The stork that was detained by Egyptian police on suspicion of spying has been killed and eaten, days after its release. Police detained the stork after a man saw a tag on it and caught it, suspecting it was a spying device. The stork had been tagged by zoologists to track its migration. According to Nature Conservation Egypt, the White Stork, which they named Menes, was released into a conservation area in southern Egypt but flew to an island in the Nile where it was caught and eaten. The group said on a Facebook post: "Storks have been part of the Nubian diet for thousands of years, so the actual act of
Tehran - In the wake of startling tweets from Iran wishing Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah, an unusual public debate has broken out among the country’s leadership over whether officials should use social media to send policy messages to a global audience. Over the past several years, Iranian officials — or their representatives — have opened accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (Snip) On Saturday, a task force to study the legality of Iranians’ online activity announced that it will begin an investigation of the use of social media by officials. The task force existed before the appearance of the
Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim. A Dallas-based journalist obsessed with the government’s ties to private security firms, Mr. Brown has been in jail for a year, facing charges that carry a combined penalty of more than 100 years in prison. (Snip) By trying to criminalize linking, the federal authorities in the Northern District of Texas — Mr. Brown lives in Dallas — are suggesting that to share information online is the same as possessing it or even stealing it. In the news release announcing the indictment, the United States attorney’s office explained, “By transferring and posting the hyperlink, Brown caused the data to be made available to other persons online,
Reluctant dieters often dream of being able to eat whatever they want without gaining weight. Now one health writer claims he can make the dream a reality - but only by imposing a strict vegan diet during the day. Mark Bittman has gained thousands of followers with his VB6 diet, which stands for Vegan Before 6pm. Eat only vegetables all day, he says, and the kitchen´s your oyster come sunset. Whether you crave steak, a cheeseburger or a rich chocolate mousse, nothing is barred as long as it is eaten in moderation and in the evening. A vegan diet - vegans eat no animal products and base
The New York City Police Department’s indefensible program of spying on law-abiding Muslims in their neighborhoods and houses of worship has turned out to be even more aggressive than earlier reports had shown. According to a recent Associated Press report by Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, the surveillance operation designated at least a dozen mosques as terrorist organizations. The designation was used to justify open-ended “terrorism enterprise investigations,” circumventing court-imposed limitations on police investigations of constitutionally protected activities.
WASHINGTON — The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. But Obama´s top aide says the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking. "This is not a court of law. And intelligence does not work that way," White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said during his five-network public relations blitz Sunday to build support for limited strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad. "The
President Obama’s stated willingness to go it alone on Syria surprises those who followed him during the previous administration, when, as a senator, he derided George W. Bush’s commitment to multilateralism and questioned his “coalition of the willing” in Iraq. Now it is Mr. Obama who is chiding the United Nations for inaction and scrambling to put together a coalition of the willing, touting support from France and a few other nations as he works to convince Americans of the need for military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities. Conservative foreign policy analysts were bewildered recently when
A top House Democrat said Sunday that President Obama may still legally conduct military strikes in Syria even if Congress denies him the authority, but that the White House will have “morally” lost the ability to do so. “I think while he has the constitutional authority, I think morally he will have lost the authority to move forward,” Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, said on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program. Mr. Becerra said, though, that he believes Mr. Obama will win enough support from Congress to pass a resolution authorizing some limited strikes. A number of newspapers
The owners of the Neiman Marcus chain are near a deal to sell the luxury retailer to a group led by Ares Management and a Canadian pension plan for about $6 billion, a person briefed on the matter said on Sunday. A deal between the Ares-led group and Neiman’s primary owners, Warburg Pincus and TPG Capital, could be announced as soon as this week, this person added, cautioning that talks are ongoing and could still fall apart. If a deal is reached, it would end nearly eight years of control by Warburg and TPG, which had been looking to exit their investment for several months.
When Facebook bought the photo sharing app Instagram early last year, it only took a few Internet moments for the critics to weigh in. A bunch of Instagram users figured the by-now establishment social network would ruin the app, and some vowed to bail. Yeah, right. Not only did Instagram’s user growth not slow down, it has seen user numbers accelerate, at least in absolute numbers. Today, the Facebook unit announced it has hit 150 million monthly active users. That’s 50 million more than just seven months ago. It took Instagram 19 months from its founding in October 2010 to
Washington - Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad Sunday denied he had anything to do with last month’s chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of Syrians, but would not confirm or deny his regime has chemical weapons, according to Charlie Rose of CBS, the first American television anchor to interview the Syrian leader. Rose said on Face The Nation news programme that Assad “denied he had anything to do with the attack” and “he denied that he knew in fact” there was a chemical attack. The entire interview will air on Monday evening. The Syrian President reportedly told Rose there is no
Last week, was arguably the worst of Barack Obama’s presidency. If the wheels are not to come off it altogether, this coming one will need to be among his best – starting on Tuesday night with his address to the nation about Syria. It is hard to understand how an instinctively cautious president in his fifth year could have manoeuvred himself into such a dismal corner. But his largely self-charted route lends little confidence that he can easily escape it. In the next 10 days or so we will find out if Mr Obama will get the chance to recapture his
President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month´s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said. The intercepted communications suggested Assad, who is accused of war crimes by the west, including foreign secretary
The end of the Cold War provided an opportunity for a reshuffling of historic alliances and power, and Americans embraced the idea of a New World Order. Syria is the latest example of Obama’s New World Disorder. With 9/11, we saw the culmination of a new, asymmetric threat from seventh-century primitives who continued to gain strength through the Clinton administration before perpetrating the worst attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor. In the aftermath, then-Senator Obama voted against our overseas efforts to fight terrorism and vehemently objected to tactics, such as enhanced interrogation methods, some of which played a role
BEIRUT — Iran won Iraqi support for its efforts to oppose a U.S.-led military strike on Syria during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday by the new Iranian foreign minister, highlighting how close the two countries have grown since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011. Speaking during his first visit abroad since he was appointed last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif warned that U.S. intervention in Syria risks igniting a regionwide war. “Those who are short-sighted and are beating the drums of war are starting a fire that will burn everyone,” Zarif said during a news conference. Standing alongside
SAN FRANCISCO — A football fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park during the 49ers-Green Bay Packers game. San Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy (SHY) says multiple people witnessed the man’s fall onto a sidewalk from the Jamestown walkway, which goes around Candlestick. According to police, witnesses say the man appeared intoxicated when he fell just after kickoff at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 49ers’ 34-28 win over the Packers. Off-duty medics and police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived, but the man was declared dead from his injuries.
