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  U.S. Citizens Say They Were Detained By Border Patrol Agent For ‘Speaking Spanish’   Mon, 21 May 2018 06:18:24 -0400

U.S. Citizens Say They Were Detained By Border Patrol Agent For ‘Speaking Spanish’Two U.S. citizens said they were detained last week by a Border Patrol agent



  Reform group targets the 'money state' of anonymous donors   Mon, 21 May 2018 05:00:34 -0400

Reform group targets the 'money state' of anonymous donors“I think you can say there's only, sadly, one thing important in our politics, and that is lots of money,” said Tim Roemer, who co-chairs a political reform group called Issue One.



  David Hogg Calls On Media To Stop Naming Santa Fe School Shooter   Sun, 20 May 2018 18:20:47 -0400

David Hogg Calls On Media To Stop Naming Santa Fe School ShooterGun control advocate David Hogg called on the press to stop using the name and



  One injured as Kilauea volcano destruction continues   Sun, 20 May 2018 11:54:03 -0400

One injured as Kilauea volcano destruction continuesA man was seriously injured when struck by lava at his home in Pahoa, Hawaii. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and a major highway cut off as residents remain on alert.



  Texas Gov.'s Campaign Cancels Shotgun Giveaway After Santa Fe School Shooting   Sun, 20 May 2018 15:04:54 -0400

Texas Gov.'s Campaign Cancels Shotgun Giveaway After Santa Fe School ShootingThe re-election campaign of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday canceled a



  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate with private reception after wedding   Sun, 20 May 2018 11:57:58 -0400

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate with private reception after weddingAfter their widely-viewed wedding ceremony, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took off in a 1960s-era Jaguar for a private reception with just 200 invited guests.



  Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran   Sun, 20 May 2018 07:25:04 -0400

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by IranBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.



  Deadly Texas school shooting gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say   Mon, 21 May 2018 16:29:12 -0400

Deadly Texas school shooting gunman 'confused,' his lawyers sayThe gunman accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 at a Texas high school last week was in a state of mental confusion, his attorneys said Monday, as schools beefed up security for students returning to classrooms. At least two of those wounded in Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School were still hospitalized, including school police officer John Barnes, who remained in critical condition, said the University of Texas Medical Branch. A statewide moment of silence was held in the morning to remember the eight students and two teachers killed.



  The Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world in 2017: report   Mon, 21 May 2018 06:17:02 -0400

The Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world in 2017: reportWhile growth among the top 20 museums was relatively flat (0.2 percent growth worldwide between 2016 and 2017), authors note the exceptional performances of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which saw an impressive 25 percent spike in visitors in 2017, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which also saw a 23 percent growth over the previous year. The report was published jointly by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and engineering firm AECOM.



  Cops Accused Of Racism After Detaining Black Man Over 'Vegetation'   Mon, 21 May 2018 20:33:37 -0400

Cops Accused Of Racism After Detaining Black Man Over 'Vegetation'A Kansas police department is facing allegations of racism after a black man



  Thousands of Moroccans protest against US Jerusalem embassy move   Sun, 20 May 2018 11:52:35 -0400

Thousands of Moroccans protest against US Jerusalem embassy moveMore than 10,000 Moroccans chanting "Death to Israel" took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday to protest against the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The marchers carried Palestinian flags and placards that read "Al Quds (Jerusalem) Palestine's eternal capital". The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, moving it from Tel Aviv, a move that reversed decades of U.S. policy and delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.



  Gay Man Says Pope Francis Told Him, ‘God Made You Like That And Loves You Like That'   Mon, 21 May 2018 11:41:05 -0400

Gay Man Says Pope Francis Told Him, ‘God Made You Like That And Loves You Like That'In what's been characterized as the most progressive remarks ever uttered by a



  Airline Passenger Arrested After Allegedly Harassing Woman And Peeing On Seat   Mon, 21 May 2018 17:04:44 -0400

Airline Passenger Arrested After Allegedly Harassing Woman And Peeing On SeatA Colorado man is facing federal charges after he allegedly harassed a female



  Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1   Sun, 20 May 2018 19:39:38 -0400

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.



