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Court in China Reduces Prison Sentence for Gao Yu, Prominent JournalistMs. Gao, 71, who was convicted of leaking a document that laid out plans for a campaign against Western ideas, will now serve five years rather than seven.After Paris Attacks, Ties That Bind Patrons at a Cafe Also BurnIn a city where corner bistros are havens for neighbors and friends, the terrorist attacks in Paris hurt families related by blood and banter.Brazilian Senator and Banker Are Arrested as Petrobras Scandal WidensA broad investigation into corruption at Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned oil company, widened with the arrests of a sitting senator and one of the country’s top finance executives.Notebook: What Is It About Adele?Record-breaking sales notwithstanding, success doesn’t seem to have spoiled the singer.2 Valeant Dermatology Drugs Lead Steep Price Increases, Study FindsThe study found that prices for 19 brand-name dermatology drugs increased about 400 percent in the last six years, but two of Valeant’s increases were the biggest.Tunisia Says Attack in Capital Was Suicide BombingTunisian authorities, who have declared a state of emergency, also temporarily closed the border with Libya after an attack in the capital on Tuesday.The Origins of Jihadist-Inspired Attacks in the U.S.Since Sept. 11, 2001, most of the attackers in the United States who were motivated by extremist Islam were U.S.-born or naturalized citizens. None were refugees.As Mayor, Bernie Sanders Was More Pragmatist Than SocialistBernie Sanders, who in the 1980s was mayor of Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, tended to talk globally but act locally, aligning with Republicans to get things done.
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Single for the holidays? Here’s what to tell your relatives.Face it, you're going to need a lot of options because you're going to be asked the question many times.Rahm Emanuel under pressure over graphic video of police shootingAlready criticized for resisting the release of the video for 13 months, the Chicago mayor is now facing calls to remove the police chief and hold the department accountable for excessive force.U.S., Russian militaries bicker over operations in SyriaBoth countries have criticized each other's tactics and goals against the Islamic State, but charges of outright lying leave little room for any eventual cooperation in efforts against the militants.Plan A for GOP donors: Wait for Trump to fall. (There is no Plan B.)Attempts to derail the candidate remain underfunded and unfocused. Instead, wealthy Republicans are counting on voters to eventually defect.How an angry comic who had a coke habit became the Barbara Walters of podcastsMarc Maron grappled with inner rage and publicly contemplated suicide. Then he got out of his own head, started a podcast with millions of followers and interviewed President Obama in his garage.
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Homo Naledi may be Two Million Years Old (Give or Take)Francis Thackeray, University of the Witwatersrand
There has been global interest in the announcement of new fossils from a cave called Rising Star in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South Africa.
These fossils were recently reported by Lee Berger and his team, who described the discovery of more than 1500 fossils as representing a new species of the genus Homo. It has been called Homo naledi, associated with a name for star in the Sesotho language.
But the age of Homo naledi is not yet known with certainty. The new species has not yet been dated. Unsuccessful attempts had been made by Paul Dirks and members of the Rising Star team to obtain an age. They used techniques applied previously to date a range of fossils. The...Why I'm Thankful for DACA and Ready for HillaryThanksgiving is a time when American families living under the terrifying threat of deportation will gather. We know that pilgrims were immigrants, too. We know how to bake a turkey until it's golden and go nuts when our team gets a key first down (Go Lobos!). Like I said, American families. A key first down. That's what it felt like on June 15, 2012, the day President Obama approached the podium in the White House Rose Garden. On the ninety-minute train from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for class at the University of Mexico, my phone rang with a call from a fellow Dreamer in Washington, D.C. She was frantic. The president had announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, an executive order that protects people like me ...17 Thanksgivings and counting: What adoption for older foster youth really meansWhen I was 16 years old and in foster care in Tennessee, people told me I was unadoptable. But I desperately wanted a family. I enlisted the help of a judge, even the commissioner of the Department of Children's Services, and was adopted just a week before my 18th birthday. I'm honored to be a part of AdoptUsKids' National Adoption Month campaign "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family." It's so true, and we all know it. Take a look around your Thanksgiving table this week and imagine your life without a family. No one to argue politics with or watch football and those sappy Christmas movies with. No one to join you in the cold Black Friday shopping lines. No one who understands the importance of your family's hashbrown casserole as mu...Terrorism and the Family - A Thanksgiving Day ReflectionThe telephone call was as unexpected as it was disappointing. It was from my dear friend in Los Angeles, who was supposed to be arriving in New York today for Thanksgiving. "I can't make it," she sad sadly. "Why not?" I asked. "Is everything okay?" "Yes, I'm fine...physically," she said. "I just can't bring myself to take the flight. This whole terrorism thing has me completely freaked out." My friend Dan, meanwhile, told me this week that his ten-year-old daughter saw a headline in the paper about ISIS being a threat here in America, and went into a panic. "It took me three days to talk her down," he said. In the two weeks since the massacres in Paris, we've seen a lot written about how everyday people have been emotionally rocked...Barber Promises Kid Free Haircuts For Life -- In Return For Good Grades
Fourth grader Kamarian Fox walked into a barbershop in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Monday, and made a beeline for a familiar face.
