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british territories' environment 'at risk'


image copyrightdr mike pienkowskiimage caption the grand cayman blue iguana is just one of the endangered species living on a british overseas territory wildlife and the environment in far-flung british territories are under threat, says a report.environment ministers from britain's overseas territories say the government has cut funds and been distracted by brexit.they say there is huge confusion among government departments about responsibility for the territories.the government calls the criticism unfair and points to its creation of large marine protection areas. the uk holds jurisdiction over 19 british overseas territories and crown dependencies - parts of the british empire that have not been granted independence or have voted to remain british territories.their lands hold an extrao






british territories' environment 'at risk'


image copyrightdr mike pienkowskiimage caption the grand cayman blue iguana is just one of the endangered species living on a british overseas territory wildlife and the environment in far-flung british territories are under threat, says a report.environment ministers from britain's overseas territories say the government has cut funds and been distracted by brexit.they say there is huge confusion among government departments about responsibility for the territories.the government calls the criticism unfair and points to its creation of large marine protection areas. the uk holds jurisdiction over 19 british overseas territories and crown dependencies - parts of the british empire that have not been granted independence or have voted to remain british territories.their lands hold an extrao






iraqi kurds vote in referendum on independence from baghdad


irbil, iraq — iraqi kurds cast ballots on monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability.the referendum is non-binding and will not immediately bring independence, but it would mark a definitive stance by the kurds to break away, and kurdish leaders say they will use a "yes" vote to press for negotiations with iraq's central government to win statehood.from istanbul, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan threatened military intervention in iraq in response to the vote, stressing that kurdish independence was unacceptable to his country and that this was a "matter of survival."the iraqi kurdish push for independence has been made even more comb






syrian army, allied militia press is, rebels in offensive


beirut (ap) — syrian troops and allied militia have pushed back islamic state militants, rebels and u.s-backed opposition fighters in a wide offensive in the country’s strategic southern desert, the government-controlled media and a war monitor said saturday.with the new advances, the government and allied troops secured their hold of a strategic juncture in the syrian desert, restoring their control of mineral and oil resources. the gains also aid government plans to go after is militants in deir el-zour, on the border with iraq.the state-controlled syrian central military media said the new advances widen the government’s control south of palmyra in homs province and secure the highway linking the ancient city to the capital damascus. the gains also secure the phosphate mines in khneifes






russia to supply power to rebel-controlled eastern ukraine


moscow — in a move that further cements russia's control over parts of eastern ukraine, russian officials announced tuesday they will begin supplying electricity to separatist-controlled areas in eastern ukraine after the ukrainian government cut off the power because of millions in unpaid bills.kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov described the decision as a humanitarian mission — helping to keep an estimated 3 million people out of darkness — but would not say exactly when or how the power supply will be flowing into the rebel-controlled luhansk region that borders russia. the rebels are backed by russia.ukraine on monday announced it will stop supplying power to rebel-held areas in luhansk because of mounting debts, and local media reported the supply was cut off around midnight."cutting the






iraqi kurds vote in independence referendum


irbil, iraq – iraqi kurds cast ballots monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability.the referendum is nonbinding and will not immediately bring independence, but it would mark a definitive stance by the kurds to break away, and kurdish leaders say they will use a "yes" vote to press for negotiations with iraq's central government to win statehood.from istanbul, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan threatened military intervention in iraq in response to the vote, stressing that kurdish independence was unacceptable to his country and that this was a "matter of survival."the iraqi kurdish push for independence has been made even more combusti






per diem for u.s. (federal) download


download download this app allows travelers to look up federal government per diem rates by city/state and zip code in locations throughout the united states and its territories. per diem is the daily allowance for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses. these rates are established by the general services administration for destinations in the lower 48 contiguous united states, and by the u. s. department of defense for locations in alaska, hawaii and the u. s. territories. the u. s. department of state sets rates for foreign travel locations.






