Trump and Cruz make the best of their forced embrace
In a move that would have seemed unthinkable two years ago, President Trump offered a full embrace, literally and figuratively, of Ted Cruz in a massive rally here Monday night, imploring a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters to turn out for his former political rival in a closely watched Senate race in Texas.
10/22/2018 - 10:04 PM
Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancée Put Under 24-Hour Police Protection In Turkey
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has reportedly been placed under 24-hour police protection in Turkey.
10/22/2018 - 05:15 AM
Kmart employee gives emotional announcement before the store closed permanently
The once-beloved American retailer Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy earlier
10/22/2018 - 10:46 AM
5 Bible Museum Dead Sea Scrolls Exposed As Fakes
Five fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the Museum of the Bible's most
10/23/2018 - 07:41 AM
Best Bites: Apple pie fries
Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your
10/23/2018 - 08:00 AM
In Florida race, climate change divides DeSantis and Gillum
The two candidates in the governor's race in Florida are at odds over global warming.
10/22/2018 - 02:50 PM
How Blackstone Landed $20 Billion From Saudis for New Fund
One way Blackstone agreed to do just that: For every dollar that any other investor pays the asset manager to oversee its cash, Saudi Arabia gets to pay 15 cents less. In exchange, the Saudis will match other investors’ deposits in the fund.
10/22/2018 - 11:43 AM
The World's Longest Sea Bridge, Connecting Hong Kong To Mainland China, Is Open
The world's longest sea bridge, an engineering feat almost a decade in the
10/23/2018 - 06:13 AM
Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Quotes Were Graffitied On Yale Law School Steps
The entrance to Yale University Law School, one of the most famous and
10/22/2018 - 01:41 PM
Trump supporters in Texas feel migrant caravans coming from Mexico are 'invading the country'
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, President Trump has made the issue of immigration a top priority once again. But this time, he's focusing on migrant caravans making their way to the U.S. and many of his supporters in Texas say they need to enter the country "the right way."
10/23/2018 - 02:19 AM
6 shot on street near north Florida stadium before NFL game
Six people have been wounded in a street shooting blocks from the Florida stadium where the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars play.
10/22/2018 - 02:02 AM
Leaving the INF Treaty Is a Gift to Russia
A more confident America would consult with its allies and drag the Russians back to the negotiating table for the dull, necessary work of showing that NATO cannot be panicked into responding to Russian actions by scrapping entire treaties.
10/23/2018 - 11:20 AM
Atlantic-Pacific's New Collection At Nordstrom Only Looks Expensive
Fans of flirty fashion and affordable prices will love the latest collection
10/22/2018 - 01:14 PM
Ellis Island: From 'sad side' to restored 'south side'
Some knew it as the “sad side” of Ellis Island. A century ago, the hospital complex at the historic Ellis Island immigration inspection station was the place where approximately 1 out of every 10 arrivals who were too sick to be allowed into the country were sent to recover, or to die.
10/23/2018 - 11:52 AM
Hurricane Michael reshapes Florida Senate race
U.S. Senate candidate and Florida Gov. Rick Scott is happy to be seen leading the cleanup after Hurricane Michael. But the aftermath may also depress turnout in the heavily Republican Panhandle.
10/22/2018 - 02:18 PM
Innocent man killed on way to work after being caught in road rage crash in north Houston
A man on his way to work got caught between 2 vehicles that were involved a road rage incident sparked after a fight at a club.
10/22/2018 - 08:56 AM
Meet the man behind the debit card that's helped families save over $1 million since 2017
As parents, you can’t control every decision that your child makes -- it's
10/23/2018 - 02:06 PM
Costa Rica Rafting Accident Leaves 5 Dead, Including 4 American Bachelor Party Attendees
A white-water rafting excursion in Costa Rica turned deadly on Saturday when
10/22/2018 - 02:37 PM
Democrats 2018: It's the health care, stupid
Rather than Robert Mueller’s investigation and the latest tweets from President Trump, voter interest and campaign advertising are mostly focused on health care, polls show.
