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Terry Harch rescue: Soldier trapped for days on mountain is rescued Terry Harch rescue: Soldier trapped for days on mountain is rescued
- August 05, 2018

Harch had parked his auto last Friday to climb the mountain and was expected back on Monday. Rescue authorities said they plucked him from the mountain on Friday in what they described as a "snatch and grab" mission involving three helicopters. (more...)
Bookkeeper tells jury Manafort submitted doctored statements to bank Bookkeeper tells jury Manafort submitted doctored statements to bank
- August 05, 2018

The former Trump campaign chairman's trial is entering its fourth day Friday in Alexandria, Va., with the spotlight moving away from his lavish spending habits and onto how prosecutors say he concealed information from his financial record-keepers and lied about his income to acquire loans. (more...)
Europe battles wildfires, drought and scorching temperatures as heatwave drags on Europe battles wildfires, drought and scorching temperatures as heatwave drags on
- August 05, 2018

LISBON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - More than 740 firefighters battled a forest fire in southern Portugal on Saturday as temperatures climbed to near record highs in the Iberian Peninsula amid a Europe-wide heatwave that has brought drought and wildfires from Greece to Sweden . (more...)
Denmark veil ban: First woman charged for wearing niqab Denmark veil ban: First woman charged for wearing niqab
- August 05, 2018

Both women have been charged for fighting in public, but the Muslim woman was also fined for failing to obey the new law. Police were called to the scene and reviewed CCTV footage of the incident, which took place in a shopping centre in Horsholm, around 15 miles north of the capital Copenhagen yesterday. (more...)
More questions arise in murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht More questions arise in murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht
- August 04, 2018

Investigators found an extensive intelligence file on his alleged victim at his home. For weeks, the crime simmered unsolved, drawing national headlines, for both Hausknecht's most famous former patient, George H.W. Police said it was the only connection they could find between the two men. Police will continue investigating the shooting. Pappas was wearing body armor with hidden holsters and Acevedo believes there could have been a shootout if a second officer hadn't arrived in the nick ... (more...)
About 80 goats take over Idaho neighborhood About 80 goats take over Idaho neighborhood
- August 04, 2018

Animal control was called and responded to the scene in a single truck, but quickly realized they were going to need much more than that to haul them away. "Nobody has a clue where they came from", reporter Joe Parris tweeted. They'd been "grazing nearby when they somehow escaped and set off on a snacking tour of the neighborhood". (more...)
President Trump’s Feud With The Koch Brothers Escalates President Trump’s Feud With The Koch Brothers Escalates
- August 04, 2018

On Tuesday, Trump criticized the "globalist Koch brothers" who had become a " total joke " as a result of their criticisms. Charles Koch, 82, chairman and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, told reporters on Sunday he worries Trump's actions on trade and tariffs put the booming United States economy at risk of recession. (more...)
A Russian helicopter has crashed in Siberia killing 18 oil workers A Russian helicopter has crashed in Siberia killing 18 oil workers
- August 04, 2018

A Russian airline says one of its helicopters has crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard. "The first take-off was carried out by a Mi-8 with an external cargo suspension without passengers on board, the second take-off was performed with passengers who were workers on shifts at the oil station", the ministry said in a statement, according to AFP . (more...)
More evacuation orders for Mendocino, Lake counties; Red Flag Warning in effect More evacuation orders for Mendocino, Lake counties; Red Flag Warning in effect
- August 04, 2018

A 2016 University of Wisconsin study by John T. Abatzoglou and A. Park Williams titled "Impact of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire across western United States forests" acknowledged that "numerous factors aided the recent rise in fire activity" in western USA forests, but also claimed that "human-caused climate change caused over half of the documented increases in fuel aridity since the 1970s". (more...)
United States criticises Russian Federation over work permits for North Korean laborers
- August 04, 2018

