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Consumer Watchdog is a nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization with offices in Washington, D.C. Consumer groups are outraged about the way that Google's new YouTube Kids app advertises to children. You are using an outdated browser For a better experience using this site, please upgrade to a modern web browser. I reckon that if someone is looking for a ‘pragmatic how-to’, they’re just as likely to search YouTube as they are Google… What do you think? Have you seen the latest animated video craze – the ones where the presenter is talking over someone animating on the screen?
These animated video presentations really do look awesome and I’m sure that viewers always stay to watch the end of those videos, which means positive things for anyone wanting to ensure that visitors stick around and take in what the website has to offer. No matter what type of business you work in I’m positive that you could benefit from having a good looking animated video presentation. Previously to create a great animated video presentation you may have been quoted between $3000 – $10000 depending on length of the video. Yep you read that correctly there is a free online presentations suite call PowToon that I’d like to introduce you to today. Before I continue I have to tell you I’ve had the most fun ever with this PowToon review. I found most of them required you to enter special computer code to make your characters in your animation move.
I was really keen to try out PowToon and see what I could do with it, so I checked out their training videos. The user control panel did look a bit alien to me, so I had a peek at the tutorials to get a handle of how it all works. The training videos are between 1 minute and 6 minutes – I personally think this really does highlight how simple and easy PowToon is to use. The styles you can choose from all have their own library of characters in different poses to choose from. The pencil drawn and the solid shadow characters  are available in both male and female forms. I just used the standard plain image holders but again you are not restricted to just that. You have plenty of ticks, crosses, arrows and circles to choose from, and the props go into the 100’s. The free account includes the ability to create your own Powtoons that last up to 5 minutes long plus cool presentations that can include up to 5 minutes of animations. You can make an unlimited amount of presentations and animated clips as you like and easily share them online on YouTube  and the other 3 major social networks too. Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific.
Michiko Kodama saw a flash in the sky from her elementary school classroom on Aug 6, 1945, before the ceiling fell and shards of glass from blown-out windows slashed her. Lester Tenney saw Japanese soldiers killing fellow US captives on the infamous Bataan Death March in the Philippines in 1942. Different experiences, different memories are handed down, spread by the media and taught in school. The US dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki three days after Hiroshima, and Japan surrendered six days later, bringing to an end a bloody conflict that the US was drawn into after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Japan identifies mostly as a victim rather than a victimizer, said Stephen Nagy, an international relations professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
A poll last year by the Pew Research Center found that 56 percent of US citizens believe the use of nuclear weapons was justified, while 34 percent do not. Terumi Tanaka, an 84-year-old survivor of the Nagasaki bombing, said of Obama I hope he will give an apology to the atomic bomb survivors, not necessarily to the general public. The White House has clearly ruled out an apology, which would inflame many US veterans and others, and said that Obama would not revisit the decision to drop the bombs.
A lot of these people are telling us we shouldn't have dropped the bomb - hey, what they talking about said Arthur Ishimoto, a veteran of the Military Intelligence Service, a US Army unit made up of mostly Japanese-Americans who interrogated prisoners, translated intercepted messages and went behind enemy lines to gather intelligence.
Now 93, he said it's good for Obama to visit Hiroshima to bury the hatchet, but there's nothing to apologize for. A nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school in northern Thailand killed 18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank, officials and the girl who sounded the alarm said on Monday. The two-story wooden structure that caught fire housed 38 girls, most of them belonging to the area's ethnic minorities. Some of the students were still not asleep when the fire broke out and were able to raise the alarm, said Rewat Wassana, manager of the Pithakkaiat Witthaya School, to which the dorm is attached.
The kindergarten and primary school in Wiang Pa Pao district, just outside the city of Chiang Rai, has about 400 day students and boarders.
An 11-year-old girl identified only as Suchada said at the same news conference that she had gotten up to go to the bathroom when she noticed the fire downstairs, and ran to tell her friends in various rooms.
A police official told The Associated Press by phone that besides the 18 dead, another five girls were injured, including two in serious condition. The official did not wish to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Firefighters took three hours to extinguish the fire, and pulled survivors and bodies from the second-story window of the wooden building. South African state prosecutors said they would respond on Monday to a court ruling that President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges, in a move that could threaten his hold on power. The charges, relating to a multibillion dollar arms deal, were dropped in 2009, clearing the way for Zuma to be elected president just weeks later.
The prosecutor justified dropping the charges by saying that tapped phone calls between officials in then-president Thabo Mbeki's administration showed political interference in the case. But a court last month dismissed the decision to discontinue the charges as "irrational" and said it should be reviewed.
Zuma has endured months of criticism and growing calls for him to step down after a series of corruption scandals amid falling economic growth and record unemployment. Pressure on the president would increase if some or all of the 783 charges - which relate to alleged corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering - were reinstated.
