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What does it mean when war hawks say, “never Trump”?
It's not every day that Republicans publish an open letter announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office. But lately this sort of thing has been happening more and more frequently. The most recent example: we just heard from 50 representatives of the national security apparatus, men — and a few women — who served under Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. All of them are very worried about Donald Trump. They think we should be alerted to the fact that (...)- Open page‘Criminals are the law in Syria'
“I will have nightmares whether I like it or not,” sighs Joan, 27. A dissonant clash of euphonious birdsong and his creaky chair score the duration of our interview. “I was born in the 1980s, the decade of the Hama massacre.” Syria's president Hafez al-Assad “was still there 20 years later, and the people were still scared 20 years later. That's just the way it was.” (Bashar inherited power from his father in 2000.) The site of what was then considered “the single bloodiest assault by an Arab (...)- Outside inAmerica's criminal injustice system
Once upon a time, I was a journalist, covering war in Indochina, Central America, and the Middle East. I made it my job to write about the victims of war, the “civilian casualties.” To me, they were hardly “collateral damage,” that bloodless term the military persuaded journalists to adopt. To me, they were the center of war. Now, I work at home and I'm a private eye — or P.I. to you. I work mostly on homicide cases for defense lawyers on the mean streets of Oakland, California, one of America's (...)- Open pageMosul's liberation must wait
Rushing to liberate Iraq's second city could plunge the country into even greater chaos The operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is imminent. Following nearly two years of planning, Iraqi, Kurdish and coalition forces have moved to within 40km of the city's outskirts. On 14 August, Kurdish Peshmerga launched a major assault against ISIS positions, liberating 11 villages. These advances — following ISIS's recent defeats in Anbar — (...)- Outside in / ExclusiveMilitary dissent is not an oxymoron
The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight. Iraq is chaotic and scarred. So, too, is Libya. Syria barely exists. After 15 years, “progress” in Afghanistan has proven eminently reversible as efforts to rollback recent Taliban gains continue to falter. The Islamic State may be fracturing, but its various franchises are finding new and horrifying ways to replicate themselves and lash out. Having spent trillions of dollars on war with such sorry results, it's (...)- Open pageThe Greatest show on earth
Yep, it finally happened. In early May, after a long, long run, the elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were ushered into retirement in Florida where they will finish their days aiding cancer research. The Greatest Show on Earth was done with its pachyderms. The same might be said about the Republicans after Donald Trump's version of a GOP convention. Many of them had also been sent, far less gracefully than those circus elephants, into a kind of enforced (...)- Open pageThe Decay of American Politics
My earliest recollection of national politics dates back exactly 60 years to the moment, in the summer of 1956, when I watched the political conventions in the company of that wondrous new addition to our family, television. My parents were supporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower for a second term and that was good enough for me. Even as a youngster, I sensed that Ike, the former supreme commander of allied forces in Europe in World War II, was someone of real stature. In a troubled time, (...)- Open pageBreaking the camouflage wall of silence
It's rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire conflicts since 9/11, the top brass rarely criticize each other or, even in retirement, utter a word about the failings of their predecessors or successors. Think of it as the camouflage wall of silence. You may loathe him. You may badmouth him behind closed doors. You may (...)- Open page
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In pictures: The FARC’s 50-year insurgency in ColombiaA historic peace deal to end more than 50 years of civil war in Colombia may well signal the end of the Marxist-inspired Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at Latin America’s longest-running insurgency.Al Shabaab attacks beach restaurant in Somali capitalAl Shabaab militants attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb and a gunfight was still ongoing, police and the insurgent group said on Thursday.Colombia signs peace deal with FARC, but bitter referendum fight lies aheadPresident Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday announced that a referendum to approve or reject the historic peace deal in Colombia will be held on October 2, but a bitter campaign has been underway unofficially for months.Iraqi forces retake key town of Qayara from IS groupIraqi forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister's office.Portugal’s Ronaldo wins UEFA award for best player in EuropeCristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid.Brazilian Senate opens impeachment trial of Dilma RousseffBrazil’s Senate opened the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday and will hear witnesses for and against the leftist leader who is expected to be removed from office next week on charges of breaking budget laws.Italy quake death toll hits 250 as rescuers race to find survivorsThe death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday, officials said, as rescuers desperately searched for survivors in the rubble of devastated mountain villages.France’s highest court to debate repeal of burkini banFrance's highest administrative court will Thursday examine a request to overturn a ban on the burkini after photographs of police surrounding a woman on a beach fuelled the controversy over the full-body swimsuit.
