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(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:47:58 GMT)

Republican candidate Roy Moore suffered a shock defeat to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:30:04 GMT)

Heads of 57 Muslim nations say the US move to recognise the city as Israel's capital is unlawful.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:25:29 GMT)

Swedish convict John Ausonius goes on trial for killing a woman in Frankfurt.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:53:51 GMT)

The president loses two cases, and is forced to set up a corruption inquiry and pay legal fees.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:46:19 GMT)

The White House said Omarosa Manigault Newman was off to "pursue other opportunities".

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:17:08 GMT)

He walked off with the money after leaning on an unlocked door at Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:07:34 GMT)

Campaigners say the life sentences are a sign that impunity for sexual violence is ending.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:33:52 GMT)

The US central bank has moved to increase interest rates for the third time this year.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:13:41 GMT)

Officials say Lyle Jeffs sold his followers' food stamps to pay for his expensive lifestyle.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:50:17 GMT)

Joshua Holt, 25, travelled to Caracas to get married and has been in detention for 18 months.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:52:27 GMT)

Two people are killed in a smash that closed one of Europe's main transport routes for hours.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:18:33 GMT)

The two had been missing since Tuesday and authorities have now confirmed their detention.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:29:31 GMT)

Few thought the Democrats could pull off such a historic victory, and it could have real consequences for the president, says Nick Bryant.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:15:44 GMT)

Accounts of slavery, torture and killings emerge from Nigerian migrants flown back from Libya.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:09:41 GMT)

With her parents watching, this baby tries out snowboarding in Idaho for the first time.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:45 GMT)

Rescuers in Sri Lanka had a tricky task handling a protective mother when a baby elephant got stuck in a drain.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:32:23 GMT)

The San Fernando Valley pursuit ended in a rather unexpected way.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:26:15 GMT)

Fergal Keane reveals the crisis in DR Congo's Kasai region, where millions face starvation.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:23:47 GMT)

A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:45:48 GMT)

Visitors to an Argentine branch of the coffee chain are targeted with crypto-currency malware.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:13:05 GMT)

Women's marches and the #MeToo campaign help make the choice of a leading US dictionary.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:41:30 GMT)

Gambia denies reports that it will grant land for a Russian 'Romanov Empire' project.

(Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:30:14 GMT)

New traffic laws to cope with fancy dress go-kart tours in Tokyo.

(Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:38:41 GMT)

Unesco says mobile phones could wipe out the whistled language used by villagers in northern Turkey.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:36:07 GMT)

A photograph seen fleetingly on North Korea TV could show one of the country's earliest atomic weapons.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:03:28 GMT)

Adam Fleming explains we learned from the EU parliament vote on the Brexit deal.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:30:52 GMT)

The Syria campaign made Russia a key player in the Middle East, Steve Rosenberg writes.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:41:01 GMT)

From "Zupta" to "Mantash", how Jacob Zuma's presidency has shaped the way South Africans speak.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:27:01 GMT)

A video of a Hindu murdering a Muslim man in the name of "love jihad" has left most Indians stunned.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:17:27 GMT)

The secretary of state appeared to soften his tone on North Korea at a Washington policy speech.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:22:02 GMT)

Workplace consultant Marilyn Loden coined the phrase "the glass ceiling" 39 years ago but says it is still as relevant as ever.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:13:47 GMT)

Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:57:33 GMT)

Three-year-old Lia Pearson died after the fire - thought to have been a targeted attack - in Salford.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:34:35 GMT)

Amir Nazari was caught speeding through roadworks at 78mph above the speed limit in Derbyshire.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:18:34 GMT)

A primary school unwittingly included a photo of a risque Christmas jumper in its latest newsletter.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:35:08 GMT)

Simon Bramhall admits marking his initials on the livers of two transplant patients.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:33:28 GMT)

Passengers will be affected by 24-hour strikes on 27 and 31 December.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:55:45 GMT)

Anthony Clark, 35, and Catherine Davies, 25, admitted secretly burying their baby's body in a shoebox.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:02 GMT)

