Category Misc

Armed rebels impose brutal rules in Venezuela-Colombia border region

Human Rights Watch report finds rape, murder and kidnappings on both sides of border, where people are unable to move freely

Guerrilla groups have supplanted state rule on both sides of the lawless border between Venezuela and Colombia, where they impose their own brutal rules on civilians, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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In Colombias eastern Arauca province and the neighbouring Apure state in Venezuela, civilians are unable to move freely, forced to obey a strict curfew and taxed on virtually all economic activity. HRW documented abuses including murder, kidnappings, disappearances, child recruitment and rape.

Armed groups in Arauca and Apure also punish residents with forced labor, requiring them to work for free, sometimes for months, farming, cleaning road...

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It’s OK to eat romaine lettuce again as officials declare E.coli outbreak over

(CNN)Caesar salad lovers rejoice — your crispy romaine lettuce leaves are OK to eat now.

The romaine, which came from Salinas, California, infected a total of 167 people in 27 states.
This included 85 hospitalizations, including 15 patients who developed a type of kidney failure — hemolytic uremic syndrome — known to be associated with this particular type of bacteria, E. coli O157:H7. The toxin produced by the bacteria typically causes symptoms such as vomiting, stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea.
    No deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
    The onset of illnesses were reported between September 20 and December 21, 2019, and the outbreak affected people ranging in age from younger than 1 to 89.
    Nearly two-thirds of those impacted were female.
    The CDC no longer advises ...
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    Crazy Wedding Story Of The Week: They Made Their Guests Cook & Clean | Betches

    Whether you hate the wedding-industrial complex, are a bride planning a wedding and want to feel better about your own demands, or just need something to read, we’re doing a new series where we share the craziest, most out-of-touch wedding story we found on the internet that week. Submit your own crazy wedding stories to [email protected] with the subject line Crazy Wedding Story, and we just might feature yours. And make sure to follow @BetchesBrides on Instagram and subscribe to our podcast, Betches Brides.

    Because I have been single for about a hundred years, I’m not proud of how much I know about weddings. I don’t even know where I learned all this sh*t, maybe from planning my brother’s wedding in full, or maybe just from reading bridezilla stories from across the internet...

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    New Ukraine revelations turn up heat on Senate trial showdown

    (CNN)New evidence showing Donald Trump’s direct role in pressuring Ukraine for political favors is dialing up the heat as Republicans launch their New Year push to shield the President in a swift Senate impeachment trial.

    Whenever McConnell plays his next card, he is expected to push back on demands by Democrats to call senior current and former White House officials to testify in the trial after the President refused to allow them talk to House investigators.
    McConnell’s speech will ratchet up pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who presided over Trump’s historic shaming last month but tried to bolster Democratic demands for new witnesses by declining to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. That means the trial — once expected to start as soon as next week cannot yet star...
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    Lucasfilm Immortalized The Hero Fan 21-Year-Old Who Died Stopping A School Shooter As A Jedi

    Riley Howell – a 21-year-old hero who died while saving fellow classmates in the UNC Charlotte shooting – has been honored as a Jedi Master in the new Star Wars universe book. The college student, along with another 19-year-old classmate, took the bullets and thus prevented more injuries and deaths after a gunman opened fire in one of the classrooms of the University of North Carolina. Riley has been hailed as a hero by the local police, who praised his quick thinking and courage that “saved lives.”

    Image credits: Lauren Westmoreland

    “He loved Star Wars, birds, cards, snowboarding, going to the lake, Kentucky Hot Browns cooking from scratch with cast iron while listening to the Feel Good Classic Soul playlist, and his Lauren,” Riley’s family told the media...

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    Our first Christmas as empty nesters

    The kids have left home, and were not really coping, so this seems like the perfect chance to lure them back

    My husband and I dont think we have the condition until, one day last month, hundreds of miles from home, we find ourselves outside our younger sons university accommodation at 11.30 on a Sunday morning. I am clutching supplies in a little brown paper bag. Our son knows were in town, but isnt expecting this rude awakening. Its a surprise.

    Do you think we should have called first? I say as we approach the entrance, the inappropriateness of what were doing dawning on me only now.

    My husband pulls a face; its his moment of awakening, too. Call now, he says. Tell him were on our way.

    But were already here.

    We both suddenly see what we have become: two newbie empty-nester weirdos...

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    A cute proposal, a marching band victory and a quokka!

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    We’re a few days into the new year, which means all of you sticking to some life-changing resolution are probably remembering how hard it is to actually stick to life-changing resolutions. You got this! Keep going! Yes, you’ll definitely slip up. You’ll definitely get frustrated. But if it’s something you truly want, pick yourself back up and keep going. No one is perfect, even in some parallel universe where every day is January 1 and all of the smoothies are organic, the treadmills are never occupied, the planners are always filled out and the reading lists are stuck to. (Need some inspiration? Here are some tips on keeping up that new year, new you energy.)

    Our favorites this week

      A very tasty proposal
      These newlyweds are so cute we can hardly stand it...
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      30 Things To Donate To Food Banks To Make The World A Slightly Better Place

      If you want to give back this year, donate some of the items mentioned on Ask Reddit.

      1. Feminine hygiene products. Tampons, pads. Anything needed like that is incredibly important.

      2. Diapers. Both for babies, and for older people.

      3. Toothbrushes and toothpaste. Soap, shampoo, and so on.

      4. Socks (men’s, women’s and children’s).

      5. Cooking supplies. Butter. Olive oil. Flour. Folks that use pantries cook but don’t always have these items. They’re important, basic cooking tools.

      6. Pet food!

      7. Paper and cleaning products...

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      Why I’m ordering turkey this year rather than following the family recipe

      (CNN)In the 1940s, as my family story goes, my grandmother Irma worked for Armed Services Editions, a publisher that sent more than 122 million books to servicemen around the world. One of them was a strange collection of essays by the writer Morton Thompson, including “How to Cook a Turkey.”

      The Thompson turkey recipe, which begins with classical quotations and includes more than 30 ingredients in the stuffing, a mustard-egg shell for the bird and an every-15-minute basting regimen, has become legendary in food circles.
      The story I heard from my mother is that my great-grandmother Betty tried Morton Thompson’s recipe back then, and it’s been with us ever since...
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      Greta Thunberg sparks surge in sailboat hitchhiking

      Since climate campaigners transatlantic adventures, more people are looking to travel by sail

      Hitching a ride on a sailing boat across the Atlantic might sound like a far-fetched endeavour reserved for the famous and well-connected. But Greta Thunberg has now managed it twice in three months and her antics appear to be inspiring a growing, if nascent, movement in sail-hitching.

      Maritime hitchhiking has hitherto been reserved for sailors looking for experience on different routes and vessels.

      But after Thunbergs transatlantic adventures, numbers have boomed. Daniel Krause, a full-time cruiser, helps to run the Sailboat Hitchhikers and Crew Connection Facebook group, which has sharply increased to nearly 21,000 members since Thunbergs voyage...

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