- (Germany)Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Italy after the earthquake: Why has God done this to us?The earthquake has wiped out villages in Italy's Abruzzo region. Rescuers are still looking for survivors. Sometimes there is a strange hush over the disaster site. DW's Bernd Riegert reports from Amatrice.German government debates keeping Incirlik air base in TurkeyBerlin is in discussion with Turkey to ensure that the German military can fly its sorties supporting the US' anti-IS campaign in the Middle East. But some German lawmakers are threatening to end the mission.Turkey's government celebrates Syria interventionAnkara's incursion into northern Syria to seize the border town of Jarabulus from Islamic State is being held up by Turkish officials, but critics question the government's motives. Tom Stevenson reports from Istanbul.Global superpowers condemn chemical weapon use in SyriaA new UN report suggests that the Assad regime and the "Islamic State" have been resorting to chemical warfare. Now, the US, France and Germany want to the perpetrators to take responsibility for the attacks.Record numbers of refugees ask Red Cross to find family membersThe German Red Cross expects around 3,000 calls for help by the end of 2016 from refugees who have lost track of family members on their perilous journey. A large number of requests come from minors.Biden warns Europe against dependency on Russia for heating oil and natural gasHe cautioned the EU against going ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. No country should use energy as a weapon, Biden said referring to past episodes of Moscow cutting off gas supplies in winter.VW reaches tentative deal to compensate US dealershipsThe embattled carmaker has reached an 'agreement in principle' to compensate its 650 US dealers which sued Volkswagen for damages in connection with its emissions-cheating scandal.N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un hails missile test as 'greatest success'North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has said a recent missile test has put his country among the strongest military powers. The UN is mulling a statement condemning the submarine-based launch.
- (Germany)SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
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World Risk Index: The Human Factor in Natural DisastersHow vulnerable is your country to natural disasters? The 2016 World Risk Index is now out and it shows that infrastructure is a key factor in the ability to withstand events like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept RefugeesA year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL StaffFear Unveiled: Why Banning the Burqa Makes No SenseCalls in Germany to ban the burqa are misguided and the move would do little to liberate Muslim women. The fight for emancipation must come from inside the religion.Burqa Ban Debate: Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in GermanySome conservative German politicians would like to see a ban on burqas and other veils. Doing so, however, would likely violate the constitution -- and there are plenty of practical rules already in place.Interview with Libya's Prime Minister: 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'Since March, Fayez Sarraj has been the prime minister of Libya, a country torn by civil war. Now he is tasked with surmounting the country's political divisions and leading the fight against the Islamic State and a network of human-traffickers transporting tens of thousands of migrants to Europe.Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions EvidenceWhen American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years -- but didn't act on it.Helping Hands on Holiday: How To Avoid the Pitfalls of VoluntourismVolunteering in exotic places during vacation is a growing segment of the international travel market. But experts warn that meaning well can sometimes do more harm than good, particularly when children are involved.'Paradise Lost': How To Help Our Oceans Before It's Too LateIn the past 50 years, Earth's oceans have been depleted and acidified to alarming degrees. Sylvia Earle, a longtime marine scientist, explains her plan to save at least a small part of them -- along with our planet.
