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Aide: Palestinian leader making swift recovery in hospital

Yahoo News - 2 hours 24 min ago

 Palestinian leader making swift recovery in hospitalJERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is alert and making a swift recovery after being hospitalized with a fever over the weekend and should be released within days, a top aide said Monday.


Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxies

Yahoo News - 4 hours 19 min ago

Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxiesMike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, threatened Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history" and vowed to "crush" the regime's proxies around the world. Mr Pompeo also called for a new nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal that Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this month. But the top US diplomat issued a list of  12 requirements for such a deal, many of which Iran would be unlikely to agree to. He said the US would apply "unprecedented financial pressure" on Iran and send teams of specialists to allies around the world to explain US policy. Mr Pompeo said if Iran makes "major changes" the US was willing to lift all sanctions. Iran deal was a 'loser' Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking the job, Mr Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month.  He framed the 2015 deal as allowing Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West. Mr Pompeo accused the Iranian regime of "playing with house money that has become blood money". And he told the regime: "Understand your current activities will be met with steely resolve". He added: "The Obama administration made a bet.  That bet was a loser with massive repercussions. Mike Pompeo speaking in Washington Credit: Reuters "The bet was a bad one for the US, for Europe, and for the world. Iran's leaders saw it as a starting gun for the march across the Middle East." He added: "We will track down Iranian operatives and their proxies around the world and we will crush them." America 'open' to a new deal Mr Pompeo called for a new treaty with Iran, ratified by Congress, that ends enrichment and gives inspectors access . He said Iran must "stop enrichment" of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country". The Iranians must also declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon, he said. Mr Pompeo also demanded that Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, withdraw all forces from Syria, halt support for Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel. It must also release all US citizens missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges". Mike Pompeo Iran demands Mr Pompeo said if Iran made "major changes" the US would be willing to lift all sanctions, restoring full diplomatic and commercial ties. The US. would even support the modernisation of Iran's economy and help it reintegrate into the global financial system, he said. He added: "A treaty would be our preferred way to go."   Pompeo reaches out to European allies Mr Pompeo reached out to European and Middle Eastern  allies to help ramp up economic pressure on Iran. He said: "We want the support of our most important allies," adding that he welcomed backing from any other nation "sick and tired" of Iran. He said the plan "may seem unrealsistic" but what the US was pursuing was the global consensus befoe the 2015 Iran deal. "Our ears are open to what may be possible," he said, adding that progress with North Korea showed what could be achieved.   Other signatories of the 2015 Ian deal - Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, China, Russia and Iran - have said they will try to keep the agreement alive.  Mr Pompeo said: "I know our allies in Europe may try to keep the old nuclear deal going with Tehran. That is certainly their decision. They know where wee stand." The future of the 2015 deal remains in the balance, with Iran saying it will only keep to the agreement if the economic benefits gained from it remain in placed.  American allies have been clamouring for the Trump administration to explain its ‘Plan B’ approach to Iran after unilaterally quitting the deal.  US 'fully prepared' to respond if Iran resumes nuclear programme Mr Pompeo said the US was ready if Iran chose to resume its nuclear programme. He said: "Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable - give up your programme. "Should they choose to go back, should they begin to enrich, we are fully prepared to respond to that as well. I hope they will make a different decision, choose a different path." He did not say what the US response would be. European businesses would have to cut ties with Iran Much of the effectiveness of the Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions depends on European businesses cutting economic ties with Iran.   Firms in the EU have taken much more advantage of the 2015 waiving of sanctions to sign contracts increasing business in Iran than those in America.  The EU exported over €10.8 billion (£9.4 billion) worth of goods to Iran in 2017, half of which was made up by machinery and transport. That is up from €6.5 billion (£5.7 billion) in 2015.  Senior Trump administration officials have threatened to impose ‘secondary sanctions’ on European businesses if they refuse to cancel their contracts. In return the EU has moved to reimpose a “blocking statue” originally meant to circumvent a the US embargo against Cuba in the 1990s that would protect European businesses. 


Resource Officer Who Stopped Shooting at Illinois High School Honored at Graduation

Yahoo News - 4 hours 45 min ago

Resource Officer Who Stopped Shooting at Illinois High School Honored at GraduationJust four days after Matthew Milby opened fire inside Dixon High School, students of the Class of 2018 returned to the gym where it happened for their graduation ceremony Sunday.


In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

Yahoo News - 6 hours 48 min ago

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substanceTOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.


Maduro wins disputed vote as Venezuela mulls bleak future

Yahoo News - 7 hours 8 min ago

Maduro wins disputed vote as Venezuela mulls bleak futureVenezuela was facing the threat of fresh international sanctions and intensified domestic unrest Monday following President Nicolas Maduro's re-election in a vote rejected by the opposition as a farce. Election officials said Maduro won 68 percent of the votes cast in Sunday's presidential poll, far ahead of the 21 percent won by his nearest rival, ex-army officer Henri Falcon. In an address to cheering supporters outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Maduro hailed his victory for another six-year term as a "historic record".


Teen Texas gunman suspect studied previous mass shootings: ABC News

Yahoo News - 7 hours 31 min ago

 ABC NewsThe accused killer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, "used aspects of those (attacks) in his own shooting," a source told the broadcaster, without going into further details. Classmates at the school in Santa Fe, Texas described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the football team. The attacker wore a black trench coat to school even in the Texas heat on Friday and opened fire with a .38 caliber pistol and Remington shotgun.


Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Yahoo News - 7 hours 52 min ago

Recent developments surrounding the South China SeaBEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:


British woman jailed in Tehran back in court on new charge

Yahoo News - 7 hours 59 min ago

British woman jailed in Tehran back in court on new chargeNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for two years, has appeared in court to face a new charge, her husband said on Monday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was summoned to a court in Tehran on Saturday, according to a statement from Richard Ratcliffe, who runs the Free Nazanin campaign group. On Sunday, she was allowed to speak to the British ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire.


China's powerful new vice president to visit Russia, Belarus

Yahoo News - 8 hours 18 sec ago

China's powerful new vice president to visit Russia, BelarusChina's powerful new vice president, Wang Qishan, will visit Russia and Belarus starting this week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday, his first overseas trip since being appointed in March. Wang, 69, a key ally of President Xi Jinping and China's one-time top graft buster, should have retired last year during a leadership reshuffle of the ruling Communist Party, but Xi has kept him on to add extra heft to Chinese diplomacy.


U.S. Citizens Say They Were Detained By Border Patrol Agent For ‘Speaking Spanish’

Yahoo News - 8 hours 2 min ago

U.S. Citizens Say They Were Detained By Border Patrol Agent For ‘Speaking Spanish’Two U.S. citizens said they were detained last week by a Border Patrol agent


One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest

Yahoo News - 8 hours 53 min ago

One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at EverestA celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world's highest peak.


2021 Jaguar XK Reportedly Planned As Four-Seater F-Type

Yahoo News - 8 hours 54 min ago

2021 Jaguar XK Reportedly Planned As Four-Seater F-TypeThe 2+2 sports car is expected to be based on the next-generation F-Type due in 2019.


Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

Yahoo News - 10 hours 27 min ago

Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches oceanAuthorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous "laze" fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean. Two lava flows "reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight," on Hawaii's Big Island, the US Geological Survey, which monitors volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide, said in a statement Sunday. A crack however opened in the ground under one of the lava channels, "diverting the lava... into underground voids," the statement said.


Venezuela: timeline of Maduro's rocky presidency

Yahoo News - 11 hours 20 min ago

 timeline of Maduro's rocky presidencyHere is a look back at the major events in the turbulent rule of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who sealed a second six-year term on Sunday which will keep him in the presidency until 2025. In March 2013 Hugo Chavez -- Venezuela's leader since 1999 and initiator of its socialist-inspired "Bolivarian Revolution" -- dies of cancer. The next month Maduro, his vice president and appointed successor, becomes president with a narrow win of 50.62 percent of votes in a disputed election.


Manila takes non-confrontational stand vs China in sea feud

Yahoo News - 11 hours 44 min ago

Manila takes non-confrontational stand vs China in sea feudMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government is taking "appropriate diplomatic action" to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in a non-confrontational policy that immediately sparked criticism.


Saudi Arabia Criticized For 'Smear Campaign' Against Women’s Rights Activists Ahead of Driving Ban Reform

Yahoo News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:45

Saudi Arabia Criticized For 'Smear Campaign' Against Women’s Rights Activists Ahead of Driving Ban ReformIt comes weeks before a ban on women driving is due to be lifted


China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

Yahoo News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:20

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of MoonChina launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its solar panels and communication antennas, as it headed towards its destination, the CNSA said.


2019 Hyundai Veloster First Drive: Still Funky, Even More Fun

Yahoo News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:02

 Still Funky, Even More FunThe Veloster has grown up – not only is it better looking, but it’s even better to drive, too.


Royal wedding cake: Fitting tribute to the big day - a break from tradition but with British customs at its heart

Yahoo News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:27

 Fitting tribute to the big day - a break from tradition but with British customs at its heartThe royal wedding cake is a mirror image of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony - a break from the tradition but with British custom at its heart.  Kensington Palace shared a picture of the much-anticipated cake on Twitter and, as expected, it was not tiered. Instead, the centerpiece was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne. The picture was accompanied with the caption: "The wedding cake is to be served at the reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. "A filling made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream ties all the elements together. The cake is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses." The royal bakers yesterday revealed they were abandoning the tradition of a tiered wedding cake - and teased at a surprise unveiling. Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece, said the layered lemon and elderflower cake will be in three parts of varying sizes. The final design was unveiled on the big day, with the couple in on the plans, but it will be unveiled in a non-traditional way, she said. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony and reception That appears to have been the announcement on Twitter.  The chef, who owns Violet Bakery in east London, has been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace. "You'll have to wait and see on the day. It's an installation of the way that we're putting it out. It's the last thing that we'll reveal. It's a non-traditional layout," Ms Ptak said yesterday. Claire Ptak and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake  Credit: HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS "It's a slight shift from tradition." She revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle loved trying a number of different cake samples before settling on lemon and elderflower for their big day. She said: "They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness." Ms Ptak described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with "ethereal" elderflower. The cake, which is being decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, is made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. Ms Ptak, left, said Harry and Meghan had enjoyed trying several different samples of cake Credit: HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS The layers are sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd. Some 200 Amalfi lemons were used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen's Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured leaving Windsor Castle after their day of rehearsals, are said to be in on the idea for the grand unveiling Credit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: "The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. "It's of this moment. It's May so they're just opening this week. "It's a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding." Slices of the cake were to be served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George's Hall after the ceremony, all decorated with rose petals. Royal wedding | Read more


The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue

Yahoo News - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:25

 Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogueCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local):


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