Tom Hayden, famed 1960s anti-war activist, dies at 76
(AP) — Famed '60s anti-war activist Tom Hayden, whose name became forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 8 trial, Vietnam War protests and his ex-wife actress Jane Fonda, has died.
Hayden, once denounced as a traitor by his detractors, overcame his past and won election to the California Assembly and Senate where he served for almost two decades as a progressive force on such issues as the environment and education.
Hayden wrote or edited 19 books, including "Reunion," a memoir of his path to protest and a rumination on the political upheavals of the '60s.
Hayden was fond of comparing the student movement that followed to the American Revolution and the Civil War.
In 1968, he helped organize anti-war demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that turned violent and resulted in the notorious Chicago 7 trial.
The trial became the subject of books, a play and Hayden's own reflections in "Voices of the Chicago 8: a Generation on Trial."
At Michigan, he took up political causes including the civil rights movement.
Yearning for a more influential role, Hayden returned to Ann Arbor, where he was enlisted by the SDS to draft the Port Huron Statement, a call to action he hoped would spread to the rest of the country.
In 1967, he returned to Hanoi with another group and was asked by North Vietnamese leaders to bring three prisoners of war back to the United States.
With the prisoners suffering medical problems, the U.S. State Department thanked Hayden for his humanitarian action.
Firmly committed to the anti-war movement, Hayden participated in sit-ins at Columbia University, then began traveling the country to promote a rally in Chicago for the DNC.
In 1992, Hayden won election to the state Senate advocating for environmental and educational issues. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:48:30 UT
China's Xi seeks to enforce will at Communist Party meeting
BEIJING (AP) — Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting that started Monday to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from over and that his authority remains undiminished.
The Central Committee plenary gathering also sets in motion preparations for next year's 19th national party congress that will kickoff Xi's second five-year term as head of the ruling party.
Few political reforms have been mooted and Xi has drawn fire overseas for waging a sweeping campaign against activist lawyers and government critics resulting in a series of televised confessions reminiscent of Josef Stalin's show trials.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported their theme would be "strengthening and standardizing intra-party political life," while seeking to "primarily resolve problems of Party leadership fatigue and slackness in party governance and discipline observation."
State media say a pair of documents toughening discipline will be put forward at this week's meeting, reflecting Xi's preference for pursuing anti-corruption through party channels rather than the legal system.
Xi has offered no public insights or opinions on the meeting's nitty-gritty, but in a speech at a patriotic gathering on Friday, called for total adherence to party edicts, devotion to the people and full support for the armed forces that remain ultimately loyal to the party rather than the Chinese nation. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:45:12 UT
HK court is told banker was using cocaine during murders
HONG KONG (AP) — A British banker was using cocaine when he killed two Indonesian women by slitting their throats and then used his phone to film himself talking about it, a Hong Kong prosecutor said as a trial for the 2014 killings opened Monday.
Jutting is charged with the murders of Sumarti Ningsih, 23 and Seneng Mujiasih, 26 whose bodies were found in his upscale apartment near the Asian financial center's Wan Chai red-light district, in a case highlighting the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite.
The case is "particularly horrifying" because it includes photographic evidence of one victim's torture, the judge told prospective jurors as it got underway.
Jutting subjected her to "increasingly cruel acts of violence using his belt, sex toys, a pair of pliers and his fists," Reading said.
"After torturing her for three days, he took her into the bathroom, had her kneel in front of the toilet bowl with her hands tied behind her back, made her lick the toilet bowl and then he cut her throat with a serrated-edged knife," he continued.
When the clerk asked what his plea was to the two murder charge, he replied "not guilty to murder by reason of diminished responsibility but guilty of manslaughter," which the prosecutors refused to accept, meaning the trial on the murder charges will proceed. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:42:59 UT
Struggling Gaza factory turns to recycling to survive
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the struggling Gaza Strip, Omar Ramlawi's plastic factory is one of the few businesses that has managed to stay afloat, overcoming dire shortages of raw materials by resorting to an unusual source: recycling.
Recycling has never been a priority in Gaza, a crowded and impoverished seaside territory whose already weak economy has been devastated by years of conflict with Israel and mismanagement by the strip's ruling Islamic militant Hamas movement.
The empty bottles and shopping bags strewn on Gaza's beaches and roadsides provide vivid reminders of the lack of environmental awareness among its residents.
Israel says the policy is needed to prevent Hamas, a militant group committed to Israel's destruction, from building up its arsenal of rockets and other weapons.
COGAT, the Israeli defense agency responsible for dealing with civilian issues in Gaza, said that polyethylene is on a list of "dual-use" materials that can be diverted by Hamas for military purposes.
The plastic is mostly recovered from landfills and road waste containers by poor or jobless individuals — a process that the municipality turns a blind eye to, despite health concerns. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:38:38 UT
Asia shares gain as Japan trade data better than forecast
Asia shares gain as Japan trade data better than forecast
TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets mostly rose Monday after the release of improved Japanese manufacturing and trade data that suggest activity is picking up in the world's third biggest economy.
