The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in South Africa for the start of their 10-day royal tour. It's been a busy first day for the couple, who after dancing with Nyanga locals and giving a speech to young women belonging to the organization Justice Desk made their way to the District Six Museum in Cape Town to learn about the 60,000 communities relocated from the Apartheid. The duchess swapped into a blue Veronica Beard wrap dress for the occasion, one that she had previously worn on her royal tour of the Pacific last fall.
The question is whether it is better for presidential hopefuls to focus on winning over swing states (as they do under the Electoral College) or big cities (as they would if a nationwide popular election was instituted). Given these two realistic alternatives, the Electoral College system is far healthier for the country as a whole. Warren is right that presidential candidates would likely travel to places like Massachusetts and California if the Electoral College were replaced by a nationwide popular vote.
Jessi Combs died on August 28 while trying to beat a longstanding 512.7-mph record. Now her speed on that day may be immortalized in the Guinness record books. Combs, who was part of the North American Eagle land-speed-record team, was also a successful off-road racer, a custom automotive fabricator, and TV host.
Tropical Storm Karen took shape near the Windward Islands of the Caribbean on Sunday as it headed for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, still struggling to recover from devastating back-to-back hurricanes in 2017. Karen, packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), is on track to pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday as a tropical storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported. In addition to high winds, forecasts called for up to a half foot (15 cm) of rain in parts of Puerto Rico, and as much as 4 inches (10 cm) elsewhere on that island, with warnings of possible flash floods and mudslides.
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A U.S. Marine thought to have left Arizona for California's Camp Pendleton never arrived, but was found days later at a Texas rest area, unharmed.
The conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false, a U.S. Supreme Court justice said. Gorsuch is considered one of the Supreme Court's most conservative members, though he recently agreed with more liberal colleagues in a decision reaffirming a criminal defendant's right to a jury trial. Gorsuch noted he uses the original meaning of the Constitution to guide his judicial decisions, in contrast with judges who believe interpretations of the document should evolve over time.
Top Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers headed to court on Monday to try to have her extradition case thrown out, arguing that her rights were violated. The arrest of Meng -- a rising star whose father Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei and over three decades grew it into a global telecom giant -- caused an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Canada and China. The United States wants to put Meng on trial for fraud for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to US banks -- accusations her lawyers dispute.
People want choices on health care Warren won predictable applause at the last Democratic debate when she declared, “I've actually never met anybody who likes their health insurance company. They like their doctors, nurses and pharmacists, she said, and they'd be able to keep them — the only difference would be the bill would go to the government, not an insurance company. That tremendously oversimplifies an intensely personal, complicated issue.
WASHINGTON – The New York Post published an "obituary" for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's now-concluded presidential campaign. De Blasio, who is currently serving his second term as mayor, was blasted by the newspaper, which wrote that his campaign had "died" from "ego-induced psychosis." Neighbors said the body had been in rigor mortis for some time,” the mock obituary says.
The Iranian foreign minister has claimed that the UK offered release £400m owed to Iran from a decades-old deal in return for Tehran freeing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker. Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Javad Zarif said that both Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson were open to the proposal when they were Foreign Secretary but that it was taken off the table by Jeremy Hunt. The idea involves the UK returning £400m which the Shah of Iran paid in the 1970s to purchase 1,750 tanks and armoured cars from Britain.
As a result there is increased focus within the military community on combat technologies that can provide what the military calls precision, navigation and timing (PNT) for a wide range of systems. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is working with industry to test and refine an emerging radio frequency force-tracking technology able to identify ground forces' location without needing to rely upon GPS. The technology utilizes a ground operated handheld device which uses an algorithm to aggregate signals of opportunity from various radio frequencies, said Mark Smearcheck, AFRL electronics engineer, in a written statement several months ago.
Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on various targets including hotels. Some of those arrested were carrying out intelligence work including photographing potential targets, the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) said in a statement read out on state-affiliated broadcaster Fana. "The group was ... preparing to attack hotels, religious festivities gathering places and public areas in Addis Ababa," NISS said.
Investigators entered Cho's house shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Yonhap said, citing the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. The move comes amid a range of inquiries into issues involving Cho and his wife including their children's university applications and an investment in a private equity fund. The Seoul Central Prosecutors Office, the Justice Ministry and the presidential office declined to comment when reached by phone Monday.
