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David Starkey: Police end investigation into interview with Darren Grimes
Posted 32 minutes ago

Historian Dr David Starkey gave a controversial YouTube interview about slavery to Darren Grimes.


'They only care about votes': As millions slip into poverty, voting may be the only leverage for a 2nd stimulus check
Posted 1 hour 30 minutes ago

Millions of Americans across the country are fed up with elected officials who haven't worked out a second stimulus bill. As more time passes, Americans don’t care how it gets done; they just want something done.


Many killed and wounded in Afghanistan visa stampede
Posted 2 hours 4 minutes ago

Chaos broke out when thousands gathered in a stadium in Afghanistan to apply for visas to Pakistan.


3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shooting
Posted 3 hours 45 minutes ago

A shooting in a Texas club left three dead and a fourth critically injured, police said, hours after another incident in which an officer was shot dead.


G20 women's forum urged to press hosts Saudi on rights
Posted 3 hours 58 minutes ago

Rights groups want participants in a G20 women's meeting starting in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to seek the release of detained female activists and call out the kingdom for its record on rights. As current chair of the Group of 20 major economies, Riyadh has tried to improve its image after global outrage at the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. "Your participation in the W20 must not be used in Saudi Arabia's whitewashing of its international reputation while they continue to jail peaceful women activists."


Obama to make campaign debut for Biden as election nears
Posted 4 hours 44 minutes ago

Former President Barack Obama will make his first appearance on the campaign trail on Wednesday for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.


Vatican number two says deal with China on appointment of bishops will be renewed
Posted 5 hours 19 minutes ago

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Wednesday that a controversial deal with Beijing on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in China would be renewed. Asked by reporters on the sidelines of an event at a Rome university if it was a done deal, Parolin said: "Yes, I can anticipate to you that all will go well ... I'll leave you with a positive signal." The accord with Beijing gives the pope final say over the appointment of Chinese bishops and the government allows all of them, including those hailing from a state-backed Church, to recognise the pope's authority.


A jailed Philippine activist is forced to attend her infant's funeral in handcuffs and a hazmat suit
Posted 6 hours 9 minutes ago

The death of Reina Mae Nasino's 3-month-old daughter, River, has sparked an uproar over President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on human rights defenders. The underweight infant was separated from her mother, denying her breast milk that could have prolonged her life.


Mark Meadows' FEC filings raise questions of unlawful spending, campaign coordination
Posted 6 hours 9 minutes ago

The White House chief of staff quit Congress in March — but his campaign kept on racking up dubious expenses


TikTok explicitly calls out white nationalism, white genocide theory, and male supremacy as hate speech
Posted 10 hours 9 minutes ago

Big Tech platforms are rushing to update policies and try and stem a flood of hate speech.


A night of flirting at a Broward casino leads to man being drugged, robbed, deputies said
Posted 13 hours ago

What started out as an evening of flirting with a woman at a Broward casino ended with him being drugged and robbed, deputies said.


Human remains were found by researchers in a dig searching for victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre
Posted 13 hours 13 minutes ago

An estimated 150 to 300 people, who were mostly Black, were killed in the Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred from May 31, 1921 to June 1, 1921.


Soldiers 'fired on Nigerians protesting police brutality' in Lagos
Posted 14 hours 10 minutes ago

Soldiers opened fire on Nigerians protesting against police brutality in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday, striking at least two people, four witnesses told Reuters. Thousands of Nigerians have demonstrated nationwide every day for nearly two weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders. The unit was disbanded on Oct. 11 but the protests have persisted with demonstrators calling for a raft of law enforcement reforms. "They started firing ammunition toward the crowd. They were firing into the crowd," said Alfred Ononugbo, 55, a security officer. "I saw the bullet hit one or two persons," he said. The condition of those two people was not immediately known. Amnesty International has said at least 15 people had been killed since the protests began. In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday night in Lekki, an upmarket district where the toll gate has been the site of daily protests in Lagos, Africa's biggest city.


U.S. spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rubble grab
Posted 15 hours 54 minutes ago

A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid on Tuesday and momentarily touched the surface to collect cosmic rubble for return to Earth.


