German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she would seek an end to Turkey's membership talks with the European Union in an apparent shift of her position during a televised debate weeks before a German election.
"The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU," Merkel said in the debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Martin Schulz.
Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to vote against Angela Merkel
"I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks," Merkel added.
The comments are likely to worsen already strained ties between the two NATO allies that have deepened since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on opponents in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July of last year.
There was no immediate reaction from Turkey which is in the midst of a national religious holiday.
How disgustingly islamophobic Mama Merkel! How could you reject such a wonderful, progressive and superior culture. Just wait a few years and all those lovely turkish people that already enrich your inferior and infidel country will teach you your place, so go ahead and invite some more I hear they are quite fond of Mr. Erdogan in your country, so well integrated aren't they?
Roberto Ortiz and Jace Swinton, both 18, and Jace Church (16) were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Orthodox Jewish proffesinal mixed martial arts fighter Aaron Rajman. A judge in Palm Beach County Criminal Court on Saturday ordered them held without bond, local media reported. They also face charges on two counts of armed home invasion robbery with a firearm. They were arrested Friday . Church, a high school junior, became friends with Rajman after meeting him in January at a convenience store, and Swinton is her ex-boyfriend, according to reports. Rajman, was killed on the evening of July 3 when they entered his home in West Boca Raton. The killers reportedly argued with Rajman and shot him before driving away. Police say Church masterminded the murder. She agreed to be interviewed by detectives over 12 hours on three days.
Since leaving office, the former president has been relatively quiet, choosing very carefully when to address the news of the day. Obama’s absence has left a void that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have been unable to fill and one that has led to a contentious relationship between the libertarian-leaning, Bernie Sanders-supporting wing of the party and its more politically moderate, Hillary Clinton-supporting, establishment wing.
This fractured relationship was clearly evident in the 2016 presidential campaign. Bad blood between Sanders and Clinton supporters during the presidential primary spilled over into the Democratic convention and hampered Clinton’s ability to unite the base in the general election. While Clinton certainly ran a flawed campaign that suffered from weak messaging and questionable strategic choices, it’s undeniable that soft support from the “Bernie wing” of the party contributed to her historic loss.
Rising stars Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) seem to have the rare ability to unite the party and excite the various factions making up the base. While the senators originate from very different sections of the country, their paths to elected office are extremely similar. Both women began their careers as attorneys prior to landing in the U.S. Senate. Both women have publicly endorsed a single-payer health-care system. Harris recently said, “It’s not only about what’s morally and ethically right. It also just makes sense from a fiscal standpoint or a return on investment for taxpayers.”
Oh that's cute, they still think democratic elections will exist.
When republicans gain a super-majority in 2018 they'll have a constitutional convention where folks like lindsey graham and ted cruz are going to decide what our constitution should look like going forward. They're going to enable their state legislatures and governors to further rape voter rights beyond recognition and the votes will exist to appoint farther right supreme court nominees.
They basically won't have a choice but to break the system because most people will be so disgusted with them at that point that they'll have nothing left to lose in preserving a sensibly representative system of government.
They don't have to change anything. They just have to enforce what is already law. The constitution explicitly says that only "WHITE PERSONS OF GOOD CHARACTER" can become citizens. No one else has any voting rights whatsoever.
Democracy is failed and evil system anyway. It grants temporary command to a group of people that then steal everything. And they MUST steal as much as they can. Because anything they leave on the table will be used by the next guy against them. Widespread corruption and debt and decay are inevitable consequences of Democracy. Democracy is a system without ownership. Even just having a king is better, because then people at least know who to blame.
A grizzly that was struck by a car travelling at about 100 km/h in Alberta doesn't seem to have suffered any lasting injuries, says the ecologist who later captured the bear to check him out.
Bear 164 was crossing the Trans-Canada Highway near Lac Des Arcs, east of Canmore, on July 28 when he was struck by a vehicle, according to John Paczkowski, an ecologist for the Kananaskis area with Alberta Environment and Parks.
"The vehicle, I believe, was undriveable after the accident," said Paczkowski.
"We were fully expecting to go in and pick up a carcass."
The bear moved about 75 metres off the highway and stayed in one place for a while, leading Paczkowski and the other officials to assume he had crawled off to die.
But by the next morning, the grizzly was on the move.