  US police launch manhunt after officer killed from 'unidentified injuries' while investigating suspicious vehicle   Mon, 21 May 2018 18:52:00 -0400

US police launch manhunt after officer killed from 'unidentified injuries' while investigating suspicious vehicleA Baltimore County police officer has been killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle, setting off a manhunt in a residential area of Maryland. Police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Perry Hall community at 2 pm local time, the police department said on Twitter. A spokeswoman for the police department told The Independent the officer had suffered multiple injuries, but would not confirm the cause.



  Rep. Gaetz: It's like Jeff Sessions has Stockholm syndrome   Mon, 21 May 2018 14:19:53 -0400

Rep. Gaetz: It's like Jeff Sessions has Stockholm syndromeRepublican congressman from Florida urges the attorney general to renounce his recusal from the Russian investigation.



  Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxies   Mon, 21 May 2018 22:34:25 -0400

Mike Pompeo threatens 'strongest sanctions in history' and vows to 'crush' Iranian proxiesMike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, threatened Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history" and vowed to "crush" the regime's proxies around the world on Monday, sparking a furious response from Tehran. Mr Pompeo also called for a new nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal that Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this month. But the top US diplomat issued a list of  12 requirements for such a deal, many of which Iran would be unlikely to agree to. He said the US would apply "unprecedented financial pressure" on Iran and send teams of specialists to allies around the world to explain US policy. Mr Pompeo said if Iran makes "major changes" the US was willing to lift all sanctions. Iran responded in furious fashion. President Hassan Rouhani led a bitter personal attack on Mr Pompeo, pointing out that he had until recently led the CIA, which had been implicated in Iran's 1953 coup. "A guy who had been active in an espionage center for years now wants to make a decision for Iran and other countries from the position of a foreign minister. It is not acceptable under any circumstance," he said. Javad Zarif, the foreign minister, insisted Iran was working with other partners to find a new solution. US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies—dictated by corrupt Special Interest—it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards. Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) May 21, 2018 Iran deal was a 'loser' Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking the job, Mr Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month.  He framed the 2015 deal as allowing Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West. Mr Pompeo accused the Iranian regime of "playing with house money that has become blood money". And he told the regime: "Understand your current activities will be met with steely resolve". He added: "The Obama administration made a bet.  That bet was a loser with massive repercussions. Mike Pompeo speaking in Washington Credit: Reuters "The bet was a bad one for the US, for Europe, and for the world. Iran's leaders saw it as a starting gun for the march across the Middle East." He added: "We will track down Iranian operatives and their proxies around the world and we will crush them." America 'open' to a new deal Mr Pompeo called for a new treaty with Iran, ratified by Congress, that ends enrichment and gives inspectors access . He said Iran must "stop enrichment" of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country". The Iranians must also declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon, he said. Mr Pompeo also demanded that Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, withdraw all forces from Syria, halt support for Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel. It must also release all US citizens missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges". Mike Pompeo Iran demands Mr Pompeo said if Iran made "major changes" the US would be willing to lift all sanctions, restoring full diplomatic and commercial ties. The US. would even support the modernisation of Iran's economy and help it reintegrate into the global financial system, he said. He added: "A treaty would be our preferred way to go."   Pompeo reaches out to European allies Mr Pompeo reached out to European and Middle Eastern  allies to help ramp up economic pressure on Iran. He said: "We want the support of our most important allies," adding that he welcomed backing from any other nation "sick and tired" of Iran. He said the plan "may seem unrealsistic" but what the US was pursuing was the global consensus befoe the 2015 Iran deal. "Our ears are open to what may be possible," he said, adding that progress with North Korea showed what could be achieved.   Other signatories of the 2015 Ian deal - Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, China, Russia and Iran - have said they will try to keep the agreement alive.  Mr Pompeo said: "I know our allies in Europe may try to keep the old nuclear deal going with Tehran. That is certainly their decision. They know where wee stand." The future of the 2015 deal remains in the balance, with Iran saying it will only keep to the agreement if the economic benefits gained from it remain in placed.  American allies have been clamouring for the Trump administration to explain its ‘Plan B’ approach to Iran after unilaterally quitting the deal.  US 'fully prepared' to respond if Iran resumes nuclear programme Mr Pompeo said the US was ready if Iran chose to resume its nuclear programme. He said: "Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable - give up your programme. "Should they choose to go back, should they begin to enrich, we are fully prepared to respond to that as well. I hope they will make a different decision, choose a different path." He did not say what the US response would be. European businesses would have to cut ties with Iran Much of the effectiveness of the Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions depends on European businesses cutting economic ties with Iran.   Firms in the EU have taken much more advantage of the 2015 waiving of sanctions to sign contracts increasing business in Iran than those in America.  The EU exported over €10.8 billion (£9.4 billion) worth of goods to Iran in 2017, half of which was made up by machinery and transport. That is up from €6.5 billion (£5.7 billion) in 2015.  Senior Trump administration officials have threatened to impose ‘secondary sanctions’ on European businesses if they refuse to cancel their contracts. In return the EU has moved to reimpose a “blocking statue” originally meant to circumvent a the US embargo against Cuba in the 1990s that would protect European businesses. 



