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- 2019-09-05 16:27:07Z
British Airways has told its passengers not to turn up at airports as the biggest strike action in the airline's 100 year history begins today. More than 1,500 flights have been cancelled as the company was accused of bullying its own staff by union bosses, who warned they could continue the action until the end of the year. Some 280,000 people will be affected by the strike which is set to continue tomorrow, costing BA £80m in lost revenue. BA and The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) are clashing after the union rejected a proposed 11.5 per cent pay rise for its pilots, taking their pay package to around £200,000 a year. BALPA says that BA "has resorted to breaking agreements...
Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, 27, is accused of getting marijuana vendors approved in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
The US Department of Justice has opened an antitrust probe of California's agreement with four automakers on fuel efficiency standards that circumvented the Trump administration's plans, automakers said Friday. The agreement announced in July increases the fuel economy standards on autos sold in California.
A 43-year old Texas man has been indicted for possessing a machine gun after police say they found a rifle with a bump stock in his home.
(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong's airport used a newspaper advertisement to appeal to protesters, asking them not to target the transport hub ahead of another weekend of anti-China demonstrations in the city."Spare our passengers further disruption," read a half-page ad from the Airport Authority Hong Kong in the South China Morning Post, the territory's main English-speaking newspaper, on Friday.In the ad, the authority urged demonstrators "not to disrupt the journey of tens of thousands of travelers who use our airport every day."The train connecting the city center and the airport will not stop at three other stations on the line Saturday because protests are expected to take place, according...
Sandra Cooke, a resident of Nassau, Bahamas, says her family on the Abaco Islands were rescued and transported to safety with the help of their dog.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastBeto O'Rourke has a message to those warning that his mandatory gun buyback proposal might spark civil unrest: you're part of the problem. The former Texas congressman, whose presidential campaign has been re-animated by his often visceral responses to two mass shootings in Texas, said he was disheartened by commentary from, among others, Meghan McCain, warning that forcing Americans to sell their assault rifles would prompt violence."I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful," the former congressman told The Daily Beast prior to joining a Wednesday marathon climate town hall on CNN. "It becomes...
We are starting to learn more about some of the victims from Northern California from the dive boat fire in Southern California near Santa Cruz Island.
A satellite image taken Monday shows the floodwaters that engulfed Grand Bahama Island after Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas.
The perpetrator may have committed a crime with the suspicious Sharpie marking. "I don't know," the president said repeatedly when confronted.
Deanna Adams told her sister and maid of honor she could wear "anything" to the wedding.
The poll that most closely predicted the outcome of the 2016 presidential election shows Joe Biden and several other Democratic candidates beating President Trump in a 2020 general-election matchup.Biden would beat Trump by twelve points in a general election, garnering 54 percent support to Trump's 42 percent, according to the September IBD/TIPP poll. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Kamala Harris of California also lead Trump by three to four points, close to within the margin of error.Among voters who lean Democratic, Warren currently has 24 percent support, up from 17 percent last month, according to the poll. Biden meanwhile slipped two...
Police in New Jersey have arrested a woman they say stole a diamond ring worth $2,000 and then swapped it out at Costco for one worth $28,000.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose a bill that targets white supremacist groups by criminalizing domestic terrorism. The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress hopes to protect. "People of color and other marginalized communities have long been targeted under domestic terrorism authorities for unfair and discriminatory surveillance, investigations, and prosecutions," the civil rights group said in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, and Rep. Doug...
Some New Zealand gun owners are upset they're being compelled to hand over their assault weapons for money. Others believe a government-imposed ban on certain semi-automatics following a March shooting massacre is the best way to combat gun violence. New Zealand is six weeks into an ambitious program to buy tens of thousands of guns from owners across the country.
Britain's ruling Tory party lost its parliamentary majority Tuesday as the melee continues over legislation to delay the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.Conservative Phillip Lee defected to the Liberal Democrats amid Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech against legislation that would delay Brexit three months past the October 31 deadline. Lee, who had been a Tory for nearly three decades, said the party has become "infected with the twin diseases of populism and English nationalism."Lee's defection changes Johnson's political calculus amid the chaotic Brexit fight, but will not automatically trigger a new election. The Liberal Democrats and some members of Johnson's own...