10/23/2018 - 05:00 AM
From blackmailing princes to murdering journalists: how Saudi Arabia’s spy network has expanded under Mohammed bin Salman
Inside the Georgian mansion in Mayfair that houses Saudi Arabia’s embassy in London, two offices of Saudi intelligence operatives are busy at work. The first office belongs to the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence agency. Its staff are engaged in the “normal” work of spies, meeting with MI6 to discuss Britain and Saudi Arabia’s shared fight against al-Qaeda or to swap secrets on Iran. The second office has a darker purpose. There the staff of the Mabahith, Saudi Arabia’s secret police, are tracking people of interest inside the UK. Its operatives are watching obvious targets like Saudi dissidents who have gone into exile in Britain, or London-based Islamists whose ideology is seen as a threat to Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy. But they are also keeping tabs on Arab businessmen and the decadent lives of Gulf royals living the UK. The Mabahith’s spies are especially interested in compromising material they can use as blackmail to further Riyadh’s interests. “These guys gather the dirt and they hold it until directed,” said a former Saudi embassy employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They want to know who is sleeping with who, who is drinking and doing drugs, who is spending money they don’t have.” Saudi spies and secret police work out of the kingdom's embassy in London Credit: Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images The set-up in the London embassy is replicated at Saudi diplomatic posts around the world, forming a vast web of spies watching the kingdom’s enemies and surveilling its own people. While this apparatus has existed for years, it has become more aggressive and more violent under Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, who controls the Saudi security services. His ambition to silence critics abroad and stomp out political rivals at home has depended on a new ferocity in the intelligence agencies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is just the most extreme example. “For many decades Saudi Arabia had a system in which the king sought to develop a policy consensus within the royal family, the clerical establishment, and the entrepreneur elite,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now heads the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute. “That has changed profoundly in the last few years. Instead of a consensual system they have moved to a very autocratic system, which relies much more on the intelligence services hounding out dissent at home and abroad.” Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer, was allegedly part of the squad that killed Mr Khashoggi Credit: Sabah via AP Mr Khashoggi was no stranger to the craft of the secret police or how its methods changed over time. In the mid-2000s he worked at the Saudi embassy in London as an advisor to the ambassador, Prince Turki bin Faisal. The prince was Saudi Arabia’s spy chief before moving to the UK. One of Mr Khashoggi’s embassy colleagues was Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer stationed in London. Mr Mutreb is now under arrest in Saudi Arabia as part of the 15-man squad accused of Mr Khashoggi’s murder. In his Washington Post column, Mr Khashoggi noted the aggression of Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed who was sacked over the weekend amid the fallout out of the killing. The prince’s aide made no secret of his hatred for dissidents and once asked his 1.35 million Twitter followers to give him names for a blacklist. Mr Khashoggi pointed to the tweet as an example of how unrestrained Saudi repression had become in the last two years. “Writers like me, whose criticism is offered respectfully, seem to be considered more dangerous than the more strident Saudi opposition based in London.” Saudi Arabia’s spies have always focused on the UK, which has given safe harbour to many Saudi dissidents as well as Islamists and anti-monarchists from across the Middle East. One of their targets has been Sa’ad al-Faqih, the leader of Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, a UK-based Saudi opposition group that campaigns to replace with the royal family with an Islamic government. Saad al-Faqih, a Saudi dissident based in London, has been a target for Saudi intelligence Credit: AP Photo/Richard Lewis Dr Faqih was attacked at his home in Willesden Green, northwest London, in June 2003 by two men who he said claimed to be plumbers. They tried to spray chemicals in his face and then attacked him with a spanner but he was able to fight them off. He believes the two white men were British gangsters hired by Saudi Arabia to kidnap him, a claim that the kingdom has always denied. Dr Faqih has not faced any more physical