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Opposition calls for direct talks with Syria government

Washington Post Headlines - 6 hours 51 min ago
Syria opposition representatives meeting in the Saudi Arabian capital called Thursday for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Syrian government over the more than 6-year civil war that would lead to the launch of a transitional period.
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Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader Mnangagwa

Washington Post Headlines - 6 hours 51 min ago
As Zimbabwe prepares to swear in a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, questions remain on the future of Robert Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, and the wife who just days ago was poised to succeed him.
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The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition not invited to inauguration

Washington Post Headlines - 6 hours 51 min ago
The Latest on Zimbabwe’s political turmoil (all times local):
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Thanksgiving is an annual reminder of America's refugee origins

Washington Post Headlines - 6 hours 51 min ago
The Thanksgiving story can be a parable both for the political left and right.
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Congressman apologizes for nude selfie

Nation of Change - 7 hours 51 sec ago

Shortly after a nude photo appeared online depicting a Texas congressman displaying his exposed genitals, Rep. Joe Barton apologized on Wednesday for his glaring lack of judgment. Throughout his public apology, the Republican congressman attempted to distant himself from any similarities to GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged pedophilia and sexual assault.

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Rep. Barton told the Texas Tribune on Wednesday. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

Along with the nauseating photo, which was anonymously posted online, a screenshot was posted of the 68-year-old’s sext message that read, “I want u soo bad. Right now. Deep and hard.”

“You’re as aware of what was posted as I am,” Barton told the Texas Tribune during a phone interview on Tuesday. “I am talking to a number of people, all of whom I have faith in and am deciding how to respond, quite frankly.”

Representing Texas’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1985, Barton announced his re-election bid earlier this month. Although Barton admitted that he was deliberating whether or not to drop out of the race, a spokeswoman for the congressman stated on Wednesday that he has no intention of resigning and has not formally withdrawn his bid for re-election.

“Moving forward, I expect for Mr. Barton to make the correct decision for his constituents and his family. I am saddened for everyone involved,” Pilot Point Rep. Michael Burgess recently told the Dallas Morning News.

In his apology, Barton emphasized that he had “consensual” relationships with “mature adult women” in a blatant attempt to distance his actions from the heinous allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama. Accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at his home and a 16-year-old waitress in his car, Moore allegedly dated several teenage girls in his late 20s and early 30s.

Earlier this year, Moore admitted during an interview that he first noticed his future wife at a dance recital when she was 15 years old. Moore recalled, “When I was deputy district attorney, many years before we got married, I saw her at a dance recital and I was standing, oh, at the back of the auditorium and I saw her up front. And I remember her name, it was Kayla Kisor. KK. But I remember that and I didn’t meet her there…it was, oh gosh, eight years later or something, I met her. And when she told me her name, I remembered.”

Instead of condemning Moore’s alleged crimes or Barton’s admitted stupidity, President Donald Trump has offered an open invitation to allow accused pedophiles and sex offenders into Congress in order to garner the Republican votes that he so desperately needs to pass legislation. Due to Trump’s own allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the president lacks the moral authority to condemn their actions without hypocritically calling attention to his own misconduct.

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Respect existence or expect resistance

Nation of Change - 7 hours 4 min ago

Last week in Bonn, Germany, thousands gathered at the heavily secured United Nations climate conference, dubbed “COP 23,” a Potemkin village of bureaucrats, politicians, environmentalists, journalists and local support staff. Sixty kilometers away, in the 12,000-year-old Hambach Forest, scores of activists, living in treehouses, defended the old growth woodland in an ongoing struggle to save the rare ecosystem from destruction and stop the expansion of Europe’s largest open-pit mine, a sprawling hole in the earth where energy company RWE extracts lignite, or brown coal, the dirtiest coal on earth. Hanging over both was the political pall cast by President Donald Trump, who announced June 1 that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, the global climate change accord negotiated by all the countries of the world.

“Whilst the United States might be saying that it’s pulling out, it still continues to play a destructive role,” Asad Rehman, executive director of London-based War on Want, told us on the Democracy Now! news hour, broadcasting from inside COP 23 (“COP” stands for “Conference of Parties” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). “Donald Trump has come here, backed by his fossil fuel pals. He’s come here to wreck the climate negotiations.”

Big promises were made in Paris in 2015: Each signatory to the Paris Agreement made a voluntary pledge to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. If pledges are met, the theory goes, then the global temperature rise above pre-industrial levels will be capped at 1.5, or, at worst, 2 degrees Celsius (2.7-3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), avoiding the worst consequences of climate disruption. Rich countries, largely responsible for the world’s polluting carbon emissions to date, pledged hundreds of billions of dollars to poorer nations, to allow them to recover from climate damage already done, and to pursue a renewably powered development path.

