Monday, December 31, 2018

San Quentin inmate who walked away from prison may be headed toward Los Angeles area, authorities say

San Quentin inmate who walked away from prison may be headed toward Los Angeles area, authorities sayOfficials say an inmate who walked away from San Quentin State Prison earlier this week was seen in the city of San Miguel on Friday, and investigators believe he is heading toward the Los Angeles area.




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6 people injured in jetway collapse at Baltimore-Washington International Airport

6 people injured in jetway collapse at Baltimore-Washington International AirportAt least 6 people were injured, according to a Tweet sent out by BWI airport. However, none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.




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Cyberattack hits U.S. newspaper distribution

Cyberattack hits U.S. newspaper distributionThe cyberattack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The attack led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of The Times, Tribune, Sun and other newspapers that share a production platform in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers also include the New York Daily News and Orlando Sentinel, said it first detected the malware on Friday.




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Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive’ Role in Syria Peace

Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive’ Role in Syria PeaceIn a New Year’s message to Erdogan published by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin said that “Moscow and Ankara are making a decisive contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria, as well as to the promotion of a political settlement in that country.”His comment came a day after the Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers, as well as the countries’ intelligence chiefs, held talks in Moscow on Syria as they move to fill the void left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to order a military pullout. “We reached an agreement on how Russian and Turkish military representatives on the ground will continue to coordinate their actions in these new conditions, with the goal of decisively defeating the terrorist threat in Syria,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after the talks.




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Bangladesh opposition leader expects victory if vote is fair

Bangladesh opposition leader expects victory if vote is fairDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — When the founding leader of Bangladesh, father of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was assassinated in 1975 after helping achieve independence from Pakistan, then-Foreign Minister Kamal Hossain abandoned a state visit in Europe to rush to her side.




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PG&E could face murder charges in California wildfires, attorney general says

PG&E could face murder charges in California wildfires, attorney general saysCalifornia's attorney general said it's possible the power utility could face charges up to murder if investigators find reckless operation of power equipment caused any deadly wildfires.




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Does the U.S. Navy Have Another Carrier-Killer Missile to Worry About?

Does the U.S. Navy Have Another Carrier-Killer Missile to Worry About?Here comes the YJ-12.




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Gambia's journalists, free from dictator, work to win trust

Journalists in Gambia have launched a self-regulatory body they hope will offer legitimacy, and far more freedom, to media emerging from a dictatorship that ruled the tiny West African nation for more than two decades.

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Hannover airport closed for over four hours after car drives onto runway

Hannover airport closed for over four hours after car drives onto runwayThe airport in the German city of Hannover was closed for over four hours after a car drove onto the runway. The unnamed driver has been arrested, and all flights were diverted from 3:30pm until 8pm. A police spokesman said a car with a Polish license plate managed to get on to the runway just after a plane had landed. “Officers from the Federal Police were able to stop the car and overwhelm the man,” said Hannover police, in a statement. The incident comes after the airport increased security over the Christmas period. Passengers inside Hannover airport wait for updates “The security areas are currently vacated, currently there is no clearance," police said, immediately after the incident. "Flight operations are currently suspended. The investigation continues.” Eurocontrol, the organisation responsible for air traffic management, said there were no flights due to land or take off until 8pm. “Zero rate applied for arrivals and departures due to an ongoing security issue on the airfield,” Eurocontrol said. “Delays are high.” Flights resumed at 8:06pm, the airport announced on its website.




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Despite regime troops nearby, Syrians in Manbij still fear Turkey

Despite regime troops nearby, Syrians in Manbij still fear TurkeySyrian forces have deployed around the city of Manbij at the request of the Kurds, but Abu Azeez Jaber still fears a US military withdrawal will see Turkish troops enter. Since 2016, the strategic northern city on the Turkish border has been controlled by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the US-led coalition. On Friday, Syria's army announced it had sent troops to the region, after Kurdish forces said they had requested the regime's help.




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Putin tells Trump that Moscow is open for dialog

Putin tells Trump that Moscow is open for dialogRussian President Vladimir Putin told President Trump in a letter on Sunday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda," the Kremlin said




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Former independent counsel Ken Starr on Rudy Giuliani indicating Robert Mueller's investigation should be investigated

Former independent counsel Ken Starr on Rudy Giuliani indicating Robert Mueller's investigation should be investigatedPresident Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani accused Mueller's office of destroying evidence by allowing text messages from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to be erased.




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Cyber-attack hits US newspaper deliveries: report

Cyber-attack hits US newspaper deliveries: reportA malware attack that appears to have originated outside the US delayed the hardcopy distribution of several major newspapers, according to a report. The LA Times said Saturday that the attack, which was first assumed to have been a server outage, hit a computer network at Tribune Publishing which is connected to the production and printing process of multiple newspapers around the country. As a result, the delivery of the Saturday editions of the LA Times and San Diego Union Tribune were delayed.




