Michigan Supreme Court Refuses to Revive Presidential Recount

Michigan Supreme Court Refuses to Revive Presidential Recount

Michigan's Supreme Court denied Jill Stein's appeal to keep her recount effort alive in the state Friday. After waiting for most of Tuesday for a ruling from the U.S. Stein earned 1.07 percent of the statewide vote. Stein lacks the necessary standing to challenge the election result because any change will not make her the victor, the state's lawyers wrote. Read More

Italy jails boat captain for 2015 refugee deaths

Italy jails boat captain for 2015 refugee deaths

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Bikhit , from Syria, who was first mate, has been told he must serve five years in prison following the mass drowning. The boat flipped after refugees rushed to one side. Malek has claimed the real captain died in the wreck and he is being scapegoated by the other survivors because he is Tunisian. Italian firefighters' spokesman Luca Cari said the decomposing migrant bodies were found everywhere, from the well of the anchor chain to the tiny underfloor compartment where ... Read More

Two U.S. Marines injured after MV-22 Osprey crash in Okinawa

A USA military Osprey aircraft has crash-landed off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, but its five crew members were safely rescued. They said in a statement that the crew members were airlifted to a Navy hospital at the Kadena Air Base for treatment. Read More

New UN secretary-general sworn

The former UN High Commissioner for Refugees had remained the front-runner in the election to choose Ban's successor amid growing calls by civil society and several UN member- states to elect a woman as the Secretary-General. Humanitarian response, sustainable development and sustaining peace are three sides of the same triangle, he stressed. He had said the dramatic problems of today's complex world can only inspire a "humble approach - one in which the Secretary-General alone neither ... Read More

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Fourth Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Fourth Ballon d'Or

Earlier this year, France Football and FIFA announced to part ways on the year-end award issue after having joined hands for five years. However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September. The star footballer converted the decisive penalty kick in a shootout against rival Atletico Madrid in the final of the Champions League, helping the Spanish powerhouse win the tournament for the second time in three seasons. Read More

French PM asking Parliament to extend state of emergency until July 15

French PM asking Parliament to extend state of emergency until July 15

On Saturday Mr Cazeneuve said a further extension was "absolutely necessary" as parties and candidates were preparing to hold rallies that could be targeted by "those who want to strike our democratic values and republican principles at the heart". Read More

AP deploys 4 IAS officers, 4 NDRF teams to cyclone areas: Naidu

The system is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. The storm is expected to move in a westwards direction and to weaken at the East Coast. As the sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Andhra coast, fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea. He also asked officials to ensure sufficient stocks of essential commodities for undertaking relief operations. Read More

Oil extends gains on hopes for non-OPEC output cuts

Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.5% to $54.17 a barrel on London's ICE Futures exchange. Opec, the oil exporters' cartel, has finally managed to strike a deal aimed at assuaging a supply glut that has weighed on oil prices for more than two years. Read More

South Pole is a step too far for second man on Moon

Aldrin was traveling with White Desert, a private company that provides "luxury adventures in Antarctica", according to its website. He was put on an emergency flight after his "condition deteriorated". He earned a doctorate in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and devised manned space rendezvous techniques - an orbital maneuvre during which two crafts dock in space - that were later adopted by NASA. Read More

Women activists welcome Allahabad HC ruling on triple talaq

Women activists welcome Allahabad HC ruling on triple talaq

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said it has the right to appeal the court's jusdgement. "Even the Holy Quran terms the practice a wrongful act", the bench added. As this paper has said before, in a secular republic, constitutional law must always override religious law. Muslim scholars such as Irfan Ali Engineer through his Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and several Muslim women's groups such as the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (which has over 1 lakh members ... Read More

Joe Biden in 2020?

Joe Biden in 2020?

So, uh, what the hell, man", the departing vice president told reporters Monday with only a slight smile on his face. "I am not committing to anything". Polls taken at the time have found that, had Biden opposed Donald Trump in the general election, he would have been a favorite to win. After Trump's victory, liberals and democrats hope to nominate a range of potential runners, such as Michelle Obama and Joe Biden. Read More

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

But while he is waiting for the results to become official, Akufo-Addo has also expressed confidence that his lead will hold up until the voting totals are finalized. Some voters queued overnight to cast their ballots in a show of enthusiasm for a hotly-contested vote. Nana Akufo-Addo and his supporters however blame the country's current economic woes on what they describe as the ineptitude and corruption of Mahama's government. Read More

Trump team considering new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran

In the landmark deal that Iran inked a year ago in Vienna with Russia, China, France, Germany, Britain, and the United States, it accepted long-term restrictions on its nuclear program in return for an end to crippling banking and economic sanctions by the worldwide community. Read More

