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Osama bin Laden's youngest son, Hamza, had taken up terrorism to 'avenge' his notorious father

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:00

Osama bin Laden's youngest son, Hamza, had taken up terrorism to 'avenge' his notorious fatherHamza bin Laden, the son and presumed heir of Osama bin Laden to lead Al Qaeda, was killed by a US operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.


UPDATE 2-U.S. considers more intel sharing with Saudi Arabia after attack-sources

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:50

UPDATE 2-U.S. considers more intel sharing with Saudi Arabia after attack-sourcesThe United States is considering increasing its intelligence sharing with Saudi Arabia after Saturday's attack on Saudi oil facilities, which halved the kingdom's production and jolted world oil markets, U.S. officials told Reuters. The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not say how broad any increase in intelligence sharing might be or discuss other options being weighed by the administration as a response to the attack on the world's biggest crude oil processing plant.


New York Times reveals alleged Kavanaugh victim doesn't remember incident

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:48

New York Times reveals alleged Kavanaugh victim doesn't remember incidentThe New York Times revises a bombshell report of new sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; Griff Jenkins reports.


Trump says US locked and loaded in response to drone attack

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:46

Trump says US locked and loaded in response to drone attackTensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran. The attack, which halved the kingdom's oil production and sent crude prices spiking , led Trump to authorize the release of U.S. strategic reserves should they be necessary to stabilize markets.


Yemen rebels threaten new attacks on Saudi oil sites

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:45

Yemen rebels threaten new attacks on Saudi oil sitesYemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for devastating weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, threatened Monday to carry out more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away. "We assure the Saudi regime that our long hand can reach any place we want at any time we choose," Huthi military spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree said in a statement. Strikes on two Saudi facilities Saturday halted half the kingdom's oil production and sent shock waves through energy markets.


Omar Responds to Family of 9/11 Victim Who Criticized Her

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:40

Omar Responds to Family of 9/11 Victim Who Criticized HerRepresentative Ilhan Omar responded on Sunday to the son of a victim of the September 11 terrorist attacks, who called her out for previous comments about the attacks that critics found dismissive.During the memorial service for 9/11 victims at Ground Zero, Nicholas Haros Jr., who lost his mother, 76-year-old Francis Haros, in the attacks, wore a shirt emblazoned with the phrase, "some people did something" on the front, the phrase Omar used to refer to the attacks.After reading the names of some of the victims, Haros Jr. repeated the phrase and pointed to his shirt."Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom," he said. "Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done.""CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties," the Minnesota Democrat said earlier this year during remarks to the Council on American–Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, a comment that sparked outrage among conservatives and some families of victims."So 9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us and I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel, but I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of what happened after 9/11," Omar responded Sunday on CBS when asked about Haros Jr.'s criticism. "Many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as a suspect."Haros Jr. appeared to accept Omar's goodwill, saying the congresswoman had "showed respect for the loss of families. And that was a good thing."


UAW hourly workers hope for short strike against GM as strike begins

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:36

UAW hourly workers hope for short strike against GM as strike beginsStanding in light rain on the first day of the GM strike, UAW workers say they're unified but eager to get a deal brokered.


Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north shuts down to support rally

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:35

Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north shuts down to support rallyShops were shut in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north on Monday in support of a rally demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored efforts to change the ethnic balance of the Tamils' traditional homeland. Hundreds took part in the rally in Jaffna town. A proclamation read out at the rally said Tamil people have faced massive challenges since the end of the war, with U.N. efforts to hold the government accountable for the alleged atrocities proving futile.


Inside the US military's $223 million 'doomsday plane,' capable of surviving a nuclear blast

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:00

Inside the US military's $223 million 'doomsday plane,' capable of surviving a nuclear blastThe E-4B "Nightwatch" is nicknamed the Doomsday Plane. It's designed to survive a nuclear blast. In the event of nuclear war, the militarized Boeing 747 will become the command center for the US President, Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel: ISNA

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:13

 ISNAIran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 litres of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran's semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported on Monday. "It was detained near Iran's Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf...the crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern Hormozgan province," ISNA said, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen.


