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Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after police said they discovered dozens of undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, some unconscious in the back of the truck, others staggering around the vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio. Authorities called to the scene found the bodies of eight illegal immigrants, along with 30 to 40 others who survived the ordeal but were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, some of them as young as 15.

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

The Pentagon has said that North Korea will be able to field a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as soon as 2018. The new timeline, coming from the Defence Intelligence Agency, is two years earlier than previous estimates. The Washington Post has reported the new date is based on recent advancements observed during Pyongyang's latest test of missiles that could reach North America, specifically Alaska or Hawaii.

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

People who worry all the time might live longer than their calmer counterparts, which would be one benefit of having an anxiety disorder.

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now. An all-new species of ocean sunfish was just discovered that throws those expectations completely out of the window, weighing in at over two tons and making regular trips near the surface in order to keep warm, but it's a remarkable find nonetheless. Researchers led by Marianne Nyegaard of Australia's Murdoch University discovered the new sunfish species after looking closely at over 150 DNA samples from various sunfish. After matching three of the DNA samples with known species, the team realized that the fourth was completely new and undocumented. They subsequently nicknamed it the "hoodwinker sunfish" thanks to its ability to remain hidden for so long. But despite having DNA samples that proved the presence of an unknown species, nobody knew exactly what it looked like. After hunting for a specimen that matched the DNA for a year, Nyegaard got a tip that four sunfish had washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and it was at that point that she finally found what she had been searching for. Like the other members of the ocean sunfish family, the new species — officially named Mola tecta — is absolutely huge. Its massive, disc-shaped body is punctuated by large fins on its top and bottom, and its bony structure pushes its weight over the two ton mark. The hoodwinker sunfish has since been spotted in several different places, including the waters off South Africa, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

An Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. "The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgement is appropriate," R K Gaur, a spokesman for India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ‘Shik Shik’, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend.

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday. Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead. Now, his office said Buhari sent a letter on Monday to his counterpart in Guinea, Alpha Conde, thanking him for his call last week for national prayers for his recovery.

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China's territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. https://t.co/nTC1LYQKiG— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.” Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. “You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ‘abusive speech’. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event?” This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.— Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare. At a business gathering in Las Vegas, Mr Boehner said Americans have grown accustomed to the law passed in 2010 while he was the House’s Republican leader. Mr Boehner’s comments are a departure from Donald Trump’s rhetoric saying “Obamacare is death”.

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela's angry opposition is pushing for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. It all makes for a dramatic week in the opposition's dogged drive to unseat the socialist Maduro, whom it blames for an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of food, medicine and such basics as diapers, soap and toilet paper. The fight must move forward," said Freddy Guevara, the deputy speaker of the opposition-controlled congress.

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday. "Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics," Senator Lindsey Graham said in a series of posts on Twitter.

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

HAMHUNG, North Korea (AP) — In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease. Authorities have since confirmed that she developed SFTS, a disease transmitted by bites from a certain group of virus-carrying ticks. Human-to-human infections of the tick virus through blood contact have been reported, but ministry officials believe the Japanese woman's death could be the first case of a human dying from the bite of an infected animal.

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would build a military over the next two years that could fight on all fronts by recruiting 35,000-40,000 new soldiers, and buying planes and drones to tackle communist and Islamist rebels. Duterte said security threats had increased in the Philippines and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges. "Today's demand necessitates an army that is strong," he told reporters. "I will build an armed forces that can fight all fronts everywhere. ...

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

The New York Police Department was sent an email that instructed officers to clear homeless people from certain stations to make them "look nice" for Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway ride. The New York Post reported that officers were given the morning to "make sure nobody's hanging out" on the four station route the Mayor and wife Chirlane would be taking from the Park Slope neighbourhood to his re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Mr de Blasio rarely rides the subway and prefers to take private motorcade with an NYPD security detail to work at City Hall.

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Any version of this truly ground-breaking car in good condition goes for seven figures, and there's little prospect of prices going in any direction other than upwards for the foreseeable future. After all, it was the fastest road car in the world for a number of years, thanks to the 627 horsepower produced by its BMW M V-12 engine. Another fact about the McLaren F1 is that each one was a very individual car in its own right, but there are some that are more individual than others.

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's body.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.

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Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after police said they discovered dozens of undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, some unconscious in the back of the truck, others staggering around the vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio. Authorities called to the scene found the bodies of eight illegal immigrants, along with 30 to 40 others who survived the ordeal but were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, some of them as young as 15.

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

The Pentagon has said that North Korea will be able to field a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as soon as 2018. The new timeline, coming from the Defence Intelligence Agency, is two years earlier than previous estimates. The Washington Post has reported the new date is based on recent advancements observed during Pyongyang's latest test of missiles that could reach North America, specifically Alaska or Hawaii.

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

People who worry all the time might live longer than their calmer counterparts, which would be one benefit of having an anxiety disorder.

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now. An all-new species of ocean sunfish was just discovered that throws those expectations completely out of the window, weighing in at over two tons and making regular trips near the surface in order to keep warm, but it's a remarkable find nonetheless. Researchers led by Marianne Nyegaard of Australia's Murdoch University discovered the new sunfish species after looking closely at over 150 DNA samples from various sunfish. After matching three of the DNA samples with known species, the team realized that the fourth was completely new and undocumented. They subsequently nicknamed it the "hoodwinker sunfish" thanks to its ability to remain hidden for so long. But despite having DNA samples that proved the presence of an unknown species, nobody knew exactly what it looked like. After hunting for a specimen that matched the DNA for a year, Nyegaard got a tip that four sunfish had washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and it was at that point that she finally found what she had been searching for. Like the other members of the ocean sunfish family, the new species — officially named Mola tecta — is absolutely huge. Its massive, disc-shaped body is punctuated by large fins on its top and bottom, and its bony structure pushes its weight over the two ton mark. The hoodwinker sunfish has since been spotted in several different places, including the waters off South Africa, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

An Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. "The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgement is appropriate," R K Gaur, a spokesman for India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ‘Shik Shik’, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend.

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday. Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead. Now, his office said Buhari sent a letter on Monday to his counterpart in Guinea, Alpha Conde, thanking him for his call last week for national prayers for his recovery.