hexpand


hexpand is a one device, two player strategy game. if you don't have any friends (around), grab a nearby stranger to play. or - if they prove reluctant - you can play against the ai. you are a ruthless but considered commander who wants to take despotic control over the galaxy. to do that you send your self-replicating nanobots to a few, carefully selected star territories. from there they will expand your control in all possible directions until all of space is yours. but of course you are not the only mastermind which had this exact plan at this very moment. and only superior tactics in choosing the territories will secure your ultimate victory. 3 different map sizes- 3 ai difficulties- a new map layout every game- lots and lots of hexagons- may contain nanobots and a small easter egg






nigeria suicide bombing kills 50 in adamawa state


at least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern nigerian state of adamawa, police say.a bomber struck inside a mosque packed with worshippers during morning prayers in the town of mubi. witness abubakar sule told afp news agency that it appeared the bomber was part of the congregation.no-one has said they were behind the bombing but the islamist militants boko haram typically target crowded places in northern nigeria.some 20,000 people have been killed in boko haram's eight-year insurgency.the bbc's ishaq khalid reports that boko haram militants have recently stepped up suicide bombings in nigeria's north-east after the military recaptured territories previously controlled by the group.at least 45 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in the same state last de






being evicted from a rent-controlled apartment? you have rights


kwan says his rent-controlled apartment building is being sold and his landlord is indicating that evictions are likely. he wants to know his rights.in california, all roads lead to the ellis act.this is legislation passed in 1985 that was originally intended to protect mom-and-pop landlords seeking to move into their rental properties. it’s become a year-round christmas gift to developers.basically, the ellis act permits the eviction of tenants if a property is going to be demolished or converted into condos.it also allows non-rent-controlled units to be built in place of rent-controlled apartments as long as a percentage of available units is designated as affordable housing.thanks to the ellis act, nearly 22,000 rent-controlled apartments have vanished from los angeles county since 2001






ukraine: rebels and govt swap first prisoners under new deal


zaitseve, ukraine — ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels began a prisoner exchange in the country's east wednesday, the first major trade of captives from their conflict this year.separatists from the self-proclaimed luhansk people's republic bused 16 prisoners to a government-controlled area near the no-man's land on the front, while ukrainian government representatives delivered 99 people.the simmering conflict in eastern ukraine between russia-backed separatists and government troops has killed more than 10,000 since 2014. a truce signed in 2015 stipulated an exchange of all prisoners, but both sides are believed to have kept dozens, if not hundreds, of captives to use as bargaining tools.separatist leaders and a ukrainian government representative agreed to the exchange last wee






‘the not-quite-states of america:’ dispatches from our far-flung territories


in “the not-quite-states of america,” travel writer doug mack presents a lively guide and history of u.s. territories, and esses how the u.s. has treated these far-flung parts of our nation.“the not-quite-states of america: dispatches from the territories and other far-flung outposts of the usa”by doug macknorton, 306 pp., $26.95we’re used to thinking of hawaii as the usa’s westernmost/southernmost outpost. ditto with maine, when it comes to our eastern border. but these geog hical facts come with significant footnotes.guam, american samoa and the u.s. virgin islands — all part of our nation — extend our global footprint as far west as japan (guam), well south of the equator (american samoa) and slightly east of maine (st. croix in the u.s. virgin islands).“the territories,” travel writer






turkey says no turning back from offensive in syria


ankara, turkey — turkey's defense minister said friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a syrian kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic turkish military shelling of the area.nurettin canikli told turkey's a haber television in an interview that the syrian kurdish fighters in the enclave of afrin and other kurdish-controlled territories pose a "real" and ever increasing threat to turkey."this operation will take place; the terror organization will be cleansed," canikli said in reference to the syrian kurdish group, the people's protection units, or ypg, which turkey says is an extension of an outlawed kurdish rebel group that it's fighting inside its own borders.turkey wan






