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Al Franken Issues Another Apology: 'I Crossed A Line' -

Al Franken Issues Another Apology: 'I Crossed A Line'issued a Thanksgiving day apology after two more women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:03:57 -0500

Emmerson Mnangagwa set to be sworn in as new Zimbabwe president -

Emmerson Mnangagwa set to be sworn in as new Zimbabwe presidentZimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe’s closest allies, will take the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats. Mugabe, who ruled the southern African country for 37 autocratic years, was ousted from office when the military intervened after he had sacked Mnangagwa as vice president. Mugabe, 93 and in increasingly frail health, had been positioning his wife Grace as his successor, but the army chiefs acted to halt the plan and usher in Mnangagwa. "Come and be an eyewitness of history being made, the historic ushering in (of) a new era and better country," said a statement from the ruling ZANU-PF party calling on people to attend the inauguration. State television suggested that Mugabe may be present, but no official confirmed his participation. Robert Mugabe kissing his wife and first lady Grace Mugabe during the country's 37th Independence Day celebrations  Credit: Jekesai Njikizana/AP Buses have been arranged to transport supporters to the 60,000-capacity stadium early on Friday. Mnangagwa, 75, said this week that Zimbabweans were witnessing "a new and unfolding full democracy", though critics say he is a ZANU-PF hardliner who gained power in a de facto military coup. He is known as "The Crocodile" for his ruthlessness and is accused of overseeing ethnic massacres by the army in the 1980s and the 2008 election violence when Mugabe was at risk of losing the vote. Ahead of the inauguration, the army warned that criminals had been impersonating soldiers since the crisis to extort money from the public and called on Zimbabweans to obey the law. Britain, the former colonial power, said it was sending Africa Minister Rory Stewart to the ceremony. Regional heavyweight South Africa said President Jacob Zuma would not be present as he was hosting a visit by Angola’s new head of state. Timeline Robert Mugabe as leader of Zimbabwe Zuma praised Mugabe, noting "his contribution to the liberation of the Southern African region and the decolonisation of the continent". Mugabe had ruled since Zimbabwean independence in 1980, exercising almost total authority to crush any sign of dissent. The majority of Zimbabweans have only known life under Mugabe – the world’s oldest head of state – during a reign defined by brutality, rigged elections and international isolation. His iron grip on power ended on Tuesday when his resignation letter was delivered to parliament, where MPs had convened to impeach him. Mugabe was last seen in public on Friday and gave a defiant televised address on Sunday. Neither he nor his wife Grace has been seen since, though they are expected to be given protection by the government. The main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change, said it was "cautiously optimistic" that Mnangagwa would not be as "evil, corrupt, decadent" as Mugabe. In the week before Mugabe resigned, military vehicles rolled down Harare’s streets, army generals made a TV address in the early hours and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans demonstrated against the veteran leader. Zimbabwe’s once-promising economy collapsed under Mugabe’s rule, and many hope Mnangagwa will push through reforms to bring in investment. Unemployment is over 90 percent, and in his first speech after being announced as the next president he promised "jobs, jobs, jobs!"              

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:00:06 -0500

Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate Change -

Anti-Pipeline Activist Found Guilty After Being Barred From Mentioning Climate ChangeAfter a short trial lasting just a day and a half, climate activist and retiree Leonard Higgins was found guilty on Wednesday of a serious felony charge for his role in the “valve turner” protest last year that resulted in the brief shutdown of a tar sands pipeline in Montana.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:07:12 -0500

President Trump Challenged a Coast Guard Member to an Arm Wrestle -

President Trump Challenged a Coast Guard Member to an Arm WrestlePresident Donald Trump joked about beating a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in an arm wrestle during a Thanksgiving visit to a station in Riviera Beach, Florida, near the President’s Mar-a-Lago club

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:15:17 -0500

Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: report -

Drug-maker Teva set for major layoffs in Israel, US: reportPharmaceutical giant Teva is preparing to sack thousands of employees in Israel and the United States, including one quarter of its Israeli workforce, a business newspaper said Thursday. Israel-based Teva, the world's biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, will sack 25 percent of its 6,860 employees in Israel and more than 10 percent of its 10,000-strong workforce in the US, Calcalist daily said. Teva shares in the United States have taken a plunge this year as the company has faced harsh financial woes.

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