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Amatrice and Collapse of Earthquake-Proof SchoolRescuers work in silence so that they can pick up the voices of any survivors. Women recite the Rosary, as the dead are lined up under the blazing sunChildren of Earthquake: Youngest Victim Only 8 Months OldGirl pulled out alive after almost 17 hours. Drama of twins, with one dying and the other surviving. Mother who survived Aquila earthquake loses Marisol, her daughter of just 18 months. In Amatrice and Pescara del Tronto the search for survivors continues unabatedWoman Reports Son Involved in Gang MurderSalvadoran woman goes to police after recognizing her son in video of murder. Youth arrested with six accomplices, all aged between 17 and 22. In telephone call, youths said: “We’re thirsting for blood tonight”Libyan PM: “IS Also a Danger for Italy. Help Us Now”Fayez Serraj: “We don’t need foreign troops. We are extremely happy about Italy’s decision to allow the use of Sigonella. IS will use every means it can to send militants to Europe”Cargo Plane Overshoots Runway at Orio al Serio AirportChaos at the airport, with flights cancelled or rerouted to Malpensa. The incident occurred at 4am on Friday morning. The crew, composed of the captain and first officer, were unhurt. The airport was initially closed, but is now once more operational. Some flights rerouted to Malpensa“Attacking Planes Is Easy”. Plans to Strike Orio al SerioBefore being captured, the 26-year old warehouseman had befriended an ItalianThe Story of Enzo, Now Owner of Company that Laid Him OffSaronno. He invested everything he had, and even gave jobs to his former colleagues
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
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Quake: Britain stands by Italy, Johnson saysLondon, August 25 - Britain stands by Italy in its hour of need after yesterday's devastating earthquake, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday. Johnson spoke by phone with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni to offer condolences and assistance. He said "a number of British nationals hQuake: 204 bodies pulled from Amatrice rubble (2)Amatrice, August 25 - Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said Thursday 204 bodies have been pulled from the rubble so far after yesterday's earthquake flattened most of the central Italian mountain village. Another 15 people, including two children, are still missing, the mayor said. Pirozzi added 120 boQuake: 239 cultural heritage assets damaged (2)Rome, August 25 - Culture Minister Dario Franceschini on Thursday said that 293 cultural heritage assets were damaged at the epicentre of Wednesday's earthquake, of which 50 were seriously damaged or had collapsed. He said the number was likely to increase given the scope of the area affected by theQuake: Spanish woman, two Romanians deadRome, August 25 - Yesterday's devastating earthquake in central Italy has claimed the lives of one Spanish and two Romanian nationals, the foreign ministries of both countries said Thursday. The Spaniard named as Ana Huete, 26, was married to an Italian man. The couple ran a pizza place in the SpaniPope 'insists' on asylum seeker welcome says VaticanBelluno, August 25 - Pope Francis and the Catholic Church maintain that asylum seekers must be welcomed, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said Thursday. "The pope and the Catholic Church insist on an attitude of openness and welcome," the cardinal said. "Solutions must be found based on thiQuake: EC chief 'ready to do everything in my power to help'Brussels, August 25 - European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday he will do "everything in his power" to help Italy after yesterday's deadly earthquake. "I am ready to do everything in my power to help the authorities and the Italian people at this time of pain and suffering," he said in aQuake: UN chief praises rescue effortsNew York, August 25 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised national authorities' "swift and robust" rescue efforts after yesterday's devastating earthquake in central Italy. The UN chief spoke with Italian President Sergio Mattarella by phone to offer his condolences and the solidariQuake: provisional death toll rises to 250 (2)Rome, August 25 - The provisional death toll from yesterday's 6.2-magnitude earthquake in central Italy has risen to 250, civil protection officials said Thursday. The confirmed victims in the Lazio mountain village of Amatrice rose to 193, while 11 were confirmed dead in the nearby village of Accum
