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  • France to Trump: Common Decency Would Have Been Appropriate
    France_to_trump-_common_decency_would_have_been_appropriate 2018-11-14 23:04:40 UTC
    PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday told Donald Trump that France was the United States’ ally and not a vassal state after the U.S. president attacked him in a series of tweets that demonstrated how much their relationship had soured. Although Macron’s response was restrained, his government spokesman showed Trump’s criticism had struck a chord. When asked earlier about Trump’s tweets, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said they were posted on the day France was mourning the anniversary of militant attacks in Paris. “Yesterday was November 13, we were marking the murder of 130 of our people,” Grive...
  • Angela Merkel Lays Out Germany's Vision For Europe
    Angela_merkel_lays_out_germany's_vision_for_europe 2018-11-13 18:45:01 UTC
    Strasbourg/ France — The German chancellor has addressed MEPs in Strasbourg, laying out Germany's vision for the future of Europe. Seven months ahead of EU parliamentary elections, she gave her personal assessment of where the bloc stands. As the clock winds down on her final term as chancellor, Angela Merkel began by looking back on the EU's achievements and highlighting Europe's diversity, which was also its strength, she told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Merkel warned that Europe's values were under attack and she highlighted the principle of European solidarity: "We are experiencing that it is more and more d...
  • Scientists show how toxoplasmosis parasite hides away in the brain
    Scientists_show_how_toxoplasmosis_parasite_hides_away_in_the_brain 2018-11-13 17:21:30 UTC
    <h3>Scientists have shown how the toxoplasmosis parasite hides away in the brain, altering synapses and potentially causing depression, schizophrenia and autism.</h3> Mice infected with toxoplasmosis parasites behave strangely: They lose their natural fear of cats. Presented with the smell of cat urine, they even seem attracted to the deadly predator, scientists have found. Toxoplasmosis is caused by the pathogen Toxoplasma gondii, a unicellular parasite that occurs worldwide. It affects birds and mammals, including humans. However, it can reproduce only in the digestive system of a cat. <strong>From cat poo to car crashes</strong...
  • Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat
    Democrat_kyrsten_sinema_wins_arizona_us_senate_seat 2018-11-13 02:13:52 UTC
    PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a week after voters went to the polls on Nov. 6. She becomes Arizona’s first Democratic U.S. senator since 1994. Her win cemented Arizona as a swing state after years of Republican dominance. Sinema portrayed herself as a moderate who works across the aisle to get things done. McSally, a former Air Force pilot who embrac...
  • France, Germany Mark 100 Years Since End of World War I
    France__germany_mark_100_years_since_end_of_world_war_i 2018-11-10 18:13:56 UTC
    The leaders of Germany and France on Saturday made a pilgrimage to the spot where an armistice was signed a century ago to end World War I. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron took part in a memorial ceremony at the Compiegne forest, 90 kilometers (56 miles) northeast of Paris. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, an initial agreement to end four years of one of the world's deadliest conflicts was signed by the Allies and Germany in a train carriage in a nearby forest clearing, from where the two leaders on Saturday held a symbolic repeat signing ceremony. Merkel and Macron then watc...
  • Democrats Warn Against Mueller Probe Interference
    Chuck_schumer_democrats_warn_against_mueller_probe_interference__ 2018-11-08 00:15:59 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump on Wednesday drew immediate criticism from Democrats who warned Trump against moving to squash a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The probe, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller under the supervision of the Justice Department, has clouded the Trump presidency. The president had long complained about Sessions recusing himself from supervising Mueller. The removal of the top U.S. law enforcement officer raised questions among Democrats concerned about the acting replacement Trump named for Sessions and what mo...
  • Angela Merkel Ally Urges New Era in German Politics
    Angela_merkel_ally_urges_new_era_in_german_politics 2018-11-07 19:51:09 UTC
    The battle to be the next leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats is heating up. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the candidate considered closest to the chancellor personally and politically, has now made her case. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the woman many consider the natural successor to Angela Merkel both in leadership style and political agenda, has set out why she should be the next head of Germany's embattled conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Wednesday's press conference in Berlin was a home game for the CDU general secretary, who staged it in the office representing Saarland, the small southwestern st...
  • Democratic Victory Signifies Breaking Point in Time of Trump's Nationalism
    Democratic_victory_triggers_breaking_point_in_time_of_trump's_nationalism 2018-11-07 05:14:29 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were gaining significant ground in the battle for House control Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency. The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of U.S. voters by race, sex and education. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America’s suburbs. With control of Congress, statehouses and the president’s agenda at stake, some of the nation’s top elections ...
  • Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Easily Won Re-Election
    Bernie_sanders_and_elizabeth_warren_easily_won_re-election 2018-11-07 01:46:30 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; Votes were being counted across half the country Tuesday evening as the energy and outrage of the Democratic resistance faced off against the brute strength of President Donald Trump&rsquo;s GOP in a fight for control of Congress and statehouses across the nation. Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president&rsquo;s side. But two years after an election that proved polls and prognosticators wrong, an air of uncertainty &mdash; and stormy weather across parts of the country &mdash; clouded the outcome of high-stakes elections from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. Sens. Bernie Sanders of ...
