British police said today they had begun their own investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished in Portugal six years ago at age three, saying they had new leads and had identified 38 potential suspects. Ms McCann went missing from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve on May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world’s media. “We continue to believe that there is a possibility that Madeleine is alive,” said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.
President Obama returned last night from a weeklong trip to Africa, seeking to position himself as part of ailing Nelson Mandela´s legacy and generating strategic photo-ops. On the other side of the continent, Egypt is awash in revolution, with hundreds of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square railing against the American-backed president, with some chanting slogans against the American passivity in the face of crisis. The Washington Post editorialized Tuesday: "For months, as the Morsi government has taken steps to consolidate power, quash critics and marginalize independent civil society groups, President Obama and his top aides have been largely silent
A Gallup poll released on July 4 shows that while the vast majority of Americans are very proud of being American – overall, 85 percent are either extremely or very proud – a huge percentage of Americans think the founding fathers would be disappointed in the way the country has turned out. A full 71 percent of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed, as opposed to only 27 percent who say that the founders would be pleased. The last time a bare majority of Americans thought that the founders would be pleased was 2003.
An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up "new trouble" in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi´s defence minister was set to visit Beijing. "The Indian side should not provoke new problems and increase military deployment at the border areas and stir up new trouble," Major General Luo Yuan told reporters. (Snip) "India is the only country in the world that says that it is developing its military power because of China´s military threat," said Luo, who was wearing a business suit. "So I believe that India should be very
London — The International Monetary Fund and Pakistan reached a provisional agreement on Thursday on a $5.3 billion bailout package that aims to bolster Pakistan’s flagging economy and its perilously low foreign exchange reserves. The rescue package is expected to soothe Western fears about the state of Pakistan’s economy, which has slumped in recent years amid unrelenting Taliban violence and deeply rooted corruption that have shaken investor confidence. The I.M.F. package also would provide a tangible lift for the newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who has already become bogged down by a seemingly intractable energy crisis.
For two decades, from 1972 to 1992, the Democratic Party agonized over its loss of support among whites, especially those in the working class. Over the next two decades, from the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 to the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012, the party slowly came to terms with its loss and learned how to win the presidency with a minority of white voters. Now the white vote has become a Republican problem. White voters cast 72 percent of all votes in the Obama-Romney election of 2012 compared to 87 percent in the Nixon-McGovern contest
In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided on July 4 over the annual Coney Island Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, at which winner Joey Chestnut scarfed down 69 hot dogs. Sonya Thomas, known as the “Black Widow,” swallowed 37 hot dogs. Chestnut’s eating amounted to some 20,010 calories, 1,173 g of fat, 48,990 mg of sodium, and 759 g of protein in ten minutes, according to ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell. Michael Bloomberg has attempted to curb New Yorkers’ appetites by limiting transfats and drink cup size within the city limits.
I am beginning to lose enthusiasm about seeing United States President, Barack Obama, in Nigerian on state visit. The romance factor has all but worn off. If Obama comes tomorrow, he will still have a lot of people eager to watch him on television. (Snip) Secondly, we in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, whether Christians, Muslims or traditionalists, consider homosexuality and bestiality as taboo. The West, on the other hand, has uprooted the Christian foundations of their societies and adopted atheistic definition of “freedom” or human rights. They have taken the definition beyond sane boundaries.
Can the failure of the latest attempt at constitutional government in Egypt be laid — at least partially — at the feet of the Great Sphinx of Ginsburg? We speak of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. It may seem like an outlandish question, and no one would want to take it too far. But one of the things we find ourselves thinking amid the failure of democracy in the land of the pharaohs is the interview the justice gave to a television broadcast in Egypt
It has become commonplace for Nigerian agriculture papers and articles to begin their analyses with a description of the glory days of agricultural prosperity and then go on to lament the subsequent decline in the 80s and 90s. It is hardly mentioned, however, that at the same time that Nigeria was experiencing a dip in crop production, some states in the United States were travelling in the opposite direction. In 1990, the state of Nebraska, for example, was producing 191 million bushels of corn. 22 years later, that figure had grown to 1.3 billion bushels, making Nebraska the third
Share prices in Egypt have leapt higher after the ousting of Mohammed Morsi as the country´s president. Stocks in Cairo rose by 7% on Thursday, their largest one-day percentage gain in over a year. Traders are hoping that Egypt´s prospects will improve in the absence of Mr Morsi, even though the country´s battered economy remains in crisis. Some analysts said a long-stalled loan from the IMF may now be possible, although others remained sceptical. "The technocrats will know how to deal with institutions - they will help the country financially because they have a clear agenda," said Sebastien Henin, portfolio manager
