Part of a UNESCO World Heritage area, the saltwater lake has long been a source of wonder for tourists, who have delighted in snorkeling among the millions of golden jellyfish that can fill the water as thick as corn chowder.
Scientists blame a severe drought, coupled with hotter temperatures caused by the El Nino weather pattern, a warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide and tends to push up global temperatures.
While scientists say there's every chance jellyfish numbers will rebound when conditions improve, they also worry that global warming poses a long-term threat to the delicate ecosystem of Palau, a tiny western Pacific island chain.
About a month ago, scientists at Palau's Coral Reef Research Foundation estimated the numbers of golden jellyfish at the lake had declined from about 8 million to 600,000. The decline is particularly concerning because the jellyfish in the lake are a unique subspecies that have developed in isolation from their lagoon ancestors.
Koror State Governor Yositaka Adachi last week decided to keep the lake open, at least for now.
Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how the hot and dry conditions are affecting the jellyfish. The Coral Reef Research Foundation also noted the lack of rain had caused the lake to become saltier than ever previously recorded, in monitoring which dates back to 1998. From pop icons Beyonce, to Lady Gaga, and a cheeky Madonna, to a goth-looking Taylor Swift, and almost unrecognizably intergalactic Katy Perry, it was the most glamorous night of the year in a city that likes to dress up. Supermodel Gigi Hadid posed with pop star significant other Zayn Malik, who wore a metallic arm contraption. Hollywood heavy hitters Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper, also turned out looking more old-school than sci-fi. Hosted by American Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the benefit brought out stars of film, television, fashion, politics and sports: from Lupita Nyong'o with a towering hairdo, to Kim Kardashian posing away in a metallic outfit that looked ready for NASA. In line with the technology theme, there was an abundance of black and metallics, cutouts, thigh-high boots and a few people in princess dresses who did not know there was a theme.
This year, the theme was "Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," which is also the title of the Costume Institute's big annual exhibition opening May 5.
The future of Asia's largest, most-awaited film festival is in question as South Korean filmmakers threaten to boycott the red carpet over what they view as government interference. Officials of the Busan International Film Festival say the feud between organizers and the host city of Busan, its largest financial sponsor, started two years ago when the festival's program displeased government officials. Their biggest objection was over the film, Truth Shall Not Sink With The Sewol, which excoriated South Korean authorities for botching rescue operations during a ferry disaster that left 304 people, mostly high school students, dead or missing.
Festival organizers defied Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo's request they not screen the documentary, and "That's where all the problems started," Kim Ji-seok, its executive programmer, said in an interview. Kim and other festival organizers and filmmakers say authorities retaliated, with the central government slashing its budget for the event last year by half. South Korean prosecutors pushed ahead on Tuesday with embezzlement charges against Lee, despite widespread criticism that the allegations are politically motivated. Three other former and current senior festival officials were also formally charged on Tuesday. The Busan festival premieres films from novice Asian directors and has often spotlighted major new talent, including Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner Jia Zhangke. Officials say the screening of the ferry disaster film in 2014 was not the reason for the festival's audit, which they say will help ensure its long-term viability. Ahead of the Oct 6-15 annual event, when they should be focusing on scouting new talent and viewing film submissions from around the world, city and festival officials are deadlocked over how to reform the festival. The two sides are feuding over who should succeed the Busan mayor as the festival's executive chairman. South Korean leaders view the entertainment industry as a lifeline for their country that can help offset the weakness of traditional economic heavyweights such as shipbuilders and steel-makers.
While Park's government is championing "cultural enrichment," Nemo Kim, a film critic and lecturer of contemporary Korean culture at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, says the local theater scene is growing less diverse, with big conglomerates, or "chaebols," gaining influence.
Australia blamed refugee advocates on Tuesday for "encouraging" asylum seekers held in remote camps toward acts of self-harm after a woman set herself on fire, while the United Nations renewed its criticism of Australia's harsh immigration policy. Australian officials said an unidentified 21-year-old Somali woman was in a critical condition after she set herself alight at an Australian detention camp on the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru on Monday, the second such incident in a week.
A 23-year-old Iranian man also set himself on fire last week in protest against his treatment on Nauru and later died. The Papua New Guinea government ordered the Manus Island camp, which holds about 850 people, closed last week after its Supreme Court ruled the facility unlawful. The harsh conditions and reports of systemic child abuse at the camps have drawn wide criticism inside and outside Australia and have become a major headache for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during campaigning for likely July elections. Australia however has vowed there will be no change to the policy, which has been pursued by successive governments. On Tuesday, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton acknowledged there had been a rise in cases of self-harm in the camps but accused refugee advocates of giving the asylum seekers false hope they would one day be settled in Australia.
Her said some advocates were "encouraging some of these people to behave in a certain way". However, the peak UN body for refugees said such incidents in the camps, which hold asylum seekers fleeing violence in the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Asia, were a result of Australia's tough offshore detention polices. Rescue workers pulled a six-month-old baby girl out of the rubble of a building in Kenya's capital on Tuesday and reunited her with her father, more than three days after it collapsed following days of heavy rain.
At least 21 people have so far been confirmed dead after the six-story residential block in Nairobi's poor Huruma district crumbled on Friday night.
The baby, named as Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was identified by her father after making a rapid recovery in hospital.
The collapse of the building was the latest such disaster in a fast expanding African city that is struggling to build homes fast enough. Like many other cities in Africa, the population of Nairobi has climbed dramatically in recent years. The sewage has damaged Gaza's limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones, and after years of neglect, is now floating northward and affecting Israel as well, where a nearby desalination plant was forced to shut down, apparently due to pollution.
Environmentalists and international aid organizations say that if the problem isn't quickly addressed, it could spell even more trouble on both sides of the border. But while Israel has a clear interest in Gazans repairing their water infrastructure, that would likely require it to ease restrictions on the import of building materials - which it fears the territory's Hamas rulers could divert for military purposes - and increase the amount of electricity it sells to Gaza. Poor sewage treatment in Gaza is the result of a rapidly expanding population, an infrastructure damaged during wars with Israel and a chronic shortage of electricity to run the wastewater plants that still function. An Israeli blockade that has restricted imports, coupled with Palestinian infighting and mismanagement by the Hamas-run government, has compounded the problems for the enclave's 1.8 million residents.
Nasser Abu Saif said he was once happy to live in a beachfront apartment in Shati refugee camp. Steen Jorgensen, country director for the World Bank in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said the fatal sewage flood spurred his office to build a $73 million sewage treatment plant nine years ago. Disagreements between Hamas and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority over fuel taxes have left Gaza's only power plant functioning at reduced capacity.
COGAT, the Israeli defense body responsible for Palestinian affairs, said Israel supplies 125 to 140 megawatts of power a day to the Gaza Strip. Jorgensen said the World Bank plans to start running the plant in months using backup diesel generators, which will increase the cost and leave sewage treatment vulnerable to fuel shortages.
The German development bank KfW has funded the $20 million rehabilitation of an older sewage plant in Gaza, according to Jonas Blume, director of its West Bank office. Children make their way in sewage water in Mighraqa neighborhood on the outskirts of Gaza City, in April. A Danish group of artists plans to include brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El-Bakraoui, who detonated bombs in the deadly Brussels attacks in March, in the controversial show.
Foued Mohamed-Aggad, who blew himself up at Paris music venue Bataclan in November, is also to be in the exhibition partly inspired by Teheran's Martyrs' Museum to people killed in Iran's Islamic revolution and war with Iraq.
