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  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.



  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



  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.



  ‘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.



  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.



  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



  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.



  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.



  Family of dead migrant girl says she was healthy before being detained at US border   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:42:07 -0500

Family of dead migrant girl says she was healthy before being detained at US borderThe 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. 



  Giuliani Says ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Trump Meet With Mueller   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:53:19 -0500

Giuliani Says ‘Over My Dead Body’ Will Trump Meet With MuellerGiuliani, 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.



  '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.



  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.



  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.



  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.



  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.



  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.



  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."



  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.



  '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.



  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.



  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.



  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.



  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.



  Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campus   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:36:40 -0500

Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campusGoogle became the latest US tech giant to announce a major expansion plan, unveiling a $1 billion investment Monday to create a new campus that could double its New York City workforce to 14,000. The move by Google comes following Amazon's announcement of new headquarters sites in New York and suburban Washington DC worth some $5 billion, and Apple's $1 billion expansion to Texas and other areas. Google parent Alphabet's chief financial officer Ruth Porat said it would lease large office buildings in lower Manhattan, which will become the centerpiece of a campus of more than 1.7 million square feet (160,000 square meters).



  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.



  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.



  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.



  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.



  Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murder   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:30:08 -0500

Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murderSaudi Arabia has strongly denounced US Senate resolutions which called for an end to American support for Saudi forces in Yemen and blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.    The kingdom released an unusually forceful statement after both Democrat and Republican senators defied the White House and voted through the largely symbolic resolutions criticising Saudi Arabia.   "The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership... and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” the Saudi foreign ministry said. While Donald Trump has said he plans to stand by Saudi Arabia, the US-Saudi relationship is under increasing scrutiny from Congress and the American public after the death of Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.   The Senate resolutions have no legal weight but will add to pressure on Mr Trump over his administration’s close ties to the kingdom’s leaders.  How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded Saudi Arabia insists Crown Prince Mohammed was not aware of the plan to kill Mr Khashoggi, even though one of his closest aides and several members of his security entourage were allegedly involved.  The kingdom argues that its bombing campaign in Yemen is in self-defence against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have fired ballistic missiles into Saudi territory. Human rights groups say indiscriminate Saudi bombing and a harsh blockade have killed thousands of civilians.  A UN-brokered ceasefire deal is due to go into effect Tuesday in the key port city of Hodeidah after peace talks between the Houthis and the Yemeni government in Sweden last week.  The agreement was looking shaky after intense fighting in Hodeidah over the weekend but UN officials said they were optimistic that the truce would go ahead. Residents reported sporadic fighting around the city on Monday.  A sustained ceasefire could be a major step towards a larger peace deal to end the three-year war, which is believed to have killed tens of thousands of people and brought millions of Yemenis to the brink of starvation.  Aid groups have warned that a full-on Saudi offensive in Hodeidah could destroy port facilities and stop badly-needed humanitarian supplies from reaching civilians. Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in what Riyadh called a "rogue" operation. The murder has tarnished Riyadh's international reputation, and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on nearly 20 Saudi nationals. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for a "credible" probe into the murder. Anger at the human cost of the war in Yemen has also prompted a harder line in Congress about the US military's role in backing Saudi-led coalition strikes against Huthi rebels. Since the coalition launched its campaign in 2015, the conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation. But some rights groups believe the toll to be far higher.



  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.



  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.



  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



  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.



  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



  North Korea condemns U.S. sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:09:12 -0500

North Korea condemns U.S. sanctions, warns denuclearization at riskNorth Korea on Sunday condemned the U.S. administration for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country.



  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.



  Snow, rain and wind in late-week storm to impact holiday travel in eastern US   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:32:11 -0500

Snow, rain and wind in late-week storm to impact holiday travel in eastern USAs 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.



