News: Weekend Reads

By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy

Wednesday  18:58,   07 december 2016
msn

Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing. OnOn Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said progress [...]

Aleppo's fall would be win for Russia, defeat for U.S. in Mideast

Wednesday  18:58,   07 december 2016
reuters

<p>U.S.-backed moderate rebels' loss of the eastern half of Syria's largest city Aleppo to Russian-backed government forces would be a defeat for President Barack Obama's efforts</p>U.S.-backed moderate rebels' loss of the eastern[...]

Blind Man Miraculously Regains Eyesight After 20 Years: 'I Really Thought I Was Dreaming'

Wednesday  18:58,   07 december 2016
insideedition

Doctors were shocked at the change. A New York man who was blind for 20 years miraculously regained his vision without any treatment from doctors.Kevin Coughlin, 55, told WCBS that a thick white fog he had over his eyes for years randomly[...]

Japan, U.S. burying Second World War ghosts after 70 years

Wednesday  18:57,   07 december 2016
msn

An American president in Hiroshima. A Japanese prime minister at Pearl Harbor. One longtime taboo has already fallen this year, and the other soon will. On Dec. 27, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Hawaiian U.S. naval base attacked by Japan[...]

Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol-Ju spotted in public for the first time in nine months

Wednesday  18:57,   07 december 2016
independent.co.uk

Kim Jong-un’s wife has been spotted in public for the first time in nine months. Ri Sol- ju the First Lady of North Korea was spotted alongside her husband in a photograph released by south Korean news agency Yonhap News on Sunday.The agency that[...]

Russian jets keep crashing — and it may be an aircraft carrier’s fault

Wednesday  18:57,   07 december 2016
washingtonpost

Monday’s accident was the second in weeks involving Russia’s sole, aging aircraft carrier, which is engaged in the Syrian conflict.The Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s sole, aging aircraft carrier, made a very public entry into the Syrian conflict when[...]

Taronga zoo says it will not fire keeper filmed punching kangaroo

Wednesday  18:51,   07 december 2016
theguardian

Taronga zoo says it will not fire keeper filmed punching kangarooTaronga Western Plains zoo said there was “no suggestion” Greig Tonkins’s position as an elephant keeper would be terminated following the publication of vision in which he struck a[...]

Georgia prepares to carry out its 9th execution this year

Wednesday  18:51,   07 december 2016
msn

Georgia prepares to carry out its 9th execution this yearWilliam Sallie is scheduled to die Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of murder in the shooting death of John Lee[...]

‘We’re going to put a bullet in your head’: #PizzaGate threats terrorize D.C. shop owners

Wednesday  18:51,   07 december 2016
washingtonpost

<p>Business owners were already shaken by weeks of death threats and online attacks fueled by a bizarre conspiracy theory.</p>Terasol’s co-owner, Sabrina Ousmaal, who had begged authorities for help, worried that the worst was yet to[...]

Obama defends counterterrorism plan before handover to Trump

Wednesday  18:50,   07 december 2016
msn

<p>Closing out two terms as a U.S. president at war, Barack Obama staunchly defended his counterterrorism strategy as one that rejected torture, held to American values and avoided large-scale troop deployments.</p>Obama came to MacDill Air[...]

Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!'

Wednesday  18:50,   07 december 2016
reuters

<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump urged the government on Tuesday to cancel an order with Boeing Co <ba.n>for a revamped Air Force One - one of the most prominent symbols of the U.S. presidency - saying costs were out of[...]

Trump’s unpredictable style unnerves corporate America

Wednesday  18:50,   07 december 2016
washingtonpost

A day of surprise announcements and criticism of Boeing raises fresh concerns.That came an hour after Boeing’s chief executive was quoted questioning Trump’s stance on[...]

Trump adviser’s son removed from transition after spreading conspiracy theory

Wednesday  18:50,   07 december 2016
washingtonpost

Michael G. Flynn, son of Trump’s designated national security adviser, had backed a bogus story tied to a shooting at a Washington pizzeria.Michael G. Flynn and his father, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn — Trump’s designated national security[...]

Chapecoense plane crash: Bolivia arrests LaMia airline boss

Wednesday  18:50,   07 december 2016
bbc

Bolivian authorities arrest the head of the airline involved in the Chapecoense air disaster.Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has been detained as part of an investigation into the[...]

Meet Patton the Goldendoodle. Will he become Trump’s first dog?

Wednesday  18:50,   07 december 2016
washingtonpost

A Palm Beac, Fla., philanthropist says she's training a Goldendoodle for the Trumps, but a Trump representative says there has been no decision about adopting it.Well, not if Lois Pope has anything to say about it. Pope, a prominent[...]