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Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to vote

Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to voteDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As Bangladeshis get set to vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes.




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Washington Parses Trump’s Wall Semantics in Search for Compromise

Washington Parses Trump’s Wall Semantics in Search for CompromiseTrump’s demand for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico actually refers to “steel slats” as well as the technology that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers have said they need to intercept the illegal flow of goods and people, according to Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser. “It is a silly semantic argument because people who just want to say ‘wall, wall, wall’ want that to be a four-letter word,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday,” one of two appearances on a day parts of the federal government are shut for a ninth day.




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Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclearLOS ANGELES (AP) — The origins of a suspected computer attack that disrupted the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing newspapers remained unclear Sunday after causing delivery delays and being brought to the attention of federal investigators.




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California officer's killing reignites sanctuary law fight

California officer's killing reignites sanctuary law fightSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The shooting death of a California police officer has reignited the debate over sanctuary laws, with a sheriff all but blaming the statewide immigration policy for the killing as he announced the arrest of a man living in the U.S. illegally.




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Gambia's journalists, free from dictator, work to win trust

Journalists in Gambia have launched a self-regulatory body they hope will offer legitimacy, and far more freedom, to media emerging from a dictatorship that ruled the tiny West African nation for more than two decades.

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Cyberattack hits U.S. newspaper distribution

Cyberattack hits U.S. newspaper distributionThe cyberattack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The attack led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of The Times, Tribune, Sun and other newspapers that share a production platform in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers also include the New York Daily News and Orlando Sentinel, said it first detected the malware on Friday.




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Bangladesh opposition calls for fresh election as Sheikh Hasina wins amid violence and vote-rigging claims

Bangladesh opposition calls for fresh election as Sheikh Hasina wins amid violence and vote-rigging claimsBangladesh's main opposition called for a fresh vote on Sunday as the country's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and her ruling Awami League were declared the winners of an election tainted by violence and vote-rigging allegations. At least 17 people were said to have been killed in election day clashes, while reports flowed in of alleged vote manipulation and people being blocked from entering polling stations by ruling party supporters. As Mrs Hasina's alliance sailed past the 151 seats needed to form a government and headed for a landslide third consecutive term, the country's main opposition leader called for the "farcical" election to be declared void.  Kamal Hossain, head of the Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF), the largest opposition alliance, told a press conference in Dhaka that votes had been "rigged on a massive scale across the country".  He urged Bangladesh's election commission to dismiss the result and call "fresh elections under a non-partisan caretaker government as soon as possible".  Salahuddin Ahmed, a candidate for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the largest single party in the opposition alliance, was stabbed in Dhaka as the election unfolded Credit: Reuters Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed finished delivering the results of the voting early on Monday. Ahmed said the ruling Awami League-led alliance won 288 seats while the JOF, led by former president H.M.Ershad, had 20 seats. An opposition alliance led by Mr Hossain had only seven and others got three out of 300 seats. The poll followed a campaign that had been marred by violence and a crackdown on freedom of speech. Human Rights Watch and other international groups had decried repressive measures which they said had created a climate of fear. Some 600,000 security personnel had been deployed for the election, while authorities ordered the shutdown of high speed internet to prevent the spread of "rumours" that might spark unrest. Vehicles in Dhaka burn after an opposition rally which ended with police using tear gas and batons after the election was announced Credit: AFP On Sunday, polling agents alleged that they had stayed away out of fear. Others claimed they had been beaten up and forced out of voting centres. Rumana Mahmood, a JOF candidate in Sirajganj, 68 miles northwest of Dhaka, claimed that 90 percent of her supporters had been prevented from voting for her. "In most cases they were not allowed to enter the voting centres. Police and the ruling Awami League party cadres blocked them,” she alleged to the Telegraph, claiming that supporters of the ruling party had stuffed ballot boxes in favour of the government. Supporters of Bangladesh Awami League march along a street as they take part in a rally ahead of December 30 general election vote Credit:  MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP One 65-year-old woman in Ms Mahmood’s constituency claimed that the police had not allowed her to vote freely. "We were around 20 or 25 women from the same locality. The policemen at the gate of the centre said that he would allow us inside if we voted for the boat (symbol of the Awami League),” she said."In my locality there are hundreds of people who have not been allowed in any voting centre today."  Bangladesh has become increasingly authoritarian under Mrs Hasina’s rule, moving closer towards a de-facto one-party state while Begum Khaleda Zia, her arch-rival, and leader of the largest opposition party, the Bangladesh National Party, serves a lengthy prison sentence on corruption charges. 




