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  • O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in West Texas on Saturday where they said that 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:50:12 -0500
  • Explosion at Japan restaurant injures 42: police

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    An explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday, police said, with the blast reportedly causing surrounding buildings to collapse. Fires broke out following the incident in the northern city of Sapporo, Kyodo news agency said, and images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air. A police official for the Hokkaido region told AFP "there are 42 injuries" but no one was killed.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:27:47 -0500
  • Twitter Users Shred Trump For 'Celebrating' The Weekly Standard's Closure

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    Twitter users have castigated President Donald Trump after he rejoiced at the

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:48:37 -0500
  • Sign-up deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday is the last day to sign up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act in most of the country.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:16:34 -0500
  • Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence after another actress rejected his advances, lawsuit claims

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    Film producer Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence when another actor rejected his advances. According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, Weinstein pushed the unnamed actress to the ground during a meeting at his office in 2013 before sexually assaulting her. Lawrence issued a statement on Friday denying she had had a sexual relationship with Weinstein.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:36:00 -0500
  • Family of dead migrant girl says she was healthy before being detained at US border

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    The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from American officials who said she had not been given food or water for days. In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal said the girl had been given food and water and appeared to be in good health as she travelled through Mexico with her father, 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz. Border Patrol officials did not immediately respond to the family's comments. The family's statement was released on Saturday during a news conference in El Paso, Texas, at an immigrant shelter where Jakelin's father is staying. Her family did not attend and has asked for privacy. Jakelin and her father were seeking asylum in the US and were among a large group of migrants arrested on December 6 near a remote border crossing in New Mexico. Hours later they were placed on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station, but Jakelin began vomiting and eventually stopped breathing. She later died at a Texas hospital. Border Patrol officials on Friday said agents did everything they could to save the girl but that she had not had food or water for days. They added that an initial screening showed no evidence of health problems, and that her father had signed a form indicating she was in good health. Claudia Maquin, 27, shows a photo of her daughter, Jakelin, at her home in Raxruha, Guatemala  Credit: Oliver de Ros/AP But the family took issue with that form, which was in English, a language her father doesn't speak or read. He communicated with border agents in Spanish but he primarily speaks the Mayan Q'eqchi' language. "It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand," the statement said. Jakelin's family is urging authorities to conduct an "objective and thorough" investigation into the death and to determine whether officials met standards for the arrest and custody of children. A cause of death has not yet been released. A private prayer service was held in Texas on Friday so her father could see Jakelin's body before it is taken to Guatemala, said Ruben Garcia, director of the Annunciation House shelter where her father is staying. "All of us were moved by the depth of his faith and his trust that God's hand is in all of this," Garcia said. Family members in Guatemala said Caal decided to migrate with his favorite child to earn money he could send back home. Jakelin's mother and three siblings remained in San Antonio Secortez, a village of about 420 inhabitants. 

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:42:07 -0500
  • Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank Links

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    Representative Adam Schiff of California said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that any type of compromise needs to be investigated. Schiff’s comments came three days after Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and fellow Senate Democrat Chris Van Hollen called for a Banking Committee investigation of Deutsche Bank’s compliance with U.S. money-laundering regulations.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:25:20 -0500
  • Snow, rain and wind in late-week storm to impact holiday travel

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    As students embark on winter break, last-minute shoppers head to the stores and holiday travel ramps up across the country later this week, a major storm could lead to widespread travel headaches in the eastern U.S.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:32:11 -0500
  • Introducing the Army's New Lethal Sniper Rifle

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    Here's all we know.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:00:00 -0500
  • Student loans totaling $150M to be forgiven by US Department of Education

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    The U.S. Department of Education plans to cancel about $150 million in student loan debt, which means about 15,000 borrowers will be forgiven.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:25:43 -0500
  • Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

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    DALLAS (AP) — The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor law school.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:32:41 -0500
  • Trump taps budget head Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

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    Donald Trump announced Friday that his budget director Mick Mulvaney will step in as acting chief of staff to replace John Kelly -- amid indications the president is struggling to fill the key post. Trump, whose presidency is increasingly embroiled in legal troubles, announced earlier this month that Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, was leaving. Kelly, who reportedly fell out with other close Trump aides, is only the latest in a long string of high-ranking officials to quit the embattled White House.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:12:09 -0500
  • China's Xi declares an 'overwhelming victory' over graft: state media

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported. Xi has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level "tigers" to low-level "flies".