Justice Department Announces Rule to Bar Some Criminal Illegal Immigrants from Asylum
Posted 17 hours 35 minutes ago

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced new regulations barring illegal immigrants who have committed certain crimes from obtaining asylum in the U.S., part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to prevent bad actors from gaining entrance to the country."To ensure that criminal aliens cannot obtain this discretionary benefit, the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security have exercised their regulatory authority to limit eligibility for asylum for aliens who have engaged in specified categories of criminal behavior," the DOJ said in a statement.Under the new rule, immigrants who are convicted felons, have been convicted of smuggling or harboring other illegal immigrants or reentering the country illegally, committed certain drunk driving offenses, committed a crime involving gangs, received government benefits illegally, committed drug trafficking or possession offenses, or committed offenses related to false identification will not be eligible for asylum.Notably, immigrants who have committed certain domestic violence offenses, such as battery or extreme cruelty, will also be barred from asylum even if they were not convicted.Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday on a call with reporters that the rule aims to "bring some sanity to the asylum system and our legal immigration system" and to "get the charlatans out of the system and preserve it for those who are deserving of America's tremendous generosity."Cuccinelli said that he expects the rule to help "speed the process along" of vetting asylum seekers, potentially easing the asylum program's current backlog of over a million cases.Asylum seekers who are currently waiting on their cases in the U.S. but are now ineligible for asylum under the new rule "will be deported" when their cases come up, Cucinelli said.The new rule will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.Last year, the administration attempted to deny asylum to all migrants who failed to enter the U.S. through a legal port of entry but that policy was struck down by more than one federal judge, who said it was “inconsistent with” the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.


Record-setting catch of 110-pound catfish in Georgia has angler under fire. Here’s why
Posted 18 hours 10 minutes ago

Some aren’t happy about what happened to the catfish


A simulation of coronavirus spread in a classroom found kids in the back corners were safest. Here's why.
Posted 18 hours 44 minutes ago

In a simulation of coronavirus spread in a classroom, students seated in the back corners of the room were safest.


‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris was warned before child porn arrest by the owner of a gym featured on ‘AGT,’ lawsuit claims
Posted 18 hours 51 minutes ago

Cheer Athletics co-owner Angela Rogers warned 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris about a possible investigation into his conduct, according to a lawsuit.


Trump supporter launches furious rant at Starbucks barista
Posted 19 hours 16 minutes ago

This week a Trump supporter went viral for all the wrong reasons after video surfaced of her yelling anti-Black Lives Matter rhetoric at a Starbucks barista in Santee, California. The clip – which was taken by a concerned customer – shows the agitated woman getting into a heated war of words with barista Alex Beckom, 19, after being politely asked her to wear the Trump 2020 mask under her chin, correctly over her face. Instead of leaving quietly, the woman then accused the coffee shop employee of discriminating against her for her political views as a supporter of the president.


Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths
Posted 20 hours 4 minutes ago

Lawyers for the Ohio hospital doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked Tuesday that the court dismiss the indictment handed up by a grand jury. Former intensive care doctor William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients who died shortly thereafter in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. Prosecutors charged him only in cases involving at least 500 micrograms of fentanyl, saying doses that big in nonsurgical situations pointed to an intent to prematurely snuff out lives.


A US lab used rockets to launch a semi-truck into a new tractor trailer built to transport nuclear weapons
Posted 20 hours 16 minutes ago

"You've got to be able to ship nuclear assets safely and securely or you don't have a deterrence program," a lab project manager said.


