Month: March 2017

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Anti-Israel 'apartheid' report was no secret, despite UN chief's disavowal


EXCLUSIVE: A United Nations report that branded Israel an “apartheid state” was available online to U.N. officials months before it was published, according to an email obtained by Fox News — though top officials only distanced themselves after it caused a firestorm.

The report, “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid,” was published by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on March 15, and written by Richard Falk — a former U.N. special rapporteur to the Palestinian territories known for his outlandish criticisms of the U.S. and Israel and his questioning of what he calls “the official version” of the 9/11 attack.

The report said Israel’s policies in the Palestinian territories today meet the definition of “an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination” by one racial group over another.

“Aware of the seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law,” the report said.

The charges sparked fury from Israeli and U.S. officials, with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “anti-Israel propaganda” and demanding it be withdrawn.

Secretary General António Guterres immediately distanced himself from the report, with a spokesman telling Fox News it does not reflect his views and was published “without prior consultation” with U.N. headquarters.

Guterres’ office later told ESCWA to withdraw the report – a demand that prompted Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf to resign in protest. The report was later removed from ESCWA’s website.

However, a March 16 email from Khalaf to Maria Luiza Viotti – Guterres’ ‘chef de cabinet’ – and obtained by Fox News suggests the report was widely available months before it was published.

In the missive, Khalaf said the findings “should not have come as a surprise.”

The email, written a day after the report’s publication but before it was withdrawn, showed Khalaf bristling at the secretary general’s office instructions to withdraw the document. She noted that the position of ESCWA’s member states “on Israeli policies are well known to the UN secretariat and member states.”

After noting a number of instances where ESCWA member states have described Israeli policies as “apartheid practices” since 2014, Khalaf then wrote:

“ESCWA presented the main findings of this study to the ESCWA 29th Ministerial Sessions, based on which Resolution 326 (XXIX) of 15 December 2016 requested the secretariat to ‘Publish widely the results of the study on considering Israeli policies towards the Palestinian people as apartheid, by disseminating it to member States, national, regional and international organizations and media institutions, and by organizing activities and producing media material in that regard.””

Khalaf told Viotti: “The aforementioned findings of this Apartheid Report should not have come as a surprise to anyone as they have been online since December 2016.”

Khalaf, Viotti and the secretary general’s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News.

While it is not immediately clear to what extent, or in what manner, the report was available to U.N. officials online, the email called into question the secretariat’s claim that it was unaware of the report and not consulted.

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Khalaf also noted in the email that the apartheid report was not the first report by ESCWA withdrawn that year. She mentioned a report called “Injustice in the Arab World and The Road to Justice” which she said was withdrawn by the secretary general’s office just months before. It is not clear what was contained in that report, or why it was withdrawn.

“Withdrawing yet another well-researched, well-documented UN work on grave violations of human rights will dent our credibility, especially when this happens twice in the space of two months, and in a region that is passing through one of the most difficult moments in its long history in terms of human suffering,” she wrote.

The latest twist in the controversy surrounding the report comes as the Trump administration is cracking down on what it sees as an ever-present anti-Israel bias in the United Nations.

On March 20, the U.S. boycotted a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council over a number of anti-Israel resolutions the body was set to adopt.

In an address to an “Ambassadors against BDS” at the U.N. General Assembly Hall Wednesday, Haley took aim again at the U.N. over what she called its “anti-Israel obsession.”

“The effort to delegitimize the state of Israel being waged on college campuses and the anti-Israel obsession at the U.N. are one and the same,” she said. “They both seek to deny Israel’s right to exist.”

Adam Shaw is a Politics Reporter and occasional Opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.



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The hottest color in fashion


When it comes to this season, think pink.

This specific feminine pastel hue — nicknamed “millennial pink” for its popularity among the under-30 crowd — has been cropping up everywhere as of late, thanks to brands such as Glossier and Mansur Gavriel. Though incredibly popular (and nearly universally flattering), the color’s frequent association with all things girly can be tough to shake, especially if you’ve long since outgrown your princess phase. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

Read on ahead for the best ways to integrate this happy hue into your wardrobe — without looking like you’ve raided your daughter’s closet.

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Small Doses
If you generally favor neutrals, incorporating subtle pops of pink into your daily uniform is simple way to flirt with the trend without going overboard. Let a rose-colored collar peek out beneath a cream sweater, or switch out your go-to work pumps for a playful pink pair in patent leather. It’s all about the details.