The ruling African National Congress party faces tricky local elections in August, but Zuma retains widespread support within the party and has appointed many loyalists to key positions countrywide. Last month, a commission that Zuma set up cleared all government officials - including himself - of corruption over the 1999 arms deal. The tapped phone recordings, which became known as the "spy tapes", were kept secret until they were released in 2014 after a long legal battle fought by the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. The Democratic Alliance hopes to make major gains in the August elections, tapping into discontent over the ANC's struggle to deliver jobs, houses and education 22 years since the end of apartheid rule. In March, the president lost another major legal case when the country's highest court found he violated the constitution over the use of public funds to upgrade his private residence. India successfully launched its first mini space shuttle on Monday as New Delhi's famously frugal space agency joined the global race to make rockets as reusable as airplanes. The shuttle was reportedly developed on a budget of just $14 million, a fraction of the billions of dollars spent by other nations' space programs.
The Reusable Launch Vehicle, or RLV-TD, which is around the size of a minibus, hurtled into a blue sky over southeast India after its 7:00 am lift off. After reaching an altitude of about 70 kilometers, it glided back down to Earth, splashing into the Bay of Bengal 10 minutes later. The test mission was a small but crucial step toward eventually developing a full-size, reusable version of the shuttle to make space travel easier and cheaper in the future. The worldwide race for reusable rockets intensified after NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011. They are seen as key to cutting costs and waste in the space industry, which currently loses millions of dollars in jettisoned machinery after each launch. Internet tycoon Elon Musk's SpaceX and Blue Origin of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos have already successfully carried out their own test launches. Musk told reporters in April that it currently costs about $300,000 to fuel a rocket and about $60 million to build one. SpaceX first landed its powerful Falcon 9 rocket in December while Blue Origin's New Shepard successfully completed a third launch and vertical landing in April this year.
But ISRO hopes to develop its own version, primarily to cash in on the huge and lucrative demand from other countries to send up their satellites. Veteran actress Jaclyn Jose has become the first Filipino to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Ma' Rosa as a mother who falls prey to corrupt police after she was forced to sell drugs to survive.
The movie was directed by Brillante Mendoza, who in 2009 became the first Filipino to win best director at the festival for Kinatay.
The actress, who had appeared in previous films by Mendoza, said she was sharing the award with her director, her daughter and the cast of the film, as well as all Filipinos. ABS-CBN network reported that Jose beat big-name actresses including Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Marion Cotillard. Ma' Rosa is about a mother of four who owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila. British director Ken Loach won the Palme d'Or top prize at Cannes on Sunday for the second time in a decade with his moving drama I, Daniel Blake about the shame of poverty in austerity-hit Europe. The award marked a major upset at the world's top film festival in favor of the left-wing director, who turns 80 next month and is known for shining a light on the downtrodden.
He beat runaway favorites including the rapturously received German comedy Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade, one of three female directors in competition, and US indie legend Jim Jarmusch's Paterson starring Adam Driver as a poetry-writing bus driver.
Loach now joins an elite club of two-time victors at the French Riviera festival including Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica. The runner-up Grand Prix award went to Canada's Xavier Dolan, 27, for his hot-tempered family drama It's Only the End of the World featuring a cast of A-list French stars which had been widely panned by critics. Britain also claimed the third-place Jury prize, for Andrea Arnold's high-energy American Honey starring Shia LaBeouf in a tale of disadvantaged US youths selling magazines door-to-door.
French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema tweeted that it had been a "lovely competition ruined by a blind jury". Actress Jaclyn Jose, center, holds her award after being named Best Actress for her role in the film Ma' Rosa, at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Sunday. Egypt has sent a submarine to join the hunt for the flight recorders from the EgyptAir jetliner that crashed in the Mediterranean and killed all 66 people aboard. Mounting evidence pointed to a sudden and dramatic catastrophe that led to Thursday's crash of EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo, although Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Sunday that it "will take time" to establish what happened aboard the Airbus A320. In his first public comments since the crash, Sissi cautioned against premature speculation. A submarine belonging to the Oil Ministry was headed to the site about 290 kilometers north of the Egyptian port of Alexandria to join the search, Sissi said. A Ministry source said Sissi was referring to a robot submarine used mostly to maintain offshore oil rigs.
Beside Egypt, ships and planes from Britain, Cyprus, France, Greece and the United States are taking part in the search for the debris from the aircraft, including its flight data and cockpit voice recorders. Egypt's aviation industry has been under international scrutiny since Oct 31, when a Russian Airbus A321 traveling to St. The president spoke a day after the leak of flight data indicated a sensor detected smoke in a lavatory and a fault in two of the plane's cockpit windows in the final moments of the flight.
Authorities said the plane lurched left, then right, spun all the way around and plummeted 11,582 meters into the sea, never issuing a distress call. Investigators have been studying the passenger list and questioning ground crew at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, where the airplane took off.
Egypt will have to work 10 times harder to revive its tourism industry, Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed said on Sunday, after a series of setbacks including the crash of an EgyptAir flight into the Mediterranean three days ago. Egypt's tourism industry has struggled to rebound after 2011 in a period of political and economic upheaval.
Recovered debris of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea is seen on Saturday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday announced the start of a military operation to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. The fight to recapture the jihadist bastion, which has been out of government control for nearly two and a half years, will be one of the toughest in Iraq's war against IS group. The premier said that special forces, soldiers, police, militia forces and pro-government tribesmen will take part in the operation to retake the city, located in Anbar province just 50 kilometers west of Baghdad. The announcement settles the issue of which IS-held city Iraq should seek to retake next - a subject of debate among Iraqi officials and international forces helping the country fight the jihadists.