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China's territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. https://t.co/nTC1LYQKiG— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.” Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. “You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ‘abusive speech’. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event?” This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.— Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare. At a business gathering in Las Vegas, Mr Boehner said Americans have grown accustomed to the law passed in 2010 while he was the House’s Republican leader. Mr Boehner’s comments are a departure from Donald Trump’s rhetoric saying “Obamacare is death”.

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela's angry opposition is pushing for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. It all makes for a dramatic week in the opposition's dogged drive to unseat the socialist Maduro, whom it blames for an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of food, medicine and such basics as diapers, soap and toilet paper. The fight must move forward," said Freddy Guevara, the deputy speaker of the opposition-controlled congress.

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday. "Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics," Senator Lindsey Graham said in a series of posts on Twitter.

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

HAMHUNG, North Korea (AP) — In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease. Authorities have since confirmed that she developed SFTS, a disease transmitted by bites from a certain group of virus-carrying ticks. Human-to-human infections of the tick virus through blood contact have been reported, but ministry officials believe the Japanese woman's death could be the first case of a human dying from the bite of an infected animal.

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would build a military over the next two years that could fight on all fronts by recruiting 35,000-40,000 new soldiers, and buying planes and drones to tackle communist and Islamist rebels. Duterte said security threats had increased in the Philippines and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges. "Today's demand necessitates an army that is strong," he told reporters. "I will build an armed forces that can fight all fronts everywhere. ...

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

The New York Police Department was sent an email that instructed officers to clear homeless people from certain stations to make them "look nice" for Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway ride. The New York Post reported that officers were given the morning to "make sure nobody's hanging out" on the four station route the Mayor and wife Chirlane would be taking from the Park Slope neighbourhood to his re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Mr de Blasio rarely rides the subway and prefers to take private motorcade with an NYPD security detail to work at City Hall.

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Any version of this truly ground-breaking car in good condition goes for seven figures, and there's little prospect of prices going in any direction other than upwards for the foreseeable future. After all, it was the fastest road car in the world for a number of years, thanks to the 627 horsepower produced by its BMW M V-12 engine. Another fact about the McLaren F1 is that each one was a very individual car in its own right, but there are some that are more individual than others.

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's body.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.

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Team Trump tries to use Michael Moore’s anti-Trump film as an endorsement

Team Trump tries to use Michael Moore’s anti-Trump film as an endorsement

In a scene from his new anti-Trump film, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” the Oscar-winning filmmaker predicts that Donald Trump will win the Nov. 8 presidential election because the middle class is fed up with the establishment and will vote for the Republican nominee as a “f*** you” to Washington. “He is the human Molotov cocktail they have been waiting for,” Moore says.

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin considered splitting up. This revelation about one of the country’s most high-profile political couples came in one of the many uncomfortable, intimate moments featuring the pair in the new documentary “Weiner.” The film, which documents Weiner’s ill-fated 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, also serves as a portrait of a family engulfed by scandal and the ravenous press coverage that comes with it. Abedin, a longtime aide to now-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted in front of the documentary crew’s cameras that she and Weiner considered separating after his first fall from grace.

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After ‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After ‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the hugely popular sequel to George Lucas’ sci-fi blockbuster series. Adult fans love sharing this special series with kids of all ages and learning what Han, Chewie, Leia, and all their new friends are up to in that galaxy far, far away. While The Force Awakens is more about action than introspection, there’s plenty for families to talk about after the credits roll. ...

Star Wars Age-By-Age Guide

Star Wars Age-By-Age Guide

Ever since that first menacing star destroyer loomed across movie screens in 1977, kids of all ages have been enamored with the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all their friends (and enemies!). Even kids as young as 2 and 3 can name all the franchise’s major characters – which often tempts parents who also grew up loving the movies to plan a Star Wars movie night, especially with hype for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens kicking into overdrive in anticipation of the Dec. 18 release.

Movies and TV Shows That Spark Empathy in Kids

Movies and TV Shows That Spark Empathy in Kids

Teaching kids to think about how other people feel is something that will help them throughout life. These top TV shows can teach lessons and help spark discussions about understanding, compassion, and empathy. Kid President: Declaration of Awesome Viral-video star brings inspiring messages to fun TV series. Recommended for kids 7 and older Quality: 4 out of 5 Network: Discovery Family Channel Good Witch Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.

How to Find the Best Movie for Your Sensitive Kid

How to Find the Best Movie for Your Sensitive Kid

Every parent knows that one kid’s worst fear is another kid’s “no big deal.” That makes choosing movies for young kids tricky. You can experiment with movies from our Best First Movies List or search for movies in your kid’s age range. Depending on your kid’s particular sensitivity, the movies below can be great choices (or big no-nos!).

Behind The Scenes Of ‘SPECTRE,’ With James Bond Drifting Aston Martins

Behind The Scenes Of ‘SPECTRE,’ With James Bond Drifting Aston Martins

By the time I make it down to the Tiber that first night in Rome—after an overnight flight, after Customs, after clearing the complicated Italian on-set security—it’s nearly midnight and I’ve just missed the shot. At the end of its line, emerging from the water tail-first, like a giant hooked tarpon, is the impossibly gorgeous, smoky silver, Aston Martin DB10 sports coupe, purpose built as a one-off (well, ten-off) by Aston design chief Marek Reichman in collaboration with director Sam Mendes, just for “Spectre,” the 24th James Bond film, and the 12th featuring the venerable British sporting luxury brand.

The ‘Star Wars’ Baby Name That’s Spiking in Popularity

The ‘Star Wars’ Baby Name That’s Spiking in Popularity

Anakin, the given name of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, is rising in popularity among baby names for boys. The moniker, which is the given name of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, was the 957th most popular boys’ name in 2014, according to the Social Security Administration. In total, 218 boys born last year were given the name Anakin.   STORY: Atticus Tops Popular Baby Names List of 2015 Of course, more babies go home with the names of Star Wars good guys.

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fight Song’ is driving some people nuts

Celebrities perform “Fight Song” for a video played at the Democratic National Convention. It’s Hillary Clinton’s fight song, but some listeners don’t have a lot of fight left in them. Before and after the Democratic nominee takes the stage at rallies, her campaign inevitably plays the 2015 pop hit “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.

