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|Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit
JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 2:49 PM
|Chicago police pursue claims Jussie Smollett attack may have been faked
A police source tells USA TODAY that investigators are attempting to interview Jussie Smollett again about an attack on the Empire actor.
POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 10:18 AM
|Donald Trump demands Britain puts jihadists on trial as Isil makes desperate last stand
Donald Trump has demanded Britain and its continental neighbours repatriate their captured Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters and put them on trial - or face the terrorists being set free to "permeate Europe." In a strongly-worded message tweeted late on Saturday night, the US president warned he would have little choice but to release approximately 800 "jihadists" currently held by American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. He said now was the time for the ant-Isil coalition partners to "step up" and take over ownership of its rogue citizens who threaten the safety of Europe. Mr Trump's remarks came as the Sunday Telegraph exclusively revealed intense concern in Washington that "time is running out" to bring the terror group’s fighters to justice as coalition forces prepare to declare victory within days. "The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial," he wrote. The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 "The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.." "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!" Time is rapidly running out to establish a coherent strategy with Isil fighters now controlling a pocket of land just 700 metres square in eastern Syria. At its height, the terror group controlled an area the size of Britain. In a final gesture of defiance, surviving Isil militants on Sunday laid down roadblocks around their final redoubt to prevent an estimated 1,000 civilians trapped with them from leaving. Mr Trump predicted victory would come on Saturday, but commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces commanders have slowed a push on the village of Baghouz with fears that civilians were being used as human shields. SDF fighters man a checkpoint on the road leading to Bagouz, the last village under Isil control Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe On Saturday, the French army revealed a senior officer was facing punishment after publicly criticising coalition tactics. Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier said an emphasis on minimizing risk to coalition personnel resulted in unnecessary civilian deaths and destruction of infrastructure that could feed resentment leading to another insurgency in future. At least seven British Isil members, including two alleged members of the notorious ‘Beatles’ terror cell, are believed to have been captured and held in Syria. But an unknown number of others, including Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old child bride from Bethnal Green, are living in refugee camps and may also pose a threat to the UK. According to a statement released by Miss Begum's family on Sunday, the teenager has just given birth to a baby boy. Mr Trump's comments put pressure on the British government to rethink its reluctance to commit to taking back the individuals. The village of Bagouz, Isil's ;ast enclave, is seen from an SDF hilltop position on February 14 Credit: Getty Images Europe/Chris McGrath Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, insisted last week he would “not hesitate” to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations abroad. But yesterday SUN General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, said the UK had an obligation to accept its citizens. “Usually I disagree with Donald Trump, but on this occasion I think he’s right. “If there are … a large number of foreign fighters in captivity in Syria who originate from countries like the UK, then they are our citizens and we have a responsibility to act responsibly towards them. That means they have got to come back to this country.” And Jeremy Wright, the Culture Secretary, echoed those views. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said: "It's clear, if you are dealing with a British citizen who wants to return to this country and they're not a dual citizen - so their only citizenship is British citizenship - then we are obliged, at some stage at least, to take them back." ENDS
POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 1:31 PM
|How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk of heart disease
Active, middle-aged men who could do more than 40 push-ups in timed test had significantly lower risks for heart problems, according to a new study.
POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 5:02 PM
|Four Indian soldiers killed in battle with Kashmir militants: police
At least four soldiers died Monday in a fierce gunfight with rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir just four days after a suicide bomber killed 41 paramilitaries in the troubled territory, officials said. One soldier and one civilian were also critically wounded in the shootout as troops launched a search operation in Pulwama district where the suicide bomber struck on Thursday. The official said the soldiers fired warning shots and the militants fired back, unleashing the firefight in the district 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of the main city of Srinagar.
POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 11:51 PM
|Man awarded £120m in compensation from Ford after being paralysed in car accident
An Alabama jury has awarded $151.8m (£117.4m) to a young man paralyzed in a 2015 rollover accident involving a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, Ford and lawyers in the case said on Sunday. The jury awarded $100m in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet the company’s own safety guidelines, according to a court document seen by Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris “Tre” Smith. The document, released on Friday, said Ford “acted wantonly” in designing the vehicle.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 11:02 AM
|GMC Acadia souped up with new engine, trim, and tech
GMC has unveiled the refreshed Acadia for the 2020 model year complete with a new trim, a fresh look, and the latest GMC infotainment system. GMC announced on Monday that the Acadia has gotten its midcycle refresh, and now, the lineup looks more like a group of Sierra pickups from the front than mid-size SUVs. In addition to its new exterior styling, the Acadia has a new powertrain option and an assortment of new technologies including an enhanced infotainment system and heads-up display.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 10:53 AM
|Here’s What’s Open and Closed on President’s Day 2019
Find out if banks, schools and the post office are open on President's day
POSTED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 9:23 AM
|Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media
Police in the world's biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday. Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China's southern coast 20 years ago. The suspected murder took place in Sands China's Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 1:02 AM
|The Latest: NC official says US House race saw ballot scheme
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on an evidentiary hearing outlining a ballot fraud investigation in an undeclared North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized (all times local):
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 11:43 AM
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|EU says it will react swiftly if Trump hits it with car tariffs
Trump has promised European Commission President Juncker that he will not put additional import tariffs on European cars for now, Juncker said.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 2:14 PM
|Top Apple analyst Kuo outlines the new products he thinks Apple will launch this year
Kuo's predictions for 2019 include a new MacBook Pro laptop and new iPhones.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 2:24 PM
|No recession but global growth will slow to a crawl this year, Janus Henderson says
The world economy is headed for a period of "dull, low" growth, according to fund manager Janus Henderson, but the risk of an outright recession remains small.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 12:51 PM
|California AG: At least 13 states suing over Trump's national emergency
"The separation of powers is being violated, we're going to ... make sure that Donald Trump cannot steal money from the states and people who need them," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 8:10 PM
|Walgreens and CVS are redesigning their drugstores to focus more on health. Here's how they compare
As people shop online more, CVS and Walgreens are trying to give people reasons to keep coming into their stores.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 6:27 PM
|Trump lashes out at officials involved in Russia probe, suggests 'treasonous' behavior
In a tweet, President Donald Trump suggested that key officials involved in the Russia probe were engaged in 'treasonous' behavior.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 3:18 PM
|Facebook is a 'digital gangster' that urgently needs more regulation, UK lawmakers say
A new report published by U.K. lawmakers Monday after an 18-month investigation found Facebook "intentionally and knowingly" violated data privacy and anti-competition laws.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 9:30 AM
|China accuses US of trying to block its tech development by stoking cybersecurity fears
China's foreign ministry says that the US fabricated excuses to slow down its tech industry, including Huawei.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 5:45 PM
|It's looking like a US-China trade deal is near — and Beijing will get everything it wanted
The German trade surplus is stifling the economic growth in the rest of Europe, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 9:58 AM
|American Airlines flight attendants demand investigation into 'sexist' musical skit
The union that represents American Airlines is demanding an investigation into a "sexist" skit that surfaced over the weekend depicting cabin crew singing "Big Spender" to a man portraying a high-paying customer.
POSTED FEBRUARY 18, 2019 2:48 PM