  25 Must-Buys from Food52's Rare Two-Day Sale   Mon, 21 May 2018 14:48:57 -0400

25 Must-Buys from Food52's Rare Two-Day Sale



  Trump Sets Up Showdown With DOJ Over Claims Of Campaign Surveillance   Sun, 20 May 2018 15:44:17 -0400

Trump Sets Up Showdown With DOJ Over Claims Of Campaign SurveillancePresident Donald Trump said on Sunday he intends to direct the Department of



  Pakistan's Karachi hit by sweltering heatwave   Mon, 21 May 2018 15:19:24 -0400

Pakistan's Karachi hit by sweltering heatwaveResidents of Pakistan's largest city Karachi were urged to seek shelter Monday as the temperature hit 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 Fahrenheit), sparking fears of widespread heatstroke during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The Pakistan Meteorological Department warned the sweltering heat would continue throughout the week, forecasting daytime temperatures of between 40-43 degrees.



  Mourners Honor Pakistani Student Killed in Santa Fe High School Shooting   Mon, 21 May 2018 07:25:52 -0400

Mourners Honor Pakistani Student Killed in Santa Fe High School ShootingThe Texas community rocked by Friday's mass school shooting that killed eight



  The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your Employer   Mon, 21 May 2018 10:19:47 -0400

The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your EmployerEmployers who stiff their workers or discriminate against them just got a big



  Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new danger   Sun, 20 May 2018 19:07:09 -0400

Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new dangerPAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury.



  'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar system   Mon, 21 May 2018 15:54:45 -0400

'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar systemBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originated in another star system. Researchers said on Monday a close examination of the asteroid's orbit indicated it formed elsewhere and was captured by gravitational forces when our solar system -- the sun, planets and various other objects -- formed from a swirling cloud of gas and dust about 4.5 billion years ago. "It is a strong candidate for the oldest object in the solar system," said astronomer Fathi Namouni of Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in France.



  Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: NYPD   Sun, 20 May 2018 19:00:01 -0400

Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: NYPDMario Batali, the world-famous chef and restaurateur who has been accused by



  Russia Is Reaping the Benefits of Israel's Actions in Syria   Sun, 20 May 2018 19:39:00 -0400

Russia Is Reaping the Benefits of Israel's Actions in SyriaFor Putin, the path to consolidating his Syrian achievements may lie in an agreement with Israel that further solidifies Russia’s status. Russian president Vladimir Putin further cemented his position atop the Syrian power pyramid as a result of Israel’s massive air campaign that targeted Iran’s positions and Assad’s air defenses.