Rock band Third Eye Blind taunts Republicans at concert during RNC

Rock band Third Eye Blind taunts Republicans at concert during RNC

The rock band Third Eye Blind frustrated some guests at a charity concert held during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. In tweets posted on the official Third Eye Blind account, the band indicated it was pleased the show upset some in the audience. “I have never been more disappointed,” wrote a Twitter user named Liza White.

Adele objects as Trump plays song

Adele objects as Trump plays song

Pop superstar Adele on Monday lodged objections as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump played her music on the campaign trail. Trump, an apparent fan of Adele who was spotted at her concert in November in New York, has regularly played her hit "Rolling in the Deep" at his rallies. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," a statement from the singer's spokesman said.

Teen Violinist Nails ‘Star Wars’ Theme Song With Lightsabers

Teen Violinist Nails ‘Star Wars’ Theme Song With Lightsabers

Jeffrey Ding He has been posting violin videos on YouTube since 2011, but his latest cover — playing John Williams’s “Force Theme” from Star Wars with a special-effects bow that looks like a light saber — has gotten the most attention by far. Since it appeared on Jan. 9, it has more than 40,000 views and counting.

Raffi’s Joyous New Album: Exclusive Premiere

Raffi’s Joyous New Album: Exclusive Premiere

This month, more than 20 albums after Raffi’s seminal Baby Beluga first took toddlers by storm, the children’s troubadour will release a brand-new one: Owl Singalong. The jubilant mix of covers (“Garden Song,” “Abiyoyo,” “Somos el Barco”) and originals (“Green Dream,” “See the Moon”) hits stores on Jan. 15 (preorder here). But until then, Yahoo Parenting is exclusively premiering the album, streaming above.

Why We’re All Obsessed With Adele’s ‘Hello’

Why We’re All Obsessed With Adele’s ‘Hello’

When it comes to hit songs, there is a formula for success. The song was an instant success in every way: On Vevo, the music video generated the highest number of views in a 24-hour span (27.7 million) and was the fastest video to reach 100 million views.

16 Songs That Have Helped People Through Depression

16 Songs That Have Helped People Through Depression

Facing the world each morning can be difficult when you live with a mental illness. Depression, specifically, can make everyday tasks seem daunting. Getting out of bed and out the door can be a major accomplishment. And although music can’t cure depression (we wish), it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress and even depressive symptoms.

What’s Happening in Your Brain and Body as You Listen to Music

What’s Happening in Your Brain and Body as You Listen to Music

“The effect of music on the brain or body depends in part on its genre,” Frank A. Russo, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Ryerson University, tells Yahoo Health. Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that listening to upbeat music improves mood, with one catch — it only works if you have the desire to be happy. Test subjects who listened to the upbeat music without feeling an urge to be happy did not see their moods change.

You Could Have Serious Musical Potential and Not Even Realize It

You Could Have Serious Musical Potential and Not Even Realize It

If you’ve got a particular personality type, you might be predisposed to be musically skilled.  If you’ve ever taken music lessons, you’ve had it drilled into your head that “practice makes perfect.” But is that really all there is to it? According to a new study in the Journal of Research in Personality, your musical ability could also be hinged on something a little more engrained: your personality. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths, University of London, in the U.K., in conjunction with the BBC, put more than 7,000 people through a series of musical tests, including melodic memory and rhythmic perception tests. These were then linked to their scores on a Big Five personality trait test, which examined people’s scores on the traits of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.  Among the findings: The trait of openness is a key predictor of musical ability.

What We Can All Learn From Drake’s Dance Moves in New ‘Hotline Bling’ Video

What We Can All Learn From Drake’s Dance Moves in New ‘Hotline Bling’ Video

“Or if you criticize yourself for making a mistake —either way, you will never have enough confidence to try anything new or expand your repertoire.” She adds that the key to opening yourself creatively — whether it’s doing something different on-the-job or taking a chance on the dance floor — is learning to take in constructive criticism, not destructive criticism. “Constructive criticism is when we see we’re awkward, so we can identify the problem and find a solution,” says Plumez.

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Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after police said they discovered dozens of undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, some unconscious in the back of the truck, others staggering around the vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio. Authorities called to the scene found the bodies of eight illegal immigrants, along with 30 to 40 others who survived the ordeal but were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, some of them as young as 15.

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

The Pentagon has said that North Korea will be able to field a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as soon as 2018. The new timeline, coming from the Defence Intelligence Agency, is two years earlier than previous estimates. The Washington Post has reported the new date is based on recent advancements observed during Pyongyang's latest test of missiles that could reach North America, specifically Alaska or Hawaii.

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

People who worry all the time might live longer than their calmer counterparts, which would be one benefit of having an anxiety disorder.

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now. An all-new species of ocean sunfish was just discovered that throws those expectations completely out of the window, weighing in at over two tons and making regular trips near the surface in order to keep warm, but it's a remarkable find nonetheless. Researchers led by Marianne Nyegaard of Australia's Murdoch University discovered the new sunfish species after looking closely at over 150 DNA samples from various sunfish. After matching three of the DNA samples with known species, the team realized that the fourth was completely new and undocumented. They subsequently nicknamed it the "hoodwinker sunfish" thanks to its ability to remain hidden for so long. But despite having DNA samples that proved the presence of an unknown species, nobody knew exactly what it looked like. After hunting for a specimen that matched the DNA for a year, Nyegaard got a tip that four sunfish had washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and it was at that point that she finally found what she had been searching for. Like the other members of the ocean sunfish family, the new species — officially named Mola tecta — is absolutely huge. Its massive, disc-shaped body is punctuated by large fins on its top and bottom, and its bony structure pushes its weight over the two ton mark. The hoodwinker sunfish has since been spotted in several different places, including the waters off South Africa, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

An Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. "The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgement is appropriate," R K Gaur, a spokesman for India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ‘Shik Shik’, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend.

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday. Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead. Now, his office said Buhari sent a letter on Monday to his counterpart in Guinea, Alpha Conde, thanking him for his call last week for national prayers for his recovery.

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China's territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. https://t.co/nTC1LYQKiG— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.” Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. “You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ‘abusive speech’. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event?” This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.— Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare. At a business gathering in Las Vegas, Mr Boehner said Americans have grown accustomed to the law passed in 2010 while he was the House’s Republican leader. Mr Boehner’s comments are a departure from Donald Trump’s rhetoric saying “Obamacare is death”.

