The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) declared "an ongoing and significant risk" to key parts of the infrastructure that affects the domains on which websites reside. "They are going after the internet infrastructure itself," ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad told AFP. "There have been targeted attacks in the past, but nothing like this."
February 22, 2019 22:41 UTC
"I think there is a very, very good chance that a deal can be made," Trump told reporters at the White House. In New York, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average closed higher, marking its ninth straight weekly gain -- the longest such streak since May 1995. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) forecast that the two sides would make "some progress" -- but were unlikely to clinch any "meaningful" deal. The EIU added that any deal would therefore only provide "temporary relief" from trade tensions. Shares exposed to trade with China rose: Boeing, which depends on the Asian giant for much of its aircraft sales, jumped 12.6 percent but construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar fell 0.1 percent.
February 22, 2019 22:41 UTC
Lisa Borders, who is also the former president of the Women's National Basketball Association, took the reins of Time's Up in early October. The 61-year-old stepped down after a woman alleged in a Facebook post that her son, Garry "Dijon" Bowden Jr, 36, was sexually inappropriate with her after offering her a "healing session." Celia Gellert told the Los Angeles Times she felt "violated" when, according to her, he touched her genitals, kissed her neck, and brushed his penis against her body during the session. A statement posted by Time's Up on Instagram said "Time's Up unequivocally supports all survivors of sexual abuse and harassment." "We respect the rights of all survivors to own their own stories," it continued, urging others to come forward and contact Time's Up should they need legal assistance.
February 22, 2019 22:07 UTC
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump insisted Friday he was not pulling an about-face on his Syria withdrawal plans, after it was announced hundreds of US troops would remain in the war-torn country. Trump, an avid Fox viewer, said he watched Graham and supported leaving "a small force with others. Graham claimed "thousands of Europeans" had been killed by IS fighters coming from Syria into Europe. "You don't want to end one war and start another," Graham said he told Trump. Akar, the Turkish minister, said Ankara did not have a problem with the Kurds in Syria, only with the armed US-backed Kurdish fighters there.
February 22, 2019 21:45 UTC
MIAMI - Robert Kraft, principal owner of the reigning NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was charged Friday with paying for sex after a raid on a massage parlor in Florida, police said. A spokesperson for Kraft denied that the tycoon had "engaged in any illegal activity" but declined to comment further. Belichick and Kraft were among the Patriots delegation that visited Trump in the White House in 2017 after their Super Bowl victory over Atlanta. Asked by reporters at the White House on Friday about the charges against Kraft, Trump said "it's very sad." A league bylaw gives NFL commissioner Roger Goodell the power to sanction an owner for "conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league."
February 22, 2019 21:00 UTC
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Friday said a trade summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping was likely to occur next month, and hail two days of "very good talks" by negotiators. "If we are doing well, I could see extending that" deadline for the end of the three month tariff truce. An agreement on currency manipulation will be included in the trade pact, he said. "From China, it is very likely that it will happen," Chinese trade envoy Liu He said, speaking through an interpreter. Wall Street, which had been up for most of the day on optimism about the trade talks, reacted coolly to the news, paring some of the day's gains, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up nearly 0.5 percent shortly around 2030 GMT.
February 22, 2019 20:37 UTC
WASHINGTON - Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots. The US definition of space is anything over an altitude of 50 miles. The Virgin craft made it past that for the first time in December, reaching an altitude of 50.9 miles. "SpaceShipTwo, welcome back to space," wrote Virgin Galactic as it Tweeted updates throughout the event, without sending out any live footage. New Shepard has already flown above the Karman Line, but not with people on board.
February 22, 2019 20:26 UTC
CHICAGO - R&B superstar R. Kelly was charged Friday in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, some involving minors. R&B star R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, some involving minorsThe bombshell indictments marked a major shift in the Kelly saga, which has seen the 52-year-old for decades accused of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery. Nine of the new charges against Kelly concern minors ages 13 to 16, a Cook County court official told AFP, without specifying the number of victims involved. It's the second time Cook County prosecutors have charged Kelly with a sex crime: after a dramatic trial that also involved a sex tape, the musician was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008. But last month's release of an explosive docuseries entitled "Surviving R. Kelly" once again brought accusations against him to the fore, while a #MuteRKelly movement aimed at preventing his music from airing has gained steam.