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Does the U.S. Navy Have Another Carrier-Killer Missile to Worry About?

Does the U.S. Navy Have Another Carrier-Killer Missile to Worry About?Here comes the YJ-12.




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Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election body

Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election bodyThe announcement follows heavy criticism of October's chaotic parliamentary election, which saw problems ranging from roadside bomb attacks to malfunctioning biometric voter verification equipment, incomplete voter lists and huge delays at polling sites. The timing of the election has also been complicated by talks under way between U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives of the Taliban aimed at launching a full peace process to end the war in Afghanistan. The election was originally scheduled for April 20 but Gula Jan Abdul Bade Sayad, chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said mounting problems had forced a delay.




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Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after 4 rebels killed

Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after 4 rebels killedSRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in disputed Kashmir on Saturday after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed four rebels, police and residents said.




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AP Investigation: Food aid stolen as Yemen starves

Day after day Nabil al-Hakimi, a humanitarian official in Taiz, one of Yemen's largest cities, went to work feeling he had a "mountain" on his shoulders.

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Election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance won vote

An election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won Sunday's election with 288 seats giving it enough to form the government.

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Merkel vows Germany will keep pushing for 'global solutions'

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will keep pushing for global solutions to challenges in 2019 and also has to take greater responsibility in the world.

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Kim Jong Un calls for more summits with South Korea in 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more summits with South Korea in 2019 in a letter sent to South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Sunday, Moon's office said.

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AP photographer Desmond Boylan dies in Havana at 54

Desmond Boylan, a photographer who covered war and conflict across the world before dedicating his life to documenting the daily joys and tribulations of life in Cuba for The Associated Press, died suddenly while on assignment on Saturday afternoon in Havana.

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Bosnia: Protesters demand resignations over student's death

Several thousand people rallied Sunday in support of a Bosnian father who helped launch a movement for justice and rule of law while pursuing the truth about his 21-year-old son's death.

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Russia resettles 30 Russian children from war on IS in Iraq

Russia resettled 30 children of jailed and deceased Islamic State members from Iraq, on Sunday, in a minor breakthrough to the deadlock over what to do with the foreign families to IS militants.

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Ex-Argentina FM who had role in probe of AMIA bombing dies

Hector Timerman, a foreign minister in former President Cristina Fernandez's government who played a key role in the disputed investigation into the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, has died, his family said Sunday.

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6 Iranians found on English beach as Channel crossings mount

The governments of France and Britain scrambled to respond Sunday to a mounting number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, a trend illustrated by six Iranian men who turned up on a beach in southeastern England.

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Sudan unions call for 2nd march on Bashir's palace

An umbrella group of independent professional unions called Sunday on people to march on the presidential palace in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, to demand that leader Omar Bashir step down, signaling that protests against the 29-year rule of the autocratic president are showing no sign of abating.

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Helicopter crash leaves 4 dead after aircraft explodes near world's longest zip line in UAE

Four people have been killed when a helicopter exploded into a fireball after reportedly clipping the world's longest zip line on Saturday.

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Syria's Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad authorized Sunday Iraqi forces to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, state news agency SANA said, as the two allies coordinate their fight against extremists ahead of a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria.

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UN calls out Yemen's Houthi rebels over peace gestures

The United Nations cast doubt Sunday on claims by Yemen's Shiite rebels to have withdrawn from the Red Sea port of Hodeida, saying such steps can only be credible if all other parties can verify them.

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The Latest: Polls close in Bangladesh general election

The Latest on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Polling stations have closed in Bangladesh's general election.

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Putin scores some wins but tensions with the West mount

It's been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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N. Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday calling for more peace talks between the leaders in the new year following their active engagement in 2018, South Korea's presidential office said.

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Year-End Storm in the Philippines Kills More Than 60


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Philippine President Says He Sexually Abused Housemaid as a Teenager


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C.I.A.’s Afghan Forces Leave a Trail of Abuse and Anger


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In Orange County, a Republican Fortress Turns Democratic


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Consejos para vivir mejor en 2019


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‘The Train Was So Packed That It Was Difficult For Me to Do What I Always Did’


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2 of New York’s Most Influential Offices Are About to be Held by One Person


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What’s on TV Monday: New Year’s Eve Celebrations and Taylor Swift


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Armed Man in Tactical Clothing Headed to a Texas Church to ‘Fulfill a Prophecy,’ Police Say


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Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown


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Obamacare, Ruled Invalid by Federal Judge, Will Remain in Effect During Appeal


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Lindsey Graham Suggests Syrian Troop Drawdown Will Take Longer Than 30 Days


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Quotation of the Day: C.I.A.-Led Afghan Forces Leave Grim Trail of Abuse


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