israeli group faults response to crimes against palestinians


jerusalem — an israeli rights group says authorities only bring indictments in about one in 10 ideologically-motivated attacks by israelis against palestinians in the occupied territories.in an annual report published sunday, yesh din says it has monitored 225 investigation files since 2014. of the 185 files processed, it says just 21 have resulted in indictments — an 11.4 percent rate. though the figures mark an increase over previous years, the group says its findings still show that israel "fails to fulfil its duty to guarantee the safety of the palestinian public in the occupied territories."as a result, it says palestinians have been increasingly refraining from turning to police.yesh din is often critical of israeli authorities and government policies in the west bank. israeli police






french overseas territories kicking off presidential voting


paris — voters waking up in some french overseas territories are preparing to vote first in france's unpredictable presidential election — one day earlier than in the mainland.political campaigning is banned from saturday across france, and online, as voters in far-flung areas such as french polynesia, guiana, guadeloupe cast ballots for one of the 11 candidates.the mad-dash campaigning of the last few weeks came to a premature end friday, hours after a gunman killed a police officer on the famed champs-elysees.major candidates canceled their last campaign day events friday over security concerns including the national front's marine le pen, les republicans' francois fillon and centrist emmanuel macron.opinion polls suggest that at least four candidates have a chance of grabbing one of the






israeli group faults response to crimes against palestinians


jerusalem (ap) — an israeli rights group says authorities only bring indictments in about one in 10 ideologically-motivated attacks by israelis against palestinians in the occupied territories.in an annual report published sunday, yesh din says it has monitored 225 investigation files since 2014. of the 185 files processed, it says just 21 have resulted in indictments — an 11.4 percent rate. though the figures mark an increase over previous years, the group says its findings still show that israel “fails to fulfil its duty to guarantee the safety of the palestinian public in the occupied territories.”as a result, it says palestinians have been increasingly refraining from turning to police.yesh din is often critical of israeli authorities and government policies in the west bank. israeli p






fifa will not take action on israeli settlement teams | israel news


correction oct. 27, 2017: a previous version of this article stated that fifa had postponed its decision on the settlement teams.international football's governing body has announced that it will not take a position on the future of six israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied west bank.fifa representatives met in kolkata, india, on friday and cited the "exceptional complexity and sensitivity" and "political" nature of the subject."given that the final status of the west bank territories is the concern of the competent international public law authorities, the fifa council agrees that fifa, in line with the general principle established in its statutes, must remain neutral with regard to political matters," fifa said in a statement."furthermore, it was agreed tha






rebel leadership splits in ukraine’s east


kiev, ukraine (ap) — dozens of armed people in combat fatigues have deployed to main administrative buildings in luhansk, a major city in rebel-controlled territories in eastern ukraine, in a sign of a split in the rebel leadership.the armed men answer to igor kornet, the interior minister in the separatist government of the luhansk region, who was dismissed by the chief rebel leader, igor plotnitsky.kornet refused to step down and said tuesday that he arrested several members of the rebel leadership because of their alleged links to ukrainian special services.plotnitsky, in turn, accused kornet of trying to “cling to power at the cost of destabilizing the situation,” adding that his actions will be quickly “neutralized.” plotnitsky said the arrests made by kornet were unfounded.most read






u.s. boycotts un human rights council debate on israel and palestinians


united nations -- the u.s. is boycotting a session at the u.n. human rights council that focuses on palestine and other arab occupied territories, saying it is biased against israel.  in a statement monday, u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley took aim at a permanent agenda item at the council focusing on israel and the palestinian territories -- the only one of its kind to focus on a single country at every hrc session, including at the meeting in geneva on monday.“the united states will not participate in discussions under agenda item 7 at the human rights council in geneva, other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-israel resolutions,” haley said, referring to agenda item regarding israel and the palestinian territories.the move follows the administration’s strategy






