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The urge to splurge
Through good times and bad, regardless of what's actually happening in the world, one thing is certain: in the long run, the Pentagon budget won't go down. It's not that that budget has never been reduced. At pivotal moments, like the end of World War II as well as war's end in Korea and Vietnam, there were indeed temporary downturns, as there was after the Cold War ended. More recently, the Budget Control Act of 2011 threw a monkey wrench into the Pentagon's plans for funding that would go (...)- Open pageAn all-American slaughter
Every day, on average, seven kids and teens are shot dead in America. Election 2016 will undoubtedly prove consequential in many ways, but lowering that death count won't be one of them. To grapple with fatalities on that scale — 2,500 dead children annually — a candidate would need a thoroughgoing plan for dealing with America's gun culture that goes well beyond background checks. In addition, he or she would need to engage with the inequality, segregation, poverty, and lack of mental health (...)- Open pageThe worst place on earth
LEER, South Sudan — There it is again. That sickening smell. I'm standing on the threshold of a ghost of a home. Its footprint is all that's left. In the ruins sits a bulbous little silver teakettle — metal, softly rounded, charred but otherwise perfect, save for two punctures. Something tore through it and ruined it, just as something tore through this home and ruined it, just as something tore through this town and left it a dusty, wasted ruin. This, truth be told, is no longer a town, not (...)- Open pageThrowing in the towel
Washington has finally thrown in the towel on its long, tortured efforts to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians. You won't find any acknowledgement of this in the official record. Formally, the U.S. still supports a two-state solution to the conflict. But the Obama administration's recent 10-year, $38-billion pledge to renew Israel's arsenal of weaponry, while still ostensibly pursuing “peace,” makes clear just how bankrupt that policy is. For two decades, Israeli leaders and (...)- Open pageLearning to claim our victories
In these dismal days of climate change, imperial decline, endless war, and in my city, a hapless football team, I seem to be experiencing a strange and unaccustomed emotion: hope. How can that be? Maybe it's because, like my poor San Francisco 49ers who have been “rebuilding” for the last two decades, I'm fortunate enough to be able to play the long game. But what exactly is making me feel hopeful at the moment? For one thing, we seem to have finally reached Peak Trump, and the reason why is (...)- Open pageTrump the arsonist
The world according to Donald Trump is very dark indeed. The American economy has tanked. Mexico has sent a horde of criminals over the border to steal jobs and rape women. The Islamic State, cofounded by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is taking over the globe. “Our country's going to hell,” he declared during the Republican primaries. It's “like medieval times,” he suggested during the second presidential debate. “We haven't seen anything like this, the carnage all over the world.” For Trump, (...)- Open pageAmerican power at the crossroads
In the strangest election year in recent American history — one in which the Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson couldn't even conjure up the name of a foreign leader he “admired” while Donald Trump remained intent on building his “fat, beautiful wall” and “taking” Iraq oil — the world may be out of focus for many Americans right now. So a little introduction to the planet we actually inhabit is in order. Welcome to a multipolar world. One fact stands out: Earth is no longer the property of the globe's (...)- Open pageDismantling the ‘Jungle', brick by brick
“The Jungle exists because of politics and money,” shrugs Sami, a 27-year-old refugee from Kabul. “I think everyone here knows that.” Slumped in a chair outside one of the camp's several resident-run cafés, he continues: “You know what? I love Afghanistan. I miss my cities, my villages, my culture, my family, so much ... So much. But I can't have a safe life there.” What about a safe life in the so-called Jungle? I ask. (In the informal settlement that Jeremy Corbyn has declared “a fetid camp in a (...)- Outside in / Exclusive/Comment
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Wildlife populations plummeted nearly 60 percent since 1970, says WWFWorldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.Vast anti-Maduro protests turn violent in VenezuelaVenezuela's increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday with protests that drew hundreds of thousands but also saw unrest leading to dozens of injuries and arrests.Protesting French police officers converge on National Assembly in ParisHundreds of police officers converged on the National Assembly in central Paris on Wednesday to protest an ever-increasing workload, outdated equipment and rules restricting their ability to defend themselves.Children killed in air strike on Syria schoolAir strikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, most of them schoolchildren, in a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, rescue workers and a monitoring group said.Video: Fires burn on third day of operation to shut down Calais 'Jungle'Fresh fires burned inside the Calais 'Jungle' Wednesday as French authorities said they were wrapping up a major operation to evacuate and demolish the notorious shantytown.France needs to 'rethink the relationship' between the police and citizensAs despair mounts among France’s overworked police force, FRANCE 24 speaks to criminologist Mathieu Zagrodzki about the frustration that has seen law enforcement take to the streets in protest against an increasing work load and extra hours.EU, Canada kept waiting on trade deal as Belgium fails to break deadlockBelgian politicians failed to break their deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement on Wednesday, but agreed to resume talks on Thursday in a sign they may be nearing a consensus that would keep the deal alive.Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 reach record 3,800The UN refugee agency said Wednesday that at least 3,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year in an attempt to reach Europe, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.
