New York - Manhattan’s Plaza district, the area near Central Park that commands the nation’s highest office rents, has a glut of space as financial firms cut back and tenants seek trendier neighborhoods south of Midtown. The availability rate for offices in the Plaza submarket reached 12.3 percent last month, a two-year high, as space leased to Citigroup Inc. (C) and General Motors Co. (GM) went on the market (Snip) “The Plaza’s weakness is symptomatic of a larger problem,” said Michael Knott, a real estate investment trust analyst with Green Street Advisors Inc. in Newport Beach, California.
Caracas - A third opposition supporter has died from a shooting at a rally this weekend that was the worst violence of Venezuela's volatile election campaign, presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said on Sunday. "We are going to defeat violence in Venezuela," Capriles told a rally in Caracas, after confirming the third fatality in the confrontation at an opposition event in Barinas state on Saturday.
Cairo - Egypt's most senior military commander has promised better training and more modern weaponry for the army in an apparent effort to satisfy officers' demands for change, which have multiplied after an uprising last year. Commander-in-Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is also the defense minister, was appointed by the country's first Islamist president Mohamed Morsi only last month and is under pressure to shake up a military which until recently had held the balance of power in Egypt for decades.Addressing troops last week during the first military drill in a series to mark the
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has said his ruling political party has become a model for others to follow in Muslim states. He was addressing a congress of the AKP, the Islamist-rooted party which has dominated Turkey for a decade. The presidents of Egypt and Kyrgyzstan were among the guests in Ankara. Khaled Meshaal, exiled political leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, told the congress the party had shown the "bright face of Islam". "Erdogan, you are not only a leader in Turkey now, you are a leader in the Muslim world as well," he said.
Once upon a time, in what seems a far-off land, if you saw someone walking down the street talking to himself, you'd think he was, well, crazy. Not any more. Ninety percent of American adults own cell phones and, whether talking or texting, it seems that 90 percent of the time, they are using them. "These days, the minute that people are alone, at a stop sign, at the checkout line in a supermarket, they panic, they reach for a phone," said MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle. She says high-speed connections have left us more disconnected than ever. "I studied families who are having breakfast together, and every
I'm confused. Am I missing something?Joe Scarborough is not only a Republican, he's a Republican with an entire cable news morning show named after him; a show I'm repeatedly told influences the mainstream media. And yet, even as the Libya scandal breaks wide open across New Media, even as we discover more and more incontrovertible evidence proving the Obama Administration engaged in an unconscionable cover up that included trotting a UN Ambassador out on all the Sunday shows to tell a fairy tale our government knew wasn't true -- on Scarborough's own show
Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Lesley Stahl he performed two same-sex marriage ceremonies while he was the Republican governor of California. He also says top Republican political adviser Karl Rove once dismissed his idea to run for California's highest office and that he still hasn't decided whether he will vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama for president. Schwarzenegger will appear in his first interview since it was revealed he had a secret child with his housekeeper tonight on the 45th season premiere of 60 Minutes at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. Below are transcripts of web extras that
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has "done a first-rate job of snubbing us," CBS "Late Show" host David Letterman said Friday, demanding of his audience that if the GOP nominee hasn't appeared on his show by election day on Nov. 6, "don't vote for him." Reprising past pleas to the former Massachusetts governor, Letterman announced that "Mitch" Romney, as the bit goes, has his pick of "any night, any time, short notice, whatever he wants." President Obama went on the show last week. Letterman said he's "getting a whiff" that Romney's "scared -- let me rephrase that... yellow," and joked that
California has become the first state in the nation to ban therapy that tries to turn gay teens straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits children under age 18 from undergoing “sexual orientation change efforts.” The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with minors. "Governor Brown today reaffirmed what medical and mental health organizations have made clear: Efforts to change minors' sexual orientation are not therapy, they are the relics of prejudice and abuse that have
Six teenage girls from a Philadelphia suburb were arrested on Friday for allegedly brutally beating a mentally disabled woman ‘just for fun,’ and then posting a video of the savage attack on Facebook. Four of the suspects, ages 16 and 17, were charged as adults in the attack on the 48-year-old woman, a crime that has shaken the city of Chester just outside Philadelphia. Another teen girl and a 19-year-old woman were also arrested and are expected to face charges shortly. Anye Dennis, 16, Rahmiiyah Henderson, 16, Jamia Davis, 15, and Janyea Bell, 16, were arraigned Friday on aggravated assault,
Washington - Paul Ryan says he doesn’t think one event — such as the first presidential debate Wednesday night — “is going to make or break this campaign.” The GOP vice presidential candidate calls President Barack Obama “a very gifted speaker” who’s been on the national stage for several years. Ryan also is making the point that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has never been in a one-on-one presidential debate. Ryan tells “Fox News Sunday” that the race is close and he expects it will stay that way until Election Day on Nov. 6. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says on CBS’ “Face the
No tsunami warnings were issued for California or the rest of the Pacific Coast from a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit Colombia on Sunday morning. The temblor hit 30 miles south of the city of Popayan. There were no immediate reports about causalities or major damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was not expected to produce a tsunami and that no alerts or warnings would be issued. The statement read: Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Repeat. A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not
Baghdad - A wave of shooting and bombings in Iraq on Sunday killed at least 32 people and wounded 104, security and medical officials said. The violence was centred in Baghdad and the surrounding areas of Taji, Madain and Tarmiyah, where an interior ministry official said 25 people were killed and 59 wounded, while medical sources put the toll at 28 dead and 77 wounded. Three car bombs near Baquba, north of the capital, killed three people and wounded 19, security officials and a doctor said. Farther south, in Kut, a car bomb exploded near a police river patrol force station,
