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Priest Abuse Victim Is Suspended From Vatican PanelA high-profile Vatican commission on the prevention of child sexual abuse voted on Saturday to temporarily suspend one of its members.Rescue Efforts Continue as Toll Rises in Taiwan EarthquakeAt least 13 people were killed in the quake in Tainan, officials said, mainly in a 17-story apartment building that collapsed, but most of the city seemed to be unscathed.Faith in Agency Clouded Bernie Sanders’s V.A. ResponseSenator Bernie Sanders initially regarded complaints of trouble at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a play by conservatives to weaken one of the country’s largest social welfare institutions.In the Republican Debate, Here’s What to Look ForTimes reporters weigh in on what to expect at the last Republican debate before New Hampshire voters go the polls.How to Watch the G.O.P. DebateThe presidential candidates will meet in their final debate before voters in New Hampshire head to the polls.North Korea Moves Up Rocket Launching PlanThe Koreans say they now plan to launch a long-range rocket as early as this Sunday. The U.S. and its allies have condemned the plan.Wanted in China: More Male Teachers, to Make Boys MenEducation officials across China are aggressively recruiting male teachers, as the Chinese news media warn of a need to “salvage masculinity in schools.”
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Va. Tech murder plot suspect said she was told she ‘no longer needed therapy’Freshman Natalie Keepers, who had sought counseling after the transition to college triggered emotional distress, said a university health professional told her in December that she didn’t need further assistance.
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Powerful #OscarsSoWhite Street Art by Plastic JesusThe ongoing controversy over the Academy Awards' lack of diversity was realized in a street art installation piece left on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood by Plastic Jesus, known for past attention-getting art critical of the Oscars. The artwork is a powerful re-imagining of Elliott Erwitt's famous photo of segregated drinking fountains, but with a movie set makeup table next to a water basin, under signs reading "WHITE" and "COLORED." The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag began as an observation by April Reign, and has become the name of this era of disenfranchisement. Bridge of Spies was intriguing, but Straight Out of Compton was thrilling. Sylvester Stallone is outstanding in Creed, but he's not the only part of what makes it a great movie; he...Beyoncé Slays In Surprise New Music Video, 'Formation'
As if you need more proof Beyoncé runs the world ...
Bey surprised everyone on Saturday by releasing a music video via Tidal for a new song called "Formation." The singer's new vid delivers a powerful message against discrimination, and also it's Beyoncé, so it's flawless.
"Formation" debuts one day before Beyoncé is set to perform at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Though we don't know for sure if the singer will break out the song at the game, she was supposedly spotted singing it in rehearsals.
"Formation" is available as a free download on Tidal. Go slay, Bey.
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Would you buy a used car from Ted Cruz? What about Donald Trump or Jeb Bush? And if so, what kind of deal would you get?
The answers to these questions can actually be very informative and help show how voters perceive each candidate. Inside Ben Carson's headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, Mark Sullivan, an undecided voter from Massachusetts, matched nearly all the big-name White House aspirants with the type of car they'd try to sell you.
Watch Sullivan explain his theory above.
"If you go to somebody like Dr. Carson here, you know you're going to get the car he's telling you about. He's an honest guy. You may not like every feature about that car, but you're getting the car," Sullivan said.
Wit...And Now, The First Picture From The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival
Da, da, da, da, da, da: the first photo from the "Gilmore Girls" revival is HERE.
On Saturday, Yanic Truesdale, aka the much-loved Michel from "Gilmore Girls", posted a photo on Twitter of himself and Lauren Graham on set at Lorelai's Inn. WEEE!
First day back at the Inn with my old boss. Fun times! #GilmoreGirlsRevival #WarnerBros pic.twitter.com/sxprUKdLyk— Yanic Truesdale (@YanicTruesdale) February 6, 2016
The photo is bringing us back to the ole boot cut jeans flip phone era, but the fact that Melissa McCarthy is likely not appearing as Sookie in the revival does make the particular location a little bittersweet. Who will fancily chop stuff in the kitchen while Lorelai freaks out now??