Iraq's second city Mosul was the US military's recommended target, but powerful Iraqi militias may have helped force the issue by deploying reinforcements to the Fallujah area in preparation for an assault. Iraqi forces have begun laying the groundwork for the recapture of Mosul, but progress has been slow and an assault to retake the city remains far off. The US-led anti-IS coalition carried out seven strikes in the Fallujah area last week, and Iraq said it has also bombed the city with US-supplied F-16 warplanes. On Sunday, Iraq's Joint Operations Command warned civilians still in Fallujah - estimated to number in the tens of thousands - to leave the city.
It also said that families who cannot leave should raise a white flag over their location and stay away from IS headquarters and gatherings. Officials said several dozen families had fled the city, but IS has sought to prevent civilians from leaving, and forces surrounding Fallujah have also been accused of preventing foodstuffs from entering.
Iraqi forces have in recent days been massing around the city, which has been out of government control since January 2014. Anti-government fighters seized it after the army was withdrawn, and Fallujah later became one of IS's main strongholds. Fallujah and Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, are the last two major cities IS still holds in Iraq. Fallujah is almost completely surrounded by Iraqi forces, who have regained significant ground in the Anbar province in recent months, including its capital Ramadi further up the Euphrates River valley. US forces launched two major assaults on Fallujah in 2004 in which they saw some of their heaviest fighting since the Vietnam War. On Monday in Syria, more than 120 people were killed in a wave of bombings claimed by the IS group, the deadliest attacks yet in the government's coastal heartland. Seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside cities of Jableh and Tartus, which until now had been relatively insulated from Syria's five-year civil war. IS claimed the blasts via its Amaq news agency, saying its fighters had attacked Tartus and Jableh.
IS is not known to have a presence in the coastal provinces, where its jihadist rival and al-Qaida's local branch al-Nusra Front is much more prominent. The ashes of Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez were laid to rest on Sunday in Cartagena, the jewel of colonial architecture on Colombia's Caribbean coast, following a tribute to the author. Huge yellow butterflies, a symbol of magical realism - the genre Garcia Marquez helped make famous - graced the cloister's trees for the ceremony, which was attended by his widow and some 400 guests, most dressed in white. Garcia Marquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, died at the age of 87 on April 17, 2014 in Mexico, where he lived with his wife.
Edgar Parra Chacon, president of the University of Cartagena, to which the cloister is attached, expressed what he said was a "great honor to receive 'Gabo'," the affectionate nickname given to the writer.
The Claustro de la Merced, or Cloister of Mercy, is about 100 meters from the family's seafront home. Garcia Marquez's two sons, Garcia Barcha, a designer who lives in Paris, and Rodrigo Garcia Barcha, a US-based filmmaker, unveiled a bronze bust of the author by British sculptor Katie Murray, which stands in the courtyard. Garcia Marquez earned widespread admiration for his fervent defense of the rights of victims of Latin American dictatorships. A pair of suicide bombings killed at least 45 people in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday, security officials said.
Rescue troops on Monday recovered at least seven more bodies from a landslide site in Sri Lanka's central Kegalle district bringing the total death toll from Sri Lanka's flash floods and landslides to 92.
US President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in a US airstrike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already rived by internal divisions. Archaeological experts said insects from a polluted river near the Taj Mahal are marring the 17th century monument's intricate marble inlay work by leaving green and black patches of waste on its walls.


People in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan have voted overwhelmingly to approve changes to the constitution allowing President Emomali Rakhmon to rule indefinitely, election officials said on Monday. The United Kingdom has granted refugee status to Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew international criticism, his lawyer said on Monday. Chantal Detimmerman weeps at the funeral parlor as she spends a last few moments with her beloved Chico who has been prepared for cremation and laid out in a dog basket. Curled up as if asleep, with a garland of flowers around one paw, the Chihuahua is getting a high-class send-off at Animatrans, a funeral home that claims to be the first in Belgium to cater exclusively for pets. Arthur stares ahead with the same expression he has had for the past eight years, since he died and Waeles took him to Animatrans to be stuffed.
Patrick Pendville set up the funeral service after seeing firsthand what animal disposal often looks, and smells, like.
Dropping a dead dog off at an animal rendering plant, a guard instructed him to unpack the carcass, remove its collar, and throw the body into a two-meter-high container swarming with flies, among other animal remains. Pendville says his company - which charges between $39 and $392 for a cremation - provides a humane way for people to say goodbye to animals they feel were part of the family. It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old. Conservationists believe the fate of the Bialowieza Forest, which straddles Poland and Belarus, is threatened due to a new Polish government plan for extensive logging in parts of the forest. Seven environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF, have lodged a complaint with the European Commission hoping to prevent the large-scale felling of trees, which is due to begin within days.
The preservation of Bialowieza is such a sensitive matter that IKEA, which relies on Polish timber for 25 percent of its global furniture production, vowed years ago not to buy any wood from Bialowieza. The forest plan is one of many controversial changes that have come with the election last year of a conservative populist party, Law and Justice.
