02/23/2019 02:19 PM
Venezuela soldiers abandon posts at Colombia border
The men had been securing the border with Colombia that was closed to stop aid being delivered.
02/23/2019 02:39 PM
R Kelly: Singer's bail set at $1m after sex abuse charges
The singer's lawyer said he maintains his innocence of the charges, most of which involve minors.
02/23/2019 09:34 AM
Assam toxic alcohol deaths: 99 people die in north-eastern Indian state
Another 100 people are being treated after drinking bootleg alcohol in India's Assam state.
02/23/2019 06:03 AM
Pablo Escobar's former home demolished in Colombia.
The building will be replaced with a memorial to the victims of the drug lord's reign of terror.
02/23/2019 01:23 PM
Stanley Donen: Singin' in the Rain co-director dies aged 94
Stanley Donen directed classic Hollywood musicals including Funny Face and On the Town.
02/23/2019 04:50 AM
Samir Flores Soberanes: Thousands march in Mexico City over activist's murder
Environmental activist and journalist Samir Flores Soberanes was shot dead on Wednesday.
02/23/2019 08:37 AM
Vatican abuse summit: Cardinal says files were destroyed
Speaking called for more transparency, saying victims' rights were "effectively trampled underfoot".
02/23/2019 10:38 AM
Delay Brexit, three UK ministers urge
Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke say extending Article 50 is better than "crashing out" of the EU.
02/22/2019 05:31 PM
Netflix: Is streaming killing the cinema industry?
As ever more people sign up to streaming services, are fewer going to the movies?
02/23/2019 02:29 PM
Wales 21-13 England: Hosts fight back to seal record-breaking win in Cardiff
Wales produce an inspired second-half display to beat England and keep alive their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes.
02/23/2019 10:48 AM
Nigeria election 2019: Atiku Abubakar challenges Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term against ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
02/22/2019 07:00 PM
Are controversial adverts for fashion brands accident or design?
Burberry, Gucci and Prada are among the brands facing controversy for recent campaigns deemed offensive.
02/23/2019 03:00 AM
Melissa McCarthy: Oscar-nominated actress wins a Golden Raspberry
Melissa McCarthy wins a Golden Raspberry for worst actress - the day before she's up for the Oscars' best actress.
02/22/2019 05:06 PM
Look at these glaciers - photos or drawings?
Artist Zaria Forman quite literally draws attention to the issue through her pastel work.
02/22/2019 01:25 PM
Botswana's elephant hunting dilemma
What will be the impact on communities and the economy if the ban on hunting elephants is lifted?
02/22/2019 07:43 PM
'I sold alcohol as a child to survive' - North Korean defector
Jessie Kim managed to escape from North Korea after being neglected as a child.
02/22/2019 07:45 PM
Mixed race in the UK: 'Wizkid and Afrobeats make me proud of my Nigerian heritage'
Mixed-race sisters Monifa and Naima discuss what it's like growing up half-Nigerian, half-English.
02/22/2019 07:48 PM
Ranveer Singh: The Bollywood star known for his outlandish wardrobe
One of India's most bankable stars, Ranveer Singh also makes news for his unconventional fashion sense.
02/22/2019 07:08 PM
Week in pictures: 16 - 22 February 2019
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.
02/22/2019 11:26 AM
Flypast for WW2 US bomber crash crew
It was watched by Tony Foulds, who credits the crew with saving his life on 22 February 1944.
02/22/2019 12:58 PM
Man writes his own obituary to warn of smoking
A US man who died of lung cancer after decades of smoking penned his own obit as a cautionary tale.
02/22/2019 07:10 PM
Rakbar Khan: Did cow vigilantes lynch a Muslim farmer?
The murder of a Muslim dairy farmer in rural Rajasthan raises questions about the relationship between police and cow protection gangs.
02/22/2019 05:31 PM
The reasons behind the car industry crisis
Car manufacturers have recently announced job cuts in the UK.
02/23/2019 12:00 PM
Steve Irwin: How should the Crocodile Hunter be remembered?
Peta caused a storm by labelling the Crocodile Hunter's method of conservation as "harassment".
02/22/2019 10:31 AM
Shamima Begum in Syria: Where now for IS bride?
With her UK citizenship revoked and the IS caliphate dying, where should Brits like Shamima go next?
02/21/2019 07:06 PM
Roy Hodgson: The Premier League's oldest manager - by those who know him best
As Roy Hodgson becomes the oldest person to manage a Premier League game, we speak to those closest to him to find out what has made him such an enduring success.
02/22/2019 03:15 AM
Venezuela aid: Genuine help or Trojan horse?
The crisis around humanitarian aid has become a political issue, says the BBC's Katy Watson.
02/23/2019 01:49 PM
Six Nations: 'Absolutely sensational!' Josh Adams seals Wales victory
Josh Adams seals victory for Wales against England in their Six Nations tie to make it 12 successive wins.
02/23/2019 10:52 AM
Burnley dent Spurs title challenge on Kane's return
Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes strike second-half goals as Burnley beat Tottenham on Harry Kane's return from injury.
02/23/2019 11:19 AM
Resurgent France extend Scotland's 20-year Paris pain
Scotland's 20-year wait for a win in Paris goes on as France show glimpses of their old flair to record a first victory of this Six Nations.
02/23/2019 02:51 PM
Six Nations 2019: Wales comeback stuns England
Wales make it 12 successive victories as they come from behind to beat England 21-13 in the Six Nations at the Principality Stadium.
02/23/2019 12:27 PM
Messi scores 50th hat-trick in Barcelona win
Lionel Messi scores the 50th hat-trick of his career as Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla and go 10 points clear.
02/18/2019 05:45 AM
Meet Sydney - the teenage taxidermist
Sydney Langton wants to make it big in the animal art world.
02/19/2019 11:08 AM
Thank you note for VHS player makes thousands cry
An 86-year-old's thank you note, shared on social media, spurs similar stories of kindness
02/20/2019 05:58 PM
Drag queen story hour in America's Bible Belt
Events where drag queens read to children are established in liberal cities, but they are moving to rural conservative America.
02/20/2019 06:43 AM
The doctors facing sexual harassment
A doctor spoke out about patients sexually harassing her, prompting huge reaction on social media
02/17/2019 08:09 PM
Are the super-rich ruining Burning Man?
Burning Man has uninvited one "turnkey" camp to stem the flow of super rich "influencers" at the event.
02/19/2019 07:43 PM
How will Pope Francis deal with abuse in the Catholic Church?
How will the Pope confront the culture of abuse that has beset the Roman Catholic Church?
02/14/2019 12:49 PM
Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment
The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear disaster.
02/16/2019 08:13 PM
The soldier with a secret talent - ballet
When Alex Smith joined the Army he didn't reveal to anyone he had spent years training to be a dancer.
02/13/2019 10:19 AM
El Chapo guilty: Will his jailing change anything?
The trial and conviction of the notorious Joaquín Guzmán tells us much about the multi-billion drugs trade.
02/23/2019 02:19 PM
Venezuela soldiers abandon posts at Colombia border
The men had been securing the border with Colombia that was closed to stop aid being delivered.
02/23/2019 02:39 PM
R Kelly: Singer's bail set at $1m after sex abuse charges
The singer's lawyer said he maintains his innocence of the charges, most of which involve minors.
02/23/2019 09:34 AM
Assam toxic alcohol deaths: 99 people die in north-eastern Indian state
Another 100 people are being treated after drinking bootleg alcohol in India's Assam state.
02/23/2019 06:03 AM
Pablo Escobar's former home demolished in Colombia.
The building will be replaced with a memorial to the victims of the drug lord's reign of terror.
02/23/2019 01:23 PM
Stanley Donen: Singin' in the Rain co-director dies aged 94
Stanley Donen directed classic Hollywood musicals including Funny Face and On the Town.
02/23/2019 04:50 AM
Samir Flores Soberanes: Thousands march in Mexico City over activist's murder
Environmental activist and journalist Samir Flores Soberanes was shot dead on Wednesday.
02/23/2019 08:37 AM
Vatican abuse summit: Cardinal says files were destroyed
Speaking called for more transparency, saying victims' rights were "effectively trampled underfoot".
02/23/2019 10:38 AM
Delay Brexit, three UK ministers urge
Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke say extending Article 50 is better than "crashing out" of the EU.
02/22/2019 05:31 PM
Netflix: Is streaming killing the cinema industry?
As ever more people sign up to streaming services, are fewer going to the movies?
02/23/2019 02:29 PM
Wales 21-13 England: Hosts fight back to seal record-breaking win in Cardiff