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 02:11:29 -0500
  • Find love this Christmas with 15% off eharmony until Dec. 17

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    You know those wonderful butterflies that invade your body when you meet someone new? Everyone deserves those, especially at Christmas.  Rather than make a potentially ill-judged move on a colleague at the Christmas party or hope for the best by spending time in packed bars this December, you could just sign up with eharmony. eharmony takes the time to properly get to know you to discover what is really important in your life, meaning you should hopefully meet with people that you have a genuine connection with. With over 35 years of experience in dating, eharmony is a safe pair of hands for your heart.  When it comes to finding a match, it's quality, not quantity that's important. When it comes to how much you are paying for a dating service, it's really down to quantity. You can now sign up to eharmony and get 15% off with the code JOIN15. eharmony is saving you money and saving your love life all at once. This offer is only available until Dec. 17 so you need to act fast on this great opportunity for love. Image: Mashable eharmony — 15% off with code JOIN15 See Details

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 02:00:00 -0500
  • The best weekend holiday deals on Amazon

    These deals make great last minute gifts.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:51:27 -0500
  • May's Team Pushes Back at Second Vote Reports: Brexit Update

    “Unreasonable people” in the U.K. are blocking the Brexit withdrawal agreement from passing, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Sunday. “We have a deal that’s been negotiated, unfortunately there are some very unreasonable people in Westminster that are trying to block that,” Coveney said in an RTE Television interview.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:07:33 -0500
  • Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UK

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    Storm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:32:56 -0500
  • Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Full military honors will be given to a Louisiana sailor whose remains have been identified more than 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:30:54 -0500
  • Pacific Life Yanks Ads After Tucker Carlson's Dig That Immigrants Make U.S. 'Dirtier'

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    Prominent insurance company Pacific Life has pulled its commercials from

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:53:55 -0500
  • Last minute donation saves Chicago church from auction

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was "a Christmas miracle."

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:43:01 -0500
  • Mueller investigation: Probes involving Trump associates are becoming difficult for the president to ignore

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    Cohen said that he was “done being loyal” to the president having been sentenced over a number of charges, including campaign finance violations for arranging payments during the 2016 election to silence women who have claimed to have affairs with Trump. “I’m done with the lying,” the president’s former lawyer said. “I’m done being loyal to President Trump.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:27:00 -0500
  • Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

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    The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as "irresponsible" Australia's recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it violated international law. The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital, saying. Australia said it would open a defence and trade office in the west of the holy city and Prime Minister Scott Morrison also committed to recognising a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:48:26 -0500
  • At least 20 Afghan civilians killed in airstrike: officials

    The strike, against local Taliban commander Sharif Mawiya, was the latest in a series targeting senior insurgents, including the shadow governor of the strategic southern province of Helmand, who was killed on Dec. 2. Several Taliban military commanders have been killed this month by Afghan forces, backed by U.S. advisers and air power. The tactic has raised the risk of civilian casualties and Abdul Latif Fazly, a member of the provincial council, said eight women and 12 children were killed and more than 15 others wounded in Friday's airstrike.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:51:51 -0500
  • Cash deposited in Robinhood's 3% checking and savings isn't insured, SIPC says

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    Cash in Robinhood's new checking and savings products that were rolled out this week is not insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corp.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:05:02 -0500
  • South Africa's ANC Postpones Party Election List Conference

