The decision to transform Kosovo's security force into an army is "irreversible," the country's president said Sunday while offering assurance that a new national military does not threaten ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province. President Hashim Thaci gave a briefing on the army plan before he left for New York, where the United Nations Security Council is expected in coming days to discuss the small Balkan nation's decision. Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly approved the army's formation Friday.
Two beagle mixes are recovering after authorities said they were tossed from a moving vehicle onto a New York highway, igniting a search for the culprits. The truck driver, whom police identified only as Adam, said he immediately hit the brakes and parked his vehicle on the side of the road to help. A passing state trooper assisted after spotting the trucker’s abandoned vehicle and then the two dogs, one of which was described as seriously injured. The dogs, since named Adam and Trooper after their heroes, were taken to the Broome County Humane Society in Binghamton for treatment.
A Texas judge showed little sympathy during sentencing for a mom whose two daughters, ages 1 and 2, died after being left in an increasingly hot car overnight. In September, Amanda Hawkins pleaded guilty to two felony counts of abandoning or endangering a child causing imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment and two counts of injury to a child.
The incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee joined Democratic colleagues in questioning ties between Deutsche Bank AG and President Donald Trump’s real estate business. Representative Adam Schiff of California said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that any type of compromise needs to be investigated. That could add his panel’s scrutiny to that of Representative Maxine Waters, who’s in line to be chair of the House Financial Services Committee and has also focused on the bank’s connections to Trump.
Iraqis 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.
J&J knew about the presence of small amounts of asbestos in its products as early as 1971, a Reuters examination of company memos, internal reports and other confidential documents showed. The share repurchase was just the latest effort the healthcare conglomerate has made to boost investor confidence. In response to the report, the company said on Friday "any suggestion that Johnson & Johnson knew or hid information about the safety of talc is false." On Monday, J&J took out a full-page ad in the New York Times titled "Science.
Guatemalan children caught in Mexico while trying to migrate into the US, queue before climbing into a minibus at Aurora international airport in Guatemala City. For years, Dora waited impatiently to turn 15, the age her mother had agreed she would be old enough to leave their home in El Salvador – where she suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather – and head to the US, in search of a new life. “Seeing them leave together … that gave me hope and gave me the courage to finally leave,” said Dora, who is now living at a children’s shelter in Tijuana, on the border with California.
Developed alongside the Porsche Taycan, Audi's sleek electric coupe is still a long way from reality. From Car and Driver
WASHINGTON– A fuller account of a disputed FBI interview of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn was made public Monday, but it did not counter Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's assertions that Flynn lied about his then-communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The document's release comes on the eve of Flynn's sentencing in District of Columbia federal court. Mueller's team has recommended that Flynn receive no jail time following "substantial" cooperation with prosecutors in the ongoing Russia investigation and in at least two other inquiries.
For decades, Republicans have been claiming that voter fraud was endemic. Supposedly, thousands if not millions of people were improperly voting ― for Democrats. This was the basis for photo-ID requirements and excessive purges of the voting rolls, and felony penalties for people found to have voted improperly.
Fierce clashes broke out in Yemen’s crucial port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, leading UN and Yemeni officials to delay the "official" start of the hard-fought ceasefire agreed last week. Residents reported skirmishes on the outskirts of town with missiles and automatic gunfire heard near the city's eastern 7th July suburb. Unconfirmed television reports said that the Saudi-led coalition had launched two airstrikes on Ras Isa, a port north of Hodeidah.
Pauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander are jumping to the defense of their former "NCIS" co-star Michael Weatherly after actress Eliza Dushku accused him of sexual harassment. A New York Times story published Thursday disclosed that CBS secretly paid a $9.5 million settlement to Dushku after the actress alleged Weatherly made comments that made her feel "violated" on set of the TV series "Bull." CBS has confirmed the existence of the settlement to USA TODAY.
A few thousand demonstrators gathered in freezing temperatures outside Hungary's state broadcaster Monday night in a fifth day of protests against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Lawmakers from all opposition parties took to a temporary podium to declare they would continue protests until they are allowed to read out their demands on state television. The protests were sparked by a new labor law that in essence enables the return of a six-day work week, if an employee agrees, with overtime payments potentially unpaid for up to three years.
President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday to push ahead with China's "reform and opening up" but warned that no one can "dictate" what it does, as the Communist Party celebrated the policy's 40th anniversary. While he pledged to press forward with the economic reforms initiated under late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in December 1978, Xi indicated that there would be no change to the one-party system. "The leadership of the Communist Party of China is the most essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the greatest advantage of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics," he said.
Alphabet Inc's Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America's financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs. The 1.7 million square-foot campus, called Google Hudson Square, will include leased properties at Hudson Street and Washington Street, the company said in a blog https://www.blog.google/inside-google/company-announcements/google-hudson-square-our-expanded-new-york-campus post on Monday. Google hopes to start moving into the building by 2022 and plans to double its New York headcount to 14,000 in the next 10 years.
Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the widely popular game HQ Trivia, has been found dead in a New York City apartment, according to police. Kroll, who also co-founded the now defunct video platform Vine, was found by police in his Manhattan apartment’s bedroom early Sunday morning after his girlfriend requested a welfare check, TMZ first reported. The 34-year-old’s suspected cause of death is a narcotics overdose, NYPD sources told HuffPost.
Trump haters say that the president pulling out of the Paris climate deal is definitive proof that he’s destroying the world.
After a video showing a police officer slamming a middle school student to the ground twice and another thrusting the student's face into a desk surfaced, the officers are facing minor charges. On Friday, a Louisiana grand jury in West Baton Rouge Parish indicted former Brusly police officer Anthony “Kip” Dupre on a charge of malfeasance or wrongdoing in office and former officer Dan Cipriano on a charge of simple battery, CBS affiliate WAFB-TV reports. The student's family believes the charges are a "slap on the wrist," their attorney Kwame Asante told Baton Rouge-based The Advocate.
While President Trump has refused to condemn MBS for his alleged role in the killing, he has pointed to measures taken against those Saudi officials involved in Khashoggi’s death and dismemberment. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body,” Trump said in a statement last month. The White House has also disputed the notion that Trump is ignoring the intelligence community’s conclusions, even if Trump has so far refused to directly criticize the crown prince.
Joe 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. “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.
The storm sweeping across the northwestern United States through Tuesday will pack a big punch in Washington and Oregon. "Pretty much all of western Washington and western Oregon will have the risk of flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas and also the threat for flooding from rising creeks, streams and rivers," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk. Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are possible at the coast, in the coastal ranges and into the Cascades, with 1-3 inches for the Interstate-5 corridor and inland valleys.
Since his Fidesz party won a constitutional majority in April and installed him as prime minister for a third consecutive term, Orban has moved to tighten his grip on the country. Late last month, more than 400 news outlets founded or acquired by Orban’s allies were consolidated into a non-profit organization called the Central European Press and Media Foundation. Earlier this month, the Central European University, founded by George Soros, announced it would decamp for Vienna after years of fighting to stay in Budapest.
In a story Dec. 13 about the pope's May travel schedule, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bulgaria is a former Soviet republic. During the Cold War, Bulgaria was one of the Soviet allies that formed the Warsaw Pact. A corrected version of the story is below: Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday.
The 80 units of the special-edition sedan will celebrate the nameplate's 80th anniversary. From Car and Driver
It may not be the star of Bethlehem, but there’s a bright green comet passing Earth by just in time for Christmas. On a clear night, you might even be able to spot it with the naked eye ― if you know where to look. Comet 46P/Wirtanen, a.k.a.