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Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian CrisisThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian “fingerprints” on Thursday while laying out what she called “irrefutable evidence” that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:54 -0500

Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For You

Friday's Morning Email: What The Net Neutrality Repeal Means For YouTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:33:30 -0500

"President Trump's Lies: The Definitive List"

"President Trump's Lies: The Definitive List"The New York Times used a narrow definition of "lie" that discarded many of Trump's falsehoods and still found 103 in 10 months. Under the same rules, Obama had just 18. NYT's David Leonhardt explains why Trump has trouble with the truth.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:25:46 -0500

60 Holiday Jell-O Shots That Will Get Your Holiday Party LIT

60 Holiday Jell-O Shots That Will Get Your Holiday Party LIT


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:38:05 -0500

Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant

Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously RedundantPresident Donald Trump’s statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:05:47 -0500

One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has Vanished

One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has VanishedSouth Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:34:15 -0500

Texas Mom Allegedly Subjected Her Healthy Son, 8, to 323 Doctor Visits and 13 Surgeries

Texas Mom Allegedly Subjected Her Healthy Son, 8, to 323 Doctor Visits and 13 SurgeriesInvestigators in Texas suspect a Dallas-area mom has Munchausen by proxy and they have charged her with allegedly seeking unnecessary medical care for her 8-year-old son


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:20:42 -0500

Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can't get abortions

Lawsuit: 2 immigrant teens in US custody can't get abortionsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is blocking two pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody from obtaining abortions, the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday, a repeat of the situation that led to a high-profile court fight earlier this year.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:42 -0500

Five years on, America still haunted by Sandy Hook

Five years on, America still haunted by Sandy HookOf all the mass shootings to have scarred the American consciousness in recent years, the one at Sandy Hook stands out for its child victims: 20 young lives cut short inside their elementary school classroom. At the same hour, on December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old named Adam Lanza burst into the brick school building in Newtown armed with a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and two pistols. The sadness," tweeted Erica Lafferty, whose mother the school principal Dawn Hochsprung was killed trying to stop the shooter.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:49:48 -0500

US gives evidence Iran supplied missiles that Yemen rebels fired at Saudi Arabia

US gives evidence Iran supplied missiles that Yemen rebels fired at Saudi ArabiaNikki Haley unveils previously classified information at Joint Base Anacostia in Washington DC on Thursday. The US has presented evidence that officials said proved that Iran had supplied short-range ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen which were then fired at Saudi Arabia. The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made the presentation at Bolling Air Force base in Washington, which is the headquarters to the Defence Intelligence Agency.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:00:33 -0500

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality voteFederal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing backlash online after the government agency voted  Thursday to repeal landmark Obama-era rules that were designed to ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape The plan had not been popular leading up to the vote, with at least one poll from the University of Maryland finding more than 80 percent of respondents opposed the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules ahead of the vote.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:00 -0500

How To Know When Your Relationship Is Over

How To Know When Your Relationship Is OverWho you choose to spend your life with is an incredibly important decision ― and sometimes, you realize the person you thought was “the one” isn’t the right choice anymore.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:09:53 -0500

Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death

Grand Jury Slams Penn State for 'Rampant and Pervasive' Fraternity Hazing After Tim Piazza's Death"No fraternity’s existence is worth more than the life of Tim Piazza"


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:32:00 -0500

Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald Trump

Jamie Oliver Says He'd Do This Disgusting Thing If He Had To Cook For Donald TrumpJamie Oliver isn’t planning on cooking a meal for President Donald Trump anytime soon.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:11:43 -0500

El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth

El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered StillbirthA Salvadoran court upheld a 30-year jail sentence this week for a woman who was convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering what she said was a stillbirth.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:43:38 -0500

Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquiry

Prominent 9th Circuit judge faces sex misconduct inquirySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that he has opened a misconduct inquiry into a judge accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments by six women.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:19:29 -0500

Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership vote

Battle lines drawn for South Africa's ANC on eve of leadership voteBy Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruler since the end of apartheid, faces perhaps the most pivotal few days in its recent history when it meets over the weekend to choose a successor to Jacob Zuma as party leader. The ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the job is likely to become South Africa's next president. Economic growth in Africa's traditional powerhouse has been lethargic over the last six years and the jobless rate stands near record levels.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:58:38 -0500

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island

6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java islandA strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late Friday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the capital. National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:44:42 -0500

Are the U.S. Marines Dying?