Wales produce an inspired second-half display to beat England and keep alive their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes.
02/23/2019 10:48 AM
Nigeria election 2019: Atiku Abubakar challenges Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term against ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
02/22/2019 07:00 PM
Are controversial adverts for fashion brands accident or design?
Burberry, Gucci and Prada are among the brands facing controversy for recent campaigns deemed offensive.
02/23/2019 03:00 AM
Melissa McCarthy: Oscar-nominated actress wins a Golden Raspberry
Melissa McCarthy wins a Golden Raspberry for worst actress - the day before she's up for the Oscars' best actress.
02/22/2019 05:06 PM
Look at these glaciers - photos or drawings?
Artist Zaria Forman quite literally draws attention to the issue through her pastel work.
02/22/2019 01:25 PM
Botswana's elephant hunting dilemma
What will be the impact on communities and the economy if the ban on hunting elephants is lifted?
02/22/2019 07:43 PM
'I sold alcohol as a child to survive' - North Korean defector
Jessie Kim managed to escape from North Korea after being neglected as a child.
02/22/2019 07:45 PM
Mixed race in the UK: 'Wizkid and Afrobeats make me proud of my Nigerian heritage'
Mixed-race sisters Monifa and Naima discuss what it's like growing up half-Nigerian, half-English.
02/22/2019 07:48 PM
Ranveer Singh: The Bollywood star known for his outlandish wardrobe
One of India's most bankable stars, Ranveer Singh also makes news for his unconventional fashion sense.
02/22/2019 07:08 PM
Week in pictures: 16 - 22 February 2019
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.
02/22/2019 11:26 AM
Flypast for WW2 US bomber crash crew
It was watched by Tony Foulds, who credits the crew with saving his life on 22 February 1944.
02/22/2019 12:58 PM
Man writes his own obituary to warn of smoking
A US man who died of lung cancer after decades of smoking penned his own obit as a cautionary tale.
02/22/2019 07:10 PM
Rakbar Khan: Did cow vigilantes lynch a Muslim farmer?
The murder of a Muslim dairy farmer in rural Rajasthan raises questions about the relationship between police and cow protection gangs.
02/22/2019 05:31 PM
The reasons behind the car industry crisis
Car manufacturers have recently announced job cuts in the UK.
02/23/2019 12:00 PM
Steve Irwin: How should the Crocodile Hunter be remembered?
Peta caused a storm by labelling the Crocodile Hunter's method of conservation as "harassment".
02/22/2019 10:31 AM
Shamima Begum in Syria: Where now for IS bride?
With her UK citizenship revoked and the IS caliphate dying, where should Brits like Shamima go next?
02/21/2019 07:06 PM
Roy Hodgson: The Premier League's oldest manager - by those who know him best
As Roy Hodgson becomes the oldest person to manage a Premier League game, we speak to those closest to him to find out what has made him such an enduring success.
02/22/2019 03:15 AM
Venezuela aid: Genuine help or Trojan horse?
The crisis around humanitarian aid has become a political issue, says the BBC's Katy Watson.
02/23/2019 01:49 PM
Six Nations: 'Absolutely sensational!' Josh Adams seals Wales victory
Josh Adams seals victory for Wales against England in their Six Nations tie to make it 12 successive wins.
02/23/2019 10:52 AM
Burnley dent Spurs title challenge on Kane's return
Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes strike second-half goals as Burnley beat Tottenham on Harry Kane's return from injury.
02/23/2019 11:19 AM
Resurgent France extend Scotland's 20-year Paris pain
Scotland's 20-year wait for a win in Paris goes on as France show glimpses of their old flair to record a first victory of this Six Nations.
02/23/2019 02:51 PM
Six Nations 2019: Wales comeback stuns England
Wales make it 12 successive victories as they come from behind to beat England 21-13 in the Six Nations at the Principality Stadium.
02/23/2019 12:27 PM
Messi scores 50th hat-trick in Barcelona win
Lionel Messi scores the 50th hat-trick of his career as Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla and go 10 points clear.
02/18/2019 05:45 AM
Meet Sydney - the teenage taxidermist
Sydney Langton wants to make it big in the animal art world.
02/19/2019 11:08 AM
Thank you note for VHS player makes thousands cry
An 86-year-old's thank you note, shared on social media, spurs similar stories of kindness
02/20/2019 05:58 PM
Drag queen story hour in America's Bible Belt
Events where drag queens read to children are established in liberal cities, but they are moving to rural conservative America.
02/20/2019 06:43 AM
The doctors facing sexual harassment
A doctor spoke out about patients sexually harassing her, prompting huge reaction on social media
02/17/2019 08:09 PM
Are the super-rich ruining Burning Man?
Burning Man has uninvited one "turnkey" camp to stem the flow of super rich "influencers" at the event.
02/19/2019 07:43 PM
How will Pope Francis deal with abuse in the Catholic Church?
How will the Pope confront the culture of abuse that has beset the Roman Catholic Church?
02/14/2019 12:49 PM
Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment
The abandoned Chernobyl exclusion zone could be about to change for the first time since the world's worst nuclear disaster.
02/16/2019 08:13 PM
The soldier with a secret talent - ballet
When Alex Smith joined the Army he didn't reveal to anyone he had spent years training to be a dancer.
02/13/2019 10:19 AM
El Chapo guilty: Will his jailing change anything?
The trial and conviction of the notorious Joaquín Guzmán tells us much about the multi-billion drugs trade.
02/23/2019 03:08 PM
۱۶ تصویر از ایستگاههای مترو در کره شمالی و مسافران آن
۱۶ تصویر از ایستگاه مترو در کره شمالی و . ایستگاه پیونگ یانگ که عمیق ترین ایستگاه جهان است به همراه مسافران...
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02/23/2019 03:04 PM
شمخانی درباره حملات اسرائیل به مواضع ایران در سوریه: انبار قالی لوله شده را زدند!!!!!
اما نمی دانم چرا قالی های لوله شده منفجر می شدند!!!!! میگن کاسبی قالی فروشی در شرایط جنگی خیلی می گیره. به همین خاطر ایران چند قالی فروشی در پادگانهای سپاه در سوریه راه انداخته بود. خلاصه اگر دنبال فرش ایرانی مرغوب 80 رج به بالا می گردیدتشریف ببرید به سوریه, پادگان سپاه. واحد شهدای حرم. آقای شمخانی فرض کنیم که شما درست می گویید و اسرائیل به انبار فرش ایران در پادگان سپاه در سوریه حمله کرده. خوب شما که اینقدر عربده می کشید چرا نمی روید و انبار فرش ماشینی آنها را بمباران کنید؟ آیا دلیلش این نیست که شما جراتش را ندارید و فقط زورتون به مردم توی کوچه و خیابانهای ایران می رسد؟
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لینک مستقیم
02/23/2019 03:04 PM
سینما امپراطوری پنهان
تمدن انسان امروز، از مسیر هنر به طلیعه‌ای نوین از کنش‌ها و واکنش‌هایی دست یافته است که برجسته‌ترین پاره‌ی آن، نه تکنولوژی نه ماشین، بلکه رسانه‌ی سینما و گونه‌ها و شاخه‌های آن است. انسان، موجودی که طبیعت برایش، کهکشان‌های اکنون قابل دیدن و حقیقت، "پیام" معنا گرفته است. بر خلاف پدرانش که طبیعت برایشان از دهکده‌ی جهانی مک لوهان فراتر نمی‌رفت، گسترش ذهنی خود را تنها از راه دیدن و پایانه‌ی آن یعنی سینما به دست آورده است و به این خاطر، بدیهی است که در دوران نوین نسبت به بینایی یا بینش یا آن‌چه در غرب Vision نام نهاده‌اند و ادوات کاربردی آن بسیار حساس می‌باشد، یادآوری تاریخ به عنوان چشمانی نکته‌بین و نگران آینده‌ی بسیاری از چیزهایی که در این جهان و ماورای آن برای دیدن و درک کردن وجود دارد، دور از ذهن نیست. در سینما نیز که متاسفانه تاکنون گونه‌ای تاریخ‌نگاری بوده و خوش‌بختانه اکنون آغاز به تاریخ‌نگاری کرده است، همین بسیار چیزها برای دیدن و درک کردن بوده که توجه را به ناچیزی شعاع آگاهی‌های همگانی نسبت به بینش و بینایی جلب می‌کند. آیا این گناه نخستین انسان در تشخیص مصلحت و آینده‌ی خویش نیست؟ آن‌چه نویسنده در این کتاب خاطرنشان می‌سازد، روش خوب دیدن فیلم است. نگارنده از ورای اشاره‌هایش به آن‌جا که فیلم مهم می‌شود و از ورای نقد تقریبا تمامی فیلم‌هایی که پخش شده‌اند، می‌آموزد که فیلم نه تنها از دید داستان بلکه با نگاه هنری، فرهنگی، اقتصادی، سیاسی، اجتماعی و کارکردش در جامعه خواندنی است. از جمله عقاید نگارنده این است که مهم نیست منتقد درباره‌ی فیلمی نظرش را این‌طور بدهد که آن فیلم خوب است یا بد، مهم آن است که چرایش را بگوید تا معلوم شود که او خود، فیلم را خوانده است یا نه یا آن که چرا بعضی از فیلم‌های بد، از فیلم‌های خوب بهترند. این که چه‌طور باید یک فیلم را خواند و چه‌طور باید یک فیلم را از ورای آگاهی‌های روان‌شناسانه، جامعه‌شناسانه و... ساخت. ✍️پالین کیل
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02/23/2019 02:49 PM
در سال ۹۸ امکان خرید خدمت سربازی دیگر وجود ندارد، همه مشمولند!