Beheading in France could bolster president's claim that Islam is in 'crisis' – but so is French secularism
Posted 20 hours 29 minutes ago

A French high school teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class was beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old Muslim refugee in what France’s President Emmanuel Macron characterized as an “Islamist terrorist attack.”The killing is the latest high-profile attack by a Muslim extremist in France, coming after the 2015 massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine and the 2016 truck attack in Nice. It also occurred two weeks after Macron gave a controversial speech defining Islam as “a religion that is in crisis today all over the world.”France, which colonized many Muslim-majority territories in Africa and the Levant in the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Algeria and Mali, has Western Europe’s largest Muslim minority – 6 million people, or 9% of its population. Macron’s Oct. 2 speech outlined a legislative proposal to fight “Islamist separatism.” If passed in Parliament, it would essentially ban home-schooling of all children aged 3 and up and prevent foreign-trained imams from leading French mosques. The goal, said the president, is “to build an Islam in France that can be compatible with the Enlightenment.” Macron’s analysis concludes, simply, that Islam is somehow at odds with modern Western society. But my research on state secularism and religion shows that the reality is much more complicated. French versus American secularismFrench secularism, which is embraced by both the progressive left and the Islamophobic right, goes well beyond the American democratic concept of separating religion and state. Called “laïcité,” it essentially excludes religious symbols from public institutions. France has banned Muslim women’s headscarves in schools and outlawed religious face coverings everywhere. There are no such bans in the United States.While both America and France have ongoing debates about “Islamic fundamentalism” and “Muslim terrorists” and views that can be defined as Islamophobic have some popular support, American democracy generally provides better opportunities for the integration of various religious groups. In France, the Constitution defines the state only as secular, without delineating the boundaries of that secularism. In the United States, the First Amendment restricts the secular state’s engagement with religion, saying the government can neither establish a religion nor prohibit a religion’s free exercise. It would be difficult for the U.S. to announce, as Macron did, a state-sponsored project to “forge a type of Enlightenment Islam.”Indeed, 11 years before Macron voiced his provocative view, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a famous speech on Islam in Egypt in 2009, attempting to reset the relationship between America and the Muslim world.Emphasizing Muslims’ contributions to American society, Obama said, “It is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear.”Obama’s speech reflected an idealized American melting pot, a place where hyphenated identities like Muslim-American are common. French secularism sees no hyphenated identities – only French or Not French. Islam and the secular stateSome in France also see this rigid secularism as unequal to the challenges of multiculturalism and migration. The eminent scholar Jean Bauberot, for example, defends a more “pluralistic secularism” – one that tolerates certain religious symbols in public institutions. France has in fact made many exceptions for Catholics. The government provides substantial public funding to private Catholic schools, which educate about a quarter of all K-12 students, and six of 11 official holidays in France are Catholic holidays. Too often, laïcité translates into an unwillingness to accommodate the religiously based demands of Muslims. In 2015, a Muslim advocacy organization sued a municipal authority in France’s Burgundy region for refusing to offer an alternative to pork in public school cafeterias. The court compelled the town to reverse its policy, but not because it violated religious freedom. The court found the menu violated the children’s rights.France’s founding commitment to equality under the law likewise forestalls meaningful social debate on racial discrimination; its census does not even collect information on race. Although France’s biggest minority is mostly composed of nonwhite Muslim immigrants from its former colonies in Africa and their descendents, Macron’s speech referenced only in passing to French colonialism.[Expertise in your inbox. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter and get expert takes on today’s news, every day.] BlasphemyThat said, I find some truth in Macron’s speech. But the “crisis” facing Islam lies in the historical and political failings of the Muslim world, not in the religion itself.As my 2019 book, “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” documents, many Muslim countries like Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia have long-lasting authoritarian regimes and chronic underdevelopment. In 32 of the world’s 49 Muslim-majority countries, blasphemy laws punish people who speak sacrilegiously about sacred things; in six countries, blasphemy is a capital offense. These laws, which block freedom of expression, are more rooted in the interests of the conservative clergy and authoritarian rulers than in the Islamic faith, my research shows. They actually contradict several Quranic verses that urge Muslims not to coerce or retaliate against people of other faiths. Still, in Western countries where Muslims are a minority, extremists occasionally take it upon themselves to punish those who, in their view, mock the Prophet Muhammad. That has caused global controversies over cartoons and movies. At times, in France and beyond, it has led to an unacceptable outcome: murder.Such killings, whether perpetrated by the state or by individuals, are tragedies. But to frame them as a purely religious problem ignores the socioeconomic and political origins of Islamic blasphemy laws, and the anti-democratic cultural consequences of authoritarianism in many Muslim countries. It also overlooks the difficult reality that social alienation is an underlying factor in the radicalization of some young Muslims in the West. Multiple secularisms, multiple IslamsMacron’s speech made some gestures toward greater inclusion. “I want France to become a country where we can teach the thoughts of Averreos and Ibn Khaldun,” he said, referencing two eminent Muslim thinkers of the 12th and 14th centuries, and envisioned “a country that excels in the study of Muslim civilizations.” That plural in “civilizations” is meaningful. It acknowledges that Islam is not monolithic. Neither is French secularism. Both are complex systems with varied interpretations. In truth, Macron doesn’t need to “build an Islam in France that can be compatible with the Enlightenment,” because that already exists. Whether French secularism can adapt to Islam is another question.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University.Read more: * Teachers in France, on the front line of defending the values of the Republic * Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countriesAhmet T. Kuru does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