The party's leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, says he's on a mission to remake the country from top to bottom in line with the party's conservative ideology. In the case of Bialowieza, government officials are blaming their predecessors for financial losses from the strict limits on logging.
About 35 percent of the forest on the Polish side includes a national park and reserves, strictly protected zones that the government does not plan to touch. About half of the forest is still considered pristine, meaning those areas have never faced significant intervention since the forest's formation some 8,000 to 9,000 years ago after the end of the last ice age.
That so much has survived is thanks to past Polish and Lithuanian monarchs and Russian czars, who kept it as a royal hunting preserve. Szyszko last week dismissed 32 of 39 scientific experts on the State Council for Nature Conservation after they criticized the logging plan. They have since been replaced by people who mainly come from the forestry and hunting sectors that favor greater wood extraction. Some 30 climbers have developed frostbite or become sick near the summit of Mount Qomolangma, an official said on Sunday, after two deaths from apparent altitude sickness in recent days highlighted the risks on the world's highest mountain. Most of the sick climbers suffered frostbite while attempting to reach the summit or on their descent, Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said. Several Sherpa guides carried one sick climber from the highest camp, at nearly 8,000 meters, to camp two, at 6,400 meters, where attempts are being made to pick her up with a helicopter, said Pemba Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks agency in Kathmandu. A Norwegian woman, 45-year-old Siv Harstad, suffered snow blindness and was helped down from the summit on Saturday, the Norwegian news agency NTB said.
More details were not available because of communication difficulties on the 8,850-meter mountain. The two deaths were the first confirmed this year on Qomolangma during a busy climbing season that follows two years in which the peak was virtually empty due to two fatal avalanches. Eric Arnold, 35, had enough bottled oxygen with him, as well as climbing partners, but he complained of getting weak and died on Friday night near South Col before he was able to get to a lower altitude, Phurba said. Just hours after Arnold died, Australian climber Maria Strydom also showed signs of altitude sickness on Saturday afternoon before she died, Phurba said. Arnold was from Rotterdam, according to his Twitter account, which was updated on Friday with a post that he had reached the summit on his fifth try. In an interview earlier this year with RTV Rijnmond, Arnold noted that the risks of climbing the world's highest peak did not end at the summit. Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water to hundreds of thousands of residents camped in shelters on Sunday after major floods hit the island.
Floodwaters were receding in the capital Colombo after the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century pounded the island since last weekend, triggering landslides that have buried victims in tonnes of mud. Soldiers and other rescuers discovered 13 more bodies late on Saturday in the worst-hit district of Kegalle, about 100 kilometers northeast of Colombo, where two villages were destroyed last week. More than 80 people are known to have died so far across the island amid fears the number could rise - with 118 people still listed as missing. Sri Lanka was receiving international aid for more than half a million people forced to flee their homes across the island.
Soldiers joined relief workers in distributing essential supplies to around 300,000 people sheltering in state-run centers, Kodippili said.
After bursting its banks last week, the Kelani river running through Colombo was receding slowly. Rain has eased since Cyclone Roanu moved away from Sri Lanka to hit southern Bangladesh overnight, leaving at least 24 people dead there before weakening. President Maithripala Sirisena has called on Sri Lankans to provide shelter and give cash or essential supplies to its flood victims. The appeal prompted huge numbers to donate food and clothing, according to Disaster Management Center officials. Nudists have lost a seven-year legal battle for access to a popular tourist resort beach on Spain's southwestern tip. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Spanish Federation of Naturism against local government legislation prohibiting nudists to use beaches within the historic port city of Cadiz. The court disagreed, saying in a ruling on Friday that local authorities of Cadiz had the power to "manage properly the use of its services, equipment, infrastructure, facilities and public spaces".
The ruling applies to the beaches that fringe the ancient city but nudists are permitted to use a beach outside city limits.
The federation had argued that Cadiz's city council had tried to roll back "the social progress" Spain had made in recent decades by allowing nude beachgoers to be fined up to $840. Cadiz became one of Spain's wealthiest cities and was among the world's busiest ports when it got the monopoly for trade with the New World after Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Spain also gained a reputation as an easygoing beach and resort destination in the 1950s after the mayor of Benidorm asked the government to stop police from harassing and issuing fines to women for wearing bikinis on the town's beaches. The death toll in the eruption of a volcano in western Indonesia rose to seven on Sunday, with two other people in critical condition, as an official warned of more eruptions.
Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3 kilometers into the sky on Saturday, said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
All the victims of the eruption were working on their farms in the village of Gamber, about 4 kilometers away from the slope, or within the danger area. Photos taken on Sunday showed evidence of pyroclastic flows - a fast-moving cloud of hot volcanic gases, rocks and ash - in the village. Nata Nail, an official at the local Disaster Management Agency, said a man died on Sunday at a hospital, leaving two other victims in critical condition.
Rescuers including soldiers, police, and personnel from disaster combating agencies, as well as volunteers and villagers, halted search operations around the area after they found there were no more victims or villagers inside the danger zone, Nail said.