با تصویب بندی از لایحه بودجه ۹۸ درباره لزوم تسویه حساب خریداران خدمت سربازی مشمول در سال جاری، عملا خرید خدمت سربازی در سال ۹۸ منتفی شد. نمایندگان مجلس در جلسه علنی نوبت صبح امروز (شنبه) و در ادامه بررسی جزئیات بودجه ۹۸ در بخش درآمدی، بندالحاقی ۳ تبصره ۱۱ را تصویب کردند. بر این اساس دولت مکلف است اقساط جریمه غیبت از خدمت وظیفه عمومی افرادی را که تا پایان سال ۱۳۹۷ متقاضی پرداخت اقساطی این جریمه‌ها بوده‌اند تا پایان سال ۱۳۹۸ وصول و به حساب خزانه واریز کند. افرادی که تا پایان سال ۱۳۹۸ نسبت به تسویه اقساط خود اقدام نکنند مشمول غایب محسوب و به خدمت وظیفه عمومی اعزام می‌شوند. در چند سال گذشته بندی در لایحه بودجه برای تعیین شرایط خرید خدمت سربازی برای مشمولان غایب تصویب می‌شد که امسال این بند از بودجه حذف شد لذا پرونده خرید خدمت سربازی در سال ۹۸ بسته شد. در همین رابطه محمد جواد جمالی عضو هیأت رئیسه کمیسیون امنیت ملی و سیاست خارجی مجلس در این باره گفت: با تصویب این بند از لایحه بودجه عملاً در سال آینده خرید خدمت سربازی نداریم و باید مشمولان سال ۹۷ تا پایان سال ۹۸ تسویه حساب کنند. منبع: ایسنا
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02/23/2019 02:35 PM
قدرت خرید مردم در بهمن ماه نسبت به سال گذشته ۴۰ درصد کاهش یافته
نگاهی به وضعیت سفره مردم در بهمن ماه گذشته
با ۲۲ امتیاز و ۰ نظر فرستاده شده در بالاچه دیروز-امروز-فردا
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02/23/2019 02:35 PM
مه غلیظ در استانبول/ عکس
مه غلیظی از شب گذشته شهر استانبول ترکیه را فرا گرفته است
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لینک مستقیم
02/23/2019 02:35 PM
تفاوت بین گوگل وب مستر و گوگل آنالیتیکس
آیا می دانستید که Google بیش از ۱۰۰ محصول، ابزار و خدمات دارد،از جمله Google Analytics و Google Webmaster Tools را ارائه می دهد؟ در حالی که همه این محصولات برای صاحبان وب سایت از ارزش بالا و خاصی برخوردار هستند. دو مورد نیز وجود دارد که برای بازاریابان دیجیتال بسیار مهم هستند که عبارتند از: دو مورد نیز وجود دارد که برای بازاریابان دیجیتال بسیار مهم هستند که عبارتند از: ۱- Google Analytics 2-Google Webmaster Tool
با ۲۲ امتیاز و ۰ نظر فرستاده شده در بالاچه بالاچه زوم تک
لینک مستقیم
02/23/2019 02:35 PM
ارتش پاکستان به حالت آماده‌باش در آمد','تنش‌ها بین دهلی نو و اسلام‌آباد؛ ارتش پاکستان ب
ارتش پاکستان به دستور دولت این کشور به حالت آماده باش در آمد. دولت پاکستان به ارتش این کشور دستور داد آمادگی هر نوع پاسخ متقابل به اقدامات احتمالی هند را داشته باشد. دولت پاکستان با تشکیل جلسه‌ای به ریاست عمران خان، نخست وزیر این کشور ارتش را ملزم کرد در صورت انجام هر نوع حمله احتمالی از سوی هند، آمادگی لازم را داشته باشد. به کانال تلگرام یورونیوز فارسی بپیوندید تنش‌ها میان پاکستان و هند، اخیرا و بعد از حمله انتحاری به نیروهای پلیس هند در کشمیر افزایش یافته است. در آن حمله انتحاری بیش از ۴۰ نیروی پلیس هندی که در اتوبوس بودند، با انفجار یک خودروی انتحاری در کنار اتوبوس، جان خود را از دست دادند. دولت هند، پاکستان را متهم می‌کند که به این گروه‌های تروریستی فضا و امکان فعالیت داده است. دولت پاکستان همواره این اتهام را رد کرده است. اما وقوع عملیاتی مشابه در سیستان و بلوچستان در ایران و در فاصله زمانی کوتاه نسبت به عملیات هند، سبب شده تا مقامات ایرانی هم پاکستان را با اتهامی مشابه مواجه سازند. پاکستان اما در روزهای اخیر چندین بار و به روش‌های مختلف هند را تهدید کرده که اگر اقدامی علیه اسلام‌آباد انجام دهد، واکنش‌ نشان خواهد داد. حتی سفیر پاکستان در کابل تهدید کرده بود اگر هند بخواهد تلافی کند، مذاکرات صلح طالبان و آمریکا و همچنین وضعیت صلح در افغانستان با چالش و تنش رو‌به رو خواهد شد.
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آبشار طبقاتی لبنان
در دنیای پهناوری که زندگی می کنیم پر از مناطق بکر و دیدنی که برای سفر و معرفی همه ی آن زمان کم است اما ما سعی داریم همه ی مناطق دیدنی و خاص را تا جایی که امکان دارد به کاربران عزیز معرفی نماییم که یکی از آن ها آبشار طبقاتی لبنان می باشد.آبشار طبقاتی لبنان یکی از جاذبه های دیدنی بکر به شمار می رود که در ادامه در مورد آن بیش تر توضیح خواهیم داد.
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02/23/2019 02:03 PM
پومپئو: تلاش می‌کنیم تحریم‌ها به مردم ایران صدمه‌ای نرساند
مایک پومپئو، وزیر خارجه ایالات متحده، گفت که واشینگتن تلاش می‌کند رهبران جمهوری اسلامی و سازمان‌های ناقض حقوق بشر در ایران را به گونه‌ای تحریم کند که به مردم عادی صدمه‌ای نرسد.
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02/23/2019 01:49 PM
تشنۀ چيدن تو
چيدمان تن تو…..، واويلا زيرِ پيراهن تو…..، واويلا شعله ای در گرفته در دل من از پرستيدن ِ تو.....، واويلا من و ديوانگی و دشت جنون و پلنگيدنِ تو…..، واويلا هيجان، شعر، شور، سوز و گداز بوی عطرِ تن ِ تو…..، واويلا هم بهشت است، هم دلِ دوزخ آتشِ روشن ِ تو…..، واويلا عشق يعنی همين که هست، همين، دست من ، دامن ِ تو…..، واويلا دوزخ است آن پلی که بايد و نيست در میانِ من و تو…..، واويلا خبرش هست از دل تنگم دل چون آهن ِ تو…..، واويلا همه ی هستی ام شده دستی تشنۀ چيدن تو......، واويلا
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02/23/2019 01:49 PM
در این شرایط خوردن سیر ممنوع است!
سیر علاوه بر خواص و فواید بسیار زیادی که برای سلامت بدن دارد برای برخی افراد با شرایط خاص می تواند عوارض و خطراتی هم داشته باشد که باید از خوردن آن پرهیز کنند.
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02/23/2019 01:45 PM
انیمیشنی که میتواند بهترین تاریخ شود . اگر تاکنون این شاهکار را ندیده اید وقت را از دست ندهید
عنوانی که امروز قصد داریم آنرا به شما معرفی کنیم شاهکار بی چون چرای 2018 بود . عنوانی که سر و صدای زیادی به پا کرد و موفقیت زیادی را نیز کسب کرد .
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02/23/2019 01:44 PM
همکاری مجدد کوین کاستنر و دایان لین در یک ماجراجویی معمایی
کوین کاستنر و دایان لین بار دیگر در کنار هم در تریلری معمایی با عنوان «بگذار برود» بازی می‌کنند.....
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02/23/2019 01:33 PM
روز سپند زن / میرجلال الدین کزازی ، به مناسبت پنجم اسفند، روز زن، جشن سپندارمذگان
جشن سپندارْمَذْگان یکی از جشن‌های باستانی ایرانی است و مانند بسیاری دیگر از جشن‌های ایرانی، سرشت و ساختاری آیینی و باورشناختی دارد. این جشن بازخوانده به سپندارمذ، یا در ریخت اوستایی آن: سِپَنْتا آرْمَئیتی، یکی از اَمشاسپندان یا فرشتگان فرّمند و بَرین در آیین کهن ایران است. امشاسپندان، در بن، شش ویژگی بنیادین و نهادین اهورامزدایند که در شش فرشته‌ی مِهین، نمادینه شده‌اند. این شش با اهورامزدا هفت‌سپندانْ سپند (مقدس‌ترین مقدس‌ها) را، در سامانه‌ی آیینی و باورشناختی کهن، پدید می‌آورند. در نمادشناسی کهن ایرانی، پنج امشاسپند از این شش: بهمن و اردیبهشت و شهریور و خرداد و مرداد یا امرداد، نرینه‌اند و تنها سپندارمذ است که مادینه شمرده می‌شود. مادینگی این فرشته‌ی بزرگ، از دید نمادشناسی، از‌ آنجاست که این امشاسپند، در جهان اَستومند (جسمانی) و پیکرینه، در گیتی، نگاهبان زمین است و زمین، به پاس کارپذیری و اثرستانی که ویژگی بنیادین آن است، مادینه می‌باید بود، در برابر آسمان که کارساز است و اثرگذار و به‌ ناچار، از‌ این‌ روی، نرینه شمرده می‌باید شد. بر همین پایه است که این امشاسپند فرشته‌ی نگاهبان زنان نیز هست و جشن بزرگداشت او جشن بزرگداشت زن. در گا‌هشماری کهن ایرانی، پایه بر روز بوده است و ماه و سال. هفته از گاهشماری سامی بدین سامانه‌ی گاهشمارانه راه جسته است. هر سال را دوازده ماه است و نام این ماه‌های دوازده‌گانه از سپندترین و ‌گرامی‌ترین نام‌ها. به همان‌سان، ماه را نیز سی روز که هر کدام از آنها را نامی است، همچنان‌ گرامی و سپند. نام دوازده ماه نیز در میان این نام‌های سی‌گانه، جای گرفته است. از همین روی، در هر ماه، روزی با آن ماه هم‌نام خواهد بود. نیاکان ما این هم‌نامی را گونه‌ای از سپندینگی (تقدس) دوسویه و دورویه و دوگانه می‌دانسته‌اند و آن را به مُروا و فال نیک می‌گرفته‌اند و جشنی بزرگ و باشکوه می‌آراسته‌اند. پنجمین روز از ماه سپندارمذ یا اسفند، سپندارمذ نامیده می‌شده است و جشن بزرگداشت این امشاسپند و به همان سان، جشن بزرگداشت زن ایرانی در این روز برگزارده می‌آمده است. در این روز دلفروز، زن، به‌گونه‌ای آشکار، پادشاه خانه بوده است و خانگیان همه در فرمان وی بوده‌اند و می‌کوشیده‌اند که زمینه‌ی شادمانی و خشنودی او را، به هر شیوه، فراهم بیاورند. در این روز، مردان ارمغانی ارزنده به زنانشان می‌داده‌اند. گاه نیز می‌کوشیده‌اند که این ارمغان ارمغانی باشد کمیاب و از گونه‌ای دیگر که به آسانی فرادست نمی‌تواند آمد. نمونه را، در بوم‌های گرمسیری ایران که در آنها، هوا در اسفندماه گرم بوده است، شوهر، با رنج و تلاشی بسیار، بر کوه فرا می‌رفته است تا از برف‌های انباشته بر ستیغ آن، پاره‌ای را برگیرد و به همراه بیاورد و برای بانوی فرخنده‌خوی خویش، برفاب بسازد. گاه نیز، شوهر و فرزندان، به‌ پاس خشنودی سپندارمذ، ایزد زمین، به نام همسر و مادرشان که در روز سپندارمذ، شهربانو (ملکه)ی خانه دانسته می‌شده است، درختی در باغچه‌ی سرای، می‌نشانده‌اند. من، از بن‌ جان و دندان، فرارسیدن روز و جشن سپندارمذگان را که سپندارمذْ روز از ماه سپندارمذ است، به همه‌ی زنان ایرانی که نمونه‌هایی نیک و ناب از ویژگی‌هایی سپندارمذ: مهر و فروتنی و شکیبایی‌‌اند فرّخباد می‌گویم و در آن میان، به مهربانوی خویش سیمین‌دخت نیز که دیر زیاد و شاد!» منبع
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02/23/2019 01:31 PM
جوان ماندن خانم سلبریتی ۶۴ ساله! / طلاق از ۴ شوهر + تصاویر
مدل ها دراکثر موارد نسبت به سایر مردم عادی جوانتر به نظر میرسند
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02/23/2019 01:31 PM
عکس: ازدواج سفیر ایران در لهستان با مریم کاویانی
نازی خوش اخلاق عکاس سینمایی با انتشار این عکس از ازدواج مجدد مریم کاویانی و ازدواج رامین مهمانپرست خبر داده است.
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02/23/2019 01:31 PM
نگاهی به بیوگرافی و فیلم های مهدی میامی
مهدی میامی (زاده ۱۳۳۲ - تهران) بازیگر ایرانی است.مهدی میامی از نوجوانی در تئاتر فعالیت داشته و یکی از مؤسّسین گروه تئاتر کوچ می‌باشد. وی علاوه بر بازیگری، دستیار کارگردان چند فیلم سینمایی و بازیگر نمایش مجلس شبیه در ذکر مصایب استاد نوید ماکان و همسرش مهندس رخشید فرزین بهرام بیضایی نیز بوده‌است
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02/23/2019 01:30 PM
بازیگران سینما و تلویزیون الگوهای خوبی برای ما در حوزه‌های مختلف نیستند
