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Leave the US, Trump tells liberal Democratic congresswomen

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:41

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal Democratic congresswomenTrump was almost certainly referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her allies in what's become known as "the squad."


Leave the US, Trump tells liberal Democratic congresswomen

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:41

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal Democratic congresswomenTrump was almost certainly referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her allies in what's become known as "the squad."


Trump unleashes tweets aimed at Democratic congresswomen: 'Go back' to 'broken and crime infested' countries

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:39

 'Go back' to 'broken and crime infested' countriesPresident Trump, in a Sunday Twitter thread, called out Democratic Congresswomen, saying, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”


Iran's president said they would hold talks with the US if it returns to the 2015 nuclear deal

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:29

Iran's president said they would hold talks with the US if it returns to the 2015 nuclear dealIranian President Hassan Rouhani wants the US to return to the 2015 nuclear deal that was negotiated by Barack Obama's administration.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a women of color problem

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:02

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a women of color problemPelosi is not a racist but she should learn from women of color like AOC, Tlaib and Omar. They have constituents and a responsibility to speak up.


Northern California town of Paradise lost 90% of its population after Camp Fire, data shows

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:55

Northern California town of Paradise lost 90% of its population after Camp Fire, data showsThe town of Paradise has lost over 90% of its population since the Camp Fire last year, according to data California released Thursday.


U.S. grants visa to Iran's Zarif for U.N. meeting this week: sources

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:53

 sourcesThe United States has granted a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to attend a U.N. meeting in New York this week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday, saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had approved the decision. Had Pompeo not approved giving a visa to Zarif, Iran's top diplomat and nuclear negotiator, it could have been a signal that the United States was trying to further isolate the Islamic Republic and perhaps closing the door to diplomacy. U.S.-Iranian tensions have worsened since U.S. President Donald Trump decided last year to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to curtail its atomic program in return for relief from economic sanctions crippling its economy.


Agencies boost efforts to stop wildland firefighter suicides

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:34

Agencies boost efforts to stop wildland firefighter suicidesShane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. On some days he directed a thousand firefighters and helped coordinate aircraft attacks on massive blazes. Del Grosso, 50, killed himself May 9, 2016, not long before the start of another wildfire season.


Police clashes as Hong Kong protest sweeps into neighbourhood popular with Chinese shoppers

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:23

Police clashes as Hong Kong protest sweeps into neighbourhood popular with Chinese shoppersRiot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. Police used pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the international hub. Sunday's clashes took place at the end of another huge rally - this time in Sha Tin a district that lies between the main urban sprawl around the harbour and the Chinese border. Violence broke out briefly in the afternoon after the rally as protesters seized a junction and built barricades, causing an hours-long stand-off with riot police. But the worst clashes happened late evening inside a shopping mall where hundreds of protesters fled after police moved on the barricades and then charged into the shopping complex, AFP reporters on the scene said. Once inside, chaos erupted as police found themselves pelted from above. At least one officer was seen knocked unconscious and there was blood on the floor of the mall. Police with shields and batons charged up to higher floors and made multiple arrests in a building filled with luxury fashion stores. Volunteer medics were also seen to be giving aid to a protester who collapsed. By 10:00 pm (1400 GMT) most protesters had left the area. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge largely peaceful protests - as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police - sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China and other countries. Last month, parliament was trashed by hundreds of masked, youth-led protesters in unprecedented scenes. The bill has since been suspended, but that has done little to quell public anger which has evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms, universal suffrage and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous hub. Protesters are also demanding the bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, an amnesty for those arrested, and for the city's unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down. Tens of thousands marched through Sha Tin on Sunday, the fifth week in a row that Hong Kong has seen such huge rallies. Almost all have ended with violence between police and a minority of hardcore protesters. "We have marched so many times but the government still didn't listen, forcing everyone to take to the street," Tony Wong, a 24-year-old protester on the Sha Tin march, told AFP. Hong Kong protests: riot police baton charge and fire tear gas to clear demonstrations at parliament, in pictures Many protesters see the rallies as part of an existential fight against an increasingly assertive Beijing. "This is a dangerous moment. Hong Kongers can choose to die or they can live. We're on the edge, but fortunately we haven't died-off yet," said JoJo So, a woman in her fifties who was attending the rally. On Saturday there were also violent clashes between police and protesters in a town near the border which is popular with mainland traders who buy Hong Kong goods at duty-free prices. Locals have long complained about over-crowding and spiralling rents caused by the trade. Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes. Hong Kong's government late Sunday said it "strongly condemns these illegal acts" by protesters, saying roads were blocked and officers assaulted. Under the 1997 handover deal with the British, China promised to allow Hong Kong to keep key liberties such as its independent judiciary and rights like freedom of speech. But many say that 50-year deal is already being reneged on, citing the disappearance into mainland custody of dissident booksellers, the disqualification of prominent politicians and the jailing of democracy protest leaders. Authorities have also resisted calls for the city's leader to be directly elected by the people.