The installation will have the look of a museum, using images of the bombers, replicas of their belongings and plaques to explain who they were. Portraying international terrorists as heroes could push some people to "take the last step and join a terror organization," he wrote on Facebook. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for both the Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead, and the Brussels bombings, which killed 32. The Islamic State attackers will be featured in the installation alongside historical figures considered to have died for their cause, such as French heroine Joan of Arc and Greek philosopher Socrates, said Ida Grarup Nielsen of artist collective The Other Eye of The Tiger. The exhibit is scheduled to go on display from May 26 until June 10 in a former abattoir in Copenhagen's trendy Meatpacking District. A French appeals court on Monday upheld a four-year prison sentence against a maker of fraudulent breast implants that were given to tens of thousands of women worldwide from 2001 to 2010. The appeals court in the southern town of Aix-en-Provence found Jean-Claude Mas, 76, the founder and former owner of the French company PIP, guilty of aggravated fraud and fined him $86,000. The judges, upholding a 2013 lower court judgment, barred Mas from any job in the health sector and from running any company for life.
The implants of his company, Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, contained industrial-grade silicone instead of medical silicone and were prone to leakage. Alexandra Blachere, 38, president of a victims' association, said she feels relieved by the verdict, but that it was a "big disappointment for the victims" to see Mas walk free. More than 7,000 women victims of PIP breast implants filed complaints against Mas and his company in this case. Spain's King Felipe dissolved parliament on Tuesday and called a parliamentary election for June 26, the second in six months after an inconclusive ballot in late 2015 left its political landscape fragmented. The new ballot follows four months of fruitless coalition talks between Spain's four main parties, including the conservative People's Party of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, which won the most votes in December but lost its majority. Conducted against a backdrop of economic hardship and with a political elite tainted by corruption claims, the previous election marked the end of the dominance of the two traditional parties, the PP and the Socialists, that have governed Spain since its transition back to democracy in the mid-1970s. Their power base was eroded by the emergence of two newcomers, anti-austerity Podemos (We Can) and centrist Ciudadanos (Citizens). During a series of negotiations, the quartet of party leaders failed to bridge significant policy gaps, including how to manage the economy and how much autonomy to grant regional powerhouse Catalonia.
Opinion polls suggest the rerun may well also end in stalemate, and politicians are bracing for a rise in abstention among frustrated voters. Podemos may team up with the former communists of Izquierda Unida (United Left), which would help unite the vote on the left. The NATO alliance is considering establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry about Russian military assertiveness, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday. Carter said the allies are considering a rotational ground force of four battalions, which would mean about 4,000 troops. Carter said the idea of a separate rotational ground force is likely to be further discussed at a NATO meeting in June.
Russia has accused the US and NATO of returning to a Cold War mindset of mutual suspicion and military competition, even as it continues to buzz US ships and planes in the Baltics.
Speaking more broadly of US and NATO relations with Russia, Carter said Moscow has chosen to move away from integration with the West. At the same time, Carter said, the US is willing to "hold the door open if Russian behavior should change" and to work with Russia in areas where the two countries still have mutual interests, such with the Iran nuclear deal.
In his remarks en route to Stuttgart, Carter also called the buzzing of US Navy ships and aircraft in the Baltics "unprofessional," adding that it seems to be happening more frequently. On Monday, the Navy's top officer said the Russian actions in the Baltics are escalating tension between the two nations. The Defense Department said a Russian SU-27 conducted a barrel roll on Friday over a US Air Force RC-135 that was flying a reconnaissance mission above the Baltic Sea.
It was another first for the two countries since US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic rapprochement in December 2014, and comes weeks after Obama's visit to the Caribbean island. Carnival Corp's Adonia, a small ship carrying 700 passengers, slipped through the channel into Havana Bay in the morning under picture-perfect skies, then docked alongside the colonial quarter recently visited by Obama. The visitors fanned out on the city's restored streets for walking tours after an arrival ceremony featuring salsa and Afro-Cuban music, and lots of rum cocktails.
According to tour guides, some of the passengers were due to sample Havana's night life later at the world famous Tropicana cabaret. A Cuban rule prohibiting people born in Cuba from entering or leaving the Communist-ruled country by sea led to protests from exiles and almost delayed the cruise, before Cuba agreed to lift the ban. That unusual flexibility under pressure was itself a signal of change in Cuba, long scarred by memories of the seaborne, US-supported Bay of Pigs invasion and other acts of aggression from across the Florida Straits. Many Cubans have crossed the treacherous body of water on rafts and makeshift boats to reach the United States as exiles and migrants.
The Adonia was the first US-owned ship to sail to Cuba from the United States since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, Carnival said.
Arnaldo Perez, a Cuban-American who works as Carnival's general counsel, was the first to step off the ship, to handshakes and hugs from Cuban officials. Locals, some draped in the Stars and Stripes and the Cuban flag cheered as the ship glided in.
The passenger cruise ship Adonia arrives on Monday in Havana Bay, the first cruise ship to sail between the United States and Cuba since Cuba's 1959 revolution. Researchers said they believe they have located the wreckage of the Endeavour, a ship sailed by the famous British explorer James Cook, which was sunk off the United States during the Revolutionary War. A teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself while posing for a selfie with a loaded handgun held to his head, police said on Tuesday. The popular messaging service WhatsApp went down in Brazil on Monday as a state judge ordered it blocked nationwide for 72 hours amid a legal tussle over users' information. Authorities say Singapore has detained eight Bangladeshi workers on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their home country.
The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views. Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others' backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday. An elephant performs in its final show for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. He called elephants beloved members of the circus family and thanked the animals for more than 100 years of service. After Sunday's performance, the animals will live at Ringling's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, said Alana Feld, executive vice-president of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus. The Humane Society says more than a dozen circuses in the United States continue to use elephants.
Before Sunday's show, around half a dozen protesters stood outside, including one wearing a lion costume, to protest Ringling's use of animals.
Just as in the Disney movie Dumbo, elephants in the past have been dressed up as people and trained to do a range of tricks: play baseball, ride bicycles, play musical instruments, wear wedding dresses or dress in mourning clothes, said Ronald B. The change at Ringling signifies a shift in Americans' understanding of elephants, Tobias said. After tantalizing the northern Chilean desert with the promise of moisture, the mist evaporates in the sun, leaving the heat to bake the stark lunar landscape. But the South American country is researching how to use a technique called "fog harvesting" to collect this mist in large quantities and deliver it to communities that currently depend on water shipped in from the city in tanker trucks. Chilean researchers have patented a device resembling a large window screen to turn the mist into usable water. These fog harvesters are set up facing the wind, which blows the mist into myriad tiny black threads that crisscross them. Instead of passing through, the mist condenses on the polypropylene threads, slowly gathering into drops that eventually seep down into an awaiting container. The technique is basic but efficient: each window-sized device can collect 14 liters of water a day, said Camilo Del Rio, a researcher at the geography institute of Catholic University in Santiago.
The university runs a research center on fog harvesting in the northern city of Alto Patache. The technology has been exported to Spain, Nepal, Namibia and several other Latin American nations. The water tastes like rain, but must be treated for drinking because it contains minerals from the ocean and can harbor bacteria. The research center in Alto Patache comprises six white domes with a weather station, a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms - all of which run completely on harvested fog, which provides the facility with more than 200 liters of water a day on average. The Atacama Desert's dawn mist is produced by the intense solar radiation that hits the nearby Pacific, evaporating large volumes of water that is then carried inland by the region's strong winds.
When this moist air mass reaches the snowy peaks of the Andes mountains west of the desert, it cools and turns to a thick mist. The indigenous people native to the region call the mist camanchaca, which means "The Darkness" in the Aymara language. Massive forest fires sweeping across the north Indian state of Uttarakhand have killed at least seven people in recent weeks, and were threatening two tiger reserves, officials said on Monday.
