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  • New Orleans hotel collapse: Demolition of cranes delayed news

    A plan to use explosives to topple two giant cranes leaning precariously over a partially collapsed hotel has been delayed until Sunday, city officials said after determining the cranes were more damaged than previously thought. Fire Chief Tim McConnell said the latest delay was caused by the new assessment of the cranes. The Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of the historic French Quarter partially collapsed Oct. 12, killing three workers.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:46:02 -0400
  • Nestor heads into Georgia after tornados damage Florida news

    Nestor rushed into Georgia on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael. The storm made landfall on St. Vincent Island, a nature preserve just off Florida's northern Gulf Coast in a lightly populated area of the state, the National Hurricane Center said. Nestor is now expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to inland areas as it moves northeast across Georgia and then heads Sunday into the Carolinas before exiting into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:43:51 -0400
  • Yazidi doctor awarded for his work helping women calls for justice

    Yazidi families would not feel safe returning to their homes in Iraq until Islamic State militants accused of atrocities against the religious minority face justice, according to a doctor awarded on Saturday for his work with Yazidi women and children. Mirza Dinnayi, a Yazidi activist named the winner of the Aurora humanitarian prize for helping 1,000 Yazidi women and children seek medical treatment in Europe, said prosecutions were key to help the "completely traumatized" community. "Yazidis need to trust the authorities in Iraq in order to establish peace and make a process of reconciliation and transitional justice.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:42:38 -0400
  • UK's Johnson sends unsigned Brexit delay request to EU - source

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union on Saturday requesting a Brexit delay and a separate note saying that he did not want an extension, a British government source said. Johnson was required to ask for a Brexit extension beyond Oct. 31 until the end of January after he missed a deadline on Saturday to secure backing for a deal in parliament or support from lawmakers for leaving without a deal. The source said a third document was also sent to Brussels on Saturday, signed by Britain's top envoy to the European Union.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:23:30 -0400
  • The Latest: Nestor moves into Georgia with heavy rain news

    Nestor has begun moving through Georgia as a post-tropical cyclone that could bring isolated flash floods. The National Hurricane Center said Nestor's maximum sustained winds had decreased to about 40 mph (65 kph) as it reached the Florida-Georgia border Saturday afternoon. The storm is expected to drop 1 to 3 inches of rain in spots as it moves through Georgia and into the Carolinas on Sunday before exiting into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:21:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Soldiers, police and demonstrators clash in Chilean capital

    Soldiers in armored personnel carriers confronted demonstrators in one of Chilean capital Santiago's central squares on Saturday afternoon and shopping malls across the city were shut down as violent protests showed little sign of slowing. Burning barricades of tires and logs were set up along several main roads, a supermarket was set on fire and police fired tear gas and used water cannon on demonstrators throwing rocks and projectiles in "many locations," a police spokesman said. Children and elderly people came out in cities around the country, local media said, banging cooking pots and honking car horns in solidarity with the demonstrations, which started on Oct.7 over recent fare hikes on public transportation and have expanded amid generalized frustration over the high cost of living in one of Latin America's most developed economies.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 17:16:29 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    The world's first Ebola vaccine was recommended for approval by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "triumph for public health" that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on, a recent study suggests.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:59:51 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died on Thursday at age 98, state-run media said. "Alicia Alonso has gone and left an enormous void, but also an unbeatable legacy," President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in a post on Twitter. "She positioned Cuba at the altar of the best of dance worldwide.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:59:50 -0400
  • Nestor makes landfall in Florida, heavy rain and high winds expected news

    Post-tropical storm Nestor made landfall in Florida Saturday, and while it continues to lose steam, heavy rain and gusty winds are expected to impact parts of Southeast U.S. Nestor touched down on St. Vincent Island, near Apalachicola, around 2:15 p.m. ET. The storm is no longer a tropical storm and is now considered a post-tropical low-pressure system.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:35:00 -0400
  • SoftBank seeks to avoid WeWork's liabilities with new investment: sources news

    SoftBank Group Corp is attempting to become the majority owner of WeWork without assuming the onerous lease obligations of the U.S. office-space sharing firm, according to people familiar with the matter. SoftBank is offering a $5 billion financing lifeline that The We Company, the parent of New York-based WeWork, is assessing against a proposal by JPMorgan Chase & Co for a debt package of similar size from banks and institutional investors. WeWork could run out of cash as early as next month without new financing, sources have said, after the company pulled plans in September for an initial public offering (IPO).