Jill Stein Wins Recount Bid In Michigan

Stein, who finished in fourth place with less than 1.1 percent of the vote, has requested recounts in key battleground states Michigan , Wisconsin , and Pennsylvania amid concerns that the election could have been hacked. Over the weekend, recount efforts backed by the party continued in some precincts over the weekend, despite the state case being dropped. Goldsmith's order thus puts Michigan's 16 Electoral College votes at risk if the state can not complete a hand recount of every ... Read More

Mosul Iraq battle: IS accused of shooting civilians

Iraqi security forces, aided by the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militias and a US -led worldwide coalition, began a ground offensive on October 17 to capture Mosul - Iraq's second-largest city - away from Islamic State control. These and other factors seem to indicate that the battle for Mosul may nearly be over, and Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi apparently concurs. Read More

IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in Mosul

Mosul has been under siege from coalition air power and Iraqi and Kurdish forces for over six weeks. Iraqi troops also reported fewer auto bombs than in previous assaults. "All we have now is well water". These strikes bring the total number of munitions delivered in support of the Mosul operation to 5,866 since October 17, when Mosul liberation operations began, he added. Read More

Italy's Renzi resigns, again, asked to stay on, again

Italy's Renzi resigns, again, asked to stay on, again

Mattarella will now be tasked with choosing a new premier, who will serve in a caretaker role until elections, which are slated for early 2018, take place. Otherwise, he said, "the PD is not afraid" of early elections. Renzi addressed his Democratic Party (PD) before meeting the president, saying the party would only participate in a government meant to last until 2018 if it was backed by all the main forces in parliament, a prospect which seems remote. Read More

JPMorgan Takes Brunt of European Commission Fine for Rate Rigging

JPMorgan faced the largest penalty, while Credit Agricole was fined €115 million ($123 million) and HSBC must pay €33 million ($35 million). JPMorgan shares closed at $83.69 in New York Tuesday, up 0.52% on the session. The fines were based on the banks' sales in Europe and the scope of their wrongdoing. "If this market is rigged it will benefit only a few and this is exactly what the seven banks did". Read More

Russian field hospital hit in Syria's Aleppo, nurse killed

Russian field hospital hit in Syria's Aleppo, nurse killed

Their grim assessment reflected the expectation that the last rebel-held districts of Aleppo, where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped, will soon fall to the Syrian Army supported by Russia, Iran, and Shiite Muslim militias from Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere."The fall of eastern Aleppo will confront the United States with the reality that supporting a moderate opposition with any hope of becoming the future government of Syria is no longer a hope", said Paul Pillar, a former senior US ... Read More

More than 40 people feared dead after plane crash in Pakistan

He says all resources are being mobilized to locate the plane. Eyewitnesses said they saw a plane crash in the hills near Havelian, as well as clouds of smoke rising from the site, Geo News reported. The army said it had dispatched troops and helicopters to the scene, but an official said there were unlikely to be any survivors. Officials said the aircraft was known to have a faulty engine amid claims that it was not cleared to fly. Read More

Reuters research: UK's lower house would back triggering European Union divorce talks

Theresa May announced that backbenchers and opposition MPs will vote on her timetable for triggering Article 50 on Wednesday. But Mr Davis insisted the Government must retain "room for manoeuvre" to respond with "a high degree of agility and speed" to developments in extremely complex negotiations expected to last two years. Read More

Kudus to Trump for Taiwan call -- Wayne Shockley

Analysts have raised concern that any change to the "One China" policy would upend USA relations with China and seriously undermine cooperation between the two sides on a number of issues, including the North Korean nuclear standoff. "This is a policy that's been in place for almost 40 years and it has been focused on promoting and preserving peace and stability in the strait". USA president-elect Donald Trump fired a Twitter broadside at China on Sunday, accusing the Asian giant of ... Read More

Rescuers comb Indonesia natural disaster rubble for second day

The 2004 quake and tsunami killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, a lot of them in Aceh. He said five of the quake victims died at the hospital. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said that after Aceh was hit by a deadly tsunami in 2004, the government trained local officials to help residents build earthquake-resistant homes. Read More

Al Gore attends

Al Gore attends "productive" meeting with Trump

Meanwhile, former Vice President Al Gore arrived shortly after for a meeting with Ivanka Trump on climate change . In a meeting with The New York Times last month he said he was keeping an "open mind" on whether to withdraw the us from global climate change agreements, as he had pledged to do during his campaign. Read More

Australia's part in botched coalition airstrikes in Syria revealed

Australia's part in botched coalition airstrikes in Syria revealed

That investigation has now concluded that it was a series of human errors that caused the faulty targeting, as NPR's Tom Bowman tells our Newscast unit. Further complicating matters, the troops were not wearing recognizable military uniforms or carrying identifying flags, the Pentagon said. Some of the reasons why the forces were misidentified are still classified, according to the Pentagon. Read More