The UK government rejected a £150 million deal to bail out the travel company Thomas Cook this past weekend. As a result, UK officials are organizing return travel for 150,000 British people at an estimated cost of about £100 million, or $124 million. The UK is chartering planes to bring home the British nationals who were among the 600,000 people thought to be stranded among the world.
Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said. The civilian deaths in Sunday night's raids on Taliban hideouts further rattled Afghanistan amid an upsurge in violence that's followed the collapse this month of U.S.-Taliban peace talks to end America's longest war. "We are saddened and divested to hear that civilians have lost their lives in an incident in Helmand despite President Ghani's repeated call for extra cautions in conducting military operations," said Sediq Sediqqi, President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman.
A damning new UN report published Sunday said the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster because of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever. It comes ahead of a major UN climate summit Monday that will be attended by more than 60 world leaders, as Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pushes for countries to increase their greenhouse gas reduction targets. The report "highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change," said its authors, the Science Advisory Group to the summit.
Michigan's Mackinac Island is a historic community of strong traditions. Although residents can receive a temporary vehicle permit, and the police own at least one vehicle, residents and visitors traverse Mackinac on bicycles, snowmobiles or on foot. Now, Vice President Mike Pence is under fire for traveling in what might be the first motorcade in the island's history.
Officer Dennis Turner is facing an internal investigation because he failed to follow department policy that requires officers to obtain approval from a watch commander before arresting minors younger than 12, Chief Orlando Rolon said in a statement. Turner's duties have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. "The Orlando Police Department has a policy that addresses the arrest of a minor and our initial finding shows the policy was not followed," Rolon said. Police did not name the children because of child privacy laws, but Meralyn Kirkland told WKMG-TV that her granddaughter was one of the students arrested.
Any hope that Americans may one day see Trump's new press secretary taking questions from reporters in a formal White House press briefing went out the window on Monday morning when Stephanie Grisham sat down for her first appearance on Fox & Friends since taking over for Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this year. Before Grisham even got a chance to explain why she has yet to brief the media, the Fox hosts were giving her cover. “He's his own best spokesperson, it's true,” Trump's official spokesperson replied, pointing to Trump's helicopter-side chats with the press as evidence that he's the “most accessible” president in history.
Continuously upgraded since introduction, today the Patriot missile system protects against the full spectrum of flying threats, from ballistic missiles to consumer-grade quadcopter drones. The design of Patriot goes back as far as 1965, when then secretary of defense Robert McNamara authorized development of a new air-defense missile, SAM-D. SAM-D was set to replace the Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile systems and protect against medium- to high-altitude threats. Patriot was intended to be a new-generation system that would incorporate new technologies, including computer control, multiple target engagement, and the ability to operate in an electronic-countermeasures-heavy environment.
Stacks of cash piled high were shown as evidence on Saturday against ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir at his trial on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir's residence in April after he was overthrown and detained by the military following months of demonstrations against his rule. The court heard four defense witnesses on Saturday, including Abubakr Awad, who was minister of state for the presidency until Bashir's fall, before it was adjourned until next Saturday.
German authorities are considering emergency financial aid for Thomas Cook Group Plc's Condor subsidiary as Deutsche Lufthansa AG remains tight-lipped on the fate of a unit it bid for earlier this year. Germany's Economy Ministry on Monday said it's urgently assessing Condor Flugdienst GmbH's request for a bridge loan after Thomas Cook collapsed under a pile of debt. The state of Hesse, where Condor's base at Frankfurt Airport is located, is ready to help with a loan guarantee and is already in talks with the airline and the federal government, Premier Volker Bouffier said.
Starting next month, China's Communist Party is expected to require more than 10,000 journalists and editors who work in the country's state-run media to take tests on President Xi Jinping and Marxism before they can get updated press passes. The South China Morning Post, citing a notice sent in August from the country's media oversight office in China's propaganda department, reported that the tests would be conducted through an app. The app, which was created to educate Chinese citizens on the president's political philosophy, aggregates favorable articles, news clips, and documentaries.
Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that shook global energy markets. Iran has denied involvement in the Sept. 14 attack that was initially claimed by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.