| |4. Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska07:31[−]
The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed.
|↑|5. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte backs same-sex marriage07:19[−]
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared himself in favour of same-sex marriage in an about turn that will put him on a collision course with the country's powerful Catholic Church. Speaking at the weekend at a gathering of the LGBT community in his home city of Davao, southern Philippines, he vowed to protect their rights and invited them to nominate a representative to work in his government. "I am for (same) sex marriage if that is the trend of modern times," he said. "If that will add to your happiness, I am for it." Mr Duterte was quoted previously in the local media as opposing same-sex marriage, using the gender issue to attack liberal Western countries who allow it, especially those criticising his brutal war against drugs which has killed thousands of Filipino citizens. Profile | Rodrigo Duterte But according to the local Inquirer, Mr Duterte dramatically backtracked from earlier remarks in his latest speech, revealing that he had gay family members and joking that he once toyed with the idea of being bisexual. "Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passe," he said, adding that "there will be no oppression" during his term in office and that his government would recognise the LGBT community's "importance in society". His shift will put him at odds with the Catholic Church who have already strongly criticised his bloody crackdown on drugs. The country's powerful bishops earlier this year voiced concern about any moves to legalise same-sex unions. While most Western countries have legalised same-sex marriage, with Australia being the latest to do so, the LGBT community still faces widespread discrimination across Asia. Only Vietnam and Taiwan have made progress towards marriage equality but have yet to enshrine the right to marry a member of the same sex in law.
|↑|6. High and dry: Pakistan's penchant for hash06:47[−]
Niaz Ali is a deeply religious man: He prays five times a day and visits the mosque as frequently as possible. A sacred intoxication," says Ali, who asked to use a pseudonym, after taking a fresh rip off a hookah packed with pungent hash in Pakistan's bustling northwestern town of Peshawar. While Ali freely acknowledges using hash runs counter to the tenets of Islam, he insists it has its advantages.
|↑|7. Trump Supporters Are Stepping Up Their Attacks On Bob Mueller And The FBI04:37[−]
WASHINGTON ? As the special counsel investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election draws closer to President Donald Trump’s inner circle, the president’s supporters have launched an aggressive effort to undermine Robert Mueller and the legitimacy of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, painting the FBI as a hotbed of liberal activists bent on taking Trump down.
|↑|8. Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card03:09[−]
The card, created by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the U.K.'s national measurement standards laboratory, measures 15 x 20 micrometers. The card's cover features an etching of a snowman, above the words "seasons greetings," as well as a seasonal message inside. One of the card's inventors, NPL's Dr David Cox, who created the card along with his colleague Dr Kin Mingard, said the technology used in its making had more practical uses.
|↑|9. Former leader of Chile Sebastian Pinera returns to office after beating left-wing opponent02:45[−]
Former Chilean leader Sebastian Pinera on Sunday night became president elect for the second time after comfortably winning an election that was expected to came down to the wire. Mr Pinera, a conservative billionaire businessman who held office between 2010 and 2014, beat Alejandro Guillier, a journalist turned politician from the centre left. With more than 90 percent of the vote in, Mr Guillier congratulated his opponent while conceding defeat with 45.4 percent of the vote to Pinera's 54.5 percent. “My rival knew how to adopt our flags,” Guillier said. “Chile has changed and that change is forever. But we have to be self-critical; we have received a hard defeat.” It was a defeat for Guillier Credit: Claudio Reyes /AFP The 68-year-old's victory provides a mandate to reverse four years of economic and political reform put in place by President Michelle Bachelet whose previously popular presidency fell under a cloud when her daughter in law became embroiled in a corruption scandal in 2015. Both candidates promised to keep in place Chile's longstanding free-market economic model, but Pinera has promised lower taxes to boost growth and create 600,000 jobs, ease industry regulations and narrow the budget deficit. Guillier wanted the government to press on with Bachelet's overhaul of education, taxes and labor. On Sunday evening, supporters gathered to celebrate Pinera's win at his Santiago campaign headquarters. The win signals the country's shift to the right in line with other Latin American nations in recent years. A decade ago, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela were all governed by left-wing leaders. But in recent years, conservatives have come to power in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and Venezuela.
|↑|10. Atlanta's Hartsfield airport hobbled by power outage02:37[−]
The partial shutdown at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year forced the Federal Aviation Administration to hold back flights bound for Atlanta. The cause of the outage, which occurred just after 1 p.m. EST, was not immediately known, the airport said in a statement. It was working with crews from Georgia Power to identify the problem and fix it.
|↑|14. SPD leader wants Merkel to relinquish finance ministry: HandelsblattВс., 17 дек.[−]
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz wants Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to leave the powerful finance ministry to his center-left party in coalition talks, a report in business daily Handelsblatt said. SPD leaders agreed on Friday to open exploratory talks on forming a government with Merkel's center-right bloc, providing a chance to end a rare period of political deadlock in Europe's economic powerhouse after an inconclusive federal election.
|↑|16. British embassy worker found murdered in Lebanon: officialВс., 17 дек.[−]
A British woman employed at the UK embassy in Lebanon has been found murdered, a senior official said Sunday, adding that the crime did not appear to be political. According to her social media profiles, she was employed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
|↑|17. Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plotВс., 17 дек.[−]
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday for the CIA's help in thwarting a plot to attack the city of Saint Petersburg, the Kremlin said. Putin spoke by phone with Trump to convey his gratitude for intelligence supplied by the CIA which allowed Russia's FSB security service to break up a "terrorist cell" that was planning attacks in Russia's second city, the Kremlin said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.
