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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0200
How Cats Conquered the Ancient World
The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ... Discuss
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
How Cats Conquered the Ancient World
The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind. Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ...
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Meditation and Yoga May Actually Change Our DNA, Study Finds
Mindfulness has become a trendy buzzword among the wellness community. Yoga studios and meditation centers continue to pop up as people seek refuge from being constantly on the go (and feeling the draining effects). But it turns out these practices are ...
WATCH LIVE: Zuma grilled in Parliament
President Jacob Zuma is due to face some tough questions on Thursday during his quarterly appearance in Parliament to answer questions from MPs. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:55:00 +0200
A sixteen-year-old girl from Lakhisarai district, Bihar, India, reported to the police on Sunday that she had been raped multiple times and thrown out of a moving train.
She was found unconscious near the tracks not far from Kiul Junction by some locals who took her to a nearby hospital. She was later taken to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). A PMCH doctor commented anonymously, "She has received at least two dozen stitches in her private parts, both her feet are irrevocably damaged, her thigh bone is fractured and she has serious injuries on her waist. Her condition is very critical".
The girl, a tenth grade student, said she was abducted in a field and raped on, by reports, Friday or Saturday, by two men; according to Indian newspaper DNA, Santosh Yadav and Mrityunjay Yadav. She was later raped by several others â by varying reports, three to six â and taken on a train from Chanan railway station. Two of the alleged assailants lived in the same locality, according to senior police officer SK Singhal.
She was raped again, she said, on the train and received several wounds as the rapists mutilated her before throwing her out of the train. "I could hear them speaking that they should kill me and they threw me out of the train. When I gained consciousness, I was in a hospital", she said.
As of Monday, police said one juvenile allegedly involved had been arrested.
On Saturday, Judge Steven O'Niell of Norristown, Pennsylvania declared a mistrial in the trial of U.S. actor Bill Cosby for sexual assault because the jury had become deadlocked, unable to arrive at a unanimous guilty or not guilty verdict. Prosecutors immediately announced plans to retry the case.
Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby's lawyers, addressed the jury, "We came here looking for an acquittal but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You can't always get what you want. But sometimes you get what you need.'"
It would be reasonable, based on the evidence presented, for the jurors to agree that Cosby is a sexual predator and still disagree on a verdict as to the assault of Constand.
âFormer prosecutor Kevin Harden Jr.
The jurors had deliberated for a total of 53 hours, longer than the testimony of all witnesses combined. They had already declared themselves deadlocked Thursday morning, at which time Judge O'Niell told them to return to deliberations and try again. On Friday, they emerged to request copies of previous testimony and phone transcripts.
Cosby in 2011 Image: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
During their deliberations, the jury asked to review the testimony of alleged victim Andrea Constand, particularly her testimony about the 2004 night the alleged assault took place, which produced over 300 pages of transcripts. Constand claims that, in 2004 when she was working for Temple University, Cosby invited her to his home, where he gave her pills that left her "immobilized" and unable to speak and then touched her breasts and genitals and placed her hand on his exposed genitals. Cosby claims their contact was consensual and that the pills he gave her were ordinary Benadryl, though he has admitted on-record that he gave women quaaludes for sex in the 1970s. Cosby was accused of three charges of aggravatedindecent assault, these being assaulting Constand without her consent; whilst she was unconscious; and after using drugs to impair her ability to give consent. On each charge, a guilty verdict could have placed Cosby, now 79, in prison for up to ten years. Many other women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them as well, with specifics ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, but the statute of limitations for many of these complaints has expired, meaning that the crime happened too long ago for the government to legally prosecute Cosby. However, Pennsylvania law does allow for the testimony of such victims in other sexual assault trials, and one of these women, Kelly Johnson, testified in last week's proceedings.
Constand did file a complaint with police in 2005, and the district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor, decided against charging Cosby. Constand then sued Cosby in civil court and the matter was settled with an undisclosed sum. However, during his deposition for this civil case, Cosby admitted on the record to giving women quaaludes.
When asked why he thought the jury was unable to come to a unanimous verdict in this case, former Philadelphia prosecutor Kevin Harden Junior said that the jurors probably had doubts regarding Constand's credibility and cited the fact that only one of Cosby's other accusers had been allowed to testify: "By limiting evidence of other accusers, the Court focused the jury on whether the prosecution presented enough credible evidence to convict Cosby of this particular assault. [...] It would be reasonable, based on the evidence presented, for the jurors to agree that Cosby is a sexual predator and still disagree on a verdict as to the assault of Constand."
University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias commented on the prospects for a new trial: "The fact that the case turned substantially on one person's testimony may have made it difficult to win and the defense counsel made many efforts to undercut her testimony. The retrial happens next, and the prosecution may try to call other accusers."