Joe Biden supporter who was installing BLM sign arrested for allegedly shooting at passing Trump supporter and son
Posted 20 hours 57 minutes ago

Neighbours said the political signs supporting Democrats had been previously pulled down on multiple occasions


Trump's tweet on 'total' declassification of Russia docs isn't an order, White House tells judge
Posted 21 hours 30 minutes ago

The White House chief of staff told the judge to ignore Trump's tweet saying he had authorized the declassification of "any & all documents" related to the Russia probe.


Rush Limbaugh says he's living 'under a death sentence' after discovering his cancer had spread and became terminal
Posted 21 hours 32 minutes ago

The conservative radio host announced in February that he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he said has since progressed.


A teacher called 911 after a man broke into the house of two students during a remote class
Posted 22 hours 12 minutes ago

Two of her students, teenage siblings, didn't log off at the end of class as they normally did. Then they called for help.


Hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels ‘target’ Galapagos Islands
Posted 22 hours 17 minutes ago

Huge fleet evaded trackers on edge of protected zone


Unmasked man in Washington grocery store speaks out after video goes viral
Posted 22 hours 30 minutes ago

In the viral video, an employee confronts Scott, who said his medical condition prevents him from wearing a mask.


These men tried to break into two homes within minutes. Here’s what it looked like
Posted 22 hours 33 minutes ago

The Broward Sheriff’s Office released video on Tuesday of two men they say tried to pull two burglaries from homes within minutes of one another.


U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska
Posted 23 hours 17 minutes ago

U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian military aircraft in international airspace near Alaska, NORAD said.


Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online
Posted 23 hours 29 minutes ago

Fake naked images of thousands of women are being made from social media photos.


Marines remove general investigated over alleged racial slur
Posted 23 hours 48 minutes ago

The Marine Corps has removed a two-star general from command of Marine forces in Europe and Africa based on an investigation into allegations that he used a racial slur during a training event, officials said Tuesday. The decision to relieve Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary of command of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, headquartered in Germany, was made by the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger. “Neary was relieved due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to serve in command,” the Marines said in a brief written statement.


SCOTUS mail-in voting ruling raises alarm: Democrats may “never win another national election"
Posted 23 hours 54 minutes ago

Democrats scored a big win in a Pennsylvania mail-in voting case, but the victory "may only last a matter of days"


Trump calls on Barr to appoint special prosecutor to investigate Bidens before Election Day
Posted 1 day 39 minutes ago

“We've got to get the attorney general to act,” the president said in a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends.” “He's got to act. And he’s got to act fast.”


Fears of ecological disaster grow over stricken oil tanker in Caribbean
Posted 1 day 1 hour 4 minutes ago

Lawmakers from the National Assembly called on the country's government to urgently unload oil from Nabarima to avoid a spill.