Earlier on Sunday, security personnel blocked some villagers who wanted to enter the village to take their abandoned belongings. Nugroho warned of more potential eruptions, with volcanic activity still high at the mountain.
Mount Sinabung had been dormant for four centuries before reviving in 2010, killing two people. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Jai Whitelaw was 10 when he first took medical cannabis, given to him by his mother in a bid to treat the debilitating epilepsy that saw him endure up to 500 seizures a day.
Faced with the stark choice of breaking the law in the hope of soothing his chronic pain, or denying him possible relief, Michelle Whitelaw reached breaking point. At his lowest point Jai had to be resuscitated, was unable to write or read at school or even play outdoors as he struggled with fits and the side-effects of pharmaceutical medications. In the 15 months since he began medicinal cannabis, which he takes in liquid form, he has had only four seizures. While recreational cannabis is drawn from the whole plant, therapeutic forms are derived from extracting particular types of cannabinoids - molecules that are found in cannabis - from the plant. Therapeutic use is legal in several US states and other nations including Canada, Israel and the Netherlands. Support for the practice has grown in Australia in recent years, with 91 percent in favor of legalizing it for the seriously ill, according to a 2015 Roy Morgan poll.
In response, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria states are changing their regulations and performing trials of the drug on severely ill patients, with two states setting up cannabis farms. The legislative shift is a vindication for people such as Aboriginal Australian Tony Bower, who has long given cannabis in oil and alcohol forms for free to parents of ill children after working out how to develop non-psychotropic medication from the plant.
About 150 children are his regular patients, and his drug is set to reach more people after Anthony Coffey's Australian Organic Therapeutic firm obtained rights to it. Tony Bower has long given cannabis in oil and alcohol forms for free to parents of ill children after working out how to develop non-psychotropic medication from the plant. Afghanistan's spy agency said on Sunday Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from officials of his death, which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement.
The Taliban have not commented officially on the very rare US drone attack deep inside Pakistan on Saturday, authorized by President Barack Obama, which could scupper any immediate prospect of peace talks.
The apparent elimination of Mansour, who had consolidated power following a bitter Taliban leadership struggle over the past year, could also spark new succession battles within the fractious movement. US officials on Saturday said Mansour was "likely killed" in the remote Pakistani town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan province by multiple unmanned aircraft operated by US special forces.
Two Pakistani intelligence officials told AFP the drones struck a Toyota Corolla near the city of Quetta, killing two people whose bodies were burned beyond recognition. They did not confirm whether Mansour was among them but said the bodies had been moved to a hospital in Quetta. A member of the Quetta Shura, the Taliban's leadership council, told AFP that Mansour had been unreachable on his mobile phone since Saturday night.
Mansour was formally appointed head of the Taliban in July last year following the revelation that the group's founder Mullah Omar had been dead for two years. The group saw a resurgence under the firebrand supremo with striking military victories, helping to cement his authority by burnishing his credentials as a commander. The Taliban briefly captured the strategic northern city of Kunduz last September in their most spectacular victory in 14 years. For the first time since World War II, a right-wing politician could win Sunday's election for the Austrian presidency as established parties that have dominated postwar politics watch from the sidelines. Candidates backed by the dominant Social Democratic and centrist People's Party were eliminated in last month's first round, which means neither will become president for the first time since the end of the war. That reflects deep disillusionment with the political status quo and their approach to the migrant crisis and other issues. As voting got underway on Sunday, the contest was too close to call between Norbert Hofer of the right-wing Euroskeptic Freedom Party and Greens Party politician Alexander Van der Bellen, who is running as an independent. Both men drew clear lines between themselves and their rival as they went into Sunday's race. At his final rally on Friday, Van der Bellen said he was for "an open, Europe-friendly, Europe-conscious Austria" - an indirect contrast to what Hofer is offering.
The elections are reverberating beyond Austria's borders, with a Hofer win being viewed by European parties of all political stripes as evidence of a further advance of populist Euroskeptic parties at the expense of the establishment. In Austria, such a result could upend decades of business-as-usual politics, with both men serving notice they are not satisfied with the ceremonial role most predecessors have settled for. Van der Bellen says he would not swear in a Freedom Party chancellor even if that party wins the next elections, scheduled within the next two years. Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer of the Austrian Freedom Party poses as he casts his ballot at the polling station in his hometown Pinkafeld, Austria, on Sunday. Starting on Saturday, Bolivian transsexuals aged over 18 can change their name, gender and photo in all public and private documents after the Gender Identity Law was signed into law. Justice Minister Virginia Velasco said the law conforms to the State Political Constitution, which recognizes the rights of every Bolivian and highlights diversity among its people. The signing ceremony was held after the houses of legislature passed the bill on Thursday and Friday.
