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Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation. The House is expected to approve the two articles of impeachment next week, before lawmakers depart for the holidays.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 1:13 AM

Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artwork

Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artworkA clumsy attempt by the Hong Kong police force to co-opt the art world’s most famous banana to make light of their frequent use of tear gas on pro-democracy protesters spectacularly backfired on Friday. Using its official Twitter account, the embattled force posted a picture of a tear gas cartridge taped to a black background, mimicking the “Art Basel Banana,” the conceptual artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall, which made headlines last week when three editions were sold for $120,000 to $150,000 each. It added: “For a Police officer, using force, including tear gas, is always the last resort. If rioters don’t use violence, Hong Kong will be safe and there’s no reason for us to use force. Say NO to violence. Let’s leave the tear gas cartridge on the wall forever.” The tone-deaf messaging sparked a Twitter backlash and widespread mockery of the claim that the use of tear gas during anti-government demonstrations in the Asian financial hub was “the last resort.” Since the anti-government movement began in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, police officers have fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds and made more than 6,000 arrests during demonstrations that have at times seen violent clashes with protesters. Many responded with video of incidents where riot officers have lobbed teargas at journalists and members of the public for no apparent reason. The protests have been saturated with media coverage, much of it livestreamed. One clip showed a riot officer appearing at the entrance of a metro station and casually throwing a tear gas cannister at a journalist’s helmet. Another shows an officer aiming at people on a bridge as they watch police vans drive off. Accusations of officers’ excessive use of force have led to a breakdown of trust between the Hong Kong police and the public.   “Just another failed PR show. Because literally, no one stands with them,” remarked one jaded Twitter user about the force’s latest social media effort. Meanwhile, it was revealed on Friday that the police force received about £91 million in overtime pay from June to November, which works out at an average of £8,300 for each officer.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 7:35 AM

U.S. sanctions on Iran violate international law: Mahathir

U.S. sanctions on Iran violate international law: MahathirThe American sanctions imposed on Iran violate the United Nations charter and international law, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a conference in Qatar on Saturday. ''Malaysia does not support the reimposition of the unilateral sanctions by the US against Iran,'' he told the Doha Forum, also attended by Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2019 1:52 AM

Biden, Warren, Sanders, Yang, and Buttigieg are threatening to skip the next Democratic debate amid a labor dispute

Biden, Warren, Sanders, Yang, and Buttigieg are threatening to skip the next Democratic debate amid a labor disputeThe Democratic candidates say they stand in solidarity with campus food service workers who are on strike as they demand better wages and healthcare.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 3:55 PM

Yes, China's New Submarine-Launched Nuclear Missiles Could Destroy America

Yes, China's New Submarine-Launched Nuclear Missiles Could Destroy AmericaBut that's why we have M.A.D.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 10:00 AM