Are the U.S. Marines Dying?The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can’t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge. A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that “Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,” according to the GAO report.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:00 -0500

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalitionSyrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner, military officials said Thursday. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Wednesday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra "quickly and professionally conducted an operation," the coalition said in a statement.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:29:57 -0500

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy HookOn the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:28 -0500

California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales

California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot SalesThe state will allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis and grow six marijuana plants at home


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:43:38 -0500

Trump loved net neutrality once upon a time

Trump loved net neutrality once upon a timeYou know the joke that there's an old Donald Trump tweet expressing the opposite of every single one of his administration's policies? Well, one exists for net neutrality as well. As the FCC voted Thursday to hand control of the internet over to massive corporations, it didn't take long for Twitter detectives to find out that President Trump used to be a pretty big fan of net neutrality. In a late 2014 tweet, Trump criticized Obama (shocking) for attacking the internet, and defended net neutrality as "the Fairness Doctrine." Obama’s attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target conservative media. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2014 Most interestingly, Trump claimed that a breakdown of net neutrality rules would ultimately attack conservative media. You see, he's probably right about that. As we wrote, the prospective ability for ISPs to pick and choose which content to throttle and which to prioritize might very well endanger smaller news sites like Infowars and Breitbart. It's entirely conceivable that Comcast, a major internet provider that also owns NBC, might prioritize access to NBC news at the expense of smaller, conservative media — especially if that media is publishing things that aren't terribly popular or accurate. In the meantime, Trump's family weighed in with their typical subtlety.  I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail. I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2017 WATCH: This sleeping companion is your new best friend


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:17:01 -0500

Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations

Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali AllegationsIn the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations coming out against celebrated celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Anthony Bourdain is again reflecting on his own time in the food industry.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:37:27 -0500

The Latest: Kentucky lawmaker's wife wants to replace him

The Latest: Kentucky lawmaker's wife wants to replace himFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexual assault (all times local):


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:52:22 -0500

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family Photo

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Share Adorable 'Kid Approved' Holiday Family PhotoHappy holidays from the Consuelos clan!


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:50 -0500

This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas

This Couple Lost 8 Family Members in the Texas Church Massacre. But They’re Still Finding Joy at Christmas"It won’t be long until we’ll be there with the rest of the family," Joe, 86, said


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:12 -0500

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:56:57 -0500

The Best Cars For 2018

The Best Cars For 2018


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:27:04 -0500

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?

Islamic State: What happened to all the foreign fighters?An estimated 40,000 people traveled from around the world to take up arms for the Islamic State group as it occupied territory in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate in 2014. How many have gone elsewhere to fight?" said Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. International counterterror groups are putting huge efforts into answering those questions, working hard to name, count and track IS foreign fighters.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:39:41 -0500

EU gives itself June deadline for deal on refugees

EU gives itself June deadline for deal on refugeesBy Gabriela Baczynska and Robert Muller BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders appealed for unity in a last-ditch effort to break their deadlock on sharing out refugees by June, telling reluctant eastern states they could otherwise be outvoted on a dispute that has shaken the bloc's foundations. Coming out from a fraught discussion among 28 EU leaders that went into the small hours on Friday morning in Brussels, rivals in the two-year-old dispute all stuck to their guns, hemmed in by expectations they have raised with their own voters. The Mediterranean frontline states Italy and Greece, and the rich destination countries including Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are demanding that all countries host some refugees as a way to demonstrate solidarity.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:13:41 -0500

5 Years Ago, A Man With A Gun Slaughtered 20 Children. And We Have Done Little About It.

5 Years Ago, A Man With A Gun Slaughtered 20 Children. And We Have Done Little About It.“Now is not the time to talk about a gun control.”