looking back: canon's eye-controlled focus: digital photography review


over the past few years, we've become spoiled by a lot of great autofocus technologies like face detection, tap-to-focus, and subject tracking. but before we had those things, we had canon’s eye-controlled focus, a technology that made its appearance in film slrs, but which never quite made the jump to digital cameras.for those unfamiliar with eye-controlled focus, let me provide a quick primer. the system made its debut way back in 1992 on the eos a2e, and remained part of the canon system until the eos elan 7ne in 2004. it promised ‘focus where you look’ functionality, meaning you could activate your af point of choice just by looking at it.as i recall, there were generally two sets of users when it came to this technology: those for whom it worked, and those for whom it absolutely didn'






looking back: canon's eye-controlled focus: digital photography review


over the past few years, we've become spoiled by a lot of great autofocus technologies like face detection, tap-to-focus, and subject tracking. but before we had those things, we had canon’s eye-controlled focus, a technology that made its appearance in film slrs, but which never quite made the jump to digital cameras.for those unfamiliar with eye-controlled focus, let me provide a quick primer. the system made its debut way back in 1992 on the eos a2e, and remained part of the canon system until the eos elan 7ne in 2004. it promised ‘focus where you look’ functionality, meaning you could activate your af point of choice just by looking at it.as i recall, there were generally two sets of users when it came to this technology: those for whom it worked, and those for whom it absolutely didn'






un chief on 3-day visit to israel, palestinian territories


jerusalem (ap) — u.n. secretary-general antonio guterres is visiting israel and the palestinian territories to discuss ways to revive the peace process.spokesman stephane dujarric says guterres arrived sunday evening. he is set to meet israeli and palestinian leaders during his three-day visit, his first since taking office.dujarric said in an email that the visit will allow guterres “to engage directly with israeli and palestinian people and their leaders” about “finding a long overdue peaceful resolution to the conflict.”the visit comes at a time of israel-u.n. tensions.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.israel was angered by a resolution adopted by the u.n.’s cultural agency that it says diminishes jewish ties to jerusalem. israel also criticized the u.n. peacekee






israel starts work on new west bank settlement | israel news


israel has begun construction of the first new settlement in the occupied west bank in 25 years, with prime minister benjamin netanyahu calling it an "honour" to build the illegal outpost in defiance of international law."after decades, i have the honour to be the first prime minister to build a settlement in judea and samaria," netanyahu said on tuesday, calling the occupied west bank by its biblical name."there was not, and there will never be, as good a government for the settlements as ours," the prime minister added.since 1992, much of the controversy surrounding israel's settlement construction in the occupied territories has revolved around expanding existing settlements.read more: israel's relentless land grab continuesbefore the "oslo accords" officially opened negotiations in 199






a guide to the gaza strip | middle east


the gaza strip, home to two million palestinians, is frequently on the news. the small enclave is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and has been aptly described as "the world's largest open-air prison". it is a small self-governing palestinian territory that came under israeli occupation, along with the west bank and east jerusalem, after the 1967 arab-israeli war. bordered by israel and egypt on the mediterranean coast, the strip is about the size of the us city of detroit - about 360sq km.gaza was part of historic palestine before the state of israel was created in 1948 in a violent process of ethnic cleansing, expelling hundreds of thousands of palestinians from their homes.it was captured by egypt during the 1948 arab-israeli war and remained under egyptian control u






palestinian official says india's modi to visit west bank


ramallah, west bank — a top palestinian official says india's prime minister narendra modi will make what is described as a historic visit to the west bank next month.majdi khaldi, an adviser to president mahmoud abbas told the voice of palestine on monday that the visit will take place on feb. 10, with modi coming to ramallah. he says it's the first time an indian prime minister will visit the palestinian territories.modi's visit would come just weeks after israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu was warmly welcomed during a six-day trip to india.india, for decades a leading country in the nonaligned movement, has developed warm relations with israel in recent years.khaldi says "this is the first indian pm to visit the palestinian territories and it is going to be historical."






