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Zimbabwe's Mugabe in S.Africa after wife is accused of assault

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 02:34

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in S.Africa after wife is accused of assaultVeteran Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has arrived in South Africa, state media said on Thursday, for a regional summit overshadowed by accusations his wife assaulted a 20-year-old model in a Johannesburg hotel room with an electric cable. Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper, the government's main mouthpiece, said 93-year-old Mugabe arrived at a military air base near Pretoria late on Wednesday.


Investigators likely slain by Congolese militia: UN probe

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:25

 UN probeTwo UN investigators killed in March likely died at the hands of Congolese militia members, a UN inquiry found, adding that further investigation will be required to "fully ascertain the identity" of those involved. Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish-Chilean dual national, were found murdered in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo while on a UN mission investigating violence and mass graves in the country's restive Kasai province. "A group of Congolese, likely militia members from the Kasai Central province, was responsible," read the board's executive summary, obtained Wednesday by AFP.


'I'm terrified': White nationalist Christopher Cantwell cries in video about Charlottesville protest

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:16

 White nationalist Christopher Cantwell cries in video about Charlottesville protestA white nationalist who was featured in a Vice News documentary about the "Unite the Right" Charlottesville marchers at the weekend has posted a video in which he tearfully complains about his current plight. Christopher Cantwell took part in the rally in support of Confederate hero Robert E Lee in Virginia on Saturday, which escalated to violence and ended in the death of a woman.  “I have been told there’s a warrant out for my arrest,” he said while crying on the video. “With everything that’s happening, I don’t think it’s very wise for me to go anywhere. There’s a state of emergency. The National Guard is here!” “I want to be peaceful. I want to be law-abiding. That was the whole entire point of this,” Cantwell continues. “I’m watching CNN talk about this as a violent, white nationalist protest. We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful!” he added. He also said urged police to contact him if there was a warrant out for his arrest. “I am armed, I do not want violence with you. I’m terrified, I’m afraid you’re going to kill me, I really am,” he said. “If I gotta go to jail today, you know it won’t be the f------* first time… I honestly believe I have been law-abiding. I have been engaged in violence, I have, there’s no question about it and I’ve done nothing to hide that but it was in defence of myself and others and I would not have done it for any other reason,” he added. Cantwell was banned from Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday, while a page connected to his podcast was removed. Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja also said at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement were taken down over what Budhraja said were violations on the company's polices on hate speech and organisations. Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, was listed on rally flyers and labelled an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Centre. A former information technology worker who moved to New Hampshire from New York in 2012, the 36-year-old Cantwell describes himself as a white nationalist and said he voted for President Donald Trump. He has a podcast and blog that promote his views. Cantwell says Facebook shut down his account in an attempt to silence him for his views. He also said his PayPal account had been closed. The company wouldn't confirm that because it has a policy of not commenting on the status of accounts. "I'm not surprised by almost any of this because the whole thing we are complaining about here is that we are trying to express our views, and everybody is going through extraordinary lengths to make sure we are not heard," Cantwell told AP in a phone interview from an undisclosed location. "Frankly, whatever you think of my views, that is very scary to me," he said. "Facebook and Instagram is one thing but not being able to participate in the financial system because of your political opinions is something that, you know, people should worry about in America." 


U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:41

U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood fundingA U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed a ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate.


New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San Francisco

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:31

New tower fuels concerns over changing face of San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 60 stories above the ground, construction workers climb makeshift stairs and cross narrow steel planks to put the finishing touches on Salesforce Tower, now San Francisco's tallest building.


Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:11

Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection carMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.


Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:03

Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administrationJUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.


Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing Teen

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:17

Has Natalee Holloway's Body Been Found? Remains Reportedly Discovered in Search for Missing TeenThe Alabama teen vanished during a school trip in 2005.


Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:58

Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentenceLee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.


Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of Cancer

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:02

Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of CancerTracey Jacqueline Weir is accused of selling phony raffle tickets to support children's cancer research in the name of 4-year-old Nolan Scully.