  Cougar kills mountain biker and wounds another in Washington state   Sun, 20 May 2018 09:03:19 -0400

Cougar kills mountain biker and wounds another in Washington stateTwo friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometres) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalised. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's body, where agents for the state's Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported. The names of neither man were immediately released. The 31-year-old survivor said he and his friend were mountain biking in the Lake Hancock forest area at about 11am when they realised they were being chased by the big cat. "So they stopped and they made a lot of noise, said Capt. Alan Myers of the state department of Fish and Wildlife, ''which is exactly what we counsel people to do. "The two victims then took a minute and were catching their breath about this amazing, incredibly scary event that just occurred and suddenly the victim (the survivor) was attacked again by this cougar.  "It latched onto his head. He said he had his whole entire head in the jaws of this animal and was being shaken around very, very horribly."  Here’s a photo of the cougar that attacked two men on a mountain bike ride near North Bend today. One man died. Another man is at Harborview Medical Center tonight @komonews#komonews#Cougarattackpic.twitter.com/gVQSLL3CwB— Tammy Mutasa (@TammyKOMO) May 20, 2018 The second victim turned and started to run away, and the cougar went after him and killed the 32-year-old. The injured man rode for about 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) before getting mobile coverage and calling emergency services. Patient status update: The 31-year-old male who arrived at Harborview this afternoon as a result of a mountain lion attack near North Bend is being treated in the Emergency Dept. He is currently awake and alert and in serious condition.— Harborview Seattle (@harborviewmc) May 19, 2018  Sgt. Ryan Abbott said when rescuers arrived it took them about 30 minutes to locate the second victim, who was dead with the cougar standing on top of him. "The deputies shot at him and spooked him, and he ran off," he said. It took several hours before authorities found the cougar up a tree 45 to 182 metres away and killed it. While the cougar was being hunted, rescuers had to wait to retrieve the dead man's body. Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, said it was only the second fatality in the state in the last 94 years. "But it's one too many," he said. Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are a protected species, the Times reported. Each year, the state allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones. 



  National Die-In Day: US high schoolers to protest inaction on gun control   Mon, 21 May 2018 15:44:45 -0400

National Die-In Day: US high schoolers to protest inaction on gun controlStudents rally in front of the White House to protest gun violence in March. American high school students are organizing a National Die-In Day on 12 June to protest continued government inaction on gun control laws. The action will take place on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and will include a die-in at noon in front of the Capitol in Washington DC and another in Orlando.



  Redlands bar worker, off-duty deputy disarm man with AR-15   Mon, 21 May 2018 14:44:13 -0400

Redlands bar worker, off-duty deputy disarm man with AR-15A bar worker and an off-duty deputy stopped what could have been a major tragedy by disarming a man with an AR-15 in Redlands.



  Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Touts Need To Arm Teachers   Sun, 20 May 2018 11:43:58 -0400

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Touts Need To Arm TeachersTexas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) on Sunday pushed for arming teachers and



  One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest   Mon, 21 May 2018 05:27:38 -0400

One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at EverestA celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world's highest peak.



  Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama   Mon, 21 May 2018 14:02:38 -0400

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle ObamaNEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.



  Man dies after falling into baggage level at San Francisco airport   Mon, 21 May 2018 13:56:00 -0400

Man dies after falling into baggage level at San Francisco airport“At approximately 8:45am PDT, a male, aged approximately late 50s/early 60s, fell from the mezzanine level in Terminal 3 down to the baggage claim level”, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said in an email. San Francisco International Airport is a busy transit hub, with some 55 million travellers passing through over the course of last year.