russia’s putin calls for un peacekeepers in eastern ukraine


moscow (ap) — president vladimir putin says russia will ask the u.n. security council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern ukraine.fighting between ukrainian troops and russia-backed separatists in the region has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. a 2015 peace deal helped reduce the scale of fighting, but regular clashes have continued.the separatists have opposed ukraine’s suggestion to deploy peacekeepers in the war zone.putin told reporters tuesday that peacekeepers could help ensure safety for international observers who are monitoring the cease-fire.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but he insisted that the peacekeepers should be deployed only along the line separating the rebel-controlled territories and the area under government co






abbas snubs us vice president pence over jerusalem move | palestine news


palestinian president mahmoud abbas will not meet us vice president mike pence during the latter's visit to the region this month, palestinian foreign minister riad malki has said.the snub over the us' recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital came after egypt's coptic church on saturday also cancelled an upcoming meeting with pence in protest against washington's move on jerusalem.the policy change will also see the us embassy to israel move from tel aviv to jerusalem, a decision that has sparked anger and protests throughout the occupied palestinian territories, and drawn condemnation from world leaders.on thursday, a day after us president donald trump formally made the announcement, jibril rajoub, a senior fatah politician, said, "we will not receive him [pence] in the palestinian t






how to protect against raosomware with controlled folder access


the windows 10 fall creators update introduced some new features and made a lot of improvements to the existing ones. of all the new features in windows 10 fcu, the controlled folder access is very useful and is specifically designed to protect your files and folders from ransomware.what is controlled folder accessgenerally, traditional windows programs can access all the files and folders in your system. if those programs choose to, they can easily modify the content of the files and folders. rogue programs like ransomware can take advantage of this unrestricted access and encrypt all your data and hold you for ransom. this has become a big issue over the last few years.to deal with this, microsoft added a new feature called “controlled folder access” to the windows operating system, or m






trump tweets: welcome georgia's prime minister


president trump welcomed to the white house georgia's prime minister giorgi kvirikashvili, who was scheduled to speak with vice president mike pence monday morning in a closed-door meeting.according to a readout of the meeting released by the white house, pence "emphasized the importance of georgia's significant contributions to global security" and "reaffirmed u.s. support for georgia's decision to pursue integration into euro-atlantic institutions, including nato."he also reiterated the trump administration's commitment to georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the readout stated.georgia, a former soviet republic, remains locked in dispute with russia over the breakaway regions of abkhazia and south ossetia. after fighting a five-day war with georgia in 2008, russia recognized 






french overseas territories begin presidential voting


paris (ap) — election stations opened saturday in french overseas territories that are voting first in france’s unpredictable presidential election — one day earlier than on the mainland.opinion polls showed a tight race among four top contenders vying for the two places in the may 7 runoff which will decide who becomes the next head of state. but the polls also showed the future of france was largely in the hands of the one out of three voters who were undecided — as a deadly attack on the champs-elysees avenue clouded the last days of campaigning.political campaigning was banned from saturday across france, and online, as polling centers opened in the far-flung atlantic ocean territories of saint pierre and miquelon and french guiana, as well as in the caribbean’s guadeloupe and elsewher






palestinian official: pence is not welcome in palestine | israeli–palestinian co


a senior palestinian official has said that us vice president mike pence is not welcome in the occupied territories during his scheduled visit later this month.the controversial decision has sparked anger and protests throughout the occupied palestinian territories, and drawn condemnation from world leaders."we will not receive him in the palestinian territories," jibril rajoub said on thursday, a day after us president donald trump formally recognised jerusalem as the capital of israel and said he would start the process of moving its embassy there.the embassy move breaks with decades of us policy and risks igniting a "powder keg" in the middle east region, analysts say.pence is expected to visit israel later this month, with a stop in the palestinian city of bethlehem.a white house offic