WASHINGTON –NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who is credited with boosting the finances and helping to stabilize the nation´s largest civil rights organization, said Sunday that he plans to step down at the end of the year. The Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said that its rosters of online activists and donors have grown tremendously during his five-year tenure. Jealous was the group´s youngest-ever leader when he was hired as its president at age 35 in 2008. In a written statement Sunday, Jealous, now 40, said he plans to pursue teaching at a university and
MIAMI (AP) - Diana Nyad´s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration for the 64-year-old endurance athlete - along with skepticism from some members of the small community of marathon swimmers who are questioning whether she accomplished the feat honestly. On social media and the online Marathon Swimmers Forum, long-distance swimmers have been debating whether Nyad got a boost from the boat that was accompanying her - either by getting in it or holding onto it - during a particularly speedy stretch of her swim. They also question whether she violated the traditions of her
WASHINGTON- The U.S. State Department denies a claim by a diplomat who says he feels punished for speaking about a fatal attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. In an appearance Sunday on ABC´s "This Week," former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya Gregory Hicks said he feels punished by the State Department for speaking out about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, in which U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens were killed. "I feel that I have been punished. I don´t know why I was punished. I don´t know why I was shunted aside.
At least four Afghan intelligence staff have been killed after suicide bombers attacked offices of the provincial intelligence department in Wardak. Five suicide bombers were shot dead in the series of co-ordinated attacks, an hour away from the capital Kabul. More than 100 people - mostly civilians - were injured, police said. Separately a Nato air strike on Saturday in the eastern province of Kunar killed 15 people, including nine civilians, Afghan officials said. But a Nato spokeswoman told the BBC that a precision attack had killed 10 insurgents and that she had no reports of civilians dying.
A new daffodil has been created to commemorate the sacrifice of those killed in one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War. Nursery boss Ron Scamp has spent 21 years developing the yellow Gallipoli Dawn in honour of those who fought in the Dardanelles in Turkey in 1915. Only 200 bulbs--costing £4 each--will go on sale this year. But Mr Scamp, from Falmouth, Cornwall, hopes to increase the numbers in time for the 100th anniversary of the bitter fighting that cost 60,000 Allied lives. He will make a donation from every sale to the Gallipoli Association’s
If there is one thing that even Barack Obama’s fiercest critics acknowledge, it is that the President can give a good speech. But on Tuesday night, in a live address from the White House, he will have to deliver one of his very best. For Mr Obama will be trying to persuade a nation weary of war--and particularly weary of interventions in the thankless, draining sands of the Middle East--that the US should once again deploy its military might there. [Snip] In a gamble that is shaping up as a make-or-break moment for his second term in office, Mr Obama
President Obama has said the U.S. will studiously avoid putting “boots on the ground” during any conflict with Syria, but the same does not hold true for CBS News. The Eye’s news division has already scored some impressive wins in its coverage of the Syria situation by figuring out how to get its journalists into the strife-torn nation. CBS has had a reporter, Elizabeth Palmer, holding forth from Damascus, billing her on air as “the only network reporter inside Damascus.” And on Sunday, the network scored another coup: Charlie Rose, the “CBS This Morning” co-anchor, secured an interview with Syrian
PINE BLUFF, Ark.- A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released the following information about the incident on Saturday evening. "On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th. [Snip] Shortly afterwards, a S.W.A.T. entry team, inside the residence, breached the door to the bedroom and threw a distraction device into the bedroom. Isadore then began to fire on the entry team and the entry team engaged Isadore, killing him."
WASHINGTON—An aggressive White House campaign to win congressional approval for military action against Syria intensified Sunday as Chief of Staff Denis McDonough vigorously reasserted the administration´s arguments in a blitz of television appearances. Entering a crucial week for winning the support of lawmakers, Mr. McDonough argued there is widespread acceptance that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in a late August attack, leaving only the question of how to respond. "There´s not a single member of Congress debating the intelligence with us right now," Mr. McDonough said on CNN´s "State of the Union" show. "We are no longer debating whether