UN decides to mark Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday with peace summit
2017-12-23 05:11:03 UTC
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly has decided to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth by holding a high-level meeting focusing on world peace ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders in September 2018.
A resolution adopted Friday without a vote says the “Nelson Mandela Peace Summit” will include speeches by top U.N. officials, the chair of the African Union Commission and member states.
The resolution recalls the South African anti-apartheid leader’s dedication to promoting conflict resolution, race relations, human rights, reconciliation and gender equality.
In 2009, the General Assembly established...
Highly-skilled foreign workers favor Canada, not the U.S.
2017-12-18 03:45:11 UTC
Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist's fate – and in 2016, it did not fall in her Favor.
Axolotl missed out in the lottery for the coveted visa but remained determined to work in Silicon Valley, a place she considered the global capital of tech innovation. The plan was to reapply this year.
Then Donald Trump became president, and she prepared to move somewhere else – Canada.
Unlike many liberal-leaning technology workers in Silicon Valley, Axolotl doesn't consider herself "anti-Trump." But the new a...
Brexit: Majority of Britons don't want to leave the EU
2017-12-17 19:26:31 UTC
As Prime Minister Theresa May enters the second phase of Brexit negotiations, a poll commissioned by UK daily The Independent shows that more than half of Britons want to remain in the European Union.
A poll conducted by the BMG Research group for UK newspaper The Independent shows that 10 percent more Britons want to remain in the European Union.
BMG Research asked 1,509 adults living in Britain from December 5-8, "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union?" Of the respondents, 51 percent backed "remain," while 41 percent voted "leave."
Seven percent said "don't know," and when ...
Zimbabwe May Recoup Millions of Dollars in Diamonds Kept in Britain
2017-12-10 21:43:02 UTC
President Emmerson Mnangagwa could recoup millions of dollars in diamond proceeds that were siphoned to London if he mends Zimbabwe’s relations with Britain.
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Mnangagwa would spearhead the mending of political relations with the regional and international communities.
“Zimbabwe remains committed to the values of SADC, the African Union, the United Nations and other international fora where it retains membership, as well as all its bilateral cooperation obligations with various Nations, groupings and institutions,” Chinamasa said in his budget speech.
Obama urges voters to protect democracy, complacency could lead to fascism
2017-12-09 09:23:18 UTC
Many US right wing commentators have hit out at former President Barack Obama after he evoked Nazi Germany in a bid to encourage voters to remain vigilant and protect democracy.
"We get complacent and assume that things continue as they have been, just automatically, and they don't," Obama said in comments to the Economic Club of Chicago earlier this week.
<blockquote>"You have to tend to this garden of democracy - otherwise, things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we've seen societies where that happens," he added, referring to the late 1920 and 1930s.
"Now, presume there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or 30s t...
Paris climate accord: Obama promises US remains on track, thanks to the action of some states
2017-12-02 20:47:35 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama lamented the lack of U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change during a visit to Paris on Saturday, in a veiled rebuke of his Republican successor’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Speaking at an invitation-only event organized by a network of communications professionals known as the Napoleons, Obama did not mention President Donald Trump, who announced his withdrawal from the landmark global deal in June.
“I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue,” Obama said, to laughter in the audience packed with Fren...
A jury has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty
2017-12-01 01:04:11 UTC
San Francisco — A jury has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the July 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen and undocumented immigrant, had been deported from the United States five times prior to Steinle's death.
The shooting came in the middle of the presidential campaign in July 2015 and touched off a fierce debate over the country’s immigration policies. It spotlighted San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy, which limits local officials from cooperating with U.S. immigration authorities.
Politics, however, did not c...
Historic Wrong: Tearful Justin Trudeau Apologizes to First Nations People
2017-11-27 05:42:42 UTC
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to First Nations people in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for abuse at assimilation-oriented schools. The system of boarding schools operated until 1980.
Trudeau issued a sweeping apology on Friday to the indigenous people of Newfoundland and Labrador province for abuses suffered at assimilation-focused boarding schools throughout the 20th century.