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:19:37 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Azeri police release opposition party leader after detention

    Police in Azerbaijan have released the leader of the main opposition Popular Front, Ali Kerimli, after detaining him earlier on Saturday, Kerimli's party said on social media. The protesters have voiced a wide range of demands, including higher salaries for state employees and fair and independent elections in a country long accused by human rights groups and Western governments of a lack of transparency. Police detained Kerimli soon after he began walking to the venue of the protest rally in central Baku.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:08:27 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-EU sick of Brexit, but likely to grant an extension

    European Union chiefs are so fed up of Brexit that when they clinched a new divorce deal with Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week they did not want to entertain the need to delay Britain's departure beyond Oct. 31. After a call between Johnson and European Council President Donald Tusk on Saturday evening, an EU official made clear, however, that the bloc would not rush. "Tusk will on that basis start consulting EU leaders on how to react.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:52:34 -0400
  • Republican U.S. lawmaker, concerned at Ukraine comments, will not seek re-election

    Francis Rooney, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who expressed concerns about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, said on Saturday he would not run for a third term. "I don’t really think I want one (third term)" Rooney, of Florida, told Fox News.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:45:25 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-IMF chief pushes for 'peer pressure' to follow, fix global trade rules

    International Monetary Fund members discussed ways to increase "peer pressure" on countries to follow and improve global trade rules to reduce growth-sapping uncertainty, IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva said on Saturday. As IMF and World Bank annual meetings wound down, Georgieva told a news conference that members shared a view that reducing trade tensions would cut uncertainty and risks to growth. "In the discussions here, what we advanced was the understanding (of the need for) building more, if you wish, peer pressure, for everybody to play by the trade rule-book, and be willing to expand and improve this rule-book," Georgieva said.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:42:02 -0400
  • Nestor slows to post-tropical cyclone, makes Florida landfall

    Nestor was downgraded from a tropical storm, its sustained winds decreasing to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) as it reached Florida's St. Vincent Island, the National Hurricane Center said in an afternoon update. "There still is a threat of severe weather, with potentially a few tornadoes across the peninsula as we go through the afternoon and evening hours today," said meteorologist Andrew Orrison of the National Weather Service.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:33:04 -0400
  • Barcelona mayor pleads for violence in Catalonia to stop news

    The mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona pleaded Saturday for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists rocked Spain's second largest city for a fifth consecutive night. Barcelona does not deserve it," Mayor Ada Colau told reporters, adding that Friday's violence was the worst so far. Radical separatists have clashed with police every night in Barcelona and other Catalan cities following huge peaceful protests by people angered by Monday's Supreme Court verdict that sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison for their roles in a failed 2017 secession attempt.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:27:08 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Pompeo says U.S. committed to Afghan peace after deadly explosions

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday Washington remained committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan as police searched for bodies in the rubble of a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province where bomb blasts killed at least 69 people. "The United States remains committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan, and will continue to fight against terrorism," Pompeo said in a statement. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council, said the mosque, with a capacity of more than 150 worshippers at a time, was full of people when the bombs exploded.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:25:54 -0400
  • Police free nearly 150 from school in northern Nigeria

    Police said on Saturday they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse. It was the fourth such operation in a month and brings the total released from religious schools in northern Nigeria to more than 1,000. The raid will put more pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to take action on loosely regulated Islamic schools called Almajiris, which experts say teach millions of children across the mainly Muslim north of the country.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:04:19 -0400
  • Lost Pacific Crest Trail hiker rescued in snowstorm news

    Robert Campbell was thoroughly soaked, shivering, his wet sleeping bag covering him in the only shelter he could find -- a pit toilet in a closed campground -- after getting lost in a snowstorm in Oregon while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Campbell was saved on Friday by a search team from the local sheriff's department, who found his footprints in the snow. My sleeping bag and tent are just completely soaked and probably ruined and I have no dry clothes," Campbell said from a motel Friday night in Detroit, Oregon.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:02:44 -0400
  • Ocasio-Cortez throws her support to Bernie Sanders news

    At a rally Saturday in Queens, N.Y., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president official.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:57:07 -0400
  • UK PM Johnson says: I'll tell the EU that Brexit delay is not a solution

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to lawmakers on Saturday saying he would tell the European Union that a further Brexit delay was not a solution and that the bloc might well reject what he said was parliament's request for an extension. "I will not negotiate a delay with the European Union," Johnson said in the letter, Sky News reported.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:51:23 -0400
  • EU's Tusk says spoke to PM Johnson, awaits Brexit delay request

