UPDATE 2-Kurdish MPs, inmates end hunger strike in Turkey after militant leader callSun, 26 May 2019 04:55 | Reuters
Several Kurdish lawmakers and thousands of prison inmates in Turkey have ended their hunger strike after a call from jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, one of the MPs said on Sunday, 200 days after the protest was launched. Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Guven began a hunger strike in November in a bid to end Ocalan's years of isolation by securing him regular access to his family and lawyers.
Amanda Eller, Missing Maui Yoga Instructor, Ate Berries and Drank From Waterfalls to SurviveSat, 25 May 2019 11:24 | The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Maui Police Department/FacebookAmanda Eller, the 35-year-old yoga instructor and physical therapist who went missing on a hike in a Maui forest on May 8, ate plants and berries and drank from the base of waterfalls to survive, her rescuers say. Hours after rescuers in a helicopter plucked Eller from a ravine, she said that she had to make the choice to stay alive while lost for 16 days in the forest.“There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death, and I had to choose,” Eller said from her hospital bed on Saturday. “I chose life.”Eller also thanked the volunteers who tirelessly searched for her, the Maui community, and those who donated to help fund the search. “People that know me, that don't know me, just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart," she said in a video posted on the Facebook page “Find Amanda.”Chris Berquist, a friend who was fired from a part-time job for not returning to work until he found Eller, told Maui Now that she was “alive and well” and, despite cuts to her legs and severe sun exposure, was “walking and healthy.”“We found her in a stream bed, she was waving up at us while we were in the helicopter, and we got her out nice and safe,” Berquist told ABC News Radio. “She was not injured. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn. She lost her shoes a few days in. But no injuries."She was last seen buying a Mother’s Day present on the surveillance video of a local shop on May 8. Eller’s family reported her missing when she did not answer calls after going hiking. Her white SUV was found in the Makawao Forest Reserve parking lot with her cellphone and wallet inside, prompting fears that she might have been abducted. Her friends and family offered a $50,000 reward for anyone who could provide information about her disappearance. More than 60 volunteers worked tirelessly to comb the area where she was thought to have hiked, but her family now said she slipped into a deep ravine between two waterfalls, slightly twisting her leg, and could not climb out. Rescuers had to be air-lifted in and out of the ravine to carry out the rescue.Eller’s father John told a local news channel that he had been “bawling like a baby” since hearing the news. He said that she was “mentally 100%” but that she had skin damage to her feet and legs from sun exposure. Another friend involved in her rescue, Javier Cantellops, a former Special Operations Airborne Ranger with the 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, told a local news station what it was like when they spotted her: “We all look to our right… and out of the woodwork, man, you see Amanda Eller, my friend, coming out, waving her hands,” he said. “It was unbelievable, dude.” Eller’s mother Julia said she had never given up hope on finding her daughter alive. “I felt in my heart she was alive,” she told KHON2. “I never gave up hope for a minute. Even though at times I would have those moments of despair, I stayed strong for her because I knew we would find her if we just stayed with the program, stayed persistent and that we would eventually find her.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Judge blocks Trump from building sections of border wallSat, 25 May 2019 16:21 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building key sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, delivering what may prove a temporary setback on one of his highest priorities.
Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999Sat, 25 May 2019 12:16 | The Independent
Violence and disruption against abortion clinics in the US increased to its highest levels since the 1990s last year, a report by the National Abortion Federation has found.The increase in violence was attributed, at least in part, to president Donald Trump and his administration’s rhetoric.The report noted a significant increase in obstruction, vandalism, and trespassing, with 1,135 incidents of trespassing recorded in 2018 - the most since the NAF began tracking the crime in 1999.There were also 3,038 instances of obstruction, a 78 per cent increase compared to the previous year, and nearly 100,000 instances of picketing.“Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of president Trump, vice president Pence, and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services,” said Dr Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, who serves as interim president and CEO of NAF.She added: “Demonising health care providers and women who rely on them for abortion care has become one of the go-to tactics for anti-choice politicians. Those lies have consequences and it is not the anti-choice politicians who are facing those consequences; it is those who are denied abortion care and the providers targeted by threats, harassment, and violence who are. It is time for the demonizing of abortion providers and their patients to end.“Given the political climate and the increase in hate incidents throughout the country, it is more important than ever that law enforcement and prosecutors appropriately respond to anti-abortion criminal activity.”The study did note a decrease in stalking, burglary, assault, and battery against abortion providers.It comes during a fresh wave of anti-abortion legislation such as the Alabama abortion ban, which is currently being contested in a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, and “heartbeat bills” which ban elective abortion after a foetal heartbeat is detectable.As a foetal heartbeat is first detectable at six weeks - a point where many pregnant people may not even know they are pregnant - these initiatives are seen as a back-door abortion ban and are also being contested in court. Politicians in support of banning abortion hope these cases will rise to the Supreme Court of the United States and lead to an overturning of Roe V Wade, which set the precedent for elective abortion until the end of the second trimester in the US.
British, Irish climbers become Everest victimsSat, 25 May 2019 07:44 | AFP
The deaths of an Irish and a British climber on Mount Everest took the toll from a deadly season on the world's highest peak to 10, expedition organisers said Saturday. British climber Robin Fisher, 44, reached the summit Saturday morning but collapsed when he had got just 150 metres back down the slope. "Our guides tried to help but he died soon after," Murari Sharma of Everest Parivar Expedition told AFP.
Eating Way Too Much Rice Almost Doomed Japan's Imperial NavySun, 26 May 2019 00:30 | The National Interest
After the war, the Emergency Beriberi Investigative Committee investigated the disease’s devastation of Japanese ranks. Worried about the composition of the committee and fully aware of Takaki’s success, the emperor stepped in. “The army’s beriberi problem can be effectively prevented if the army provides a staple of barley and rice,” the emperor stated.In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships were locked in a tense stand-off with two Chinese warships that had brought troops to quell a revolt on the Korean peninsula.On paper, the Japanese flotilla outnumbered the Chinese, but the hulls of the Japanese ships hid a deadly secret. Less than half of their crews could man their stations.The Korean peninsula erupted into conflict on July 23. A soldiers’ protest against ill treatment, unpaid wages and poor provisions turned into widespread mutiny. Ousted from power, the former regent of the king set the mutineers upon the government—and against the Japanese advisers working to modernize the Korean army.
Bodies in submerged Missouri vehicle bring storm toll to 9Fri, 24 May 2019 23:27 | Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend.
AD PRO's 20 Favorite Furnishings from ICFFSat, 25 May 2019 16:19 | Architectural Digest
UPDATE 3-Iran will defend itself against any aggression, says foreign ministerSun, 26 May 2019 05:21 | Reuters
Iran will defend itself against any military or economic aggression, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday, calling on European states to do more to preserve a nuclear agreement his country signed. Speaking at a Baghdad news conference with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Hakim, Zarif said Iran wanted to build balanced relations with its Gulf Arab neighbors and had proposed signing a non-aggression pact with them. "We will defend against any war efforts against Iran, whether it be an economic war or a military one, and we will face these efforts with strength," he said.
'No Food, No Drink, No Watermelon' Boston Schoolteacher Claims Her Students Were Racially Profiled at MuseumSat, 25 May 2019 15:32 | Meredith Videos
A Boston schoolteacher alleges that her 7th grade students were racially profiled during a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts.
