), the political arm of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, or Y.P.G., in Syria. are part of the Turkish-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., which was designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, although the Syrian organizations were not. And American officials have had high praise for the organization’s military and political wings, despite Turkish criticism. Mr. Muslim is now with a political coalition representing the Rojava region in Syria, but it is closely aligned with the P.Y.D. Europe has not designated the Syrian Kurdish organizations as terrorist groups, and it has previously rejected such extradition requests by Turkey.
Source:New York Times
February 25, 2018 14:26 UTC
Yet stocks remain fragile — and subject to the whims of the bond market. "A fog of unease has definitely set in as investors fret over the Fed, rising interest rates and inflation." Related: All signs point to more Fed rate hikesOf course, a 3% Treasury yield is no reason to panic. Years of low yields on safe bonds sent cash pouring into risky stocks and pumped up their values. Checking in on retail: Several struggling retailers report earnings this week.
February 25, 2018 14:26 UTC
Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal and a top college prospect, will not be playing for Arizona in the wake of a report that FBI wiretaps allegedly captured Coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to get Deandre Ayton to sign with the team. “At this time I am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team,” he tweeted. It is unclear where O’Neal will play, although Kentucky and LSU, where his father played, were reportedly under consideration before he committed to Arizona. The announcement by O’Neal came on the same day that Sean Miller decided not to coach the Wildcats against Oregon. It is not clear when Sean Miller will return to the sideline.
February 25, 2018 14:26 UTC
Photos: Deadly Florida school shooting Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, February 14. Hide Caption 2 of 13 Photos: Deadly Florida school shooting People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the shooting. Hide Caption 3 of 13 Photos: Deadly Florida school shooting Police officers surveil the exterior of the school while the shooting was active. Hide Caption 4 of 13 Photos: Deadly Florida school shooting Students and faculty are evacuated from the school. Hide Caption 9 of 13 Photos: Deadly Florida school shooting Security instructs parents following the shooting.
February 25, 2018 14:21 UTC
LinkedIn is a powerful career development tool when you have a strategy for when and how to use it. To make the most of the platform, there are important actions that you can take less frequently – about once a month. Remember, LinkedIn is a valuable platform, but it is not like your own web site or database of connections. To make sure you always have access to the latest contents in your profile and your complete list of connections, do these three things monthly:1. To make sure you always have access to your current connections, export them from LinkedIn at least monthly.
February 25, 2018 14:15 UTC
On Friday, Mr. Trump announced harsh new sanctions against North Korea. And the unified Korean women’s hockey team, the only team to include North and South Korean athletes on its roster, lost all five of the games it played at the Olympics. In his speech at the closing ceremony, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, thanked the athletes from South Korea and North Korea. “If the U.S. is apathetic about talking about dialogue between North Korea and South Korea, then Ivanka would not have come,” Mr. Lim said. North Korea is looking for breaking points, said Kelly Magsamen, vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress.
Source:New York Times
February 25, 2018 14:08 UTC
"The Olympic Winter Games at Pyeongchang has come to an end, but the time of peace will continue," Korean president Moon Jae-in said in closing remarks distributed by the organizing committee ahead of the closing ceremony. "This celebration of peace that began at Pyeongchang will continue on to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games," said Moon. Hide Caption 8 of 49 Photos: The moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics -- in drawings Lindsey Vonn wins downhill bronze. Hide Caption 9 of 49 Photos: The moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics -- in drawings Sofia Goggia wins downhill gold. JUST WATCHED Mikaela Shiffrin reflects on Winter Olympics Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Mikaela Shiffrin reflects on Winter Olympics 04:58Over 3,000 athletes from 92 countries had competed for 102 gold medals, helped by some 20,000 volunteers.