    European Council President Donald Tusk said on Saturday evening he spoke to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and was now awaiting a letter with a request to delay Brexit again. "Waiting for the letter," Tusk said on Twitter after Johnson lost a crucial vote on Brexit in the British parliament earlier in the day.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:47:49 -0400
  • REFILE-Evo or not, Bolivia faces uncharted waters ahead

    Bolivian President Evo Morales has steered South America's poorest country through an unprecedented period of political stability and economic prosperity since sweeping to power in 2006. Morales has defied term limits and the results of a national referendum to pursue a fourth consecutive term in an era-defining vote on Sunday that will determine if he extends his administration to 19 years, a move that has fueled protests and charges of creeping authoritarianism that he denies. "What's at stake this year, more than a political party that leans left or right, is our democracy," said Mariela Arana, a 25-year-old university student who says she worries Morales might never leave office if given another term.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:43:36 -0400
  • UPDATE 3-Trump, Lopez Obrador agree to take action to stem flow of weapons to Mexico

    Mexico's foreign minister said on Saturday that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed to take swift action to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the United States into Mexico, where a drug war is raging. Lopez Obrador told Trump on a phone call that he proposed "both countries use technology to close the border, to freeze the traffic of arms that is killing people in Mexico," Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:26:29 -0400
  • Artist uses 'historic' markers to raise climate awareness news

    New England is awash in historic markers, but a handful of plaques popping up in a New Hampshire town are different. Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that have yet to happen — part of an effort to draw attention to the potential effects of climate change. "The concept is to just really take that information that is on the websites and package it in a way to insert it into the landscape where people will bump into it," said Northeastern University's Thomas Starr, who came up with the project known as "Remembrance of Climate Futures." He has placed 11 plaques in Durham, New Hampshire, six in Essex, Massachusetts, and is planning to install some in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:05:03 -0400
  • REFILE-Women gather in Paris to protest against deadly domestic violence

    Hundreds of women took part in so-called "die-in" protests in central Paris on Saturday, hoping to draw attention to domestic violence against women. More than 120 women are believed to have been killed as a direct result of domestic violence in France so far this year according to local associations. Sandrine Bouchait, who heads a victims' association and whose sister was burned to death in 2017 by her partner in front of her seven year-old daughter, told Reuters Television the death toll was unacceptable.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:56:31 -0400
  • Israel, Russia, and the US are in a diplomatic standoff over a 26-year-old woman smuggling 9 and a half grams of marijuana news

    Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to 7.5 years of prison in Moscow, and negotiating her release is part of a bigger diplomatic dispute.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:54:26 -0400
  • Militants kill five in twin attacks on Burkina army outposts - army

    Four soldiers and one police officer have been killed in two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe army said on Saturday. Raids by Islamist militants as well as clashes between herding and farming communities have surged this year, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers. Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt beneath the Sahara, Burkina has suffered a homegrown insurgency for the past three years, which has been amplified by a spillover of jihadist violence from its chaotic neighbour Mali.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:46:00 -0400
  • Incredible video shows moment ‘hero’ school football coach disarms and hugs student with gun news

    Extraordinary footage has revealed the moment a ‘hero’ school security guard and football coach disarmed a student who had brought a gun to school to kill himself.Keanon Lowe took the gun off student Angel Granados-Diaz in a classroom and then hugged and consoled him before police officers arrived to take him into custody.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:45:13 -0400
  • The Latest: New Orleans delays plans to collapse 2 cranes news

    New Orleans officials say they must delay plans to topple two cranes that had been looming precariously over the ruins of a partially collapsed hotel. The delay comes a week after the shocking collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday that was being built near a corner of the city's historic French Quarter. People living and working near a corner of New Orleans' historic French Quarter are being told they should prepare to leave for several hours as preparations continue for a controlled explosion at a partially collapsed building.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:45:01 -0400
  • U.S., Mexican presidents agree to take actions to freeze flow of weapons to Mexico

    Mexico's foreign minister said on Saturday that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump agreed to take swift action to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the United States into Mexico. Lopez Obrador told Trump on a phone call that technology could be used to halt the flow of weapons, to which Trump responded that it was a "good idea," Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:32:46 -0400
  • Ireland warns any UK request for Brexit extension not straightforward