attacks since 2003. But he has felt a heightened threat since Crown Prince Mohammed began to gather power three years ago and he started taking new security precautions. “We feel extra danger because we know that this boy is reckless and impulsive,” he said. Saudi dissidents were rattled by an incident in August this year on the pavement outside Harrods in central London. Ghanem al-Masarir, a popular Saudi political satirist who often mocks Crown Prince Mohammed, was confronted and attacked by two Saudi men. يا شين المهايط فـ الخلا ما يحمّس يبربر على اسياده .. ولا احدٍ درا به ٰ سلامي على يـدٍ عطته ( المخمّس ) هذي اصغر ردود السعودي والاجابه��������#جلد_الكلب_غانم_الدوسري@GhanemAlmasarirpic.twitter.com/axejGsqNAt— بيع قصايد جزله .. (@Be3_600) September 9, 2018 “They were shouting about the king and Mohammed bin Salman and they said: ‘how dare you insult al-Saud?’” Mr Dosari said. He is convinced that the men were put up to the attack by Saudi intelligence. “I don’t think they were trying to kill me or kidnap me but they wanted to insult me and to send a message that I was not safe where I was,” he said. Video footage of the attack was widely shared by pro-Saudi Twitter accounts under a hashtag celebrating the attack. The Saudi embassy in London did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Saudi Arabia insists that Mr Khashoggi's death was the result of "a rogue operation" which was not ordered by the government. Before the killing in Istanbul made global headlines, the starkest example of the Saudi intelligence's new aggression was an apparent campaign to kidnap rebel princes in Europe and bring them back to Saudi Arabia. According to the BBC, three princes who had fallen out with the royal family have been captured since 2015. One, Prince Sultan bin Turki, a grandson of King Abdulaziz, accepted a flight on a Saudi government private jet from Paris to Cairo in January 2016. The prince went to sleep on the flight and when he awoke he realised the jet was in fact heading Saudi Arabia. He was dragged off the plane by Saudi agents and is believed to be under house arrest to this day. Saudi dissidents joke darkly that Mr Khashoggi’s death probably means they are safer now than they have been in years because Riyadh will be unwilling to risk another international scandal. But none believe the danger has fully passed. Over the weekend, King Salman ordered his ministers to prepare reforms of the Saudi intelligence services to prevent another incident like Mr Khashoggi’s death. No one should expect sweeping changes: the head of the reform committee is none other Crown Prince Mohammed himself.
10/22/2018 - 10:58 AM
Bomb Found At George Soros' House Contained Explosive Powder
BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Latest on an explosive device found at a suburban home of
10/23/2018 - 10:06 AM
Musk says LA Hyperloop tunnel to be unveiled December 10
Elon Musk's Hyperloop ultra high-speed transport system will be unveiled in Los Angeles in early December with free test rides to the public, the entrepreneur announced. "The first tunnel is almost done," Musk said on Twitter late Sunday night.
10/22/2018 - 05:14 PM
Michael Avenatti Ordered To Pay $4.85 Million To Former Colleague
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, has
10/22/2018 - 06:48 PM
Lonely Planet releases top 10 lists of best travel destinations 2019
Tastemakers at Lonely Planet have released their picks for the best travel destinations of 2019, giving Sri Lanka and Copenhagen top billing.
10/22/2018 - 10:11 AM
Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world's largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94.
10/22/2018 - 12:19 PM
Woman Who Left Toddler on Texas Porch Says She Did Nothing Wrong: 'Everything Blew Out of Proportion'
Keairra Woods says she was doing the boy's mother a favor, but she gave him the wrong address.
10/22/2018 - 01:22 PM
Skeletons run amok as Mexico kicks off the Day of the Dead
Mexicans parade in costumes and face paint for a pre-Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
10/22/2018 - 05:39 AM
In Texas Senate race, Betomania confronts Trump’s mega-MAGA rally for Cruz
The three-term congressman’s campaign has him attending eight scheduled “pop-up rallies,” as O’Rourke refers to them, in and around Houston on a single day.
10/22/2018 - 01:08 PM
How Saudi-Friendly Middle East Dictators Are Handling The Jamal Khashoggi Scandal
WASHINGTON ― Some of the most prominent U.S. foreign policy figures urging a
10/22/2018 - 08:49 PM
Photographer documents abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals
These eerie images showcase the haunting abandoned asylums that lie dotted across secluded parts of the U.S. and Canada. Intrepid explorer Dave, the man behind the social media presence Freaktography, has spent more than six years documenting these wonders.