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela's angry opposition is pushing for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. It all makes for a dramatic week in the opposition's dogged drive to unseat the socialist Maduro, whom it blames for an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of food, medicine and such basics as diapers, soap and toilet paper. The fight must move forward," said Freddy Guevara, the deputy speaker of the opposition-controlled congress.

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday. "Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics," Senator Lindsey Graham said in a series of posts on Twitter.

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

HAMHUNG, North Korea (AP) — In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease. Authorities have since confirmed that she developed SFTS, a disease transmitted by bites from a certain group of virus-carrying ticks. Human-to-human infections of the tick virus through blood contact have been reported, but ministry officials believe the Japanese woman's death could be the first case of a human dying from the bite of an infected animal.

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would build a military over the next two years that could fight on all fronts by recruiting 35,000-40,000 new soldiers, and buying planes and drones to tackle communist and Islamist rebels. Duterte said security threats had increased in the Philippines and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges. "Today's demand necessitates an army that is strong," he told reporters. "I will build an armed forces that can fight all fronts everywhere. ...

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

The New York Police Department was sent an email that instructed officers to clear homeless people from certain stations to make them "look nice" for Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway ride. The New York Post reported that officers were given the morning to "make sure nobody's hanging out" on the four station route the Mayor and wife Chirlane would be taking from the Park Slope neighbourhood to his re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Mr de Blasio rarely rides the subway and prefers to take private motorcade with an NYPD security detail to work at City Hall.

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Any version of this truly ground-breaking car in good condition goes for seven figures, and there's little prospect of prices going in any direction other than upwards for the foreseeable future. After all, it was the fastest road car in the world for a number of years, thanks to the 627 horsepower produced by its BMW M V-12 engine. Another fact about the McLaren F1 is that each one was a very individual car in its own right, but there are some that are more individual than others.

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's body.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.

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You Won’t Believe the Work That Goes Into a Children’s Fashion Show

You Won’t Believe the Work That Goes Into a Children’s Fashion Show

If anyone knows what it takes to pull off a show featuring toddlers, it’s Christine Innamorato, the creative director for Bonpoint, the fanciest kids’ clothing brand out there. It recently put on a show during Paris Fashion Week, in which tots took the runway in matching tartan, fairy-esque tulle skirts, and flower crowns. Celebrity guests included Coco Rocha and her children, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Vanessa Trump Wore $12,500 Ivanka Trump Earrings on Inauguration Day

Vanessa Trump Wore $12,500 Ivanka Trump Earrings on Inauguration Day

Donald Trump Jr, with his wife Vanessa and children depart St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, after a service for U.S. President-elect Trump, January 20, 2017. On Inauguration Day, Vanessa Trump attended her father-in-law’s swearing-in ceremony wearing a burgundy coat with a cowl collar. Donald Trump Jr.’s wife accessorized with pearl and diamond dangly earrings that just so happen to be from Ivanka Trump’s fine jewelry company — and cost $12,500.

Melania Trump Helped Hervé Pierre Design Her Inaugural Ball Gown

Melania Trump Helped Hervé Pierre Design Her Inaugural Ball Gown

The piece was designed by Hervé Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump herself, according to the first lady’s representatives, Women’s Wear Daily reports. President Donald Trump, left, arrives with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. “I was actually lucky because over my 20 years in the U.S., I dressed all the first ladies: Mrs. Clinton at Oscar [de la Renta], Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama at Carolina Herrera.

Ivanka Trump Goes With Oscar de la Renta for Inauguration Events

Ivanka Trump Goes With Oscar de la Renta for Inauguration Events

Ivanka Trump is all about Oscar de la Renta. On Inauguration Day, the first daughter wore white trousers with an asymmetrical coat from the brand. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, leave their New York residence on their way to Washington for her father’s inauguration.

Trump Women Wore the Ivanka Trump Label to Inauguration Events

Trump Women Wore the Ivanka Trump Label to Inauguration Events

Tiffany Trump wore a jacket from the Ivanka Trump clothing line on Jan. 19 in New York. On the eve of the inauguration, members of the Trump family stepped out in a number of cold-weather looks by various designers. First Lady Melania Trump wore a Norisol Ferrari military-inspired knee-length coat, while Ivanka opted for a green look from Oscar de la Renta that she paired with pumps of her own design.

Melania Trump Wears Kate Middleton's Favorite Color on Inauguration Day

Melania Trump Wears Kate Middleton's Favorite Color on Inauguration Day

To kick things off on Inauguration Day, Melania Trump stepped out in a light blue coat with matching gloves. The first lady, who accompanied her husband, Presiden Donald Trump, to St. John’s Episcopal Church before heading to the White House Friday morning, paired a custom Ralph Lauren Collection Sky Blue Double Face Cashmere Mock Turtleneck Dress with a Ralph Lauren Collection Sky Blue Double Face Cashmere Cropped Cutaway Jacket.

How Inauguration Fashion Sets the Tone for a First Lady’s Term

How Inauguration Fashion Sets the Tone for a First Lady’s Term

The fashion choices of the first lady — a role that, during Donald Trump’s administration, will reportedly be shared by his wife, former model Melania Trump, and daughter, outgoing VP of the Trump Organization Ivanka Trump — have the power to set the tone for her tenure in the White House. Incoming first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump attend the presidential debate in October.

The Secret Meaning of Melania Trump’s Style

The Secret Meaning of Melania Trump’s Style

It was the white cloud sleeve dress that Melania Trump wore that broke the Internet. Throughout the election campaign, whenever President-elect Donald Trump’s wife made a public appearance — and there were just a few times — the future first lady made headlines. Take, for example, the $2,190 dress designed by Roksanda Ilinčić that she bought for herself (on Net-a-Porter.com) for the Republican National Convention in July.

Will Trump Wear a Coat at Inauguration? Yes, If He’s Like Obama, No, If He’s Like Ike

Will Trump Wear a Coat at Inauguration? Yes, If He’s Like Obama, No, If He’s Like Ike

Will President-elect Donald Trump follow in the footsteps of JFK, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton? Or will he be more like Barack Obama, George W. Bush and FDR? From 1793 until 1933, the inauguration of the president of the United States took place on March 4 — the date on which the Constitution was signed in 1789 — when it was practically spring in Washington, D.C. But that changed in 1937, when the 20th Amendment shifted the ceremony to Jan. 20 to shorten the time between the election and the inauguration.