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Socialists to propose law change in bid to avoid Christmas Day electionsThe main opposition group believes that the Popular Party is using the date as a pressure tacticSpanish woman confirmed among victims of earthquake in ItalyAna Huete, who was 26 and from Granada, was in the area on vacation with her Italian boyfriendWhat Trump said then and what he says now about immigrationThe Republican candidate has stated that he could “soften” his controversial position on the issueIt’s official: Colombia peace talks conclude a half century of warPresident Santos announces referendum to validate accord with FARC rebels on October 2Spanish engineers find Tinder flaw that reveals users’ locationThe error meant that anyone a user ‘matched’ with could find out their exact coordinatesPublic works contracts fall by 20% due to political impasse and deficit cutsSpending on Spain’s high-speed rail system down 42%, while outlay on airports almost doubles, to €96.4 millionDespite devalued pound, British visitor numbers to Spanish hotels up 15%Hotels in the country enjoyed a bumper July, having put prices up more than 6% from last yearHow European fashion brands are elbowing out the US competitionFamiliar names such as Spanish brands Zara and Camper are gaining ground in North America
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Group of French muslims questioned after one women left barely conscious and another with a broken nose after assault in MarbellaOne member of the group was arrestedE-cigarettes linked to debilitating lung conditionThe amount of people contracting the condition may increase sharplyJunta urged to speed up demolition process of Algarrobico hotel in AlmeriaPodemos Andalucia is leading the criticism, claiming that the Junta and central government are playing a ‘tactical game of table tennis’ to delay demolitionChefs to cook for unique dining experience in EsteponaTantalize your tastebuds, with three Michelin star chefs at ‘Dine in with the Stars’ in Estepona this September.Rise of illegal buildings in El Palmar getting ‘out of control’There are no running water or sewage facilitiesDrones being used by authorities to spot illegal building works across SpainThe highest number of fraudsters were detected in AndaluciaEntire Spanish village for sale after mining company folds and sells it as assetThe once buzzing mining hub has become a shadow of its former selfAuthorities closing in on hit-and-run driver who killed a British grandfather in Spain at the weekendThe local police are now working with Interpol and the British police
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A*-C grades in dramatic decline as GCSE results are published
Proportion of C grades or above drops by unprecedented 2.1 percentage points as new policies come into force
A dramatic fall in national GCSE results is the largest since the exam replaced O-levels, with the proportion of pupils who gained a C grade or above dropping by an unprecedented 2.1 percentage points – including a sharp decline in the numbers gaining a C or above in English.
The falls are due in large part to new government policies that force 17-year-olds who got a D or lower in English or maths last year to resit those exams, meaning more students overall were sitting the tests.Continue reading...Hillsborough disaster: IPCC investigates potential Freemason link
Police watchdog is investigating whether Freemason membership influenced decision-making over 1989 disaster
The police watchdog is pursuing a “further line of inquiry” over whether Freemason membership influenced decision-making over the Hillsborough disaster.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), as part of its overall investigation into alleged criminality and misconduct, has been examining concerns from the families of the 96 victims over Freemason membership.Continue reading...Burkini ban protesters throw beach party at French embassy in London
Demonstrators sport burkinis and park deck chairs, lilos and makeshift sand outside French embassy
Demonstrators have staged an impromptu beach party complete with sand, deck chairs and a lobster-shaped lilo outside the French embassy in London to protest against burkini bans that have become law in many French coastal towns and cities.
Under the bemused gaze of the embassy’s armed police officers, some protesters sported burkinis – swimsuits that cover the wearer’s whole body, including her hair – or swimsuits, while others threw beach balls at the lunchtime protest.Continue reading...More shareholders criticise Sports Direct's corporate governance
L&G and Aberdeen Asset Management join Investor Forum in calling for plan of action to rebuild confidence in retailer
Two major fund management firms have backed an influential shareholder group in publicly criticising corporate governance at Sports Direct and demanding change at the top of the retail group.