Tennessee man dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:51

Tennessee man dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteriaA Tennessee man died last week after contracting Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacteria, while swimming in Florida.


Trump Blasted Over Racist Tweets Targeting Congresswomen of Color While ‘Fox & Friends’ Laughs: ‘Very Comedic’

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:49

 ‘Very Comedic’Moments after President Trump took to Twitter to tell Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to where “they came” from, the hosts of his favorite cable news morning program laughed while reading the president’s racist comments, calling them “very comedic” before claiming Trump was “making an important point.”Other journalists and politicians, however, slammed the president for essentially telling a black woman to go back to Africa.In his Sunday morning tweetstorm, Trump said it was “interesting” that progressive Democratic congresswomen were “loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States” how the government should be run, considering they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.” “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,” Trump added, obviously referencing a group of four progressive freshmen congresswomen referred to as the “Squad.” (Three of the four women were born and raised in the United States, while Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a U.S. citizen who moved from Somalia when she was a young child.)His tweets immediately sparked outrage. The New York Times’ Astead Herndon said it was important to “note the historic context of the ‘go back to’ insult is racial,” adding that people “tell black people to go ‘back to Africa’ whose families have lived here for generations.” National security lawyer Bradley Moss, meanwhile, stated that Trump “came out and reminded us all this morning that he is a vile racist at his core,” blasting the “conservatives who sold their souls for judges and got him elected.”“Anyone with a foreign sounding name and face who grew up in the US (like me) has heard this from the playground to contemporary life,” CNN’s Kyung Lah tweeted. “This morning it’s coming from ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩.”“When I call the president a racist, this is what I’m talking about,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said. “We must stand together for justice and dignity towards all.”For his part, Matt Wolking, the Trump 2020 campaign’s deputy director of communications, insisted that the president wasn’t actually telling the congresswomen to go back to “where they came” from. “Anyone who says the president told members of Congress to go back to where they came from is lying,” he tweeted, pointing to the president adding, “Then come back and show us how it is done” to his Twitter rant.Meanwhile, over on Fox & Friends, the hosts had a different take. After the crew laughed while host Griff Jenkins read the president’s tweets on air, Jedediah Bila felt the president was tickling everyone’s funny bones.“Someone is feeling very comedic today,” she giggled.Her fellow co-host Todd Piro, chimed in to criticize the congresswomen, calling them the “Instagram group,” while complaining that they need to realize that their words “have real-life consequences.” “This is real life,” he added. “This isn’t social media.”Piggybacking on her colleague’s remarks, Bila applauded the president’s racist tirade, claiming he was “making an important point.”“He’s trying to say that the values that built this country, everything from securing the border and being a nation of laws to, you know, freedom of speech on college campuses, whatever issues you are talking about, a lot of times these are the issues that the left is trying to obstruct,” she declared. Meanwhile, Fox & Friends very well may have prompted the president's Twitter tirade. Twenty minutes before he told women of color to go back to where they came from, the morning show ran a segment on the Squad and highlighted comments Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley made at Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.Immigration Dominates Final Day of Netroots, Ahead of Planned ICE RaidsRead 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.