بازیگران سینما و تلویزیون و در کل سلبریتی‌ها در خوش‌بینانه‌ترین حالت، فقط در حوزه‌ی کاری خود تخصص دارند. هرچند که آن تخصص هم بارها و بارها زیر سوال رفته و آن‌ها را با چالش روبه‌رو کرده است. به عنوان مثال فلان بازیگر زن که جز چهارتا تیکه کلام فانتزی چیزی از او در یاد مخاطب نیست، چه تخصصی در سینما دارد؟
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02/23/2019 01:30 PM
مقصر اصلی شرایط نامطلوب فعلی مملکت شناسایی شد، آیا شما او را می‌شناسید؟
برخی از ما ایرانی‌ها عادت کردیم که کلاً از همه‌ی شرایط ناراضی باشیم. انگار اگر در تمام موارد اعلام نارضایتی نکنیم امتیاز آن مرحله را کسب نمی‌کنیم.
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02/23/2019 01:29 PM
پروژه ققنوس رضا پهلوی؛ حکایت ملا و خر نخریده
بازم زاییده شاه، طرح و ایده ای جدید برای ایران آینده داره هرچند که ایران فعلا تحت حاکمیت جمهوری اسلامی است که این طرح اگر هم موفق بشه صودجویان یا ایده ها و برنامه ها را تقدیم وزارت اطلاعات میکنن تا بهتر چاله چوله های نظام را پر کنن و یا این پروژه نه در راستای خدمت به ایران و ایرانی بلکه خوش خدمتی به اربابان آمریکایی و عربستانی و اسرائیلی است تا بهتر بتوانند تیشه به ریشه جمهوری اسلامی و ایران یکجا بزنند. حکایت خواندنی ملا و خر نخریده اش: ملا یک روز به فکر می افتد خری بخرد.با خودش می گوید: چه خوب است اول یک آخور برایش بسازم تا وقتی آن را خریدم راحت باشم و بلند می شود و با خشت و گل مشغول ساختن آخور می شود. در این موقع زنش می رسد و رو می کند به ملا و می گوید:«هر وقت خر خریدی،باید اول بدهی به من سوار شوم.»ملا ناراحت می شود و می گوید :«تو هیکلت سنگین است و خری که من می خواهم بخرم نوزین است، اگر تو سوار شوی می برد. خلاصه یکی ملا بگو و یکی زن. تا دعوایشان می شود و ملا کتک مفصلی به زن می زند. از سر و صدای زن،همسایه ها جمع می شوند و مانع کتک کاری آن ها می شوند. بعد علت را جویا می شوند و زن حکایت را می گوید. همسایه ها با تمسخر می گویند: هنوز خر نخریده ،آخورش را می بندد. حالا حکایت این زاییده شاه است هنوز هیچ اتحادی بوجود نیامده؛ آلترناتیوی هم نیست خبری هم از مانفیست جدی نیست و در همین ورشو مثله گرگر های گرسنه بودن که از سرمای زیاد در حال زوزه کشیدن بودن یکدیگر را میدریدند یا در شبکه های اجتماعی یکدیگر رو متهم به مزدوری میکنند! بعد این پسرک چپ و راست بیانیه صادر میکنه (رکوردار صدرو بیانه) یا پروژه و گروه و سازمان راه میندازه! هنوز جمهوری اسلامی حتی پایه هاش هم سست نشده بعد اسپرم همایونی میخوان دانشمندان امور، جمع بشوند و طرح و برنامه تخصصی بدهند و ایده ها را جمع کنند! خب بر فرض این پروژه چیزی-تخیلی موفق به جمع اوری بشه! این طرح ها و برنامه های تخصصی توسط چه کسانی اجرایی میشود؟ استخبارات عربستان؟ موساد اسرائیل؟ CIA آمریکا؟ یا یک بنیاد تخصصی براندازی و کودتا در راستای منافع فلان کشور بیگانه؟ البته کسی که پول از دولتهای بیگانه بگیره طبیعتش مزدوری و خیانت است و امکان داره این پروژه ققنوس رضا پهلوی در چرخشی 180 درجه ای در اختیار نخبه های سپاه قرار بگیره تا بهتر جبهه مخالفین رو تضعیف کنن. هرچند که من خیلی زیاد این پروژه بازی و گروه سازی های رضا رو جدی نمیگیرم و خب چه این پروژه ققنوس موفق بشه و چه یک شو باشه در جهت دریافت بوجه بیشتر... اما این را بدانید که پالان ترمه، خر را عوض نمی‌کند! خائن همیشه خائن است حتی اگر مجهز به یک پرچم شیر و خورشید باشد و یا از اسامی اصیل و ایرانی همچون ققنوس و فرشگرد استفاده کند تا فقط دلها را با خود همراه کند! و نه عقل ها را... خب چرا این همه عربستان و اسرائیل و آمریکا به مریم رجوی و رضا پهلوی پول میدهند؟ جداً این حامیان کودتای 57 و کودتای 28 مرداد به فکر ملت ایران هستن و این دو رو آدم حساب میکنن؟ و یا صرفا صودجویان را به خدمت میگیرند تا ما را بازی بدهد! خر را که به عروسی می‌‌برند، برای خوشی نیست، برای آب‌کشی است جالب اینجاست که این همه مراکز علمی و تخصصی این همه دانشمند و متخصص و دانشگاهی در ایران وجود دارن بعد رضاشون میخواد نقش سوپر هیرو را بازی کنه و لیدر نجان ملت بشه!! در بیشتر حوزه‌ها مثله سیاسی، رسانه‌ای، حقوق و روابط بین‌الملل، اقتصادی، انرژی، محیط زیست، پزشکی و درمان، صنعت، میخواد طرح و برنامه جمع و پیشنهاد کنه خب اگه زاییده شاه را بی مصرف و اکبند میدانستید شاید باید تجدید نظر کنید چون اشون که طرفدار پروپاقرص احتکار اجناس هستن و میگن بجای تقویت صنعت کشاورزی کاملا به واردات بخصوص گندم و برنج وابسته باشیم و منابع ابی رو هم رها کنیم. بنظر میاد این پسرک برای سرعت بخشیدن به تروریسم کشاورزی و تروریسم محیط زیست آساین ها رو بالا زده تا وقتی ترامپ ایران رو تحریم غلات و آب شیرین کرد ملت وارد یک قحطی بزرگ دیگر بشوند و باز هم هولکاست ایرانی تکرار بشه . در چنین شرایطی ایران دموکراتیک و شیک و مجلسی تجزیه میشه چون در چنین آینده ای سگ صاحبش رو نمیشناسه و ایران در یک آشوب فرو میره و هر حرام لقمه ای ادعای استقلال میکنه!
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02/23/2019 01:26 PM
ثبت بیشترین آمار طلاق در ایران +ویدئو،عکس
در “ایران” آمار رو به افزایش طلاق چیزی در حدود یک سوم آمار ازدواج می باشد
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02/23/2019 01:09 PM
رضا پهلوی حتی اگر یک تیم فوتبال هم تشکیل بدهد، باز این عوضی ها ایراد میگیرند
اگر تو ایرانی هستی، اگر برایت پیشرفت و آبادانی ایران اهمیت دارد، اگر دوست داری در ایران فردا اعتبار ایرانی بودن در جهان در ردیف کشورهای سربلند دنیا شود، اگر دوست داری فقر و بیکاری و فساد از میهن ات رخت بربندد و مشکلات زیست محیطی مرتفع شوند، این را بفهم که راه حل همه این مشکلات از تلاش و همت ایرانیان متخصص بر می آید و نه از کله پوک مدعیان سیاسی کار. ققنوس برای آبادانی ایران است. یعنی فهم این قضیه ساده اینقدر سخت است؟ عده ای با اینکه شناسنامه ایرانی دارند ولی قسم خورده اند که نگذارند ایران از بدبختی و فلاکت رهایی یابد و با هرچیز و هر کار مخالفت می کنند. فکر کنم اگر یک تیم فوتبال هم درست کنند باز این عوضی ها میایند ایراد میگیرند که: نه! منظور از فوتبال همان برگرداندن سلطنت است!
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02/23/2019 01:07 PM
پهلوی سوم یکی از شانس‌های ممکن برای نجات ایران از تباهی است
پهلوی سوم بارها گفته است می خواهم کمکی برای عبور از این مدیریت فاسد و نالایق اسلامی باشم. بعد از آن مجلس موسسان بگذارید، انتخابات و رفراندوم تدارک ببینید تا نحوه حکومتی که می خواهید با رای خودتان تعیین شود. ما یک کشور با تجربیات طولانی شاهنشاهی هستیم. ما ایرانیان حتی اسلام را به پادشاهی شیعه و سلطنت موروثی از پدر به پسر تبدیل کردیم. تجربه دوران پهلوی اسفبار نبود. بسیاری از زیربناها را پدر و پدربزرگ راه انداختند. تنها بخش جامانده و نادیده گرفته شده تحول سیاسی مردم از طریق ایجاد آزادی احزاب و رسانه ها بود که از آن غافل ماندند.
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02/23/2019 12:58 PM
نخستین پله برقی هواپیما در ایران +عکس
رونمایی از نخستین پله برقی هواپیما در ایران!
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02/23/2019 12:58 PM
حمله فجیع به دختر شایسته دنیا با اندام بسیار زیبا جنجال به پا کرد+ عکس
“کارلا پائولا هنری” در هشتمین دوره رقابتهای دختر شایسته زمین در سال ۲۰۰۸ به عنوان نخستین دختر فیلیپینی و آسیایی به عنوان دختر شایسته زمین انتخاب شد.
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02/23/2019 12:45 PM
حسن روحانی آخرین رییس جمهور ایران
علی تاجرنیا: «هرکسی هر نوعی تغییر می‎خواهد، پای صندوق آراست.» این سخنان حسن روحانی در چهلمین سالگرد پیروزی انقلاب اسلامی و تکرار آن در سفر به هرمزگان حکایت از تحرکات مخالفینی دارد که این روزها کمر به طرح استیضاح و عدم کفایت سیاسی او بسته‎اند. اینکه مخاطبان روحانی دنبال چه می‎گردند و از چه راهی قصد پیمودن مسیر دستیابی به هدف خود را دارند، سؤالی است که علی تاجرنیا، فعال سیاسی اصلاح‎طلب و نماینده ادوار مجلس شورای اسلامی در پاسخ به آن از جریانی می‎گوید که روح جمهوریت نظام را نشانه گرفته‎اند. مشروح این گفت‎وگو را در ادامه بخوانید: روزنامه ایران: رئیس ‏جمهوری در دو سخنرانی اخیر خود از اهمیت صندوق‎های رأی گفت و خواستار حمایت همه گروه‎ها از دولت منتخب مردم شد. مخاطب این سخنان چه کسانی هستند و چرا چنین بحثی آن هم کمتر از دو سال پس از انتخابات ریاست‌ جمهوری و انتخاب دوباره حسن روحانی مطرح می‎شود؟ فکر می‌کنم که سخنان آقای رئیس ‎جمهوری نشان از یک دغدغه دارد. دغدغه‌‏ای که حاکی از این است که جریانی به صورت خزنده سعی می‎کند انتخاب‎های مردم را به نوعی اشتباه جلوه دهد. این جریان سعی دارد که راه رسیدن به پیشرفت را در روش‌های غیردموکراتیک دیگری جست‌وجو کند. این روزها شاهد هستیم که نوعی از حکمرانی در حال تئوریزه شدن است که طبیعتاً با روح جمهوریت نظام و نقش و خواست مردم در تعارض است. ...
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02/23/2019 12:44 PM
هزینه جشن ازدواج فوق لاکچری حنیف عمران زاده حدود 500 میلیون تومان!!
جشن ازدواج فوق لاکچری حنیف عمران زاده با هزینه ای حدود 500 میلیون تومان برگزار شد
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02/23/2019 12:43 PM
دره گلها ایروان ارمنستان +تصاویر
دره گلها یکی از شهرها و تفریحگاه های فوق العده ارمنستان است که در حدود 50 کیلو متری پایتخت ارمنستان یعنی ایروان واقع شده است.
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02/23/2019 12:08 PM
حضور جنجالی دختران دانشجو با پوشش عجیب در دولت داعش + عکس
حضور جنجالی و پرسر و صدای دانشجویان دختر با پوششی عجیب در دولت جدید داعش ! انتشار تصویر تعداد زیادی از دانشجویان دختر برقع پوش توسط داعش در یک کلاس درس، واکنش های فراوانی را در فضای مجازی برانگیخته است.
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02/23/2019 02:24 PM
Buffett appears to fault Trump, laments deals dearth in Berkshire letter
Warren Buffett on Saturday appeared to fault U.S. President Donald Trump for taking too much credit for the nation's economic growth, while acknowledging that market conditions are making it tough for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc to find more big companies to buy.