Three days later, a conservation officer shot video of him moving around easily with just a slight limp, Paczkowski said.
On the advice of a veterinarian, parks officers waited about three weeks and then captured the bear at the Spray Lakes day-use area on Aug. 16 to assess him and put a new collar on him.
"We went over him twice head to toe with trained personnel, looking for any sign of injury, and we could not externally see any source of injury on the bear," he said.
'We went over him twice head to toe … and we could not see any source of injury.'
- Parks ecologist John Paczkowski
"I can't imagine being hit by a car at 100 km/h and three days later walking around, and then three weeks later he looks to be in pretty good shape."
The examination even revealed the bear had increased in weight from 70 kilograms to 133 kilograms in the last 14½ months.
Bear 164 first captured when courting
Bear 164 is believed to be about seven years old.
He has been living in the Kananaskis area for many years, Paczkowski said.
His known home range includes Peter Lougheed and Spray Valley provincial parks and parts of the Stoney First Nation. He also moves through the Bow Valley around Canmore and occasionally enters the Banff townsite area.
It's not known whether Bear 164 has ever succeeded in breeding.
"We first captured him as we were trying to recapture a female grizzly bear and he was kind of courting her for several days. So he was kind of, you know, beside her and giving her the, you know, 'come on, baby.' Nuzzling and trying to get her to go into estrous and potentially breed," he said.
"And as we tried to capture her, we got him instead."
Paczkowski says there are approximately 50 to 55 grizzlies in the Kananaskis area, and about five or six have been collared.
"Kananaskis Country has a very stable population. We have a lot of bears that have are born and lived their whole natural lives into their 20s in Kananaskis Country, bred and contributed to the Alberta grizzly bear population," he said.
"And I think it's one of the success stories of grizzly bear recovery in Alberta."
Don't ignore trail closures due to bears, parks urge
Meanwhile, the province is getting tough on people who ignore bear closure areas in the Bow Valley. The closures are meant to allow the animals to take advantage of a bumper berry crop.
Yellow tape and large signs signal the areas that are closed, which includes some popular hiking and biking trails.
But provincial wildlife conflict biologist Jay Honeyman says not everyone is getting the message.
"We see people when we're in there checking and we get a lot of reports from the public," he said.
"And there are a couple of cameras up, monitoring wildlife and such, and we're finding peoples' pictures on the cameras actually … in the closure."
So far, provincial officials have issued four tickets for violating the wildlife act — which carries a $115 fine.
There are bear closures in effect in these areas as of noon on Friday:
Northwest end of Ghost public land-use zone in Ghost River Wilderness Area.
Hidden Trail, Coal Mine and Centennial Ridge Trail in Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area.
Boulton Campground Manager's Site in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes, Powerline and areas between Rundle Canal and Three Sisters Golf Course.
Paved bike path from Elkwood Campground to Mt. Sarrail Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Valleyview Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
The latest closure information can be found on the Alberta Environment and Parks site.
Bow Valley WildSmart spokesperson Nick de Ruyter knows people are getting frustrated because the closures have been in effect for more than a month. But he says the closures are for good reason.
"I think more people should get ticketed because hopefully that will help make people think twice about going into that area, because it's a safety risk to themselves and a safety risk to the bears," he said.
That's one tough-ass bear. I'm assuming it was a small passenger car that hit him. I've had friends hit (smaller) black bears including a glancing blow and all have had their cars destroyed. In all instances the bears got up and wandered off.
I'm intimately familiar with that whole area and used to live in the Ghost River area in the mid-1980s. A very popular region for outdoor activity. Lots of stupid tourists & Calgarians causing "Bear jams." Periodically some lulzworthy event occurs like people getting out of their cars & trying to stand next to and/or pet the bears only to get (predictably) mauled.
What's everyone's genuine opinion on this:
>Millions of muslims are currently in mecha for their big pilgrimage, a peak in muslim life.
>16000 of the muslims are from america and they are extra worried about coming home this year.
The reason is the intensified border controls imposed by the Trump government against a number of Muslim
>countries. Although close to United States-allied Saudi Arabia is not included on that list, controls make
>concerns with travelers with roots in other Muslim countries or people on watchlists.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT. THE MADMAN IS ACTUALLY DOING IT
President Donald Trump is expected to soon make a decision on a program that, in part, allows for thousands of young illegal immigrants to remain in the country.