Mall clashes at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:40

Mall clashes at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition marchRiot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. Police used pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the international hub. Sunday's clashes took place at the end of another huge rally -- this time in Sha Tin a district that lies between the main urban sprawl around the harbour and the Chinese border.


Billionaire Tom Steyer's entrance into the 2020 Democratic race is the perfect example of the rot at the core of the US political system

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:32

Billionaire Tom Steyer's entrance into the 2020 Democratic race is the perfect example of the rot at the core of the US political systemTom Steyer's entered the 2020 presidential race with a promise to spend $100 million on his campaign, but he should use that money elsewhere.


European leaders fail to grasp 'hardening' of UK view on Brexit, Latvia warns

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:27

European leaders fail to grasp 'hardening' of UK view on Brexit, Latvia warnsA hard Brexit could be made more likely because European Union leaders have failed to grasp the hardening of opinion in Britain, Latvia’s foreign minister has warned.  Edgars Rinkēvičs, who has served as the Baltic state’s chief diplomat for eight years, said a mutual gulf of understanding between London and Brussels means revising the Withdrawal Agreement before the October 31 deadline will be “extremely difficult.” And he warned that Boris Johnson’s plan to use hard Brexit as a “credible threat” in negotiations was based on a false assumption about the European position and the speed with which the EU can move.  Speaking during a visit to London, Mr Rinkevics said: “I think that in the European Union we sometimes do not grasp that the UK, after three years of this very tortuous process, has a very hardened stance,” he told the Telegraph.  “But there is another dynamic that is not well understood here in London, which is very important for me as a representative of a small member state: it is also very important that the unity and solidarity of the European Union is not just words.  “When you have a situation where your key national interests are at stake, you count on the support of all the other 26 members.  There are key national interests of Ireland at stake here - I don’t think anyone can deny that - and I believe that a very similar situation other member states would be counting on the support on all of them,” he said.  Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the candidates in the Conservative leadership race, have both said Britain must leave the European Union by October 31.  That will give the new prime minister just three months to negotiate a new Withdrawal Agreement after a winner is declared on July 23.  Both candidates have said the threat of a no-deal Brexit should be used to push the European Union to make concessions on controversial areas including the Irish backstop. Mr Rinkēvičs said: “I do not think the [withdrawal agreement] can be revised in just a couple of weeks.” Incoming EU leaders | Their views on Brexit Latvia is considered a close ally of Britain inside the European Union. They both take a hard line on Russian sanctions and increasing Nato defence spending, and Mr Rinkēvičs said Riga remains anxious for the EU to maintain the closest possible cooperation on security and law enforcement.  A crash-out Brexit on October 31 would jeopardise both European and British security if it also took Britain out of the European Court of Justice, undermining the work of European arrest warrants and cooperation via Europol and Eurojust, the pan-European policing and legal agencies.  Britain’s absence from the European Union may also raise questions about the endurance of the sanctions regime imposed against Russia following the annexation of Crime and war in eastern Ukraine in 2014.   Several countries including Hungary and Italy have publicly criticised the sanctions regime.  Latvia and neighbouring states were alarmed when the Council of Europe, a human rights body unrelated to the European Union, voted to restore Russia’s voting rights last month.  Mr Rinkevics said it was widely acknowledged that there will be a “change in dynamic” in the formation of EU foreign policy after Britain leaves, but said it was too early to predict how it would develop.  “There are some members states  - I don’t want to single out any - that could raise [lifting sanctions on Russia],” said Mr Rinkēvičs.   “In that case I believe so the consequences are going to be really damaging for the credibility of the European Union,” he said. “If we give in, the implications for the security and stability in the neighbourhood will be quite grave.”