02/23/2019 01:09 PM
Southwest CEO says mechanics deserve new contract, but company wants 'flexibility'
Southwest Airlines Co's mechanics, who have been in labor contract talks for more than six years, deserve a new deal that makes them among the best paid in the airline industry, but the low-cost U.S. carrier needs "more supplier flexibility" in return, the company's chief executive said.

02/23/2019 12:32 PM
In a shift, Buffett says focus on Berkshire's stock price
Warren Buffett has long told investors in his Berkshire Hathaway Inc they should not pay so much attention to what its stock price is doing.

02/23/2019 11:31 AM
As trade deadline looms, U.S. and China sprint to seal a deal
U.S. and Chinese negotiators met for a fifth straight day on Saturday as the two sides race against a March 1 deadline to reach agreement and prevent a further escalation in their trade war.

02/23/2019 10:53 AM
Falling stocks, Kraft Heinz trigger huge Berkshire loss
Sinking stocks and deteriorating prospects from an investment in Kraft Heinz Co pummeled the bottom line of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, which on Saturday reported a huge quarterly net loss even as operating profit soared.

02/23/2019 10:53 AM
Warren Buffett says prospects poor for 'elephant-sized acquisition'
Warren Buffett is hunting for "an elephant-sized acquisition," but he is not optimistic about getting it done.

02/23/2019 09:39 AM
Trump says he's inclined to extend China trade deadline and meet Xi soon
President Donald Trump said on Friday there was "a very good chance" the United States would strike a deal with China to end their trade war and that he was inclined to extend his March 1 tariff deadline and meet soon with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

02/23/2019 07:27 AM
Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contract
Some Microsoft Corp employees on Friday demanded that the company cancel a $480 million hardware contract to supply the U.S. Army, with 94 workers signing a petition calling on the company to stop developing "any and all weapons technologies."

02/23/2019 07:20 AM
NY governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information than previously known from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data.

02/23/2019 07:01 AM
Egypt's top administrative court lifts ban on Uber, Careem services
Egypt's top administrative court on Saturday lifted a ban on operations by ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem, which have faced fierce opposition from traditional taxi drivers, a judicial source and lawyer said.

02/23/2019 02:16 AM
Wall St. Week Ahead: May be time for growth to run out of gas
A return to fashion of growth stocks in 2019 helped lead the overall market out of a year-end shakeout, but another multi-year run of growth performing better than value may not be in the cards.

02/22/2019 09:54 PM
Trump says could include Huawei and ZTE in trade deal
U.S. President Donald trump said on Friday he may or may not include Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp in the trade deal being negotiated between the United States and China.

02/22/2019 08:11 PM
Kraft Heinz shares fall 28 percent after writedown, dividend cut
Kraft Heinz Co shares fell to a record low on Friday a day after the food company disclosed a $15 billion write-down on its marquee brands, raising concern that years of rigorous cost cutting have eroded the value of its Kraft cheeses and Oscar Mayer deli meats.

02/22/2019 06:22 PM
Brazil judge suspends Embraer-Boeing tie-up negotiations: court document
A Brazilian judge on Friday suspended negotiations for the tie-up of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer SA and Boeing Co, according to a court document.

02/22/2019 06:17 PM
No more MOUs! USTR Lighthizer tweaks trade terminology after dispute with Trump
In trade talks between the United States and China, Memorandums of Understanding - the building blocks of what would be a historic deal - are officially out.

02/22/2019 06:09 PM
Fed's policy pause sets stage for broad overhaul
When Federal Reserve policymakers last month put a three-year rate-hike campaign on hold and backed ending a yearlong push to shrink their $4 trillion balance sheet, they cited increased risks to U.S. economic growth and the need for more time to sort through the data.

02/22/2019 06:09 PM
Flattening U.S. yield curve in late 2018 'flashing red' on economy: Fed's Williams
A flattening U.S. yield curve in December, which was close to being inverted, was "flashing red" about a deceleration in U.S. economic growth heading into 2019, despite some solid data at the time, New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said on Friday.

02/22/2019 05:50 PM
FCA sets $14 million annual target compensation for CEO Manley: filing
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) has set an annual compensation target for Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley consisting of pay, cash and equity bonuses of $14 million, the automaker said in a regulatory filing on Friday.

02/22/2019 05:25 PM
S&P 500 posts highest close since November 8 on trade optimism
The S&P 500 posted its highest closing level since Nov. 8 on Friday as investors clung to signs of progress in the ongoing trade talks between the United States and China.

02/22/2019 05:21 PM
Trump's economy 'a little under' 3 percent growth goal: Fed
The Trump administration will fall "a little under" its target of 3 percent annual growth of gross domestic product for 2018, the Federal Reserve said Friday in a report that offers an economic scorecard of sorts for the first full year of President Donald Trump's term.

02/23/2019 02:30 PM
Recommended Reading: The smartwatch EKG
Smartwatches are changing the purpose of the EKG Andrew Bomback and Michelle Au, The Atlantic Devices like the Apple Watch and other wearables now offer access to an EKG on your wrist. What was once reserved for a hospital or doctor's office can n...

02/23/2019 01:30 PM
Samsung Galaxy S10+: What’s great and what’s not (so far)
Samsung's Galaxy S10 family was only announced a few days ago, but we got one just in time to bring along to Barcelona. It's a beautiful device, and clearly represents Samsung at the peak of its smartphone-building prowess, but there's a bigger quest...

02/23/2019 01:00 PM
A look back at Samsung's Galaxy S lineup
Earlier this week, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S10 (and S10+), the company's latest and greatest Android flagship. Somewhat obviously, the S10 is also the tenth-generation Galaxy S, which means it's been ten years since the very first Gal...

02/23/2019 12:00 PM
Why can’t all set-top boxes be as stylish as the Freebox Delta?
It might seem strange to do a deep-dive of an internet and TV set-top box, let alone one that you can't have in the United States. But the Freebox Delta from French carrier Free, equipped with Devialet speakers, is so strange, stylish and interesting...

02/23/2019 10:30 AM
Ask Engadget: Do I need a ray-tracing GPU?
The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac...

02/23/2019 09:34 AM
Oppo phone with 10x zoom camera will launch this spring
Following the teaser from mid-January, today Oppo held an event just ahead of MWC to talk more about its upcoming 10x "lossless" camera zoom technology. This will still be enabled by a triple-camera module, but now we know that from top to bottom, it...

02/23/2019 09:00 AM
The Morning After: The problem with the Galaxy Fold
Welcome to your weekend! Did you hear? Foldable phones are a real thing. Beside Samsung's big Unpacked showcase, we re-reviewed PlayStation's streaming service, we need to (and do) talk about Huawei's rough year and dream of solar farms in space. MWC...

02/23/2019 05:33 AM
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams bids the company's board farewell
Twitter co-founder and former CEO Ev Williams has stepped down from the social network's board of directors. He didn't really give an explanation other than saying that he's doing so to be able to "focus on some other things." Williams currently serv...

02/23/2019 01:47 AM
YouTube prevents anti-vaccine channels from running ads
YouTube is killing anti-vaccine channels' ability to earn from advertisements following a BuzzFeed News report that put a spotlight on the spread of anti-vax videos on the platform. During its investigation, the publication discovered that ads, inclu...

02/22/2019 06:45 PM
Japanese safety video teaches cats the rules of the road
As a species, we've done a pretty bang up job making the rest of the planet incredibly dangerous for other animals. Ask any badger and they'll tell you, "humans are the worst." Roadways are particularly treacherous to the rest of the animal kingdom....

02/22/2019 05:50 PM
Virgin Galactic sends its first passenger to the edge of space
Virgin Galactic sent its first test passenger into sub-space today. The company's chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses accompanied two pilots on a flight 55.85 miles above the Earth, just a few miles below the internationally recognized space bounda...

02/22/2019 04:49 PM
Huawei’s billboard may have just leaked its foldable phone
Huawei's big reveal at next week's Mobile World Congress may have been scooped by a billboard. An advertisement on display at the event, spotted by Twitter user @gimme2pm, shows a yet-to-be-announced folding smartphone called the Huawei Mate X. Engad...

02/22/2019 04:24 PM
Intel's 5G modems won't be in phones until 2020
Intel has said that while it will send out sample versions of its 5G modems to its clients this year, the chips won't be in phones before 2020. Apple uses Intel modems in its iPhones, so the timeline suggests we might not see a 5G iPhone until next y...

02/22/2019 04:00 PM
Snapchat is in the middle of an identity crisis
There was a time a year or so ago when, if a friend wanted to send me a meme or a funny selfie, it would be on Snapchat. But I don't remember the last time that happened; at some point Instagram became our go-to messaging app. And apparently I'm not...

02/22/2019 03:26 PM
Analogue’s mini-Genesis will include an unreleased game from 1994
If you needed another reason to consider buying Analogue's Mega SG console, you might just have one: the chance to play Hardcore, a 1994 Sega Genesis game that was previewed but never published. After 25 years in the dark, Hardcore will see the light...

02/22/2019 03:08 PM
YouTube is proactively blocking ads on videos prone to predatory comments
Earlier this week, multiple brands pulled their advertisements from YouTube in response to what one YouTuber called a "soft-core pedophilia ring" being fostered via video comments. In response, YouTube removed hundreds of channels and disabled commen...

02/22/2019 02:42 PM
Smart glasses maker North reportedly lays off 150
North, the makers of the Focals smart glasses, has laid off a portion of its workforce. The company confirmed the layoffs to Engadget but would not specify how many people lost their jobs. The Verge reported today that the cuts affected 150 employees...

02/22/2019 01:31 PM
Here's Bethesda's plan to keep 'Fallout 76' relevant in 2019
After a few very rough months, Bethesda is ready to show where Fallout 76 is headed next... and it might just inject some needed variety into the online action RPG. The company has published a 2019 roadmap that starts on March 12th with Wild Appalac...

02/22/2019 12:59 PM
Multiple iOS apps are reportedly sharing sensitive data with Facebook
At least 11 popular apps are reportedly sharing people's sensitive data with Facebook, even if they don't have an account on the social network. The Wall Street Journal found that apps which can help track personal information such as body weight, me...

02/22/2019 12:30 PM
Tune in to our Microsoft MWC liveblog Sunday at 12PM ET!
MWC doesn't officially begin until Monday, but a few companies are revealing the goods this weekend ahead of the show. Microsoft is one of those, and we'll be there on Sunday (February 24th) to bring you all the news as it's announced in liveblog for...

02/22/2019 12:16 PM
BMW and Daimler invest $1 billion in their joint mobility services
German automakers BMW and Daimler AG provided a host of details on their partnerhsip that will that will invest more than $1 billion into mobility services. The companies, which agreed to pool their services last year, plan to invest in handful of pr...

