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  Is Yemen finally on the road to peace?   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:53:19 -0500

Is Yemen finally on the road to peace?At the same time, the United Nations must prepare for critical discussions on a wider truce and a framework for political negotiations to end the conflict. The nearly four-year-old war, which has killed tens of thousands of people, pits the Iran-aligned Houthi group against other Yemeni factions fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition trying to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The Houthis, who ousted Hadi's administration from the capital Sanaa in 2014, and their coalition foes are due to start implementing the Hodeidah ceasefire on Tuesday.



  Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police Say   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:28:00 -0500

Dogs Thrown From Vehicle On New York Highway, Police SayTwo beagle mixes are recovering after authorities said they were tossed from a



  Possible 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke meets with young refugees at US-Mexico border   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:13:00 -0500

Possible 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke meets with young refugees at US-Mexico borderFlanked by a group of politicians from across the country, Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke called on the public to pressure Donald Trump’s administration to close an immigrant detention centre in Tornillo which houses thousands of migrant children. Mr O’Rourke spoke with reporters outside of the detention centre on Saturday afternoon, bringing attention to the fact many of the young refugees had taken arduous journeys to arrive at the nation’s border — to wind up being housed in a facility separately from their families for months on end.



  Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:14:47 -0500

Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor familyNery Caal, 29, and his daughter Jakelin were in a group of more than 160 migrants who handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. Jakelin developed a high fever and died hours later while in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. "Because she'd never seen a big country, she was really happy that she was going to go," she added, explaining how her husband had gone to the United States to find a way out of the "extreme poverty" that dictated their lives.



  ‘One of a kind’ royal tomb is 4,400 years old, Egypt says   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:42:36 -0500

‘One of a kind’ royal tomb is 4,400 years old, Egypt saysOfficials in Egypt revealed they discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb believed to belong to a senior official linked to the fifth dynasty of the pharoahs.



  Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:09:04 -0500

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosqueIraqis 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.



  Every Photo from Our Drive of the Audi e-tron GT Concept   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 17:50:00 -0500

Every Photo from Our Drive of the Audi e-tron GT Concept



  Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank Links   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:25:20 -0500

Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank LinksRepresentative 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.



  Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UK   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:32:56 -0500

Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UKStorm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.



  Joe Biden tops key 2020 poll as he mulls whether he is too old to run for president   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:28:29 -0500

Joe Biden tops key 2020 poll as he mulls whether he is too old to run for presidentJoe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice-president, has emerged as an early frontrunner among Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination with a dominant lead among voters in Iowa, who will be the first to state their preference next year. A new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll finds 32 per cent of likely caucusgoers saying they back Mr Biden as their first choice, ahead of 19 per cent for Bernie Sanders and 11 per cent for Beto O'Rourke, the telegenic campaigner who came close to an against-the-odds win in Texas last month. The results have Democrats salivating about a dream ticket that matches a 76-year-old veteran, who is popular with blue-collar voters, with Mr O’Rourke, a 46-year-old with a knack for producing viral videos. “It’s early days and a lot can change but it could be a way to get past the age issue with Joe,” said a Democratic strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of endorsing a candidate. “Then again, it’s two white men.” Mr Biden has not yet decided whether he will join a crowded field of contenders. However, he has done little to dispel the speculation and has touted his age as an advantage. Profile | Joe Biden “I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” he said during a speech at the University of Montana earlier this month. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse that I've worked on my whole life.” His supporters say he is best placed to woo back the parts of the Rust Belt and middle America that were unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s run and defected to Donald Trump in 2016. But doubts remain that the Democrats are in danger of losing the youth vote if they plump for Mr Biden or the likes of Mr Sanders, 77, or Elizabeth Warren, 69. The Associated Press reported at the weekend that Mr Biden was talking to friends and long-time supporters about whether he was too old to run for the White House. They have floated the idea of teaming up with Mr O’Rourke. Mr O'Rourke excited Democratic voters and individuals donors in Texas, a usually staunch Republican state. Beto O'Rourke is mulling a 2020 run after a strong midterm showing Credit: Sergio Flores/Reuters The three-term Congressman initially ruled himself out of a 2020 run but is now considering capitalising on his sudden national profile. He became famous for livestreaming almost every aspect of his life during the midterm campaign when he came within three percentage points of a giant-killing victory over Ted Cruz. Iowa is a critical state for would-be presidents. It represents the first votes of the election cycle as, come February 2020, party supporters gather in caucuses to select their preferred candidate. The winner has gone on to clinch the nomination in every contested primary season since 2000. Among other notable contenders, Ms Warren, the Massachusetts Senator, polled eight percent and Kamala Harris, the California Senator, won the backing of five percent of respondents in the new poll. Last week the New York Times reported that Mr Sanders and Ms Warren had met to discuss their rival presidential ambitions, but that neither had tried to dissuade the other from running, nor had they agreed to a joint-ticket.  Ms Warren, a noted progressive like Mr Sanders, has drawn fierce criticism for publishing the results of a DNA test to prove that she has Native American ancestry. The move followed Mr Trump, who mockingly dubbed Ms Warren "Pocahontas", alleging such claims were false.



  Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama Tweets   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:05:15 -0500

Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama TweetsBarack Obama reminded people that Saturday was the last day to sign up for



  Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest march   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:53:42 -0500

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest marchSRINAGAR, India (AP) — Soldiers and police fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday to enforce a security lockdown for a second straight day to stop anti-India protests and foil a call by separatists for a march toward India's main military garrison in the disputed region.



  Any decision on Brexit deal will happen in New Year - British trade minister   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:20:25 -0500

Any decision on Brexit deal will happen in New Year - British trade ministerBritish trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday talks with the European Union to secure "assurances" for parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal will take time, with a decision expected in the New Year. "The prime minister is giving an update tomorrow, she will be talking to the cabinet on Tuesday, it is very clear that the EU understand what the problem is.



  How to Remove a Closed Account From Your Credit Report   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:00:00 -0500

How to Remove a Closed Account From Your Credit ReportYou might think closing a credit card or other account might remove it from your credit report automatically. Credit reports include information for both open and closed accounts. As long as they stay on your credit report, closed accounts can continue to impact your credit score.



  Hilton: Trump’s record is head and shoulders above the rest   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 21:29:42 -0500

Hilton: Trump’s record is head and shoulders above the restTrump haters say that the president pulling out of the Paris climate deal is definitive proof that he’s destroying the world.



  Japan police investigate cause of blast that hurt 42   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 02:04:21 -0500

Japan police investigate cause of blast that hurt 42Japanese police were investigating Monday the cause of a powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in the country's north overnight, injuring 42 people and damaging surrounding buildings. The explosion in the city of Sapporo on Sunday night started fires and caused the partial collapse of some neighbouring buildings, forcing dozens of residents into shelters, officials said. Numerous customers at the restaurant on the building's first floor said they smelled gas at the time of the explosion, Kyodo News agency reported.



  Best new airport amenities of 2018: Smart bathrooms, therapy alligators, more   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:59:41 -0500

Best new airport amenities of 2018: Smart bathrooms, therapy alligators, moreNew amenities and creative activities introduced by airports, airlines and in-terminal vendors are making airport dwell time more enjoyable.



  East Coast storm to strike during peak of Christmas travel; Northwest to stay stormy   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:49:25 -0500

East Coast storm to strike during peak of Christmas travel; Northwest to stay stormyStorms with the greatest potential to disrupt travel will focus on the East and the Northwest in the days leading up to Christmas.



  Biden Leads Sanders, O'Rourke in Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:37:34 -0500

Biden Leads Sanders, O'Rourke in Iowa Democratic Caucus PollThe poll asked likely caucusgoers who their top choice for president would be among potential candidates for their party’s nomination. The Iowa poll found 32 percent of likely caucusgoers prefer Biden, with 19 percent selecting Sanders as their first choice, and O’Rourke at 11 percent.



  Jake Tapper Shuts Down Susan Collins' Attempt To Spin Trump Hush Money Payments   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:15:15 -0500

Jake Tapper Shuts Down Susan Collins' Attempt To Spin Trump Hush Money PaymentsSen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks more information is needed before she can



  Every Photo You Need to See of the $100,000 Lincoln Continental Coach   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:50:00 -0500

Every Photo You Need to See of the $100,000 Lincoln Continental Coach



  'The Notorious RBG' draws sold-out audience in New York   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:49:32 -0500

'The Notorious RBG' draws sold-out audience in New YorkNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely national rock star. But "The Notorious RBG" is now the subject of a second film about her this year — in theaters on Christmas Day.