Rain, flooding follow Storm Barry as it spins north from New Orleans

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:18

Rain, flooding follow Storm Barry as it spins north from New OrleansStorm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana on Sunday, weakening to a tropical depression but dropping up to 15 inches (38 cm) of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the Mississippi River. Barry, which made landfall on Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity and then quickly weakened to a tropical storm, was 20 miles (35 km) north-northeast of Shreveport with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 kph) by early Sunday evening. Fears that Barry might devastate the low-lying city of New Orleans like Hurricane Katrina did in 2005 were unfounded, but rain in the forecast could still cause dangerous flooding into Monday, meteorologists said.


Storm Barry moves inland from New Orleans, leaves rain and flooding in its wake

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:11

Storm Barry moves inland from New Orleans, leaves rain and flooding in its wakeTropical Storm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana on Sunday, threatening tornadoes and dropping up to 15 inches of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the Mississippi River. Barry, which made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Saturday then quickly weakened to a tropical storm, was 50 miles (85 km) south-southeast of Shreveport with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles (65 km) per hour on Sunday morning. Fears that Barry might devastate the low-lying city of New Orleans like Hurricane Katrina did in 2005 were unfounded, but rain in the forecast could still cause life-threatening flooding, the National Weather Service said.


Healthy living may help offset genetic risk of dementia: study

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:08

 studyLiving healthily with a good diet and regular exercise may help people with a higher genetic susceptibility to dementia to offset the risk of developing it, according to recent research. The risk of dementia was reduced by 32% in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to those who had an unhealthy lifestyle, the study, published in the medical journal JAMA on Sunday, found. People with high genetic risk and an unhealthy lifestyle were almost three times more likely to develop dementia than those with low genetic risk who also lived healthily.


It May Be Possible to Counter Some of the Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s With These Lifestyle Changes

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:00

It May Be Possible to Counter Some of the Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s With These Lifestyle ChangesAn encouraging study finds that there are things people can do — apart from taking drugs — that can lower the risk of dementia even among those with high risk genes


Dozens detained in Moscow as opposition demands to be included in vote

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 08:56

Dozens detained in Moscow as opposition demands to be included in votePolice in Moscow detained more than 25 protestors at a rally to demonstrate against a possible ban on opposition candidates running in elections to the Russian capital's parliament. Opposition leaders cried foul after Moscow's election commission said most of their sponsored candidates failed to secure the required number of signatures to participate in the election. The commission has yet to officially announce the list of legitimate candidates for the Sept. 8 vote to the 45-seat parliament.


How Iran Might Fight a War Against America (Thanks to Russia)

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 08:41

How Iran Might Fight a War Against America (Thanks to Russia)KYIV, Ukraine—The recent military tension between the U.S. and Iran underscores a new era of conflict, some military officials and analysts say, in which a country’s power on the world stage is no longer measured solely by economic clout, military force, or even diplomatic sway. Rather, the audacious use of misinformation to shape public opinion at home and abroad allows countries like Iran and Russia to punch well above their hard and soft power weight classes in shaping world events. To that end, experts say Iran has put into practice lessons in hybrid warfare that Moscow field-tested on the battlefields of Ukraine and later unleashed against Western democracies.“Iran’s attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf resemble, in their intent, Russia’s hybrid warfare operations that we have seen in Ukraine and elsewhere,” said Nataliya Bugayova, Russia research fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, a U.S. think tank.“Russia and Iran use hybrid warfare operations to advance their broader aims while trying to obfuscate reality on the ground and prevent the West from taking action to defend its interests,” Bugayova said, adding that Iran “has a history of learning from Russia on the battlefield.”In this new era of hybrid warfare, adversaries are able to threaten American security interests and undermine the U.S.-led democratic world without resorting to direct military action. Instead, by shifting the burden of conflict escalation onto the U.S., practitioners of hybrid warfare test whether American leaders are willing to retaliate against nonlethal, “gray zone” activities with lethal military force.


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