After state firefighters were unable for months to put the fires out, the Indian government sent air force helicopters over the weekend to drop water on the blazes covering nearly 23 square kilometers of pine forests.
Motorists had to negotiate fire and heavy smoke at Godkhyakhal near Pauri in Uttarakhand, India, on Sunday. There were dozens of fires burning on Monday, spreading unpredictably and threatening two major tiger reserves - Corbett National Park and Rajaji National Park - according to state forest officer Bhanu Prasad Gupta. Officials said the fires had been exacerbated by the year's dry weather, after two consecutive years of poor monsoon rains.
Since February, the blazes have spread to 13 districts destroying vast swaths of forest land across Uttarakhand, Gupta said. Authorities have detained four men for questioning on suspicions they started some fires in a bid to clear land for real estate development, according to Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar.
Wildlife conservation officials said the fire had caused severe damage to the ecosystem of the forests.
Two years of weak monsoon rains had left very little moisture in the atmosphere, "so a small fire can spread very fast," Unnwal said. Experts expect the number of wildfires, as well as the intensity of those fires, to increase as climate change brings warmer temperatures that dry up forest areas and exacerbate the drought. India is also struggling with the aftermath of the El Nino climate cycle, which has exacerbated drought conditions and could still weaken this year's monsoon, expected to begin in June. More than 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, these overcrowded dwellings are now admired as a unique - if disappearing - cultural phenomenon, featured on guided tours and discussed at academic conferences. The former imperial capital has even started up its own kommunalka festival run by a group of local artists.
She herself lives in one, a fairly small, three-room apartment which was among a few opened up to the public for this year's festival. Her "neighbor", 75-year-old Eduard Yemelyanov, has lived in the flat in the central Petrogradskaya district for 15 years. Communal flats became a mass phenomenon in Russia after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, when factory workers and peasants flocked to cities and were housed in spacious apartments of well-to-do families, who themselves were often relegated to a single room after the space was partitioned off to make room for others. In Saint Petersburg, renamed Leningrad by the Soviets, these flats were still used up to the 1980s, when they accounted for almost 40 percent of the apartments in the historic center. In Moscow, where the city center was massively rebuilt in the Soviet era, there were far fewer communal flats and practically none are left. After the end of the Soviet era, a new generation of wealthy Russians snapped up communal flats - often in an advanced state of disrepair - and paid to rehouse residents in small, individual flats in the suburbs.
In 2008, Saint-Petersburg authorities launched a program aimed at moving out all the inhabitants of communal flats - which can have up to 10 rooms - to bring an end to the Soviet tradition. In the following seven years, the number of such flats in the city of five million fell from 116,000 to 83,000, according to official figures. Today, many families who own rooms in communal apartment no longer live there themselves but rent them out to students, out-of-towners and migrant workers. Another kommunalka dweller, 39-year-old Anna Fyodorova, also opened her room with huge windows and a panoramic view of a central street to visitors for the festival. But she has to share a kitchen, bathroom and toilet with the 10 people living in the flat's seven other rooms. The small bathroom and toilet with old, worn fittings are at the end of a long, dark corridor along with the large kitchen where at least one neighbor can be found at any given time. With their country gripped by an economic crisis, Venezuelans lost half an hour of sleep on Sunday as their clocks were set forward to save power on President Nicolas Maduro's orders. At 2:30 am local time, the oil-dependent South American nation shifted its time ahead by 30 minutes - to four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
The move, announced in mid-April, is part of a package of measures the embattled socialist president is pursuing to cope with a crippling electricity shortage.
Maduro's government has also instituted four-hour daily blackouts across most of the country, reduced the public-sector workweek to two days and ordered schools closed on Fridays - adding to the woes of a nation already stuck in a crushing recession. The power cuts sparked riots and looting this week in Venezuela's second-largest city, Maracaibo. In announcing the time change, the government said 30 extra minutes of daylight at the end of the day would curb the use of lights and air conditioning, especially draining for the power grid. A video posted on Twitter showed the man charged with keeping the official time in Venezuela, Jesus Escalona, adjusting the atomic clock at the Cagigal Naval Observatory in Caracas. Maduro's late predecessor, Hugo Chi??i??vez, implemented the unusual half-hour time shift in December 2007, saying he didn't want children to have to walk to school in the dark. Maduro blames the power crunch on the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has unleashed the worst drought in 40 years, reducing the reservoirs at Venezuela's hydroelectric dams.
But the opposition says mismanagement is to blame for the power crisis as well as the recession and shortages. Speaking in a national broadcast on the eve of International Workers' Day, Maduro also decreed a 30-percent increase in the minimum wage.
The death of Guilio Regeni quickly poisoned ties between Egypt and Italy, where suspicions were high that Egyptian police - who have long been accused of using torture and secret detentions - snatched the 28-year-old and killed him. The claim was immediately dismissed by Italian officials as not credible, with some Italian media calling it an outright cover-up.
Now accounts from witnesses and family members interviewed by The Associated Press raise further questions about the official version of the March 24 shooting in a wealthy suburban enclave outside Cairo. But witnesses say the men were unarmed and tried to flee as police fired on them, and that afterward police confiscated footage from security cameras near the scene. The AP spoke to six witnesses in Tagammu al-Khamis as well as six relatives and lawyers of the slain men. Asked about their accounts, Interior Ministry spokesman Abu Bakr Abdel-Karim said he was not authorized to comment and referred questions to the prosecutor-general investigating the case. French and Turkish police fired tear gas at protesters as tensions erupted in both countries during May Day rallies on Sunday, while thousands marched across the globe for the annual celebration of worker's rights.
From Moscow to Madrid, workers chanted demands for higher wages, better conditions and more job security as many countries battle economic uncertainty and high unemployment. Police estimated some 17,000 protesters marched through the French capital for a rally riding a wave of anger against planned labor reforms set to come before parliament on Tuesday. The May Day rally was the second protest against the reforms in a week to descend into violence led by troublemakers known as "casseurs" (breakers) who actively seek confrontation with security forces.
While the government says it hopes the reforms will reduce chronic unemployment of about 10 percent, critics believe they threaten hard-won workers' rights by making it easier to lay off people in lean times. The government has already watered down the bill but this has failed to calm the anger among students and workers. In Istanbul, police clamped down on unauthorized protests at a time of particular tension after a succession of deadly attacks by suicide bombers this year in Turkey blamed on jihadists and Kurdish militants.


Around 25,000 police were on duty, cordoning off the central Taksim Square and releasing volleys of teargas and water cannon on those trying to make their way to the protest hotspot, an AFP photographer said. In the flashpoint area of Okmeydani, masked radical leftists threw Molotov cocktails and firecrackers at police and created burning barricades out of junk. The office of the Istanbul governor said that 207 people were detained around the city for trying to march on Taksim. Five Seattle police officers were injured and at least nine people arrested on Sunday night, after unruly demonstrators hurled projectiles and broke windows, authorities said. Mayor Ed Murray blamed the "senseless violence" in Seattle on a "different crowd" from those who had attended an earlier peaceful May Day immigration march.
In posts on social media website Twitter, the Seattle police department said one officer had suffered a cut to the head as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails, another was hit by a rock, and a third officer was bitten, apparently by a protester. Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired US outcome.
At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic State group, US Secretary of State John Kerry has appealed once more to Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov for assistance in containing and reducing the violence, particularly around city of Aleppo. In Geneva, Kerry met with Judeh and was to meet UN envoy Staffan de Mistura and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday before returning to Washington.