Legal & General Investment Management said it would be voting against the re-election of all Sports Direct’s non-executive directors, including the chairman, Keith Hellawell, whom it has voted against for the past two years.Continue reading...Camber Sands: family express anger over deaths of five friends from London
Bereaved family members and local people question why beach has no lifeguards, as online petition calls for action
The five young men who died at Camber Sands were two brothers and their friends enjoying a day trip to the popular beach, it has emerged, as the family of one of the victims questioned why no safety measures had been brought in following the death of a man last month.
Three of the men were pulled out of the sea at Camber Sands, near Rye, East Sussex, on Wednesday afternoon and two others were found later that evening when the tide receded.Continue reading...Stafford hospital suspends 'unsafe' children's A&E
NHS trust temporarily closes service for under-18s owing to lack of ‘professionally trained and experienced staff’
A Staffordshire hospital has suspended its A&E service for children after senior staff said it was “not currently clinically safe”.
The drastic measure, implemented at 10am on Thursday, came after County hospital in Stafford was found to have insufficient staff trained to the required level in resuscitation and life-support for children.Continue reading...UberEats drivers plan protest against cuts in pay rate per delivery
Riders for group’s food delivery service follow Deliveroo couriers in expressing discontent with gig economy pay structure
Drivers for Uber’s food delivery service are planning a protest in the latest sign of discontent within the gig economy.
UberEats riders will demonstrate outside the group’s London headquarters on Friday after the company cut the amount it pays per delivery, which some drivers say leaves them at risk of earning less than the minimum wage. They are calling on the company to pay the independently backed London living wage of £9.40 an hour.Continue reading...Six men rescued from small boat off Kent coast
Coastguards alerted to vessel in Channel as Border Force prepare to interview men
Six people, believed to be refugees, have been found in a small boat in the Channel. Coastguards were alerted to the vessel off the Kent coast at about 5.40am on Thursday.
The Lydd-based search-and-rescue helicopter and the Border Force cutter, HMC Valiant, were scrambled. A Border Force spokesman said: “Six men were recovered from the boat and are due to be interviewed by Border Force officers.”Continue reading...
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Women who have the same ex-husband reveal how they went on to become BEST FRIENDSHoliday Miller from Atlanta, Georgia, reached out to her soon-to-be ex's former wife Valerie Shepherd while her children were staying with him for the weekend and they quickly became friends.Devoted Canadian couple forced to separate because they can't get into same care homeA Canadian couple from who have been married for 62 years are being forced to live apart after because of a shortage of spaces in care homes in the city of Surrey, near Vancouver, British Columbia.Shrewsbury Folk Festival bans Morris dancers from appearing in blackfaceShrewsbury Folk Festival bosses said people wearing full black face paint would not be booked from next year. Dancers claim the make-up has no racial connotations and branded the ban 'PC nonsense'.ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller's parents slam Doctors Without Borders for lack of negotiationMueller had been kidnapped along with her Syrian boyfriend shortly after leaving a Doctors Without Borders (also known as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF) hospital in Aleppo in August 2013.ISIS hostage video shows Kayla Mueller pleading for help from captivity in SyriaThe 10-second clip ends before she reveals where ‘here’ is – but Mueller was filmed for the proof-of-life video by ISIS militants in Syria which was handed to her parents by the FBI on August 20, 2013.Amber Heard's team claim Johnny Depp gave her $7m settlement to charity for a tax deductionAmber Heard has publicly pledged to donate her $7million divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charity.EE customers face steep price hikes for calls made outside of plansThe rises mean that a customer phoning a friend on their home phone would be charged £30 for a half-hour conversation, if they have run out of minutes.Italy earthquake elderly survivor comforted by carer's dogAround 250 people have been killed in an earthquake in central Italy. The town of Amatrice was one of the worst to be hit. Antonio Putini, 97, and his carer, Violeta Bratu, were among the survivors.