UPDATE 1-Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel - ISNA

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:09

UPDATE 1-Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel - ISNAIran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 litres of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran's semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported on Monday. "It was detained near Iran's Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf...the crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern Hormozgan province," ISNA said, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen.


Andrew Yang’s campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contest

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:09

Andrew Yang’s campaign says over 450,000 people have entered debate contestThe campaign says it raised $1 million in the 72 hours since the giveaway became public.


Kim Jong-un ‘invites Trump to visit Pyongyang in letter’

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:09

Kim Jong-un ‘invites Trump to visit Pyongyang in letter’Kim Jong-un invited Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearisation talks, according to diplomatic sources.Mr Kim spoke of his “willingness” for a third summit and extended an invitation for the US president to visit the North Korean capital, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported.


Nord Stream 2 pipeline edges closer to Danish deadlock

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:59

Nord Stream 2 pipeline edges closer to Danish deadlockWith each 24-tonne steel pipe laid on the seabed of the Baltic Sea, the vessel Solitaire is edging closer to what could be a costly hold-up for the Russian-led gas pipline project which has divided the European Union. The crew onboard the Solitaire expect to reach Danish waters early next month, but Denmark has yet to approve the pipeline, which is planned to begin transporting natural gas from Russia to Germany at the end of this year. "We are now heading for the Danish border and then basically waiting for the further development of the project to be continued from the Danish border towards Germany," Captain Kenny Houben told Reuters.


Video shows burglars kick in California family's front door, before being scared away

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:50

Video shows burglars kick in California family's front door, before being scared awayTwo masked-man kicked in the front door of a Pleasanton home in an attempted home-invasion -- and it was all caught on surveillance video.


Indian authorities step up rescue effort for 20 tourists missing after boat capsize

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:31

Indian authorities step up rescue effort for 20 tourists missing after boat capsizeThe Indian authorities have intensified their rescue efforts today with more than 20 people still missing after a boat illegally carrying Indian tourists capsized on Sunday. The bodies of 12 people have so far been recovered from the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh after the ‘Royal Vasishta’ vessel collided with a rock formation while traveling to the popular tourist destination of Papikondalu. The local government said they had banned tourist boats from operating on the river after heavy rainfall caused water levels to rise dangerously. ‘Stern action’ would be taken against those responsible for organising the tour, according to the Home Minister for Andhra Pradesh.  Local media said while life jackets were available on the boat most passengers were not wearing them because it was unusually hot. They also reported that the crew seemed untrained to deal with the emergency. The ‘Royal Vasishta’ was carrying 61 people, including crew, when it sunk. Everyone on board was an Indian national and the majority were believed to be tourists from the neighbouring Telengana state. Two helicopters, eight boats and a team of divers have been deployed to search for those missing and feared drowned. They are yet to locate the vessel which is believed to have sunk to a depth of over 300ft.  The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh accompanied one of the helicopters to conduct an aerial survey of the accident spot while Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences.  India has an extremely poor safety record when it comes to boat travel. Operators rarely adhere to laws which govern the number of passengers who can safely travel at one time and do not carry out checks. In May 2018, 30 people died after a similar boat capsized close to the location of Sunday’s accident.


The world's oil producers keep a massive amount of capacity in reserve. But it's almost all in Saudi Arabia and the drone attack messed with that too.

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:20

The world's oil producers keep a massive amount of capacity in reserve. But it's almost all in Saudi Arabia and the drone attack messed with that too.Drones hit two key Saudi Aramco oil refineries, shutting down production on around 5% of the world's daily oil production and causing prices to surge.