    Ireland's position remains that granting an extension to Brexit is preferable to Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal but there is no guarantee that view is shared throughout the bloc, its foreign minister said. "The Irish government position has always been that an extension is preferable to a no deal and I don't think that will change but this has to be a decision that is a collective decision by the European Council," Simon Coveney told Irish national broadcaster RTE on Saturday.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:25:52 -0400
  • 70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments news

    As many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. Concerned that as many as 70,000 victims may miss out on payments, attorneys filed court papers Friday to alert the bankruptcy judge that wildfire survivors — many still traumatized and struggling to get back on their feet — aren't aware of their rights to file a claim. "People really are overwhelmed and don't understand what they need to do," said Cecily Dumas, an attorney for the Official Committee of Tort Claimants, a group appointed by the court to represent all wildfire victims in the bankruptcy.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:09:01 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-What happens next after UK PM Johnson loses Brexit vote?

    Britain's parliament voted to withhold its approval of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Saturday, triggering another law that requires him to request a delay to the country's departure from the European Union. Johnson has been defiant that he will not negotiate a Brexit delay beyond the scheduled Oct. 31 departure date, saying the law does not "compel me to do so", deepening uncertainty over how and even whether Britain will leave the EU. The law, the so-called Benn Act after one of its authors, requires the prime minister to "seek to obtain" an extension until Jan. 31, 2020, if parliament has not passed a withdrawal deal or approved Britain's departure without an agreement by Oct. 19.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:06:47 -0400
  • EU sick of Brexit, but likely to grant an extension if asked

    European Union chiefs are so fed up of Brexit that when they clinched a deal with Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week they did not want to entertain the need to delay Britain's departure beyond Oct. 31.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:58:38 -0400
  • Exhibit on Jefferson's architecture weaves in slavery's role news

    As an architect, Thomas Jefferson envisioned buildings for a new republic — not old-world kings. The show, which opens Saturday in Virginia, offers another reckoning over the founding father's legacy and the role of enslaved Americans. The exhibit follows the nation's August commemoration of the 1619 arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:55:02 -0400
  • Salvini's right rallies in Rome to protest against Italy government

    Tens of thousands of supporters of Italy's right-wing opposition parties, spearheaded by Matteo Salvini's League which was ousted from power two months ago, gathered in central Rome on Saturday to protest against the new government. "This is the Italy that works and suffers, that dreams and hopes," said Salvini, who was deputy prime minister and interior minister in the previous coalition of the League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:47:27 -0400
  • U.S. President Trump calls Mexico's president to express 'solidarity'

    Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said on Saturday his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump called him to express his "solidarity" following an attempt to arrest a drug kingpin's son that prompted a wave of violence in the northwestern city of Culiacan. Cartel gunmen surrounded about 35 police and national guards on Thursday in the capital of Sinaloa state and made them free Ovidio Guzman, one of jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's dozen or so children, after his brief detention set off widespread gun battles and a jailbreak that stunned the country. "I received a call from President Trump expressing his solidarity following the events in Culiacan.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:43:53 -0400
  • Judge halts Atatiana Jefferson's funeral amid family dispute news

    At the request of the victim’s father, Marquis Jefferson, Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued the temporary restraining order Friday to postpone the funeral. The father claimed he had no control over his daughter’s funeral and burial arrangements, which were planned by Atatiana Jefferson’s aunt, Bonita Body. Marquis Jefferson, according to court documents, argued that, as the surviving parent and his daughter's heir, he should be the one planning her funeral.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:40:00 -0400
  • Canada's Trudeau, main rival exchange attacks as campaign grinds to an end

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing the loss of his Parliamentary majority in an election next week, traded attacks with his main rival on Saturday as a bad-tempered campaign entered the last few days. Images of him in blackface emerged last month, further hurting his Liberal Party ahead of the Oct. 21 election. The 47-year-old prime minister, his voice increasingly hoarse, said Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer would slash spending and rip up Liberal plans to fight climate change.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:30:30 -0400
  • Dirty tactics and awkward moments dominate Canada's meandering campaign

    In the absence of an overriding narrative, dirty tactics and awkward moments characterized Canada's official campaign, making it a bumpy ride into Monday's federal election. The fortunes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's media bus illustrate how things for the six competing parties have gone. Four years ago, Liberal leader Trudeau won a majority in parliament after embracing "change" as his campaign narrative after almost a decade of Conservative Party rule.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:20:23 -0400
  • Thai government survives key test with budget vote