(Bloomberg) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to summon the South African High Commissioner to seek assurances of the safety of Nigerians and will despatch a special envoy to Pretoria.The Nigerian leader "has noted with deep concern" reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since Aug. 29, the president's special adviser, Femi Adesina, said in an emailed statement Tuesday.He has also despatched a special envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns about the situation, according to the statement. The envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria at the latest on Sept. 5.South Africa has been hit by...
(Bloomberg) -- Bulgaria criticized Russia for its interpretation of World War II events, breaking tradition, and warned its long-time ally against meddling in its internal affairs with what it called "dubious" historical claims.The government in Sofia took exception to the Russian embassy's plans to mark the end of the war as "the 75th anniversary of the liberation of eastern Europe from Nazism." The tone of the objection is unusual for a country that was once considered one of the closest allies of the Soviet Union and continues to have cordial relations with Russia.The postwar presence of the Red Army in the region brought on "half a century of repression, the muffling of civil spirit,...
(Bloomberg) -- Ukraine revoked the immunity from prosecution long enjoyed by lawmakers, part of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's efforts to stamp out corruption.Parliament voted Tuesday for a constitutional amendment placing its members on the same legal footing as other citizens, starting Jan. 1.The bill was originally submitted in 2015 by ex-President Petro Poroshenko, but was sidelined until Zelenskiy's ruling party revived it in an initial reading last week.An explanatory note accompanying the bill on parliament's website decried immunity as "unjustified" since it provides lawmakers with "guarantees of impunity."As the new administration pushes to curb graft and improve the business...
Airlines including American and United have issued travel waivers for those whose flights are affected by Hurricane Dorian.
The Allegheny County Police Department and the FBI are investigating the disappearance of a 2-year-old who was abducted from western Pa.
Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, was detained by police on Monday after a weekend protest in Moscow, Navalny's spokeswoman said on Twitter. A few thousand Russians took to the streets of Moscow on Saturday to demand free elections to the capital's city legislature on Sept. 8, defying a ban enforced by detentions during previous protests. Protesters have been calling for the release of activists detained in earlier rallies, and Sobol on Saturday described the arrests as "mayhem," blaming it on the city government.
The Hunkerdown Hideaway calls itself "the hurricane bar." There locals who aren't evacuating have gathered during major storms for years.
With Hurricane Dorian bearing bearing towards the US on Monday after battering the Bahamas, here's what you need to know about flights.
Rescuers are continuing the search for 26 missing people
Pope Francis challenged governments on Sunday to take "drastic measures" to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency. Francis issued his appeal, a written message for Sunday's World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit this month in New York, a follow up to the 2016 Paris Agreement to curb global warming.
At least five people are dead and 21 injured after a shooting in the Midland-Odessa area in West Texas.
If you think you're cool under pressure, you've got absolutely nothing on a St. Louis man who -- in a scene that could have easily been part of a Tarantino movie -- calmly and brazenly lit a cigarette while the bar he was in was being robbed.Not only that, our fearless hero refused to let the robber snatch his smartphone away. All the while, the robber was carrying around an assault weapon that was later revealed to be a Hi-Point Carbine. If that sounds familiar, the Hi-Point Carbine was one of the weapons used during the 1999 Columbine school shooting.The robbery itself was captured on video and shows all the other bar patrons smartly take immediate cover. Our cigarette toting hero,...
A Sudanese court on Saturday charged ousted president Omar al-Bashir, on trial for corruption, with illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds, offences which could put him behind bars for a decade. Judge Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said at the third session of Bashir's trial that foreign funds of multiple currencies were found at his home. Authorities had "seized 6.9 million euros, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds at (Bashir's) home which he acquired and used illegally," the judge said.
Brennan, Clapper defend Comey in wake of IG report; Rep. Devin Nunes weighs in.
Nearly 5,000 bodies have been found in more than 3,000 unmarked graves since Mexico deployed the army to fight drug trafficking in 2006, the government said Friday in its first comprehensive report on the carnage. Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since launching the so-called "drug war," and activists and family members of the country's 40,000 missing persons have been denouncing mass graves for years. It found 3,024 unmarked graves nationwide, with at least 4,974 bodies, Karla Quintana, head of the national search commission for missing persons, told a news conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on International Day of the Disappeared.
Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney proclaimed with a straight face on Friday morning that President Donald Trump has never lied to the American people, asserting that Trump has only ever exaggerated and spun.During an interview with former one-term tea party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who recently announced a long-shot primary bid against Trump, the Fox host took issue with Walsh's insistence that Trump is a pathological liar, asking the ex-congressman for specifics.Walsh, meanwhile, pointed to recent reports that White House aides have admitted that the president recently faked high-level phone calls with China regarding trade in an effort to boost markets, something Varney claimed...