  • President Obama: If We Don't Vote, Then This Democracy Doesn't Work
    President_obama-_if_we_don't_vote__then_this_democracy_doesn't_work 2018-11-05 04:05:15 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; No longer reluctant to speak out, former President Barack Obama delivered a closing argument for Democrats that seeks a firm check on President Donald Trump&rsquo;s policies in Tuesday&rsquo;s midterm elections. Obama and Trump offered competing visions for the country in a split screen of campaigning on Sunday, seeking to galvanize voter turnout in the fight to control Congress and governors&rsquo; mansions. Obama rallied Democrats in Gary, Indiana, on behalf of Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who faces a stiff challenge from Republican businessman Mike Braun. Later in the day, the former president campaigned in h...
  • Brexit Pulls UK and Ireland Apart, Undermines Relationship
    Brexit_pulls_britain_and_ireland_apart_undermines_that_relationship 2018-11-05 04:16:25 UTC
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Brexit has undermined the Good Friday Agreement which ended thirty years of violence in Northern Ireland, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday. “Brexit has undermined the Good Friday Agreement and is fraying the relationship between Britain and Ireland,” he told Irish state broadcaster RTE. The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit has been one of the major sticking points in Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union in March next year. “Anything that pulls the communities apart in Northern Ireland undermines the Good Friday Agreement, and anything that pulls Britain and...
  • Obama Calls Out the Far-Right Trump's GOP
    Obama_calls_out_the_far-right_trump's_gop 2018-11-05 04:03:21 UTC
    INDIANAPOLIS/MIAMI (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday against rhetoric he said was meant to sow fear as he campaigned in support of Democratic candidates while President Donald Trump hammered a hardline anti-immigration message to energize Republicans. In a packed day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s congressional midterm elections, Trump continued a blitz of rallies urging voters to keep his Republican Party in control of Congress, while Democrats appeared to notch a win in their efforts to halt the spread of misinformation online. Twitter Inc said it had deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts post...
  • Hateful U.S. Politics Target Minorities and Immigrants
    Cynical_politics_of_hate_targeting_immigrants_and_minorities 2018-11-02 17:57:53 UTC
    Last week, several top Democrats were targeted by pipe bombs, two black Americans were killed in what appeared to be a racially-motivated murder, and a terror attack against Jewish Americans in their place of worship that left 11 people dead. Are American growing more violent? Are they regressing into something akin to what we saw in the 1960s, an era marked by assassinations, civil unrest, and political chaos? Has the cocktail of guns, polarization, and alienation made mass shootings a permanent feature of American life? Read the responses of seven experts below: <blockquote><hr class='grey-line'><h4>Joanne Freeman, author of <a ...
  • Parkinson's may get its start not in brain but in appendix
    Parkinson_may_get_its_start_not_in_brain_but_in_appendix 2018-10-31 21:29:40 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers reported Wednesday. Why? A peek at surgically removed appendix tissue shows this tiny organ, often considered useless, seems to be a storage depot for an abnormal protein — one that, if it somehow makes its way into the brain, becomes a hallmark of Parkinson’s. The big surprise, according to studies published in the journal Science Translationa...
  • Democrats more energized ahead of midterms
    Democrats_are_more_energized_ahead_of_midterms 2018-11-01 01:27:30 UTC
    The entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey, who offered crucial support to President Barack Obama during his 2008 rise, will campaign Thursday for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is attempting to become the nation’s first black female governor. Obama plans to campaign Friday for Abrams in Atlanta and in Miami to boost Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running for governor. On Sunday, the former president will be in Gary, Indiana, for Sen. Joe Donnelly, who is among the most endangered Senate Democrats, and in his hometown of Chicago for J.B. Pritzker, who is the favorite in Illi...
  • Angela Merkel offering to step down as CDU head
    Merkel's_generous_approach_to_the_refugees_is_changing_the_soul_of_germany 2018-10-30 18:58:10 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel set off Monday on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a stint that has made her the European Union’s longest-serving leader and a key figure in facing the continent’s many crises. Merkel announced that she will give up the leadership of her conservative Christian Democratic Union in December and won’t stand for a fifth term as chancellor — signaling the beginning of the end at the helm for the woman many had labeled the “leader of the free world.” That’s a title she herself objected to, saying leadership is never up to one person or country. But she has been a stal...
  • Hate Crimes in Trump Era
    Hate_crimes_in_trump_era 2018-10-29 01:42:06 UTC
    The 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, the suspected mad bomber who sent possible explosive devices to Democrat leaders attended repeated campaign rallies for Donald Trump and embraced a range of virulent right-wing fringe causes. He’s a true believer in Trump, according to his social media pages. In another crime, the suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents. Trump delivered these lines after the attack: "There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in Amer...