Five people - including three boys - died when the stolen car they were in hit a tree in Leeds.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:54:58 GMT)

Former West Midlands officer James Duffield had about 100 indecent images of children.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:06:21 GMT)

Police are still looking for two more motorists in connection with a woman's death in south London.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:16:57 GMT)

Estranged couple Claire and Vincent Nagle died on the same day in December 2016, an inquest hears.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:21:41 GMT)

Jurors hear a woman allegedly raped by an MP's aide gave the story to the Sun and the Mail.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:39:53 GMT)

Paul McClelland is suing Sussex Police for damages after he was Tasered as he was being arrested.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:23:23 GMT)

Police are appealing for the ashes to be returned after they were stolen from a home in Richmond.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:22:41 GMT)

Campaigners claim the arrests linked to a newspaper are "an attack on freedom of expression".

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:39:18 GMT)

Uber blamed a mix-up over addresses for its initial failure to respond to Sheffield City Council.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:49:33 GMT)

Rail workers and charity staff will serve food to 200 rough sleepers invited to the event.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:52:24 GMT)

A Home Office pathologist says the findings of a post-mortem examination raised "concern".

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:36:53 GMT)

The officer was caught having sex on duty after he was tracked by the GPS on his police radio.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:42:22 GMT)

Drones were used to transport drugs, phones and other goods into jails across the UK.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:29:09 GMT)

The blood cancer specialist used a spy pen to take pictures of his victims and was jailed for 22 years.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:17:28 GMT)

Six people were injured when Marian Kabah's car mounted the pavement and ploughed into a crowd.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:20:20 GMT)

A PE teacher, who plays for Spurs, is shortlisted in a competition to find the world's best teacher.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:39:29 GMT)

William and Harry joined cast and crew of The Last Jedi at London's Royal Albert Hall.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:02:17 GMT)

The family of missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne offers a £30,000 reward.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:32:15 GMT)

England all-rounder Moeen Ali visits his hometown in Sparkhill, Birmingham to reflect on his younger days and how street cricket helped him tackle his confidence.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:51:15 GMT)

Sisters Amy and Ella Meek are campaigning in an effort to protect the planet.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:26:03 GMT)

The marine flare goes off as a worker at a recycling centre is sifting through waste.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:16:39 GMT)

The angels were left in random places across Torpoint during the night as a surprise for residents.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:09:36 GMT)

A woman was washed off her feet in rough seas whilst trying to rescue her dog.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:42:06 GMT)

The dress, which is encrusted with diamante jewels, is expected to be sold overseas.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:47:58 GMT)

Since 2007 Network Rail has received over £41m from people paying to use its station toilets.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:51:31 GMT)

A petition to save the Paternoster lift describes it as a "piece of engineering history".

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:26:33 GMT)

One man says he had his drink spiked and woke up to find himself with four naked men around him.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:13:45 GMT)

Showcasing the best images sent to us from around England

(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:50:54 GMT)

Birmingham's financial credentials make it an unsurprising choice for a new home for the Bank of England.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:13:37 GMT)

From weight worries to smoking and drinking, the annual Health Survey for England provides a revealing insight into lifestyles.

(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:31:00 GMT)

The British film artists and technicians who brought a galaxy far, far away to life.

(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:10:14 GMT)

It is hoped the exhibition will help break the silence around stillbirth and miscarriage.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:21:02 GMT)

Natalie Toper tells her story of why she wears a stoma and how it has affected her daily life.

(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:08:32 GMT)

From smoked salmon to smartphones, 2017 is shaping up to be an expensive Christmas for consumers.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:19:12 GMT)

Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome is asked to provide more details after adverse findings show he had double the allowed level of a legal asthma drug in his urine.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:13:39 GMT)

The British Boxing Board of Control will review Tyson Fury's boxing licence suspension in January.

(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:00:18 GMT)

England captain Joe Root says it is time for his team to "stand up" in the crucial third Ashes Test in Perth.