Transgender people will still need to undergo a psychological examination prior to legally changing their identity, while transsexuals will require a medical certificate that verifies their sex change. Laura Alvarez, national president of Bolivia's transgender, lesbian, gay and bisexual organization, said earlier this week that the bill will benefit some 1,500 members whose legal documents do not reflect their sex change. Police say five people were severely injured in violent clashes between Iraqi-Yazidi and Chechen asylum-seekers in the central German city of Bielefeld. Thousands of Bangladeshis were left homeless on Sunday after Cyclone Roanu battered the impoverished southern coastal region, ripping apart flimsy houses and killing at least 24 people. Turkey's ruling party held a special convention on Sunday to confirm a longtime ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman and next prime minister, a move that is likely to consolidate the Turkish leader's hold on power. Yemeni troops killed 13 militants in a raid on a house outside the southern city of Mukalla on Sunday in which two soldiers also died, the army said, extending a struggle to restore security in the area ruled until last month by al-Qaida. Voters went to the polls across Vietnam on Sunday to elect 500 deputies to the country's National Assembly, from a total of 870 candidates running for election. A guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 went under the hammer for $334,000 in New York during an auction that also saw a Michael Jackson vest fetch $256,000.
Vernon Presley is said to have changed the finish of the Gibson Dove acoustic guitar to ebony after his son earned his black belt in karate.
During a 1975 concert in Asheville, North Carolina, Presley had given the guitar to fan Mike Harris, who had kept it until now.
Another highlight of the auction was a red neoprene vinyl jacket created by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush for Michael Jackson to wear during the 1996-97 HIStory world tour. The highest bid reached $354,400, for John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to Beatles song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Egyptian air and naval forces have found some of the passengers' "personal belongings" and debris of EgyptAir Flight MS804, which crashed while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo, the army said on Friday. The debris was found around 280 kilometers north of the port city of Alexandria, Egyptian army spokesman Mohammed Samir said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. A team of Egyptian investigators led by Ayman el-Mokadam - along with French and British investigators and an expert from Airbus - will inspect what the army has found, Egyptian officials said. The plane fell off the radar at 2:45 am local time on Thursday while it was crossing the Mediterranean sea. The office of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, issued a statement expressing its condolences to the relatives of the 66 killed.
The statement marked the first official recognition by Egypt's government that the missing plane had crashed. France, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and the United Kingdom had all joined the Egyptian search effort, Egypt's defense ministry said.
The Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said that the plane swerved wildly before plummeting into the sea. Yet France's foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault asserted on Friday that there is "absolutely no indication" of what caused the crash.
The junior minister for transport, Alain Vidalies, said that "no theory is favored" at this stage and urged "the greatest caution". Amid fears the plane was downed by an extremist attack, Vidalies defended security at Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport, saying staff badges are revoked if there is the slightest security doubt. Families of the victims spent the night in a hotel in Cairo while they awaited the news of their loved ones. Protesters stage a rally outside Kadena Air Base in Okinawa after a US citizen working on a US military base was arrested.
A male civilian working for the US military arrested for dumping the corpse of a Japanese woman in her twenties admitted to strangling her, local police officials said on Friday, sparking a torrent of fury from the Japanese government toward the United States just one week before US President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a visit to Hiroshima. Police arrested 32-year-old Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former US Marine on Thursday, following evidence leading them to find he had dumped the dead body of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro in a forested area on the night of April 28 or in the early hours of the morning thereafter.
Shimabukuro, a company employee working in Uruma city, went missing on April 28 after going for a walk, with the official filing of her disappearance being made the following day to the police by her boyfriend. The former Marine was subsequently questioned by the police as he was potentially in the same area as Shimabukuro according to GPS data triangulated from her phone and based on traffic records.
Police later identified a body as being that of the missing woman through her dental and DNA records.


Shinzato, who works at the US Air Force's Kadena Air Base and lives with his wife and child, admitted to the police he dumped the corpse in the wooded area after she stopped moving and that he had in fact strangled her.
The latest case follows a US Navy sailor being arrested in March suspected of raping a woman in a hotel in Naha City, the capital of Okinawa. The latest murder and previous attacks have led to strong condemnation from the people of Okinawa and has seen instances of growing anti-US sentiment on the island amid a growing spat between the central government and prefectural officials about a plan to relocate a controversial US base within the island. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that he will bring up the case with US President Barack Obama, with the issue potentially clouding the Group of Seven leaders' summit to be held in Japan next week. The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 15 meters of mud.
Officials have urged those living in affected areas to leave immediately, with more than 60 people known to have died so far and fears that number could spike with many more reported missing.
Housewife Diluka Ishani said she, her husband and two children were marooned on high ground and were plucked to safety by the navy and brought to a nearby school. Around 30 families were camped out at the school where the military were providing food and drinking water. President Maithripala Sirisena urged citizens to help with caring for nearly half a million people affected by floods in many parts of the island. Large parts of Colombo were evacuated overnight in an operation led by the military, involving boats and helicopters.
The national Disaster Management Centre said 21 of Sri Lanka's 25 districts had been affected.
Three people have been killed in flood-related incidents in Colombo but the national toll now stands at 63. The district of Kegalle, about 100 kilometers northeast of Colombo, has been worst-hit, with the toll from two separate landslides rising to 34 after troops pulled another body from the mud overnight. A police officer in the area said 144 people, including 37 children, had been reported missing since the landslides on Tuesday evening.