french overseas territories begin presidential voting


paris — election stations opened saturday in french overseas territories that are voting first in france's unpredictable presidential election — one day earlier than on the mainland.opinion polls showed a tight race among four top contenders vying for the two places in the may 7 runoff which will decide who becomes the next head of state. but the polls also showed the future of france was largely in the hands of the one out of three voters who were undecided — as a deadly attack on the champs-elysees avenue clouded the last days of campaigning.political campaigning was banned from saturday across france, and online, as polling centers opened in the far-flung atlantic ocean territories of saint pierre and miquelon and french guiana, as well as in the caribbean's guadeloupe and elsewhere.une






the latest: voting begins in french overseas territories


paris — the latest on france's presidential runoff on sunday between centrist emmanuel macron and far-right candidate marine le pen (all times local):8 a.m.voting in the french presidential runoff has begun in france's overseas territories amid a nationwide blackout on campaigning and media coverage that could sway voters' views. it moves to the mainland on sunday.the first french territory involved in the early voting was saint-pierre-et-miquelon, an archipelago located near the canadian island of newfoundland, where polling stations opened saturday morning.early voting in other far-flung french overseas territories and french embassies abroad was expected later in the day.in the presidential runoff, voters are choosing between centrist emmanuel macron's business-friendly, pro-european vi






abbas snubs us vice president pence over jerusalem move | palestine news


palestinian president mahmoud abbas will not meet us vice president mike pence during the latter's visit to the region this month, palestinian foreign minister riad malki has said.the snub over the us' recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital came after egypt's coptic church on saturday also cancelled an upcoming meeting with pence in protest against washington's move on jerusalem.the policy change will also see the us embassy to israel move from tel aviv to jerusalem, a decision that has sparked anger and protests throughout the occupied palestinian territories, and drawn condemnation from world leaders.on thursday, a day after us president donald trump formally made the announcement, jibril rajoub, a senior fatah politician, said, "we will not receive him [pence] in the palestinian t






abbas snubs us vice president pence over jerusalem move | palestine news


palestinian president mahmoud abbas will not meet us vice president mike pence during the latter's visit to the region this month, palestinian foreign minister riad malki has said.the snub over the us' recognition of jerusalem as israel's capital came after egypt's coptic church on saturday also cancelled an upcoming meeting with pence in protest against washington's move on jerusalem.the policy change will also see the us embassy to israel move from tel aviv to jerusalem, a decision that has sparked anger and protests throughout the occupied palestinian territories, and drawn condemnation from world leaders.on thursday, a day after us president donald trump formally made the announcement, jibril rajoub, a senior fatah politician, said "we will not receive him [pence] in the palestinian te






palestinian official: pence is not welcome in palestine | israeli–palestinian co


a senior palestinian official has said that us vice president mike pence is not welcome in the occupied territories during his scheduled visit later this month."we will not receive him in the palestinian territories," jibril rajoub said on thursday, a day after us president donald trump formally recognised jerusalem as the capital of israel and said he would start the process of moving its embassy there.the controversial decision has sparked anger and protests throughout the occupied palestinian territories, and drawn international condemnation from world leaders.the embassy move breaks with decades of us policy and risks igniting a "powder keg" in the middle east region, analysts say.pence is expected to visit israel later this month, with a stop in the palestinian city of bethlehem. a us






model karlie kloss sorry for a culturally insensitive spread


new york — white model karlie kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in vogue's diversity issue styled as a geisha, calling it culturally insensitive.kloss, who has danish and german roots, was photographed by mikael jansson in a black wig and wears a kimono in one shot and poses beside a sumo wrestler in another. in its introduction, vogue writes that the spread is "paying homage to geisha culture."kloss took to twitter on wednesday to apologize for "participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive. my goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. i will ensure my future shoots and projects reflect that mission."vogue, published by conde nast, did not respond to requests for comment. the magazine's march issue already has generated some social media