02/22/2019 12:00 PM
The best bag and cable organizers
By Kaitlyn Wells This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full bag and cable organizers guide her...

02/22/2019 11:32 AM
Watch the premiere of Showtime's 'Desus & Mero' talk show for free
Showtime's long-awaited Desus & Mero late-night talk show premiered Thursday, and while you'll typically need a subscription to check out the series, the network has shared the debut episode for free. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, who gained a fol...

02/22/2019 10:59 AM
85 percent of Chrome apps and extensions lack a privacy policy
There's a good chance you use or have used Chrome, so there's good reason for you to be disturbed by new data from Duo Security that shows just how vulnerable the 180,000-plus Chrome apps and extensions are. For starters, 85 percent of them don't hav...

02/22/2019 10:27 AM
Samsung will let you remap the Bixby button on older phones too
If the Bixby button on your Samsung Galaxy phone doesn't get much use, you might prefer to make it open another app. Samsung noted the remapping option when it revealed the S10 lineup this week, but if you have a slightly older Galaxy phone (namely,...

02/21/2019 04:37 PM
North Carolina board votes to hold new House election over absentee ballot fraud

North Carolina board votes to hold new House election over absentee ballot fraudThe North Carolina Board of Elections voted unanimously to hold a new election in the state’s 9th District after overwhelming evidence of vote tampering.



02/21/2019 06:27 PM
Judge to Roger Stone: Stop talking about federal case alleging obstruction and lying to Congress

Judge to Roger Stone: Stop talking about federal case alleging obstruction and lying to CongressA federal judge ordered Roger Stone, a flamboyant political consultant, to stop talking about his case alleging obstruction and lying to Congress



02/22/2019 02:45 PM
Donald Trump: Russian Asset?

Donald Trump: Russian Asset?‘I  think it’s possible” that President Donald Trump is a Russian asset, disgraced former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. McCabe also said to The Atlantic that FBI brass felt “concern about the president and whether or not he posed a national-security threat that we should be investigating.”On Wednesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the Federal Assembly in Moscow. “Let me be loud and clear,” he told lawmakers near the Kremlin. “If the U.S. really is going to deploy missiles on the European continent, it will exacerbate the international situation and create a genuine danger for Russia, as there will be missiles with a 10–12-minute flight time to Moscow.” Putin lamented America’s February 1 withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty and added: “We are ready for disarmament talks, but we are no longer going to knock on a closed door.”McCabe’s bizarre comments perfectly echo the Trump-hating Left’s exhausted yet unsinkable theory that the president of the United States secretly works for Russia, Russia, Russia, and that he and Putin somehow swiped the White House from Hillary Clinton, who had waited her turn patiently to become America’s commander-in-chief.But only a thoroughly rotten Russian asset would create genuine danger for the Kremlin and close doors to Moscow. Indeed, President Trump routinely gives Putin ulcers.A Russian asset worth his borscht would work quietly to erode America’s military. Instead, Pentagon spending has soared from Obama’s final $521 billion allocation to Trump’s $634 billion in outlays for 2017 (up 21.7 percent) and another $716 billion last August (up 12.9 percent).Not satisfied simply to bolster the U.S. armed forces, Trump has pressured America’s NATO allies to do the same. Some criticize Trump for supposedly abusing our European partners. Actually, he has lavished them with tough love.“By the end of next year, NATO allies will add $100 billion extra toward defense,” NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said January 27 on Fox News Sunday. “So we see some real money and some real results. And we see that the clear message from President Donald Trump is having an impact.” Stoltenberg added: “NATO is united because we are able to adapt to deliver. North America and Europe are doing more together now than before.”None of this makes Vladimir Putin smile.Putin must have groaned last October when President Trump persuaded German chancellor Angela Merkel to spend $576 million on a terminal to receive U.S. liquefied natural gas. The Wall Street Journal called this “a key concession to President Trump as he tries to loosen Russia’s grip on Europe’s largest energy market.” This promises less revenue and leverage for Moscow and more profits and employment for American gas exporters.Adjacent to Russia, Trump restored Poland’s purchase of U.S. Patriot air-defense missiles  (which Obama canceled to appease Moscow). Trump also shipped Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.Last June, and in January 2017, Trump imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on Russian companies and oligarchs. This was payback for Moscow’s invasions of Ukraine and Crimea and its interference in U.S. political campaigns. As Trump said: “We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”If anyone behaved like a Russian asset, it was Obama. Trump’s predecessor launched the soft-on-Moscow “Russian Reset.” He was caught on a hot mic in March 2012 whispering to Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev: “This is my last election,” Obama said at a conference in Seoul. “After my election I have more flexibility,” especially on matters like anti-ballistic missiles in Europe, on which Russia frowned. “I understand,” Medvedev replied. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”As The Weekly Standard recalled, “the Obama administration removed a group of missile launchers from near the Russian border with Poland after Moscow objected to their placement.” Obama refused to arm Ukraine’s anti-Putin fighters. Obama’s first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said in March 2010: “Our goal is to help strengthen Russia.” This apparently included encouraging Cisco Systems, Google, and Intel to open shop at Skolkovo, a sort of Russian Silicon Valley. The Pentagon and FBI eventually learned that the entire project was a giant technology-theft scam.Strengthening Russia also involved greenlighting Moscow’s purchase of Uranium One Inc. and its 20 percent share of U.S. uranium reserves. This company’s top investors donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. What a coincidence.Alas, fact-o-phobic Trump haters like Andrew McCabe consider him a pro-Moscow mole even as they wink at Obama’s and Hillary’s Russophilia.Michael Malarkey furnished research for this opinion piece.



02/22/2019 02:31 AM
French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victimsPARIS (AP) — Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France's bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France's statute of limitations.



02/23/2019 08:11 AM
Palestinians bury teen killed by Israeli gunfire during border protests

Palestinians bury teen killed by Israeli gunfire during border protestsGaza health officials say the 15-year-old boy was shot by Israeli troops during a protest attended by thousands on the Gaza Strip border. Rough cut (no reporter narration)



02/22/2019 04:54 AM
Pakistan reimposes ban on Islamist charities linked to militant leader

Pakistan reimposes ban on Islamist charities linked to militant leaderPakistan has re-instated a ban on two charities linked to the founder of an Islamist militant group that has carried out attacks in India, the interior ministry said on Friday. The ban comes as Pakistan faces international pressure to act against militant groups, amid escalating tension with its nuclear-armed neighbor, India, following a suicide bomb attack on Indian police in the disputed region of Kashmir. The attack, in which 40 Indian paramilitary troops were killed, was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group.



02/22/2019 11:15 AM
Ford launches probe into actual emissions of its vehicles

Ford launches probe into actual emissions of its vehiclesFord has launched an investigation into the actual emissions of its vehicles after employees reported errors in data given to authorities, the automaker said. "In September, a handful of employees raised a concern... regarding the analytical modeling that is part of our US fuel economy and emissions compliance process," Kim Pittel, an executive responsible for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said in a statement released late Thursday. "We have hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation" into specifications used in testing and "applications to certify emissions and fuel economy," Pittel said.



02/23/2019 12:28 PM
Airlines admit having cameras installed on back of passengers’ seats

Airlines admit having cameras installed on back of passengers’ seatsThree of the world’s biggest airlines have admitted some of their planes have cameras installed on the backs of passenger seats. American Airlines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have new seat-back entertainment systems that include cameras. Companies that make the entertainment systems are fitting them with cameras to offer passengers options such as seat-to-seat video conferencing, according to an American Airlines spokesman.



02/22/2019 11:55 AM
Global equities climb on hopeful trade talk vibes

Global equities climb on hopeful trade talk vibesWorld stock markets advanced Friday as investors awaited what they hoped will be encouraging news from US-China trade talks in Washington, dealers said.



02/22/2019 10:22 AM
The ISIS Brides Should Not Live among Us

The ISIS Brides Should Not Live among UsIt is almost five years since ISIS declared a caliphate in parts of northern Iraq and Syria. From countries across the West, hundreds of Muslim citizens found the promise of the caliphate so enticing that they heeded the call to join. Now we are in precisely the situation that anyone could have predicted, and many did: former members of Islamic State, who turned their backs on the West, are now trying to get back to the West. In each country there is now a completely predictable political row over whether they should be allowed to return or not.Despite recently urging European countries to take responsibility for their own jihadis and have them back, President Trump says that he has instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to ensure that Hoda Muthana, of Alabama, is not allowed back into the U.S. The secretary of state has declared that Muthana “is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.” In the U.K., the home secretary, Sajid Javid, has said that Shamima Begum -- who, like Muthana, joined ISIS but is now pleading to return to her home country from a refugee camp -- will be stripped of her British citizenship so that she cannot return to the country. It is claimed that Begum has Bangladeshi citizenship too, although the authorities in that country deny this claim and insist that there is no way Begum is heading to their country.There are good arguments on each side of the larger debate that has ensued. Begum was 15 when she went to join ISIS, and though she is obviously now an adult, her case is an especially difficult one on which to base any policy because of the additional question of the age of terrorist responsibility. Added to that, all countries are expected to abide by the international obligation not to make any person stateless, and so unless the individual has joint citizenship and the second country rather surprisingly decides that it could do with an extra ISIS fanatic in the mix, withdrawing citizenship opens the relevant authorities up to legal challenge.In Europe in particular -- which is already struggling with the integration of its Muslim populations -- there is a serious additional question over what message a policy of stripping citizenship gives out. If I were to decide to leave the country, destroy my passport, and swear allegiance to a foreign jihadist group and would-be state, would the U.K. government strip me of my citizenship? Would they only do so if, like Begum, I were the child of immigrants? Many people, including people who should be taken seriously in this area -- such as Shiraz Maher of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London -- are insisting that the British home secretary’s treatment of Begum is actually “racist.” There are cases we could compare it with (such as that of “Jihad Jack,” a white convert who grew up in Oxford before joining ISIS), but the impression given out could well be that there is one rule for children of immigrants and another for others. If that impression is true, it would ride against the whole modern European multicultural insistence that once immigrants become citizens they are exactly, and in every way, equal.What is remarkable is that we have had years to avert precisely this situation: not just half a decade with the case of ISIS, but almost two decades in which this general problem could have been averted. At least since 9/11, there has been some recognition in the counterterror community that our laws are not wholly fit for purpose -- in particular, that our toolkit is missing something in the area of what used to be treason laws. In America as in Europe, you do not have to wait very long in the legal and counterterror communities for it to be assured that such laws are antiquated, defunct, moribund, or otherwise unusable. But in each case it also tends to be recognized that without something like a treason law (“subversion” or “aiding the Queen’s enemies” in the old adumbration) we cannot answer the specific challenge that people such as Begum and Muthana pose. That we are little nearer answering this predictable challenge is yet another example of the opportunity cost of a political and media class obsessed with what it cannot change and disinterested in what it could.Those who insist that that such people should simply return and face criminal charges in domestic courts ignore the standards of evidence needed in a court, the difficulty of compiling such evidence, and the endless questions around fair trials, the presumption of innocence, and more. Shabina Begum claims to have merely been an ISIS housewife and seen some heads in bins and so on. The tedious domestic life of the Islamic State. If she played no role in any beheadings, or if there aren’t enough people around to give eyewitness testimony, what should she be prosecuted on? Should she simply be brought back to the U.K. and put through a “deradicalisation” program? To claim she should is to put a vast amount of trust in a program, and a policy, which is far from a science and far from even frequently successful. All this is in a country whose security services are already overstretched with the number of Islamists they would like to keep their eyes on versus the number they actually can afford to keep an eye on.For what it’s worth, I am not especially torn over whether people like those who went to join ISIS should be allowed back into their countries of origin or not. The age issue with Begum is troubling. The prospect of an expansion of the use of such powers is an undeniable worry. But overriding this is another consideration which I have not seen stressed enough in the debate to date. In the whole debate around Islamist extremism one of the things we have most lacked is strong signals. There is a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville of which I’m fond: “One does not depend on laws to reanimate beliefs that are extinguished. But one does depend on laws to interest men in the destiny of their country.”Over recent years the message given out from the Western democracies has been, “You can do absolutely anything here. You can mutilate your daughters and we won’t catch you. You can kill girls in your family who have brought you ‘dishonor’ and we won’t much bother to pursue you. You can preach the destruction of our society and we will tolerate you. You can fight for our enemies, and we will tie ourselves in legal knots over how -- if at all -- we might be able to discipline you afterwards.” I have always thought that the lack of strong signals is one of the strongest possible incentives for Islamist extremism. You can fight for your country, or you can fight for your country’s enemies. If you choose the latter and it all goes fine, you’re in clover. And if it doesn’t, then you can at any point return to the situation you were in when you started off, as though you never made that treasonous choice. In short, the number of negatives is not commensurate with the number of positives.There are costs to everything in this life. A cost for making bad decisions, and a cost for making the worst ones. Joining ISIS is not an “oops,” but is among the worst decisions anyone of this generation could have made. Our entire value system is not on the line here. Only a couple of generations ago we would have hanged Begum for what she did. Perhaps she should be allowed to live. But not among us.