But Lavrov was not expected to be in Geneva, complicating Kerry's efforts to make the case directly to the Russians for more pressure on their Syrian government allies to stop or at least limit attacks in Aleppo.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday he is committed to building all of a new Australian submarine fleet in Australia, apparently contradicting the French contractor who said last week the deal would create jobs in France.
Four new photographs of Britain's Princess Charlotte playing at her family's country home were released by the royal family on Sunday to mark her first birthday. With "Holy Fire" and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.
Britain's foreign secretary met Cuban officials on Thursday on the first such visit to the island since 1959, for talks on boosting trade and tourism ties with the island.
Philip Hammond's trip comes a month after US President Barack Obama's historic visit to the Caribbean nation, which is opening up to warmer ties with its old Cold War rivals. Hammond said in Havana that he was "the first UK foreign secretary to visit Cuba since the revolution" in 1959. His visit also follows meetings in recent months between Cuba's President Raul Castro and other top officials and leaders from the European Union. Hammond met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez and signed several cooperation agreements with other government officials. Hammond said he wanted "enhanced bilateral cooperation underpinned by increased trade, increased investment and more tourists coming to Cuba" from Britain.
Britain was the second-biggest source of foreign tourists to Cuba last year after Canada, with 160,000 Britons making the trip, he said.
His ministry said earlier that he would sign a "bilateral agreement restructuring Cuba's debt to the UK," but Hammond did not comment about that during his news conference later in Havana. He also met with representatives from Cuban civil society and the British business community in Havana, the Foreign Office said. In March, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini became the highest-ranking EU official ever to visit Cuba when she traveled to Havana.
She signed a deal to normalize relations with Cuba, including an agreement on human rights.
Hammond's office said he, too, would broach the sensitive topics of human rights and social and economic reform in Cuba. Britain in 2010 launched a drive to strengthen its ties with Latin America and also backs the EU agreement with Cuba.
Britain wants to "strengthen a bilateral dialogue where we're able to raise issues of concern to both sides in the spirit of free and open discussions", he added. British direct exports to Cuba - mostly dairy, pharmaceuticals and machinery - increased by nearly a third last year to the equivalent of about $36 million, Hammond said.
Indirect trade via companies based in third countries made the total even bigger, the British embassy in Havana added. The growth in trade coincided with the historic rapprochement between Cuba and the United States after 50 years of enmity stemming back to the Cold War. Analyzing the current mass bleaching event ravaging the Great Barrier Reef, researchers from the ARC Center of Excellence for Climate System Science found the effects of human-induced climate change had added one-degree Celsius of warming to the ocean temperatures.
But should greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, this extreme temperature will become the new normal within 20 years and cause similar mass bleaching events every two years, the as-yet unpublished findings show.
That spells death for large swathes of the Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching recovery rates are being overwhelmed by more frequent and severe mass bleaching events. Though the research is yet to be peer reviewed, the scientists took the unprecedented step of releasing their results early due to the grave nature facing the Great Barrier Reef from inaction. Coral reefs are one of the most important and productive marine ecosystems that the world depends on for tourism and fisheries sustainability. Coral bleaching occurs when stress such as heat caused the animal to expel the symbiotic algae, loosing vital nutrients and energy reserves, thus color, leading to the wide scale loss of productive habitats for fish.
Recent research suggests corals with high levels of fat or other energy reserves can withstand annual bleaching events, which is critical to predicting the persistence of corals and their capacity to recover from more frequent events resulting from climate change.
South African President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009, a judge said on Friday, piling further pressure on the embattled leader. A sizzling heat wave has claimed more than 300 lives in India, and officials have forbidden daytime cooking in some areas to prevent fires that have killed nearly 80 others.
Three people were killed and 25 wounded when rebel-fired mortars hit a mosque in Aleppo as people were leaving Friday prayers, the Syrian state news agency SANA said on Friday The mosque was in the government-held Bab al-Faraj area of Aleppo.
A helicopter with 13 people on board crashed off western Norway on Friday, with rescue workers saying there was no sign of survivors but that the search was going on. A 94-year-old former SS sergeant has told a German court he is "ashamed" that he served as a guard in the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp and that he knew what was going on there but did nothing to stop it. Albania's governing Socialist Party says it has sued former prime minister Sali Berisha for calling on citizens to arm themselves. It's a big day for nine-year-old Nepali schoolgirl Riddhima Shrestha and her three-year-old sister, Ishita, as they dress up in silk brocade and gold jewellery, preparing to wed a Hindu god.
The two sisters are among dozens of girls taking part in the "ihi" or "bel bibaha" ceremony - a coming-of-age ritual practised by Kathmandu's indigenous Newar community, whose customs combine elements of Hinduism and Buddhism.
The two-day ceremony, usually held several times a year in the capital's historic durbar (royal) square, sees pre-pubescent girls "marry" the Hindu deity, Vishnu, symbolized by the local "bel" fruit. The centuries-old custom is believed to protect girls from the stigma of widowhood by ensuring that a Newari woman's first husband - the god - will inevitably outlive her mortal spouse. During the ceremony, girls hold the bel fruit, also known as a wood apple, in one palm and touch a statue of the god with the other, symbolically giving Vishnu their hand in marriage.
The girl's parents also secure their place in heaven by performing "kanyadaan" - the practice of giving away one's daughter in marriage - according to the priests who conduct the ceremony. After the rituals end, with gifts for the bride followed by a feast for family and friends, it's back to school for third-grader Riddhima, who is the first of her classmates to go through the ceremony.
The Supreme Court of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Friday sentenced a Republic of Korea-born US citizen to 10 years of hard labor for alleged subversion and espionage activities. Kim Dong-chul, who was born in 1953 in Seoul and emigrated to the United States in 1972, was charged with plotting to subvert the DPRK system, slandering the supreme leadership of the country and gathering state and military secrets. Running a trade company in Rason, a special economic zone in the DPRK, Kim started espionage in 2013 after coming into contact with several people from the ROK who tasked him with collecting top party, state and military secrets of the DPRK, including its nuclear facilities, nuclear tests and photographs of warships at repairing factories, according to the prosecutor.
The ROK citizens from whom Kim took orders included a correspondent of Donga Daily, an official with the ROK's Ministry of Unification and a professor at Seoul National University, said the prosecutor. He was also accused of illegally buying a DPRK-made mobile phone in the capital city of Pyongyang via his local employee and providing the phone to the ROK. Kim received donations from a Canadian church, gave them to kindergartens in Rason and took pictures of the local children accepting the donations, according to the prosecution.
He was arrested on Oct 2, 2015 as he was receiving an SD card that contained photos of local markets in Rason and documents about the DPRK's nuclear programs from a local resident in Rason whom he had bought off, said the prosecutor.
Evidence was presented to the court including his passport, the SD card, a Nikon camera, a mobile phone he used to contact with the ROK citizens, text messages showing him receiving orders from them, documents handed over to him when he was caught, and pictures he had taken of military vessels.
The DPRK government has convicted a number of foreigners for anti-DPRK crimes in recent years, often making them publicly confess their actions before trying them in court.
In March 2016, US student Otto Frederick Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for taking down a political slogan from a hotel in Pyongyang. In December 2015, the Supreme Court sentenced ROK-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim to lifetime labor. A young man poses as a sleazy, bejeweled politician in a white suit, sitting atop a white horse surrounded by hordes of bodyguards while promising jobs and prosperity to the voters.
Luka Maksimovic and his friends started out to have fun, but the young pranksters have become a sensation - and have been elected to office - after finishing second in a local vote in a rundown industrial town in central Serbia.