(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:45:31 -0500)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:01:00 -0500)

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Wednesday that defense contractors would be allowed to sell weapons such as automatic firearms and electric stun guns to Ukraine, a move the government in Kiev has long pressed for.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:12:13 -0500)

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:44:45 -0500)

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:05:42 -0500)

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's government was defeated on Wednesday, when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain's departure from the European Union.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:29:59 -0500)

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:30:28 -0500)

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police summoned a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official on Wednesday over statements made in a U.S. court by a former Turkish police investigator who fled the country last year, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:37:14 -0500)

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in London moves next month to a new billion-dollar home overlooking the River Thames -- just as U.S. President Donald Trump's actions have placed strains on the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:19:18 -0500)

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more, including some prisoners, an official and witnesses said.




(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:23:06 -0500)

GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation techniques" almost 10 years ago.




(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:04:02 -0500)


President Donald Trump’s legal team says it’s fed up with the Justice Department and the FBI “witch hunt” into whether his campaign colluded with the Russian government.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:33:49 -0500)


Rachel Maddow points out that in addition to other factors like African-American turnout and women voters, the Doug Jones campaign itself was well run and a testament to burgeoning Democratic political power in the South.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:52:30 -0500)


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500)


Authorities are investigating why the student and school bus driver couldn't escape the burning vehicle.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:49:12 -0500)


STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against a conservative commentator over a confrontation he had with protesters at the University of Connecticut as he prepared to give a speech titled "It's OK To Be White."


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:24 -0500)


Mario Batali, who stepped down from his restaurant group on Monday after four women accused him of sexual misconduct, spoke out in support of women’s equality at an event in October.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:12:01 -0500)


Russia will "do everything necessary" to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country's political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. "We will assist in resolving all questions in negotiations between Tripoli and Tobruk, with whom we are regularly in contact," Lavrov said at a press conference following a meeting with his Libyan counterpart Mohamad Taha Siala in Moscow. "Russia will do everything necessary to fully normalise the situation in Libya and in regard to the international aspect of re-establishing the rights of the Libyan state," Lavrov said.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:12:57 -0500)


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:05:25 -0500)


Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name. The self-styled Donetsk and next-door Luhansk "people's republics" broke away from central rule in 2014 after months of violent street protests in Kiev toppled Ukraine's Moscow-leaning president and propelled pro-Western nationalists to power. In this calm suburb of Donetsk, many people stood aloof of politics.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:14:14 -0500)


President Trump lashed out Tuesday at one of the Democratic lawmakers calling for him to resign over the multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:22:02 -0500)


Rachel Maddow shows how Republicans are working hard to smear Robert Mueller and the FBI's Trump Russia investigation.


(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:26:07 -0500)


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(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:10 -0500)


A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77. One of the Cold War's strangest dramas began in 1965 when Charles Robert Jenkins, then a 24-year-old army sergeant nicknamed "Scooter" from tiny Rich Square in North Carolina, disappeared one January night while on patrol near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins - who had never gone to high school - said he deserted to avoid hazardous duty in South Korea and escape combat in Vietnam.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:28:17 -0500)


WASHINGTON ― A photographer currently facing trial on several felony charges after being arrested during a protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration had reached out to a Texas news outlet before Jan. 20 about photographing the protests, yet another indication he was working as a journalist that day.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:37:58 -0500)


Actor David Harbour is spreading the festive cheer with a holiday sweater snap, which is now going viral.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:01:00 -0500)


The potential for tension between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is illustrated by an increasing number of foreign-policy disagreements. On December 5, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Ministry announced the creation of a joint cooperation and coordination committee with Saudi Arabia. This committee provides an official forum for Saudi Arabia–UAE security collaboration outside the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:24:08 -0500)


UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset.