A saxophone player has claimed that she was assaulted as she played a jazz song in the street by three African American women who said a white girl shouldn´t play that sort of music. Cassandra Struve, 26, was performing in the street outside the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 11pm on June 26 when the three women approached her. ´I was playing Minnie the Moocher, classic Blues Brothers song,´ Struve told WITI. ´A lady with a child in her hand came up to me, smacked me in my face and said, "Don’t play that".´ Scroll down for video
Egypt´s military has moved against the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood a day after deposing President Mohammed Morsi. Mr Morsi is being detained, as well as senior figures in the Islamist group of which he is a member. Hundreds more are being sought. The top judge of Egypt´s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader. He has pledged to hold elections based on "the genuine people´s will". But senior figures in the Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), were quoted as saying they would not work with the new powers
AUSTIN, Tex. — For Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor, three four-year terms apparently may be enough. Or not. Mr. Perry has sent an e-mail message to friends that he plans to make an announcement concerning his “exciting future plans” at an event in San Antonio on Monday. He has played his decision on whether to seek a fourth term in 2014 close to the vest, and it remained unclear Tuesday among political analysts and Mr. Perry’s former aides whether he had decided to run for re-election. “The governor surprised both supporters and opponents
We all know the story of American independence, don´t we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. [Snip] It´s a stirring story; but it´s false in every aspect. Neither Paul Revere nor anyone else could have shouted ´The British are coming´ in 1775: the entire population of Massachusetts was British (what the plucky Boston silversmith actually yelled was ´The regulars are out!´) The overall level of taxation in the colonies in 1775 was barely a fiftieth of what it was in Great Britain, and the levies to which Americans had objected had been
France´s top security official publicly dressed down the United States at the American ambassador´s July 4 garden party, denouncing alleged U.S. "espionage" of France and other countries, while the European Parliament voted to open an investigation. Interior Minister Manuel Valls was a guest of honor at the fete hosted by Ambassador Charles Rivkin on Thursday. In a speech before hundreds of guests, he said that "in the name of our friendship, we owe each other honesty. We must say things clearly, directly, frankly." He said that President Francois Hollande´s demand for clear and precise explanations
Secretary of State John Kerry is spending a sun-splashed Fourth of July on Nantucket, even as a chaotic overthrow of the government rocks Egypt and continues to test diplomatic relations in Washington.Kerry, who has a house and a yacht on the ritzy island getaway, was seen strolling down Federal Street away from July Fourth festivities on Main Street, a source told the Herald.Kerry, who has just completed a 12-day, 2,500-mile trip to the Middle East and Asia, was with his daughters, their husbands and a security guard, the source said. Kerry’s staff insisted the former Bay State senator
As Americans gather to celebrate the anniversary of our nation´s freedom, we contemplate, on the one hand, the revolution in Egypt, where people crying out for freedom could only appeal to the military, having lost any power of self-government; and, on the other, the slow imposition of Obamacare in the United States, delayed only so that it might never be defeated, creeping gradually into every aspect of life, administered by agencies already shown to be hostile to freedom. We have much for which to be grateful--and much about which to be warned. The words of Alexis de Tocqueville in Book
WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is treading carefully after Egypt´s military overthrew its president, wary of taking sides in a conflict that pits a democratically elected leader against a people´s aspirations for prosperity and inclusive government. Denounce the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi outright, and the U.S. could be accused of propping up a ruler who´s lost the public´s support — a prospect with eerie echoes of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, whom the U.S. supported for decades before the 2011 revolution that cleared the path to power for Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. But look the other way, and the U.S.
As we celebrate our national birthday, it is fitting to remember that we gained our freedom by force of arms. In 1775, our founding fathers fought with muskets. Back then, every soldier was a grunt. Today, the infantry is just one of many branches. But the rifleman still performs the hardest task — closing face-to-face with the enemy. For that reason, the grunt remains the symbol of our military and of the American spirit. To maintain that spirit, our grunts must possess three qualities. The first is grit. In 2010, for example, Sergeant Matt Abbate was on patrol
Republican spinning that Hillary Clinton is too old to be president is the sort of bad messaging strategy you see when people are not coordinating with a campaign or a candidate, mainly because neither exists on the GOP side at this moment. What message do comments on age reinforce about the Republicans or their future nominee, except to send a tone-deaf signal to older women that the party thinks they are irrelevant? Let´s not forget that The Golden Girls, mentioned by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in his dig against Clinton, was a show about elderly female retirees in Florida,
In an effort to highlight the effects of global warming, an Irish-Canadian team plans to cross the arctic’s Northwest Passage in a rowboat while armed with rubber bullets to ward off polar bears. The team will also carry shotguns to kill the animals if necessary. “They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being,” said seasoned adventurer Kevin Vallely, who is part of the rowing expedition which will take about 80 days and traverse the distance between Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Climate Central reports that: