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Pope says media sin by dredging up old scandals

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:58

Father Jonathan Morris shares his thoughts.

Eleven police killed in attacks in Afghanistan

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:52

At least 11 Afghan policemen were killed on Sunday when Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in the volatile southern province of Helmand, authorities said. The assaults were the latest in a series of deadly attacks claimed by the Taliban on Afghan police and troops. Taliban insurgents launched the assaults in the early morning in the Qalai Sang area of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:51

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship docked on Sunday with the International Space Station, bringing supplies and experiments for the astronauts in orbit. "Dragon installed," a NASA commentator said at 1326 GMT after the delicate, hours-long process of sealing 16 bolts joining the two craft was complete. Earlier, as the Dragon arrived, the space station's robotic arm, operated by one of its astronauts, attached itself to the cargo ship as they were over Australia and Papua New Guinea.

IS claims pre-Christmas suicide bombing of Pakistan church, eight dead

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:48

A suicide bomb attack on a Pakistan church claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people and wounded 30 during a service on Sunday, just over a week before Christmas. Two women were among the dead at a Methodist church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province, said provincial Home Secretary Akbar Harifal. Officials said police intercepted and shot dead one attacker outside the church before he could detonate his bomb.

Russia and NATO: Headed for a Missile Arms Race in Europe?

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:36

The NATO alliance is urging Moscow to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces bilateral U.S.-Russia treaty, which bans land-based missiles that have ranges between 500km and 5,500km. “Allies have identified a Russian missile system that raises serious concerns,” reads a statement from the alliance.

Russia investigation: Robert Mueller 'obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully', Trump transition team lawyer claims

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:26

Special counsel Robert Mueller "unlawfully" obtained tens of thousands of emails from Donald Trump's presidential transition team, a lawyer has claimed. The messages will be be examined as part of the investigation into collusion between Russia and senior member's of the US leader's inner circle before he took office. Mr Trump's transition team used facilities of the GSA, which helps manage the US government bureaucracy, in the period between the Republican's November presidential election victory and his inauguration in January. "When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner's consent or appropriate criminal process," said spokesman Peter Carr.

How the GOP tax plan will impact the economy

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:09

Former Bush Council of Economic Advisers chair Glenn Hubbard and New York Times columnist and ABC News contributor Paul Krugman debate how the sweeping GOP tax plan will impact the economy on "This Week."

GOP 'civil war' in primaries will lose them midterms: Democrat senator

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:05

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair joins "This Week" after Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama.

Children serenade pope on 81st birthday; he appeals for kidnapped nuns

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:04

Tens of thousands of people, many of them children, serenaded Pope Francis on his 81st birthday on Sunday, as the pontiff appealed for the release of Catholic nuns kidnapped last month in Nigeria. The crowd sang Happy Birthday in Italian as the pontiff appeared at the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's Square for his weekly message and blessing. The first Latin American pope was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires.

Relief, Bitterness And Frustration: Another Year Of Obamacare Enrollment

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:00

Since the first open enrollment period for the Obamacare exchanges began in the fall of 2013, these health insurance markets have been a godsend, a disaster or something in between for consumers.

Pentagon admits it ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme between 2007 and 2012

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:46

The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Although the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities, it remains unclear if it has continued to investigate sightings of mysterious vehicles. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company ran by Robert Bigelow, a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr Reid.

Omarosa's exit highlights lack of diversity at Trump White House

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:00

Without Manigault-Newman, Trump appears to have no black senior advisers in public-facing White House roles. The departure of the former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault-Newman from the White House this week has placed the lack of diversity in Donald Trump’s administration under renewed scrutiny. Manigault-Newman, the highest-ranking black person to work in the West Wing under Trump, abruptly left her post as a special assistant to the president on Wednesday.

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:50

Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice meditation? In a new book titled Beyond the Self, two friends—Matthieu Ricard, who left a career as a molecular biologist to become a Buddhist monk in Nepal, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—engage in an unusually well-matched conversation about meditation and the brain. Below is a condensed and edited excerpt.

Montecito's misery: Ash rains in California wildfire battle

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:43

Ash rained down Saturday on the dry hills and multi-million-dollar homes of Montecito, where firefighters chased spot blazes fanned by winds in one of California's largest wildfires in decades. The fire, named "Thomas", broke out almost two weeks ago and is now the state's third-largest wildfire since 1932. On Saturday it led to evacuation orders for areas in Santa Barbara County, including Montecito more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles along the Pacific coast.

Manchin: 'Not going to waste my time' talking impeachment

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:09

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) tells Chuck Todd that he doesn't believe there's a reason to talk about impeachment until and unless the House of Representatives begins the process.

Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:06

A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying "harmful" waste, official sources said Sunday. The deadly dump from Formosa's $11 billion steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country's worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods along swathes of coastline and prompting months of rare protests in the authoritarian country. The firm was initially fined $500 million for pouring toxic chemicals -- including cyanide -- into the ocean in April 2016, and has now been ordered to pay an additional $25,000 on separate charges of burying harmful solid waste in the ground, according to the official Cong Ly newspaper.

Seven words banned at the CDC, with apologies to George Carlin

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:03

After the White House sent the CDC a list of words that shouldn't appear in any budget documents, Chuck Todd channels his inner George Carlin.

Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia to support Palestine

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:55

Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world's largest Muslim population. The rally was organised by the top Islamic authority the Indonesian Ulema Council and supported by the government as well as several other Islamic organisations. "This is my solidarity as a Muslim to my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine... the Al-Aqsa mosque, a historical mosque for Muslims, is there (in Jerusalem)," said Hermawati, from the nearby city of Bogor, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

'No conversation' about firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the White House

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:52

Marc Short, White House Director of Legislative Affairs, tells Chuck Todd that there is no discussion of removing the Special Counsel from his position investigating the 2016 election.

Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:50

Argentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It's a political decision," a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub's disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan's disappearance.