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Why Canada Must Protect its 5G Networks from Huawei

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 15:02

Why Canada Must Protect its 5G Networks from HuaweiThe introduction of 5G technology, along with its promise and challenges, has led to a transformational debate in Canada—as it has amongst many of Ottawa’s partners and allies around the world. Front and centre for Canada is the potential role of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in such a next generation network. In order to address this question, the government of Canada has been conducting an intensive security review—which remains ongoing—on the implications of potentially including Huawei in its 5G networks.Magnifying the stakes of the looming verdict on Huawei, is an increasingly troubled relationship between China and Canada. Two Canadian citizens—Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor—remain arbitrarily detained in China since last December. Beijing accuses the two of stealing state secrets and guilty of espionage, but fails to produce any evidence to support such a claim. Kovrig and Spavor were arrested nine days after Canada’s arrest, on extradition request from the United States, of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. Despite China’s attempts to downplay any linkage, it is clear that this was no coincidence and unfortunately the fates of Kovrig and Spavor have been unfairly tied to the extradition case of Meng. They have also rebuffed high-level Canadian efforts to have a dialogue on the matter.


Russia's Real Reasons for Partnering with Iran

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 15:01

Russia's Real Reasons for Partnering with IranWill Iran crack under American pressure? Don’t count on it. Iran has grown accustomed to living under America’s recent economic sanctions and continues to pursue its own policies at home and abroad despite the restrictions associated with the latest U.S.-Iranian crisis. Tehran can rely on substantial domestic support and has a large army—including auxiliary paramilitary Basij forces—with access to air fleet, heavy forces and undersea arms. It also has revolutionary guards trained in unconventional warfare. Despite the impact of U.S. sanctions on the Iranian economy and the discontent among the citizenry, there has been no legitimate challenge to the country’s theocracy. In fact, the tension between the United States and Iran may drag on, which would require both regional and international players to permanently remain on alert. For example, due to Iran's proximity to its borders, Russia has a vested interest in the state of affairs in Western Asia; it has tried its best to contain the impact that the U.S.-Iranian crisis could have on its own national security. As a result, the foreign policy Russia has applied toward the crisis can be divided into three main areas of focus.


Sriracha lawsuit: California pepper grower awarded $23.3 million by jury

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 14:54

 California pepper grower awarded $23.3 million by juryA jury has awarded $23.3 million to a California pepper maker in a fiery battle with the manufacturer of world-famous Sriracha hot sauce.


A magazine retracted an essay with 'inappropriate and invasive content' about Pete Buttigieg after sparking backlash

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 14:23

A magazine retracted an essay with 'inappropriate and invasive content' about Pete Buttigieg after sparking backlashAfter an opinion essay for The New Republic titled 'My Mayor Pete Problem' received backlash after its publication, the magazine soon retracted it.


African American museum founder discovered dead in car trunk

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 14:01

African American museum founder discovered dead in car trunkA 75-year-old Louisiana woman who founded an African American history museum was discovered dead in the trunk of a car, and police said Saturday that investigators were working diligently to find those responsible. Baton Rouge police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said investigators were still waiting for a coroner to determine a cause of death for Sadie Roberts-Joseph after her body was found Friday afternoon. The Advocate reported Roberts-Joseph was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which she started in 2001.


French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space force

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 14:01

French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space forceOn the eve of Bastille Day celebrations, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force command within the French air force.


Officials in Multiple Cities Speak Out Against Planned ICE Raids and in Support of Their Immigrant Communities

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:59

Officials in Multiple Cities Speak Out Against Planned ICE Raids and in Support of Their Immigrant Communities"If anything, this hampers our ability to address crime in our communities"


Employees on Jeffrey Epstein's private island compound say they had to stay out of sight of the financier and were never allowed in his office

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:35

Employees on Jeffrey Epstein's private island compound say they had to stay out of sight of the financier and were never allowed in his officeJeffrey Epstein, who was charged with sex trafficking on Monday, bought Little St. James Island off of St. Thomas more than two decades ago.


