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Marshall Plan for Central America would restore hope, end migrant border crisis

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 03:00

Marshall Plan for Central America would restore hope, end migrant border crisisFood is essential for solving the migrant crisis in Central America. We need a new Marshall Plan to restore hope and stability in the region.

Carmaker PSA in reverse as Chinese sales hit a wall

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 02:05

Carmaker PSA in reverse as Chinese sales hit a wallFrench carmaker PSA said Monday its sales slumped in the first half of the year as it pulled out of Iran and sales in China plunged by nearly two-thirds. Half of the overall 12.8 percent drop in sales by the maker of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands to 1.9 million vehicles was due to halting operations in Iran to avoid falling foul of US sanctions on the country. While the Chinese car market has been shrinking since last year, PSA has been hammered, with its sales plummeting by just over 60 percent to 64,000 vehicles in China and southeast Asia.

Libya Says Missile Find Shows France Is Backing Haftar Offensive

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 01:43

Libya Says Missile Find Shows France Is Backing Haftar Offensive(Bloomberg) -- France’s admission that it owned U.S.-made missiles found at a Libyan base seized from strongman Khalifa Haftar’s forces indicates it had operatives on the ground supporting his offensive on Tripoli, the interior minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized government said.The Javelin anti-tank missiles were uncovered when government forces retook Gharyan from Haftar in late June, a surprise setback for the eastern commander who’d been using the city as a forward operating base for his campaign to take Tripoli. After wide-ranging speculation over who’d supplied the weapons, France last week acknowledged ownership and said the missiles were left behind by one of its counter-terrorism teams and were no longer operational.Speaking in an interview in the Libyan city of Misrata, Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha disputed France’s claim that the missiles were inoperable and said his government has asked experts from the United Nations and U.S. to examine the weapons to confirm they are in working order.“The dung leads to the camel,” Bashagha said, quoting an Arab proverb. “France implicated itself when it said the Javelins were with a French security team. If the Javelins belonged to a French security team, that means France has admitted it was present militarily and officially in Gharyan to support Haftar.”Haftar’s campaign has ground to a halt on Tripoli’s outskirts, with the fighting leaving at least 1,000 people dead and regional powers backing either side in the Middle East’s latest struggle for supremacy.Splintered CountryLibya splintered in the aftermath of the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi in 2011 and two rival administrations and myriad militias are vying for control. Haftar’s eastern-based forces swept through the south earlier this year before setting their sights on the capital.France’s Defense Ministry told Bloomberg on Sunday that it was “not going to react through the press to this or that reaction.” It then repeated last week’s statement that the weapons “were intended for the self-protection of a French detachment deployed for counter-terrorism intelligence purposes.”France, while seen as supportive of Haftar, also recognizes the UN-backed government in Tripoli and has signed security pacts with its interior ministry. The discovery of the Javelins had initially raised questions over whether a U.S. ally had broken a sales agreement with Washington by transferring the missiles directly to Libyan fighters.Bashagha said a French counter-terrorism team had been present in western Libya and cooperating with a military commander from the Tripoli-based government. The team left with all its equipment shortly after Haftar began his offensive in early April, he said.Another French team left by sea, and both groups took all their weapons, Bashagha said. France had denied having any military presence in Gharyan.(Recasts first paragraph.)\--With assistance from Helene Fouquet.To contact the reporter on this story: Samer Khalil Al-Atrush in Tripoli at skhalilalatr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Michael GunnFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 01:37

The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.(Washington, D.C.) Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information -- the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.”“You pull up the weapons suite screen, align the right weapon with the target and provide input into the DEP - Digital Entry Panel. Then, you enter text into the computer,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidar, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.As this happens….the air attack begins.The B-2 took its first flight July 17, 1989 -- so now is the “30-Year Anniversary.” B-2 pilots have operated the sleek, curved air-defense-defying platform for sensitive, highly-dangerous missions many times in recent decades. After blasting onto the scene in the early 90s, the B-2s combat debut came in the late 90s when the aircraft destroyed Serbian targets over Kosovo. Three decades ago, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman thought to massively advance the paradigm for stealth attack, and create a first-of-its kind leap ahead bomber. It was conceived of as a Cold War weapon, engineered to knock out Soviet advanced air defenses. The intent was to build upon and surpass the F-117 Night Hawk’s stealth technology used in the Gulf War.The B-2s stealth configuration, buried engine, low heat signature and “radar absorbent” coating, is meant to not only avoid being hit by enemy weapons, but complete missions without enemies ever knowing it is there. Its core mission: launch secret, quiet, undetected attacks over heavily defended enemy territory to create a safer “air corridor” for less stealthy planes to operate within extremely lethal,otherwise uninhabitable airspace.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 01:04

Recent developments surrounding the South China SeaA 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. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts in the region. Justice Antonio Carpio added that Duterte's recent statement that he had a verbal agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that effectively allows Chinese to fish in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone will "substantially diminish the arbitral award, a self-inflicted blow to our sovereign rights" in the South China Sea.