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The United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's "market-distorting subsidies" at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. A joint statement from the three powers made no direct mention of China, but said "severe excess capacity in key sectors, exacerbated by government-financed and supported capacity expansion, unfair competitive conditions caused by large market-distorting subsidies and state-owned enterprises" were serious problems for international trade.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:28:43 -0500)


President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, accused Russia on Tuesday of waging “campaigns of subversion” against the United States and its allies.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:02:17 -0500)


A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:30:38 -0500)


The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:50 -0500)


A young Chinese climbing enthusiast's fatal fall from a skyscraper while making a selfie video on a $15,000 "rooftopping" dare has spurred warnings by state media against the perils of livestreaming. Wu Yongning plunged to his death from a 62-storey building in central China on Nov. 8, the day he stopped posting videos of his skyscraper exploits on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:38:54 -0500)


The last-minute push to focus on voter turnout in the Alabama special election for a U.S. Senate seat has brought the state’s restrictive voting policies into renewed focus, prompting concern that many eligible voters who wish to cast a vote on Tuesday will not be able to.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:58:21 -0500)


It’s often challenging during the winter months to determine whether you’ve fallen victim to a nasty bug or are just adjusting to the changing atmosphere.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:03:26 -0500)


A Japanese businessman with terminal cancer organised his own 'funeral' party at a Tokyo hotel and invited his closest friends and business associates along. Satoru Anzaki was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer in October but decided against chemotherapy due to the side effects. The 80-year-old took out an advert in the The Nikkei, the world’s largest financial newspaper, explaining his decision not to undergo end-stage chemotherapy. Around 1,000 guests attended the 'end of life' celebration organised by Anzaki, the former president of Komatsu, the Japanese mining equipment maker. “I am satisfied that I could say ‘thank you’ to people I met in my life,” he told Japanese media. “As I want to maximise the quality of life during the time I have left, I have decided not to receive treatment given the side effects. “I have enjoyed my life very much. I thought that being despondent is not in my nature.” He added: “I am happy to be able to convey my gratitude in my own words. “I want to make the most of the rest of my time and be put in a coffin having thought ‘my life was fun’.” One friend who attended the party said: “It was just like Anzaki to host an event like this. He values human relationships more than anything else.”


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:52:10 -0500)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents was rebuked Monday for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who've recently resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:49:55 -0500)


An explosion rocked one of Europe's biggest gas pipeline hubs in Austria on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and 18 injured, emergency services said. "An explosion occurred at 8:45 am (0745 GMT), followed by a fire," police spokesman Edmund Tragschitz told AFP, adding that the cause was not immediately clear.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:34:02 -0500)


Pointing to the New York terror attempt, President Trump says that he will end visa lottery and chain migration.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:49:53 -0500)


American man escapes from Bali prison known for overcrowding and violence.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:02:01 -0500)


San Fransisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told HuffPost.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:12:49 -0500)


A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments may lead to a mistrial. The four men, including two of Bundy's sons Ammon and Ryan, are accused of conspiring to use the threat of force in a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents near Bundy's ranch. The revolt was sparked by the court-ordered roundup of Bundy's cattle by government agents over his refusal to pay fees required to graze the herd on federal land.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:27:38 -0500)


The “mere threat of a cutoff gives Russia political leverage” over Europe.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:51:19 -0500)


All those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing.


(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:01:00 -0500)


Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans while others are forced to live attached to debris bigger than their own bodies, a new study has found. A world-wide survey of 106 marine experts by the University of Exeter found that 91 per cent of the entangled turtles are found dead with many having suffered serious wounds which have amputated limbs or chocked them to death. Others that survived are forced to drag huge mounds of disgarded rubbish or debris with them until they die, experts said.  The throwaway plastic we use for just minutes can turn into a floating trap for marine creatures that lurks in our oceans for centuries.Greenpeace UK's head of oceans Will McCallum The survey found that more than 1,000 turtles each year are being killed after becoming tangled up in lost fishing nets,  plastic twine and nylon fishing line, as well as six pack rings from canned drinks, plastic packaging straps, plastic balloon string, kite string, plastic packaging and discarded anchor line and seismic cable.  Turtles were also discovered entangled in discarded plastic chairs, wooden crates, weather balloons and boat mooring line. Leatherback turtle entangled in fishing ropes which increases drag Credit: Kate Charles  Professor Brendan Godley. Professor of Conservation Science and Director of the Centre for Ecology & Conservation at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus and the lead author warned that as plastic pollution increases more and more turtles are likely to become entangled. “Plastic rubbish in the oceans, including lost or disgarded fishing gear which is not biodegradable, is a major threat to marine turtles," he said. "We found, based on beach strandings, that more than 1000 turtles are dying a year after becoming tangled up, but this is almost certainly a gross underestimate. Young turtles and hatchings are particularly vulnerable to entanglement. "Experts we surveyed found that entanglement in plastic and other pollution could pose a long term impact on the survival of some turtle populations and is a greater threat to them than oil spills.  "We need to cut the level of plastic waste and purse biodegradable alternatives if we are to tackle this grave threat to turtles’ welfare.”  Hawksbill turtle entangled in fishing material constricting shell growth, Kaeyama Island, Japan Prof Godley urged beach-goers walking over Christmas to collect plastic debris before it is washed back out to sea. "It is something that can make a concrete difference, if everyone out on their Christmas walk picked up the rubbish they find on the beach." The Exeter University research team, which included two research students Emily Duncan and Zara Botterell who work in conjunction with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, surveyed experts who rescue and rehabilitate stranded turtles in 43 countries, to find out if they had discovered turtles which had been tangled up. Drowned Green turtle entangled in ghost nets in Uruguay  They also found 23 reports of entangled turtles in peer-reviewed publications, magazines, newspapers and reports. 84 per cent of the 106 experts surveyed, said they had found turtles tangled in rubbish, in the Atlantic, Pacific Caribbean, Mediterranean and Indian ocean coast. Although they found more than 1,000 entangled turtles, they believe the real number is far higher because many animals will decay at sea. Greenpeace UK's head of oceans Will McCallum said: "Nearly all species of turtle are endangered and yet research like this shows that the threats from human activity are only getting worse. "The throwaway plastic we use for just minutes can turn into a floating trap for marine creatures like whales and turtles that lurks in our oceans for centuries. "If UK ministers are truly feeling inspired after watching Blue Planet II, then a good place to start would be stopping plastics getting into the ocean by pushing ahead with plans for a deposit return scheme." The research was published in the journal Endangered Species Research.


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MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.


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Japan on Tuesday chose the Chinese character for "North" as its traditional "defining symbol of 2017" following a series of North Korean missile launches. Japanese TV stations went live to broadcast the annual announcement, in which Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, wrote the character on a huge white panel using an ink-soaked calligraphy brush. "It was the year in which people felt threatened and anxious by North Korea following repeated ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test," said the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the event organiser.


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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.


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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who had dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes living in her New Hampshire mansion was found guilty Tuesday of 10 animal cruelty charges.


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Editor’s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.


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Police are searching for the motive behind an attempted terrorist attack on the New York subway, after a man with a home-made bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion during the morning commute. The explosion injured five people including the suspect, named as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah by authorities. Ullah is said to be a Bangladesh national who lived in Brooklyn having arrived in the US in 2011 and become a permanent resident.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:07:52 -0500)


Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves. Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.


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Opponents of marijuana policy reform have warned that legalizing cannabis could give way to an epidemic of young people abusing the plant.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:03:16 -0500)


"Seriously? You tried to terrorize New York subway commuters? Nice try."


(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:15:59 -0500)


It might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:03:39 -0500)


Former Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl over the use of a public phone, a South African official said on Tuesday. The double amputee -- who is serving a 13-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -- was left with a bruise after "an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone" on December 6, according to the department of Correctional Services. "Oscar Pistorius sustained a bruise following an alleged incident with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre," spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said.


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PolitiFact on Tuesday revealed its 2017 “Lie of the Year,” focusing on how President Donald Trump has regularly disputed whether Russia interfered in last year’s election and questioned the widely held conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, which he has frequently undermined and dismissed as “political hacks.”


(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:31:19 -0500)


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador doubled down Tuesday on his controversial proposal to consider amnesty for criminals as he registered to seek the leftist Morena party's nomination for Mexico's July 1 election for president.