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    The conference would be rescheduled to Jan. 4-5 from this weekend to accommodate the North West province, which hadn’t submitted its nominations, ANC acting spokesman Dakota Legeote said by phone. The conference had been delayed because of deep divisions within the party and allegations by some members of manipulation of the lists, City Press reported on Sunday. South Africa is due to hold national and provincial elections in 2019, likely in May. The country has a proportional representation system in which lawmakers are chosen according to where they sit on nomination lists.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:44:53 -0500
  • Johnson & Johnson shares plunge after report on asbestos in baby powder

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    US pharmaceutical and cosmetics group Johnson & Johnson saw its shares plunge Friday after a media report alleged the group had deliberately concealed for decades that its baby powder sometimes contained asbestos. A lengthy investigation by the Reuters news agency, which reviewed thousands of company documents, showed the company marketed talc-based products that, at least between 1971 and the beginning in the 2000s, sometimes contained asbestos. J&J stock closed down more than 10 percent at $133 on the New York Stock Exchange, its worst one-day fall in 16 years.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:50:53 -0500
  • Student Charged After Video Shows Fight That Left Another Student Injured

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    A student was charged with aggravated battery after an attack that left another student seriously injured was caught on video at the Lockport Township High School East Campus.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:39:02 -0500
  • Rocco The Cheeky Parrot Keeps Using Amazon's Alexa To Order Snacks

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    A mischievous parrot who was booted from an animal sanctuary for his foul

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:31:25 -0500
  • Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra was ordered this week to rebuild it exactly as it was.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:09:23 -0500
  • Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:44:18 -0500
  • Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

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    Iraqis on Sunday laid the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul's Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or "the hunchback," hosted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's only public appearance as IS chief, when he declared a self-styled "caliphate" after the jihadists swept into Mosul in 2014. The structures were ravaged three years later in the final, most brutal stages of the months-long fight to rid Iraq's second city of IS.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:09:04 -0500
  • Israel destroys house of Palestinian charged with killing soldier

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    Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said. Israel says Islam Abu Humaid, 32, threw a 40 pound (18 kg) marble plate from a rooftop, killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky, 20, during a May arrest raid in El Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Israeli forces arrived at the El Amari camp before dawn on Saturday, sealed off the four-storey Abu Humaid house and destroyed it, the military said in a statement.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:33:19 -0500
  • President Trump's cabinet shake-up continues: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke out amid ethics cloud

    Zinke, a former Montana congressman, faces numerous investigations looking into whether he used his office for personal gain.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:43:19 -0500
  • Qatar Buys Mexican Oil Stakes From Eni

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    Eni and the government-owned energy company in Qatar, the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, will produce about 90,000 barrels of oil a day from the Amoca, Mizton and Tecoalli fields in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of 2021, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, Qatar’s energy minister, said in Doha. The fields hold 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, he said at a press conference with Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:00:00 -0500
  • Inside Polo Storico - where classic Lamborghinis are reborn

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    Polo Storico is Lamborghini's in-house restoration program that can facilitate everything – from vehicle history to complete rebuilds using original parts. We went for a closer look

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:02:10 -0500
  • Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:07:47 -0500
  • Our Plastic Addiction Has Reached A New Crisis Level

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    This is not a good look. Humans are using more oil-based plastic than ever,

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:45:12 -0500
  • I became a Democrat a year ago and found my own voice. It changed everything.

    I wrote my truth, held my breath and waited. I now care about lots more things than I used to, and I've finally embraced my Asian-American identity.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:00:08 -0500
  • Trucker saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highway

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. The dogs were rescued by a passing trucker, but one was so badly mangled that a front leg had to be amputated.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:47:40 -0500
  • Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips Syria

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    Al-Bab (Syria) (AFP) - After washing up her family's dishes over a plastic basin, 11-year-old Cedra sits on the floor of the dank basement in Syria to tackle her day's studies. A dark staircase leads from a street in the town of Al-Bab to the gloomy space the young girl, her blind father and some 40 other families have the misfortune of calling home. "There's a single room which we use as a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom," said Cedra.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:02:08 -0500
  • French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday

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    In Paris, police were out in force to contain outbursts of violence. Police fired water cannon and teargas in the afternoon to disperse groups of protesters in sporadic, brief clashes with riot police on the Champs-Elysees and adjacent streets. Topless feminist activists braved the cold to face off with security forces, a few meters away from the Elysee Palace, the president's residence.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:00:09 -0500
  • Investigators Call Missing Colorado Mom`s Disappearance `Suspicious,` Search Fiance`s Property

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    Authorities in Woodland Park searched the property of Kelsey Berreth`s fiance, Patrick Frazee, Friday morning. The 29-year-old mom was last seen shopping at a Safeway on Thanksgiving Day.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:22:12 -0500
  • Giuliani Says ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Trump Meet With Mueller

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    Giuliani, who’d at times floated the possibility of a meeting in interviews over several months, didn’t answer directly when asked about a CNN report on Dec. 14 that Mueller wants to interview Trump in his investigation of Russia influence in the 2016 campaign. In a separate interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Giuliani was less definitive when asked whether it’s possible Trump will talk to Mueller.

    Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:53:19 -0500
  • CBS paid 'Bull' actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 mn to settle harassment claims

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    US television network CBS paid $9.5 million Eliza Dushku, an actress on primetime drama "Bull," and wrote her off the show after she claimed the lead actor had harassed her. Michael Weatherly made several lewd comments or jokes in front of the production team referring to Dushku's physique, with sexual connotations, according to The New York Times, which first reported the development. Dushku shared her discomfort at the remarks with the production team before speaking with Weatherly, and the situation did not improve.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:55:27 -0500
  • Judge orders Idaho to give transgender inmate gender surgery

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:58:43 -0500
  • 5 Body Language Signs A Breakup Is Looming, According To Experts

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    No couple is going to be touchy-feely with each other all the time. But body

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:27:23 -0500
  • Inside the threatened Kurdish proto-state that holds the keys to defeating Isil