Columbus, Ohio — Paul Ryan warned a group of hunters and fishermen this evening that he “shudder(s)” to think what President Obama would do “if he never has to face the voters ever again.” “You see the federal government already infringing upon the First Amendment right to religious liberty,” Ryan said, referring to the federal mandate that all employers include insurance coverage for birth control. “I see the president put these kind of regulations out there in a tough election year that could cost him votes, I wonder, I shudder as a gun owner, seeing his record when he was
With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing for their second debate Monday night, Warren appears to be inching ahead in the highly competitive race for Senate, as Massachusetts Democrats energized by the presidential race begin to fall in line behind her, according to a new Globe poll.Warren, a Democrat, leads Brown, a Republican, 43 percent to 38 percent, a shift from the Globe’s last poll in May, when Brown held a 2-point lead. But the race remains within either candidate’s grasp, with 18 percent of voters still undecided, said Andrew E. Smith, the Globe’s pollster and the
Washington - With a handful of genuinely undecided voters holding sway in a tight race, Wednesday’s Denver debate will likely determine the next President. One way or another, debates are almost always decisive. Just ask Texas Gov. Rick (Oops) Perry — who couldn’t remember a cabinet agency he’d shut down in this year’s GOP primaries — or veterans of Gerald R. Ford’s 1976 campaign. (Snip) As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fine-tune their strategies after weeks of skull sessions and mock debates, Ford’s misstep is a reminder that in the television era with millions watching, debates are more
Madrid - Spain plans to borrow 207.2 billion euros ($266.5 billion) next year, the Budget Ministry said today, as pressure builds for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to tap the European rescue fund instead of financial markets. Spain’s debt will widen to 90.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2013 as the state absorbs the cost of bailing out its banks, the power system and euro-region partners Greece, Ireland and Portugal. This year’s budget deficit will be 7.4 percent of economic output, (Snip) Spain’s borrowing plans may test investors’ willingness to continue financing the government with the
The challenger to Hugo Chávez in the Venezuelan presidential election has vowed a dramatic change in foreign policy if he is elected next week, shifting his country away from China and Russia and reviewing crucial oil deals. Henrique Capriles, who has gained ground in recent polls, said he would halt arms purchases from Russia, rethink relations with Iran and revise deals to exploit one of the world's biggest recoverable oil resources in the Orinoco belt. In an interview during a campaign stop, Capriles said he would end the Chávez policy of promoting worldwide revolution and focus on
The crew members of a Turkish fighter jet that crashed into the Mediterranean earlier this year survived the impact, only to be later killed by Syria forces following intelligence provided by Russia, the Al Arabiya network reported on Saturday, citing leaked confidential Syrian documents. (Snip) One document obtained by Al Arabiya, reportedly sent from Assad's office to brigadier Hassan Abdel Rahman, who the network identified as the head of Syrian Special Operations, stated that "two Turkish pilots were captured by the Syrian Air Force Intelligence after their jet was shot down in coordination with
Republicans continued this weekend to hammer the Obama administration over its response to the recent Libya attacks, with Sen. John McCain calling the president "inept" and "ignorant" in his handling of the episode. The Arizona Republican said the administration's initial claim that an anti-Muslim video incited the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was political spin that "doesn't pass the smell test." (Snip) "To blame it on the video … shows the absolute ineptitude and ignorance of the realities," McCain added. "It's not the videos, it's the radical Islamists [who] are pushing the
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the U.S. presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama. Chavez also said in a televised interview that aired Sunday that he'd like to have "normal" relations with the U.S. government. The Venezuelan leader says, in his words, "If I were American, I'd vote for Obama." Chavez is running for re-election, seeking another six years in office in an Oct. 7 vote. Democratic U.S. President Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in his November re-election bid. Venezuela has had tense relations with the U.S. for the years,
Kabul - Two Americans and three Afghans have been killed in a confused clash between the allies, as the Nato coalition's commander said the rash of green on blue killings was making him "mad as hell". Nato investigators were last night trying to determine what happened in the fire fight which left an American serviceman and civilian contractor dead, along with three members of the Afghan army. (Snip) Lt Gen Adrian Bradshaw, the deputy coalition commander, said the clash may have been provoked by Taliban shooting. He said: "What was initially reported to have been a suspected insider attack is
On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a jab at moderator David Gregory and the media for being tougher on Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama ahead of this week’s presidential debate. “David, I wish you guys were just as tough on the president,” Christie said. “The president says he’s going to create a million new manufacturing jobs. He doesn’t say how. He says he’s going to reduce the long-term debt and deficit by $4 trillion. Doesn’t say how he’s going to do it. I mean, let’s be fair here. Gov. Romney has laid out a direction and a vision
It's a further lowering of expectations ahead of the first debate in Denver next week. Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse tells Fox News he thinks Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will win. Woodhouse says the way the DNC sees it, challengers win the first debate when they are up against incumbents. "Mitt Romney has had a lot more time to debate, the president has not debated in the past four years in terms, of a campaign debate. I think the president will hold his own, but he's not known for sound bites. And these are 60 second, 90 second responses."
Columbus, Ohio - Less than two weeks before Paul Ryan and Joe Biden face off on the debate stage, Paul Ryan took on his counterpart on the issues of Social Security and Medicare. The GOP vice presidential nominee almost always saves his rhetorical fire for the top of the Democratic ticket but Saturday he aimed to rebut a claim the vice president made on the campaign trail in Florida Friday. “Just down in Florida yesterday Vice President Biden was making up all new falsehoods about Social Security and taxes,” Ryan said at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s annual banquet, an event