    Thailand's coalition government, led by a former military junta leader, survived a key parliamentary challenge on Saturday after opponents abstained to let the first reading of its draft 2020 budget bill through. Defeat would have forced the government to either resign or dissolve parliament according to the constitution. The vote came after three days of debate and was a test for the 16-party coalition government that has a wafer-thin majority in the 500-member house.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:17:33 -0400
  • Europol says women 'equally capable of crime' as men as it reveals most-wanted list news

    Europol has revealed the names of Europe's most-wanted fugitives - and 18 of the 21 criminals on the list are women, warning they are “equally capable” of committing serious crimes as men. Called the "Crime has no gender" campaign, Europe's policing agency on Friday rolled out a new campaign to catch the continent's most wanted female criminals. "People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are and they are equally as serious as those committed by men," spokeswoman Tine Hollevoet said. The wanted suspects face a range of charges including murder, and human and drug trafficking. The interactive campaign first shows the suspects hidden behind spooky neon masks, before their faces are slowly revealed as viewers read the stories behind their crimes. For instance, the Czech Republic is seeking information about Iveta Tancosova, who was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison after a young girl was lured to England under the pretence she would work as a nurse. France is looking for Jessica Edosomwan, a Nigerian citizen who escaped after police raided a prostitution ring in the Lyon region in late 2007 and arrested 26 people. The ring exploited some 60 prostitutes who were lured to France with the promise of a better future and were smuggled there through Libya. Once in France, the destitute women were subjected to voodoo "juju" rites and their families threatened, French police told AFP. The case against the suspects are expected to start in Lyon on November 6 and Edosomwan is the only suspect still outstanding. She is believed to be either in the Benelux countries, Italy or Germany, police said. Dr Marian Duggan, an expert in gender and criminology at the University of Kent, told the BBC that Europol was right about there being a stereotype casting men as more likely than women to perpetrate serious and organised crime. But the stereotype existed because it was true, she said. "Obviously all crimes can be committed of anybody of any gender," Dr Duggan said. "But while some women do commit serious crimes, they do so far less frequently than men." Dr Duggan said gender stereotypes were often exploited by organised criminal groups when carrying out large-scale crimes.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:16:33 -0400
  • No 'Joker': Bronx 'step street' becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movie news

    Like most tourists, Patricio Osuna had a list of "must sees" on his trip to New York City: the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and, surprisingly, a steep flight of steps in an out-of-the-way neighborhood of the Bronx that has become a cult-movie landmark. This fall Osuna and a stream of fellow visitors have flocked to the stairway, known as a "step street," to see the real-life backdrop to a memorable scene in "Joker," the hit movie that tells the backstory of Batman's deranged foe, the Joker. The scene captures the moment that the loner Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, transforms into the Joker as he dances down the steps to Gary Glitter's anthem "Rock & Roll Part 2," his hair dyed a menacing green and his face painted like a clown.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:01:54 -0400
  • No 'Joker': Bronx 'step street' becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movie news

    Like most tourists, Patricio Osuna had a list of "must sees" on his trip to New York City: the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and, surprisingly, a steep flight of steps in an out-of-the-way neighborhood of the Bronx that has become a cult-movie landmark. This fall Osuna and a stream of fellow visitors have flocked to the stairway, known as a "step street," to see the real-life backdrop to a memorable scene in "Joker," the hit movie that tells the backstory of Batman's deranged foe, the Joker. The scene captures the moment that the loner Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, transforms into the Joker as he dances down the steps to Gary Glitter's anthem "Rock & Roll Part 2," his hair dyed a menacing green and his face painted like a clown.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 12:00:03 -0400
  • Ireland's Varadkar says no British request to delay Brexit yet

    Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday afternoon that Britain has not yet made any request to delay Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a vote in the UK parliament that means he is obliged to seek a postponement. "The EU & UK agreed a Withdrawal Agreement on Thursday that defends Ireland's interests. The Commons voted today to defer a decision on whether or not to ratify that agreement.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:53:35 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Rebel with a cause ruins Johnson's big Brexit day

    Fearing Britain could drop out of the European Union without a deal by design or default, one British lawmaker on Saturday masterminded a plan to deny Prime Minister Boris Johnson his day of Brexit glory. Oliver Letwin, 63, is a former cabinet minister with a reputation as an unofficial fixer, using his affable manner and procedural knowledge to head off awkward disagreements in parliament. Brexit has given him notoriety as a rebel with a cause: to stop a no-deal Brexit.

    Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:52:10 -0400
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