In an interview with TV Line last week, Laur...All Eyes On Trump, Rubio In Eighth GOP Presidential Debate
By Emily Stephenson
MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Donald Trump and Marco Rubio could be top targets for rivals' fire on Saturday when seven Republican White House hopefuls take the stage in New Hampshire for their eighth debate, just days before the state's high-stakes primary.
Billionaire Trump held a wide lead in polls in New Hampshire, with U.S. Senator Rubio of Florida second in a rapid rise ahead of Tuesday's primary, part of the series of contests to pick the nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Trump and Rubio have taken flak from competitors as candidates launched an all-out offensive across New Hampshire.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush attacked Trump for using profane language and brought out his mother, former First L...Johnny Depp Says He 'Tortured' Leonardo DiCaprio On 'Gilbert Grape' Set
Oh, how times have changed.
Long before Johnny Depp had cornered Hollywood's eccentric-character market and Leonardo DiCaprio was an A-list celeb just waiting for an Oscar win, the two starred in the 1993 Lasse Hallstrom film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."
At the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Thursday, Depp opened up about working with a 19-year-old DiCaprio.
"I respect Leo a lot. He worked really hard on that film, researching and showing up ready to work -- and I tortured him. I really did," he said, adding that he used to tease his young co-star.
"He was always talking about these video games. 'No, I will not give you a drag from my cigarette while you hide from your mother again, Leo,' [I would say]," h...Syrian President Assad's Mother Dies At 86
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has died at the age of 86, Syrian state media said on Saturday.
Makhlouf was married to the late president Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria from 1971 until his death in 2000.
They married in 1957 and had five children: Bushra, Basil, Bashar, Majed and Maher.
(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Seven candidates -- all of them men -- will square off here on Saturday night in the final Republican presidential debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Even though she finished above two of them in the Iowa caucuses last week, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be the lone major GOP candidate left off the stage.
In a controversial move to exclude the only female Republican contender in the 2016 race, ABC News has refused to amend its criteria to extend an invitation to Fiorina -- a decision for which the Republican National Committee has expressed its support.
To RNC detractors, Fiorina’s prohibition from the debate is a pedantic judgment that flies in the face of the Republican Party’s stated goa...
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Pluto has 'floating hills,' NASA saysPluto's icy wonderland keeps mystifying scientists.Killers dressed as police hit boxing weigh-inPolice and firefighters in Dublin, Ireland, are "dealing with a serious incident" at a hotel in the city, authorities said Friday. The nature of the incident was not immediately clear.This electric car goes 370 MPH!Speed freaks have been flocking to Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats for more than a century.North Korea moves up launch windowNorth Korea has moved up the launch window for a test rocket by one day, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Saturday. The new window, which was also narrowed, is February 7 - 14; the old window was February 8 - 25. The areas where debris would fall remain unchanged.
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More than 3,100 pregnant women infected with Zika in ColombiaHealth officials say they have not yet found any cases linked to the rare birth defect microcephaly.Ore. cop shot, killed while attempting to serve warrantA 13-year veteran of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed in downtown Seaside Friday night, according to Seaside police.Trump: Jeb Bush 'had to bring in mommy to take a slap at me'The war of words between the Trump and Bush camps got personal.On campus, Feb. 7Roundup of this week's top stories from USA TODAY CollegeTrump, Rubio enter GOP debate as targets as New Hampshire primary nearsTrump leads in the Granite State, but Rubio is taking heat from Republican opponents.Anti-immigration groups rally across Europe amid ongoing tensionsDRESDEN, Germany — Anti-immigration and anti-Muslim groups from across Europe demonstrated Saturday as the number of asylum-seekers on Turke...Unarmed man shot and killed by police in San AntonioPolice Chief William McManus said an investigation so far has concluded that the suspect was not armed and had a cellphone when the officer ...Zika Q&A: What you need to know about sex, saliva, sperm banksThe World Health Organization declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern."
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How Researchers Got a Robot to Change Colors Like a Chameleon
Researchers in China unveiled a 3-D printed robotic chameleon that uses tiny displays to change its color and blend into its surroundings. The displays are made of glass perforated with a nanoscopic grid of gold-filled holes. Light sensors recognize the background color and automatically apply the appropriate electric field to match the display color to its surroundings.
