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- 2017-08-21 01:38:15Z
Spain appealed for unity after the deadly attacks in Catalonia but tensions between Madrid and Barcelona over the region's separatist drive have endured and have even flared up in the police probe. The regional Catalan government is determined to push ahead with an independence referendum in the wealthy northeastern region on October 1, which Madrid has vowed to stop. The strain in ties has remained palpable in the aftermath of the twin vehicle attacks last week in Barcelona and Cambrils, a seaside resort further down the Catalan coast, that killed a total of 14 people and injured more than 100.
There's not much to this post, and yet it is perhaps the most important thing I have ever written. Here is what I know: there is a dog, somewhere (perhaps the Bay Area, California), and that dog is pushing a shopping cart around in a grocery store. The dog appears to be a German Shepherd, and the grocery store appears to be well-stocked. SEE ALSO: Extremely excited pup just can't wait to catch the bus to doggy school You may be thinking, "So what? It's a fluke, the dog just happened to jump up on the cart." Wrong. Exhibit B: Look, that's it, okay? That's all I have for this one. The dog is pushing a shopping cart. It is one of the best things I have...
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned as President Donald Trump's special adviser on regulations on Friday, did so just hours before The New Yorker magazine published a critical article that detailed his potential conflict of interest and questioned whether he had acted illegally.
"Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!" he tweeted at one point.
By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. general restated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us". Fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs have grown in recent weeks. Pyongyang has said it was considering plans to fire missiles over Japan toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have delayed the decision.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-In said the North was inching "closer to the threshold of the red line."
Cisco Systems Inc's quarterly revenue in its closely-watched security business missed analysts' estimates, raising concerns about the world's largest networking gear maker's efforts to transform into a software-focused company. With its traditional business of making switches and routers struggling, Cisco, like other legacy technology firms, has been focusing on high-growth areas such as security, the Internet of Things and cloud computing. The security business, which offers firewall protection and breach detection systems, has been Cisco's fastest growing, until the last two quarter.
Government officials from Alaska and Washington have pushed back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who sent threatening letters to the states and questioned the efficacy of their marijuana legalization and regulatory programs.
One widely distributed postcard featured a cartoon of two Klansmen drinking at a bar over a caption, "Which Klan leaders are spending your money tonight?"
President Donald Trump has launched an attack on what he termed "the alt-Left" - describing a group of people who came to Charlottesville on Saturday to protest against a rally by white supremacists. When asked about the "alt-Right" - a term used by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and nationalists to describe themselves, Mr Trump replied: "What about the alt-Left that came charging them? Do they have any semblance of guilt?" He did not acknowledge that the counter-protesters would not have been there were it not for the neo-Nazi rally. White supremacists descended on Charlottesville on Saturday He continued: "What about the fact they came charging - that...
Guam officials were "ecstatic" Tuesday as North Korea appeared to back away from its threat to fire four missiles towards the US territory in the western Pacific. "There doesn't appear to be any indication, based on what we're hearing, that there will be any missiles attacking in the near future or in the distant future," lieutenant governor Ray Tonorio said. Guam Homeland Security adviser George Charfauros dismissed reports that satellite images showed North Korea moving a missile into place for a possible launch, saying it was likely "just a ruse".
This isn't getting old yet. The first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk's SpaceX came in for a dusty and impressive landing at the company's landing zone in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Monday. The landing occurred about 10 minutes after the rocket launched a Dragon cargo craft carrying supplies to the International Space Station. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's SpaceX starts off its week with an impressive rocket launch and landing This marks the company's 14th successful landing and its 6th successful one on land, with the rest of them taking place on drone ships in the ocean. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has long said that he hopes this kind of feat can become...
"They were fighting to defeat a truly evil enemy and to protect our homelands," the military said in a statement.
A UN commission probing Syria rights abuses has gathered enough evidence to convict President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes, an outgoing member of the commission said in interviews published Sunday. Veteran former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is preparing to step down after five years serving in the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss media the evidence against Assad was sufficient to secure a war crimes conviction.
A sizeable contingent of members of the extreme right and white nationalists are expected to descend on a small US university town Saturday -- and a fierce opposition front is uniting against it. Thousands of white nationalists, including supporters of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group, and anti-fascist activists are expected to clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, a sleepy town planning to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who led Confederate forces in the US Civil War. Last month a few dozen Ku Klux Klan marchers gathered in Charlottesville to protest the statue's removal.
This week, following a unanimous vote from the U.N. Security Council to impose strict new sanctions on North Korea, Kim Jong Un and the North Korean military responded by announcing that they are looking into the possibility of targeting US military bases in Guam with ballistic missile strikes. This news arrived hours after Trump declared that North Korea would be "met with fire and fury" were it to continue threatening the United States. Needless to say, it's been a rough week, but Stephen Colbert is doing everything he can to help us get through it without losing our minds. "I know a lot of people tune into this show on a nightly basis to get their news and...
"I've long ago given p trying to interpret what he says"
With Tesla's electric cars, it's generally accepted that you get what you pay for -- the higher price tag buys you models with greater range than almost all their rivals.Well, the highly regarded Tesla Model S 75D has just been outperformed in real-word range tests by the considerably less expensive 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. On paper, the Chevy Bolt has an EPA-estimated range on a fully charged battery of 238 miles, while the pricier Tesla Model S is rated at an even more impressive 259 miles. When put to the test though, the little Chevy not only outperformed the Tesla, it even exceeded its own claimed range by as much as 12 miles.
Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured. Abu Dujana, a senior fighter from the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed during a raid near Srinagar in the disputed Indian-held territory of Kashmir. Indian troops and police special counterinsurgency forces surrounded the village of Harkipora after a tip off that the militant and an aide were hiding in a house.
Foul-mouthed spin doctor Anthony Scaramucci was axed as White House communications director Monday, just 10 days after being named to the post and hours after Donald Trump installed a new chief of staff. The 53-year-old New Yorker -- whose profanity-laden rant against colleagues gained him global notoriety -- was fired as four-star general John Kelly began his quest to impose order on an administration careening out of control. During its first six months in office, Trump's White House has been beset by scandal, investigations, infighting, leaks, sackings, resignations, stinging legislative defeats and historically low approval ratings.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law (all times EDT):
This relic still has plenty of charm.
By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie confronted a baseball fan who heckled him during a Sunday night game in Milwaukee, according to a video posted by local media, making the unpopular governor the target of another round of online jokes. The second-term Republican can be seen clutching a bowl of nachos and leaning over a man identified as Brad Joseph, telling him "you're a big shot," before walking away down a flight of stairs, according to a video of the incident posted online by Milwaukee's WISN television. Joseph told the station he yelled Christie's name when the governor was going up the stairs and called him a "hypocrite" during the game...
What is Obamacare? Officially known as the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare was the flagship piece of legislation passed by the Obama administration in March 2010 and is regarded as his greatest domestic achievement. It extended health insurance to millions of Americans who up until then had been uncovered. According to one estimate, as many as 50 million people gained cover. They were mainly people who were not poor enough to get subsidised insurance offered to the elderly and those with the lowest incomes, but who did not earn enough to pay the expensive premiums demanded by insurance companies. Those who refused to buy health insurance had to pay a penalty at the end of the year of at...
AstraZeneca hired two senior scientists to bolster its cancer drug work on Monday, signaling confidence in its oncology portfolio despite last week's big setback in a lung cancer clinical trial. The company said Jean-Charles Soria, previously a professor at South-Paris University, had joined the MedImmune biotech unit as head of oncology innovative medicines, while Geoffrey Kim would lead work on late-stage immunotherapy drug combinations.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's latest leader took office at an uneasy moment in his country's history, inheriting the wreckage left by an ousted and excoriated predecessor. Among his lesser-noticed promises was a vow to improve quality of life in a society of long hours and hard work - to help break the chains to people's desks, to let them take a breath and relax a bit.
Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year's failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said 831 of those were detained for suspected ties to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating an attempted coup in July. Gulen denies any involvement.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with US President Donald Trump on Monday and agreed on the need for more action on North Korea just hours after the US Ambassador to the United Nations said Washington is "done talking about North Korea". Mr Abe said that Mr Trump would take "all necessary measures" to protect US allies against the increasing threat from the hermit state. Mr Trump welcomes Mr Abe to the White House in February 2017 Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Mr Abe told reporters after his conversation with Trump that repeated efforts by the international community to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue had yet to bear fruit in the face of...
Vladimir Putin on Sunday said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin. The Russian president added bluntly that Russia was able to raise the stakes with America even further, although he hoped this would be unnecessary. A US state department official denounced the move as a "regrettable and uncalled for act," adding that Washington was now weighing a potential response. On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry demanded Washington cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September 1 to 455 people - the same number Moscow has in the US. Russian...
By Andrew Osborn and Philip Blenkinsop MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia warned it was edging closer to retaliation against Washington after the House of Representatives backed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, while the European Union said the move might affect its energy security and it stood ready to act too. The lower house of the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Moscow on Tuesday and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any punitive measures on Russia.
Decision marks a reversal of a policy initiated under Obama in 2016Nancy Pelosi: 'Cruel and arbitrary decision to humiliate transgender Americans' White House defends transgender military ban
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man turned every parent's nightmare into reality when he chased down a 4-year-old girl at night in a park, snatched her while a friend watched helplessly, then raped the girl and left her for dead on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, according to prosecutors seeking a life sentence.
By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday shot down a legislative effort by Democrats to obtain Treasury Department documents that could show any ties between the finances of President Donald Trump, his inner circle and the Russian government. The bill was rejected amid intense sparring with Democrats openly wondering whether or not Trump, a Republican, is compromised by a foreign power and Republicans dismissing it as a political stunt. Representative Jeb Hensarling, the Republican chair of the House Financial Services Committee that rejected the proposal, said the panel would not be spending any time exploring Trump's financial network.
Poll by USA Today/iMediaEthics said 46 percent of those surveyed think that Trump is not likely to complete his first term, while 27 percent opined that he would complete it.
A new poll released on Monday is shedding light on President Donald Trump's approval rating across individual states, showing which areas have the highest and lowest levels of support for the current administration.
US Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow. The Countering Iran's Destabilising Activities Act, which was passed by the Senate a month ago, was held up in the House of Representatives after Republicans proposed including North Korea sanctions in the bill. The House is set to vote on Tuesday on a package of bills on sanctions covering Russia, Iran and North Korea, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office. Under the...