  Israel says 4th 'attack tunnel' found from Lebanon   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:53:50 -0500

Israel says 4th 'attack tunnel' found from LebanonIsrael's army said Sunday it has uncovered another Hezbollah "attack tunnel" leading from Lebanon into its territory, the fourth since it started a search-and-destroy operation this month. Israel says the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group has dug the infiltration tunnels for use in a future conflict, and the military has been working to eliminate them. The latest tunnel crossing into northern Israel was exposed at the weekend, the army said in a statement.



  Introducing the Army's New Lethal Sniper Rifle   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:00:00 -0500

Introducing the Army's New Lethal Sniper RifleHere's all we know.



  Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:42:30 -0500

Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS groupPARIS (AP) — The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week's deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State group.



  Delta adds Mexico City route from Minneapolis/St. Paul hub   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:03:27 -0500

Delta adds Mexico City route from Minneapolis/St. Paul hubMinneapolis/St. Paul is sixth hub to get nonstop service to Mexico City on Delta, joining Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Salt Lake City.



  Family of seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody disputes official story   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:29:22 -0500

Family of seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody disputes official storyThe family of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in Border Patrol custody is disputing claims made by US officials who said she had not eaten or consumed water for days. 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. Tekandi Paniagua, the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas, said Mr Caal told him the group they were travelling with was dropped off in Mexico about a 90-minute walk from the US border.



  Family complains that Catholic priest used teen's funeral to condemn suicide   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:26:37 -0500

Family complains that Catholic priest used teen's funeral to condemn suicideThe parents of a teenage boy who took his own life have condemned a Catholic priest who questioned whether their son would get to heaven while presiding over his funeral. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit expressed regret for the comments and said the Rev Don LaCuesta would not preach at funerals "for the foreseeable future". But the parents of Maison Hullibarger said they wanted the priest removed from his post for the heartbreak caused. "We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died," his mother, Linda Hullibarger, told The Detroit Free Press. Jeff Hullibarger added: "It was his time to tell everybody what he thought of suicide, (and) we couldn't believe what he was saying. “He was up there condemning our son, pretty much calling him a sinner. He wondered if he had repented enough to make it to heaven. He said 'suicide' upwards of six times. They said they met the priest ahead of the service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Temperance, Michigan, on December 8, setting out what they hoped to hear in a loving homily. However, the Catholic Church has traditionally taught that suicide was an unforgiveable sin. It has only been in recent years that the stance has softened to forgive suicide in situations of extreme stress. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit apologised and said Mr LaCuesta would be removed from funeral duties and given extra assistance. "We share the family’s grief at such a profound loss. Our hope is always to bring comfort into situations of great pain, through funeral services centered on the love and healing power of Christ," it said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that did not happen in this case. We understand that an unbearable situation was made even more difficult, and we are sorry."



  Comey back on Capitol Hill for second closed-door testimony   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:11:48 -0500

Comey back on Capitol Hill for second closed-door testimonyFormer FBI director facing questions over a recently declassified memo on the anti-Trump dossier; Catherine Herridge reports.



  Turkey would consider working with Assad if he won a democratic Syrian election   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:18:13 -0500

Turkey would consider working with Assad if he won a democratic Syrian electionTurkey and other world powers would consider working with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he won a democratic election, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a conference in Qatar on Sunday. Turkey supported the opposition to Assad in the Syrian civil war that broke out in 2011 and continues to support rebel fighters who control part of northwest Syria. A year ago Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described Assad as a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him.



  Early week storm may be strongest yet this season in northwestern US   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 04:42:52 -0500

Early week storm may be strongest yet this season in northwestern USThe next storm aiming for the northwestern United States will pack a big punch in Washington and Oregon through Tuesday.



  Sudan's Bashir visits Damascus, meets Assad: Syrian presidency   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:52:26 -0500

Sudan's Bashir visits Damascus, meets Assad: Syrian presidencySudan's President Omar al-Bachir visited Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian presidency said, in his first such visit to the war-torn country since the start of the conflict. "President Omar Hassan al-Bashir... arrived this afternoon on a visit to the Syrian Arab Republic," the presidency said. President Bashar al-Assad went to meet his Sudanese counterpart at the Damascus airport on Saturday afternoon, the presidency said.



  South Africa's ANC Postpones Party Election List Conference   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:44:53 -0500

South Africa's ANC Postpones Party Election List ConferenceThe 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.