"We are here today to acknowledge an historic wrong," a visibly emotional Trudeau said, asking forgiveness for the "physical, psychological and sexual abuse," that occurred at the five schools in the province which only s...
A homeless man receives more than $325,000 in charitable pledges for his generosity
2017-11-24 22:29:56 UTC
(Reuters) - A homeless man who spent his last $20 on a New Jersey woman whose car ran out of gas has received more than $325,000 in charitable pledges after she started a fund-raising drive to reward him for his generosity.
Kate McClure, 27, launched a page on GoFundMe.com that had raised $325,420 for the man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., as of Friday afternoon. The number was rising steadily throughout the day.
Bobbitt describes himself as a 34-year-old former U.S. Marine and paramedic who has been homeless for about a year, according to NJ.com, the website whose story on the encounter helped spark the fundraising interest.
McClure said o...
South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence to 13 years and five months
2017-11-24 08:58:28 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was “shockingly lenient”.
Pistorius was imprisoned in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.
The athlete was not in court for Friday’s ruling where the court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served.
“The sentence imposed... in...
Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach
2017-11-22 06:25:44 UTC
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday.
Discovery of the U.S. company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees responsible for its response to the hack, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in August.
"None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it," Khosrowshahi said in a blog post.
The breach occurred in October 2016 but Khosrowshahi said he had only recently learned...
Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina dead
2017-11-17 09:05:49 UTC
MILAN (Reuters) - Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the most powerful and feared Sicilian Mafia boss of the 20th century, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter century in jail, Italy’s Justice Ministry said.
Riina, who turned 87 on Thursday, died in the prison ward of a hospital in Parma, the northern Italy city where he had been serving 26 life sentences for dozens of murders committed between 1969 and 1992.
Nicknamed “the Beast”, ?Riina began his violent criminal career on the dusty streets of Corleone after World War Two and became the Sicilian Mafia’s boss of bosses when it reached its 20th century apex.
Women Who Use 'IUDs' Have a Lower Risk of Cervical Cancer
2017-11-09 06:46:10 UTC
Women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) for contraception might have a lower risk of cervical cancer than their counterparts who don’t use this form of birth control, a recent study suggests.
Researchers examined data from 16 previously published studies with a total 4,945 women who had cervical cancer and 7,537 women who didn’t. Overall, they found women who used an IUD were 36% less likely to get cervical cancer than women who didn’t use them.
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Science: Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces
2017-11-09 06:20:01 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases.
In a specially equipped pen, sheep were shown pictures of people on two computer screens, on one side would be an unknown person and on the other would be one of four celebrities.
The animal would receive a reward of food for choosing the photograph of the celebrity by breaking an infrared beam near the screen displaying it. If they chose the wrong photograph, a buzzer would sound and they would receive ...
North Korea: Impact of Sanctions on Women and Children
2017-11-08 18:25:26 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it was working to uphold women’s rights and gender equality but that sanctions imposed by major powers were taking a toll on vulnerable families.
Han Tae Song, ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in Geneva, also urged South Korea to return 12 waitresses “kidnapped” while working in China in April 2016, calling it a “crime against humanity”.
Seoul has said the 12 women and one man had chosen to defect to the South.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrived earlier in the day in China seeking help to rein in North Korea, telling the reclusive...
Agatha Christie, ‘Queen of Crime,’ is Returning to the Big Screen
2017-11-06 07:05:51 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Agatha Christie, the author dubbed the ‘Queen of Crime,’ is returning to the big screen after a decades-long absence with an adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express,” directed by Kenneth Brannagh.
Starring Brannagh as eccentric detective Hercule Poirot, the film premiered in London on Thursday and features a star-studded cast, including Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley.
“Previous film versions have been romps and they’ve been wonderful, but it felt like with this group of actors it could get a little more dark and a little more emotional, and surprise and dive...