So far, the sensors are only able to recognize red, green, and blue, but the team hopes to further develop the technology to one day detect any color, creating an adaptive and immersible camouflage system.Police Kill Transgender Man With Asperger’s Who Was Suicidal
Police in Arizona knew they’d be dealing with someone who may not be in the right frame of mind when they arrived at the home of 24-year-old Kayden Clarke. Friends had called police fearing Clarke, a transgender man, was suicidal. When police arrived Clarke allegedly charged at two officers with a knife and at least one of them opened fire, reports the Arizona Republic.
Police identified the person they killed as Danielle Jacobs, although friends said they knew him as Kayden Clarke. Clarke had been struggling to find support to transition from female to male and chronicled the frustrating obstacles in a series of YouTube videos. “Arizona has the worst mental health system across the United States,” he says in a video posted less than a...Another Super Bowl, Another Round of Bad NFL Lip Reading
The absurdist curators of Bad Lip Reading have released their annual NFL collection, featuring players and coaches with yet more surreal declarations and koans to ponder ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.
This year’s edition features epicurean pronouncements, some some solid body modification advice, and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell’s reluctance to sing Drake atop furniture.Before Bernie Sanders’ SNL Debut Tonight, Behold His Early Roles in Vintage Rom-Coms
Bernie Sanders is set to appear on Saturday Night Live tonight, alongside host Larry David, the man born to play him. For his part, Sanders established his acting bona fides in the ’80s and ’90s, when he began his late-blooming film career in two romantic comedies. In 1999’s My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception, the then–member of the U.S. House of Representatives went method as the ranting Rabbi Manny Shevitz, who uses the titular wedding reception as a platform to condemn the 1957 transfer of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles—which was in real life a traumatic and politically formative event for the politician.
While the role of Shevitz was clearly a deeply personal one for Sanders, he was glaringly underused in 1988’s Sweet Hearts Da...Democratic Party Officials Recognize Errors in Iowa Caucus Count
The caucus results are shifting. So far there’s no sign that the final outcome will flip, but Democratic Party officials have found some discrepancies in the results of the Iowa caucus and the final tally is being corrected, reports the Des Moines Register. The change in the final tally comes days after Democratic Party officials had said there wouldn’t be a review of the caucus results despite the claims of inconsistencies and Hillary Clinton’s tiny margin of victory over Bernie Sanders.
“Both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have flagged a very small number of concerns for us, and we are looking at them all on a case-by-case basis,” Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Sam Lau said.
The confirmation that counts were being reviewed came sho...Watch Bill Maher Mock Climate Change Skeptics With Attack Ad Against Punxsutawney Phil
Bill Maher is no stranger to making fun of Republicans for their penchant to deny climate change. On Friday night he took that mockery a step further by releasing a mock attack ad, noting that the Iowa caucuses fell on the same day as Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. “Naturally, the conservatives now think that Punxsutawney Phil is in the tank with the liberals on global warming,” Maher said. “They’re crazy about this issue.”
The ad describes Punxsutawney Phil as “just another scientist” who is “another climate alarmist.” He “doesn’t just hug trees, he lives under one,” notes the ad.Amicus: The Candidates and the Court
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Next year, four of the nine Supreme Court justices will be at or older than the average retirement age for justices. And yet the subject of Supreme Court nominations has so far received very little attention in either the candidate debates or the media’s larger campaign coverage. In this first installment of a two-part Amicus series on the Supreme Court and the 2016 election, Dahlia speaks with Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean and distinguished professor of law at University of California–Irvine School of Law.
Transcripts of Amicus are available to Slate Plus members. Consider signing ...Rescuers Race to Find Survivors After Taiwan Quake Kills More Than 12
More than 100 people remain missing after a powerful 6.4 earthquake shook southern Taiwan early in the morning and caused a high-rise apartment building to collapse in Tainan. At least 11 of the dead and 30 of the missing were from the 17-floor apartment building that had 256 registered residents, although authorities think more people could have been inside due to upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations.
The apartment building "first starting shaking horizontally, then up and down, then a big shake right to left," Tainan resident Lin Bao-gui, who lives across the street, told the Associated Press. "I stayed in my bed but jumped up when I heard the big bang that was the sound of the building falling.”