Photos of the day – May 17, 2016

Photos of the day – May 17, 2016

Performers prepare backstage to take part in rehearsals ahead of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development to be held this week in Beijing, China; two endangered common marmosets grip a finger after being seized from a South Korean smuggler in Goyang, northwest of Seoul; and Nepalese devotees pull a giant wooden chariot in a circle during celebrations of the Rato Machhindranath or Rain god festival in Lalitpur, near Kathamandu, Nepal. These are some of the photos of the day for May 17, 2016. Find more news-related photo galleries on the Yahoo News Photo Tumblr!

12 Organizing Tips to Tame Your Closet

12 Organizing Tips to Tame Your Closet

Has your closet taken on a life of its own? Maybe you find yourself cramming your belongings into a hateful, confined space, and hoping the door doesn’t pop back open. It’s time to put an end to that! Take control of your closet for good with these must-know ideas.

Artist’s Beautiful Concrete Shoes Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Artist’s Beautiful Concrete Shoes Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Designer Sandra Plantos has created footwear that forces you to stop and smell the roses. At the London College of Fashion, Plantos presented her graduate collection, titled Presence, which features shoes made of concrete. Though it may seem unproductive to walk around in shoes made of the same heavy material as pavement, the artist has mental well-being in mind. Her material of choice “entraps and restricts the wearer’s movements, slowing down the pace of daily life, and thus our experience of Time,” Plantos writes on her website.

16 Pets Who Dress Better Than You

16 Pets Who Dress Better Than You

Think your fashion sense is up to snuff? These dapper pets will put your wardrobe to shame. Watch and you’ll laugh…and then you’ll be dressing your dog up in all your favorite accessories. Also on Yahoo Makers: Photographer Features Cat in All Four Seasons for Picture Purr-fect Series This Dog’s Ever-Changing Hairstyles Are Redefining #Hairgoals, Conquering Instagram This Cat Rules at Taking Selfies (They’re Better Than Yours!)

Make DIY Hand Warmers to Warm Up Your Little Paws

Make DIY Hand Warmers to Warm Up Your Little Paws

2. Flip the square right side out and stamp your funny phrase on the front with fabric paint. 4. Whip stitch the outer edge of the square with embroidery floss. We made our hand warmers ranging from five inches to two inches for different sized hands. Thread your needle with embroidery floss and decorate the edges by whip-stitching them.

Aww! A Sweet Headband for Valentine's Day

Aww! A Sweet Headband for Valentine's Day

They were plastic, and hard and kind of dug into your temples a little bit - but they were THE hair accessory and came in every color of the rainbow.  Yahoo Makers: Monogrammed Leather Keychains Well, these days, the headband has softened a little bit, and has extended beyond grade school to become quite the fashionable wardrobe addition for girls of all ages. From beaded chains draped loosely across the forehead to bands that keep bangs at bay - the headband is a perfect finishing touch to any outfit.  More for Valentine’s Day: Clever Way to Spell Out Your Valentine Love This Valentine’s day, why not pull your hair back with a crown of hearts? Yahoo Makers: Add Leather Cuffs to Your Jeans in 5 Steps And don’t worry, leather needn’t be expensive.

Watch This Manicure Transform Into a Cozy Cable-Knit Sweater

Watch This Manicure Transform Into a Cozy Cable-Knit Sweater

Staples of the season: mulled wine and cozy sweaters, right?  Given Los Angeles doesn’t ever get remotely close to frigid temperatures, we tend to deal with a massive case of FOMO when we see the rest of the country wearing festive cable-knits. Our solution? Creating one on our nails, obviously.

How to Get Rooney Mara’s Golden Globes Braid in 5 Minutes Flat

How to Get Rooney Mara’s Golden Globes Braid in 5 Minutes Flat

Now that the Golden Globes are over, it’s time to start thinking about how we can hack the best hair + beauty looks from the red carpet for ourselves! One of the coolest ‘dos we spotted last night was on Rooney Mara. She rocked a braid-in-a-braid (a braid-ception of sorts, if you will) style. While this style looks pretty complex, if you break it down step-by-step, it’s actually super simple and a great option for the gal who wants a modern style without a ton of fuss.

A Super Simple Way to Waterproof Your Shoes (Get Your Hair Dryer Out!)

A Super Simple Way to Waterproof Your Shoes (Get Your Hair Dryer Out!)

Related on Yahoo Makers: Never Strike Out Again: How to Waterproof Matches Though you probably should relegate your Keds, Chucks, and Vans to the back of your wardrobe until it warms up, we’ve got an easy waterproofing hack from Household Hacker, for those of you who just can’t make that happen.  Here’s the scoop: What you’ll need: Plain white candle  Hair dryer 1. Check out the video from Household Hacker here: If you’re looking to waterproof beyond your shoes, we’ve got a hand mixture that will waterproof just about anything.

Organize Your Rings With DIY Monogrammed Ring Cones

Organize Your Rings With DIY Monogrammed Ring Cones

All you need is a little clay, paint and glaze to get a faux ceramic look for a fraction of the price! Materials and Tools: — oven-bake clay — acrylic paint — paint brush and/or Q-tips — alphabet rubber stamps — glazing medium — sandpaper — X-ACTO knife Instructions: 1. You may have to roll it out more to get a cone shape you like. 6. Use small rubber stamps to stamp the initials of the recipient on the ring cone. 7. Bake the ring cone according to the package instructions.

A Lunar-Inspired Manicure Fit for a Sweet Chocolatier

A Lunar-Inspired Manicure Fit for a Sweet Chocolatier

Love nail art? Get ready to be over the moon for this trick. Watch as nail artist Fleury Rose designs a manicure especially for a top chocolatier. Also on Yahoo Makers: DIY the Hottest New Nail Trend: The Shattered Glass Manicure Tokyo Nail Expo Showcases Truly Insane Manicures Like You’ve Never Seen How to Do a Lightning Bolt Nail Art Design with Tape Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day!

How to Update Last Year’s Accessories With 1 Simple DIY Supply

How to Update Last Year’s Accessories With 1 Simple DIY Supply

Can you believe it has been almost a year since we did #31DaysofDIY and showed you everything you need to know about nail polish marbling?! Time sure flies when you’ve been DIYing. After picking up the best gifts for all of our friends this year, our budgets for revamping our new year style are low. Fear not!