House of Cards Season 6 Suspended after Kevin Spacey Allegation
2017-11-01 05:46:45 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc indefinitely halted production of political drama “House of Cards” on Tuesday following an allegation of sexual misconduct against series star Kevin Spacey.
Producer Media Rights Capital and Netflix “have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” a statement said.
A day earlier, Netflix had said the groundbreaking show about a ruthless political power couple would conclude with season six. Representatives for Spacey did not immediately respond to a request for c...
Insurance company to 9-month-old boy: Too expensive to keep you alive
2017-10-18 20:55:06 UTC
A 9-month-old boy with an aggressive brain tumor received a letter from his family’s insurance company explaining that treating the cancer would be too expensive and therefore “not medically necessary.”
‘Dear Connor Richardson,” the letter said, according to The Daily Beast, “As HIP Health Plan of New York, we try hard to provide you with access to quality health care services that meet your needs. When we decide to deny coverage for treatment or service, we want to make sure you know why.”
Connor’s father — retired NYPD officer Wayne Richardson — told The Daily Beast’s Michael Daly that at 7 months old, his son had a frightening cry...
Mugabe’s wife sued a man for not delivering a $1.35 million wedding anniversary ring
2017-10-18 16:52:27 UTC
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday.
Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husband, is nicknamed “Gucci Grace” for her reputed dedication to shopping.
But she and her 93-year-old husband have kept their assets under wraps despite frequent local private media reports on Grace buying properties in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The Herald, a government-controlled newspaper, reported that...
Scientists Detect Light From Gravitational Wave
2017-10-16 19:27:03 UTC
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - When neutron stars collide: Scientists in Europe and the U.S. have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday.
The waves, caused by the collision of two neutron stars some 130 million years ago, were first detected in August by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories, known as LIGO, in Washington state and Louisiana as well as at a third detector, named Virgo, in Italy.
<blockquote>Two seconds later, observatories across earth a...
Thousands Flee California Fires, Death Toll Rise to 41
2017-10-16 19:20:16 UTC
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters began gaining ground on wildfires that killed at least 41 people in the past week, the deadliest blazes in California’s history, as winds eased and searchers combed charred ruins for more victims with hundreds still missing.
The most destructive Northern California fires were more than half contained by Monday, and tens of thousands of residents who had fled the flames in hard-hit Sonoma County were allowed to return to their homes north of San Francisco.
More than 5,700 structures were destroyed by more than a dozen wildfires that ignited a week ago and consumed an area larger than New Yor...
Columbus Day Celebrates the Explorer's Crimes Against Humanity
2017-10-09 20:25:51 UTC
Every October, grateful Americans get a day off work to, ostensively, celebrate the life of explorer Christopher Columbus. The current President of the United States Donald Trump said in his proclamation:
"The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation. Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith."
<blockquote><h2>Who is Christopher Columbus?</h2>Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail for America on 12 October, 1492. Th...
Trump's Nationalistic America Sees Anti-Fascist Movement Rising
2017-10-07 07:30:08 UTC
On the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated as the US president in January, the white supremacist Richard Spencer was giving an interview to a television reporter on the streets of Washington, DC. He was midsentence when a black-clad figure rushed up and punched him in the face.
Spencer fell from the camera's frame. The attacker — hooded and with a scarf pulled over his face — made a safe retreat. This incident on Trump's first day in office was a sign of things to come.
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Racist, fascist and other far-right groups in the United States ...
McCain Does Not Support New GOP Obamacare Repeal
2017-09-22 18:56:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that he would vote against a new Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare if it is brought onto the Senate floor next week, in a new setback for the proposal.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement about the bill sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. McCain said he could not support the bill not knowing how much it would cost and how it would affect insurance coverage, adding that he believed both parties could do better if they work together on legislation.
Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Mary...
California protects immigrants and resists Trump by becoming a 'Sanctuary State'
2017-09-16 18:43:59 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday.
The majority Democratic lawmakers headed back to their districts having positioned the state in opposition to conservative policies proposed by the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump on immigration, the environment and other issues.
“It’s a purposeful positioning,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fello...