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Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Italy spends the night picking up the pieces after two earthquakesRescuers have spent a long night assessing the damage after a pair of quakes shook the central region. Buildings were toppled and hundreds of people are injured in an area still recovering from August's deadly temblors.Belgian politicians keep EU waiting over CETA againBelgian politicians failed late on Wednesday to break their deadlock over an EU-Canada free trade deal. A Canadian delegation says it will not travel to Europe for a planned summit to sign CETA on Thursday.Warring words over warshipsAs NATO defense ministers went into their fall meeting, Russian warships on the periphery of NATO territory highlighted tensions amid allies and nervousness about Moscow's aims. DW's Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.UNICEF: 22 children killed in airstrikes on Syrian schoolThe children reportedly died in attacks on a school compound in Idlib province on Wednesday. The UN Children's Fund - UNICEF - said the attacks represent a war crime if they were carried out deliberately.Series of strong quakes cause panic in ItalyThree successive quakes have struck central Italy, cutting power and prompting people to flee their homes in Rome and other cities. While officials said the damage was "apocalyptic," no deaths were immediately reported.Strike cancels 380 low-cost flights in GermanyCabin crew with Eurowings and Germanwings have started their one-day strike, prompting the German carriers to nix hundreds of domestic and international flights. Over 50,000 passengers are likely to be affected.UN: 2016 deadliest year for refugees in MediterraneanAt least 3,800 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean Sea this year while attempting to reach Europe, according to the UN. The toll makes 2016 the deadliest year on record for migrants on the dangerous sea route.HIV 'Patient Zero' cleared of causing epidemic in USGenes from archived blood samples have shown the man originally blamed for the epidemic was not responsible. Scientists say the virus was in New York City long before it infected the accused man.
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The Way Forward after Dieselgate: 'We Will Do Everything to Bring VW Back'Volkswagen is struggling. The diesel emissions scandal, slim profit margins and a leadership shake-up have challenged the automobile company. SPIEGEL sat down with senior members of the family, Wolfgang Porsche and Hans Michel Piëch, to discuss the path out of the disaster.'Reichsbürger' Shooting: An Anti-Government Group Turns ViolentAfter a series of increasingly violent encounters between German authorities and Reichsbürger, a group that rejects the legitimacy of the German government, officials are concerned that they are radicalizing -- and turning from a nuisance into a threat. By SPIEGEL StaffOn the Ground in Mosul: A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic StateThe battle for Mosul, a key city for Islamic State, has begun. On one side, a fragile alliance with conflicting political goals, and on the other, a ruthless enemy who might go to extreme lengths to defend the Iraqi metropolis -- incluing chemical weapons.Space Odyssey: A New Technology for Following SongbirdsThere are 1.6 billion songbirds in Europe and half of them fly south for the winter. Scientists would like to follow them -- using sensors attached to the International Space Station. But keeping up isn't easy.Interview with Rafael Nadal: 'Tennis Is a Lesson in Self-Control'Tennis star Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam tournaments and is still a force to be reckoned with. Recently, he opened a tennis academy to train the next generation of players. SPIEGEL spoke with him about the academy, the modern game and his plans for the future.A Candidate Unhinged: Trump Targets the Essence of AmericaTo be American means to believe in the Constitution: This narrative, despite its obvious flaws, has kept the country together over the centuries. Now, though, Donald Trump is presenting an altogether different identity for the United States. And the consequences are potentially horrific.Child of Israel: A Terrorist, a Killing and the Search for JusticeIn March, Israeli soldier Elor Azaria killed a wounded Palestinian attacker. After a video of the event surfaced, the military put Azaria on trial. But for many in the country, he is a hero. Who is right?Rapprochement or Penalties?: Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on RussiaRussian aggression in Syria has divided Merkel's coalition government. The chancellor isn't opposed to more sanctions, but the Social Democrats favor a conciliatory approach -- and are preparing to use the issue in the coming election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff
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“Doctor advised against vaccination; now my daughter’s dead”Antonella Salimbene: “Azzurra died of meningitis at the age of 11. I gave her life and I took it away, because if I had had her vaccinated, it wouldn’t have happened”Ada Resists amidst Skyscrapers with Her Store of YesteryearNestling among buildings by star architects and fashion houses is an electrical goods shop dating back to 1943. “What’s my secret? You have to talk to the customers,” says Ada, born in 1927Paradox of Industry that Leaves Everyone UnhappyThe call center industry started out in Italy as an unprofitable activity, subject to the blackmail of aggressive tenders that forced prices down to rock bottom levels. The result is that employees are demotivated, and consumers who call are often left dissatisfied or annoyedRenzi in Washington. US President: Bold Reforms NeededTwo voices but one message at the White House. Obama: “The United States strongly supports Renzi’s reforms.” The Prime Minister: “Italy and the USA have never been so close, Barack’s political legacy is something that also affects our country”Loris’s Father Talks: “My Wife Has Told a Barrage of Lies”Woman sentenced to thirty years in prison for the murder of her eight-year-old son Loris on 29 November 2014. Her shocked and speechless husband has filed for divorce: “Two years of hell have come to an end”“We do without luxuries but feel ‘rich’ with 11 children”In the Messina area, 34-year-old supermum Cristina Scaglione has given birth to her eleventh child (seven girls and four boys) and tells how she manages to handle the large family with her husband Alfio, a 36-year-old farm labourer, with few luxuries but lots of loveFo’s Last Days on Oxygen Mask, Playing Cards with DeathTwo days ago from his bed in the Sacco hospital in Milan, he confessed to his friend Carlin Petrini: “I’m fighting like a lion but don’t know if it will be enough”Boxing Champion Floors Three Immigrant AssailantsSpanish boxer Daiane Ferreira Da Silva was set to go to the Olympics if she had not had an injury. Three Pakistanis tried to attack her from behind
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Quake: powerful tremor of 5+ magnitude across central Italy(supersedes)Rome, October 26 - An earthquake tremor that shook central Italy at around 19:00 Wednesday measured upward of 5 degrees on the Richter scale and had its epicenter in the province of Macerata. A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook the Val Nerina valley between Perugia and Macerata, the NationaWe won't stop saving refugees lives says RenziAvellino, October 26 - Italy won't give up saving refugee lives at sea, Premier Matteo Renzi said Wednesday at a rally for a 'Yes' vote in a December 4 referendum on his constitutional reform law. "The European Union is the high and noble dream of our fathers," he said. "(It was) born to tear wallsReal politicians not conspiracy theorists says Renzi (2)POL:++ Roma Rome, October 26 - Real politicians don't mock voters with demagoguery, apathy, and conspiracy theories, Premier Matteo Renzi told a rally for a 'Yes' vote on a December 4 referendum in Avellino Wednesday. "If you forgot to renew the fridge cleanup contract, that's not a conspiracy," heItalian foreign fighter 'extremely dangerous' - prosecutorMilan, October 26 - Alleged Italian foreign fighter Maria Giulia 'Fatima' Sergio is a danger to society, National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terror Prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli said Wednesday in his summing-up in a trial against the woman and another five defendants. Maria Giulia Sergio, her father SergioState Mint museum opens in RomeRome, October 26 -The Museo della Zecca has opened in Rome, a museum dedicated to the Italian State mint that displays historic treasures. The museum was inaugurated Tuesday by President Sergio Mattarella, the economy and culture ministers, respectively Pier Carlo Padoan and Dario Franceschini, andRegeni case 'an open wound' - Gentiloni (3)Rome, October 26 - The case of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student tortured and murdered in Cairo earlier this year, is "an open wound" for Italy, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday. Gentiloni said "we got some signs of hope from Egyptian judicial authorities in September which Rome proseSpread up 2 to 137Rome, October 26 - The spread between Italian and German 10-year bonds, a gauge of Italy's borrowing costs and investor confidence, rose two points to 137 points Wednesday. The yield rose 0.3% to 1.41%.Assess putting Major Works into administration - Cantone (3)Rome, October 26 - Anti-corruption authority ANAC will assess whether to put Italy's Major Works programme under a special commissioner after two graft probes exploded Wednesday, ANAC chief Raffaele Cantone said. He said ANAC had asked for copies of the warrants and "we will see whether there the co
