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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:14:01 -0500

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Students protest outside White House after deadly school shooting

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(image) Trump's press secretary said he supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, and students protest outside White House after deadly school shooting.



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Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:33:35 -0500

(image) CNN’s Anderson Cooper took Donald Trump to task on Monday for a weekend in which the president fired off angry messages on Twitter about Democrats, the Russia investigation, Oprah Winfrey and more.



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Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:30:46 -0500

(image) Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.



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Home surveillance shows a cougar walking up to a couple's window in Wisconsin

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(image) Researchers say that in its very early stages, a blood test has diagnosed autism with 92 percent accuracy, and home surveillance shows a cougar walking up to a couple's window in Wisconsin.



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Army Awards Heroism Medal To 3 Junior ROTC Cadets Killed In Florida Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:43:27 -0500

(image) Three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets killed during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.



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Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:25:24 -0500

(image) JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.



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Florida Shooter's Former Friend Says She Reported Him To School 'Multiple' Times

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:15:41 -0500

(image) A former friend of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who confessed to opening fire on a Florida high school last week, says she told school officials that she was concerned about his behavior “multiple” times over the last several years.



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5 officers killed in overnight Sufi protests in Iran

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:14:49 -0500

(image) Iranian police said Tuesday the number of security officers killed in overnight protests by a Sufi sect had risen to five, with around 300 people arrested. Footage on state television showed a bus ploughing into a group of policemen in northern Tehran, which police said led to three deaths. On Tuesday, police spokesman Saeed Montazer Almehdi said two members of the hardline Basij militia, which is linked to the Revolutionary Guards, were also killed.



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Trump, Republicans voice support for federal background checks on guns

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:57:04 -0500

(image) The proposal would force federal agencies to improve their reporting of things like criminal convictions to make sure they come up on gun background checks. It would not have stopped the Florida shooter.



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Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:18:44 -0500

(image) By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed. The American-British company said in a statement that it was investigating "all aspects including the security response" of the incident, which was captured on video and posted on social media. The 10-day cruise to the South Pacific returned to the Australian southern city of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after 23 people were removed in the New South Wales (NSW) town of Eden for what the company described as "disruptive and violent acts".



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Japanese 'baby factory' dad wins custody of 13 Thai surrogate children

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:28:01 -0500

(image) A Bangkok court has awarded a wealthy Japanese man “sole parent” rights to 13 children he fathered through surrogate mothers, paving the way for him to take custody of them all after dismissing fears he was involved in human trafficking. Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, the son of a rich IT tycoon, became the focus of a “baby factory” scandal in 2014 after the Thai police discovered he had fathered nine infants, aged between two weeks and two years old, who were being cared for by nannies in an upmarket Bangkok apartment. The children, along with four others also fathered by Mr Shigeta, were placed under the care of the Thai state while Interpol investigated whether it was a case of human trafficking. The police said at the time that he paid the surrogates between $9,300 and $12,500 each to carry his children. Mr Shigeta left the country as the potential scandal unfolded, but took Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to court to fight for custody of the children. Through his lawyer, he maintained that he simply wanted to have a large family and that he had the financial means to look after them. The Bangkok court dismissed fears of human trafficking over the surrogacy case, instead ruling that Mitsutoki Shigeta just wanted a big family. Credit: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP Mr Shigeta “was born in a big family and wanted the children to grow up together,” the lawyer argued, adding that he also wanted his offspring to help run the family business. Bangkok’s Central Juvenile Court on Tuesday upheld his claim after Thai officials checked that he had enough carers and facilities to give the children a good home. “For the happiness and opportunities which the 13 children will receive from their biological father, who does not have a history of bad behaviour, the court rules that all 13 born from surrogacy to be legal children of the plaintiff,” it said in a statement. The children are now set to join three other infants Mr Shigeta was granted custody of in 2015. However, the controversy surrounding his case, and another where an Australian couple were accused of abandoning a surrogate baby born with Down’s Syndrome - the 'Baby Gammy' dispute - has led to Thailand banning commercial surrogacy for foreigners. India, which once boasted a $400 million a year surrogacy industry, also banned international commercial surrogacy in 2015, over fears that vulnerable women were being exploited. Some clinics then opted to out-source business to neighbouring Nepal. From Thailand, the so-called rent-a-womb business migrated to neighbouring Cambodia, which then  barred the practice in 2016. However, the industry now appears to be flourishing in communist Laos, one of Asia’s poorest countries. Surrogacy is not illegal in the UK but it is subject to strict laws. It is a criminal offence to advertise that you are looking for a surrogate or willing to act as one. It is also an offence to broker a surrogacy deal on a commercial basis.