02/21/2019 09:07 PM
Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms linger

Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms lingerThe airline continues to have a higher-than-usual number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance and is dealing with snow in Las Vegas.



02/21/2019 07:47 PM
IRS employee charged in leak of Trump attorney records

IRS employee charged in leak of Trump attorney recordsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged an IRS employee with leaking banking records of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen that flagged suspicious activity, the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco said Thursday.



02/22/2019 12:15 PM
The Roman Farce

The Roman FarcePope Francis is conducting his extraordinary summit with cardinals on the problem of sexual abuse in the Church. And we can expect it will go nowhere.The summit is happening in light of two events outside of it. The first was Pope Francis’s recent laicization of the former cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, a man who was notorious for his sexual abuse of seminarians and other priests, while at the same time he was the public-relations face of the Church’s response to sexual abuse and cover-up in the early 2000s. McCarrick was finally publicly exposed when an investigation into his abuse of a minor became public last year.The second is the publication of a sensationalist book by sociologist Frédéric Martel, In the Closet of the Vatican, which claims to document the sexual hypocrisy at the top of the Roman Catholic Church. The book is fascinating because it relies on scores of interviews with cardinals and is written in a loose, gossipy style. Some of the pope’s trusted confidantes were sources for the book. We’ll come back to that in a minute.These two events also reveal the problems inherent to Pope Francis’s summit. The laicization of McCarrick is held up as a victory of accountability, even justice, but actually amounts to a public-relations move. McCarrick was not afforded the normal forms of defense given to men in his position. And far from solving the McCarrick issue, his laicization avoids the main question: How did McCarrick rise to his position while “everyone knew” of his sordid reputation? Why was he able to maneuver around the restrictions put on him by Benedict XVI? Why did Francis make him an informal adviser in his anxious desire to reshape the American episcopate? And how is it that his associates (co-conspirators?) continue to rise in the Church? Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who lived and worked with McCarrick for years (and claims to have noticed nothing unusual), was recently appointed cardinal camerlengo, who will govern the Vatican during the next interregnum.Francis’s preferred bishops have also been promoting their own line on the abuse crisis at the summit. In their eyes, the problem is not rampant immorality, a network of moral blackmail, and moral conspiracy but what they call “clericalism.” The term is used in two senses. The first, the one that makes it plausible to some as a problem, is the idea that bishops and priests protect each other. That’s true. But what Francis’s men mean by clericalism is the idea of a Church where a hierarchical priesthood plays a role in safeguarding the Church’s traditional doctrine. They believe that this conception of the priesthood, as having real moral responsibility for handing on the faith as they received it, makes priests irresponsible. It is in this way that they transmute the failure of bishops to exercise authority to remove abusive priests into a problem of “excessive authority.” And thus sexual immorality is blamed, not just on moral and doctrinal conservatives, but on moral and doctrinal conservatism itself.Then there is the matter of the book, which replicates the same error. Martel’s methodology for determining whether certain churchmen are gay is to stereotype them. Churchmen whom he deems to oppose homosexuality too much are deemed homosexual themselves. This logic does not apply, however, to Pope Francis, who has occasionally urged gay men to leave the priesthood or not enter it at all. Francis is held up as a hero to Martel. But the influence of Francis’s inner circle is evident in the choice of targets.Martel meets with the German conservative cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller and insinuates that the cardinal’s “perfumed voice” gives him away as a homosexual. Pope Benedict XVI is deemed a homosexual because he likes opera. The traditionalist cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is deemed homosexual or even transsexual because he prefers the Church’s most elaborate vestments. Just as the Vatican summit limits its scope to avoid addressing the culture of abuse in seminaries, so Martel avoids discussing the documented abuse at the seminary of the so-called “vice pope,” Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga.Martel’s preferred story is one of moral hypocrisy. That may be a real moral problem for some churchmen. But because this is Martel’s bias, he is incapable of looking at the crisis through the lens of moral indifference, moral lassitude, and moral cronyism, which are the major factors in the crisis of sexual abuse and predation in the Church.That Martel was helped in this sordid endeavor of cover-up and baseless accusation by the pope’s closest advisers should be a source of immense scandal to those in the Church and outside it. He likes opera. He must be gay. He likes vestments. Must be gay. He has a pleasant voice. Gay. This is the kind of moral enlightenment that Pope Francis’s allies have brought to the Church? The only stereotype that Martel doesn’t use is the one about men who engage in constant salacious sexual gossip and speculation, as it would indict all his sources.The book is trash. The supposed justice meted to McCarrick amounts to a cover-up. The pope’s summit is trash and a coverup. These men do not fear the justice of God or men. All their training in theology, and their great insight about man’s depravity, is the schoolyard taunt “Whoever smelt it, dealt it.” To hell with them all.



02/23/2019 01:01 PM
Venezuela border tensions turn violent amid aid distribution bid

Venezuela border tensions turn violent amid aid distribution bidUreña (Venezuela) (AFP) - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed Saturday a first shipment of humanitarian aid has reached Venezuela, defying a border blockade by President Nicolas Maduro as a standoff over the entry of food and medical aid turned violent. Venezuelan National Guard forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at several crossing points on the Colombia border, pinning down demonstrators seeking to reach humanitarian aid stockpiled on the other side. Guaido formally launched the distribution operation at a warehouse at the Tienditas border bridge, in Cucuta, Colombia.



02/22/2019 04:54 AM
North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders' summit

North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next leaders' summitThe release of the undated two-page memo by the North Korean mission to the United Nations comes ahead of a second summit next week between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Washington has been demanding that North Korea give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States, while North Korea has been seeking a lifting of punishing sanctions, a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War and security guarantees. The 15-member U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.



02/21/2019 05:03 PM
20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love

20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love



02/23/2019 12:57 PM
Robert Kraft 'categorically' denies soliciting sex at spa after police said he was filmed twice in the act

Robert Kraft 'categorically' denies soliciting sex at spa after police said he was filmed twice in the actNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has “categorically” denied soliciting sex at a spa in Florida after police said he was filmed doing so twice. Mr Kraft, 77, faces two counts of soliciting sex from a prostitute. The billionaire is one of two dozen men who were arrested for allegedly paying $59 (£45) for a half-hour and $79 (£60) for an hour of sex at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.



02/22/2019 05:44 PM
Disabled greeter meets with Walmart about job; no resolution

Disabled greeter meets with Walmart about job; no resolutionA beloved, longtime Walmart greeter with cerebral palsy met with store management in Pennsylvania on Friday in a bid to keep his job but came away with no guarantees, and his family is girding for a fight.



02/21/2019 03:49 PM
Warren Backs Government Reparations for African Americans

Warren Backs Government Reparations for African AmericansSenator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Thursday followed fellow Democratic presidential contender Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) in calling for the government to pay reparations to African Americans to atone for slavery and subsequent discrimination.Warren's campaign told the New York Times that she does support some form of government reparations for the descendants of slaves, but did not specify what policy she we would pursue if elected in 2020.Warren's support for reparations came after Harris came out in support of the idea during a radio interview last week.“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” she said. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”Since angering much of the progressive-activist community last year by publicizing the results of her DNA test to substantiate her claim of Native American ancestry, Warren has prioritized racial equity in laying out her 2020 presidential platform. She has called for a special home-buying-assistance program that would help alleviate the effects of racial red-lining, a phenomenon in which African Americans are prevented from buying homes in certain neighborhoods. She has also presented a universal-child-care proposal that would create a network of government-backed child-care centers available to families making under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.Other prominent Democratic presidential contenders, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, have not yet come out in support of reparations. Senator Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) dismissed the idea of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves as impractical during his 2016 presidential run but has not weighed in on the issue since.



02/22/2019 01:13 PM
Wild weather weekend: Blizzard, tornadoes, floods, ferocious winds all expected

Wild weather weekend: Blizzard, tornadoes, floods, ferocious winds all expectedThe final weekend of February will deliver a wild potpourri of weather as winter and spring do battle across the United States.



02/23/2019 07:31 AM
Girl banned from wearing MAGA hat claims school is violating her First Amendment rights

Girl banned from wearing MAGA hat claims school is violating her First Amendment rightsA California high school student who was banned from wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on campus is challenging her school district for impinging on her First Amendment rights. Maddie Mueller, who attends Clovis North High School in Fresno, is a member of Valley Patriots. The conservative activist group asked its affiliates to wear the well-known hat bearing Donald Trump's campaign motto on Wednesday.



02/22/2019 03:11 PM
Planned Parenthood Cut Off From Federal Funding Under Trump Rule

Planned Parenthood Cut Off From Federal Funding Under Trump RuleUnder a regulation issued on Friday, no health-care provider that offers abortion services will be eligible for the federal Title X program, which last year offered $286.5 million in grants that funded family-planning services. The rule “prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning,” according to a fact sheet published by the Department of Health and Human Services. Planned Parenthood has long been a target for anti-abortion lawmakers and politicians.



02/21/2019 05:11 PM
What do Millennials think about Bernie Sanders and the direction of the Democratic Party?

What do Millennials think about Bernie Sanders and the direction of the Democratic Party?Nathan Rubin, Malia Fisher, Joseph Pinion and Allison Lee Pillinger Choi weigh in on whether or not Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a chance to win the 2020 Democratic nomination.