The success of the rookie citizens' group at last weekend's election in Mladenovac, outside Belgrade, seems to reflect widespread disillusionment with politicians in crisis-stricken Serbia and the desire for new, young faces still untouched by the corruption that has plagued all aspects of the Balkan country's political scene. Maksimovic described his alter ego - Ljubisa Preletacevic Beli - as the worst possible version of a typical Serbian politician: He is loud and dishonest, owns a shady business and obeys no rules. During campaigning, Preletacevic parodied Serbia's political reality: bare-chested, he saved children from imaginary danger, posed with small animals in his arms, handed out forged university diplomas and promised healthier sandwiches than his opponents. The group's election list, dubbed "Hit it Hard - Beli," won 20 percent of the votes, or 13 out of 50 or so seats in the municipal council - behind the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Aleskandar Vucic's populist Progressive Party but ahead of all the opposition parties in Mladenovac.
The future council members from the list include Preletacevic and Sticker, but also independent activists determined to change the situation in their town and serve as a control mechanism for the work of the local authorities. Draza Petrovic, editor of the liberal Danas daily and a satirical columnist, said the happenings in Mladenovac show that citizens increasingly have been turning to irony and satire as a form of opposition to the dismal reality of their everyday lives. Amid Serbia's recent economic crisis, Mladenovac has turned from an industrial hub into a worn-out town, where many of the 20,000 residents have been left without jobs after factories closed one after another.
Out in the streets, Mladenovac citizens laugh and wave as a cheerful, blue-eyed Preletacevic walks the town in his white suit, his hair bundled on top of his head. Luka Maksimovic, who assumed the character of a bejeweled politician in a white suit during municipal elections, walks with his associates through the green market in the town of Mladenovac, outside Belgrade, Serbia, on Tuesday.
Dozens of gawkers stood upwind of the carcass on Tuesday, examining it, marveling at it, and of course taking selfies with it. Its enormous tongue was so swollen that it bulged out of its mouth like a giant black balloon. Authorities said on Wednesday the rotting carcass of the 30-ton gray whale would be cut up and trucked to a landfill. By now you’ve heard at least a few people suggesting that ignoring your ex boyfriend is the way to get him back. It may feel very tempting to tell your ex boyfriend that you’ll be ignoring him just so you can see his reaction, but avoid doing this. Make a promise to yourself that you’re going to remove yourself from his life for a set number of weeks, and then follow through.
While you’re ignoring your ex boyfriend you need to do something to keep yourself busy and occupied.
Improve yourself in every way you know how and your ex boyfriend is bound to take a second glance when you two do reconnect in the future.
The only basic thing to understand about men is that they can easily become addicted to the things that are just out of their reach. The positive changes you make in your personality will make him want you even more than before, and eventually, he will be addicted to you and will surely want you back in his life. We broke up last week and this week he got his final exam results where he failed one subject and has to repeat it. My boyfriend broke up with me today , my birthday I really want to try the No contact Rule , im in so much pain im just afraid that if he does contact me again ill answer and run back to him . Thing is, he tried to stay in contact with me every day, posting funny pictures when I write a status on Facebook. Hello Gillian, so I’ve recently come out of a little toxic relationship where all we did was argue over stupid silly things. Thank you so much Gillian for your kind words, I hope distance will help, rather then losing our memories. I do wonder if no contact completely would be better he seems to treat this girl better and take her out and think even told his family about her so I worry that maybe it’s serious and the more I’m there trying to get him back he might just see me as a back up? I always wonder if he likes this girl more since he seems to have told people about her and early on and takes her out. Thank you so much for the words, it really reassures me, as he isnt’t mature enough to communicate clearly what is going on through his head. Thank you so much, I hope this works I love him very much,he even let me meet his daughter which I’ve been the first gf to do so since he and the babies mother split up.
His family loves me, and his mom wants me to continue coming over, she even gets mad at him and tells him off if he treats me bad or does something stupid. Is he just saying this because he feels bad for being a jerk, or because he really does love me? Hi Confused – It sounds like both you and your boyfriend have a lot to shoulder at the moment.
I then wrote him a few messages after that that next day since we were supposed to skype ,and he got angry, saying that I hound him.
I did stand up for myself last night, but he managed to pull me back in today in his web by saying “Oh you’re ignoring me? Advisory firms often focus on training their sales reps and ensuring that advertising and web campaigns target appropriate customers. Changes to forms 1099-R and 5498 that require IRA custodians to disclose hard-to-value assets in IRAs could lead to the Internal Revenue Service increasing its enforcement of required minimum distributions. Present bias, or spending money now rather than saving, and failing to appreciate the power of compounded earnings has cost retirement savers $1.7 trillion.
A lawsuit alleging that Edison International improperly favored high-fee funds for its 401(k) plan has been rejected by 9th U.S. The Security and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee wants the regulator to mandate that standard fees be disclosed--in actual dollar amounts--on customer account statements.
Morgan Stanley is building a help desk with more than 10 staffers who will answers questions from financial advisors about complying with the new retirement fiduciary rule. Even though markets have been calm recently, the large equity selloff in the second half of 2015 and in the early portion of 2016 illustrates how quickly investor sentiment can sour.
Robo-advisor Betterment has raised another $100 million in venture capital and plans to use the funding to build out additional advice products. The registered investment advisor community is quickly growing as clients increasingly prefer working with advisors who comply with the fiduciary standard, says Bill Van Law, president of Raymond James’s Investment Advisors Division. Advisors with the Certified Financial Planner distinction tend to have higher levels of trust among clients and earn, on average, 20% more than other advisors, according to a study funded by the CFP Board of Standards and conducted by the Aite Group. The Securities and Exchange Commission has created the office of Risk and Strategy to focus on examining investment advisors and mutual funds. Many Americans nearing retirement age are pursuing careers with a charitable or civic service nature, which is creating opportunities for financial planners. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to shift resources from broker exams to advisor exams has been driven by necessity, says Marc Wyatt, director of the examinations office. Among black working-age households, 62% have no savings in retirement accounts, while only 37% of working-age white households lack such savings, according to a National Institute on Retirement study. Individuals who are old enough to sneak past the recent termination deadline for using the file and suspend strategy that helps boost Social Security benefits are reportedly being told they are not allowed to use the strategy. A study of retirement assets during the 2000s has concluded that retirees in the top quintile of wealth have been spending substantially less than their savings allows for. Funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Futures Trading Commission would be doubled by 2021 under the budget recently proposed by President Obama. President Obama’s proposed budget includes provisions that would increase the number of Americans covered by employer-sponsored retirement plans by expanding the use of multiple employer plans. Bill McNabb, who is the chief of ETF giant The Vanguard Group is warning the industry that the large number of ETFs being launched could create problems for investors. The Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary standard could create a big increase in orphan accounts, which are accounts that end up being managed by home offices rather than by broker-dealers registered reps, says Paul Sankovich, chief compliance officer at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is investigating how robo advisors manage risk, says Dawn Calonge, surveillance director at the organization. Deena Friedman, who skippered the Fidelity Select Retail Fund to an 18.59% return in 2015, has been selected by Bloomberg as the stock picker of the year. Only one out of every five advisor recruits stays in the industry, but firms can take various steps to improve retention. The Securities and Exchange Commission has fined Everhart Financial Group nearly $240,000 and ordered the advisory firm to appoint a chief compliance officer after the regulator determined that the company was inappropriately recommending funds with 12b-1 fees for retirement plans. With weakening economic growth in China and other concerns driving market volatility, billionaire investor George Soros says capital markets currently remind him of conditions that existed during the economic crisis of 2008.
