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Jared Kushner 'likely' paid little or no income taxes for years: NYTimes Jared Kushner 'likely' paid little or no income taxes for years: NYTimes
- October 14, 2018

Tax bills reviewed by the publication reveal what the Times calls a "common tax-minimizing maneuver" that allowed Kushner and his real estate firm, Kushner Companies , to mark losses on paper without actually losing any money. The federal tax law on depreciation, "often represents a lucrative giveaway to developers like Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner". The documents reviewed by The Times describe his business dealings, earnings, expenses and borrowing from 2009 to 2016, and contain details ... (more...)
16 deaths in vast trail of destruction after Hurricane Michael hits Florida 16 deaths in vast trail of destruction after Hurricane Michael hits Florida
- October 14, 2018

On Saturday, emergency crews will continue descending into the coastal cities in the Panhandle, like Mexico Beach, that were wiped out and will try to reach remote areas that were isolated by downed trees and power poles. Boston-based Karen Clark & Company, an insurance company that produces models for catastrophes is estimating Hurricane Michael caused about $8billion in insured losses . (more...)
Greek donkeys no longer in heavyweight class thanks to hefty tourist ban Greek donkeys no longer in heavyweight class thanks to hefty tourist ban
- October 13, 2018

Town officials in Santorini had already agreed to set work limits for the donkeys, but new rules from the government's Ministry of Rural Development and Food require even more protections. "Under no circumstances should be used animals unfit for work i.e., ill animal, injured, animals in an advanced pregnancy as well as animals with poor maintenance of hooves". (more...)
Facebook Deletes Hundreds of Pages, Accounts for Spreading Fake News Facebook Deletes Hundreds of Pages, Accounts for Spreading Fake News
- October 13, 2018

A hot potato: Facebook has deleted hundreds of accounts over the last few months for spreading political misinformation and fake news, but while the vast majority of these had Russian or Iranian origins, the latest removals were all US-based accounts and pages. (more...)
Abortion like hiring a hit man to solve problems: Francis Abortion like hiring a hit man to solve problems: Francis
- October 13, 2018

It is not fair. "No, it can not be done", he said. Pope Francis asks an attentive crowd. Francis accepted McCarrick's resignation as cardinal in July, after a U.S. "In reality this person is a gift from God that can take one out of being self-centered and make one grow in love". Shortly after becoming Pope in March 2013, Francis appeared to downplay the importance of " cultural war " issues such as abortion, contraception and gay marriage, saying in an interview the Church had become ... (more...)
'Despairing' refugees must be removed from Nauru detention: MSF 'Despairing' refugees must be removed from Nauru detention: MSF
- October 13, 2018

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has pulled its mental health workers off Nauru on government orders, the medical charity said on Wednesday, calling the situation of asylum seekers and refugees on the Pacific island "beyond desperate". Fathers lose hope that they will ever see their children again. MSF had provided its refugee patients with their medical records which had been used in court applications for evacuation but MSF had no control over what patients did with their records, Dr ... (more...)
The Ashers The Ashers "gay cake" verdict is a victory for freedom of expression
- October 13, 2018

Hopefully, this absurdly drawn-out, four-year battle is now at an end - although don't bet on it. Britain's "Supreme" Court is not really worthy of the name. "But that is not what happened in this case", she said giving the judgment in court in London Oct. 10. As a freedom of expression and human rights defender, I believe that people should have the right to express ideas with which they agree and also to refuse to facilitate ideas with which they disagree. (more...)
Palestinians killed by Israeli forces at Gaza border: health ministry Palestinians killed by Israeli forces at Gaza border: health ministry
- October 13, 2018

Qudra said four Palestinians - Ahmad al-Taweel, 27; Mohamed Ismail, 29; Ahmad Abu Ne'eim, 17; and Abdullah al-Daghma, 25 - were killed east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks. Critics of the tactic describe it as collective punishment to Palestinians. (more...)
Mother battered, bruised while shielding baby from torrential Australian hailstorm Mother battered, bruised while shielding baby from torrential Australian hailstorm
- October 13, 2018

Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving to her home in Kingaroy, Australia , with her 78-year-old grandmother and four-month-old daughter in the auto when a heavy thunderstorm set in. Simpson told the outlet that she quickly pulled her vehicle to the side of the road to wait out the storm - but that it quickly became apparent that the threat was still imminent. (more...)
Pope Francis Accepts D.C. Cardinal Wuerl’s Resignation Pope Francis Accepts D.C. Cardinal Wuerl’s Resignation
- October 13, 2018

Wuerl, who has been the archbishop of Washington since 2006, presented his resignation to the pope when he turned 75 three years ago, as is customary for cardinals. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1966 and went on to receive a doctorate in 1974. On a personal note, I convey my gratitude to Cardinal Wuerl for the fraternal support he has extended to me from the moment I was appointed bishop and throughout the years. (more...)
Africa's Youngest Billionaire Was Abducted in Tanzania Africa's Youngest Billionaire Was Abducted in Tanzania
- October 13, 2018

The official disclosed during a press conference that the assailants had fired shots prior to taking Dewji. "We are questioning the staff who were on duty at the time", the police chief detailed. The Giving Pledge is a campaign which encourages wealthy individuals to contribute the majority of their wealth to benevolent causes. Police are hunting for suspects and have already made 12 arrests. (more...)
Snowstorm kills at least eight climbers on Nepal Snowstorm kills at least eight climbers on Nepal
- October 13, 2018