  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



  Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessions   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:26:02 -0500

Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessionsDefiant “yellow vest” demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday, but the anti-government protests appeared to be losing steam after major concessions by President Emmanuel Macron and another deadly terror attack on French soil. Riot police fired tear gas and fought with protesters on the Champs Elysées and elsewhere in the capital, but these were minor incidents compared with the widespread rioting and looting that took place a week ago. More than 66,000 took part in demos across the country, half the number of a week ago, and in Paris 2,200 people participated, far fewer than the 10,000 who turned out last Saturday, according to interior ministry figures. Face-off: Police stand guard as 'Mariannes' from the feminist group Femen join the Paris protests Credit: ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images On Place de la République in Paris, a few hundred yellow vests congregated in rain and near-zero temperatures after being pushed out of the Opera district by riot police. They unfurled a banner with the slogan: “We want a president of the poor”, a jibe at Mr Macron who many French accuse of being a “president of the rich” who has neglected the small-town and rural voters who make up the bulk of the yellow vest movement. The former investment banker, who is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, unveiled a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the yellow vest crisis, which takes its name from the high visibility jackets all drivers in France are legally obliged to keep in their cars. He was hoping that the package of tax and minimum wage measures for low-income workers would help bring calm to the country after more than a month of clashes and disruption. French security forces intervene as protests weakened in the face of terror threats Credit:  Anadolu His move appeased many French, with public support for the yellow vest protests dropping from more than 80 percent to around 50 percent. But many others, who say the new measures will still not enable them to make ends meet, were set on continuing the protests to try and squeeze more concessions out of the 40-year-old president. “His (Macron’s) taxes will cancel out the rise in the minimum wage,” a 49-year-old computer technician, who declined to give his name, told The Telegraph on the Place de la République. Five 'Mariannes' - the national symbol of the French Republic - confront the gendarmerie Credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images He said he had no intention of giving up the fight, and rejected the government’s call for calm in the wake of a terror attack this week in Strasbourg in which a gunman shot dead four people before being caught, two days later, and shot dead by police.  “That’s merely an excuse to try and keep us off the streets. The attack and this protest have nothing to do with each other,” he said. Protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) demonstrate against rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions along the Champs-Elysee About 8,000 police - four times the number of demonstrators - and 14 armoured vehicles were deployed across Paris for Saturday’s demonstration, and many streets in the city centre were honeycombed with checkpoints where officers in riot gear checked bags and coats for weapons and helmets.  Police said 112 people were taken into custody in Paris.  The number of deaths linked to the protest rose to seven after Belgian police said a man accidentally crashed his car on Friday night into a truck that had stalled at a yellow vest roadblock on the Franco-Belgian border. 



  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.



  Tumblr ban, Comey and federal shutdown: 5 things you need to know Monday   Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:50:39 -0500

Tumblr ban, Comey and federal shutdown: 5 things you need to know MondayFrom Tumblr's ban on adult content to a possible government shutdown, here's what to know about Monday.



  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.



  Delaware baby found dead in Midtown Manhattan hotel; 2 women in custody   Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:20:16 -0500

Delaware baby found dead in Midtown Manhattan hotel; 2 women in custodyTwo women were arrested in New York City after a 4-month-old boy from Delaware was found dead inside of a hotel.



  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. ...



  Father of 7-Year-Old Who Died in Border Patrol Custody Calls for 'Thorough Investigation' of Her Death   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 16:42:22 -0500

Father of 7-Year-Old Who Died in Border Patrol Custody Calls for 'Thorough Investigation' of Her Death“He’s been very clear, very consistent that his daughter was healthy"



  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.



  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



  Americans Turn More Pessimistic on Economy   Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:21:46 -0500

Americans Turn More Pessimistic on EconomyA majority of Americans also say President Donald Trump has been untruthful about the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign, and half say the probe has given them doubts about Trump’s presidency. “For the first time in Trump’s presidency, his safety net of a robust economy shows signs of unraveling,” said Fred Yang, a Democratic pollster with Hart Research Associates. The poll, taken a month after November’s midterm elections, shows more Americans want congressional Democrats to take the lead in setting policy for the U.S.



  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.