5d ago
       

Rocket carrying American and Russian malfunctions, forcing emergency landing

Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Oct. 11, 2018. Russian space agency Roscosmos/Handout via Reuters U. S. astronaut Nick Hague, left, speaks with head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, after the Soyuz MS-10 Hague was in made an emergency landing following a failure of its booster rockets, in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Oct. 11, 2018. Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft prior to the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 11, 2018.
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6d ago
       

Former spy who compiled controversial dossier breaks silence to criticize Trump

The former British intelligence officer who wrote the explosive dossier alleging links between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials has broken an 18-month silence to criticize the governance of the U. S. president, though not by name. Trump has vehemently and repeatedly denied all the claims in the dossier, calling it a "phony and corrupt dossier" and calling Steele a "lowlife. "Victoria Jones/PA via AP/FILE Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who set up Orbis Business Intelligence and compiled a dossier on Donald Trump, shown in London in this March 7, 2017 file photo.
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1w ago
       

Israeli PM's wife goes on trial for fraud

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife appeared in court Sunday for the start of her trial over alleged fraud and breach of trust, drawing renewed attention to the many scandals plaguing the prime minister and his family. According to her indictment, Mrs. Netanyahu acted "to circumvent the rules and conditions" governing the prime minister's official residence "in order to fraudulently obtain state funding for various expenses for the accused and her family that were not supposed to be financed in this manner. "Police questioned Prime Minister Netanyahu for several hours on Friday as part of investigations into alleged corruption by the long-serving premier.
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2w ago
       

Airline insists that bizarre Drew Barrymore interview for in-flight magazine is real

EgyptAir is standing by the author of a bizarre Drew Barrymore profile that appeared in the airline's in-flight magazine. In a Facebook post Amal Fawzy, the editor-in-chief of Horus magazine, blamed the controversial content on translators who may have translated “the concluded meaning” of the interview and are in charge of writing the introduction for interviews. Fawzy added that she is aware of a phone call with Takla and Barrymore’s manager where the latter didn’t deny the authenticity of the interview but protested what he described as a “harsh introduction. ”
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2w ago
       

Death toll more than 1,200 in Indonesian quake and tsunami catastrophe

DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP A satellite image provided on Oct. 1, 2018 shows the the Petobo neighborhood in Palu, Indonesia, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused substantial damage and liquefaction in the village. DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP A satellite image taken Aug. 17, 2018 shows the Balaroa neighborhood of Palu, Indonesia. DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP A satellite image provided on Oct. 1, 2018 shows the Balaroa neighborhood of Palu, Indonesia, after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused heavy damage to the area.
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2w ago
       

French president criticized for photo beside man making obscene gesture

French president Emmanuel Macron is defending himself at home after a picture of him alongside a young man making an obscene gesture with his finger went viral online and drew political criticism. Eliot Blondet/AP French President Emmanuel Macron meets inhabitants of Quartier Orleans, Sept. 29, 2018, on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin. The ex-convict told the French newspaper Le Parisien on Monday that the man is his cousin, and that the gesture the man made "was not directed at all toward French president Macron. "
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3w ago
       

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused. "I never thought I'd see this day," said Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of Karadima's abuse who has been a key driver in pushing for justice for victims and an overhaul of the Chilean church hierarchy. After realizing that something was amiss, Francis ordered a Vatican investigation that uncovered decades of abuse and cover-ups by the Chilean church leadership.
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3w ago
       

China hits back at Trump, calling 'Blame China' a GOP campaign strategy

After President Donald Trump publicly accused Beijing of interfering with the upcoming midterm elections at a U. N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was at the meeting, lashed back. "They do not want me, or us, to win," Trump told the Security Council, "because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade, and we are winning on trade. "Carlos Barria/Reuters China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a U. N. Security Council meeting at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U. N. headquarters in N. Y. , Sept. 26, 2018.
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3w ago
       

Report: Global trade war would hurt US the most

The ECB study' authors, however, said those initial measures should have only "marginal" effects on the global economy because the goods affected represent a small part of global trade. The study didn't include the 10 percent tariffs Trump announced Monday on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and China's $60 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U. S. goods. The U. S. would import fewer Chinese goods, but the effect on China would be cushioned by diverting those products to other export markets: "In China, the trade effect on GDP is initially slightly positive, although the gains diminish over time. "
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3w ago
       

Children's remains found in Mexican mass graves

Tiny pants for a baby no older than 6 months and shiny pink sandals for a toddler are among the personal items that have turned up at mass graves in the Gulf state of Veracruz, driving home the brutality of rising violence in Mexico. The revelation of children's clothing and bodies in the mass graves is also unusual. The mass graves in Veracruz have been accompanied this month by a bloody attack in a Mexico City tourist spot by assailants dressed as mariachi musicians and outrage over a wandering truck with 273 bodies from an overflowing morgue in Guadalajara.
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