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local):

People think this video of Rami Malek promoting a hotel is weird as hell

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 10:04

You might consider yourself a fan of actor Rami Malek, but did you know he's a fan of a whole bunch of stuff, too?He's a fan of Freddie Mercury and Queen, of course. But he's also fan of his mom, chamomile tea, handwritten letters, classic movies, and looking sharp "regardless of the occasion," to name a few.We know all of this because the Bohemian Rhapsody star recorded a slightly bizarre promotional video for Mandarin Oriental hotels, titled "Rami Malek: I'm a fan." In the one-minute video, the actor sits in front of some beautiful scenery, listing his ~deep~ interests in a monotone voice as though he's reading a poem.Watch it for yourself, and it will probably come as no surprise that Twitter users were quick to turn it into a meme.SEE ALSO: Your crush Rami Malek just won an OscarAfter @tireddeaky uploaded a cut version of the video to Twitter (removing the part where Malek says he's a fan of Mandarin Oriental,) people couldn't help but express how strange they found the actor's awkward confessional to be.> Interviewer: so tell me about yourself. > Me: https://t.co/PiLFaS19hF> > -- Arturo ⭐️ (@ArturoParraTV) March 2, 2019> me talking to a dog at a party https://t.co/TCYOe8gLYE> > -- Chris Stringer (@Chris_Stringer) March 2, 2019> no one: > > me during sorority recruitment: https://t.co/XVcLU4MR8S> > -- Yvette (@yvette_m6) March 2, 2019> I feel like now that I've watched this video I'm going to die in 7 days https://t.co/VoOWDWaHk2> > -- Jenna Luvs LOOΠΔ & Ariana Grande Maroney (@OffBrandHeels) March 1, 2019> Can't believe Elliot Alderson is the bachelor next season! https://t.co/vyVmnNmjlP> > -- TaylorAileenHarrison (@goldieharrison) March 1, 2019> i see rami malek found your tinder bio https://t.co/KowLV57FI6> > -- Matthew Johnston (@MtthwJhnstn) March 2, 2019If anything, maybe this weird ad will open more doors for Malek... as the star of a creepy serial killer thriller. ¯\\_(ツ)_/¯> Someone needs to stop Rami Malek from watching any more serial killer shows... https://t.co/OO1AoXs5Tv> > -- Danielle Petit (@patientxzero) March 2, 2019> Petition to get @ItsRamiMalek to play a serial killer in a Netflix series https://t.co/XYuWRUQiZK> > -- Rhodri Parker (@rhodri_parker) March 2, 2019If you're thirsting for more strange interviews, head over to his celebrity page on the hotel's website, and check out more awkward "I'm a fan" videos from celebs like Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci, and more. (Spoiler alert: Morgan Freeman obviously nailed his.) WATCH: Big Winners at the 2019 Oscars

EU ready to give UK more guarantees on Brexit: Barnier

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 09:57

The European Union is prepared to give Britain further Brexit guarantees to help a divorce deal through the British parliament, the bloc's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published Saturday. "We can find guarantees to confirm, clarify, guarantee the goodwill and good faith of the Europeans with commitments which would have real legal force," Barnier said in comments published in several European newspapers including Die Welt in Germany and Les Echos in France. Barnier also suggested European leaders would be amenable to a short "technical" delay in Britain's departure from the EU, scheduled for March 29, to give the British parliament time to formally ratify a final divorce deal.

Mnuchin Says Tax Refunds ‘Normalized’ After Latest Weekly Rise

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 09:05

It’s the second time within days that Mnuchin sought to explain early data and anecdotal evidence proliferating social media that refunds in the first weeks of the tax filing season are lower. Responses to Mnuchin’s Twitter post included comments criticizing the U.S. deficit and his former role at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as well as others who said their refund had increased this year.

Pakistanis sign petition seeking Nobel Peace Prize for Imran Khan

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 09:03

More than 300,000 people have signed online petitions calling for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to receive a Nobel Peace Prize after he freed an Indian pilot in a bid to defuse tensions with his country's arch-rival neighbour. The capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had become the focus of renewed hostilities between the nuclear-armed rivals which have alarmed the international community. The hashtag #NobelPeaceForImranKhan began trending on Twitter on Thursday after Khan unexpectedly announced that the captured pilot would be released as a "peace gesture".

Michael Cohen: How Trump's former lawyer will survive prison life, according to his jail guide

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 08:57

Michael Cohen will be stripped of most of his liberties when he enters the US prison system in May after pleading guilty to financial crimes, campaign violations and lying to congress. Cohen will likely serve his three-year sentence at the FCI Otisville after US district judge William Pauley said he would recommend the prison for him to the Bureau of Prisons – which determines where a prisoner will be held – in court last year. Considered one of “America’s 10 cushiest prisons” by Forbes Magazine, FCI Otisville is a medium-security correctional institution boasting basketball and tennis courts, a baseball field and an alternate, minimum-security satellite camp.

Bribery Probe Could Cost Netanyahu Israel's Election, Polls Show

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 08:54

Polls released Friday night showed the Blue & White bloc led by ex-military chief of staff Benny Gantz and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid positioned to form a center-left government after April’s vote with 61 seats in parliament, compared with 59 likely to back a right-wing government led by Netanyahu’s Likud party. Before Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s announcement Thursday evening, polls had projected Netanyahu would form the next government atop a 61-seat bloc.

Explainer: In Trump-Russia probe, when does collusion become a crime?

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 07:02

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia used a scheme of hacking and propaganda to cause discord in the United States and harm Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Mueller's probe, with several Trump campaign figures already pleading guilty or being convicted, has documented numerous contacts between Russians and people close to the president. Mueller, who has sought to determine whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow, is preparing to submit a report on his investigation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 06:42

Islamic State looks about to lose its last foothold - on the banks of the Euphrates near the Iraq border - but while its era of territorial rule may be over for now, there is near universal agreement that IS remains a threat. Islamic State's possession of land in Iraq and Syria set it apart from other like-minded groups such as al Qaeda and became central to its mission when it declared a caliphate in 2014, claiming sovereignty over all Muslim lands and peoples.

The Latest: Kim boards train at the end of Vietnam visit

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 06:11

DONG DANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's departure from Vietnam (all times local):

Readers write: Making America _____, and beef or no beef

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 06:00

In response to editor Scott Armstrong’s challenge in the Jan. 21 Weekly Print Edition to complete the sentence “Making America ...”: Don’t fill in the blank. It is just “Making America.” America is always being made. May we continue to “make America.” It stands for something in the world and does not need to be qualified.

Iran condemns Britain for listing ally Hezbollah as 'terrorist' group

Top Stories - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 05:41

Iran criticized Britain for its decision to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, saying on Saturday it ignored both the will of a large portion of the Lebanese people and the Tehran-backed group's role in fighting Islamic State. Britain said on Monday it planned to ban all wings of Hezbollah, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Washington, due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East, having previously proscribed its external security unit and its military wing. "This British measure signifies deliberately ignoring a large part of the Lebanese people and the legitimacy and the legal position of Hezbollah in Lebanon's administrative and political structure," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

2 arrests, officer on desk duty after wild NYC highway chase

Top Stories - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 23:29

NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer has been placed on desk duty after shooting at a car during a wild four-mile chase onto a Manhattan highway.


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