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Spain cancels permission for Russian warship refueling in CeutaThe government had been criticized for allowing ships to stop due to likelihood of involvement in Syrian conflictPopular Party’s Mariano Rajoy set to become prime minister this weekendBarring surprises, Socialist abstention opens door to investiture at Congressional vote on SaturdayCatholic Church opens files on dark period of Argentina dictatorshipBut only victims and their relatives may access an archive made up of thousands of lettersVenezuelan opposition rejects offer from Vatican to mediate in talksHenry Capriles and others close the door to the negotiations that the Catholic Church had planned to hostBrussels reminds Spain to make €5.5bn cuts “as soon as possible”European Commission again warns government of dangers of not meeting deficit reduction commitmentsMexican drug lord’s wife: “El Chapo will be dead by December”Emma Coronel’s statements about her husband’s health show new line of defense after failure of appeals against extraditionUS movie chief: “We must stop depicting Mexico as narcoland”President of the Motion Picture Association of America defends copyright law on visit to southern neighborThe English Edition on Facebook LiveCatch editor Simon Hunter and journalist Nick Lyne discussing the week’s stories on Thursday at 12pm CEST
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Spanish teenagers arrested for disturbing Halloween animal torture videoThe group were also planning to snatch a random girl on Halloween and torture herCivil servants forced to falsify documents to launder gangsters’ money on Costa del Sol, court hearsTown hall staff claim were ‘forced to falsify documents’ to allow mafia millions to corrupt planning lawsThe day Spain’s foreign minister Jose Margallo staked his claim for Gibraltar on trip to the CampoGibraltarian politicians were conspicuous by their absence as their public enemy number one travelled to Algeciras to outline his joint sovereignty plans for the Rock. Joe Duggan was thereMind, Body and Spirit festival coming to MarbellaIf you’ve never had your aura photographed, now’s your chanceYoung man recovering after Costa del Sol hit-and-runDozens of kids cried as they watched him be placed in a neck braceEXCLUSIVE: One of Britain’s Most Wanted rapists Mohammed Alam arrested in SpainConvicted rapist picked up in TenerifeHomeless man has to be rescued from bin in Spain after becoming trappedOfficers at the scene were unable to free the manVIDEO: ‘F****ng Spanish, speak English!’, racist thug in the UK screams as he attacks man for speaking SpanishThe attacker was restrained by members of the public until he was arrested
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Theresa May under fire for secret talk of Brexit fears
After the Guardian published leaked audio of her speech to Goldman Sachs, politicians from the UK and across Europe have criticised the prime minister
Theresa May has come under intense criticism from politicians across the UK and Europe after it emerged that she had warned of the dangers of Brexit in a private talk at Goldman Sachs a month before the referendum vote.
The prime minister was accused by a string of MPs, headed by Jeremy Corbyn, of ignoring her own concerns about the risks of leaving the single market, as revealed in her remarks to City bankers that were leaked to the Guardian on Tuesday night.Continue reading...Patients must understand options, says Royal College of Surgeons
New guidance represents end of ‘paternalistic’ approach to inform-and-consent between surgeon and patient, after law change
Surgeons should stop being “paternalistic” and simply lay out all the options to “let patients choose” whether to undergo surgery, according to radical new guidance for medics.
Related: Synthetic blood vessel breakthrough could transform children's heart surgeryContinue reading...UK university applications from EU down by 9%, says Ucas
Figures are for early tranche of courses, including Oxbridge, and may have been affected by delayed announcement about funding for EU students
The number of EU students applying for places on some of the most sought-after courses in the UK’s leading universities has dropped by 9%, according to Ucas, which administers university entry.