European elections 2019 results: Brexit Party expected to win most UK seatsSun, 26 May 2019 14:35 | The Telegraph
Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is tipped to win the most UK seats in the European Parliament elections, with establishment parties forecast to lose their majority across the European Union. Official exit polls are revealing a tough night for establishment parties across the continent, while voter turnout is at 51 per cent according to the EU Parliament - its highest since 1994. In France, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party will take top spot, with 23.2 per cent of the vote against Macron's centrist grouping on 21.9 per cent according to polls. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Social Democratic Union could be on course for their worst result at European elections. The CDU are polling just 28 per cent of the vote, down from 38 per cent in 2014 - a result which would be a significant blow to Mrs Merkel. It looks to be an even worse night for the SPD who are polling at just 15.5 per cent, and who could leapfrogged into second place by the Green Party on 22 per cent. Votes are being counted across 28 EU countries with polls closing at 10pm, and official provisional results for the UK are expected shortly after. European election: EU results By the early hours of Monday, we should have results from the majority of UK regions, allowing us to see just how seismic a political shift has taken place. Pre-election polls indicated that the two large establishment blocs in the European Parliament, which comprise a host of allied parties from each country, would lose seats under a tide of both populist and liberal support. While the centre-Right European Peoples' Party (EPP) and centre-Left Socialists & Democrats (S&D;) are likely to remain the largest parliamentary groups, forecasts indicated they would collectively lose dozens of seats. UK polls show the Brexit Party winning the most seats In the UK, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is expected to gain the most seats, ahead of the two major parties. This would mark a repeat of his success with Ukip in the 2014 European election. Labour and the Conservatives were both polling at less than 20 per cent in the run-up to the vote, with some experts predicting that Theresa May's Tories could fall to their lowest vote share in a national election since they formed in 1834. The Lib Dems, Greens and Change UK - all backers of a second referendum - collectively had support of 30 per cent of the public in pre-election polls on election day, against no-dealers Ukip and the Brexit Party's collective 36 per cent. EU parliamentary elections tracker, four-poll rolling average Polling shows that revoking Article 50 and a no-deal Brexit - the two extremes of the Europe debate - are currently the most popular outcomes among the public, and parties were fighting to claim this political ground ahead of the vote. The lack of a Remain alliance - with the Lib Dems, Greens and Change UK all competing and splitting the pro-European vote - makes their job of converting votes into seats even harder. An analysis of regional polling data showed that the Greens, Lib Dems and Change UK would stand to win an additional 10 MEPs at the EU elections if they stood as a single anti-Brexit entity, giving them a total of 18 seats. In 2014, Nigel Farage's Ukip topped the polls, securing 27.5 per cent of the national vote and 24 MEPs. Most of these MEPs have now defected to other parties now, including the Brexit Party. EU Parliament elections 2014: UK results Europe-wide establishment parties expected to lose their majority At a continent level, the European Union's established centre-Left and centre-Right blocs were forecast to lose their combined majority in the elections. The pre-election polls indicated that the two large pan-European blocs, the EPP and the S&D;, will lose seats under a tide of both populist and liberal support. European Election seat forecast The loss of their combined majority is likely due to the rise of the liberal Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and eurosceptic Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF). The latter of these blocs, the populist-Right ENF, is poised to morph into a new group called European Alliance of People and Nations after the election, under Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Political groups of the European Parliament The ALDE and ENF made the largest gains in the election, leading experts to warn that the new Parliament could be more fractious with majorities harder to come by.
US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districtsSun, 26 May 2019 05:53 | Associated Press
BAGHDAD (AP) — For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells them he can only sell if they pay in Iraqi currency. They often walk out, disappointed.
Qatar says invited to emergency Arab summits in Mecca by Saudi KingSun, 26 May 2019 17:25 | Reuters
Qatar has been invited by Saudi Arabia to attend two emergency Arab summits being convened in the Saudi city of Mecca on May 30, Qatar's foreign ministry said on Sunday, after previously saying it had not been. Last week Qatar said it had not been invited to the two summits Saudi is planning in Islam's holiest site to discuss the implications of drone strikes on oil installations in the kingdom and attacks on four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the UAE coast earlier this month.
Aries Horoscope for Sunday, May 26, 2019
This is a great time to seek out company. You have an opportunity to get closer to someone special. When things take a turn for the dramatic, you should be in the company of a person who will delight in your performance. The way you look could have a direct impact on the outcome of the encounter, so good grooming is especially important at this time. If it was meant to be, however, there`s nothing that can stop it from happening.