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    On one end of Qamishli’s main street flies the two-starred Syrian national flag. On the other, that of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party. “One flag represents our past oppression, the other our freedom,” says Mahmoud, who owns a clothing shop which sits between the two.   Before the civil war, it would have been unthinkable for the Kurdish minority to openly pledge allegiance to anything other than the President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Arab Republic. But seven years into Syria's interminable conflict the Kurds appear to have carved out something of a proto-state in this corner of northeastern Syria, thanks in part to their efforts to flush out Isil. While they have been crushing the Caliphate to a tiny sliver of territory - taking the last town held by the Islamist on Friday morning - their separatist ambitions have largely been overlooked. Until now. Kurdish-held northern Syria The city of Qamishli has become the centre of the Kurds’ ambitious self-administration project. While a few government buildings and statues of President Assad remain, Qamishli and the surrounding areas are now firmly under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Mahmoud is a proud supporter of the PYD, but still he declines to give his full name to the Telegraph for fear of reprisal should the regime one day return. Assad has repeatedly promised to retake every inch of Syria, including the third currently in Kurdish hands. The prospect looked more likely than at any other time in the war this week after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels to ready for an assault on Syria’s Kurds. Turkey views the PYD’s military arm, the Popular Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist organisation because of its links to an insurgent group inside Turkey, and has watched with growing concern at Kurdish expansionism on the other side of its border. In recent years, Turkish forces have already swept into Syria pushing the YPG out of territory west of the Euphrates river. But past offensives have stopped at its banks, partly to avoid direct confrontation with US troops that back the Kurds. "Turkey has lost enough time in terms of intervening to clean the terror swamp east of the Euphrates. We don't have the patience to wait one more day," Mr Erdogan warned on Friday. Men queue up to buy bread outside a bakery on the outskirts of Qamishli Credit: Sam Tarling The Kurds, who have so far relied on the US for support in their battles against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), have threatened to abandon the fight if they are left to fend for themselves in the face of a Turkish onslaught. But Washington has sent mixed signals on whether it would be behind them in any fight against Nato ally Turkey. “We don’t rely on any government, we just have strategic alliances,” Salih Muslim, a prominent political player in Rojava who until recently co-chaired the PYD, told the Sunday Telegraph. “The Kurds have expected a move from Turkey for a while now and will not easily back down.” Whatever they might say, it is clear is that the Kurds cannot stave off Turkish aggression alone. In the absence of a reliable ally in the US, they may soon be forced to decide whether to risk their chances, or eek out an unfavourable deal with Assad to secure long-term survival. “We have to take Assad at his word,” Khalaf Dahowd, head of the foreign committee of the Democratic Change Movement, told the Sunday Telegraph from his office in Qamishli, refering to the president's pledge to take back all Syria's territory. “If he gets the chance to take Rojava he will,” said Mr Dahowd, using the Kurdish name for the area of self-rule which covers some 15,000 square miles. A convoy of American Special Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces fighters makes a stop during a patrol near the Turkish border in northern Syria Credit:  Sam Tarling “Even when he was at his weakest point, before Russia intervened and it looked like he was going to lose everything, Assad refused to work with the Kurds,” he said. “Now he is winning, and as the saying goes - the winner takes all.” Kurdish officials who were part of the first delegation to Damascus over the summer say the Syrian government was not prepared to make a single concession. Despite this, the Kurds - who are just about the only side in the multi-faceted war not to have had a full-scale military conflict with the regime - still hold out hope for a political solution. The Kurds, who number more than two million in Syria, have made great sacrifices for their “democratic experiment”, as they call their pseudo-state in the north. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria The YPG has suffered considerable losses in the battles against Isil in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in the east. Officials estimate up to 8,000 fighters have been killed and 5,000 injured. Fierce battles are still ongoing for the last sliver of jihadist territory in Deir Ezzor. At least 5,000 IS fighters remain holed up in the pocket of territory, including some 2,000 foreign fighters, mostly Arabs and Europeans along with their families. The YPG has also made significant gains, including control of the country’s borders with Turkey and Iraq, its most lucrative oil fields and the freedom to once again speak their native language after decades of repression. “There are basic things we cannot give up; we need our democratic rights and our culture and language to be protected,” said Fawza al-Youssef, the co-chair of the executive body of the North Syria Federation. “But there are other things that are negotiable.” Mahmoud Mohammad Serhan, 59, a a retired trader who now keeps a farm, gets a cutthroat shave at a barber shop in Qamishli Credit:  Sam Tarling Relinquishing control of the borders and folding the YPG, into the national army, would be among the demands she says the self-administration would consider in return for a decentralisation of government. It would also be willing to do a deal on the oil fields in eastern Deir Ezzor province, which account for more than 80 per cent of the country’s pre-war production and currently lie within their control. “We aren’t saying all of this is rightfully ours, but the people here should benefit,” Ms Youssef said.  The next few days will prove pivotal for the Kurds as they face the greatest existential threat to their autonomy project since the war began. “We can’t go back to where were were before 2011, when we had nothing,” said Ms Youssef. “We have not fought this hard for it all to be destroyed.”

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:11:19 -0500
  • Priest takes pope's mandate - good deeds for all - across US

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:20:54 -0500
  • Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teeth

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    Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar was still counting on Kuwait and other regional powers to help solve the row that has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt impose a political and economic boycott on Doha since June 2017. "They have mechanisms in place and never trigger them (to hold people accountable) because some countries believe they are non-binding, so we need to make sure all the rules we are submitting to are binding to everyone in this region." The four states accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and cosying up to regional foe Iran. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott aims to curtail its sovereignty.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:11:33 -0500
  • Exiting US governor signs laws limiting power of his successor

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    The Republican governor of Wisconsin signed into law Friday a package of bills that limit the powers of his Democratic successor, who promised a court challenge. The measures were passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session of the Midwestern US state's legislature last week, in what they said was an effort to level the power balance with the Democrat who will take over the governor's office in January. Tony Evers defeated incumbent Governor Scott Walker in the November midterm elections -- a stinging loss for the GOP in a key swing state that helped Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:48:35 -0500
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