Curiosity rover is seen creeping up a rugged Martian mountain

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:27

Curiosity rover is seen creeping up a rugged Martian mountainA satellite zooming around Mars spotted a lone machine, the Curiosity Rover, exploring the rugged Martian terrain. The car-sized rover, which has traveled almost 13 miles on Mars over the last seven years, is now carefully inching up the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.5-mile tall mountain sitting in the middle of the sprawling Gale Crater. The rover has been busy scouring rock samples in an area that planetary scientists suspect was once blanketed in wet clay."It's just one of many stops the rover has made in an area referred to as the "clay-bearing unit" on the side of Mount Sharp," NASA wrote on Friday.The Curiosity Rover on Mars.Image: NASA / JPL-CaltechA prominent ridge, called the Vera Rubin Ridge, can be seen cutting to the left (or northwest) of the rover, while ripples of dark sand are on found the right of the six-wheeled robot. The rover looks like a shiny speck because the sun glinted off Curiosity at just the right angle as NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter swooped overhead.SEE ALSO: The secretive lab that built 'the bomb' now scours Mars for signs of lifeNASA plans for the nuclear-powered machine to inch up Mt. Sharp over the coming years to investigate the landscape and improve our understanding of what the now-desert terrain was like billions of years ago, when the Martian planet was a wetter, bluer place. In 2020, a more advanced car-sized rover will join Curiosity on the Martian ground. The new rover will scour the Jezero Crater, a 30 mile-wide bowl about 1,640 feet deep. It's believed to have once held an 800-foot deep lake some 3.5 billion years ago.   WATCH: Meet Katie Bouman, one of the scientists who helped capture the first black hole image


UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:20

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destinationBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria. "I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One," a tanker seized off the coast of the tiny British territory of Gibraltar on July 4, Hunt tweeted.


Michigan Man Allegedly Shot Two Men ‘Because They Were Gay’: Prosecutors

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:02

 ProsecutorsLeon Neal/GettyA Michigan man was charged Friday for allegedly shooting two men he contacted through a dating app “before they were gay.” Demetris Nelson, 26, was charged with several crimes, including first-degree murder, after allegedly trying to rob and fatally shoot Brian Anderson, 31, and critically wounding 26-year-old Malcolm Drake, Wayne County prosecutor’s office said. Authorities say Nelson used the popular dating app, Grindr, to target and locate the two men. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for the murder charge. “To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.Two Men Sentenced for Serial Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Using GrindrProsecutors allege on July 6, Nelson used the app to “targeted Anderson and Drake because they were gay.” The pair were driving along a highway less than a mile from Nelson’s Detroit home, prosecutors during Nelson's arraignment Friday, when the 26-year-old got into the back of the vehicle. After announcing a robbery, Nelson shot Drake in the back of the head, then fatally shot Anderson."We are saddened and outraged by this despicable crime. This case is just the most recent example of how members of Detroit's LGBTQ community are too often targets of violence," Alanna Maguire, president of the Fair Michigan Foundation, a nonprofit civil rights group assisting in the investigation, said in a statement. Nelson set up a series of social networking profiles, including Grindr,  with the intent on finding victims and is being investigated in a series of other similar incidents, prosecutors said in court Friday.According to WXYZ,  the July 6 incident might be Nelson's latest series of incidents involving people he met on online dating apps. Nelson, who allegedly uses different profiles and aliases to avoid being caught, allegedly robbed another victim two hours before he fatally shooting the two Detroit men. On Friday evening, a judge ordered Nelson to be held without bail. He is expected in court on July 26. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Police: Man dies after attacking immigration prison

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 12:51

 Man dies after attacking immigration prisonA man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded at about 4 a.m. to the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security detention facility that holds migrants pending deportation proceedings. The detention center has also held immigration-seeking parents separated from their children under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, an effort meant to deter illegal immigration.


Trump is expected to sign order to send people seeking asylum in the US to Guatemala instead, according to report

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:52

Trump is expected to sign order to send people seeking asylum in the US to Guatemala instead, according to reportUnder the new agreement, asylum seekers wouldn't have a chance to make their case in the US. Instead, they'd make their case in Guatemala.


Mike Pence got a first-hand look at border detention facilities in McAllen and Donna, Texas. What he saw

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:46

Mike Pence got a first-hand look at border detention facilities in McAllen and Donna, Texas. What he sawMike Pence's visit gave Americans a sense of the stench, crowded rooms, and the sounds of shouting men at the center of the border controversy.