  30 Big-Batch Summer Cocktail Recipes   Mon, 21 May 2018 17:04:00 -0400

30 Big-Batch Summer Cocktail Recipes



  Mike Pompeo Promises To 'Crush' Iran And Achieve A Better Deal   Mon, 21 May 2018 10:45:39 -0400

Mike Pompeo Promises To 'Crush' Iran And Achieve A Better DealWASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday presented a lengthy



  This Convicted Murderer Admits He's a Rapist. But Says Police Should Apologize for Calling Him a Serial Killer   Mon, 21 May 2018 10:53:41 -0400

This Convicted Murderer Admits He's a Rapist. But Says Police Should Apologize for Calling Him a Serial KillerAnd now he's demanding an apology from police



  China's H-6K: The 'Old' Bomber That Could 'Sink' the U.S. Navy   Mon, 21 May 2018 19:56:00 -0400

China's H-6K: The 'Old' Bomber That Could 'Sink' the U.S. NavyIn recent days, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has stepped up its activities in the South China Sea. For the first time ever, the PLAAF has landed Xian H-6K bombers on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel archipelago. The Pentagon decried the Chinese move as a part of “China’s continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said.



  Meghan loved her veil embroidered with tribute to the Commonwealth: designer   Sun, 20 May 2018 11:35:03 -0400

Meghan loved her veil embroidered with tribute to the Commonwealth: designerWhen Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry on Saturday, she had with her the 53 countries of the Commonwealth - each one represented in the embroidery of her veil. Recounting the discussions over Meghan's dress and veil for Saturday's groundbreaking wedding, designer Clare Waight Keller said the new Duchess of Sussex had welcomed the idea that her veil could be designed to hold extra significance.



  Hillary Clinton To Endorse Andrew Cuomo's Re-Election   Mon, 21 May 2018 10:14:19 -0400

Hillary Clinton To Endorse Andrew Cuomo's Re-ElectionHillary Clinton is expected to hit the campaign trail this week to endorse New



  White House hypes threat from 'violent animals' of MS-13   Mon, 21 May 2018 11:07:12 -0400

White House hypes threat from 'violent animals' of MS-13Doubling down on Trump's recent controversial remarks about some migrants being "animals" -- which he later said were directed against MS-13 -- the White House sent a statement detailing atrocities committed by the group. It is known for its brutal violence, but until the Trump administration had not been seen as a national security threat warranting sustained White House attention.



  Fountain of lava: See the latest video from Hawaii volcano Kilauea   Mon, 21 May 2018 11:46:31 -0400

Fountain of lava: See the latest video from Hawaii volcano KilaueaThe latest video from the U.S. Geological Survey shows fountains of lava at Fissure 20 of the Hawaii volcano.



  The Latest: Man appears in court on car attack charges   Mon, 21 May 2018 15:12:28 -0400

The Latest: Man appears in court on car attack chargesBESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a vehicle that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant (all times local):



  First baby in 12 years for remote Brazilian island where births are banned   Mon, 21 May 2018 09:44:08 -0400

First baby in 12 years for remote Brazilian island where births are bannedA remote Brazilian island welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there. The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone - including the parents. "The mother, who does not want to be identified, went into labor at home," the island's administration said in a statement carried by O Globo newspaper. "The family says it wasn't aware of the pregnancy." Tiny Fernando de Noronha - an archipelago famous for its wildlife preserve and with a population of just over 3,000 - doesn't authorize births because there's no maternity ward, O Globo reported. Expectant mothers are told to travel to the mainland, where the nearest big city is Natal, 227 miles (365 km) across the ocean. The unidentified mother in Saturday's birth has another child who was born on the mainland, but told O Globo that this time she "didn't feel anything" during her pregnancy. "On Friday night I had pains and when I went to the bathroom I saw something coming down between my legs. That's when the child's father came and picked it up. "It was a baby, a girl. I was dumbstruck."