02/22/2019 09:52 AM
2019 10Best Cars

2019 10Best Cars



02/22/2019 08:02 AM
Russia says US aid to Venezuela a 'pretext for military action'

Russia says US aid to Venezuela a 'pretext for military action'Russia on Friday accused the United States of using aid deliveries to Venezuela as a ploy to carry out military action against President Nicolas Maduro's government. "A dangerous provocation, instigated and led by Washington, is planned for February 23," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, pointing to efforts by opposition leader Juan Guaido to pick up US aid being stockpiled on the Colombian border. Guaido's plans to try to bring the aid across the border are aimed at provoking clashes, she said, to provide "a convenient pretext for conducting military action".



02/22/2019 07:53 AM
At Pope's abuse summit, Church seeks to fix 'systematic failures'

At Pope's abuse summit, Church seeks to fix 'systematic failures'Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Oswald Gracias of Mumbai spoke on the second day of a conference of some 200 senior Church officials convened by Pope Francis to confront what he has called the scourge of sexual abuse by the clergy. Various aspects of the sexual abuse crisis made 2018 the worst year for the pope since his election in 2013. Last week, Theodore McCarrick, once a powerful cardinal in the U.S. Church, was dismissed from the priesthood after the Vatican found him guilty of sexual abuse of minors and adults over decades.



02/21/2019 07:30 PM
New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race

New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House raceRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him.



02/22/2019 10:39 AM
Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for less than $40 at Best Buy

Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for less than $40 at Best BuyWhen you get home from a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour bent over a hot stove making dinner. Yeah you can pop something in a slow cooker before you leave for your day, but that takes advanced planning and sometimes you just don't have the time or energy for that. With a pressure cooker, you can just toss ingredients in like a slow cooker, but the food cooks in a fraction of the time. You've probably heard the craze about Instant Pots, but those can run a bit pricey. The Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker does virtually the same thing as an Instant Pot at a lower price point. Right now you can snag the Insignia pressure cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy, a savings of $80.The multi-function cooker has 12 one-touch preset programs for easy operation. Some of these options include keep warm, slow cook, steak/meat, rice/risotto, cake, and more. You can cook almost anything in a multi-function cooker. If you're skeptical about jumping full throttle into the multi-cooker world, the Insignia is a good starter option because it has the same sort of functionality as the name-brand pricier models. You'll get similar features as the Instant Pot DUO Plus which will cost you $139.95 at Amazon. That's $100 more than you'll drop on the Insignia. Best Buy reviewer Websaver writes:Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy. Image: insignia Save $80 on the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker at Best Buy See Details



02/22/2019 02:02 AM
'It's snowing in Hollywood!' Snowflakes seen in and around Los Angeles

'It's snowing in Hollywood!' Snowflakes seen in and around Los AngelesForget the red carpet Sunday, the Oscars may have a white carpet!



02/22/2019 08:30 AM
Trump border wall: Third of Pentagon money president plans to use for wall is already spent, officals say

Trump border wall: Third of Pentagon money president plans to use for wall is already spent, officals sayUp to a third of the $6.7bn (£5.2bn) in Pentagon funds Donald Trump has identified to spend on a US-Mexico border wall has already been spent, officials have revealed. During his emergency powers declaration last month, the US president announced he would divert billions of dollars from other Department of Defense projects towards the wall, in order to circumvent Congress. It included $3.6bn (£2.8bn) in unspent military construction money, as well as $2.5bn (£1.9bn) in counterdrug funds and $600m (£462m) from an asset forfeiture account – the latter two not dependent on the emergency delaration.



02/21/2019 03:26 PM
Mercedes-Benz Recall | Automated System Problem

Mercedes-Benz Recall | Automated System ProblemMercedes-Benz Vehicles Recalled for Partially Automated Driving System Problem Mercedes-Benz is recalling 6,200 S-Class sedans, coupes, and convertibles from the 2018 and 2019 model years becaus...



02/22/2019 04:01 PM
R. Kelly Charged with 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

R. Kelly Charged with 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual AbuseKelly was previously indicted in Illinois in 2002 after a similar tape emerged



02/22/2019 09:00 AM
A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Is the Latest to Be Immortalized in Legos

A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Is the Latest to Be Immortalized in LegosThe Lego Creator Ford Mustang kit includes 1471 pieces.



02/23/2019 01:09 PM
Fiery Skirmishes Erupt as Guaido Tries to Bring Venezuela Aid

Fiery Skirmishes Erupt as Guaido Tries to Bring Venezuela AidNational Guard soldiers fired volleys of tear gas and plastic pellets at supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido, who were trying to persuade them to defect and permit tons of food and medicine into the country. Masked paramilitary gangs supporting the autocrat Maduro tore through the area there on motorcycles, firing guns in the air. Trucks of supplies rolled slowly through Cucuta, Colombia, toward the Tienditas Bridge with throngs of opposition supporters riding on top and cheering.



02/21/2019 03:22 PM
Google moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child porn

Google moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child pornGoogle-owned YouTube said Thursday it was taking action to close a loophole that enabled users to share comments and links on child pornography over the video-sharing service. The response came after a YouTube creator this week revealed what he called a "wormhole" that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside innocuous videos. "Any content -- including comments -- that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube," a spokesman said in an email to AFP.



02/22/2019 06:55 PM
'Too early' to tell if Ocasio-Cortez will help New York: Governor Cuomo

'Too early' to tell if Ocasio-Cortez will help New York: Governor Cuomo"It's early yet to find out what she actually produces," Cuomo told reporters after a news conference in Washington in which he argued for Congress to reverse a provision in the new federal tax code that disproportionately hurts his constituents. "You know, New York is very basic in our approach, we're sort of, 'What have you brought home for us lately?' I think it's a little early in the session yet for the evaluation." Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated a long-time Democratic lawmaker to get elected to Congress in 2018, has pushed her party to embrace a more liberal platform and ruffled feathers with her quick rise. Cuomo and Ocasio-Cortez ended up on opposite sides of the debate about Amazon.com opening a new headquarters in New York.



02/21/2019 04:20 PM
Our Love for Burl Wood Furniture Has Been Reignited

Our Love for Burl Wood Furniture Has Been Reignited



02/22/2019 12:28 PM
The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snow

The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snowFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in the U.S. Southwest (all times local):



02/23/2019 12:17 PM
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's armored train leaves for summit with Donald Trump in Hanoi, reports say

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's armored train leaves for summit with Donald Trump in Hanoi, reports sayThe secretive leader's train spotted in China en route to Vietnam but Kim may fly to summit and take it home.



02/22/2019 09:40 AM
Milan fashion week: catwalk beauty looks from day two

Milan fashion week: catwalk beauty looks from day twoDay two of Milan Fashion Week was all about classic red lipstick and glossy hair. At Fendi, the models had the front sections of their hair gelled into a wet-look texture and combed forward to curl off to one side of the forehead, forming a modern twist on the '50s quiff. The lipstick took on a fiery, orange-red hue at Emporio Armani, where it was teamed with feathery, uneven bangs and dramatic blusher for a raffish result.



02/22/2019 11:19 PM
Virginia GOP leader pushes for investigation into Lt. Gov. Fairfax

Virginia GOP leader pushes for investigation into Lt. Gov. FairfaxRepublicans from the state's House of Delegates announce a hearing into sexual assault allegations against Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax; Gillian Turner reports.



02/22/2019 06:30 PM
CORRECTED: Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contract

CORRECTED: Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contractThe organising effort, described to Reuters by three Microsoft workers, offers the latest example in the last year of tech employees protesting cooperation with governments on emerging technologies. Microsoft won a contract in November to supply the Army with at least 2,500 prototypes of augmented reality headsets, which digitally displays contextual information in front of a user's eyes. In a petition to Microsoft executives, posted on Twitter, workers said they "did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used." They called on the company to develop "a public-facing acceptable use policy" for its technology and an external review board to publicly enforce it.



02/23/2019 11:29 AM
Venezuela: Violent clashes break out as nation closes border with three countries amid escalating crisis

Venezuela: Violent clashes break out as nation closes border with three countries amid escalating crisisVenezuelan soldiers fired tear gas at civilians near the country’s border with Colombia, amid growing tensions after a crowd tried to clear a barricade in an effort to access humanitarian aid, including food and medicine. Flames from the bus blaze caused nearby power lines to spark along the border. The fresh burst of violence came as Nicolas Maduro‘s government closed Venezuela’s border bridges with Colombia on Friday, having also closed the nation’s borders with Brazil and the island of Curacao, other crucial points of entry for international aid.



02/23/2019 01:56 AM
NASA greenlights SpaceX crew capsule test to ISS

NASA greenlights SpaceX crew capsule test to ISSNASA on Friday gave SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned craft with a life-sized mannequin to the International Space Station. "We're go for launch, we're go for docking," said William Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator with NASA Human Exploration and Operations. A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to lift off, weather permitting, on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS.



02/22/2019 06:09 AM
Truckloads of civilians leave Islamic State enclave in Syria

Truckloads of civilians leave Islamic State enclave in SyriaTrucks loaded with civilians left the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday, as U.S.-backed forces waited to inflict final defeat on the surrounded jihadists. Reporters near the front line at Baghouz saw dozens of trucks driving out with civilians inside them, but it was not clear if more remained in the tiny pocket. The village is all that remains for Islamic State in the Euphrates valley region that became its final populated stronghold in Iraq and Syria after it lost the major cities of Mosul and Raqqa in 2017.



02/22/2019 07:09 AM
Google improving Maps and Search to fight the opioid crisis

Google improving Maps and Search to fight the opioid crisisOn Thursday Google announced that it is making it easier to locate drug disposal locations year-round with enhanced opioid-related query results. Since 2017, the opioid crisis has been officially a public health emergency with Google queries for "medication disposal near me" reaching an all-time high on the platform just last month. In response, the company has improved Maps and Search results of queries like "drug drop off near me" or "medication disposal near me" to display permanent disposal locations, typically pharmacies (like Walgreens or CVS Health), hospitals, or government buildings, where you can discard unused and unneeded medications.



02/22/2019 12:21 AM
Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?

Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina's election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election.



02/21/2019 10:35 PM
Police slam US actor, say he staged racist attack to boost career

Police slam US actor, say he staged racist attack to boost careerAn American TV actor was criminally charged Thursday for allegedly masterminding an elaborate "publicity stunt" that sought to exploit the "pain and anger of racism" with a staged assault on the streets of Chicago. It was the latest twist in a weeks-long saga that has seen 36-year-old Jussie Smollett, the gay, African-American actor who stars on Fox music industry drama "Empire," go from victim to suspect after he reported an assault late last month. In a sign of the national attention the case has drawn, President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday, taking issue with the fact Smollett claimed his assailants invoked the president's "Make America Great Again" slogan along with homophobic and racist slurs during the purported attack.



02/21/2019 04:08 PM
Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powder

Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powderThe Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigate the alleged asbestos contamination of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.



02/21/2019 03:17 PM
Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million years

Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million yearsEmissions of carbon dioxide – the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming – could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years, scientists warned.