Warren Goes After Trump’s Sister in Anti-Corruption Push

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:00

Warren Goes After Trump’s Sister in Anti-Corruption PushBrian Snyder/ReutersSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is adding some new proposals to her anti-corruption plan, this time with one particularly provocative target: President Trump’s sister. In a Medium post published Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat proposes closing the loophole that “allows federal judges to escape investigations for misconduct by stepping down from their post.” In outlining the idea, Warren specifically references a case involving Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump-Barry, whose retirement brought an abrupt end to an investigation into her role in various tax schemes of the family and potential fraud therein. “Under my plan, investigations will remain open until their findings are made public and any penalties for misconduct are issued,” Warren writes in the post. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Trump’s Actions ‘Align’ With Authoritarian RegimesIn spotlighting the Trump-Barry case, Warren becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to take an overt shot at the president’s sister. But Trump-Barry isn’t the only judge that Warren cites as a basis for her ethics policy. The senator also cites allegations of sexual misconduct against the former appeals court judge Alex Kozinski and how a probe into the allegations was scuttled when he resigned. Nor is the proposal dealing with federal judges the lone plank in the new policy. The proposal is one of many in a larger package that includes banning “lobbyists from making political contributions” and “from bundling donations or hosting fundraisers for political candidates." It would also ban senior officials and members of Congress from serving on for-profit boards and prohibit courts from using sealed settlements to conceal evidence in cases involving public health and safety. Collectively, the program is ambitious in its scope. But it would face hurdles to its passage. Warren is attaching it to her current ethics bill which requires congressional approval in order for enactment. The timing of Warren’s proposals is politically intriguing, however, as it comes as reports of new sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Warren, as well as many of her 2020 Democratic opponents, said on Sunday that they believed the new revelations warranted impeachment of Kavanaugh, something that several progressive groups have been pushing as well. In laying out her new ethics pledge, Warren says that the proposed closing of loopholes could apply to situations like Kavanaugh’s, as she noted that a judicial conduct panel dismissed a number of ethics complaints against Kavanaugh in August, citing their lack of authority over Supreme Court justices. “Our federal court system only works if the American people have faith that it is neutrally dispensing fair-minded justice without bias or personal interests interfering in judicial decisions,” Warren writes. “If we want the American people to believe this, we need some serious judicial ethics reforms.”The release of it precedes a speech Warren will deliver in New York City on Monday night near the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, continuing a pattern for the 2020 contender of introducing policy tied to the historical struggles of workers. 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.


New Warren Plan Would Build a Wall Between Lobbyists and Policy

Yahoo News - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 05:00

New Warren Plan Would Build a Wall Between Lobbyists and Policy(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren rolled out a sweeping anti-corruption plan Monday that would toughen rules for wealthy and influential figures seeking to influence policy, hours before she intends to pitch it to voters in Wall Street’s back yard.The plan seeks to build a proverbial wall between lobbyists and policy making, the latest plank in the Massachusetts senator’s platform of radical change to the U.S. political and economic system.Warren’s proposal would ban all lobbying for foreign entities and prohibit lobbyists from donating to -- or fundraising for -- political candidates. It would also enhance required disclosures and tax entities that spend $500,000 or more per year on lobbying.If enacted, the plan would expand the definition of a lobbyist to include “everyone who is paid to influence lawmakers.” It’d restrict their ability to work in government, prohibit elected officials and senior appointees from ever becoming lobbyists, and bar large companies and banks from hiring top ex-government officials for at least four years.The 15-page document is the latest addition to Warren’s populist pitch for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. She argues that the U.S. economic system “has been rigged to prop up the rich and powerful and kick dirt in the face of everyone else,” as she said Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts. In rallies and speeches, she tells voters that everything from tax rules to climate policy are shaped by legalized corruption.“The goal of these measures is straightforward: to take power away from the wealthy and the well-connected in Washington and put it back where it belongs -- in the hands of the people,” Warren wrote in a medium.com post Monday.Warren’s message of drastic change mirrors that of Senator Bernie Sanders, with whom she’s in a close competition for second place in Democratic polls. The front-runner, Joe Biden, is running on a more modest center-left platform focused on “restoring the soul” of America and building on the legacy of President Barack Obama.The Warren plan is packed with jabs at Donald Trump -- she calls the president “a walking conflict of interest” -- and some of his actions. She’d change campaign finance law involving “in-kind contributions” to bar the solicitation of political assistance like opposition research from foreign countries and making hush-money payments.Warren’s speech on Monday evening will be held at Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. The Democrat gets more donations from the liberal New York City metropolitan than any other region, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from her FEC filings.\--With assistance from Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou.To contact the reporter on this story: Sahil Kapur in Washington at skapur39@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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