The experts said that the effectiveness of financial sanctions was being systematically undermined by "deceptive practices" of North Korea . The sanctions come as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges Southeast Asian countries to continue pressuring Pyongyang until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons. (more...)
China appeals for USA calm after new tariff threat China appeals for USA calm after new tariff threat
- August 04, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed raising tariffs to 25% on a range Chinese products including fresh fruit and vegetables, in the latest development of the escalating trade war. Officials in Beijing have vowed to respond with the same amount of tariffs on U.S. products. China's economy is under greater pressure in the short term but its policymakers may conclude that it is better to absorb the short-term costs and wait for the pressure to start to mount on the United States.In ... (more...)
China says it will retaliate with tariffs on $60B of U.S. goods
- August 03, 2018

China has once again threatened to slap retaliatory tariffs against the United States in response to the Trump administration's trade policies, this time targeting $60 billion in USA imports with tariffs ranging from 5 percent to as high as 25 percent. (more...)
ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting kicks off amid rising protectionism ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting kicks off amid rising protectionism
- August 03, 2018

The suggestion to exclude outside countries "is obviously targeted at the U.S., which has been dominating the waters of the Western Pacific and the South China Sea in particular", said Hoang Thi Ha of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute's ASEAN Studies Centre in Singapore . (more...)
Temperatures staying very high in red-hot Europe
- August 03, 2018

The conditions are so extreme in Spain that their government has issued its first extreme weather warning of the summer. Spain's Meteorological Agency says eight provinces in the southern Andalusia region and around Madrid are under high risk because of the heat wave hitting the country starting on Wednesday. (more...)
Trump to Sessions: end Russian Federation probe 'right now' Trump to Sessions: end Russian Federation probe 'right now'
- August 03, 2018

Goldstone allegedly contacted Donald Trump Jr ., who agreed to meet with Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in June 2016. Amid the criticism from both sides of the political aisle, Trump's personal attorneys also sought to walk back the comment, insisting the president was not ordering Sessions to do anything. (more...)
Man challenges bison in Yellowstone National Park Man challenges bison in Yellowstone National Park
- August 03, 2018

We noticed behind us a man in socks and no shoes walking up the road towards the bison. In the span of just under a minute, the gentleman can be seen nearly daring the bison to charge him, which it appeared to do. " Animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be ", said the National Park in a statement. "We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife", park Superintendent Dan Wenk told ... (more...)
Officials in Virginia fear dam will collapse as heavy rain forces evacuations Officials in Virginia fear dam will collapse as heavy rain forces evacuations
- August 03, 2018

The service said county officials reported the dam's "imminent failure" at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. A flash flood watch was in effect until 11 a.m. The west-central Virginia city near the Blue Ridge Mountains has received plenty of runoff from recent rains, and 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in the area Thursday evening, filling College Lake beyond its capacity. (more...)
President Trump Welcomes Italy's PM to White House Amid EU Trade Negotiations President Trump Welcomes Italy's PM to White House Amid EU Trade Negotiations
- August 03, 2018

Trump opened the press conference with remarks that suggested a confused understanding of the Italian elections in March. A recent Economist/YouGov poll showed a scant 40 percent of American voters approve of how Trump handles foreign policy. (more...)
Will he or won’t he? Trump sows confusion on shutdown plans Will he or won’t he? Trump sows confusion on shutdown plans
- August 03, 2018

Short also said he believes Trump is being honest about a showdown with Democrats over government funding and Trump's proposed border wall. Border security is a commitment that doesn't have an expiration date. "It's mind boggling to me that anybody would say, 'well, we're going to shut down the government if I don't get my way". He also wants changes to legal immigration, including scrapping a visa lottery program. (more...)
Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductor Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductor
- August 03, 2018

Laura Calderwood said Thursday that she believes her daughter, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts , is alive and may have been kidnapped. "Sometimes I just feel her sitting on my shoulder", she said. "So come forward, share that information with authorities, and let's bring Mollie home". Authorities have yet to give an official timeline; but police have been combing through information from Tibbetts' Fitbit, which she always wore, as well as her cellphone and social media accounts. (more...)
Seven-year-old girl gets sexist road signs changed in New Zealand Seven-year-old girl gets sexist road signs changed in New Zealand
- August 03, 2018