Hong Kong police arrested well-known activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group Friday, and authorities denied permission for a major march in what appears to a harder line on this summer's protests. The organizers of Saturday's march, the fifth anniversary of a decision by China against allowing fully democratic elections for the leader of Hong Kong, said they were calling it off after an appeals board denied permission. Andy Chan, the leader of a pro-independence movement, was arrested at the airport Thursday night.
At least 25 people were arrested across El Salvador on Thursday, including businesspeople, lawyers and a former police officer, as part of an operation to break up an alleged migrant smuggling network. Authorities said they conducted raids in a number of municipalities and seized 23 vehicles and 14 properties with a collective value of about $1 million. The director of the attorney general's office anticorruption unit said 32 arrest warrants were issued.
The alligator chased Bo Storey out of the pond. Hours later, it was caught because it was deemed to be a nuisance due to its size and demeanor.
A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing on suspicion of espionage since January has urged Australia to maintain diplomatic pressure for his release. Yang Hengjun was formally arrested last week by the Beijing branch of China's National Security Bureau on "suspicion of espionage," China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
South Korea's top court on Thursday set aside former president Park Geun-hye's convictions in the sprawling scandal that saw her ousted from power and ordered the case to be heard again. Park was convicted in April last year on bribery and abuse of power charges and sentenced to 24 years, later extended for an additional 12 months. "We send the case back to the Seoul High Court," said chief justice Kim Myeong-su.
President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency and ordered federal assistance for the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Dorian moves away from the islands. Reports of flooding and power outages were reported across the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after Dorian hit St. Thomas as a Category 1 storm. The National Hurricane Center says Dorian has top sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with higher gusts.
(Bloomberg) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday with a plan to play his ace card -- an international ruling that invalidated some of Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.Duterte said he will use the Philippines' 2016 internationaltribunal win against China, which he set aside to warm ties and tap Chinese funding, to negotiate a favorable deal with Xi to explore the disputed areas for oil."The first thing I will bring out before them is the arbitral ruling," Duterte said in a speech last week. "We have to talk about the ruling and what we'll get if there is a start in the exploration."While an oil deal where Manila gets a bigger share...
A Chinese Catholic bishop has been ordained with the joint approval of the Pope and Beijing for the first time under an agreement intended to encourage a rapprochement between China and the Holy See. China's roughly 12 million Catholics have for decades been split between a government-run association, whose clergy were chosen by the atheist Communist Party, and an unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican.
China has denied a request for a U.S. Navy warship to visit the Chinese port city of Qingdao in recent days, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Tuesday, at a time of tense ties between the world's two largest economies. This marks at least the second time China has denied a request by the United States this month, having earlier rejected a request for two U.S. Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened. The defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the destroyer was supposed to visit on Sunday but China denied the request prior to that.
More than a thousand students rallied Tuesday in the capital of Pakistan-held Kashmir to denounce India's downgrading of the special status of the portion of the disputed region it controls. The demonstrators chanted "We want freedom" and denounced human rights violations in Indian-administrated Kashmir. Kashmir, which is split between two countries and claimed by both, has been the cause of two of wars between Pakistan and India since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.
A New Mexico man accused earlier this year of force-feeding a cat methamphetamine has now been charged with extortion.
Why the Democratic candidate is backing an experimental technology to fight climate change.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is current considering a proposal that would eliminate all selective schools and programs in an effort to further integrate the city's public education system, the New York Times reported Monday.The proposal was developed by a board that de Blasio appointed to devise policies that will reduce the racial disparities between the selective schools and gifted programs, which are mostly utilized by white and Asian students, and the non-selective schools, which are mostly populated by black and Hispanic students.The New York City public education system is one of the only ones in the country that's run entirely by the mayor's office, rather than a board of...
The white men running for the Democratic nomination are expected to justify how they can represent a changing country and lead a party increasingly reliant on voters of color
An Arkansas officer is accused of pulling his weapon and shooting a dog. A woman says she was just trying to find the dog's owner when it happened.
Forecasters are watching Dorian closely
Local media said two Spanish nationals were aboard the small aircraft, while an Italian pilot and a German family were aboard the helicopter. There were no survivors.