  • Obama rallies Democrats in Wisconsin, says GOP and Trump “making stuff up”
    Obama_rallies_democrats_in_wisconsin__says_gop_and_trump_%e2%80%9cmaking_stuff_up%e2%80%9d 2018-10-28 19:49:22 UTC
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s tenure in office in a fiery speech that took aim at him and other Republicans for “making stuff up.” The speech was one of Obama’s sharpest and most direct takedowns of Trump’s presidency, although the former president was careful to never mention Trump by name Friday. Obama cited a recent Trump comment that he would pass a tax cut before the November election. Obama then told the crowd in a Milwaukee high school gymnasium that “Congress isn’t even in session. He just makes it up.” Obama’s visit in Milwaukee was to urge people to vote for Wisconsin’...
  • A "MAGA" Terrorist Identified As Mail Bomb Suspect
    _maga_terrorist_identified_as_mail_bomb_suspect 2018-10-26 21:17:34 UTC
    The 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, the suspected mad bomber who sent possible explosive devices to Democrat leaders attended repeated campaign rallies for Donald Trump and embraced a range of virulent right-wing fringe causes. He&rsquo;s a true believer in Trump, according to his Facebook Page. The Brooklyn born suspect was arrested at an auto parts store in the nearby city of Plantation. Court records show Sayoc has a history of arrests for theft, illegal possession of steroids and a 2002 charge of making a bomb threat. When he filed for bankruptcy in 2012, he recently lived with his mother. <blockquote><img alt="A_%22maga%22_terrorist_id...
  • Joachim Ronneberg who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies
    Joachim_ronneberg_who_thwarted_nazi_nuclear_plan_dies 2018-10-26 00:51:05 UTC
    <h2>WWII resistance fighter who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies</h2><p><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;">Joachim Ronneberg who led a daring raid to sabotage Nazi Germany&#39;s nuclear weapon ambitions has died at the age of 99. The story of the World War II operation has been retold in books, TV series and a Hollywood film.</span></strong><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span><span dir="ltr">&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><a href="https://www.dw.com/en/wwii-resistance-fighter-who-thwarted-nazi-nuclear-plan-dies/a-45978377#" rel="nofollow"><img itemprop="image" src="https://www.dw.com/im...
  • European lawmakers vote to ban single-use plastics
    Eu_lawmakers_vote_to_ban_single-use_plastics 2018-10-25 19:15:10 UTC
    European lawmakers have approved measures to reduce plastics polluting seas and oceans. A proposed ban targets the top 10 single-use plastic products that litter Europe's beaches. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved measures that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic items, including straws, cotton swabs and disposable plastic plates and cutlery, by 2021. The parliament backed the proposals with a 571-53 majority. <blockquote> In May, the European Commission proposed EU-wide rules to target the top 10 single-use plastic items that litter Europe's beaches or are found in its seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gea...
  • U.S. judge in Trump Foundation case rebuffs political bias defense
    U.s._judge_in_trump_foundation_case_rebuffs_political_bias_defense 2018-10-25 19:15:39 UTC
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge said on Thursday that she would not entertain arguments that political bias was at the heart of a case alleging the president unlawfully used his charity to help his 2016 campaign and to benefit his businesses. “I don’t want to get involved with that,” New York Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla said at a hearing that focused on a motion submitted by President Donald Trump’s lawyers in August asking the judge to dismiss the case on the grounds the lawsuit was politically motivated and arguing Trump and his children did not break any laws. <i>Reporting by Nathan Layne in New York; Editing b...
  • FBI investigating 10 suspicious packages
    Fbi_investigating_10_suspicious_packages 2018-10-25 19:15:53 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The mail-bomb scare widened Thursday as law enforcement officials seized three more suspicious packages — two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and one to actor Robert De Niro — and said they were similar to crude pipe bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN. None of the devices exploded, and no one was injured. But the packages, sent to prominent Democrats critical of President Donald Trump, heightened nationwide tensions and fears two weeks before major congressional midterm elections. <blockquote><img alt="Fbi_investigating_10_suspicious_packages" src="/system/images/22293/or...
  • Son of murdered Saudi journalist has flown out of Saudi Arabia
    Son_of_murdered_saudi_journalist_has_flown_out_of_saudi_arabia 2018-10-25 19:11:25 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eldest son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has flown out of Saudi Arabia, two sources close to the family said on Thursday. Salah Khashoggi, who one source said holds dual U.S.-Saudi citizenship and had thus far been under a travel ban, departed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The sources provided no further details. Salah Khashoggi’s departure came a day after a meeting at the al Yamama Palace in Riyadh in which he and other family members received condolences from King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Turkish officials and some U.S. lawmakers allege the crown prince ordered...
  • Terror by mail: Pelosi and Schumer accuse Trump of condoning violence
    Pelosi_and_schumer_accuse_trump_of_condoning_violence 2018-10-24 23:38:20 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The top two Democrats in Congress on Wednesday (Oct 24) accused President Donald Trump of fanning the flames of political unrest and dividing Americans, as tensions soared on a day of foiled pipe-bomb attacks on high-profile Democrats. Trump, addressing the threats less than two weeks before crucial midterm elections, said acts of political violence "have no place in the United States," but Pelosi and Schumer said the president's words "ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence." <hr class='grey-line'> <i><blockquote> <h2>Joint Statement from Leaders Pelosi and Schumer on Pres...