South Korea calls Japan reports of North Korea sanctions breach 'grave challenge'

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 00:58

South Korea calls Japan reports of North Korea sanctions breach 'grave challenge'South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday Japan's reported accusations that South Korea had exported banned goods to North Korea posed a "grave challenge" amid a growing dispute over Japanese export curbs. Japan has tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, citing "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea. Japanese officials have cited "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea as a reason behind the curbs, as well as lack of information sharing on export controls.

Populist China-friendly mayor to face President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan election clash

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 00:43

Populist China-friendly mayor to face President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan election clashA populist China-friendly Taiwanese mayor has won the hotly contested opposition party nomination to challenge Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in the 2020 election.  The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party said on Monday that Han Kuo-yu, mayor of the southern city of Kaohsiung, had won the presidential primary with an approval rating of 44.8%, higher than that of rival Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of technology company Foxconn, which manufactures the iPhone.  The results were announced after a weeklong nationwide telephone poll which included both KMT members and non-members. The party’s central leadership is expected to officially confirm the nomination later this week, and Mr Gou has not ruled out an independent run.  In a straight race between Mr Han and Ms Tsai with no outside contenders, voters would in broad terms face a choice over whether Taiwan, a self-ruled island democracy of 23 million, should align itself more closely with China or the United States.   Critics of Mr Han, a charismatic but polarising figure who has gained island-wide popularity after rising  from nowhere to a surprise win in November’s local elections, accuse him of being too close to Beijing, while his supporters believe he can foster better economic ties with China without ceding political control.  Ms Tsai, on the other hand, has strong relations with Washington, where the Trump administration sees her as a trusted pair of hands and a solid Indo-Pacific ally amid a bitter trade dispute and ongoing tensions with China over its claims on the South China Sea.  Han Kuo-yu raises hands during a media conference after winning the candidacy of the opposition of the Nationalist Party (KMT) Credit: AP However, the incumbent, who came to power in 2016, has struggled to win public support for her domestic reform agenda, and has been viewed with deep suspicion in Beijing, which does not trust her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party. Frozen relations with Beijing under Tsai’s premiership has led some voters to worry about the impact on the island’s economy.  China seeks to annex Taiwan and has threatened to do so by force if necessary. However, Taiwan, the seventh largest economy in Asia, operates like any other democratic nation with its own government, currency and military. In a survey earlier this year by the Mainland Affairs Council, a Taiwanese government agency handling affairs with China, 79 percent of Taiwanese respondents rejected the “one country, two systems” policy that Beijing advocates to unify peacefully with the island.  The survey showed that 87.7 percent believed Taiwan’s future should be decided by its own population.  These questions have become all the more relevant as Taiwan’s public closely monitor protests in nearby Hong Kong where demonstrators are struggling to defend their rights and freedoms under the one country, two systems framework.  Ms Tsai’s strong public defence of Hong Kong protesters’ pro-democracy stance has given her a bump in public support, with some polls suggesting she currently leads over Mr Han.  Although his social media savvy persona as the “bald guy” with a common touch has won him a large following of die-hard “Han fans”, he has also triggered controversy by meeting with several senior officials in China earlier this year and describing independence as “more scary” than syphilis.

As Epstein bail fight looms, feds say evidence growing daily

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 23:31

As Epstein bail fight looms, feds say evidence growing dailyFederal prosecutors, preparing for a bail fight Monday, say evidence against financier Jeffrey Epstein is growing "stronger by the day" after several more women contacted them in recent days to say he abused them when they were underage. Prosecutors say Epstein, 66, is a flight risk and danger to the community and should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In a written submission Friday to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, prosecutors revealed new information about their investigation and why they perceive Epstein as dangerous.

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentence

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 22:02

Salvadoran accused of abortion faces retrial, hefty sentenceA young woman who birthed a baby into a toilet in El Salvador faces a second trial for murder Monday in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández had already served 33 months of her 30-year sentence when the Supreme Court overturned the ruling against her in February and ordered a new trial, with a new judge. This is the first retrial of an abortion case in a country that aggressively pursues legal cases against women who have experienced miscarriages and obstetric emergencies, accusing them of murder.

Beto O'Rourke finds 'personal connection' to slavery, argues for reparations to unite 'two Americas'

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:10

Beto O'Rourke finds 'personal connection' to slavery, argues for reparations to unite 'two Americas'The Democratic presidential hopeful from Texas published a blog post in which he discussed his family's history and his support for reparations.