Although Taiwan is used to earthquakes,...
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Super Bowl 50 preview: Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers
Peyton Manning seeks finish off a stellar career with another championship. Will Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers let him?Anti-Islam movement stages anti-immigration protests across Europe
Germany's anti-Islam PEGIDA movement hosted rallies across Europe to protest migrants coming in from the Middle East and Africa.New Hampshire: What to watch for in the primary vote
This week, the Granite State welcomes would-be presidents and delivers its verdict. What to watch for.Why drought might be the new normal for the Southwest
A new study suggests the storms that bring water to the Southwest are coming less frequently, prompting concerns that California's drought regime will be the new normal for the Southwest.Super Bowl surprise? Why North Korea may launch its rocket early
North Korea could launch as early as Sunday. Theories abound for why the country changed the time frame and what consequences it could face.Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell: A legacy of exploration and research
Edgar Mitchell, the first astronaut to have both a doctorate degree (an Sc.D. from MIT) and a track record as a successful test pilot, was the sixth human ever to walk on the moon.Why meeting between pope and Russian church leader is a big deal
Popes John Paul II and Benedict and their Russian Orthodox have failed in past attempts to organize meetings. Will Pope Francis succeed?Turkey faces pressure as thousands of Syrians gather at border
As many as 35,000 Syrians have massed along Turkey's closed border. Will the country give into pressure to open the border?
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Anti-Migrant Protesters Rally in Several Major European CitiesGermany's anti-Islamic organization Pegida held rallies in several European cities Saturday to protest against mass immigration and what it calls the “Islamization” of Europe. Several thousand supporters of Pegida, which is the German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident, demonstrated in Dresden, Germany, the movement's birthplace. Riot police clashed with demonstrators in Amsterdam, where about 200 Pegida supporters held their first protest in the Dutch capital. The riot police, who outnumbered both the Pegida supporters and those protesting against it, intervened to separate the opposing sides and detained several people from both groups. In Birmingham, Pegida held its first official march in...Fearful Pakistani Teachers Take Guns to SchoolsFrightened after a terror attack at a university and threats against schools, teachers in some parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are taking up arms and carrying them in classrooms. The surge in gun sales in parts of the northwestern province began after a terrorist attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda last month that killed at least 21 people, mostly students. Thousands of schools closed in January for more than a week after the government warned of more possible attacks. The Bacha Khan assault came a year after Taliban insurgents stormed a military-run school in Peshawar and killed 132 students and nine staff members. Home department authorities in Peshawar, the capital of the province, said over 50,000 peopl...Turkey’s Kurdish Fight Complicates IS BattleTurkey’s complicated and controversial fight against Kurdish factions at home and in Syria is making its battle against the Islamic State group more difficult. It also leaves Ankara in a weakened stance to combat terror, analysts say. "That position leaves Turkey less able to devote resources to fighting IS and halting the flow of fighters across its border, even if it is inclined to do so," said Alan Makovsky, a former U.S. State Department official and Turkish affairs expert at the Center for American Progress. Turkey is reeling from recent terror attacks blamed on IS militants. In all, more than 150 people have died in IS-related terror incidents in the last six months. Turkey has tightened its borders against IS infiltration and ...Rubio Looks to Surge in New HampshireThe outcome of Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire could define the rest of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has momentum after a strong third-place showing in Iowa behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump. VOA's Jim Malone reports.Airport Staff, Airline Employees Detained Over Somali Plane BlastSomali authorities have detained at least five people for questioning about a midflight explosion aboard a passenger plane this week that killed one person and wounded two others, Somali intelligence sources said Saturday. At a news conference in Mogadishu, Somali Aviation Minister Ali Ahmed Jangali confirmed the arrests and said the explosion that ripped a hole in the side of the Daallo Airlines Airbus was caused by a bomb, not mechanical failure. A senior Somali security official told VOA that the FBI is helping Somalia with the investigation. The blast forced the pilot of Flight 159, bound for Djibouti with 74 passengers on board, to make an emergency landing about 15 minutes after takeoff from Mogadishu. "At least five people...All Eyes on Primary Vote as Republicans Prepare to DebateSeven Republican presidential hopefuls have another debate in New Hampshire Saturday night, less than three days before the northeastern U.S. state’s primary election, when voters will deliver a verdict that could cut short several candidates’ campaigns. Billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump skipped a debate last week in a dispute with the television network handling the broadcast. His tactics were widely criticized, but it is not clear whether his standing among voters has weakened. Trump also is taking the stage Saturday night somewhat chastened by his second-place finish in Iowa’s voter caucuses on February 1 — a measure of gauging voter sentiment about presidential candidates that is similar to, but more complicated than pr...Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In FlourSyed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years.Syria Warns Saudi Arabia, Other States Not to Send TroopsSyrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem warned Saudi Arabia not to send troops to his country, threatening, during a press conference Saturday, that troops would be sent back home in coffins. The audience of journalists, top government officials and other invitees applauded politely as veteran Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem spoke defiantly about U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva and about continuing military operations “until terrorists are defeated.” Muallem insisted that the Syrian government would not agree to any cease-fire on the ground, despite U.N. efforts, so long as Islamic State, al-Qaida and other “terrorist” groups continued to fight in the country. He also warned Saudi Arabia not to send forces to fight in ...