In response to Trump, U.S. civil society organized the “We Are Still In” coalition, with over 2,500 elected officials, state and local governments, CEOs, businesses, universities, faith leaders and grassroots organizations committing to meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals, since the Trump administration won’t. It is a big coalition, and not without dissension. As California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown was speaking in Bonn, protesters began chanting, “California’s fracking spreads pollution,” and “Keep it in the ground!” Brown responded, addressing an indigenous activist: “I agree with you. In the ground. Let’s put you in the ground so we can get on with the show here.” The grim imagery of a white governor threatening to put a Native American in the ground was not missed by anyone.

Just one year ago, as families gathered in the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday predicated on the wholesale whitewashing of the colonial genocide against Native Americans, the indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline on Standing Rock Sioux tribal territory in North Dakota was being subjected to increasingly intense state violence. Police and National Guardsmen unleashed so-called “less than lethal” armaments, with rubber-coated steel-ball bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, LRAD sound cannons and water cannons fired on crowds in subzero temperatures. The Standing Rock Sioux call the pipeline “the black snake,” carrying fracked petroleum from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, for transfer to another pipeline to carry it to the Gulf Coast. The black snake’s arrival in Lakota territory has long been prophesied.

Last Thursday, as COP 23 was wrapping up, a massive leak in the Keystone pipeline was discovered in South Dakota. At least 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the pipeline, just as TransCanada, the pipeline’s owner, was seeking final permission from Nebraska’s Public Utilities Commission to build its Keystone XL pipeline. Despite the leak, the PUC granted the permit for the controversial KXL to carry toxic tar sands oil from Canada to the hurricane-battered U.S. Gulf Coast for refining. President Barack Obama, after years of resistance, finally killed the pipeline. Trump, as soon as he took office, boastfully greenlighted both KXL and DAPL.

Back in the Hambach Forest, activists are bracing for RWE and German police to raid their treehouse villages, arrest them all and clear-cut the remaining 10 percent of the ancient forest. “It’s time to resist against state power,” a forest defender named Indigo told us. Commenting on the nearby COP 23, she added, “It’s time that we take responsibility for our own lives … that we create a world which gives us the power to act, instead of hoping that other people will solve problems.”

The day before the climate summit opened, 4,500 people marched into the open pit and halted mining for the day. Nearby, in the remaining occupied forest, a banner was strung between two ancient oaks. It proclaimed, “Respect existence or expect resistance.”

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As The Holiday Season Gets Started, A Look Back At Aprons And Their Stories

NPR Headlines - 7 hours 6 min ago

For EllynAnne Geisel, aprons are a way to connect to past generations, often women, who once wore them. For years she has collected different designs and shared the joy they bring her with others.

(Image credit: Courtesy of EllynAnne Geisel)

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Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings

LA Times Sports - 7 hours 50 min ago

There was hope heading into Wednesday’s game for the Lakers to reach the 10-10 record this season that had everyone so excited last year.

Sacramento has struggled tremendously and had won only four games this season before Wednesday. Instead, the Kings got the best of the Lakers with an uncharacteristic...

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Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes After Lewd Photo Becomes Public

NPR Headlines - 8 hours 3 min ago

The Texas Republican said that he sent the photo to a woman he was in a consensual relationship with while separated from his second wife, and regrets not having used "better judgment."

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Jets

LA Times Sports - 8 hours 20 min ago

Stop. Kings fans have heard this before:

A lack of scoring, or, really, a lack of finish. Big opportunities missed despite a mostly sound defensive effort. The Kings have reverted back into the same issues that have plagued them during recent years in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets that dropped...

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Knicks 108, Raptors 100: Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 38 Points Carry Knicks Past Raptors

US Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 23:23
Kristaps Porzingis finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Hardaway scored 12 during a 28-0 third-quarter run at Madison Square Garden.
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Argentina says there is no evidence of an attack on missing submarine carrying 44 crew members

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 23:00
Argentina says there is no evidence of an attack on missing submarine carrying 44 crew members.
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The art of Italian home-cooking brought to Syrian refugees

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 23:00
Italian chefs taught Syrian refugee women to cook the Italian staple of gnocchi, or dumplings, helping to break the routine in perhaps the most restrictive of Jordan’s three camps for displaced Syrians.
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The Latest: Syria opposition calls for direct negotiations

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 23:00
The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
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Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya refugees

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 23:00
Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
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N.F.L. Picks Week 12: Lions over Vikings, Rams over Saints

US Sports - Thu, 2017-11-23 22:59
The N.F.L. has three games on Thursday, but fans will have to wait until Sunday afternoon for an anticipated matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams.
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Myanmar, Bangladesh Announce Tentative Deal To Repatriate Rohingya Refugees

NPR Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 20:59

Myanmar says it is ready to accept refugees back into the country, but many details of the deal are unclear.

(Image credit: Wong Maye-E/AP)

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Iraqi minister: Romania sent experts to train local police

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 20:58
Iraq’s foreign minister has thanked Romania for sending dozens of advisers to train Iraqi police and invited the East European country to take part in his nation’s reconstruction.
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Merkel’s weakness at home might not be fatal flaw abroad

Washington Post Headlines - Thu, 2017-11-23 20:58
If Angela Merkel has shown the European Union one thing over the past dozen years, it is never to underestimate her political skills.
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