For financial advisory firms, implementing customer relationship management technology can be a high stakes and dicey undertaking. Galen Marsh, who as a Morgan Stanley advisor downloaded client data to his home computer without permission, has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution.
Retirement plan fees are falling as 401(k) participants increasingly embrace low-cost products. The proposed Department of Labor fiduciary standard could cost the financial industry in excessive of $2.4 billion in lost transaction revenues, which is more than double most estimates, says Morningstar Analyst Stephen Ellis. A small number of stocks including Amazon, General Electric, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook drove market gains in 2015. Having $30,000 in student debt can cut as much as $325,000 from 401(k) balances by the time an individual reaches retirement. Only 64% of advisors responding to a recent Russell Investments Financial Professionals Outlook survey have a positive outlook for capital markets over the next three years.
Online market gurus have been forecasting rapid growth of web surfers connecting to cyberspace with smartphones and tablets and a decrease in the use of desktops and laptops. Smart Beta exchange traded funds captured $3 billion in assets in October and $53.7 billion during the first ten months of this year, according to London-based research firm ETFGI.
Despite occasional articles about advisors stealing from clients, only 2% of individual advisors have reported criminal charges such as felony convictions or investment related misdemeanors, according to an analysis of industry data by Big Crunch.
Morgan Stanley advisors who land clients that need cash management services next year can receive bonuses up to $50,000.
Susan Elizabeth Walker, 51, of Plymouth, Minnesota, has been sentenced to more than seven years in the slammer after being found guilty of stealing $1.1 million from at least 24 clients. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning regarding outsourced compliance programs based on deficiencies that it has uncovered during examinations. Providing low-cost tax return preparation to generate financial planning prospects is just one of a variety of successful strategies. During the past year, daily equity market declines and gains exceeding 1% have been common, with investor sentiment quickly changing based on the prevailing outlook for the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. File and suspend, which allows one member of a couple to receive a spousal benefit from Social Security while both spouses’ benefits continue to accrue, would be terminated under the budget bill that was recently passed by the House of Representatives. Mounting levels of student debt and declining home ownership among younger people means that many recent college grads will have to work to age 75 before retiring. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards should be raising the requirements to become a certified financial planning.
Periodically adjusting asset allocations based on expected returns of different asset classes can generate better returns than traditional target date funds, according to back testing completed by Grantham, May, van Otterloo.
Boston-based startup firm Gradifi has launched the Student Loan Paydown Plan, which allows business to make payments toward their employees’ student debt. Impact investors, or those investors seeking to invest in a socially responsible manner, don’t have to sacrifice returns to stay true to their calling, according to a new Wharton School study. In the next five years, private wealth is estimated to grow from approximately $14 trillion to $22 trillion. Traditional advisors can compete with robo-advisors by being prepared to answer tough questions about fees, understanding what services clients value, expanding their referral networks, and clearly articulating the range of services they provide. Advisors should ensure that female clients can find financial planning documents, such as life insurance policies in the event that they outlive their husbands. Advisors need to address frequently overlooked aspects of their digital branding to ensure that their reputation and marketing are assets rather than liabilities. The Department of Labor is moving forward with a rule change intended to help states start retirement plans without running afoul of regulations included in the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act.
Financial services firms are awaiting a list of products that the Department of Labor may restrict from being used in IRAs as part of its fiduciary standard rule. Investors younger than 40 ramped up stock purchases on August 24 when the market tanked 1,000 points at the open, according to Robinhood, which is a stock trading app that is frequently used by Millennials. The Social Security Administration says it will provide retroactive spousal benefits to same-sex couples that were married in states that previously didn’t recognize such matrimonial unions, according to attorneys for plaintiffs. Many advisors may cringe when conversations suffer from akward silence, but such moments can lead to more productive conversations.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says he will continue to push for a fiduciary standard for retirement plan advisors even though Republicans and moderate Democrats are concerned that the rule could harm low-income individuals. Advisors need to understand the complex emotions that can accompany sudden wealth in order to best serve their clients. While blissful couples pledge to stay married until death, the reality is that approximately 50% of marriages inthe U.S. Collecting Social Security early can help retirees assess how much they can spend because the payments are consistent. The annual household savings rate climbed to 5.5% last year, up nearly a full percentage point from 2013. Advisors can engage their clients and strengthen relationships by using appropriate teaching styles for each investor’s preferred method of learning. May and June have been tough months for Bill Gross and his Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund with investors withdrawing $50 million from the portfolio during the period, according to Morningstar. The Securities and Exchange Commission recently awarded a whistleblower $3 million for information that helped the regulator crack a complex case of fraud. Advocates of the fiduciary requirement for retirement investment advisors have delivered a petition with 230,000 signatures to the Department of Labor to urge the regulator to support the proposed standard. Industry trade groups are proposing legislation that would require retirement planning advisors to serve in the best interest of clients rather than comply with the Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary standard, says Steve Saxon, chairman of Groom Law Group.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling shooting down state bans on same sex couples, financial planners should be ready to take a variety of estate planning actions with gay clients. In a lawsuit, San Antonio player Tim Duncan is alleging that his former financial advisors, Charles Banks, failed to disclose his own interest in investments that eventually lost $20 million for the superstar.
But some tourists in recent weeks have struggled to find even a single jellyfish, prompting at least one tour operator to suspend its trips.
He said the adult jellyfish have pretty much died out completely, while some juveniles remain. He said in a statement that rainfall in the area over the past four months was the lowest in 65 years, but that there remained enough polyps, which produce jellyfish, to ensure the population could eventually recover. Governor Adachi wrote that the lack of rain had reduced runoff into the lake, which had affected the tiny plants and animals the jellyfish consume.
It added: "The golden jelly population could be on the verge of crashing" to the point where there were no more swimming about the lake.


Part of a UNESCO World Heritage area, the saltwater lake has long been a source of wonder for tourists, who have delighted in snorkeling among the millions of golden jellyfish which can fill the water as thick as corn chowder. The city ordered an audit, which found misuse or unexplained uses of some of the festival's budget, and filed a complaint against festival director Lee Yong-kwan. For the past 20 years, moviegoers and industry officials have watched Busan, hoping to discover Asia's next-generation Wong Kar Wai or Ang Lee. The city approved a 6 billion won ($5.2 million) sponsorship for this year's festival, level with last year. They aren't protests against healthcare, they aren't protests against the lack of financial support," Dutton told a news conference in Canberra. She appeared dehydrated, and with no visible physical injuries," the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement. The Kenyan capital had almost 3.5 million people in 2011, about a third bigger than a decade earlier, according to UN figures. In 2007, a sewage reservoir overflowed in a village in northern Gaza, drowning five people. Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade of Gaza since Hamas, an Islamic militant group committed to Israel's destruction, seized power in 2007. He said the facility, meant to treat about one-fifth of Gaza's sewage, would already be operational if it had a reliable power supply.
Electricity from neighboring Israel and Egypt help alleviate the shortages, but usually there are only six to eight hours of power each day.
He said foreign donors, including the United States, have promised to pay for a dedicated 3-megawatt electricity supply to the plant, but Israel so far has not consented.
He said the plant will also have solar panels, but they will only generate a fraction of the needed power. If the convicted offender appeals Monday's ruling to France's highest court, he will be spared from serving out the sentence until a final ruling is returned. That may pose a strong challenge to the Socialists, which came second in the December vote. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti is to replace Air Force General Philip Breedlove, who has frequently and publicly cautioned that Russia poses a potential threat to European stability. That would be in addition to, and separate from, a recently announced unilateral US decision to send a US armored brigade of about 4,200 troops to Eastern Europe next February. There were some cruises from the United States to Cuba under President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, however. The ship was scuttled in 1778 leading up to the Battle of Rhode Island between American colonists and the British, and was part of a blockade during the Revolutionary War.
Ramandeep Singh, 15, pulled the trigger while taking the picture with his smartphone at his home in Pathankot city in Punjab state, said Inspector Bharat Bhushan. WhatsApp's estimated 100 million Brazilian users suddenly found they were unable to send or receive messages in the early afternoon after Marcel Maia Montalvao, a judge in the small, remote northeastern state of Sergipe, ordered the suspension. The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday that the eight construction and marine workers were detained last month for allegedly being part of the group Islamic State in Bangladesh and are currently under investigation.
Elephants will no longer be part of the circus act, and will be sent to an elephant sanctuary in the US state of Florida to live out the rest of their lives. An elephant carried a performer holding an American flag then stood at attention as the song ended. Its herd of 40 Asian elephants, the largest in North America, will continue a breeding program and be used in a pediatric cancer research project. Dozens of cities have banned the use of bullhooks - used to train elephants - and some states are considering such legislation. Other countries collect water with the same principle, but using trees to gather the condensed moisture. Indian military helicopters began spraying water over the burning forests in Uttarakhand on Sunday morning. More than 530 hectares of the Rajaji and Corbett tiger reserve had been destroyed by the fire, adversely affecting animals and birds in the area. A leftover from the Soviet era, the communal flat or kommunalka with bathroom and kitchen shared by a dozen or so residents is very much alive in Russia's historic city of Saint Petersburg. Wearing an undershirt and baggy shorts - "just like every day" - he happily spoke with visitors. There is a corner fireplace - no longer functioning - and stunning, 3.5 meter-high ceilings.
Egyptian officials - as high up as the president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a national address - have denied any police role, but in the months since the slayings, the Italian government has hiked the pressure for answers. Egyptian police announced they had killed a gang of five Egyptian men they said specialized in kidnapping and robbing foreigners and, while searching the gang leader's sister's home, came upon Regeni's passport.
Even the editor-in-chief of Egypt's top government newspaper, Al-Ahram, wrote that Egyptian authorities had to get serious about uncovering the truth and that such "naive stories" about Regeni's death were only hurting the country.
The Interior Ministry said security forces hunting for the gang stopped their minibus and the men opened fire on them, prompting a gunbattle in which all five were killed. The men's relatives say they were house painters merely heading to a job in the suburb, Tagammu al-Khamis, when they were killed. No video footage from the shooting has emerged, so their accounts could not be independently verified. The Italian graduate student vanished after leaving his apartment on Jan 25, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. The charges, relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, were dropped by the chief state prosecutor in a move that cleared the way for Zuma to be elected president.
The eastern state of Bihar banned cooking between 9 am and 6 pm after accidental fires exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather swept through shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages and killed 79 people.
SANA also said there were more deaths and injuries from rebel mortar attacks which hit the Bab al-Faraj and al-Midan quarters of Aleppo on Friday.
The chopper was transporting workers from a North Sea offshore oil field when it crashed around midday near the shoreline off the coast of Bergen, Norway's second biggest city. So far we have not seen any sign of survivors," Sola rescue center spokesman Anders Bang Andersen told reporters. Reinhold Hanning told the Detmold state court on Friday that he had never talked about his service in Auschwitz from January 1942 to June 1944, even to family, but wanted to use his trial as an opportunity to apologize. The request was handed to the prosecutor general's office on Friday, according to lawmaker Taulant Balla.
He was charged with attempts to overthrow the DPRK government and undermine its social system under the guise of conducting religious exchanges over 18 years. The English translation would be something like "Switchover" - suggesting that he switches political parties easily for personal gains. Seaweed still dangled from its mouth, and only a few patches of grey-black skin were left on the body, which was a light beige color from the fat underneath. His male pride is going to take over and he’s going to see your behavior as a sign of personal rejection. This may involve taking a short vacation with a friend – think of it as a girl’s weekend away or perhaps you can focus on a venue closer to home and spend the day at a spa being pampered and cared for.
A great way to do this is to pack up all the clothing items you haven’t used in over a year and donate them to charity or drop them off at a consignment shop.
If you don’t take the right steps in the days and weeks following the break up, you will lose the man you love forever.
So don’t force him to love you and simply become unavailable for him, and focus your attention in improving yourself and your personal life. Iv not contacted him since last thursday, but my mom has contacted him and his mom…but i havent.
I know that you likely don’t feel like celebrating, but remember above all else that you need to take care of yourself.
He hasn’t been clear with me, I know he cares for me a lot, and is always scared that I will meet someone else or leave him (as we are in a long distance relationship). At first my ex was extremely over protective and obsessive as he had been hurt by other women before. Been trying my absolute best until I failed miserably at the no contact rule which led me to his house wanting answers?!!! Its November and I’ve mangled to slowly move on, until he decided to add my little sister on Facebook. I did keep texting a bit during the first week and he ignored then tried 2 weeks later texting he ignored.
You may not realize how many women in your position don’t think twice about jumping back into bed with an ex boyfriend in an effort to get his attention again.
You can’t do anything right in his eyes at this point so the best thing is to do nothing. I don’t know how you interpret that he is crazy about me (please advise) I hope he is… but it looked as if he is the one who hates me, and is projecting?
When a man is completely and utterly done with a woman and he wants the relationship to be over, he just stops talking to her. I also am reading the the other threads of the other girls writing here, and it is crazy how similar we are.
Internally he wants you to beg for him to come back yet if you did that, he’d likely push you even further away. Part of being in a healthy relationship is supporting the other person through the good times and the bad. A few days ago he called finally to day he missed me and loved me (he even called 9 times in that day until he reached me…). Those include services on its 401(k) platform and additional features for use by financial advisors. Now, recent data suggests the use of such portable devices has exploded, which underscores the need for advisors to ensure that their websites are well equipped to handle smartphone and tablet traffic.
Instead, it is making it easier to obtain the credentials, writes Rick Kahler, who is president of financial planning firm Kahler Financial Group. During that period, furthermore, women are expected to control two-thirds of private wealth.
La Placa and a handful of other team members that collectively manage $3 billion in assets have left the San Francisco office of Deutsche Bank to start their own firm. The news is being celebrated by PC users who are hoping that the operating system will eradicate many of the frustrating issues with Windows 8 that have led to sharp criticism of Microsoft. Lee, whose term ended in February, is under investigation for allegedly providing 474 million won ($416,800) as commission fees to brokers without proper documentation. Under Australia's hard line immigration policy, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach Australia after paying people smugglers are sent for processing to camps on Nauru, which holds about 500 people, and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. So just imagine everything that I'm feeling right now," said Garcia as she stepped off the boat and entered Cuban territory for the first time since childhood. They included a voyage by the Greek-owned MS Daphne that took a group of jazz musicians, led by Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, from New Orleans to Havana in 1977. It now appears to have been located by the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project at one of nine sites containing 13 ships. He died in a hospital in the nearby city of Ludhiana late on Sunday due to his head injuries. The outage marked the latest chapter in a dispute between Brazilian law enforcement and Facebook, which bought WhatsApp in 2014. It said they were arrested under the city-state's Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial in cases where public safety is threatened. PT Barnum added the African elephant he named "Jumbo" to "The Greatest Show on Earth" in 1882.
A few minutes later, six elephants entered the ring, each holding the tail of the one in front of her.