US will 'know how to face' anti-Semitism: Israel president

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:55

 Israel presidentIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed shock Wednesday over anti-Semitism at a recent US white supremacist rally, but said American leaders would succeed in dealing with "this difficult challenge". Rivlin wrote to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to convey his "support and solidarity for the American Jewish community" after the unrest in Charlottesville. "The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag -- perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism -- paraded in the streets of the world's greatest democracy, and Israel's most cherished and greatest ally, is almost beyond belief," he said.


Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault case

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:40

Grace Mugabe claims diplomatic immunity in S.Africa assault caseZimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, in an incident that could test cross-border relations. The 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels on Sunday evening at a Johannesburg hotel where the first lady's two sons were staying. Engels has registered a police case alleging assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, saying she suffered deep cuts to her forehead and the back of her head.


German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:01

German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff"Made in Germany" used to mean reliability. Now it means collusion.


SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung Infection

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:55

SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung InfectionAn orca at SeaWorld San Diego was euthanized Tuesday evening after a long battle with a bacterial respiratory infection.


Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:51

A new article shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles, potentially carrying microplastics to the deep seafloor.

Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer: 'They tried to kill my child to shut her up'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:25

 'They tried to kill my child to shut her up'“They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” said Susan Bro, dwarfed by the large stage and cinema screen at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The 1,200 mourners in the room rose to their feet and applauded as the mood ebbed between somber reflection, defiance and a celebration of 32-year-old Heather Heyer’s life.


Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral President

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:20

Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral PresidentBarack Obama's post Charlottesville tweet just broke the record for number of likes. How did Obama crack the social media code?


Mom Tracks Pregnancy With Hilarious Letter Board Messages

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:18

Mom Tracks Pregnancy With Hilarious Letter Board MessagesVorderstrasse posts photos on Instagram of herself and sometimes her partner alongside a letter board that sums up what she’s thinking. While pregnant with her now 2-week-old, Hazel, Vorderstrasse posed with the board at different stages of her pregnancy, touching on everything from swollen feet to food cravings to her incessant need to pee.


Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca to combat 'olive tree ebola' says EU report

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:02

Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca to combat 'olive tree ebola' says EU reportThe Spanish island of Mallorca could be virtually razed of vegetation under an EU plan to halt the march of a deadly bacteria known as “ebola of the olive”, farmers in the region have warned. The bacteria Xylella fastidiosa, which has infected thousands of olive trees in southern Italy, is now raging across the Balearic Islands with carrier species multiplying, according to a recent assessment by the European Union. In July, it was detected for the first time on the Spanish mainland in almond trees in Alicante, raising fears it could wreak havoc in the world's largest producer of olive oil. The EU and the Balearics government are now discussing a containment plan which could force eradication of all vegetation within a 100 metre radius of infected plants, Spain’s El Confidential newspaper reported. With infections confirmed at 156 separate points across Mallorca, agricultural groups say the measure would mean the almost complete destruction of the island’s plant life. Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil Credit: PAUL GROVER “If we comply with what Europe is asking us, it would be starting to fell at one end of the island and finishing at the other. I don’t know if eradicating all the plant life is the solution, but I am sure that, in Mallorca, this is impossible to apply,” Gonzalo Rodríguez, head of the Camp Mallorquí cooperative of 1,000 producers, told the paper. The Balearics authorities had won a reprieve from the eradication measure after the bacteria was detected on the islands late last year, arguing that it would be a “disaster” for the local environment. The bacteria, which can infect some 300 species, was first discovered in a cherry tree in a Mallorca garden centre in October. After tests elsewhere on the Balearic Islands came back positive, the local government declared the entire archipelago an outbreak zone, banned the export of live plants and began destroying infected specimens. But a June assessment by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) came back with alarming news: the response had been too limited, and even with the total application of EU measures, eradication will now be “very difficult” to achieve. The number of carrier plants was also growing, it said, now taking around a dozen species including grape vines, almond and plum trees and lavender. In Alicante, local authorities and agricultural groups have backed eradication as the only option. But resistance among some farmers is growing: last week protesters blocked machinery brought in to fell trees around an infected plant, El Confidencial reported.


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