Young immigrants and immigration advocates are bracing for the possibility that Trump will dismantle the issuance of new work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – a move that would effectively phase out a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation and given them the ability to work in the U.S.
The DACA program was a crucial and controversial part of the 2016 presidential election – and Trump himself hasn't provided voters with a conclusive stance. But a senior administration official told Fox News that Trump is leaning toward ending it.
Read on for a look at how the DACA program works and why Trump could disband it.
What is the DACA program?
The DACA program was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allows for certain people who come to the U.S. illegally as minors protection from immediate deportation. Recipients are able to request “consideration of deferred action” for a period of two years which is subject to renewal.
“Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states. “Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”
TRUMP EXPECTED TO DECIDE SOON ON FATE OF DREAMERS
Individuals are able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and have continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007.
Individuals must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record.
It does not provide “legal status.”
How many people are affected by DACA?
Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are under the program's umbrella.
And, thousands of people could lose their jobs should Trump decide to phase out the DACA program, according to a recent study by the left-leaning think tank, the Center for American Progress.
"As leaders of communities across the country – individuals and institutions that have seen these young people grow up in our communities – we recognize how they have enriched and strengthened our cities, states, schools, businesses, congregations and families."
Nearly 2,000 leaders have signed onto a letter asking Trump to protect the so-called Dreamers, including eight governors.
“As leaders of communities across the country – individuals and institutions that have seen these young people grow up in our communities – we recognize how they have enriched and strengthened our cities, states, schools, businesses, congregations and families,” the letter said.
The National Hurricane Center said Irma strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday morning with 100 mph sustained winds.
Irma was moving west-northwest at 10 mph and is forecast to become a major hurricane by the evening.
The National Hurricane Center said Irma is expected to be "an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days."
Irma is still thousands of miles away from South Florida.
Local 10 News chief certified meteorologist Betty Davis said the U.S. and European computer models show slightly different directions for Irma.
"So we want to pay particular attention to this particular system over the coming days," Davis said. "Too soon to say whether it's going to track toward South Florida or be a threat for us."
Its still too far out to tell, predictions are split on whether Miami or Puerto Rico is about to get buttfucked. Of course American news is going to assume Miami since it pulls more ad revenue
A single instance of something does not prove a trend. Using a single example to prove a trend just makes you look stupid.
Nonetheless global warming is/will become a serious problem is the coming decades.
PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE TOLD REPORTERS WEDNESDAY THAT, FOLLOWING THE LIBERATION OF THE GRAND MOSQUE OF MARAWI, THE NATION’S MILITARY COULD NOW BOMB MOSQUES, MADRASSAS, AND OTHER HIDING CENTERS TO FINALLY ELIMINATE THE ISLAMIC STATE PRESENCE IN THE CITY.
Marawi is the Philippines’ only official Islamic city, as over 90 percent of the country identifies as Roman Catholic. The Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf, local Islamic State affiliates, attacked the city in May, taking hostages, killing civilians, and selling many as sex slaves. The Philippine military stated this week that it is organizing a final siege to remove all ISIS terrorists from the city.
Duterte told the military on Wednesday that “the option is already yours” to bomb any remaining ISIS strongholds “because we cannot have stalemate [sic] for over one year,” according to regional website Rappler.
This man is great! Finally someone who understands that this is the only way to deal with these savages.
This is the necessary destruction required to rebuild a better society, just like we had to destroy Nazi Germany to build a better one.
Houston police catch 14 armed robbers and looters amid flood emergency
Inevitably every major metropolitan crisis brings out the best and worst of what humanity has to offer. While hundreds/thousands of people have rushed into Houston following the epic destruction of Hurricane Harvey to help in any way possible, others have once again predictably chosen to exploit the misery of others by looting abandoned shopping centers, robbing empty homes and even breaking into the Houston Apple Store (by shooting through the front door).
Those arrested will face stiffer punishments under a Texas law providing heftier penalties during a crisis, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
"People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
Burglarizing a home would normally bring a penalty of two to 20 years in prison, but now brings five years to life.
"This is the state of Texas. We are a welcoming city, but we are not going to tolerate people victimizing others," Acevedo said.
"Don't come to Houston because you're going to be caught," Acevedo said. "That's despicable behavior."