  Democrats Plan Big Anti-Corruption Theme For Midterms   Mon, 21 May 2018 15:04:57 -0400

Democrats Plan Big Anti-Corruption Theme For MidtermsDemocrats are planning to make Washington corruption a central focus of their



  2019 Subaru Ascent Aims to Climb Atop the 3-Row Midsized-SUV Segment   Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:52 -0400

2019 Subaru Ascent Aims to Climb Atop the 3-Row Midsized-SUV SegmentSubaru has sprung back into the three-row SUV battlefield with a fully competitive model that offers a good engine and comfortable ride, but its merely average third row and lackluster handling h...



  China 'considering scrapping all limits' on number of children per family   Mon, 21 May 2018 11:49:00 -0400

China 'considering scrapping all limits' on number of children per familyChina is considering scrapping the limits it places on how many children families can have, ending one of history's most intrusive and controversial social experiments, a report has claimed. China's cabinet, the State Council, has commissioned research to explore what effects such a move would have, and an announcement could be made later this year or in 2019, Bloomberg News said. In recent years, Beijing has been confronting the consequences of four decades of strict family planning controls - a dwindling workforce and a huge increase in elderly citizens. Authorities scrapped the infamous 'one child policy' in 2016, a move which Beijing hoped would kickstart a baby boom and ward off the looming demographic time-bomb. Communist Party chiefs launched a propaganda blitz urging prospective mothers to “seize the time and conceive”. But busy younger mothers in urban areas - where the new rules mainly applied - turned their backs on having a second child. Also, a two-child limit remained in place for many. The relaxation in family planning laws consequently failed to have a significant impact on falling birthrates, causing a major headache for leaders. Children of Yugur ethnic minority learn traditional dance in Zhangye, northwest China's Gansu Province Credit: Wang Jiang/Zuma Press / eyevine Figures showed only one million more babies were born in 2016 than 2015. Chinese experts expect the country’s working population — estimated by the government to be 998.3 million people by the end of 2016— to drop by around 40 million by 2030. By 2050, 30 per cent of Chinese will be age 60 or over, the United Nations estimates, versus 20 per cent worldwide and 10 per cent in China in the year 2000. China launched its one child policy in the late 1970s as Beijing sought to stem a rapidly growing population, and officials still claim it has been a major factor behind the country’s growing prosperity. But the draconian family planning laws - which are often enforced through intrusive forms of contraception and even forced abortions - have been widely condemned by human rights campaigners. The one-child policy also contributed to a sharp gender imbalance, with 32.66 million more males than females at the end of 2017. There were just over 17.5 million births in China in 2016, the first full year after the one child policy was scrapped, which represented an increase in the country's birth rate from 1.54 to 1.6 children per woman.  China hopes to increase its birth rate to 1.8 by 2021, pushing the total figure each year to up to 21 million. However, many Chinese experts believe that even with no limits on the size of families, China will struggle to significantly boost the number of births. Observers point to a culture of having small families becoming the norm in the country. The phenomenon has become more entrenched with the latest generation of parents, who enjoy the extra freedom and disposable income associated with smaller family units. Li Jianmin, professor of population studies at Nankai University in the northern city of Tianjin, previously told The Telegraph that he expected China's birth rate would stabilise at around 1.6 to 1.7 percent - even without any restrictions on family sizes. "(That) means even less babies will be born in China than abroad,” he said. “It is all about Chinese women now having the same lifestyle as those in the West.”    



  Mark Webber Drives Porsche Mission E On Test Track   Sun, 20 May 2018 16:00:02 -0400

Mark Webber Drives Porsche Mission E On Test TrackThe test run reminded the former champion of another Porsche.



  You Missed Serena Williams' Most Fab Fashion On Royal Wedding Day   Mon, 21 May 2018 07:52:11 -0400

You Missed Serena Williams' Most Fab Fashion On Royal Wedding DaySometimes a girl just wants to be comfortable. Serena Williams showed in a



  20 Quick and Tasty Grilled Chicken Recipes   Mon, 21 May 2018 16:00:00 -0400

20 Quick and Tasty Grilled Chicken Recipes



  In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance   Mon, 21 May 2018 07:32:40 -0400

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substanceTOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.