Grinning, the 9-year-old handed barber Mike Shelton his report card. He had received straight As.
“He said, ‘I’m here to get my free haircut,’” Shelton told the Gaston Gazette of his young customer. “I said, ‘Brother, you’re a VIP today,' and I brought him to the front of the line.”
The story of Kamarian’s free haircut and his friendship with the barber begins in August, when the boy, a day before starting fourth grade, first visited Next Level Barbershop, where Shelton works.
As Shelton cut Kamarian's hair that day, the pair struck up a quick friendship.
“There was just something about Kam,” Shelton told th...States Can't Legally Block Refugees, Obama Administration Reminds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement said in a letter to state resettlement officials that states may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee's country of origin or religious affiliation.
States that do not comply with the requirement would be breaking the law and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension or termination of the federally funded program, according to the letter, signed by the director of the federal resettlement office, Robert Carey.
[Related: Sorry, Governors: The Decision...Weekend Roundup: Now Its NATO vs. NATO (New Anti-Terror Organization)The Turkish downing of a Russian jet that crossed into its territory while bombing targets in Syria complicates even further the play of contraries in an already bewildering set of Mideast conflicts. The episode introduces a fresh tension that could well pit NATO, of which Turkey is a member, against what Gopalkrishna Gandhi calls a fledgling new NATO, or New Anti-Terror Organization, that French President François Hollande is trying to organize globally in the wake of the Paris attacks. Hollande meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week. Oxford Chancellor Chris Patten endorses Hollande's approach, calling for a broad effort that includes the U.S., Russia, China and the United Nations to fight the self-proclaimed Islami...How We View the Refugee Crisis -- Not Ours, But TheirsYes, there is a refugee crisis. People are taking flight from their homes and fleeing toward a horrifying unknown, because what they see bearing down on them is hellish. Sure it's easy to say go back and fix your own societies. Or to say don't come here because we like ours the way it is. But that would deny our own role in the mess we see around the world. To see what refugees look like, click here. Is it possible that some of the people taking refuge from their horrific realities are angry at western governments for creating the conditions that led to the demise of what they knew as home? I think so. Will they all detonate suicide vests in our subways? Not if we embrace them. Can we embrace them all? No. Can we reject them all? N...
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The Short List: Time to rename Black Friday; happy trails, travelers; #LaquanMcDonald — what's next?Out of the loop today? We've got what you missed.Obama: No evidence of attacks during holidayThere is no specific and credible evidence that a Paris-style attack is being planned for the U.S. this holiday weekend, Obama said.Russian FM: Downing of warplane a 'planned provocation'Russian President Vladimir Putin said both men will receive state awards, and the dead pilot will get the Hero of Russia posthumously.Democrats may be a generation away from recapturing HouseChallenges for the party include population shifts and GOP dominance of state legislatures.USA TODAY GOP Power Rankings: Carson slides, Trump soarsFor the first time since early October, Ben Carson has dropped out of the top three in our weekly GOP Power Rankings.Boy going blind finally gets even more dire diagnosisColorado family wishes prognosis meant boy would lose only his sight.Candidate Match Game: Find your 2016 favoriteWhich 2016 presidential candidate fits best with the issues and qualities you care most about?Full coverage: Paris under siegeUSA TODAY's coverage of the attacks in Paris.