"Keep in mind that growth has averaged around 1 percent in the past three quarters, so a snap back to the consensus estimate of 2.5 percent would be welcomed," he wrote.
[...] a preliminary survey of factory managers showed a fifth straight month of improvement in manufacturing sentiment and the measure for output rose for the first time since January.
Benchmark U.S. crude fell 25 cents to $50.60 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:34:02 UT
France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp
CALAIS, France (AP) — Lines of migrants with their lives in small bags are walking to a registration center in the French port city of Calais, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the filthy camp they called home.
The first of hundreds of buses were arriving on Monday to begin transferring migrants to reception centers around France, where they can apply for asylum, and level the camp in the weeklong operation. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:29:38 UT
US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said he also relayed to Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. international concern over continuing killings under Duterte's crackdown against illegal drugs.
Duterte's administration, however, has not formalized his public declarations to remove U.S. counterterrorism forces from the volatile southern Philippines and stop large-scale joint exercises involving American forces, creating confusion among even his Cabinet officials. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:27:12 UT
Police search forests in India after 21 Maoist rebels killed
NEW DELHI (AP) — Security forces were hunting through forests in southeast India Monday for Maoist rebels after a fierce gunfight left 21 rebels dead and two policemen wounded.
The gunfight broke out late Sunday after police received a tip that 60 Maoist rebels were gathered in forests on the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states, said a police officer speaking on customary condition of anonymity. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:25:59 UT
Pakistani army says India's border fire kills 2 civilians
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army says Indian troops fired "unprovoked" across the border between the two sides in the contested region of Kashmir, killing two Pakistani villagers, including a year-and-a-half-old child.
Tensions have risen in the region since last month, when India claimed it conducted "surgical strikes" against militants on Pakistani soil. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:25:22 UT
Source: Weather Underground
MondayTemperatures and weather conditions during the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. EDT today.
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clr - clear
pc - partly cloudy
cdy - cloudy
rn - rain
sn - snow
Source: Weather Underground
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:22:30 UT
Limited gains in first week of Iraq's Mosul offensive
In the heavily mined approaches to the city, they met with fierce resistance as IS unleashed suicide truck bombs, rockets and mortars.
IS meanwhile launched a massive assault on the city of Kirkuk, some 170 kilometers (100 miles) away, killing at least 80 people in two days of clashes in an apparent attempt to divert Iraqi forces.
The U.S.-led coalition is providing airstrikes and ground support, with more than 100 American soldiers embedded with Iraqi units and hundreds more in staging bases near the front lines.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces have asked for more coalition airstrikes, and the Kurds have requested more armored vehicles and roadside bomb detectors.
Aid groups fear that a mass exodus from the city could overwhelm camps set up around its outskirts, and the Iraqi government has called on Mosul residents to remain in their homes.
The launch of the Mosul operation has aggravated tensions with neighboring Turkey over the presence of some 500 Turkish troops at a base near Bashiqa, where they are training Kurdish and Sunni fighters who are taking part in the offensive.
Turkey is closely allied with the Sunni former governor of Ninevah province, where Mosul is the capital, and Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, both of whom have pressed for greater autonomy from Iraq's Shiite-dominated central government. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:20:27 UT
The Latest: Iraqi forces shell IS positions near Mosul
Iraqi special forces have begun shelling Islamic State positions near Mosul in the latest phase of a massive operation to retake the militant-held city.
The campaign to retake Mosul comes after months of planning and involves more than 25,000 Iraqi troops, Kurdish forces, Sunni tribal fighters and state-sanctioned Shiite militias.
A rights group is urging a probe into a suspected airstrike in northern Iraq that killed at least 13 during last week's battles for Mosul. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:12:54 UT
Famed 1960s anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died in California at age 76, wife says
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Famed 1960s anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died in California at age 76, wife says. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:58:33 UT
Former Christie aide expected to return to witness stand
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who prosecutors say sent the "time for some traffic problems" email that started the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal is due back on the witness stand.
[...] prosecutors claim the study actually was a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:58:10 UT
527 South Koreans to sue Samsung on Galaxy Note 7 recall
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note 7 smartphone owners were preparing Monday to file a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics over the fire-prone device.
Attorney Peter Young-Yeel Ko, head of the Harvest Law Firm said Monday that 527 consumers want Samsung to compensate them for the costs to visit shops to exchange their phones, for the hours they had to wait while transferring data and for psychological harm from using a hazardous product.
Apparently in response to criticism over its handling of the recalls, Samsung announced Monday that Note 7 owners who switch to Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphones can get 50 percent discounts on upgrades to Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphones next year if they return the S7 or S7 Edges. ...
Pubdate: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:58:04 UT