10/22/2018 - 08:38 AM
French Teenager Who Threatened His Teacher With a Fake Gun Was Charged
President Emmanuel Macron said threatening a teacher was "unacceptable"
10/22/2018 - 04:58 AM
Trump's Reported Proposal To Redefine Gender, Eliminate Trans Rights Prompts Mass Protests
Hundreds of protesters gathered in New York City's Washington Square Park on
10/22/2018 - 12:45 PM
Ivanka Trump Hails Jared Kushner's 'Quiet Achievement' And Twitter Has Questions
Ivanka Trump praised her husband Jared Kushner on Twitter Monday night for his
10/23/2018 - 04:00 AM
At least 30 injured as floor collapses at university fraternity party in South Carolina
Dozens of students were taken to hospital after a floor collapsed at a Clemson University fraternity party in South Carolina on Saturday night. At least 30 people were injured when the centre of the dance floor caved in and party-goers dropped into the basement below. “The beat was about to drop and literally the whole floor collapsed,” sophomore student Larissa Stone told The Anderson Independent-Mail.
10/22/2018 - 05:55 AM
Citigroup Seeks to Curb China Travel as UBS Ends Restriction
(Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. were among international firms that asked their wealth managers to reconsider travel to China, according to people familiar with the matter, as UBS Group AG removed its curbs.
10/23/2018 - 05:21 AM
These are the top 10 moneymaking cities from travel and tourism
A new report reveals that Shanghai made the most money from tourism in 2017, raking in USD $35 billion mostly from domestic visitors.
10/22/2018 - 06:17 AM
Yahoo News Explains: Fact-checking 5 of Trump's claims on migrants
President Trump has repeatedly condemned the thousands of Honduran migrants who are pushing toward the U.S. border, but how accurate are his claims?
10/23/2018 - 09:41 AM
Siemens CEO Kaeser says he will not attend Saudi investment conference
Siemens's chief executive said on Monday he would not attend a three-day Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia after the country admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul. The German engineering giant was one of the last companies to decide against sending its top executive to the conference after Riyadh sought to cover up Khashoggi's Oct. 2 death before admitting to a "grave mistake". "Siemens is a reliable and committed partner of the kingdom and its VISION 2030.
10/22/2018 - 01:21 PM
Officer fatally shoots suspect in Georgia police slaying
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A police officer on Monday shot and killed an 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another officer near a school in the Atlanta area over the weekend, police said.
10/22/2018 - 04:25 PM
Supreme Court Blocks Deposition Of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross In Census Citizenship Question Suit
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from
10/22/2018 - 10:13 PM
Jeff Flake Tells 'The View' He Doubted Brett Kavanaugh But Voted For Him Anyway
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake admits he had doubts about the testimony of newly-
10/23/2018 - 06:48 PM
US army general wounded in Afghanistan attack
A US army general was among those injured in a Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound last week in Kandahar province, a military spokesman confirmed.
10/22/2018 - 06:10 AM
The Yenko Chevrolet Camaro Returns with up to 1000 Horsepower
It's also available with only 835 horses.
10/22/2018 - 11:12 AM
The Top 11 Places To Celebrate Christmas In July Across The Country
10/22/2018 - 05:21 PM
Trump's Planned Nuclear Pact Withdrawal 'Not The Work Of A Great Mind,' Says Gorbachev
Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev slammed U.S. President Donald
10/22/2018 - 09:13 PM
Siemens Is Delaying Signing $20 Billion Saudi Power Deal
Kaeser was scheduled to sign the agreement while attending the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia this week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks aren’t public. Kaeser was one of the last high-profile CEOs to pull out of FII, which was meant to highlight Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to diversify the Gulf kingdom’s economy. Participation at the event, which started Tuesday in Riyadh, has become a litmus test for corporate chieftains following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
10/23/2018 - 09:56 AM
Volkswagen shares video teaser for T-Cross SUV
Just days before its official unveiling --scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- Volkswagen has teased its new T-Cross small SUV in a short video shared online by the German car manufacturer.
10/23/2018 - 10:59 AM
Authorities hunt for 2nd suspect in Georgia police shooting
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two teenage suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, are facing charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a school, authorities said Sunday.
10/21/2018 - 08:55 PM
Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics
With the 2018 midterm elections just over two weeks away, the casual reader may be coming across some strange terms in the American political lexicon. For anyone confused by reports on the battle between Democrats and Republicans to control Congress, The Independent has compiled a handy list of some common terms. Battleground State: A state is considered a battleground state if its electorate is split relatively evenly between Republicans and Democrats, making state-wide races especially competitive and hard to predict.
10/23/2018 - 10:00 AM
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