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Obama Admin. Sends Reminder to States: You Don’t Have the Authority to Reject Syrian Refugees
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks earlier this month, dozens of state governments in the U.S., the vast majority of which are led by Republican governors, declared their states closed to Syrian refugees. As Slate’s Josh Keating pointed out at the time: "It’s hard to imagine a more heartbreakingly ironic fate than fleeing violence in your home country only to be vilified for violence perpetrated by some of the same people you were fleeing." On Wednesday, the Obama administration sent a helpful reminder to state officials across the country that they don’t actually have the authority to refuse refugees and doing so would be illegal.
The notice came in the form of a letter from the Office of Refugee Resettlement that serves as a reminde...ISIS Claims Tunisia Bombing That Killed 12 Members of Presidential Guard
ISIS claimed responsibility on Wednesday for another deadly terrorist strike in a recent string of attacks, this time in Tunisia. The attack took place on Tuesday on a bus carrying presidential guards in the capital of Tunis when a suicide bomber detonated what is believed to be a backpack or a belt, killing 12 officers. Officials say the explosives likely came into the country from Libya.
“An unnamed official with the union representing the presidential guard told the popular Radio Mosaïque FM that witnesses had seen a young man trying to board the bus ahead of others and that when he was confronted, he detonated his bomb,” according to the New York Times. Here’s more from the Times on what is the third major attack by militants in the ...Eagles of Death Metal Give Their Frightening, Firsthand Account of the Paris Shootings
Earlier this month, during a performance by American rock band Eagles of Death Metal, three shooters killed over 80 people in a terrorist attack on Paris’ Bataclan concert hall. The band’s members all survived the shooting, and they’ve now given their first interview about the attack to Vice, detailing over 25 minutes their memory of the event and their subsequent wrestling with such enormous tragedy.
Their account is incredibly graphic, and includes visceral retellings of how each member scrambled to survival: Singer Jesse Hughes actually came face-to-face with one of the gunmen, and bassist Matt McJunkins notes that the gunfire went on “for 10, 15 minutes, it just didn’t stop.” The band wants to be the very first to play the Bataclan w...In Worst News Dump Ever, U.S. General Explains Cause of Doctors Without Borders Airstrike
In what amounted to a ridiculous Thanksgiving news dump, U.S. officials issued an explanation on Wednesday for last month’s U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan that killed 30 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital. Ultimately, Gen. John Campbell, the top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the attack was a matter of American military personnel firing on the wrong target.
More from CNN:The October 3 mission had several technical and human errors, several administration officials acknowledge. A U.S. military fact-finding investigation into the incident detailed the mistakes and revealed that the U.S. aircraft targeted the wrong facility. "The proximate cause of this tragedy was the direct result of avoidable human error, co...Tale of the Tape
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Dear Prudence, I’m one of four children, and this year for Christmas, I offered to convert an old videotape from 20 years ago. This is the only existing video of the four of us kids, and everyone is excited to see it. Unfortunately, throughout the video, my siblings take turns making fun of my weight, calling me nasty nicknames, and talking about my lack of development (I was 13). ...Why Did It Take More Than a Year to Charge the Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald?
One of the central players in the aftermath of Laquan McDonald’s death at the hands of a Chicago police officer has been Anita Alvarez, the Cook County state’s attorney. Alvarez, who was elected as the county’s top prosecutor in 2008, was tasked with investigating McDonald’s death and deciding whether to bring charges against Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot him. It took Alvarez a full 13 months to make that decision, and now that Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder, many are asking what took so long. The National Bar Association has gone so far as to call for Alvarez’s resignation, saying in a statement that “it is unacceptable that it took over a year to file these charges.”
Alvarez’s decision-making during the inv...Frank Gifford Had CTE, His Family Says, as Doctors Call for End of High School Football
Former New York Giants star and NFL broadcaster Frank Gifford suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, his family announced in a statement on Wednesday. (Gifford passed away in August of this year.) The news coincides with the pre-publication of an editorial in the prestigious American Journal of Bioethics calling for an end to public school tackle football programs.
CTE is only diagnosable after death and has been discovered in nearly 90 NFL players whose brains were donated to science. Some of these players showed symptoms of memory loss, depression, and dementia while they were alive.