|↑|20. Landslides kill 26 in storm-hit Philippine province: local officialsВс., 17 дек.[−]
At least 26 people were killed while several residents were missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides, local authorities and media said on Sunday. Kai-tak cut power supplies in many areas, forced the cancellation of several flights, stranded more than 15,000 people in various ports in the region and prompted nearly 88,000 people to seek shelter in evacuation centers. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Biliran island said 26 residents had died, but the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to make any official announcement about fatalities.
|↑|21. 'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space stationВс., 17 дек.[−]
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship docked on Sunday with the International Space Station, bringing supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit. "Dragon installed," a NASA commentator said at 1326 GMT after the delicate, hours-long process of sealing 16 bolts joining the two craft was complete. Earlier, as the Dragon arrived, the space station's robotic arm, operated by one of its astronauts, attached itself to the cargo ship as they were over Australia and Papua New Guinea.
|↑|22. Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?Вс., 17 дек.[−]
The NATO alliance is urging Moscow to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces bilateral U.S.-Russia treaty, which bans land-based missiles that have ranges between 500km and 5,500km. “Allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns,” reads a statement from the alliance.
|↑|23. Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedyВс., 17 дек.[−]
Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance.
|↑|24. 'Stupid idea' propels trail-blazing Silk Road runnerВс., 17 дек.[−]
The world today is enough to make some people want to get up and just run to the ends of the Earth, so that's what Kai Markus decided to do. Troubled by what he sees as growing bigotry and division in the world, the German management consultant gave up a successful business to run the ancient Silk Road from Hamburg to Shanghai in a Quixotic quest to show that we are all one. Nine months, eight countries, 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) and two fractured heel bones later, Markus hobbled across a symbolic finish line in Shanghai on Saturday with a feeling of mission accomplished.
|↑|28. Will U.S. Marines Fight the North Koreans in 'Pajamas?'Вс., 17 дек.[−]
If the U.S. actually goes back to war with North Korea, American troops are going to need a uniform that is lightweight, breathable, and provides adequate camouflage in the forest, complete with a solid pair of boots for humping up and down all of those big mountains. Fortunately for Marines, the Corps has been working hard to ensure they’ll have both. Lt. Col. Christopher Madeline of Marine Corps Systems Command told Marine Corps Times on Dec. 9 that tropical uniforms and boots should be available starting in late 2018.
|↑|31. Cake for 'joyful' pope on his 81st birthdayВс., 17 дек.[−]
Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday with a hero cake and a message urging the world -- and children in particular -- to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. The Argentine pontiff thanked the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Angelus prayer as they sang happy birthday, and was expected to slice into his birthday cake after lunch. The artist -- whose real name is Mauro Pallotta -- famously depicted Francis as Superman in 2014 and has since begun supporting Vatican charitable projects by selling T-shirts bearing the flying pope.
|↑|38. Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimateСб., 16 дек.[−]
Brazilian builder Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors. The assertion might strengthen Kuczynski's bid to survive a vote to remove him from office on Thursday in the opposition-ruled Congress over allegations he took bribes from Odebrecht, which is at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. Earlier this week, Odebrecht sent Congress a requested report detailing deposits totaling $4.8 million that it paid to two companies owned by Kuczynski or a close business associate of his for financial and advising services.
|↑|44. American Airlines tried to charge a mother $150 for traveling with breast milkСб., 16 дек.[−]
How is it that airlines keep screwing up simple things like company policy and established TSA rules? The latest travel blunder belongs to American Airlines. When Sara showed up with her husband and young son for their flight from Boston to Arizona, the gate attendant stopped them for having too many bags and tried to charge them a $150 fee to check a cooler filled with frozen breast milk. SEE ALSO: Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot 'bomb on board' Salow told ABC 15 that she and her husband had shown up with four carry-on items: a stroller, a diaper bag, a backpack, and the aforementioned cooler. "I'm like, 'This is a diaper bag, which I thought was exempt; [that backpack is] his personal item and we have the cooler — I didn't have a personal item,'" Salow told ABC 15. Most airlines — including American — allow passengers to travel with one carry-on and one "personal item," which for most people usually amounts to a small suitcase and a backpack, briefcase, or purse. Additionally, Salow told the news station that she'd looked into what she could bring with her ahead of time. American Airlines exempts certain items from the carry-on policy, including strollers, diaper bags. Further, TSA rules exempt breast milk from the "no liquids" policy, and American recognizes that — though ABC 15's report notes that the airline's website didn't specifically list breast milk as exempt until Dec. 14. Despite all of that, Salow told ABC 15 that the gate attendant tried to make her pay a $150 fee to check the cooler. "We were pretty mad. I immediately started crying," she said. "It was humiliating, they kept telling us it was because we were basic economy passengers; it really felt demeaning." The couple ended up leaving their cooler behind. The airline later issued a statement in response to the incident, apologizing to Salow. WATCH: This suitcase can transform into a stroller for your child
|↑|47. Santa’s workshop comes to life in Brooklyn, New YorkСб., 16 дек.[−]
Fifty years ago, Lou Nasti gained fame when he built a robot that landed him on the front page of the New York Times. Now his skill can be seen in his detailed animatronic Christmas workshop in Brooklyn, New York and on display all around the world.
|↑|50. Deaths of Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman and wife Honey called 'suspicious' by policeСб., 16 дек.[−]
A pharmaceutical billionaire and his wife have been found dead at their home in circumstances described as “suspicious” by Canadian police. The bodies of Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were discovered dead in the basement of their Toronto home by officers responding to a medical call. Toronto's mayor, John Tory, said it was “shocked and heartbroken” by Mr and Mrs Sherman’s deaths, paying tribute to the pair on Twitter.