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The epitome of coffee cool, the flat white came under fire this week as Conal Lavery of Thomson’s Coffee Roasters told Channel 4’s Supershoppers that customers were being ripped off by excessive pricing. In Starbucks, you can expect to pay £2.40 for a tall latte (12 fl oz) with two shots of coffee, but £2.60 for a significantly smaller flat white (8 fl oz). In Caffè Nero, a medium latte is £2.50 - but a flat white will set you back £2.60.  Based on their ingredients, he explained, a flat white (a double espresso shot with a single portion of textured milk) should be cheaper. "There is no reason for a flat white to cost any more," he said.  "The chains and the speciality independent side of the market do a double shot as standard [in flat whites as well as lattes]," he added. "So you are getting the same amount of coffee and with a flat white but with less milk. So if anything, it should cost less." I hate the word hipster, but people are buying into the East London thing Previously the preserve of specialists and coffee drinkers in Australia and New Zealand, where it originated, the flat white entered public consciousness a couple of years ago. It's now a mainstream choice on the high street - but still comes at a seemingly bizarre premium.  So, are hapless consumers being tricked into thinking we're buying a superior coffee? Or are we paying some sort of zeitgeist tax? What does the flat white represent to you? Credit: Getty The inflated price might have something to do with the fact that the espresso-based coffee is still synonymous with the "cool" East London lifestyle, says Chloe Callow, coffee expert and editor of Caffeine Magazine.  Callow agrees that the flat white costs no more to produce than other conventional coffees - but she does say that there's an added skill in texturing the milk. A proper flat white should be made using whole milk that is steamed to microfoam consistency - this means aerating the milk less than if you were making a latte, which creates a silkier texture. There's also an art to producing the detailed and highly Instagrammable foam art that is synonymous with a flat white. If done properly, all of this requires investment in a skilled barista. Coffee decoded: why filter is the only way to brew beans now However, Callow suggests that the other reason for the higher cost of a flat white comes from its "perceived value". Retailers are relying on the desire of consumers to be part of a trend. "These customers are not just buying a flat white, she says. "They’re buying into a lifestyle." For Callow, the flat white represents an accessible, affordable, bite-sized portion of cool - which grants momentary inclusion into a certain tribe.  "The [flat white] trend stemmed from the rise of independent coffee shops in London - think of the stereotype of the tattooed barista." Is your flat white really worth the extra pennies? "There are loads of them now, but when they first arrived, they were pioneers of this 'third wave' coffee scene. The flat white was less accessible back then, and seen as something a little bit different." Third Wave coffee, for those of you who didn't get the memo, is the term for the global movement towards treating coffee as an artisan food product. "The flat white is a small luxury but it's still affordable - it's perceived as niche, and above and beyond the everyday," continues Callow. "It's not like buying a cup of tea and a biscuit. I hate the word 'hipster', but people are buying into the East London thing, and taking a moment to feel like they're part of a different demographic. Full of beans: Britain's 30 best and buzziest coffee shops The mystery that still surrounds coffee, she suggests, also contributes to the allure of slightly less orthodox brews. "Because coffee isn't well understood by many, it's still seen as mysterious - even by chefs in restaurants. It's exotic and unknown, a bit like natural wine." But the question is, does Callow think the flat white is a rip-off? Apparently not. "For £3, it's worth it - and most people don't mind, because of what it represents." Whatever the flat white represents to you, it seems that the jury is out.  


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It sometimes seems that it is impossible to open up a newspaper or to turn on the television without hearing something about either baby boomers or millennials. Loosely defined as those who now between ages 37 to 52, Gen X is squarely sandwiched between the boomers and millennials. While smaller in numbers, Gen X has quietly come of age.


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By Christine Kim and Ben Blanchard SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system. While both South Korea and China share the goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and stop testing increasingly sophisticated long-range missiles, the two have not seen eye-to-eye on how to achieve this. China has been particularly angered at the deployment of U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying its powerful radar can see far into China and will do nothing to ease tension with North Korea.