Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Short Pants and Long Sleeves: China’s Soccer Team Plays Under Tattoo Ban


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N.Y. Draws a Record 65 Million Tourists (in Spite of Trump’s Trade War, Many Were Chinese)


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U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

U.S.'s Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murderThe U.S. secretary of state said Monday that Saudi leaders assured him everyone responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be held accountable.




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Kidnap suspect picked out US teen target at bus stop: charges

Kidnap suspect picked out US teen target at bus stop: chargesAn American 21-year-old arrested for holding a teenaged girl captive after murdering her parents chose his victim after seeing her get on a school bus, according to a charge sheet filed on Monday. Jake Patterson confessed to killing James and Denise Closs and to abducting their 13-year-old daughter Jayme, according to the document filed in court in Barron County, Wisconsin. Referred to in the document by her initials, JLC, Jayme Closs was the subject of a nationwide search following her disappearance three months ago -- until last week when she made a seemingly miraculous escape.




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Democrats boycott meeting with Trump at White House to negotiate government shutdown

Democrats boycott meeting with Trump at White House to negotiate government shutdownCongressional Democrats have rejected an invite from Donald Trump to attend a lunch meeting at the White House, as the president looks to build support for his border wall without Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The White House has said no rank-and-file House Democrats will attend the lunch aimed at trying to end a record-setting partial government shutdown.




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PG&E plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as Camp Fire investigation continues

PG&E plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as Camp Fire investigation continuesPacific Gas & Electric plans to enter bankruptcy as investigators continue to look into the utility's possible involvement in causing the Camp Fire.




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Venezuela's Maduro offers few fresh ideas as economy circles drain

Venezuela's Maduro offers few fresh ideas as economy circles drainAfter promising ambitious economic measures ahead of Monday's speech, Maduro's proposals included a 300 percent minimum wage hike, dialogue with business leaders, and increased use of an inexistent state-backed cryptocurrency. There is nothing there that allows one to think that Venezuela will exit the deep crisis it's experiencing," said Asdrubal Oliveros, director of Caracas-based consultancy Ecoanalitica, on Twitter. The socialist government, they say, funds wage hikes by increasing the country's monetary supply, causing inflation to accelerate and negating any benefit an increase in the minimum wage could bring for Venezuelans.




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Close shave: Gillette ad sparks online controversy

Close shave: Gillette ad sparks online controversyA commercial for the Gillette razor brand that supported the #MeToo movement and called on men to change their behavior has triggered a heated controversy online. The broadcast of the spot, which was released Sunday and lasts just under two minutes, has earned the brand praise from those who see it as an example of brave communication, with the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs even paying tribute in a tweet on Tuesday. "So nice to see @Gillette jumping on the 'men are horrible' campaign permeating mainstream media and Hollywood entertainment.




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Jayme Closs case: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus' and decided to snatch teenager

Jayme Closs case: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus' and decided to snatch teenagerA Wisconsin man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl's parents so he could kidnap her allegedly made up his mind to snatch her after he spotted her getting onto a school bus.   Jake Patterson, 21, told detectives he planned his crime methodically after watching Jayme Closs board her school bus while driving to work one day, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.  Mr Patterson did not even know the teenagers name until he abducted her, the complaint said.  He faces charges of killing Jayme's parents, James and Denise, and kidnapping her at the family home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15 last year. The teenager escaped last Thursday after three months in captivity, police said. Inside squalid basement 'cell' where Jayme Closs was allegedly held captive Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  On Monday, a criminal complaint outlined how Mr Patterson allegedly targeted and plotted to snatch the teenager and hid her under his bed for hours at a time when people visited his home. The charging document quotes Mr Patterson as saying that when he saw Jayme, "he knew that was the girl he was going to take." He scouted the Closs home twice with the plan of taking Jayme but abandoned the plan because there were too many people around. When he eventually stormed the home by the front door, the teenager and her mother Denise took refuge in the bathroom. They heard a gunshot and suspected the intruder had killed the father James. New pictures show the inside of Mr Patterson's home Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  Mr Patterson then allegedly broke down the bathroom door, bound and gagged Jayme and then shot Denise dead. According to the court filing, the 21-year-old told detectives he used his father's 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun because it is commonly used and he thought it would be more difficult to trace. He wiped the shells and shotguns free of fingerprints and wore gloves to load the gun. The complaint also states Mr Patterson shaved his face and head and showered prior to the attack. Jayme's parents James and Denise Closs He dressed all in black, took the licence plates off his car, put stolen plates on and disconnected the dome and trunk lights. He describes shooting dead Jayme's parents before dragging her out of her home and hiding her in the boot of his car, even yielding to police cars rushing to the scene on his way home. Prosecutors quote Jayme as saying Mr Patterson would force her under a bed in his remote cabin when people visited. He would stack laundry bins and barbell weights around the bed so she couldn't move without him noticing. Jayme is now being cared for by her extended family Credit: AFP The complaint says Jayme was kept up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks. She told detectives that he warned her that "bad things could happen to her" if anyone found her there. Jayme told detectives that on January 10, Mr Patterson made her go under the bed and told her he would be gone for five or six hours. She said she managed to push the bins and weights away, crawled out, put on a pair of his shoes and fled the house. She came across a neighbour who helped her contact the police. According to the local officers who then arrested Mr Patterson, when he stepped out of his vehicle he said, "'I know what this is about. I did it'".




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Mike Pence: Democrats refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdown

Mike Pence: Democrats refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdownThe American people deserve better. Only the willfully blind — or politically blinded — could fail to see the scope and scale of our border crisis.




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Indonesia recovers Lion Air jet's cockpit voice recorder

Indonesia recovers Lion Air jet's cockpit voice recorderJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officials said Monday, in a possible boost to the investigation into why the 2-month-old plane nosedived at high velocity, killing 189 people.




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Republican's questions uncovered revelations that FBI leader

Republican's questions uncovered revelations that FBI leaderRep. John Ratcliffe confirms his questions to former FBI general counsel James Baker uncovered the claims first reported by the New York Times; Catherine Herridge has the details.




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30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles go on strike as negotiations stall

30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles go on strike as negotiations stallUnited Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) said negotiations stalled and that the union didn't receive a new contract proposal over the weekend.




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