British Author Found Dead and Buried in Woods Near Her Dominican Republic Home

British Author Found Dead and Buried in Woods Near Her Dominican Republic HomeA British author was found dead and buried in a shallow grave outside her Dominican Republic home days after she was reported missing, according to local media reports.The body of Lindsay de Feliz, 64, was found Thursday by a canine unit in the woods near her home in Moncion, according to local news outlet, Hoy. Her body, which showed signs of strangulation, had reportedly been buried in a 2-foot-deep hole, wrapped in a yellow sheet and plastic bags used for dog food.  Authorities said Danilo Feliz, her 50-year-old husband, reported the author missing on Tuesday. On Thursday, he was arrested in connection with her death along with his 29-year-old son, Dani Alberto Feliz, and a third man, 37-year-old Anquilino Rosario Sanchez. “We are in close contact with the police in the Dominican Republic following the death of a British woman in Mao,” a spokesperson for the U.K. Foreign Office told The Independent. Some of her former classmates and friends offered a reward this week for any information resulting in de Feliz’s discovery, writing on Facebook that she was “in great spirits” before she disappeared. “She is loved by so many people and is the most generous caring woman I have ever met,” Easton Hector-Brown wrote.Air Force Major Charged With Murder After Missing Wife’s Remains FoundAccording to her website, de Feliz was born and raised in the U.K., where she earned a degree in French and German at Wolverhampton University, and later an MBA at Bradford University. “Following a successful career in marketing she decided to leave it all behind and follow her dreams,” her website states. “Arriving in the Dominican Republic as a scuba diving instructor, for a six-month contract, she ended up staying and married a Dominican, becoming a stepmother to three young boys.”The 64-year-old has written two books about living in the Dominican Republic—What About Your Saucepans? in 2013 and Life After My Saucepans: Lifting the Lid on Living in the Dominican Republic in 2017.In her first memoir, de Feliz chronicled the first decade of her life in the Dominican Republic, from her decision to abandon her marriage and “successful career” in England to her at times tumultuous life in the Caribbean, where she fought against political corruption alongside her new husband and was once shot at in her home. In her second book, de Feliz shares more about her life as an expat, and their decision to live “in hiding, away from the beaches and tourist resorts, in the mountainous, remote, sparsely populated north-west of the country.”“Will Danilo return to politics, will they turn their lives around and will they adapt to their new surroundings?” a description of the book reads. St. Louis Woman Looked Up ‘What to Do if Your Husband Is Upset You Are Pregnant’ Before Her Murder: WarrantsIn addition to her books, de Feliz worked as a translator and marketing consultant. She also maintained a blog chronicling her adventures in the Dominican Republic. Days before she went missing, the author wrote that she and her husband, a newly minted lawyer, went to Puerto Plata for a murder trial, where she was serving as a translator for his client. Later in the Nov. 29 post, de Feliz said she excused herself from the courthouse to stop by a grocery store to pick up some special items for her birthday, which she feasted on while her husband was traveling for work.“The next few days he was away, working on more cases so I stuffed my face with baked potatoes, slathered in real butter and horseradish, rare steak and cream pepper sauce, and a pile of mushrooms,” she wrote. “Pure heaven and a total change from mashed plantains and a tin of sardines.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2019 5:28 PM

Eagle v octopus: Canadians rescue bird locked in battle with giant mollusc

Eagle v octopus: Canadians rescue bird locked in battle with giant molluscEmployees at a fish farm in Vancouver intervened when an eagle tried to eat a large octopus, resulting in a battleA bald eagle on Canada’s west coast has learned that its eyes may be bigger than its stomach after it was nearly drowned by an octopus it tried to eat.After hearing shrieks coming from the water on the north-western tip of Vancouver Island, employees at a fish farm investigating the noises happened upon a bird and cephalopod locked in battle.The octopus, which had turned a deep crimson, had wound its tentacles tightly around the eagle, which was floating helplessly at the surface.“At first we just watched and we didn’t know if we should interfere because, you know, it’s Mother Nature,” said John Ilett, an employee at Mowi West Canada, told CTV News.But realizing the eagle was likely to drown, the crew ultimately decided to intervene.Ilett maneuvered a pike pole in the water to pull the octopus over to the boat. The crew managed to haul both aboard, disentangling the bird from the strong tentacles, before tossing the octopus back into the water.“That was amazing. Look at the size of this [expletive],” said one worker as the octopus hovered briefly at the surface.“Holy [expletive],” another worker adds as the crew laughs in disbelief.Workers said the octopus was the largest theyhad ever encountered, and probably measured more than four and a half feet across.But much larger individuals lurk in the deeps: octopuses in the region – including the giant Pacific octopus – can grow to more than 25ft in diameter.After the eagle was pried from its grasp, the octopus dove back into the depths, its colours subtly shifting from reddish to brown.The shaken eagle perched warily on a nearby log before flying off.“It was a very cool situation,” said Ilett. “I’ve been out here 20 years and that’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 12:17 PM

Jersey City shooter was Army veteran with a lengthy criminal history

Jersey City shooter was Army veteran with a lengthy criminal historyDavid Anderson, was arrested at least five times since 2003, the year he was discharged from the Army, records show.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 6:36 PM

US military releases photos showing Bagram Air Base damage following brazen Taliban assault

US military releases photos showing Bagram Air Base damage following brazen Taliban assaultA source on the ground detailed to Military Times that a firefight between the Taliban and Afghan and U.S. forces lasted nine to 10 hours.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 4:22 PM

Fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier kills 1, injures 11

Fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier kills 1, injures 11Russia's only aircraft carrier suffered a massive fire Thursday that killed one crew member, injured another 11 people and significantly damaged the ill-fated ship that has been haunted by incidents throughout its service. The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk and spread quickly through the carrier's internal compartments. The military said one crew member died while battling the fire, and another one is missing.

POSTED DECEMBER 12, 2019 5:56 AM

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