Try This Easy Hack to Upgrade Last Year’s Jacket

Try This Easy Hack to Upgrade Last Year’s Jacket

As the temperature drops, our parkas make their way into rotation. Though we have our favorite classic go-to pieces (hello, peacoat), some of last year’s jackets could use a new ‘do. With faux fur DIY collars on trend, we created a five-minute hack to add a tuft of cozy fluff to your old outerwear. Check out the steps below.

2016 Already Has a Signature Weird Hair Trend: Glow-in-the-Dark Rainbow Locks

2016 Already Has a Signature Weird Hair Trend: Glow-in-the-Dark Rainbow Locks

It’s been around, but this is the first time we’re seeing it mashed up with the can’t-stop-won’t-stop rainbow hair trend, which has hit the full spectrum of colors from pastel streaks to dreamy “betta fish hair” to ultra-dramatic “sand art hair.”  Now, if you want to make your Lisa Frank-esque rainbow mane glow (or just enjoy the shock factor of those who do!), you most definitely can. The poster children for this trend are longtime rainbow-haired Megan McCay, who Instagrams at RainbowMegz and pro makeup artist Mishele DiMaria, who Instagrams at MicheleDiMariaDesigns.

Here’s the 5-Minute Makeup Look to Rock on Your First Date of the New Year

Here’s the 5-Minute Makeup Look to Rock on Your First Date of the New Year

Meet Nikki Wilson, one of our fave West Coast makeup artists with a sick Instagram game and a love for all things beauty. In our monthly series, Busy Girl Beauty School, Nikki will show you pro makeup tricks + tips for making the most of those extra five minutes in the mornings, one selfie at a time. Follow her at @nikkiartistry for killer beauty inspo. So you met a cutie and are banking on nabbing a first date with the hunk in question come the new year.

How to Add Style to a Winter Outfit

How to Add Style to a Winter Outfit

Learn how to add style to winter outfits (yep, even in your big black coat!) from fashion editor Verena von Pfetten in this video. Also on Yahoo Makers: 3 Must-Have Handcrafted Accessories for 2016 Teen Seamstress’ Incredible Dresses Are Fit for a Disney Princess Fashion on the Rocks: Ice Dying Is The New Tie Dying Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest

3 Must-Have Handcrafted Accessories for 2016

3 Must-Have Handcrafted Accessories for 2016

To kick off 2016 in style, you need to check out handcrafted accessories. They’re unique, elegant, will make a statement, and don’t cost a fortune.  The List’s Holly Morgan is checking out artisan jewelry because it’s What’s Trending. Also on Yahoo Makers: Turn Old Jewelry Into Gift Magnets 5 Tips for Layering Necklaces and Other Jewelry How to Revamp Your Gems and Jewelry with Nail Polish Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day!

DIY Mindy Kaling’s Moschino Pumps With This Easy Hack

DIY Mindy Kaling’s Moschino Pumps With This Easy Hack

When it comes to DIY fashion, we can’t help but swoon over a good designer hack. As for getting inspired, our girl Mindy Kaling always has us covered. Known for her killer #GIRLBOSS outfits, Mindy is all about making a statement. So when she posted her amazing Moschino shoes on Instagram, we just had to make our own.

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Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

Driver in Texas denies he knew immigrants were in stifling truck

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after police said they discovered dozens of undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, some unconscious in the back of the truck, others staggering around the vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio. Authorities called to the scene found the bodies of eight illegal immigrants, along with 30 to 40 others who survived the ordeal but were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, some of them as young as 15.

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

North Korea will be able to launch nuclear weapons next year, US officials warn

The Pentagon has said that North Korea will be able to field a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as soon as 2018. The new timeline, coming from the Defence Intelligence Agency, is two years earlier than previous estimates. The Washington Post has reported the new date is based on recent advancements observed during Pyongyang's latest test of missiles that could reach North America, specifically Alaska or Hawaii.

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

Want To Live Longer? Be Neurotic

People who worry all the time might live longer than their calmer counterparts, which would be one benefit of having an anxiety disorder.

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now. An all-new species of ocean sunfish was just discovered that throws those expectations completely out of the window, weighing in at over two tons and making regular trips near the surface in order to keep warm, but it's a remarkable find nonetheless. Researchers led by Marianne Nyegaard of Australia's Murdoch University discovered the new sunfish species after looking closely at over 150 DNA samples from various sunfish. After matching three of the DNA samples with known species, the team realized that the fourth was completely new and undocumented. They subsequently nicknamed it the "hoodwinker sunfish" thanks to its ability to remain hidden for so long. But despite having DNA samples that proved the presence of an unknown species, nobody knew exactly what it looked like. After hunting for a specimen that matched the DNA for a year, Nyegaard got a tip that four sunfish had washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and it was at that point that she finally found what she had been searching for. Like the other members of the ocean sunfish family, the new species — officially named Mola tecta — is absolutely huge. Its massive, disc-shaped body is punctuated by large fins on its top and bottom, and its bony structure pushes its weight over the two ton mark. The hoodwinker sunfish has since been spotted in several different places, including the waters off South Africa, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings

An Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. "The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgement is appropriate," R K Gaur, a spokesman for India's federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ‘Shik Shik’, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend.

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday. Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead. Now, his office said Buhari sent a letter on Monday to his counterpart in Guinea, Alpha Conde, thanking him for his call last week for national prayers for his recovery.

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China's territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. https://t.co/nTC1LYQKiG— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.” Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. “You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ‘abusive speech’. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event?” This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.— Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare. At a business gathering in Las Vegas, Mr Boehner said Americans have grown accustomed to the law passed in 2010 while he was the House’s Republican leader. Mr Boehner’s comments are a departure from Donald Trump’s rhetoric saying “Obamacare is death”.

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

Warrant: Woman "slapped" squad car before police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela's angry opposition is pushing for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. It all makes for a dramatic week in the opposition's dogged drive to unseat the socialist Maduro, whom it blames for an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of food, medicine and such basics as diapers, soap and toilet paper. The fight must move forward," said Freddy Guevara, the deputy speaker of the opposition-controlled congress.

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday. "Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics," Senator Lindsey Graham said in a series of posts on Twitter.