'You're better than that:' Geraldo Rivera hits back at Trump for telling progressive freshman congresswomen to 'go back' to 'broken and crime infested' countries

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:45

' Geraldo Rivera hits back at Trump for telling progressive freshman congresswomen to 'go back' to 'broken and crime infested' countries"Sad to watch my friend @realDonaldTrump take low road," Rivera tweeted. "Let's stick to issues & steer clear of language that's xenophobic even racist."

As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:38

As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to touristsFrom the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Tianshan, Chinese authorities are selling troubled Xinjiang as a tourist idyll, welcoming travellers even as they send locals to internment camps. The government has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in the tightly-controlled region in China's northwest, but it has also created a parallel universe for visitors, who are only shown a carefully curated version of traditional customs and culture. "It didn't look to me like -- unless you were picked up and put in a camp -- that these Uighur communities seemed to be living in some kind of fear," said William Lee, who has taught at universities in China for 10 years and visited the region in June.

Man dies after being infected by flesh-eating bacteria in Florida

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:29

Man dies after being infected by flesh-eating bacteria in FloridaA Memphis man died Sunday after becoming infected with a flesh-eating bacteria. He had traveled to the Gulf Coast of Florida.

China-friendly Taiwan mayor beats Foxconn's Gou in opposition party's presidential primary

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:28

China-friendly Taiwan mayor beats Foxconn's Gou in opposition party's presidential primaryA China-friendly mayor in Taiwan on Monday won the opposition party's nomination for the 2020 presidential election beating Foxconn founder Terry Gou and posting a direct challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen who is seeking re-election. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu beat four other contenders in a national tally for its primary race, including the billionaire founder of Apple supplier Foxconn, Terry Gou. The self-ruled island is set to hold its presidential election in January amid heightened tension with China, which considers it a wayward province and has never ruled out the use of force to return it to the fold.

RAW VIDEO: Dog stolen in SF

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 20:20

 Dog stolen in SFRaw security camera footage of a dog being stolen in San Francisco.

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 19:19

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR CongoThe first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma, the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern DR Congo last August, the health ministry said on Sunday. "Given that the patient was quickly identified, as well as all the passengers on the bus from Butembo, the risk of the disease spreading in the city of Goma is low," the ministry said.