Related: Brexit fears may see 15% of UK university staff leave, group warnsContinue reading...Heathrow third runway: public bill up to £10bn hidden, says Tory MP
Former transport minister Stephen Hammond urges government to ‘come clean’ over probable bill to taxpayers
The true cost of Heathrow airport expansion to the taxpayer is not being divulged by the government, according to a Conservative former transport minister, who said ministers needed to “come clean” over the probable £5bn-£10bn public cost for road and rail links.
Tory MP Stephen Hammond raised his concerns as it emerged that Heathrow executives would get millions in bonuses for securing approval for the £17.6bn third runway scheme.Continue reading...Benefit sanctions forcing people to use food banks, study confirms
Oxford University research shows link between sanctions and use of charity parcels, a pattern ministers refuse to accept
Benefit sanctions, whereby social security claimants have their payments stopped for at least a month as a punishment for supposedly breaching strict jobcentre rules, are a key driver of hunger and food bank use, according to a study carried out by Oxford University academics.
The study, which mapped official sanctions data against food bank referral figures, concluded that a “robust link” existed between increases in the number of benefit sanctions handed out and rising numbers of adults receiving food parcels.Continue reading...Police officers must be aware of biases, says England training college
College of Policing issues new guidelines on stop and search, and says every police officer is guilty of some sort of bias
Every police officer is guilty of some sort of bias, according to their professional standards body, and acknowledging as much is necessary to help stamp out discrimination in the use of controversial stop and search powers.
The College of Policing on Thursday launches new guidelines for police on stop and search and also warns that an officer should consider if a bias is affecting his or her decision every time before making a stop. If they think prejudice is playing a part, they should not use the power.Continue reading...Maternity leave should be extended at cost of £2.1bn, says CBI
Business lobby group calls on chancellor to spend extra £11.5bn in autumn statement to stimulate post-Brexit vote growth
Philip Hammond should spend £2.1bn in the autumn statement on extending maternity leave to encourage more women to return to work, the CBI has said.
The business lobby group urged the chancellor to adopt an £11.5bn shopping list of measures, including lengthening maternity leave from nine months to a year to bridge the gap with the earliest date from which parents can claim childcare support.Continue reading...MEP Steven Woolfe blamed for Ukip scuffle in Strasbourg
Ukip finds MEP Mike Hookem did not start row that left Woolfe in hospital, but EU parliament president reports pair to police
The Ukip MEP Mike Hookem has escaped suspension from the party over an altercation that left his fellow MEP Steven Woolfe unconscious and hospitalised, after an internal report concluded there was no evidence suggesting he had instigated the scuffle.
The party’s report said that it was Woolfe, a former Ukip leadership challenger who has since left the party, and not Hookem, who started the incident. Woolfe had invited his colleague outside a meeting room in the European parliament in Strasbourg to settle their differences “man to man”, it stated.Continue reading...
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Italy hit by 2 earthquakes within hours of each otherTwo strong earthquakes hit central Italy, knocking out power and sparking panic. Rescuers are now searching through darkness and heavy rain for casualties.James Packer 'DUMPS' fiancée Mariah Carey over 'excessive spending'James Packer has called it quits with fiancé Mariah Carey, according to insiders.Great British Bake Off has its last slice of action on the BBC leaving viewers in mourningGlamorous PE teacher Candice Brown was crowned the winner of the series last night. Yet while she was celebrating with family and friends, millions of fans were left mourning the end of the show.Beatrice's ex is all smiles on night out with blonde: Dave Clark seen with mystery companion at the Chiltern FirehousePrincess Beatrice has been adapting to her new single status by enjoying nights out with her girlfriends. But the same cannot be said for her ex-boyfriend, writes Sebastian Shakespeare.Bizarre optical illusion of shiny legs divides social mediaAn image of a pair of lady's legs has gone viral on Twitter after users struggled to figure out what was deceiving about the limbs.MRI scans reveal how child molesters may be wired differentlyScientists from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, say the findings could help predict whether or not a paedophile might go on to offend (pictured is a stock image).BBC teases new Sherlock series moments after Bake Off finalViewers had barely recovered from the Great British Bake Off final when the BBC ran a picture of a violin with the numbers 01.01.17 accompanied by the word Sherlock to send fans into a frenzy.New Zealand teenager 'Poison Ivy' admirer streams himself carving flesh with a knifeDisturbing footage has surfaced of an admirer of New Zealand teenager 'Poison Ivy' carving his own flesh with a kitchen knife, after she logged into the same session.