Heartbreak in the Magic Kingdom: Laid-off Disney workers turn to food banks as coronavirus devastates Florida tourism
Posted 1 day 2 hours 50 minutes ago

The coronavirus has led to thousands of layoffs at Disney in Orlando, and devastated the local economy, reports Richard Hall


Analysis: France's Muslims fear further isolation amid calls for tougher action on militant Islam
Posted 1 day 4 hours 39 minutes ago

The beheading of a teacher has prompted calls for tougher action against militant Islam from the French Right and Left, but it has also deepened a sense of alienation among the country’s Muslims. Most unreservedly condemn the killing and other acts of terrorism, but many do not understand why teachers need to show what they see as gratuitously offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in classes about freedom of expression. Jacques Thomas, a teacher at a technical college in a predominantly immigrant, blue-collar suburb of Paris, said many of his students believe Muslims are often unfairly singled out for insults in the media. “Last month one teenager asked me why ‘you French’ don’t want to let Muslims live as Muslims in France. He was talking about bans on the full-face veil in public and headscarves in schools, and the row over Muslim women going to beaches wearing the burkini [a swimsuit that covers most of the body]. But he also asked me why it was OK for [the satirical weekly] Charlie Hebdo to publish ‘vulgar’ cartoons of the Prophet when any depiction of Muhammad is considered blasphemous by Muslims.” Mr Thomas, 54, said he felt that he was walking on eggshells when discussing such subjects with students who see themselves as victims of a two-tier education system: “They are being taught to become technicians and many will end up as plumbers or electricians, so they’re not used to abstract concepts. Freedom of expression is difficult for them. They think children in more affluent areas get a different kind of schooling that positions them for higher-status jobs in the professions. They feel like outsiders in a culture that leaves little place for them.”


More than 50 former intel officials signed a public letter saying they believe the Hunter Biden story has 'all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation'
Posted 1 day 10 hours 15 minutes ago

The former intel officials wrote they believed the arrival of emails to the New York Post, which they dubbed a "laptop op," was a cause for suspicion.


Ireland announces emergency six-week lockdown with some of Europe's toughest restrictions
Posted 1 day 15 hours 1 minute ago

Ireland announced some of Europe's toughest Covid-19 restrictions on Monday, plunging the country into lockdown for six weeks. Taoiseach Micheál Martin moved the country to the highest level of measures following a surge in coronavirus cases in the country. The lockdown, which will come into effect from midnight on Wednesday, will shut non-essential retail, close restaurants and pubs, and order people not to travel further than 3 miles from their homes. The travel ban is the strictest anywhere on the Continent. Schools will stay open and essential services such as construction will be allowed to continue, the Government said, while hotels can remain open only if they are providing rooms for essential workers. In an address to the Irish people on Monday night, Mr Martin said: "The evidence of a potentially grave situation arising in the weeks ahead is now too strong." He added: "The Irish people will persevere, and we will come through this, together."


Florida company warns employees they might lose jobs if Trump doesn’t win
Posted 1 day 15 hours 17 minutes ago

Boss has given hundreds of thousands to Republican political causes


Trump rips Biden and Fauci for coronavirus 'bad calls' and again suggests the pandemic nearly over
Posted 1 day 16 hours 40 minutes ago

President Trump attacked Joe Biden and the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign rally in Prescott, Ariz.


Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in Atlantic, expected to reach hurricane strength this week
Posted 1 day 19 hours 17 minutes ago

Tropical Storm Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday. It is the 26th tropical storm in this historic season.


Record-setting Cameron Peak wildfire consumes more than 200,000 acres in Colorado
Posted 1 day 21 hours 23 minutes ago

To the south, firefighters near Boulder were also battling a blaze that had torched at least 26 homes.


With just days to go in the campaign, Trump knocks environmentally friendly toilets
Posted 1 day 21 hours 37 minutes ago

In a lengthy digression during his rally in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday, President Trump claimed that Americans have to “flush their toilet 15 times” due to restrictions on water usage.


Pieces of Halley’s Comet to bring meteor shower this week. Here’s how you can watch
Posted 1 day 22 hours 34 minutes ago

You could see up to 20 meteors per hour if you’re lucky.


Rudy Giuliani said he released his Hunter Biden story to the New York Post because he knew other outlets would scrutinize it too much
Posted 1 day 23 hours 49 minutes ago

Giuliani told The New York Times that he chose the Post because other publications would "spend all the time they could to try to contradict it."

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