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Erdogan: NATO must take stance against US over border force

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:35

 NATO must take stance against US over border forceANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on NATO to take a stance against the United States, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria.


Nine dead after under-construction bridge collapses in Colombia

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:17

Nine dead after under-construction bridge collapses in ColombiaAt least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio, and was not yet in public use. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation, Reinaldo Romero, head of disaster response for Meta province, told Reuters. Half of the bridge fell into the valley in Chirajara near Bogot Credit: JAIME SALDARRIAGA/ REUTERS “Up to now there are nine dead and five injured,” Romero said. “We are doing a check to rule out other victims.” Transportation Minister German Cardona flew over the site of the collapse later on Monday and visited rescue staff on the ground with Dimitri Zaninovich, the head of the national infrastructure agency.


Authorities Deport Man Who Had Lived In The U.S. For 30 Years

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:17

Authorities Deport Man Who Had Lived In The U.S. For 30 YearsJorge Garcia, 39, bid his family farewell Monday under the watchful gaze of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who required him to return to his native Mexico after living in the Detroit area for 30 years.


Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggests

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:52

Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggestsScientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico’s Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium. The epidemic was one of several to hit the indigenous population soon after the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.


Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of Flavors

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:45

Pineapple Casserole, The Southern Dish That's A Paradox Of FlavorsWhen someone dies, we instinctively possess the urge to find that person’s loved ones and fill their refrigerators with an absurd amount of food.


Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:46

Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media armsSwedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income but not cashflow. "The majority of goodwill originates from investments made 10 years ago or more, and has limited relevance for Ericsson's business going forward," Ericsson said in a statement. Once the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile network gear, Ericsson has been hit by competition from Huawei [HWT.UL] and Nokia , while telecom operator spending has slumped ahead of the roll-out of next-generation 5G technology.


China economy beat expectations in 2017: AFP survey

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:30

 AFP surveyChina's economy exceeded Beijing's annual growth target in 2017, analysts said in an AFP survey, overcoming the government's battles against massive debt and pollution-spewing factories. Premier Li Keqiang last week said he expected growth to have come in "around 6.9 percent". The government statistics bureau will release its official figures on Thursday.


China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:38

 Reuters pollChina's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. Beijing is in the second year of a relentless campaign to wean China off its debt-heavy investment model, clamping down on everything from speculative property lending to shadow-bank financing activities as policy makers look to foster sustainable longer term growth. A government-led infrastructure spending spree, which partly contributed to better-than-expected growth last year, may "fare below expectations" due to tighter financial scrutiny, said Zhang Yiping, an analyst with China Merchant Securities.


Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:38

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cutsSHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.


2019 Jeep Cherokee: The Baby Grand

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:01

 The Baby GrandIt wasn't actually broke, but it's been fixed.


Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:53

Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri FamilyIt’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis, Missouri recently discovered.


13 Siblings 'Held Captive' By Parents, Some In Chains And Starving, Police Say

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:08

13 Siblings 'Held Captive' By Parents, Some In Chains And Starving, Police SayAuthorities discovered 12 siblings, some in chains and starving, inside their parents home in Perris, California on Sunday.


North Korea to send orchestra to Winter Olympics as talks continue over single flag at opening ceremony

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:54

North Korea to send orchestra to Winter Olympics as talks continue over single flag at opening ceremonyNorth Korea will send an 80-piece orchestra and a further 60 singers and dancers to perform concerts in South Korea during the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. The Samjiyon band will perform folk songs and "masterpieces" that call for reunification of the Korean Peninsula in concerts in Seoul and Gangneung, which is hosting a number of events in the Games, Lee Woo-sung, the head of the South Korean delegation to the talks, told reporters. The delegation from Pyongyang made its offer during a second round of discussions on North Korea's participation in the games with their South Korean counterparts on Monday. Speaking at the outset of the meeting, Kwon Hyok-bong, the head of the North's negotiating team, said: "We believe that a great symphony will be enthusiastically received."  The North Korean delegation also included Hyon Song-wol, the glamorous leader of the all-female Moranbong Band and rumoured to have been Kim Jong-un's former girlfriend. The Moranbong Band perform in Pyongyang in 2016 Credit: AFP Ms Hyon, who is believed to be in her late 30s, is so highly regarded by the North Korean dictator that she was named an alternate member of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in October 2017. The opening ceremony for the 16-day tournament is scheduled to take place on February 9, with the next round of talks likely to consider a number of additional proposals from both sides. Discussions continue over the proposal that athletes representing both North and South Korea participate together in the opening and closing ceremonies under a "Korean Unification" flag, a blue outline of the peninsula on a white background. The two sides are also exploring the possibility of fielding a joint women's ice hockey team and have filed a request with the International Olympic Committee. Athletes from North and South marched together with a unification flag at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Credit: AP If the IOC grants the request, it will be the first time that a unified Korean team will have taken part in an Olympic event. North Korea has also requested that its athletes, officials, media, performers and "cheering squad" members be permitted to travel to Pyeongchang across the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula. Seoul has agreed to guarantee the delegation's safety during its visit. The Samjiyon band is believed to have been formed in the late 2000s, Yonhap news reported, and has previously performed for high-profile foreign visitors to North Korea. Lee Woo-sung, of the South Korean delegation, answers questions after Monday's meetings Credit: AP "The two sides plan to discuss details, including the venue, stage conditions and other matters, through consultations", a joint statement said. "In this regard, the North will send an advance inspection team at an early date". Progress in the discussions to date has been rapid, although Pyongyang hinted on Sunday that there are still hurdles that need to be overcome. Apparently angered at comments by Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, about his continued commitment to removing all nuclear weapons from the peninsula, state media said Pyongyang could still decline to take part. "They should know that the trains and buses carrying our delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang", the Korea Central News Agency said in an editorial. "We will, as ever, strive to improve the North-South ties, but will never remain an onlooker to sordid acts ... chilling the efforts".


Stealth and Speed: America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane)

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:30

 America's SR-71 Blackbird Might Be Old (But Still the World's Fastest Plane)The Blackbird’s design reflected the fact that it was pushing the limits. The SR-71’s J58 engines could only start through use of two vehicle-mounted V8 starter engines, and the triethylborane used in the fuel would belch green flames during ignition. The J58s would switch to a partial ramjet mode at high speeds, such that the SR-71 actually became more fuel efficient when it went faster.


California highway to stay shut another week after mudslides

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:44

California highway to stay shut another week after mudslidesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway would remain closed for another week after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people.


The Latest: Missing man found safe after California mudslide

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:34

 Missing man found safe after California mudslideMONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly California mudslides (all times local):


Officials Warned Jared Kushner About Friendship With Wendi Deng Murdoch: Report

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:27

 ReportU.S. officials warned Jared Kushner earlier this year that his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be used as a conduit by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.


Simone Biles, 5-Time Olympic Medalist, Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, Too

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:10

Simone Biles, 5-Time Olympic Medalist, Says Larry Nassar Sexually Abused Her, TooGymnast Simone Biles has come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University who has been accused of abusing more than 140 women.


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