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Trump, Rubio likely targets in eighth Republican presidential debateMANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Donald Trump and Marco Rubio could be top targets for rivals' fire on Saturday when seven Republican White House hopefuls take the stage in New Hampshire for their eighth debate, just days before the state's high-stakes primary.U.S. officials say North Korea may be nearing launchWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past shortly before a rocket launch, a U.S. think-tank said, as U.S government officials signaled that a launch could occur as early as Monday.Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifiesBAB AL SALAMA, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syrian city of Aleppo that has prompted tens of thousands to flee to the Turkish border to seek refuge.Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across EuropeDRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's anti-Islam PEGIDA movement staged rallies in several cities across Europe on Saturday to protest against the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: governmentBOGOTA (Reuters) - More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.Taiwan quake kills at least 12, fells apartment blockTAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 12 people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with some people still known to be missing in the ruins of the complex as night fell, government officials said.Syria warns Saudis against incursion, says will be resistedBEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria will see any incursion on its territory as an act of aggression, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Saturday, days after Saudi Arabia announced it was ready to send in ground troops.Austria's finance minister asks EU to cover costs of additional migrantsVIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros ($670 million) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
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Chelsea’s Guus Hiddink stresses virtues of attack before Louis van Gaal duel• Guus Hiddink praises English crowds for encouraging pace and purpose• Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal still regarded as philosophical rival
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One of Louis van Gaal’s tasks when Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Sunday is to ensure that the away fans do not find themselves identifying more with the home manager, Guus Hiddink, a long-standing philosophical rival of Van Gaal.
The United manager needs to win hearts and minds as well as matches and will be keenly aware that his style will be compared and contrasted to that of Hiddink, who has for years been seen as a champion of the sort of adventurous football for which United fans have pined throughout much of this campaign.Continue reading...Parts of south-west England put on flood alert
The Met Office has forecast up to 80mm of rainfall on Dartmoor, with winds of 40-50mph predicted across the south-west region
Parts of the West Country have been placed on flood alert following heavy rainfall.Continue reading...Beyoncé releases surprise new song and video ahead of Super Bowl performance
Singer unveils Formation, her first solo track since 2014, featuring allusions to anti-police protests and the floods of Hurricane Katrina
Beyoncé has released a single and music video on the eve of her performance at the Super Bowl half-time show with Coldplay, surprising fans with her first solo song since 2014.
The singer offered free downloads of the song, titled Formation, on Tidal, the subscription-based music streaming service co-owned by her husband, Jay Z. Coldplay featured Beyoncé in a music video for the song Hymn for the Weekend, released last week.Continue reading...Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards is the loser who has a lesson for us all | Emma JohnA biopic of the inept and ungainly Olympic ski jumper produced by Matthew Vaughn and released this month, has reaffirmed the Briton’s sporting X-factor
A suave British superspy is rescuing a captive from a mountain hideout. Leaping on a snowmobile, the secret agent races down the slopes with daredevil brilliance, dodging bullets, leading his pursuers towards the mountain’s edge. “Don’t worry,” he tells his terrified passenger with a cocky grin, “I’ve done this before” – and off they fly, over the cliff.