Don`t feel obligated to show your feelings if you aren`t ready. You may feel like being alone. Turn inward from a cruel world and find ways to beautify yourself or enhance your home. Buy yourself a gift. Throwing a little money around makes you feel better, even if it doesn`t solve a problem. It`s okay to be extravagant. Throw caution to the wind as you buy an expensive item you`ve desired for a long time. If you have to ask how much it costs, chances are you can`t afford it!
Will wonders never cease? You are shocked when a former opponent comes to your side of the fence voluntarily. The absence of conflict is a pleasant surprise when you`re prepared for the worst. Don`t look for ulterior motives here -- simply accept the fact that you are coming together for the greater good. Working as part of a team improves your odds. Your confidence improves the appearance of your accomplishment even more.
There`s no use trying to put on a fake smile. Your act doesn`t fool anyone close to you, which should come as a relief. Those who know you best are willing to help you out of a bind today. Tonight, form and fashion become meaningless in a more intimate setting. You know who you are, and that`s a great piece of knowledge. Don`t worry what other people think of you or say behind your back -- you have the last laugh when all is said and done.
You are the Queen or King of the Universe, so why not treat yourself like royalty? Slip into a hot tub or sauna, appreciate beauty in a private place or indulge in an excellent meal. You excel at whatever you do today. Students pass tests with perfect scores. Lovers are eager and ambitious. This is the perfect time to impress the person who is foremost in your mind. Your hidden talents become obvious when you spend time with the object of your affection.
The prize is completely within your reach today. Take a little risk and try to make one of your fantasies come true! Nothing is stopping you from getting what you want. Your emotions will lead you no matter what you do, so you might as well enjoy the ride. This emotional roller coaster doesn`t give you a free pass to hurt anyone, though. You must take responsibility for however it ends up.
Think of ways to help everyone get along today. Focus on similarities rather than differences, especially in the company of people you love. There is probably much more common ground there than you have imagined. It`s a time of good will toward your fellow man. Be generous for the sheer joy of giving. The best group activities are those in which everyone participates as an equal. Having a party is a great way to let everyone know how you feel.
Everyone seems eager to lay blame. If you`re responsible to a certain degree for your own misfortunes, don`t expect much sympathy from others. You have to own up to your part of the outcome eventually, and this is as good a time as any. The people who are truly your friends won`t be judgmental. Unexplained actions are easily misinterpreted -- don`t hesitate when you`re asked to tell your side of the story. If you remain silent, be prepared to bear the burden of other people`s speculations.
It`s difficult for you to concentrate on anything right now. Love, romance and sensuality bend your mind and grip your body. Hormones find their way to the head of the line and demand that you do something about them. It`s all up to you. Someone close to you is having a lucky day -- share in the festivities, and you may become just as lucky as they are. Spending time with friends and family reminds you of how much you enjoy their company. Don`t wait so long until seeing them again.
Sometimes it`s difficult to judge a book by its cover, and today is one of those times. Look beneath the bluster and outrageous demands to see if you`re dealing with the real person or just an act. Use as many tactics as necessary to make them understand you mean business. Someone is suddenly reasonable when presented with the bottom line. This isn`t a good time to make major life changes. Sleep on any big decisions.
You face some unsettled business to which you need to attend. The time has finally come to confront a major issue about the way you deal with someone else. Putting it off isn`t an option anymore. You may be too demanding for all the wrong reasons. Get some perspective by looking at a relationship from the outside. It might help to get advice from an uninvolved third party. Make sure you consult your partner before making any permanent changes.
The more you allow yourself to be drawn into someone else`s drama, the easier it will be to lose control. Do your best not to be influenced by anyone else`s actions. Getting caught up in a crowd mentality could be very dangerous right now. Stay focused on your own needs. At least you know what it takes to handle your personal dramas. It might be necessary for you to decline an invitation for tonight. Better to be safe than sorry.