Although Carew expressed no interest in becoming a line worker "because there are so many more exciting things", she was outraged on behalf of all women . The NZTA says the signs are quite common across the country and will be replaced as the old ones are worn out, meaning it could take some time. Mr Gammie responded, saying that he accepted the criticism and that the agency would change its signs . (more...)
Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases
- August 03, 2018

The Catholic Church's official doctrine had previously deemed the death penalty permissible in cases where human lives had to be defended against an "unjust aggressor". Several capital punishment proposals for different crimes are pending in the Senate, but discussions on these were not prioritized. The announcement alarmed Catholic bishops across the state. (more...)
Hunt to warn France, Austria of costs of no-deal Brexit Hunt to warn France, Austria of costs of no-deal Brexit
- August 03, 2018

A spokeswoman for Britain's Department for Exiting the European Union declined to comment on the report. Everyone is assuming, no, no, no, this will never happen. We don't stockpile ingredients. But Brexiteer Tory MP Marcus Fysh accused Downing Street of launching a scare-mongering campaign. However, the potential for major political upheaval remains, with Mrs May's minority government facing a series of make-or-break moments in the Brexit process over the coming months. (more...)
U.S., Italian Leaders Say They Will Keep Russian Sanctions In Place U.S., Italian Leaders Say They Will Keep Russian Sanctions In Place
- August 03, 2018

Trump did not elaborate on his current view on Russian Federation beyond that comment. Conte has "taken a very firm stance" on immigration, said Trump, who has pursued a "zero tolerance" policy at the U.S. After the G7 summit in June Comte, in particular, advocated a return to the G8 format with Russia's participation. And Conte is describing the USA and Italy as "almost twin countries", adding: "There are so many things that bring us together". (more...)
National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October
- August 03, 2018

Democrats also want the National Archives to release documents relating to Kavanaugh's job as White House staff secretary, a position in which he acted as a gatekeeper for all information that reached Bush's desk. More than 50 lawyers from three different firms are participating. However, it should be possible to get the documents to Senators much more quickly than the Archives review process permits. (more...)
Trump administration ups ante in trade fight with China Trump administration ups ante in trade fight with China
- August 03, 2018

On Wednesday , the Trump administration proposed hiking planned tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 per cent from an originally announced 10 per cent. The answer was actually first given by Trump first, when in a candid CNBC interview the president said that he was not only watching the USA trade deficit with China, but also its currency, which had dropped "like a rock" recently, suggesting that trade war was morphing into currency war after he berated the Fed for hiking rates ... (more...)
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy
- August 03, 2018

The footage was recorded by the NOAA20, Suomi NPP, and GOESEast Satellites. Officials are lifting more evacuations across Shasta County as firefighters gain containment on a wildfire burning in the region. The United Way is one of many standing together with the victims, creating a fund that will directly benefit those effected by the fire. More than 13,000 firefighters are battling blazes statewide with the help of crews from as far away as Florida. (more...)
South Africa: ANC to Amend Constitution to Allow Land Expropriation South Africa: ANC to Amend Constitution to Allow Land Expropriation
- August 03, 2018

Some, all of them with at least one university degree and very successful in their fields, actually confronted me with arguments I have seen on social media and heard from EFF populists: the colonial land thieves never debated, they just stole the land, so why should we even debate this issue? Ramaphosa addressed South Africa's parliament in Cape Town in February stating that the "original sin" of the country was the European colonizers taking land from the tribal people in the 1600s. (more...)
Malaysia's Civil Aviation Chief Resigns following MH370 Report Malaysia's Civil Aviation Chief Resigns following MH370 Report
- August 03, 2018

Mr Loke deemed him the first person to take responsibility and resign after the report was released. "It is with regret and after much thought and contemplation that I have chose to resign as the CAAM chairman effective 14 days from the date of the resignation notice which I served today", he said in a statement. (more...)
Danish burqa ban comes into effect amid protests Danish burqa ban comes into effect amid protests
- August 03, 2018

Fines will range from the equivalent of £120 ($160), for a first offence, to £1,190 ($1,550), for anyone stopped four times under the legislation. Like Sabina, Meryem plans to defy the law, keep her niqab on and protest against the ban. (more...)

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