Anti-Semitism Soared Last Year: ADL Study

April 25, 2017

A spate of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and schools, and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in the U.S. this year have contributed to the surge, according to the Anti-Defamation Leagues report. What the data tells us is incontrovertible and why the Jewish community describes such heightened anxiety, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told The Huffington Post. Theres no doubt that theres a high degree of anxiety. Vandalized tombstones are seen…

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San Antonio Mayor: Atheists Are ‘Broken People’ Who Cause Poverty

April 25, 2017

Speaking at a candidates forum early this month, Mayor Ivy Taylor was asked what she thought were the deepest systemic causes of generational poverty in the city.In a video posted online by NOWCastSA,she said: Taylor said thats not something I work on as mayor, apparently referring to the religious elements of her answer, but added that from a policy angle she attempted to solve the issue through education. Taylor also…

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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far.

April 24, 2017

Almost 100 days into Trumps tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed and then some. On the day Trump took office, a page devoted to climate change action on the White House website disappeared. Four days later, Trump signed executive orders reviving the controversialKeystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, a move that set the tone for a series of swift and sweeping changes to the…

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics,…

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Head to head: How Le Pen and Macron compare

April 24, 2017

(CNN)The French electorate gave the country’s political establishment a wake-up call Sunday as it voted for two outsider presidential candidates: one who has never held elected office and the other the leader of France’s far-right party. Fed up of the parties that have dominated French politics for decades, voters opted for the two politicians that promised the biggest shakeup — Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, early results indicated. They…

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Win or lose, Marine Le Pen is a nightmare for the EU

April 24, 2017

(CNN)France goes to the polls Sunday to vote in the first round of its presidential elections. The campaign has been dogged throughout by scandals, gaffes and surprises. Le Pen’s National Front Party has a long history of euroskepticism and promotes a number of policies that are anathema to the high-minded principles behind the European project. In recent years, Le Pen has attempted to soften both her image and the position…

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Nafisah Baba wins BBC Young Dancer 2017 prize – BBC News

April 24, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNafisah Baba performs “Inescapable” in the grand final Nafisah Baba has won the BBC’s Young Dancer 2017 prize, beating four other finalists. Baba, 20, a contemporary dancer from London, was crowned at Sadler’s Wells theatre in the capital by ex-Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell. Baba – who started ballet aged three – is a company member with post-graduate dance company Chrysalis London….

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Seven ways it helps to have rich parents – BBC News

April 23, 2017

The upshot is that today’s young adults are the first generation since at least World War Two not to start their working lives with higher incomes than those born before them. By their early thirties, the 1980s generation had accumulated wealth of about 27,000 each, on average. By the time they had reached the same age, the 1970s generation had twice as much wealth on average – 53,000 each. A…

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To Ray Davies, America is a ‘beautiful but dangerous’ place – BBC News

April 23, 2017

“Then it turned out to be a pop hit.” Somewhat disingenuously, he tells the BBC You Really Got Me was supposed to be The Kinks’ only song (even though it was their third single). “I wanted that to be a hit and then I was going to get out of town,” he says. “Unfortunately they asked me to write another one, and another one.” Image caption The Kinks’ hits included…

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The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

There are 650 constituencies in the United Kingdom. But the election campaign over the coming weeks will be concentrated in the marginal battleground seats – the ones with small majorities that are most likely to change hands. There’s no official definition of a marginal seat but people often look at constituencies where the majority – the gap between the first and second placed parties – is under 10%. Most marginal…

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Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dies

April 23, 2017

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Bill Nye Slams CNN For Putting Climate Change Skeptic On Earth Day Panel

April 23, 2017

The celebrity scientist slammedCNNs New Dayon Saturday for including William Happera physicist who thinks carbon pollution is a mythand once compared carbon dioxide to the suffering of Jewish people during the Holocaustin anEarth Daypanel on the March for Science protests. I will say, as much as I love the CNN, youre doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about…

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FGM: The mother trying to protect her daughters – BBC News

April 23, 2017

My mother told my sister in the weeks before: “Someone is coming to cut you, like I cut your sisters, my mum cut me and my great-grandmother cut her. It is nothing.” Then I asked her about it. She said it was a man who cut me, I bled for an hour and nearly died. After that they didn’t cut my sisters until they were a bit older as they…

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Around the world in seven years… on a bike – BBC News

April 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeigh Timmis ran out of money. But he didn’t go home. He kept cycling. Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of 5 (6.40) a day. As he reaches…