On Thursday, South Korea'sâ Football Association sacked Uli Stielike as the head coach. Stielike's last match as South Korea's head coach ended in a 3â2 defeat against Qatar in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.
File photo of Stielike Image: Mohammad Ali Marizad.
63-year-old Stielike was in charge of the Korean team since September 2014 succeeding Hong Myung-bo. Stielike led the Korean team to the final of the Asian Cup in 2015 without conceding a goal, but lost to Australia in the extra time of the final.
In the group A of Asian countries for the next year's World Cup qualification, South Korea is second in the table after already-qualified Iran, who has 20 points â seven more than Korea. Korea is to face Iran on August 31, and Uzbekistan on September 5.
Tuesday's defeat against Qatar was Korea's third defeat in their last five games. In the eight qualification games, Korea won four and drew one game. A second-place finish would earn the Korean team automatic qualification, but faces potential competition with third place Uzbekistan, who is trailing by only one point.
Avildsen directed Rocky in 1976, starring Stallone, which won three Academy Awards, including the Best Picture and the Best Director. Fourteen years later he directed Rocky V. He directed the first three films of The Karate Kid, all starring Macchio and Pat Morita in the 1980s.
Yesterday, e-commerce giant Amazon.com announced they are to acquire Texas based retail grocery store chain Whole Foods Market at US$42 per share. According to the deal worth US$13.7 billion (Â£10.7 billion) the retail grocery store chain is to keep the Whole Foods Market brand name and John Mackey is reportedly to remain its CEO.
After the announcement, Amazon's shares went up more than two percent and Whole Foods Market shares went up by about 28%. Shares of other grocery-selling chains like Kroger, Target, Sprouts Farmers and Costco experienced a dip after the announcement.
Amazon runs their own online grocery â Amazon Fresh â which started a decade ago in Seattle, Washington. Amazon'sâ CEO Jeff Bezos said, "Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy."
Whole Foods Market started in 1978, and employs about 87000 people in its roughly 460 stores across the US, UK and Canada. The deal is expected to cover debts of Whole Foods Market.
Whole Foods Market CEO Mackey said, "This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market's shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers."
The acquisition, which has not yet received approval from the shareholders of Whole Foods Market, adds a 27% premium to Thursday's closing value of its stock. This would be Amazon's largest acquisition if the deal is done.
ISIS Brutality Becomes a TV Series
During the 30-days of Ramadan, and while Muslims in the Arab world have been fasting since May 26, millions have tuned into Saudi Arabia's MBC to watch the first ever series about ISIS. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:04:00 GMT
How a Democracy Can Implode
In 2014, voter turnout for mid-term elections plunged to the lowest rate in 72 years. The overall national turnout was a disgraceful 36.3 percent. Sun, 28 May 2017 12:32:00 GMT
Current Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Republicans currently have top-to-bottom control in 25 states, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature. If we've learned anything from this last election, it's that political complacency is no longer an option. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:33:00 GMT
U.S. Senate Seats up for Reelection in 2018
The U.S. Senate elections will be held on November 6, 2018. Thirty-three of the 100 Senate seats are up for reelection. The Republicans will be defending just 8 seats, while the Democrats will be fighting for 23, plus another 2 held by independents. The winners of those seats will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, until January 3, 2025. The time to start organizing is now. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:26:00 GMT
Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS
Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:52:00 GMT
Video: Dr. Kizza Besigye sworn in as Uganda’s president on May 11, 2016
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Senior sheriff official resigns after racist e-mails discovered
Newscast Media LOS ANGELES—A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department resigned Sunday following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he accepted the resignation of his chief-of-staff Tom Angel after the emergence of emails he forwarded from his [...] Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:13:42 +0200
Venezuela’s Maduro continues to hold the pieces together
Newscast Media CARACAS—It’s a new time in Venezuela. On Sunday, the clocks in the South American country were brought forward to save electricity. The switch to daylight saving time could be a harbinger of political change. Over the past several days, more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have signed a petition for a referendum to recall [...] Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:13:42 +0200
Massive data leak of offshore intrigues has world leaders panicking
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—World leaders have scrambled to react to the leak of a trove of documents linking many of them to secretive offshore companies that enabled vast sums of money to move around the world hidden from law enforcement and regulators. A massive report called The Panama Papers, published simultaneously by multiple news organizations in [...] Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:13:42 +0200
Museveni’s men accused of stealing Mbabazi’s evidence
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition group Go Forward, that filed a lawsuit against Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of Amama Mbabazi, has accused the Uganda Police of breaking and entering the offices of lawyers representing Mbabazi. Crucial evidence and numerous computers are now missing, as the case unfolds to determine whether or not Museveni rigged the [...] Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:13:42 +0200
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