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:34:13 -0500

Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitation

Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitationIn a rare rebuke, an Indian minister on Thursday warned the country’s Bollywood film industry to comply with strict measures to combat sexual harassment, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Maneka Gandhi, India’s federal Minister for Women and Child Development, took the unusual step of writing to 24 powerful Bollywood film producers, demanding they comply with Indian sexual harassment legislation to ensure a "safe, secure and inclusive work environment” for all employees. The letter was sent to major industry players, such as actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, as well as director Karan Johar.  “The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her workplace,” Ms Gandhi said in her letter. "It is to be followed in letter and spirit by all organisations in the country," she added. "Bollywood filmmakers are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of not only their direct employees but of all outsourced and temporary staff as well." Britain's Prince William shakes hands with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Credit: REUTERS/Rafiq Maqbool/Pool It is understood that more letters will be sent to other film producers.  Bollywood remains hugely male dominated, with men making up the vast majority of directors and veteran stars. The small handful of female directors are mostly confined to regional cinema.  After the Weinstein allegations broke, people in the film business in India were unconvinced they would have a #MeToo moment.   "What can we do?" Mukesh Bhatt, who co-heads production house Vishesh Films said. “We cannot keep moral cops outside every film office to see that no girl is being exploited.” Alankrita Shrivastava, director of critically acclaimed film Lipstick Under my Burkha said a women's protest movement was unlikely to happen in conservative Indian society. “The way men are being called out in Hollywood right now, I don’t know if it can happen in India.”  “In terms of how our psychology is, how patriarchy functions, it is much more entrenched,” she added. However, Ms Gandhi's stark warning gives women in Bollywood hope that their concerns will be heard. Last month Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar told a Mumbai tabloid she had been turned down for "several roles" as she did not give in to "unwanted advances" by producers and directors. Ms Bhaskar, 29, urged aspiring actresses to turn down roles rather than resort to the so-called "casting couch" to exchange sexual favours to advance their careers. Thousands of young Indian girls and boys gravitate to Bollywood every year with the aim of becoming actors. Swara Bhaskar complained of Bollywood's casting-couch culture Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images They are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, not only by unscrupulous agents promising them roles which they never get, but also by lesser known stars, producers and directors making similar promises.   Hopefuls are fearful of reporting inappropriate behaviour in case it ruins their chances of breaking into Bollywood. “It is always very subtle,” Ms Bhaskar said this week. “People try to insinuate that there are 10,000 girls for one role – so what can you do?” In the wake of the #MeToo scandal, actresses including Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadha called on Bollywood to improve its record in standing up for victims of sexual harassment and exploitation.  Sexual harassment legislation was passed in India in 2013, in response to the fatal gang rape of a 23-year old medical student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. In November Ms Gandhi launched the online Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box) to register sexual harassment complaints in the workplace and to ensure the implementation of the 2013 law. She also urged all company directors to report sexual harassment cases, but activists said many victims were hesitant to register their complaints, afraid their future careers would be curtailed. Women's rights activists maintain that only 10 per cent of rape and other sexual harassment cases ever get reported in India.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:33:33 -0500

Jury convicts woman of murder in teen's starvation death

Jury convicts woman of murder in teen's starvation deathDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jurors on Thursday convicted an Iowa woman of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter, who weighed only 85 pounds when she died.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:29:05 -0500

Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Exposed Himself To A Minor, Assaulted 2 Women

Dustin Hoffman Allegedly Exposed Himself To A Minor, Assaulted 2 WomenDustin Hoffman faces major accusations in a Variety report published Friday that alleges he exposed himself to a 16-year-old classmate of his daughter’s in 1980 and assaulted two other women while working on 1987′s “Ishtar.”


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:00:56 -0500

Senator: Comey's remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Senator: Comey's remarks on Clinton probe heavily editedWASHINGTON (AP) — A draft statement former FBI Director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator said Thursday.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:59:12 -0500

These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students

These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:03:43 -0500

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China SeaTensions over China’s island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:01:43 -0500

Pakistan court dismisses graft case against opposition's Imran Khan

Pakistan court dismisses graft case against opposition's Imran KhanPakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a graft case against cricketer-turned-opposition leader Imran Khan Friday, ensuring he will contest a general election due next year, just months after the same body ousted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. This petition has no merits and is dismissed accordingly," chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar said, reading from the judgement to a packed courtroom. Shortly after the judgement Khan held a press conference in Karachi where he told reporters "Pakistan's highest court has exonerated me".