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Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona – BBC News

April 22, 2017

The local “superfans” Image copyright PA Image caption Oatcakes were produced in the “traditional way” at Hanley’s Hole in the Wall Michael even got his neighbours hooked, such is his love of them. Another superfan, Jan Lacey, from Kidsgrove, says she takes oatcakes on holidays to Cornwall – including for family members living in the South West. She passed on her love of the “Tunstall tortilla” by weaning her now…

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The icing on the cake – BBC News

April 22, 2017

“I provided the props and made the cake. The photos I received are amazing and the total cost to me was about 20.” Image copyright Family photo Image caption Twins Amara and Maya “enjoyed the sugar rush” Twins Amara and Maya were treated to their own pink cake smash by their proud father Bhav. “Needless to say, they enjoyed the sugar rush although the clean-up afterwards was hard work,” he…

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Was ITV’s The Nightly Show a success? – BBC News

April 22, 2017

“We’re in a strong position to try some new things and experiment, it is imperative we try new things, which have the potential to enhance our entertainment offering.” The hosts Image copyright ITV Image caption Dermot O’Leary was one of the most popular presenters with viewers Walliams put the viewing figures and poor reviews down to people being annoyed about the News at Ten being moved back by half an…

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91 wildfires burn across Florida; thousands evacuated

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of homes have been evacuated as firefighters continue to battle 91 wildfires across Florida, the state’s forest service said. Since Thursday, more than 25,000 acres have burned in the state, Florida Forest Service spokesman Joe Zwierzchowski told CNN. “The state is really dry. Thank God we have the firefighters we have all around the state,” Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters. Out of the 91 wildfires, two fires caused…

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

(CNN)The penultimate stop on US Vice President Mike Pence’s tour to Asia was to Indonesia, a strategic move that should send positive signs about the Trump administration’s engagement to trade in the region. The largest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is important to the US as it is a vibrant democracy with a young and productive population and strong growth potential. It also has the world’s largest Muslim population and…

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Sarah Palin Reacts To Bill O’Reilly’s Exit By Victim Blaming

April 22, 2017

During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNNs The Lead, Palin hinted that she wasnt happy during her time as a Fox News contributor but would not divulge details even when asked about Fox News corporate culture in the age of Bill OReilly. Then Palin turned her focus on the women who made accusations of sexual harassment, telling them that its their responsibility to quit their jobs and change the…

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Trevor Noah Has Proof That Donald Trump Is Always High

April 22, 2017

The Daily Show host provided very convincing evidence for his theory during Thursday nights 4/20 themed episode.Noah also admitted to being high when he came up this idea, but his video footage of Donald Trump only strengthens his argument. Noah even brought up some of the presidents bigger mix-ups like the time Trump claimed he was sending a very powerful armada to North Korea that was actually headed in the…

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Trump Is Even Less Popular Than United Airlines

April 21, 2017

United made headlines earlier this month aftera passenger was violently dragged off a flight to make room for an employee. Now a new poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that the airline had a slightly higher approval rating than the president. Thats pretty much the only bright spot for United; the poll also found that 40 percent believed it was the worst airline in the country. American was…

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French presidential candidates halt campaigns in wake of Paris attack

April 21, 2017

Paris (CNN)French police are hunting a man identified by Belgian security services in connection with an attack on police officers in Paris Thursday, a French interior ministry spokesman said. A gunman, who shot three police officers on the Champs-Elysee, killing one, was later claimed by ISIS through its media wing Amaq as an Islamic State “fighter” they dubbed “the Belgian.” French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France’s Europe 1…

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This is life inside Mosul’s Old City

April 21, 2017

(CNN)At the age of just 4, Stbark finds soldiers and rockets more normal than classrooms and schoolmates. “The first environment she has ever been exposed to is the police. She loves them more than she would students in a school,” Abullah, her father, said. “She plays with them and they bring her sweets.” Stbark’s family is among the estimated 400,000 civilians, about a quarter of Mosul’s pre-war population, trapped in…

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How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

Paris (CNN)In a country riven by increasing divisions, Thursday’s shooting on Paris’ Champs Elysees, which left one police officer dead, has the potential to upend an already contentious and unpredictable election. With a record number of voters still undecided, analysts say the shooting, by a suspect said to be known to French security services for radical Islamist activities, could play into the narrative pushed by the far-right. “This recasts the…

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