Niraula did not disclose the names of the missing climbers and porters and gave no further details of the incident, which involves the largest group to be hit by a climbing accident in Nepal in two years. Tourism Ministry official Rameshwar Niraula said the storm struck the group at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a mountain of 7,913 meters, on Saturday. (more...)
Germany to extradite suspect in journalist's murder Germany to extradite suspect in journalist's murder
- October 13, 2018

A Bulgarian Orthodox priest performed a liturgy with a procession passing the casket to pay last respects before the funeral. Ruse Mayor Plamen Stoilov told reporters that "the brutal slaying has cast a shadow over the peaceful city". Under an expedited procedure requested by prosecutors and agreed to by the accused, he must be extradited within 10 days of the court's ruling, made on Thursday. (more...)
How North Texans can help Hurricane Michael victims How North Texans can help Hurricane Michael victims
- October 13, 2018

Families living along the Panhandle are now faced with a struggle to survive in a perilous landscape of shattered homes and shopping centres, the storm debris spread far and wide. It pushed a wall of seawater inland, causing widespread flooding. Except for the emergency-911 system, authorities in Bay County, the epicenter of the disaster, were virtually without telephone or internet service until late in the day on Friday, making communications internally and with the public hard. (more...)
Maneka Gandhi plans a #MeToo panel for sexual harassment cases Maneka Gandhi plans a #MeToo panel for sexual harassment cases
- October 13, 2018

The women and child development ministry plans to set up a panel of legal experts to look into the allegations of sexual harassment that have surfaced in the #MeToo campaign, minister Maneka Gandhi said on Friday, asserting that she believes in the "pain and trauma" of every complainant. (more...)
Bodies of 11 babies found in ceiling of funeral home Bodies of 11 babies found in ceiling of funeral home
- October 13, 2018

Construction workers discovered the bodies hidden in a compartment in the ceiling at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Mack Avenue, WDIV reported . The discovery was made after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which licenses funeral homes, was sent an anonymous letter Friday afternoon, which described exactly where the remains could be found. (more...)
Senate deal that allows lawmakers leave DC to campaign Senate deal that allows lawmakers leave DC to campaign
- October 13, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence gives Republicans the tie-breaking vote. Numerous nine toss-up seats were leaning Democrat. "Honest to God, I would answer that question, but I'm going to let you guys do that assessment", he said . This would be an "extraordinary violation of constitutional and political norms" and is unlikely, but the pressure may "make some of the conservative justices more cautious" on future rulings. (more...)
123 children recovered during daylong missing juvenile sweep 123 children recovered during daylong missing juvenile sweep
- October 13, 2018

In a day-long missing juvenile sweep, 123 children were recovered in Wayne County, Michigan. Officers from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies spent eight hours going around the county checking the last known addresses of missing kids, their friends houses and schools. (more...)
Georgia woman calls police on black man babysitting white kids Georgia woman calls police on black man babysitting white kids
- October 13, 2018

Afterward, the 27-year-old, who runs the youth mentoring program Inspired by Lewis, was standing with the kids outside his auto while the boy finished eating when he noticed a white woman sitting in her vehicle, staring. In the video, the officer, whom Lewis says was courteous, spoke to the children, who confirmed Lewis's identity. Mr Lewis' experience is the latest of a number of incidents of white people calling the police to report black people for undertaking seemingly normal daily ... (more...)
India wins election to UNHRC India wins election to UNHRC
- October 13, 2018

It said Human Rights Council member states should seek to neutralise any attempts by its "worst members to shield themselves and other serial rights abusers & keep doing good work on #Yemen, #Myanmar, #Syria, #Burundi & other crises". In the nomination pledge, India also presented a broader approach to human rights, emphasising climate justice, health and poverty alleviation. Her spokesman later declined to directly address the criticism, but instead noted: "It's clear that the world expects ... (more...)
Pik Botha has died at the age of 86 Pik Botha has died at the age of 86
- October 13, 2018

His son, Piet Botha, said that his father died in his sleep in the early hours of yesterday morning at his home in Pretoria. "The president wishes the family of Botha strength during this hard time". He was considered a liberal but the bulk of his career was spent defending South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation against foreign criticism. (more...)
Brexit: PM's compromises a 'concern' for cabinet ministers
- October 13, 2018

The revolt from May's coalition allies from Northern Ireland's small Democratic Unionist Party revolved around a separate idea it feels would threaten the integrity of the UK. Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond became the first senior Government figure to suggest that the backstop - created to keep the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic open in the case that no broader EU/UK trade deal is finalised - will "probably" have to come into effect for a period. (more...)
Clinton: Civility starts by electing Democrats Clinton: Civility starts by electing Democrats
- October 13, 2018

But it's always been obvious, and confirmed by the US intelligence community, that the Russian government had a clear preference for Trump over Clinton and acted to diminish her chances of prevailing in the election. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, author of the new book, "Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President", went into the writing process skeptical of Kremlin influence on the 2016 election - but came away convinced that foreign interference was crucial to Trump's win. (more...)
MI man guilty after shooting at teen trying to ask for directions MI man guilty after shooting at teen trying to ask for directions
- October 13, 2018

But the video from a surveillance camera near Zeigler's porch likely will raise doubts about his version of events for the trial's jurors. A Rochester man was found guilty Friday of firing shots at a 14-year-old boy who went to his door to ask for directions after missing the school bus. (more...)
Court sentences 17 to death over church attacks Court sentences 17 to death over church attacks
- October 12, 2018

Reuters was not immediately able to determine whether the accused had entered pleas, or to reach their lawyers. The defendants were convicted for involvement in the bombing of Cairo's Coptic Cathedral in December 2016, which killed at least 25 people, as well as the simultaneous bombings of churches in Alexandria and Tanta, which killed more than 45 people in April 2017. (more...)

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