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:41:23 -0500

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s DemocracyThe Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:01:11 -0500

Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During Campaign

Report: Music Promoter Offered To Set Up Putin, Trump Meeting During CampaignA British music promoter offered to set up a meeting for then-candidate Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:14:50 -0500

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest Appearance

Barack Obama Dressed Up As Too-Cool-For-School Santa For His Latest AppearanceThe former president dropped by a Boys & Girls Club branch in D.C. in a statement outfit — with a festive touch.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:56:14 -0500

14 years after he went missing in Africa, I think my brother is still alive

14 years after he went missing in Africa, I think my brother is still aliveChristmas Charity Appeal banner 2017 It was when the letters stopped arriving that Christian Velten’s family knew something had gone terribly wrong.  Armed with a video camera, the 27-year-old had embarked on a six-month expedition through West Africa, along the banks of the River Niger, retracing the steps of his hero, the 18th century Scottish explorer Mungo Park. He made his way alone on foot, by donkey, or in a canoe from Gambia, through Senegal, and Mali, stopping along the way to stay with villagers. Each time he moved on, Christian would give the children his address back in England, telling them to write. “Cards kept coming to the house from kids he’d met,” says his sister Hannah, who has spent the past 14 years tirelessly searching for her brother. “At some point the letters stopped.” Even though he was travelling through remote African countryside, Christian had still managed to keep in contact with his family. “When he phoned Mum and Dad for the last time, it was just before their birthdays,” Hannah tells me, as we talk in the living room of the East Sussex home she shares with her husband Grant and children Freya, 6, and Cameron, 9. “When he didn’t get on his plane home, we realised pretty quickly something had gone wrong.” Christian's sister Hannah believes he is alive and is waiting for him to come forward Credit: Christopher Pledger  That final phone call came on March 23, 2003 and Christian has been missing ever since. In that time, the search to find him has taken innumerable twists and turns. The early years were fraught with fear and frustration, as Hannah’s parents, Pauline and Tim, frantically led the charge to find their son. Confronted with Foreign Office red tape, they took matters into their own hands, putting out appeals in the African and British press and sending a team, led by one of his friends, to search for Christian on the ground. At one point, they even enlisted the help of a Malian village chieftain.  “Everything went against us,” says Hannah, cradling a mug of tea, as she takes me through the events which have shaped her adult life. “Nothing you try works and fear kicks in.”  For years, the race to trace Christian led them to dead ends, each more painful than the last. It always went the same way: a renewed appeal would spark a sighting - a lone white male seen walking near the river, or a bedraggled figure who rode the bus every day. Moments of hope, cruelly shattered when the trail went quiet. Telegraph Christmas Appeal 2017 | What are the charities? “That desperate feeling is exhausting,” adds Hannah. “I realise, now I’m a mum myself, just how awful that first search was for my parents.” In 2015, on Christian’s 40th birthday, the family decided to throw a party. It was a way to celebrate the man who had been absent from their lives for more than a decade. “The thing is, you don’t have a funeral,” says Hannah. “You go through a grief process, but you’re in limbo.”  As the years and milestones passed, the hope of finding him seemed more and more remote. Yet, on Boxing Day in 2015, as she trudged around the fields near her parents’ Sussex home, trying to walk off the sadness of another Christmas without her brother, Hannah suddenly felt strangely upbeat about finding him. Her dad was less so. “He told me: ‘I think if Christian isn’t found by next New Year then I’m going to give up hope. It’s just too painful.’” Then, three months later, there was a fresh sighting. One so clear that it would set into motion a new search, culminating in the realistion that Christian is almost certainly alive.  Sightings of Chris have come in waves over the years, and Hannah has learnt how to work out when someone isn't being truthful Credit: Christopher Pledger  In early 2016, Hannah had set up ‘Searching for Chris’ pages on social media, renewing interest in their story. A friend got in touch to say that a contact in Kenya had recognised Christian’s picture on Facebook. Raabia Hawa, a prominent conservationist, told how two years before, a man with that very same profile picture had sent her a friend request on Facebook, from a now defunct account.  Hannah realised that the picture (an old one from her website), could have been downloaded by Christian, who may have found it when looking himself up online. Before he went missing, Christian had been a keen conservationist. Was it possible he had reached out to Raabia to ask for advice? With renewed energy, Hannah wrote about the connection on Facebook and sightings came in thick and fast from Nairobi. People had seen Christian as a homeless man in the city’s slums, as a white preacher on a bus, in a hotel.  It would have been easy to take them as nothing more than fantasies or false hope from strangers. But instead, Hannah chose to treat each one as a possible lead, and a new picture began to form.  “Your intuition kicks in. It was like I was an arrow locked on a target,” she says. The last sighting of Christian was in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2015 Credit: Hannah Velten One woman said she had seen Christian begging in Accra, Ghana, in 2005, telling Hannah: “He spoke with a British accent. He said he was begging to raise money for a ticket back home. What makes me 80 per cent sure it’s your brother was what he said as he appealed for money: ‘Are you a Christian, missy? Can you help me please? My name is Christian.’” Hannah now believes that, while travelling, Christian was attacked - but that someone found and looked after him. Somehow, after all these years, she thinks, he has ended up in Kenya. “For some time, he may not have known who he was. He must have been ill for many years. But I think he is now aware that we are looking for him. “It wouldn’t have been his choice to go missing,” she adds. “Something terrible happened.” It raises the hardest question of all: is it possible that Christian doesn’t want to be found? It is a prospect Hannah has been forced to grapple with, and she has come to terms with the idea that her brother may have chosen not to get in touch. After all, she explains, 14 years is a long time - especially when you have been alone and confused. It is possible that the thought of simply walking back into his old life feels too overwhelming.  “But I have faith that he will [be found]. That’s the bit that drives you insane, the idea that he could just ring any second now. He could turn up on the doorstep.” Read more | Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal As well as being a devoted sister, Hannah, 42, runs a publishing company with her husband. Through it all, she has kept the surname Velten, to make it easier for Christian to trace her. It is clear that this latest push to find her brother has been a terrible strain. “It’s almost the worst thing that you could think of in terms of a family,” she tells me, stroking the labrador curled beside her on the sofa, as she fights back tears. “It is a nightmare. If you just think how you feel when you lose your child in the supermarket, that sheer panic - we have felt that for nearly 15 years. “All that time, we thought he was dead…” she trails off, trying to compose herself. “You’d toast him at Christmas, we always talked about him, but the hope was flickering.” She desperately wants Christian to meet her children, who have heard so much about their uncle. “It’s my biggest sadness now, what my kids are missing, because he would be a fabulous uncle. I’m sad for mum and dad and I’m sad for Christian and the life he would have had.” For now, all she can do is wait.  “When the phone rings now, I don’t expect it to be him. So when he does call, it will be out of the blue.” Is she fearful of all the complications that his sudden appearance could bring with it?  “After 14 years he is going to have changed so much. But he’s my brother, I love him. It’s what I want.” If you would like to know more about Christian's story, or if you think you can help in any way, please visit the 'Searching for Chris Velten' Facebook page.  Missing People is a beneficiary of this year’s Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal. To make a donation to this or one of the other charities supported in our appeal, please call 0151 284 1927 or visit telegraph.co.uk/charity  