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

HAMHUNG, North Korea (AP) — In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease. Authorities have since confirmed that she developed SFTS, a disease transmitted by bites from a certain group of virus-carrying ticks. Human-to-human infections of the tick virus through blood contact have been reported, but ministry officials believe the Japanese woman's death could be the first case of a human dying from the bite of an infected animal.

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would build a military over the next two years that could fight on all fronts by recruiting 35,000-40,000 new soldiers, and buying planes and drones to tackle communist and Islamist rebels. Duterte said security threats had increased in the Philippines and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges. "Today's demand necessitates an army that is strong," he told reporters. "I will build an armed forces that can fight all fronts everywhere. ...

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride

The New York Police Department was sent an email that instructed officers to clear homeless people from certain stations to make them "look nice" for Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway ride. The New York Post reported that officers were given the morning to "make sure nobody's hanging out" on the four station route the Mayor and wife Chirlane would be taking from the Park Slope neighbourhood to his re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Mr de Blasio rarely rides the subway and prefers to take private motorcade with an NYPD security detail to work at City Hall.

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Any version of this truly ground-breaking car in good condition goes for seven figures, and there's little prospect of prices going in any direction other than upwards for the foreseeable future. After all, it was the fastest road car in the world for a number of years, thanks to the 627 horsepower produced by its BMW M V-12 engine. Another fact about the McLaren F1 is that each one was a very individual car in its own right, but there are some that are more individual than others.

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's body.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60,000 birthday gift

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60,000 on her birthday, state-owned media reported Monday, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash. The Herald newspaper said Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the money at her birthday celebrations, while the couple's children gave her $10,000. Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe's elder sister, celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday as Grace celebrated her 52nd at one of the Mugabes' farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.

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Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say

Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick

Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is killing legendary Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is finally killing off its legendary Paint program after more than three decades.  The software giant announced it will drop support for the popular drawing app in its upcoming Windows 10 update. It marked Paint as "deprecated" in a list of apps and features that may be removed from the software, meaning the app is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases". Microsoft Paint has been a staple of the Windows operating system for 32 years and has been installed with every version since 1985. The tool lets users easily copy and paste, crop and colour images, or simply doodle and create drawings.  As of last year, Paint was still used by 100 million people a month, according to Microsoft.  Oi @Microsoft! #paintpic.twitter.com/XSmeLn2V5n— Mark Reel (@markreel) July 24, 2017 Microsoft is stopping making Microsoft Paint, goodbye to all our childhood years— King Boo(b) (@NlNTENDHO) 24 July 2017 RIP Microsoft Paint. ��— Jamie Gilbey (@Poddddddd) 24 July 2017 The death of Paint comes as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced in May. The update will bring tools that make it easier to switch between tablets, laptop and phones and augmented reality video and photo editing tools in StoryMix. The Fall Creators update is expected to be released in the Autumn, although Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Microsoft Paint has come a long way. With Paint 3D, it's easy to create in the third dimension. See how: https://t.co/hNhuYCF2iK#Windows10pic.twitter.com/O6992ZtqoH— Windows (@Windows) July 19, 2017 Microsoft is sidelining Paint following the release of its next generation Paint 3D in April. Paint 3D contains tools for 3D image making and, although it is inspired by the original, is not a direct update.  While Paint is not useful for complicated photo editing or design, its simplicity made it popular with early users of Windows and it has remained a feature of the operating system. The best art made using Microsoft Paint The updated Paint 3D is designed for use with Microsoft's Surface Pen, which lets users draw more natural and detailed pictures than were ordinarily possible in classic Paint. Despite its simplicity, many users were still able to create detailed drawings and sketches using the simple tools in Paint. Windows through the ages

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction. The Pentagon said that the encounter between the aircraft was unsafe, but added that the vast majority of interactions were safe.

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

This massive fish species was somehow only just discovered

Researchers regularly remind us that the world's oceans are still hiding some truly remarkable secrets, but when we imagine new species of ocean life it's usually tucked away in the crushing depths, or so tiny that we somehow didn't notice it up until now. An all-new species of ocean sunfish was just discovered that throws those expectations completely out of the window, weighing in at over two tons and making regular trips near the surface in order to keep warm, but it's a remarkable find nonetheless. Researchers led by Marianne Nyegaard of Australia's Murdoch University discovered the new sunfish species after looking closely at over 150 DNA samples from various sunfish. After matching three of the DNA samples with known species, the team realized that the fourth was completely new and undocumented. They subsequently nicknamed it the "hoodwinker sunfish" thanks to its ability to remain hidden for so long. But despite having DNA samples that proved the presence of an unknown species, nobody knew exactly what it looked like. After hunting for a specimen that matched the DNA for a year, Nyegaard got a tip that four sunfish had washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and it was at that point that she finally found what she had been searching for. Like the other members of the ocean sunfish family, the new species — officially named Mola tecta — is absolutely huge. Its massive, disc-shaped body is punctuated by large fins on its top and bottom, and its bony structure pushes its weight over the two ton mark. The hoodwinker sunfish has since been spotted in several different places, including the waters off South Africa, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease. Authorities have since confirmed that she developed SFTS, a disease transmitted by bites from a certain group of virus-carrying ticks. Human-to-human infections of the tick virus through blood contact have been reported, but ministry officials believe the Japanese woman's death could be the first case of a human dying from the bite of an infected animal.

Mother comes home to find child covered in blood and saying she was sexually abused

Mother comes home to find child covered in blood and saying she was sexually abused

A North Carolina woman has told authorities she returned home from work recently to find her seven-year-old daughter covered in blood, claiming to have been sexually assaulted. The girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Brentley Jason Breyers, the man she refers to as “father,” according to police. The woman told authorities she had left her four children with Mr Bryers on Friday morning while she went to work.

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur

Archaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive speech against Islam'

Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. https://t.co/nTC1LYQKiG— KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins’s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.” Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. “You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ‘abusive speech’. Why didn’t you check your facts – or at least have the common courtesy to alert me – before summarily cancelling my event?” This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.— Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had “never used abusive speech against Islam”, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism “vile”, Islamism is not the same as Islam. “I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand – as perhaps you do not – that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,” the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ‘Shik Shik’, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a briefing, adding that its ability to defend China's territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday. Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead. Now, his office said Buhari sent a letter on Monday to his counterpart in Guinea, Alpha Conde, thanking him for his call last week for national prayers for his recovery.