Major forest fires raged across the region, where some 5,000 workers were engaged in extinguishing the blaze.
A number of other family members have been arrested, and their lawyers say they have not been allowed to see investigators' reports on the shooting. A series of visits to the forensic agency, security headquarters in Cairo and the Tagammu al-Khamis police station were also unfruitful.
Speaking at a parliamentary session last week, Berisha accused the government of having links to crime gangs and urged Albanians to get weapons to protect themselves. Consider any man you’ve ever known in your life be it your ex boyfriend, your brother, a friend or even your father.
Visiting the salon to get a new haircut and color can also chase away the blues and give you a new and fierce outlook on life. When he hears about the good time you are having with your friends, he will remember the good times he had with you.
When my boyfriend and I first broke up many years ago (he’s my husband now) I was very panicked.
Your boyfriend is obviously confused and that confusion is translating into a lot of mixed signals with you. He had to see me every day without fail, The ball was always in my court it was him always wanting me and obsessing over me. You two have shared so much and it sounds as though you’ve been such a strong, and positive influence in his life. Its November 2013 and I’ve managed to move on, little by little, until he decided to add my little sister on Facebook. If you pull back and allow him to experience his life without you, it will help him see how deeply he really does care for you.
The fact that he wanted you to meet his daughter speaks to how serious he viewed the relationship. Many men believe that they’ll be able to get over an ex girlfriend in the blink of an eye but actually come to realize how much they love her after the relationship has ended. My also told me i was the most important ex he had, and that he wanted to grow old with me, and his family loved me (especially his mother). I asked him about it & he say he just wanted to spend as much time with my mother as possible. This stems from a recent depression I’ve had because of the death of my sibling two months ago. The loss of a sibling is a burden that no one should have to face but since you have had to deal with it, your boyfriend should be more understanding. I know it seems drastic but it does send a very clear message to him that you’re tired of everything. If you throw into the mix the occasional premature death of a spouse, then it becomes clear that a substantial portion of advisors’ married clients are likely to become single. The ship, which Cook sailed in the Pacific Ocean, passed through a number of hands before eventually being renamed the Lord Sandwich and used in the blockade. The ministry said the suspects had intended to join IS in Iraq and Syria as foreign fighters but discovered that it would be difficult to make their way there.
Parliament has suspended Berisha for 10 days, prompting his opposition Democratic Party to boycott Parliament. Chances are very good that you’re going to receive at least one text message or call from him asking how you are.
This is detrimental in so many ways and you need to address it before your physical or emotional health suffers. You have to have a grasp on the male psychology that is at work in your ex boyfriend’s mind and you have to understand exactly what to do and say to get him to want you back.
It will not be long before he notices a large void in his life and realize that it used to be filled by you. You don’t want to open the door to him rejecting you again which is exactly what would happen if you offered a supportive shoulder and he ignored you or turned you down. I knew logically that avoiding him was the best route for me to take, but my heart wasn’t going along with that plan.
He did however try to call yesterday and wrote me a text that he is sorry he is very down lately, but that I pushed him away a lot. The only reason I’d give for her to unfriend him is if he begins asking too many questions about you. 4 weeks in he texts me but it was a hookup message but I responded the next day asking if he was drunk he just said yeah and said sorry and we spoke a little. The next time he has a crisis, tell him kindly that you’d like to help but you already have your hands full with your own issues.
I don’t know what I did to convey that I hate him, after my long love notes and my desperation of talking to him!? He sends me text saying how do you feel when you wake up and know you had a good man and played him? If he comes to your house, talk to him but the moment he insults you or starts blaming you for things going wrong, tell him to leave. Men are very good at this and it’s always a clear sign that the relationship has no future if he drops off the face of the earth.
He is worried about your perception of his which suggests that he still cares deeply for you. Men don’t understand how callous it can be when they post updates about how great things are when their ex girlfriend is nursing a broken heart.
He says I pushed him away and because of that he’s not sexually attracted to me anymore. All of these thoughts will cause him to miss you and have second thoughts about the breakup. I would promise myself that I’d do no contact in the morning and by late afternoon I was falling all over myself trying to get his attention either via phone, text, email or sometimes even in person. Before he met me he was a drug user and i literally changed his life got him off that scene and got him work and now he’s doing a degree and got his life on track. I told my sister to confirm him, & message him asking why he has added her, he said he didn’t mean to add her, he was just looking through her profile because she looked like me. This is a very subtle and sensitive way of telling him that your more important than him in your own mind. Unless things change dramatically between you two, getting back together right now isn’t going to work. You have to create some emotional distance between you and your ex boyfriend if you hope to get him to want you back.
But the last month I started being the jealous one and I started being over protective and the tables have now turned for the worst. There’s such a large void left when a relationship ends and we sometimes struggle to find ways to feel those emotional voids and so we obsess over our ex and all those wonderful moments we shared.
I definitely believe you’re advise would work and hopefully I stick to my guns xx Day 1- passed happy and feeling strong. But I can still text him normally I tried texting 1 week later then the week after that where I just told him I missed him.
You don’t want him to perceive you as a back up and the way to do that is to cut off all contact now. And when I get the chance to have a say so and upper hand I can lay down some rules and ask him what I can do to stop this on going accusations. Eventually those feelings of anger will subside and he’ll be overwhelmed with longing. He says he was going to call me when he got out of work & instead ends up speaking to one of his ex girlfriend from 6 years ago. You need to gain some distance from him and you also need to show him that you can move forward without him.
As hard as it might be for you the best advice I can offer is to pack up all of his belongings and ask him to come pick them up. Recently I received an email from a woman I had given advice to over a year ago – July of 2012 to be exact.
He recently started taking steroids to enhance his appearance (which he’s done before) and the mood this time has just switched instantly!
He still has feelings for you and the sad fact of life is that some men take months (or even years) to fully realize how much they love and need an ex girlfriend. In his mind he likely believes it’s just a matter of time before you leave him for someone else.
Since , he’s texted me goodnight, and goodmorning which he stopped doing after like a month into the relationship.
Although it’s a challenge to continue the no contact since you live so close to one another, do the best you can. I’ve been feeling better lately and I even planned a weekend getaway surprise, but then he broke up with me.
They actually become more intrigued if their ex girlfriend suddenly seems completely disinterested in them. I knew that if I used every bit of willpower that I had, that I could stop talking to him at least for that day. The mere fact that he has been pulling away for a few weeks tells me that he definitely does need space to sort through what he’s feeling. They had a picture together, 2 days after he untags himself off the picture & deletesit off his wall. Now that you know a bit about us, he always thinks I’m lieing, cheating , or that I have a mother man.
You say that you want him back and that you want him to change, but you can’t change him. This will give him the emotional room he needs to sort through what he’s feeling and also it will help him to get a sense of his life without you.
That decisive of a move on your part may very well be enough for him to realize that you aren’t going to patiently wait for him to come back to you. He ends up going to work then hours later I get a text saying we need to talk when you get back.
The ignoring thing has been working, but he lives 3 houses away, and gets mad at me saying Im avoiding him. If he still accuses you of things you’re not guilty of, it might be best to separate for a time and give him some room to think about things. If you can muster the strength to tell him this and then just walk away you will have the upper hand. I started crying & screaming, couldnt believe it was happening so then I end up speaking to him on the phone. You need to be in control of this situation and the only way to do that is to draw a line in the sand by saying you won’t put up with it anymore.
Then around 3AM i get a text saying listen im not breaking up with you its just i need some space we need space.
That his father kept pressuring him to have me move back & kept accusing him of things while i was at my familys house.



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