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:06:25 -0500

Teen and His Classmates Go Crazy as They Learn He Got Accepted Into Harvard

Teen and His Classmates Go Crazy as They Learn He Got Accepted Into HarvardMore than three million people have watched the joyous moment on YouTube.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:46:26 -0500

Markets Right Now: Tax plan trouble sends US stocks lower

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... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:12:46 -0500

Carrie Fisher's Dog Saw 'The Last Jedi' And 'Perked Up' When She Was On Screen

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... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:24:30 -0500

Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vests

Man charged in shooting of cops saved by bulletproof vestsST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old man was charged Friday in the shooting of two suburban St. Louis police officers who were saved by their bulletproof vests.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:43:31 -0500

Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in Congress

Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in CongressBy Susan Cornwell and Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Republican senators on Thursday embraced a push to overhaul rules for addressing sexual harassment in the U.S. Congress, signing on to a bill that would protect victims and require lawmakers to pay for their own settlements. The legislation builds on demands to lift the veil of secrecy around sexual harassment and misconduct on Capitol Hill, and has gained steam in recent months as a wave of women have come forward with accusations against prominent American men in politics, media and entertainment.


... Pubdate: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:59:16 -0500

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beatingChina sidestepped blame Friday for the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese security, an incident that has marred a visit by the South Korean president to mend frayed ties with Beijing. The incident has sparked outrage in South Korea, with the opposition calling on Moon to cancel the rest of his four-day state visit, his first in China since taking office in May. A photographer was thrown to the floor and kicked, reportedly suffering fractured facial bones and ruptured vessels in an eye, as Chinese security personnel stopped South Korean photographers following Moon's delegation at a trade show on Thursday.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:04:27 -0500

Trump’s Really Scary Explanation Of How The ‘Worst People’ Can Come To The U.S. Isn’t True

Trump’s Really Scary Explanation Of How The ‘Worst People’ Can Come To The U.S. Isn’t TruePresident Donald Trump on Friday accused foreign nations of manipulating a visa lottery program to send the United States their “worst of the worst” – a complete misrepresentation of how the State Department’s program actually works.


... Pubdate: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:17 -0500








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