It’s the opening scene from the comic book of Kingsman: The Secret Service, co-written by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and Matthew Vaughn. The snowmobile chase never made it into 2015’s film version directed by Vaughn, which was a shame, becau...‘Pay to stay’ trap will force working families out of council homesGeorge Osborne’s move to impose market rents on those earning more than £30,000 outside London forecast to hit 60,000 households
Tens of thousands of hard-working families will be forced to leave their council homes and find themselves unable to afford a local alternative as a result of government plans to restrict social housing to the poorest, according to research obtained by the Observer.
The devastating figures – in a report commissioned by the Local Government Association – show that almost 60,000 households in England will be unable to afford to remain in their council properties from April next year, as a result of George Osborne’s reform, called “pay to stay”.Continue reading...Wales’s canny Warren Gatland targets Ireland’s raw Six Nations packThe French referee’s quirks means Gatland will start with Gethin Jenkins on the bench but Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has no such luxury with his squad
Warren Gatland has been researching referees, it appears, and has accordingly parked the venerable Gethin Jenkins and his hundredweight of caps on the bench. Jérôme Garcès, the French official deemed by popular consent – and by the Wales coach himself – to be top-notch, has the loosehead prop’s number at the scrum and has singled him out in recent games for not holding a straight line there.
Nobody is saying the French referee is wrong and Jenkins has never exactly taken massive offence at the suggestion that scrummaging is his least favourite job. Does the selection, however, of Rob Evans of...Haiti leaders move to install provisional government
Interim president will be elected for 120-day term, as incumbent Michel Martelly prepares to step down on Sunday
Top Haitian leaders have reached an agreement to install a provisional government less than a day before the president Michel Martelly is scheduled to step down, an official with the Organization of American States (OAS) told the Associated Press.
Special mission leader Ronald Sanders said the interim president will be elected by parliament for a term of 120 days. He said the prime minister, Evans Paul, will remain in his position until lawmakers confirm a replacement in upcoming days.Continue reading...
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The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against GermanyThe brief disappearance of a girl in Germany recently become an international political issue. Russia is exploiting the case for propaganda purposes as part of its strategy of a hybrid war aimed at destabilizing the West and dividing Europe.Football Leaks: Whistleblower Exposes Top Players' ContractsOnline whistleblower Football Leaks has attracted global attention for publishing the contracts of stars like Germany's Mesut Özil. For its latest exposés, the platform has provided SPIEGEL with access to around 60 documents that contain new revelations such as the annual salary paid by Real Madrid to Toni Kroos.German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'With the situation rapidly deteriorating in Libya, the UN's special representative to the country, Martin Kobler of Germany, is pushing for a unity government in a last-ditch effort to halt the Islamic State's march there. He warns that time is running out.Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying TimesWe are living in times of growing tension and near societal hysteria in Germany in the wake of the massive influx of refugees. One of the first victims of this development has been the media's credibility. Restoring public trust will require considerable effort by journalists -- but also on the part of their readers.EU Border Office Chief on Refugee Crisis: 'We Should Have No Illusions'As head of the EU border agency Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri has one of the hardest jobs in Europe. Tasked with protecting the external borders of the Schengen area, he is keenly aware of just how fragile the zone has become as a result of the refugee crisis.America's Agitator: Donald Trump Is the World's Most Dangerous ManDonald Trump is the leader of a new, hate-filled authoritarian movement. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if he were to be elected president. George W. Bush's America would seem like a place of logic and reason in comparison.Unintended Consequences: Merkel's Reliance on Turkey Makes Life Worse for RefugeesChancellor Angela Merkel asked Turkey to help reduce the number of refugees coming to Europe. But instead of closing its Aegean coast to migrant smugglers, Ankara shut its border with Syria, making it difficult for those threatened by the war to leave.Israeli Justice Minister Shaked: 'We Will Not Commit Suicide'Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is a hardliner in an Israeli government that already veers sharply to the right. She views the conflict with the Palestinians as being unsolvable and emphasizes "Jewish values" as much as law and democracy.