February 25, 2018 14:03 UTC
The SEC’s Enforcement Division already has many cryptocurrency investigations going on, says Enforcement Co-Director Stephanie Avakian. Meanwhile, SEC Chair Jay Clayton predicts there will be more enforcement actions unless players in the industry change their behavior. Their comments came this weekend during the annual two-day SEC Speaks conference, where leaders of the regulator’s major sections said cryptocurrency has become an across-the-board priority. At SEC Speaks, Robert Cohen, chief of the Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit which is taking the lead in virtual currency investigations, said his section has been very active in bringing cryptocurrency cases in the last couple of months. As another example of how virtual currency has become an agency-wide focus, SEC Investment Management Division Director Dalia Blass said cryptocurrency is near and dear to her policy agenda.
February 25, 2018 13:52 UTC
WASHINGTON—Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday to find a familiar contentious issue—guns—taking a priority over spending and immigration legislation that were expected to preoccupy their time for the next several weeks. The Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and President Donald Trump’s subsequent calls on Congress to take action are expected to reboot an effort to tighten the national firearm-purchase background-check system. While no bills are assured of moving forward, even debating and voting on gun legislation...
Stumped by a deepening slide in the dollar, analysts and investors are scouring past periods of U.S. currency weakness for clues to what might happen next. The U.S. currency has slumped 11% since late 2016 against its main trading partners, including a 2.7% decline this year in the WSJ Dollar Index. That is surprising many on Wall Street, where dollar strength has been anticipated as a series of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases has expanded the yield premium on U.S. Treasury notes over comparable securities such as...
If you are planning on attending the much-anticipated “David Bowie is” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, be prepared to open your wallet. The museum didn’t provide details about the costs of the Bowie exhibition. The Brooklyn institution, which had a budget of $38.6 million in fiscal 2016, has faced its share of financial challenges in recent years, at one point projecting a deficit of $3 million. The Brooklyn Museum’s pricing policy on the Bowie exhibition isn’t sitting well with some of the institution’s regulars. “I think it’s unfortunate they don’t seem to be living up to that” with the Bowie exhibition, said Henry Hayes, a film director who lives in the borough.
WASHINGTON (CNN) President Donald Trump's approval rating in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS stands at 35%, down five points over the last month to match his lowest level yet. His new rating matches a December poll, which marked his lowest approval rating in CNN polling since taking office in January 2017. The President also earns his lowest rating yet among Republicans, though he is still viewed positively among his own partisans. Overall, 80% of self-identified Republicans say they approve of the President, one point below his previous low mark of 81%, hit in late September of last year. Those who live in gun-owning households give him higher ratings than others: 52% in gun households approve of his work on gun policy; it's 17% among all others.
More than 520 people have been killed and 2,500 wounded since the relentless bombardment of Eastern Ghouta began last Sunday. Hide Caption 4 of 15 Photos: Airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta Hide Caption 5 of 15 Photos: Airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta An injured child cries as he receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in Hamouria on February 19. Hide Caption 6 of 15 Photos: Airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta A man carries an injured victim amid the rubble of buildings. Hide Caption 9 of 15 Photos: Airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta A wounded boy receives treatment in Douma following airstrikes on the village of Mesraba. Hide Caption 14 of 15 Photos: Airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta A man weeps over his child, who was killed in the Mesraba airstrikes.
Support for stronger gun laws has not been that high in CNN polling since a December 1993 survey conducted just after the Brady Bill was signed into law. The new poll also finds a deepening intensity of support for stronger gun laws. A majority, or 52%, say they "strongly" favor stricter gun laws, well above the previous high mark of 37% in polling back to 2013. Among those who are at least somewhat worried about becoming a victim of gun violence, 80% back stronger gun laws; that slides to 56% among those expressing less concern. A majority, 56%, say stricter gun laws generally would reduce the number of gun-related deaths in the country, 42% that they would not.
That answer provides a hint to the meta, as this puzzle’s theme commits what’s generally considered a crossword violation. The former KOCH is pronounced like “coke” and the latter KOCH is pronounced like “cotch.” E CO is at 50A: [“Green" prefix] and 119A: [“Baudolino" author]. In many cases while writing a meta, I’ll start with a potential meta answer and then determine a mechanism for figuring it out. Somehow, though, I landed on MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER. Normally I try to avoid that, but I decided to leave this one in; just consider it a small bit of deja vu.
February 25, 2018 13:52 UTC