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Michael Bloomberg is reconsidering entering the Democratic presidential primary. If he entered, he would be the second billionaire to join the race who walked back an earlier decision not to run.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:21

A possible late entry into the Democratic primary by Michael Bloomberg less than three months before the Iowa caucuses would shake up the still-crowded field.

Until recently, Ernst & Young coached some top women leaders to look "polished" and speak briefly. The large accounting firm has since disavowed the program, arguing its workplace culture promotes women.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:59

Until recently, the accounting giant coached some top women leaders to look "polished" and speak briefly. The company has since disavowed the program, arguing its workplace culture promotes women.

Authorities announced Thursday that a New York-based company and seven of its employees are  being charged with fraud, money laundering and illegal importation of equipment manufactured in China.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:59

Aventura Technologies Inc. and seven of its employees are facing charges of fraud, money laundering and illegal importation of Chinese equipment, which officials say endangered military personnel.

Essex authorities examine the truck that was found to contain 39 dead migrants. Police said Thursday the victims have been identified as Vietnamese nationals.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:10

British and Vietnamese authorities conducted DNA tests of the victims, who were found dead in a truck container on Oct. 23. Police previously said the victims were Chinese nationals.

Flight picketing in front of the Munich Airport Thursday, some holding signs with slogans that read "Change is in the air???" Lufthansa has cancelled a total of 1300 flights due to the announced 48-hour strike by flight attendants.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:58

Thousands of employees picketed outside of airports in Germany. Lufthansa, that nation's largest carrier, expects 180,000 passengers will be affected by the two-day work stoppage.

Under Las Vegas' new law, people found sleeping in public areas affected by the rules could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:51

Homeless activists swarmed the Las Vegas City Council chambers chanting, "Housing, not handcuffs!" The mayor said the measure is necessary in order to address a homeless problem that is not abating.

Methane emitted by ruminant animals like cattle and sheep accounted for 34% of New Zealand's greenhouse emissions in 2017. A flock of merino sheep on the country's South Island are seen here in April 2017.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:50

The Zero Carbon bill is ambitious but contains a major exception for methane emitted by plants and animals. Methane from animals like cattle and sheep made up 34% of the country's emissions in 2017.

George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, arrives at a closed session with House impeachment investigators on Oct. 15. Lawmakers released the transcript of that deposition on Thursday.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:02

"Politically related prosecutions ... undermine the rule of law," George Kent said in his deposition. The transcript of his interview with impeachment investigators was released on Thursday.

Saint Augustine was among the saints who pushed some of the bans and policies that may have paved the way for a breakdown of extended family networks in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:01

Researchers combed Vatican archives to find records of how ancient church policies shaped Western values and family structures today.

Leaders of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, (from left) Sam Rainsy, Mu Sochua and Kem Sokha, give speeches in Phnom Penh in 2014. Rainsy and Sochua now live in self-imposed exile outside the country, while Sokha has been jailed since 2017.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:01

Sam Rainsy of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party was barred from boarding a plane from Paris to Thailand. His deputy was detained in Malaysia. Both risk arrest if they enter Cambodia.

Congress has approved the first law making severe animal abuse a federal crime, in a move that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., calls "a milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country."
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:52

The PACT Act would be the first national law making severe animal cruelty and torture illegal. An earlier law only banned videos of such acts.

Aid workers dish up rice and stew to refugees at the Gawilan camp in northern Iraq. The camp has accommodated nearly 2,000 new arrivals in the past month.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:42

"They told us, even if you stand here for 100 years, we are not going to let you cross," one refugee who made it to an Iraqi camp tells NPR. Many have resorted to paying smugglers to help them cross.

President Trump has come under scrutiny about his charitable foundation's use of funds. He has been ordered to pay $2 million in damages by a New York judge.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:25

The money will go to a group of charities. The New York judge said money raised at a 2016 veterans fundraiser "was used for Mr. Trump's political campaign and disbursed by Mr. Trump's campaign staff."

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent arrives on Capitol Hill on Oct. 15. His testimony from that deposition was released on Thursday.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:57

The leader of the State Department's European and Eurasian Bureau was described as having told House investigators that the White House deputized "three amigos" to handle Ukraine policy.

Bosco Ntaganda, the former Congolese militia leader known as "Terminator," awaits his verdict Thursday in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The warlord would ultimately be sentenced to 30 years in jail for war crimes in the early 2000s.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:24

The prison sentence is the longest ever doled out by the International Criminal Court, which earlier this year found the former warlord guilty of atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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