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Shepard Smith Flames Trump For Not Condemning Russia — Ever

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:08:04 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump blasted the FBI, his own Justice Department and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, the previous Congress, Democrats, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey in a Twitter tirade in the wake of indictments against 13 Russians in the investigation of interference in the 2016 presidential election.



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Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:56:00 -0500

(image) These Northern Lights “rainbows” have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia’s Khibiny Mountains to capture the aurora’s “rainbows.” (Caters News)





Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:55:27 -0500

(image) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported.



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Medium intensity earthquake shakes SW Mexico, scaring residents

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:13:12 -0500

(image) Mexico City (AFP) - A medium intensity earthquake struck southwestern Mexico early Monday morning, scaring residents already shaken by a powerful quake two days earlier, though there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.



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Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:47:44 -0500

(image) Hundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week.



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Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:42:00 -0500

(image) By Gulsen Solaker and Ellen Francis ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict. Soon after the convoy of militia fighters - waving Syrian flags and brandishing weapons - entered Afrin, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire. The confrontation pits the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebel groups directly against the military alliance backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad, further scrambling northwest Syria's already messy battlefield.



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Harley-Davidson to Close Down Kansas Plant Despite Pleas from Congress

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:33:45 -0500

(image) Harley-Davidson to Close Down Kansas Plant Despite Pleas from Missouri Congressional Leaders US Senators and Congressman’s last-ditch-effort to keep H-D’s Kansas plant open, to no avail   Over the last year or so we’ve reported on Harley-Davidson’s



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Sedan of missing man Joshua Thiede found in Los Angeles neighborhood

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:27:56 -0500

(image) The vehicle of missing man Joshua Thiede, who is an Uber and Lyft driver, was found in an area of Los Angeles just east of Hollywood Monday.



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Trump Spent His Sunday Night Watching ‘60 Minutes’ And Hate-Tweeting About Oprah

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:24:52 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump capped a long weekend of hate-tweeting by taunting an “insecure” Oprah Winfrey over her latest appearance on “60 Minutes.”



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Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:44 -0500

(image) A high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.



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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:50:46 -0500

(image) BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague.



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Teens hold a 'lie-in' at White House calling for gun control

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:59:47 -0500

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A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside of the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control.

“We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida,” the organization said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!”

Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. More than 700 people RSVP’d for the event on Facebook.

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FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:14:25 -0500

(image)   A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ​claimed ​Bennett​ ​​had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English “Year of the Horse” one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about £3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”​



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France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:59:15 -0500

(image) The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.



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Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:58:49 -0500

(image) By Angus McDowall and Tuvan Gumrukcu BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region to help the Kurdish YPG militia repel a Turkish offensive. Turkey began its Afrin operation with allied Syrian rebels last month against the YPG, which Ankara sees as a threat along its border with links to the Kurdish PKK insurgency at home.



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R. Kelly Evicted From Atlanta Homes For Unpaid Rent

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:30:27 -0500

(image) We’re not tryin’ to be rude, but ... singer R. Kelly has been evicted from two Atlanta homes for unpaid rent.



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Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:58:36 -0500

(image) A gun-owning Dallas politician said he won’t support the National Rifle Association holding its annual convention in his city this year after last week’s Florida school shooting unless the group will discuss gun law reform.



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Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:01:00 -0500

(image) How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.



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Ice dancing pair overcomes costume issue, nabs the silver medal

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:11:02 -0500

(image) Ice dancing pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron brought home a silver medal for France, despite an unexpected setback during Monday's short program.  At the start of the pair's short dance performance at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Papadakis suffered a costume issue when a clasp at the nape of her neck came undone, forcing her to balance holding her top in place with skating a difficult program. SEE ALSO: How to calm your nerves while watching the Olympics Papadakis and Cizeron perform their short dance program on Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Early in the performance, Papadakis experienced an unexpected setback when a clasp on her costume came undone.Image: Getty ImagesNBC Sports has video of the challenging performance here. During a presser after the performance, Papadakis addressed the incident.  But on Tuesday in Pyeongchang, Papadakis and Cizeron managed to secure the silver medal after an excellent free dance performance. The couple came in second behind Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, the maybe-couple of everyone's Olympic dreams. As the Associated Press reported, Papadakis wasn't the first skater to experience a costume issue at this year's Winter Games. Yura Min of South Korea also had an issue with a clasp during a performance earlier this week. WATCH: This is how Margot Robbie looked like a master figure skater on 'I, Tonya'



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Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:53:00 -0500

(image) A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.