While Gifford’s family did not report what symptoms he had, they said in a statement that they had decided to have ...Turkey Day in Dallas
Last year, sportswriter Mike Shropshire wrote about a unifying, yet reviled, Texas Thanksgiving tradition: watching the Dallas Cowboys. His essay is reprinted below:
This morning, like all mornings, the dog-walking ritual led past the house where Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry and his family had lived during most of what’s now known, almost exclusively, as his “storied tenure.”
Spacious home, circular drive out front, guest house in the back. Perhaps it is because the man who lived on the corner was named, I swear to God, Edgar Allan Poe, but the old Landry homestead whispers of stories from those thrilling days of yesterday. And this particular week, I feel compelled to say to the dog, “Look there, Rambo. You know used to live there...
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French lawmakers vote to extend airstrikes against ISIS
The French Parliament overwhelmingly support continuing airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in ParisBlack Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, but certainly not calm
Two large Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago and Minneapolis Tuesday night resulted in no violence. But that wasn't the whole story.Black Friday: How merry are US shoppers feeling this holiday season?
American consumers weren't inclined to open their wallets in October. But was that just a pause before the traditional holiday rush?Is Donald Trump really a 'fascist?'
Some in the GOP are beginning to use the term – evocative of the dictatorships of World War II – to describe the billionaire presidential hopeful.How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith
'I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself,' a young Muslim woman wrote in a Facebook post addressed to Donald Trump. 'I chose the peace sign because it represents my #Islam.'Italy's artful arsenal against Islamic State
The prime minister plans to spend $1 billion in shaping the ‘cultural identity’ of refugees from Syria and Iraq as a creative riposte to Islamic State’s destruction of art.Human error led to strike on Doctors Without Borders hospital, general says
'We made a terrible mistake that resulted in unnecessary deaths,' Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said of the October attack that killed 30 staff and patients at a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.Did volcanoes pack enough punch to do the dinosaurs in?
Researchers investigated the environmental impacts of sulphur gas emitted in such flood basalt eruptions and they may be more tame than thought.
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Venezuela Opposition Activist Shot Dead, Party SaysA local Venezuelan opposition leader was shot dead during a public meeting on Wednesday, his party said, days before a legislative election that is raising tensions around the politically polarized nation. Armed assailants in a vehicle shot Luis Diaz, head of Democratic Action party in Altagracia de Orituco in central Venezuela, while he was at a meeting with locals, the movement's national leader said. "He's just been assassinated by gunshot," Henry Ramos tweeted, adding that Diaz was sharing the stage at the time with Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuela's best-known jailed opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez. Democratic Action is part of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition about to contest a Dec. 6 election for a new National A...U.S. Urges Legal Reforms Abroad to Block IS RecruitsThe U.S. Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like the Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters. U.S. government officials distributed the paper to overseas government agencies earlier this year as part of a push by the Obama administration to track and stem the flow of homegrown foreign fighters from Europe bound for Syria and Iraq, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Following the Paris attacks earlier this month and this week's security crackdown in Belgium, European law enforcement and intelligence agencies are under pressure to disrupt...Brazil Corruption Probe Widens; Bank CEO, Senate Leader ArrestedThe chief executive of Brazil's biggest independent investment bank and the leading senator in the governing coalition were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of obstructing the country's most sweeping corruption investigation ever. The detention of such prominent power brokers on orders from the Supreme Court raised the stakes dramatically in a bribery scandal that started with state-run oil company Petrobras and now threatens the heights of Brazilian banking and politics. The arrest of André Esteves, the billionaire CEO and controlling shareholder of BTG Pactual SA and Brazil's most influential dealmaker, sent the bank's listed shares into a dive that wiped out a fifth of its market value and raised red flags at the central bank. Br...Modern-Day Photographer Takes Old-Time 'Spirit' PhotosPhotographer John Milleker shoots old-time portraits showing ghostly images. The photos echo portraits with a "spirit" in the background taken by American William Mumler in the 1860s and '70s, known as “spirit photography.” With his dark, curly mustache and black coat, reflective of the era, Milleker begins setting up a "spirit" photo shoot in Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Virginia. But first, the Baltimore, Maryland, photographer tells visitors about Mumler, who came up with the idea of spirit photography as he photographed images on glass plates. “He had taken a self-portrait of himself and a spirit happened to appear on the plate with him,” Milleker explained. "He thought his plate wasn’t cleaned properly. But when he too...Indiana City Welcomes Myanmar Refugees, Struggles With SyriansOne midwestern U.S. city accustomed to taking in thousands of refugees from all over the world may be changing its policies. Following the Paris terror attacks, the governor of Indiana closed the door to Syrian refugees. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from Fort Wayne, it's now a city divided between hospitality and safety.Academy Prepares Young Refugees for Life in AmericaAs the conversation over Syrian refugees and security gains strength across the United States, one program in New York City has led the way in providing a safe zone for vulnerable youths from the world's most volatile regions. For six weeks every summer, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps young refugees adapt to a new life in New York and prepare for a public school education before the start of the academic year. Many of the students, ranging in age from 5 to 19, have little or no command of the English language. Some were educated in refugee camps or other unstable settings. All were displaced by war, violence or persecution. As the United States slowly opens its doors to vetted Syrian families, the IRC says its program...Aid Convoy Bombed in SyriaVideo shows aid trucks on fire at the Bab al-Salam border crossing. It was not immediately clear to which group the trucks belonged.IS Presence Shows Signs of Expanding in BangladeshBangladesh's home minister says two Islamic State militants connected with the killing of a Japanese agricultural scientist near Dhaka have fled and crossed into India. The revelation by Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal came as a Dhaka court indicted a suspected coordinator of the Bangladesh chapter of Islamic State and three other members of the militant group under the Anti-Terrorism Act. The militant group recently claimed its presence in South Asia, particularly in West Bengal and Bangladesh. The Bangladesh government has been denying an IS presence on its soil and has blamed violence on homegrown terrorists and opposition politicians. But the admission by the home minister and the indictment contradict that stance. Kamal ...
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Obama says U.S. is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travelWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they were safe as millions of travelers set off for the long Thanksgiving weekend on Wednesday and authorities stepped up security at airports in response to the attacks in Paris two weeks ago.Chicago calm a day after release of video of police shooting teenagerCHICAGO (Reuters) - The white Chicago policeman charged with murder in the death of a black teenager he shot 16 times spent his first day in custody on Wednesday confined to a jail hospital ward as calm prevailed in a city that had braced for civil unrest over a newly issued video of the slaying.Exclusive: U.S. has urged legal reforms abroad to block Islamic State recruitsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters.Chicago cop's defense in murder case depends on his fears, extent of threatNEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The murder case against a white Chicago police officer for killing a black teenager may turn on whether the officer can show that he feared for his life and that firing 16 times was reasonable under the circumstances, criminal defense experts said.Some entrances, exits to New York bus terminal briefly closed due to 'police activities'NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several entrances and exits at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City were briefly closed on Wednesday due to police activities, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a message on Twitter.Four men held in connection with shooting of Minnesota demonstratorsMINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Four men were being held on Wednesday by Minneapolis police as prosecutors weighed charges against them in connection with the shooting this week of five people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travelWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe as millions of people traveled on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with security heightened at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues after the Paris attacks.At Trump's presidential rallies, a combustible mix of glee, fearMYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Reuters) - "We're not gonna take it anymore," a crowd of thousands sang as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered a South Carolina convention center on Tuesday night as a 1980s heavy metal song by the band Twisted Sister blared from speakers.
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The Mekong river: stories from the heart of the climate crisis – interactive
The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks, John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway – a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impact of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing citiesContinue reading...Sumner Redstone, the Viacom and CBS mogul, is 'a living ghost', says law suit
The 92-year-old should be forced to have a brain scan and prove he is fit to run his media empire, documents say, but lawyers reject the accusations as ‘baseless’
Sumner Redstone, the 92-year-old executive chairman of Viacom and CBS, is a “living ghost” and prone to uncontrollable crying fits, according to a lawsuit which questions his ability to run the media companies.
The lawsuit filed by Manuela Herzer, one of the billionaire media mogul’s former girlfriends, asks for Redstone to be submitted to a brain scan and demands that he receive a mental examination to determine whether he can still make decisions for himself.Continue reading...Sinkhole size of football field swallows part of beach on Queensland island
Surf Life Saving Queensland urges swimmers to stay away from the hole, warning of strong currents and unstable sand
A sinkhole the size of a football field has opened up on an island off south-east Queensland.