  Strasbourg attack victims honoured   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:34:03 -0500

Strasbourg attack victims honouredSeveral hundred people gathered in Strasbourg Sunday to honour the victims of an attack on the city's popular Christmas market that left four dead. The ceremony, organised by local rights associations with the approval of the city authorities, included music, singing and several readings. Earlier Sunday, police in the eastern French city, which is home to the European Parliament, released two close associates of the attacker, Cherif Chekatt who was on a French list of possible extremist security risks.



  Ask the Captain: Do planes have quirks like cars?   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 22:37:51 -0500

Ask the Captain: Do planes have quirks like cars?Pilots fly many different airplanes of the same model within a fleet. While there are some differences, they fly pretty much the same.



  New Zealand leader excited for holiday break with infant   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:25:06 -0500

New Zealand leader excited for holiday break with infantWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that six months after giving birth, she's looking forward to spending more time with her daughter Neve over the Christmas break and thanking everybody who's helped her juggle responsibilities.



  'Dirty Deeds,' not by Michael Cohen   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:14:38 -0500

'Dirty Deeds,' not by Michael CohenYahoo News' Jerry Adler imagines the tell-all book that Michael Cohen will someday write.



  Colin Kroll, Co-Founder Of HQ Trivia And Vine, Found Dead In New York Apartment   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:38:28 -0500

Colin Kroll, Co-Founder Of HQ Trivia And Vine, Found Dead In New York ApartmentColin Kroll, the co-founder of the widely popular game HQ Trivia, has been



  Australia "recognition" move criticized in Israel   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:40:02 -0500

Australia "recognition" move criticized in IsraelIsrael indicates displeasure at an Australian decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital - with a confidant of Benjamin Netanyahu suggesting the announcement does not go far enough. Pascale davies reports.



  Sri Lanka's Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM before president: local media   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:16:05 -0500

Sri Lanka's Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM before president: local mediaCOLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as prime minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, local media said on Sunday, likely ending a political crisis that began in late October when he was ousted in a surprise decision. Wickremesinghe was sworn in around 11:15 a.m. (0415 GMT), which was considered as an auspicious time for Wickremesinghe, who took over the post for the fifth time. The South Asian island country had plunged into instability after Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was then twice sacked by parliament. ...



  Snow showers, squalls to accompany fresh wave of cold air in northeastern US Monday   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:09:25 -0500

Snow showers, squalls to accompany fresh wave of cold air in northeastern US MondayCold air diving into the northeastern United States to start the new week will be accompanied by gusty winds, snow and the threat for slippery travel.



  Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips Syria   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:02:08 -0500

Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips SyriaAl-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.



  Qatar Buys Mexican Oil Stakes From Eni   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Qatar Buys Mexican Oil Stakes From EniEni 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.



  The most popular Uber drop-off spot in 49 states: Stadiums, casinos and bars   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:09:27 -0500

The most popular Uber drop-off spot in 49 states: Stadiums, casinos and barsRidesharing has become increasingly popular for travelers, as evidenced by recent reports that Uber is the most expensed brand for business travelers.



  Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:09:23 -0500

Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replicaSAN 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.



  Trump Has More Arrows in His Trade War Quiver Than Xi—For Now   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:39:00 -0500

Trump Has More Arrows in His Trade War Quiver Than Xi—For NowWashington's advantage might not last.



  Southwest Passenger Says She Was Forced To Leave Pet Fish At Denver Airport   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:35:26 -0500

Southwest Passenger Says She Was Forced To Leave Pet Fish At Denver AirportA San Diego-area college student is accusing Southwest Airlines of forcing her



  2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Bolder Looks and an Optional Diesel [Update: The Diesel Is Dead]   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:00:00 -0500

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Bolder Looks and an Optional Diesel [Update: The Diesel Is Dead]The fourth generation of Hyundai's mid-size crossover is larger than before but still offers only two rows of seats.



  5 Products That Can Make Driving in Winter Easier   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:16:00 -0500

5 Products That Can Make Driving in Winter Easier



  Iran urges EU to press Washington on Airbus deliveries: ISNA   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 06:46:44 -0500

Iran urges EU to press Washington on Airbus deliveries: ISNAIran called on the European Union on Monday to press U.S. authorities to allow delivery of Airbus passenger aircraft purchased by Tehran, Iran's student news agency ISNA reported.To upgrade its aging fleet, Iran Air ordered 200 passenger aircraft - 100 from Airbus, 80 from Boeing and 20 from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR - after a 2015 nuclear deal was reached between Iran and six major powers.