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Richard Branson announces Hyperloop plan for India

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:25:03 -0500

(image) Virgin Hyperloop One, the futuristic transport startup backed by British tycoon Richard Branson, has announced plans for a superfast rail network linking India's financial capital Mumbai to the city of Pune. The proposed hyperloop -- which aims to deliver transport at near-supersonic speeds in sealed tubes -- would reduce travel time between the Indian cities from 3 hours to around 25 minutes, the company said. Branson said Sunday the company had signed a preliminary agreement with the Maharashtra state government to build the first phase of a hyperloop network that could eventually criss-cross India.



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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:21:34 -0500

(image) Iran issued a fiery warning to Israel on Monday threatening to raze Tel Aviv if Benjamin Netanyahu followed through on his recent threat to act against it. "About Netanyahu's unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” said Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. With tensions increasing in the Middle East over Iran’s role in Syria and Yemen and as US President Donald Trump presses for a tougher approach on Tehran, Israel is seeking wider support to contain its regional nemesis. The two countries traded harsh words during the Munich Security Conference at the weekend. Mr Netanyahu brandished a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month and said: "Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself.” He also urged his audience to help contain Iran and made his point with a map which he said illustrated Iran’s growing influence across the Middle East. But Mr Rezaie played down the remarks as a theatrical move and a childish game, according to Fars, and added: "The US and Israeli leaders don’t know Iran and don’t understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat." At a glance | Islamic Republic of Iran The tough words on both sides at the international event come as Israel is increasingly seeking to cooperate with Sunni Arab states that share its worries about Shia Iran. For months, Mr Netanyahu has touted what he describes as unprecedented levels of behind-the-scenes cooperation. Among Israel's main concerns is Lebanon, where the heavily armed Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah is part of a coalition government. Telegraph view: The theatre of war Israel last fought a war against Hezbollah in 2006. Tension between Israel and Lebanon has increased as Hezbollah has gained strength fighting in Syria, and the two countries also have a maritime border dispute. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah and has accused Tehran of planning to build missile factories in Lebanon.



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Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:51:05 -0500

(image) LONDON (AP) — Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.



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Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:08:03 -0500

(image) PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot.



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Trump Hit Florida Golf Course Amid Funerals Of Shooting Victims

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:07:07 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump visited his Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida, while funerals for victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting were going on just miles away. His apparent leisure time in the wake of this tragedy is raising some eyebrows.



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Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:58:56 -0500

(image) By Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people. Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.



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Warren Jeffs: Child bride reveals horrors of life under fundamentalist Mormon sect leader

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500

(image) A former child bride who fled a fundamentalist Mormon cult has told how the sect’s leader reminded her she was “the property” of her husband after she begged him to free her from the forced marriage. Elissa Wall suffered multiple miscarriages after being made to marry her cousin at the age of 14 under the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jeffs, said to have had 78 wives and more than 50 children in the Utah church, was jailed for life in 2011 after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls aged 12 and 15.



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Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:03:40 -0500

(image) Venezuela formally launched its new oil-backed cryptocurrency on Tuesday in an unconventional bid to haul itself out of a deepening economic crisis. The leftist Caracas government put 38.4 million units of the world's first state-backed digital currency, the Petro, on private pre-sale from the early hours. The Latin American country has the world's largest proven oil reserves but is facing a crippling economic and political crisis.



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How Israel and Pakistan Can Avoid a Nuclear Showdown

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:37:00 -0500

(image) A back channel of communication between Israel and Pakistan could temper miscalculations or malicious attempts to artificially increase tensions between the two countries. The advancement of Pakistan’s nuclear-missile capabilities and Israel’s growing military ties with India are increasing their respective military relevance for each other. A high degree of suspicion and mistrust exist between Israel and Pakistan.



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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:22:37 -0500

(image) A drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”



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