Related: Sinkhole swallows car and caravan at Queensland's Inskip Point campsiteContinue reading...South Korea orders Volkswagen to recall 125,522 cars over emissions scam
The carmaker must submit a recall plan by January as California announces that it has told the German company to recall around 16,000 three-litre models
South Korea has ordered the recall of 125,522 Volkswagen cars after revealing that its own testing showed that the carmaker deliberately manipulated a diesel emissions device in vehicles with an older engine.
Related: VW to release fix for cars affected by emissions scandal, says chief executiveContinue reading...Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu has sentence cut to five years
Lawyer announces two-year reduction after appeal, but conviction for leaking state secrets is not overturned
An imprisoned Chinese journalist has had her sentence reduced to five years from seven following an appeal, her lawyer said on Thursday.
Gao Yu appealed against her April conviction for leaking state secrets at a closed hearing on Tuesday at Beijing’s high court. Her lawyer Shang Baojun said the court announced on Thursday that her sentence would be reduced.Continue reading...Mud from Brazil dam disaster is toxic, UN says, despite mine operator denials
The UN contradicts claims by Samarco, the operator co-owned by BHP Billiton, that the 60 million cubic metres of waste was no danger to humans
Mud from a dam that burst at an iron ore mine in Brazil earlier this month, killing 12 people and polluting an important river, is toxic, the United Nations’ human rights agency has said.
The statement contradicts claims by Samarco, the mine operator at the site of the rupture, that the water and mineral waste contained by the dam are not toxic.Continue reading...Senior Brazilian senator and billionaire CEO both arrested for corruption
Delcídio do Amaral and André Esteves, of BTG Pactual SA, taken into custody as part of Petrobras kickback scandal
Brazilian police have arrested the ruling party’s leader in the senate and the head of Latin America’s biggest independent investment bank as part of a corruption investigation.
Banker André Esteves, the billionaire CEO and controlling shareholder of BTG Pactual SA, was arrested at his home in Rio de Janeiro.Continue reading...Qatar and Saudi Arabia hit by floods, shutting schools and blocking roads
Qatar received more than a year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours, exposing extensive leaks at Doha’s $18bn airport and prompting PM to order an inquiry
Qatar has been hit by more than a year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours, bringing widespread disruption and prompting the premier to order an inquiry.
Bad weather across the region also affected neighbouring Saudi Arabia where one person was killed during flooding.Continue reading...
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Rational Monster: How Terror Fits into Islamic State's PlanAnalysts falsely believed Islamic State was too weak to carry out terror attacks abroad. But IS views terror as a means to an end -- and will launch attacks as long as they continue to serve its broader strategy.Quiet Capitulation: Merkel Slowly Changes Tune on Refugee IssueAfter announcing that Germany would not place limits on the number of asylum-seekers it accepts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering a quota system. The turnaround wasn't her choice.Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'Ben Rhodes, US President Barack Obama's deputy national security advisor, discusses the similarities between the Paris attacks and 9/11, the security risk posed by the refugee crisis and why the US won't send ground troops to Syria.'Punching in the Dark': Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online WarIn the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State's skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective. By SPIEGEL StaffAbdelhamid Abaaoud's Death: Paris Terror Mastermind Also Visited GermanySPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind Friday's Paris terrorist attacks who was killed in a Wednesday police raid, also entered Germany multiple times.The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of LoveThe attacks hit Paris where it is most vulnerable, in those places where young people go to have fun. But they were aimed at all of us. What can we do to defend ourselves? By SPIEGEL StaffTaking Terror Abroad: The Islamic State's New StrategyThe attacks in Paris mark a shift in the Islamic State's strategy. For the first time, the Syrian jihadists have organized attacks abroad, making the terrorist organization look more like al-Qaida.Menace in Brussels: Belgium Has Become Center of European TerrorWith 19 municipal mayors and six different police authorities, Brussels is a tangle of bureaucracy. It's also home to the suspected perpetrators behind Friday's Paris attacks. The failure of Belgian authorities has become a security problem for all of Europe.