Netanyahu and Yaalon have clashed in recent days over the role of the military in public discourse, with the prime minister arguing that military officials should not discuss policy matters publicly. Tensions between Yaalon and Netanyahu escalated in March, when military leaders criticized a soldier who was caught on video fatally shooting an already-wounded Palestinian attacker. Reports over the past few days indicate that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post. Netanyahu this week invited Lieberman's Yisrael Beteinu party to shore up his shaky parliamentary coalition and negotiation teams have been meeting to hammer out the details of their alliance. Cabinet Minister Gila Gamliel said that Yaalon's leaving is a "tremendous loss" for the ruling Likud party. Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian's bodyguard have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground train line in Rome. In a find hailed as "unique" by archaeologists, weapons rooms, dormitories, kitchens and stables where some of ancient Rome's crack troops once lodged now lie open to the sky near the Colosseum, where the "Amba Aradam" stop of the Metro C line is being dug. Uncovering broken pots, Roman coins or that archaeological staple, a series of low walls, is all in a day's work for head engineer Andrea Sciotti, particularly near the ancient forums and gladiator battling ground and training schools. Work here is steaming ahead to create the first "archaeological station" in Rome, which Francesco Prosperetti, the capital's superintendent of archaeology, hopes will outdo other impressive metro "museums" from Athens to Naples, Porto and Vienna.
The digs for Rome's much-needed third metro line, which will connect 30 stations in the tourist-heavy Eternal City, began in 2007 but have been delayed repeatedly by the discovery of buried artefacts and it is not expected to be fully open before 2021. Amid the diggers and scaffolding lie the remains of 39 rooms of barracks where hundreds of soldiers - the so-called equites singulares augusti, one of the elite corps of the Praetorian Guard - were housed during the 2nd century AD. Archaeologists also found a collective grave on the site, where they have so far unearthed 13 adult skeletons and a bronze bracelet. The cavalry guard, which escorted the Roman emperor whenever he left the city, were so fierce they were used by successive leaders to quash unruly mobs in street battles and boost military campaigns abroad. Black and white mosaics decorate the barracks floors, and frescoes in Pompeian red can be seen on some of the remaining walls. The find brings the total number of known military garrisons in the area to five, with one of the most important resting under the nearby Saint John Lateran basilica, the pope's seat in Rome. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released on Friday said 72 percent support paid family leave. At least 19 states are considering paid family leave laws, but only three have active programs.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for most workers to care for a newborn or adopted child or a spouse, child or parent who is seriously ill. A bill to make that leave paid was introduced in the Senate last year but has gone nowhere in Congress. Morelli, 52, said she expects that someday she'll need time off to care for her aging mother and in-laws who are now in their 80s.
After years of Chinese fans' hearts melting for Korean TV drama stars, Chinese shows have become hot items in South Korea. In October, when the 54-episode Chinese historical drama Nirvana in Fire was aired in South Korea, with Korean subtitles, it became a buzz word on South Korea's social media, People's Daily reported. Nirvana in Fire, set in 6th-century China, tells of the tale of a protagonist's quest for justice and to erase a family blemish.
The series was shown on Chunghwa TV based in Seoul and got the sixth-highest rating among South Korean cable channels, also ranking for a time seventh in pay-to-view dramas online.
Amid the many high-quality South Korean dramas, it's rare for a foreign production to squeeze into the top 10. He also said Scarlet Heart, a 2011 production on Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) royal families, and The Empress of China, on the early years China's only female monarch, of Wu Zetian (624-705), are highly welcomed series from China. The Empress of China, which is still on air, ranked the 4th among the country's cable TV in terms of rating.
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Many survived by rappelling down from a second-floor window using sheets tied together to form a rope.
She tried to help the students escape," Rewat told reporters at a news conference broadcast on local television. But some of them didn't believe her and closed the door on her to go back to sleep, she said. It was not clear whether the vessel would be able to help locate the black boxes, or would be used in later stages of the operation.
Petersburg from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard.
The military said that search efforts were continuing in Aranayake as more than 135 bodies were still buried under the mud and rock.
Obama reiterated support for the government in Kabul and the Afghan security forces, and called on the Taliban to join peace talks.
Workers have been trying to scrub the walls clean every day, but the regular scrubbing can damage the intricate floral mosaics and shiny marble surface. An initial count showed 94.5 percent of voters had supported the amendments that included a provision to scrap presidential term limits. Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected president, was allowed to go to Britain in January for medical treatment after President Abdulla Yameen came under international pressure to let him leave. The company also makes death masks, casting an impression of an animal's face in long-lasting resin. Pets are getting a high-class send-off at Animatrans, a funeral home that claims to be the first in Belgium to cater exclusively for pets.
The plan has pitted the government against environmentalists and many scientists, who are fighting to save the UNESCO world heritage site. Bialowieza has been declared a Natura 2000 site, meaning it is a protected area under European law.
Since taking power in November, Poland's government has moved quickly to push broad changes in everything from cultural institutions to horse breeding farms and forestry management.