Ponzi Scheme Victims Say Epstein Swindled Them

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 18:47

Ponzi Scheme Victims Say Epstein Swindled ThemPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIn a court filing last week, prosecutors said they had determined that financier Jeffrey Epstein was worth at least $500 million and earning $10 million a year—the first concrete details about his wealth to emerge in years.But while the documents confirmed that the accused sex trafficker is fantastically wealthy, the source of Epstein’s fortune remains a mystery. How did a money manager with a single confirmed client amass riches including a $77-million Manhattan mansion and his own private Caribbean island?Convicted financial swindler Steven Hoffenberg has offered an explanation: He claims Epstein is a Ponzi schemer who helped him bilk tens of thousands of investors in the 1980s and 1990s.“Epstein and the corporations he formed were my co-conspirators,” Hoffenberg alleged in an affidavit for a federal lawsuit.“Epstein has remained free and has used and benefited from the ill-gotten gains he amassed as a result of his criminal and fraudulent activities.”REVEALED: We Found Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Secret CharityHoffenberg is a cartoonish character who burst onto the public scene in 1993 when then-Gov. Mario Cuomo asked the bill-collection kingpin to rescue the New York Post, then owned by bankrupt real-estate titan Peter Kalikow.Hoffenberg had barely taken control of the paper, while waiting for his deal with Kalikow to go through, when the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had been investigating him for years, filed a civil suit against him and his company, Towers Financial.A year later, Hoffenberg was under indictment, charged with selling $460 million worth of bogus notes and bonds and using the proceeds from some to pay interest to others in what was then one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history.He pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and was released in 2013. Three years later, he filed a lawsuit against Epstein, blaming him for the fraud and claiming that he had tried to warn authorities about Epstein’s financial chicanery for years.Epstein Offers to Put Up Mansion, Jet to Get Out of JailHoffenberg, often described as Epstein’s former mentor, has told journalist Vicky Ward that they met in the 1980s, shortly after Bear Stearns gave Epstein the boot over “illegal operations.” (Ward would discover a 1989 deposition for a civil case, in which Epstein admitted to a possible “Reg D” violation—allegedly loaning a friend $20,000 to buy stock—which led to his departure from the investment bank). Epstein was running his own consulting company, International Assets Group Inc., from his New York apartment.Hoffenberg claims he hired Epstein and that his purported protege devised a failed scheme to take over Pan American Airways and Emery Air Freight Corp, financing bids through Towers Financial’s acquisition of two ailing insurance companies in Illinois, Associated Life and United Fire. Epstein made trades through others, because he didn’t have a broker’s license, and he “misappropriated the proceeds for personal use in connection with his investment business,” Hoffenberg’s lawsuit alleges.Hoffenberg says he and Epstein, and others at Towers, promised to invest $3 million into the companies, in order to persuade the Illinois Department of Insurance to approve their acquisition. But instead, they used $3 million of the companies’ bonds to buy Pan Am and Emery stocks, the complaint states. As a result, the insurance companies allegedly lost more than $1 million.Epstein also “manipulated the price of Emery stock to minimize the losses which occurred when Mr. Hoffenberg’s and Mr. Epstein’s bids failed and the share price began to fall,” the lawsuit alleges. “This involved multiple brokerage accounts which were controlled by Mr. Epstein.”Feds: Epstein Has Been Paying Off Alleged AccomplicesMeanwhile, Hoffenberg alleges, Epstein was misappropriating and transferring the insurance companies’ investments and cash to brokerage accounts in New York.In 1991, the director of insurance for the state of Illinois sued Hoffenberg; Epstein was not a defendant, but the complaint claimed he and his company improperly received $215,000 worth of checks from the insurance companies’ accounts.When Towers became insolvent in the late 1980s, Hoffenberg and Epstein allegedly masterminded another Ponzi scheme by selling about $272 million in promissory notes. Towers provided investors with “bogus income and asset figures to conceal [its] true financial condition,” court papers allege.In 1990, the duo fraudulently sold about $210 million in bonds and again provided phony financial statements, the lawsuit says. The proceeds from the sale of bonds and promissory notes were used to pay Towers’ operating expenses.When the feds indicted Hoffenberg and he pleaded guilty, he did not implicate Epstein. But in the 2016 lawsuit, perversely seeking restitution on behalf of the victims, Hoffenberg claimed that for more than 15 years, he “has made every effort to expose Mr. Epstein’s fraudulent Ponzi schemes.”Epstein’s attorney, Bennett Moskowitz, asked Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan to dismiss the case, noting that another federal judge had previously warned Hoffenberg “against pursuing frivolous or otherwise improper litigation” related to his victims.“Hoffenberg’s victims, whom he is prohibited from contacting, are better positioned to pursue their own rights than the man who defrauded them,” Moskowitz wrote to the court.Hoffenberg ultimately withdrew the suit, saying the victims “may be in a better position to pursue and assert their own claims” against Epstein.In August 2018, two victims did file a class-action lawsuit against Epstein in New York, describing him as “an uncharged co-conspirator” of Hoffenberg’s Ponzi scheme and claiming Epstein used his ill-gotten gains “to support a lavish lifestyle.”Everything You Need to Know About the Jeffrey Epstein CaseThe complaint, filed by Marvin Gerber and Kalma Koenig, contains the same allegations surrounding the failed Pan Am and Emery acquisitions. Epstein, they said, manipulated the stock price by opening a number of brokerage accounts to execute false trades and artificially inflate the price of Emery stock. “As the puppet master of Emery stock fraud, Epstein was making sizeable profits off his trading on insider information,” the lawsuit states.The victims’ complaint alleges that prosecutors offered Hoffenberg a reduced sentence in exchange for divulging information about his co-conspirators, but Hoffenberg didn’t provide any intel on Epstein—until his lawsuit in May 2016. In a September 2018 motion to dismiss the victims’ suit, Moskowitz stated “Hoffenberg remains intent on shifting blame for his own massive Ponzi scheme.” He argued the victims’ claims should be dismissed because the statute of limitations had passed and because Epstein’s firm wasn’t even formed until several years after the Ponzi scheme in question.In October 2018, Gerber and Koenig voluntarily dismissed their complaint, without prejudice, leaving them open to filing claims in the future.When Epstein was first accused of trafficking underage girls, in Florida in 2005, Hoffenberg was still in prison, serving his sentence for the Ponzi scheme. Epstein dodged a federal indictment and pleaded guilty to a state charge of prostitution, serving 13 months, mostly work release.But Hoffenberg was a free man when Epstein was arrested last week on federal sex-trafficking charges in New York. He gave an interview to Quartz in which he reiterated his claims that Epstein was his accomplice.“He was my colleague daily, seven days a week,” Hoffenberg said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

VIDEO: Burger King manager told 'go back to Mexico' by customer in Florida

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 18:40

 Burger King manager told 'go back to Mexico' by customer in FloridaVideo shows a manager of a Florida Burger King being told by a customer to "go back to Mexico."

Demonstrators return to immigration jail after attack, death

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 18:23

Demonstrators return to immigration jail after attack, deathDemonstrators returned to an immigration jail in Washington state a day after an armed man threw incendiary devices at the detention center and later died. Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was found dead Saturday after four police officers arrived and opened fire. Demonstrators returned Sunday to the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, KOMO-TV reported.

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 17:17

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bearAn Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon allegedly left butchered whale meat outside in front of his yard of his residence for a substantial period of time, which attracted polar bear, as well as other animals," said Ryan Tansey, a Fairbanks-based federal prosecutor.


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