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare. At a business gathering in Las Vegas, Mr Boehner said Americans have grown accustomed to the law passed in 2010 while he was the House’s Republican leader. Mr Boehner’s comments are a departure from Donald Trump’s rhetoric saying “Obamacare is death”.

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

Philippine leader says to modernize, beef-up military to meet all threats

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would build a military over the next two years that could fight on all fronts by recruiting 35,000-40,000 new soldiers, and buying planes and drones to tackle communist and Islamist rebels. Duterte said security threats had increased in the Philippines and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges. "Today's demand necessitates an army that is strong," he told reporters. "I will build an armed forces that can fight all fronts everywhere. ...

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's body.

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Venezuela's angry opposition is pushing for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. It all makes for a dramatic week in the opposition's dogged drive to unseat the socialist Maduro, whom it blames for an acute economic crisis marked by shortages of food, medicine and such basics as diapers, soap and toilet paper. The fight must move forward," said Freddy Guevara, the deputy speaker of the opposition-controlled congress.

Donald Trump tells reporter 'be quiet' when she asks him about healthcare

Donald Trump tells reporter 'be quiet' when she asks him about healthcare

Donald Trump has derided reporters in front of a group of White House interns, after facing questions on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and healthcare. During a photo opportunity with the White House's latest group of interns, he was asked by a reporter if he had anything to say about the current healthcare battle in the Senate. The President had tweeted earlier that Mr Sessions was "beleaguered" and asking why he was not looking into 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton's alleged financial ties to Russia.

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Very rare first USA-spec McLaren F1 to be auctioned

Any version of this truly ground-breaking car in good condition goes for seven figures, and there's little prospect of prices going in any direction other than upwards for the foreseeable future. After all, it was the fastest road car in the world for a number of years, thanks to the 627 horsepower produced by its BMW M V-12 engine. Another fact about the McLaren F1 is that each one was a very individual car in its own right, but there are some that are more individual than others.

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

HAMHUNG, North Korea (AP) — In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

Patents boost to offset weak networks for Nokia

Patents boost to offset weak networks for Nokia

By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Telecoms gear maker Nokia is likely to see a boost to quarterly earnings on Thursday from a recent patent licensing deal with Apple that offsets weak demand in its main equipment business from network operators. In a Reuters poll of analysts, Nokia's networks sales are seen falling 3 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, while revenues from its technologies unit, including patent royalties, are seen up 40 percent following the deal with Apple. The average forecast for Nokia's second-quarter operating profit is 447 million euros ($520 million), up 35 percent from a year earlier.

Ukraine leader slams Russia over arms given to rebels

Ukraine leader slams Russia over arms given to rebels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday demanded Russia's Vladimir Putin halt arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried to revive a peace plan. After a spike in violence, the four leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis for two hours by telephone in the latest round of talks aimed at stilling a conflict that has killed 10,000 people since April 2014. The conversation was the first to involve French President Emmanuel Macron since he came to power in May, becoming the main international moderator on the crisis along with Germany's Angela Merkel.

Father of teen abused by female teacher claims school threatened boy with paddling for 'spreading rumours'

Father of teen abused by female teacher claims school threatened boy with paddling for 'spreading rumours'

The family of an eighth-grade boy who was abused by his teacher say the school threatened to paddle him as punishment for “spreading rumours”. Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for sex crimes against the student, who is thought to be 15 years old. The teenager, who has not been identified, was allegedly told to “keep his mouth closed” by Marty Webb, the Principal of the high school he attended in Oklahoma.

WRX STI Type RA NBR achieves incredible Nurburgring lap time

WRX STI Type RA NBR achieves incredible Nurburgring lap time

There's no getting away from what a stunning piece of technology and automotive engineering the Porsche 918 Spyder was when it was revealed to the world a couple of years ago, and it was no surprise when it put in an amazing lap time at the world famous Nurburgring. It's only right then that we would have expected a genuine challenge to that lap time to come from some equally advanced hybrid hypercar, but Subaru has come extremely close to beating the 918's time without an electric motor in sight with its WRX STI Type RA NBR. To be fair to both Porsche and Subaru, the WRX STI Type RA NBR isn't exactly your run-of-the-mill car by any means.

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Long-lost class ring found after 52 years

Long-lost class ring found after 52 years

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Fifty-two years after losing his high school ring shortly after graduation, a man has gotten it back — and it was all of 3 miles away from where he grew up in New Hampshire.

No ho-ho-ho-liday as Santas meet in Denmark

No ho-ho-ho-liday as Santas meet in Denmark

By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - It's summertime in Denmark but Santas from around the world are already planning for the festive season, with more than 150 gathering in Copenhagen to share some early Christmas cheer. The annual World Santa Claus Congress, now in its 60th year, has drawn attendees from a dozen countries, most sporting traditional red coats and white beards despite the warmer-than-winter weather. "We have a discussion about important things in life -- for example, which day is Christmas Day?" said Santa Wolfgang from Germany, who has been participating in the congress since 1996.

Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate.

Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need

Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need

By Taylor Harris NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries every year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans were shattered by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo last week. Kari Curletto said she spent three months on her submission "Quilted Enchantment," with its six-foot cathedral train.

Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to Boaty

Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to Boaty

A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. Trainy McTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. Last year, the British government said a new 200 million pound ($259 million) polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name "Boaty McBoatface" had topped an online poll.

Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade

Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade

Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday. "There were thousands of them," resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television of the Sunday-night incident. "It was a horror story that I couldn't believe I was living." A small task force of city workers on Tuesday found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department.

Cheesemaker kicks up a stink over vanishing prize-winning cheddar

Cheesemaker kicks up a stink over vanishing prize-winning cheddar

A British cheesemaker has offered a 500 pound ($652) reward for the recovery of 40 kilograms of prize-winning cheddar stolen from an agricultural show in south-west England. The award-winning cheddar and the reserve champion, each weighing 20 kilograms, were allegedly stolen on Saturday after being left in a marquee in Yeovil, not far from the village of Cheddar, after which the world-renowned cheese is named. The two blocks disappeared along with the certificates that prove their prize-winning quality which could raise their value.

Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told

Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told

The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported. South Yorkshire police officers Matthew Lucas, 42, and Lee Walls, 47, and pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64, each denied charges of misconduct in public office when they went on trial in Sheffield in the north of England.