February 22, 2019 20:26 UTC
CHICAGO - R&B star R. Kelly was charged Friday in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, some involving minors. R&B star R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, some involving minorsNine of the charges of the 52-year-old embattled singer -- dogged for decades by sexual abuse allegations involving underage women -- concern minors ages 13 to 16, a Cook County court official told AFP. The R&B luminary has a court date scheduled for March 8 in Chicago, where he resides, the court official said. "After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R. Kelly has arrived," tweeted attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing several clients linked to the American singer. It is the second time Cook County prosecutors have charged Kelly with a sex crime: after a dramatic trial that also involved a sex tape, the musician was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008.
February 22, 2019 19:30 UTC
LOS ANGELES - A California couple pleaded guilty Friday to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their 13 children in a grisly "house of horrors" case that gained international attention. Hestrin said he was satisfied that the couple had pleaded guilty as it would spare their children from having to testify at a trial. She told responding officers that the house was so dirty she couldn't breathe and that she and her siblings never took baths. An officer who interviewed the teen after her escape said she was so emaciated that he first thought she was a child. "Circumstantial evidence in the house suggests that the victims were often not released from their chains to go to the bathroom," he said.
February 22, 2019 19:18 UTC
CúCUTA (COLOMBIA) - Thousands of people, many waving Venezuelan flags, flocked to the Venezuela-Colombia border Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries in defiance of a blockade by the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands wait for the start of the Venezuela Aid Live concert in Cucuta, ColombiaHumanitarian aid has become a key focus of the power struggle between Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as interim leader by more than 50 countries. The tense aid standoff turned deadly even before the concert began, when two people were killed and 15 wounded when they tried to prevent Venezuelan troops from blocking an aid entry point on the Brazilian border. The clash occurred in southeastern Bolivar state close to the border with Brazil, which Maduro ordered closed on Thursday. Maduro earlier this week announced a three-day "Hands Off Venezuela" concert to last until Sunday but few details of the line-up or schedule have been released.
February 22, 2019 18:22 UTC
These are the quintessential tastes of high school that are still remembered by many people born in the 80s and 90s like Sovann. “I attended Bak Touk High School until 1999. I really missed the time when I was in high school eating delicious instant noodles with meatballs. It also serves high school potato fries for 5,000 riel, fried elementary school meatballs for 10,000 riel, as well as many soft drinks that are students’ favourites. “We plan to open at least 10 branches in Phnom Penh and other provinces to share the sweet memory and taste from the past with people of the 90s high school generation,” he says.
EVERYONE INVOLVED agrees that the rice bill – Thailand’s first legislation aimed at guiding holistic management of production – began with good intentions. The most controversial current component is Section 5, which concerns the management and supervision of rice production. The production of and trade in different rice varieties remain the subjects of heated debate. Over the last 10 years, as interest in organic produce boomed, many rice farmers have parlayed their traditional skills as growers to become breeders. It should not play a regulator’s role, but rather serve as a research institute on rice production.
The more I’ve worked and learned about Thailand’s travel business, the more I strongly desire to help the local tourism sectors,” Napira says. I came up with the idea ‘Local life, Local Experience’, and I think this is what other people must go and explore.”Napira graduated from Assumption University with a bachelor of arts, majoring in business (English medium). “Thus, our team are experts when it comes to local tourism. “Even though I am working on local tourism projects, I am still engaged in outbound tourism as well. To balance your life, work, and happiness is the key to life, I would say.”Napira believes in the power of gratitude, when it comes to crediting others for her success.
This is the first time the EC is organising the electoral debate. The request also asked if Prayut could assist with the campaign now underway, the party’s secretary-general, Sontirat Sontijirawong, said. EC secretary-general Pol Colonel Jarungvith Phumma said the EC has not been able to clarify anything yet and has yet to see the party’s petition. However, once it has received the petition, the EC is obliged to reply within 30 days. Jarungvith said the EC needs to review the issue thoroughly, including studying related laws as well as related clauses in the Constitution.