The environment minister, Jan Szyszko, also faulted them for getting the UNESCO world heritage designation, which brings some international oversight. Officials argue the planned logging is not harmful because it will take part only in "managed" parts of the forest that have already been subject to logging in the past. That has left it with a complex diversity of species unknown in the second-growth forests elsewhere in Europe's lowlands. They council's new leader, Wanda Olech-Piasecka, also supports limited commercial hunting of bison, an endangered species.
Favorable weather has allowed nearly 400 climbers to reach the summit from Nepal since May 11, but the altitude, weather and harsh terrain can cause problems at any time. Seema Goshwami of India had frostbite to her hands and feet at the South Col camp and was unable to move.
It was undecided when and if their bodies would be brought down from the high altitude and it would depend on the team and family members, Pasang Phurba of the Seven Summits agency said. But some 200,000 people living in low-lying areas of the capital were still unable to return home, he said. The federation had argued that nudism could be considered a fundamental right to freedom of ideology as defended by Spain's constitution. Gold and silver from Spain's empire flowed though Cadiz's docks, turning the city into the architectural gem that tourists flock to visit today.
Dead and injured animals were lying on the ground, around them scorched homes and smoky vegetation.
Now, almost two years on, things are set to change as Australia brings in new laws allowing the drug to be used for medical purposes.
While recreational use remains illegal, laws were passed in February permitting it for medical purposes, in a move Health Minister Sussan Ley said meant "genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals". I'm an indigenous Australian, it's not in our culture," said Bower, explaining why he continued to supply families despite the legal risks, which once saw him spend six weeks in jail. The southern opium-rich province of Helmand is also almost entirely under insurgent control. Hofer, in turn, used his last pre-election gathering to deliver a message with anti-Muslim overtones. What has happened till now is that this group has become visible and has claimed its rights. Police said in a statement on Sunday the religious minority group and the Chechens were living in the same refugee shelter and went after each other with truncheons and knives on Saturday night.
The storm on Saturday ploughed through low-lying villages in the Chittagong and Barisal regions, where residents described seeing meters-high walls of water that caught some unaware. Binali Yildirim, the transport and communications minister, is set to replace Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Among the candidates, 339 are women, accounting for 39 percent, while 97 candidates are not members of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam, according to figures released by the country's National Election Council. Neither did Stevie Ray Vaughan's Fender Broadcaster electric guitar, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. Egyptian jets and naval vessels continued to search for further debris from the downed Airbus 320, he said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. It said the presidency "expressed its deep regret and sadness for the victims" of the flight. The country's aviation minister Sherif Fathi said the likelihood the plane was brought down by a terror attack is "higher than the possibility of a technical failure". Egyptian officials said some of them arrived from Paris late on Thursday, among them eight relatives of the 15 French passengers on board the missing jet.
Around 300,000 people had been moved to safe shelters while a further 200,000 were staying with friends or family. There were sporadic showers in Colombo on Friday, with heavier downpours to the north of the capital that officials said would further swell the Kelani. She told Israel Radio she believes it was a "mistake" not to offer Yaalon another position and keep him in the coalition. The emotion crept up upon us," he said over the noise of concrete-mixers and drills, marvelling at the excellent state of preservation of the vast site which covers 900 square meters. Now, an overwhelming majority of US citizens who are 40 and older want that time away from the job to be paid. Among the presidential candidates, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have voiced support for paid family leave. He starred in the TV seriesi??Descendants of the Sun, which has attracted a huge audience in China.
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So when it views the bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, it's in the terms of a global narrative, a global conflict the US was fighting for freedom or to liberate countries from fascism or imperialism. I would like him to meet them and tell them that he is sorry about the past action, and that he will do the best for them. When they get arrested, she and her children become desperate and are ready to do anything to buy her freedom from corrupt police. Russia said the crash was caused by a bomb planted on the plane, and the local branch of the Islamic State claimed responsibility, citing Moscow's involvement in Syria. One suicide car bomber targeted a line outside an army recruitment center, killing at least 20. So far 500,000 people have been affected by severe floods and landslides across the island country and over 250,000 had been shifted to temporary shelters.
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EU officials say they are working with the Polish authorities to ensure that any new interventions in the forest are in line with their regulations, but it's not yet clear what the result will be. But environmentalists say the logging plan is so extensive it would inevitably lead to the destruction of old-growth areas. Carrying bodies down Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest in the West, takes at least eight Sherpas since they become frozen and heavier than normal. Soldiers were setting up roadblocks and people were carrying their belongings and leading farm animals to safety.
For that reason, I feel happy to be able to sign this law, under which for the first time the government guarantees social recognition of people with rights, regardless of their sexual orientation," Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera said at Bolivia's Palace of Government in La Paz.
Today the transsexual and transgender group is enriching Bolivia's democracy," Garcia Linera said. Over three decades, he has at times been Netanyahu's closest ally and at other times a fierce rival. A second bomber on foot detonated his explosive vest among a group of recruits waiting outside the home of an army commander, killing at least 25. Announce it to everyone you know with the Dog House Daily Times,” said Carmen Balber, Washington DC Director for Consumer Watchdog. More2012 Fall Interactive Innovation ProjectDecember 13, 2012Medill graduate students innovation project asked parents of CPS students what they most wanted to know about their childrena€™s educational experience.



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