Ex-Arizona teacher sentenced to 20 years for molesting teenage student

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:43

Ex-Arizona teacher sentenced to 20 years for molesting teenage studentFormer Arizona teacher Brittany Zamora has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty for molesting a 13-year-old student.


Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new finds

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:32

Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new findsEgypt on Saturday opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the Bent Pyramid of King Sneferu, the first pharaoh of Egypt's 4th dynasty, and a nearby pyramid would be reopened to visitors for the first time since 1965.


Sprawling storm Barry intensifies into a hurricane

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:31

Sprawling storm Barry intensifies into a hurricaneUPDATE: July 13, 2019, 3:17 p.m. EDT: The National Hurricane Center advised that after making landfall in Louisiana, Barry weakened to a tropical storm. This doesn't change projections for pummeling rain and the likelihood of extreme flooding.  * * *The lopsided storm Barry is now a hurricane. The National Weather Service expects Hurricane Barry, packing 75 mph winds, to pummel portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, other nearby regions with extreme rain and flooding on Saturday and Sunday. Barry might not be a major hurricane, but it has capitalized on exceptionally warm ocean waters to load itself with moisture -- which will soon douse the region."It's going to rain hard," Jeff Weber, a meteorologist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), told Mashable as Barry picked up steam over the Gulf of Mexico."Rainfall is one of the most impactful effects of a tropical storm," National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) hurricane scientist Rosimar Rios-Berrios emphasized Friday evening, as Barry crept toward Louisiana."The rainfall does not depend on how strong the storm is," she added. Indeed, Hurricane Harvey -- the largest rain event in U.S. history -- did its most destruction when it was no longer a hurricane. "...the upgrade to a hurricane means little in terms of the overall impacts from Barry," the National Hurricane Center noted Saturday morning. > Barry is now a hurricane \- the first of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. On average, the first Atlantic hurricane forms on August 10. pic.twitter.com/rQ8gxIle74> > -- Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 13, 2019Portions of Louisiana and Mississippi are forecast to receive between 10 and 20 inches of rain. Some models show 18.5 inches in flood-prone Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  "A foot of rain in that area can create quite a problem," noted UCAR's Weber.Though rainfall would be imminent regardless, as of Friday afternoon it was still unclear if Barry would develop into a storm with hurricane force winds. The lopsided, unorganized storm system was getting hit by winds, known as wind shear, that made organizing into a more potent storm difficult, noted Rios-Berrios.But Barry overcame those challenges, and as a hurricane will bring surges of ocean water into coastal areas, threaten to overtop levees in the region, and almost certainly bring damaging or catastrophic flooding to certain areas over the next two days. > GOESEast watches as HurricaneBarry, now a Cat. 1 storm, creeps toward southern Louisiana. Dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and high winds are already impacting the north-central Gulf Coast. Latest updates: https://t.co/1L8q1zg4eW pic.twitter.com/wqI2lr8c83> > -- NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) July 13, 2019> VIDEO: Per Plaquemines Parish officials, water has overtopped the back levee at Myrtle Grove and Pointe Celeste. > > One homeowner nearby shared this 10AM view of the rising waters ahead of TropicalStormBarry. NBCNews pic.twitter.com/jNkzMXJrEV> > -- Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) July 13, 2019In much improved news for New Orleans, however, the National Weather Service projects that -- even with Barry's wind-powered storm surge -- the already-swollen Mississippi will reach 17 feet above sea level -- as opposed to 20 feet expected a few days ago. Many of the city's levees protect the vibrant, historic city from up to 20 feet of flooding along the mighty river -- so New Orleans may avoid a worst-case scenario this weekend. Still, coastal flooding and the overtopping of other levees has already begun, and the brunt of rain has yet to come. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:28

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in CaliforniaOfficials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills.


Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:17

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are foundThe mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone slab that will be formally opened next week. The new discovery came after Vatican on Thursday pried open the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College in hopes of finding the remains of Emanuela Orlandi.


Two escape from Florida farm where a couple was preparing for Armageddon, police say

Yahoo News - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:05

Two escape from Florida farm where a couple was preparing for Armageddon, police sayThe females reported they were physically and sexually abused by the couple, who stockpiled "food rations and weapons" in case of disaster.


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