Pattern Play
If you’re not ready for head-to-toe pink, patterns featuring the summery shade are a great place to start. Florals, of course, are always big for spring (insert “The Devil Wears Prada” joke here), but polka-dots, gingham and kitschy prints make for a fun and flirty take on the trend.

Neutral Territory
Generally, when we think of neutral colors, we think of black, white and maybe grey. But pink — specifically, dustier, less-saturated versions of the shade — work beautifully as neutrals, too. Experiment with classic shapes in different shades of rose: A blush trenchcoat, for example, is a stunning springtime alternative to the basic beige. Just be wary of ultra-trendy pieces, which can read sophomoric, rather than sophisticated.

Rough It Up
Though versatile, pink was considered a masculine color up until the mid-20th century. The pastel shade is now typically seen as “girly.” To keep it from reading overly sweet, play with contrasts: Pair a pink sundress with a leather jacket for a tougher edge, or swap out your standard white sneakers for a candy-colored pair to complete your casual weekend look.

Fifty Shades
Shake things up by wearing different colors and textures featuring pink. For an eye-catching monochrome look, stick to separates in different, contrasting fabrics (think: leather and satin; chiffon and lace), or, take a cue from fashion blogger Paola Mathé, below, by color-blocking baby pink with more saturated versions of the color, such as coral and mauve.

 



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Truth about one-night stands


After casual sex, I often get emotionally attached to whoever I slept with, even if I know I don’t want to be with them. I’ll snap out of it later, but how can I better separate emotions and sex? Sometimes I just want to orgasm without catching feelings. —L.G., 26, Los Angeles

I would have given anything to have had casual sex when I was single! Just be glad people are willing to sleep with you. If you get emotionally attached, so be it. Nothing heals that more than time, a cheese plate, and a little alcohol. (Just go easy on the cheese.) There are much harder things in life to have to go through. Like getting diabetes—much worse. I mean, I don’t have ­diabetes, but I could be a few cheese plates away. So dust yourself off and get back out there!” —Fortune Feimster, comedian and actress on The Mindy Project

Ask yourself: Is the sex really, truly casual? It can get tricky when you know someone a little but haven’t figured out your feelings yet. So the fewer details you have about him, the more your brain will let things be purely physical. A lot of times after casual sex, a woman will take whatever she knows about the guy and build him up as the perfect partner and daydream about a life with him, which can increase attachment. Check yourself by remembering that you don’t know him well—after all, he could be weird and think it’s normal to take you on a date to Señor Frog’s. And you don’t want feelings for someone like that.” —Jordana Abraham, cofounder of Betches and coauthor of I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies: How to Find Love & Sht Like That*

The term casual sex can be a bit of a misnomer. For many, sex has consequences. While some can keep it “no strings attached,” others will develop feelings. My research shows that sex and the physiological fireworks involved can actually prime the brain for romantic attachment, and for some women (and men), the emotional responses to sex are part of the pleasure. So recognize that it may not be possible for you to keep emotions separate, and then decide if it’s worth it.” —Justin Garcia, Ph.D., associate director for research, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

It’s actually fantastic that you’re connecting with people in a warm way, so don’t shut down these feelings completely. Think about it this way: Feeling nice about someone you had nice sex with makes as much sense as feeling nice about someone that you had a good conversation with. Acknowledge your feelings and take them for what they are—a pleasant reaction to a pleasant experience, and that’s it. Oh, and remember: You could also get out of this loop by masturbating sometimes instead!” —Carol Queen, Ph.D., author of The Sex and Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone



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Battle of the revenge bods?


Tarek and Christina El Moussa have maintained they have remained on good terms since announcing their split this summer.

However, it seems a battle of the revenge bods is brewing between the exes. The “Flip or Flop” stars have been busy flooding their various social media channels with pictures of themselves showing off their newly-toned bods.

Christina made the first move by sharing pictures from a photo shoot she did for L*Space by Monica Wise bikini. She posed in matching purple bikinis with the pair’s 6-year-old daughter Taylor.

She told People she enjoys running and yoga to help clear her head since the split.

CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA SLAMMED FOR BIKINI PIC

“There is nothing like a good three-mile run for me to really clear my head,” she shared. “My other go-to is yoga. I have the most amazing private instructor who has changed my life. Our sessions are very spiritual and have really helped me cope with my divorce and other emotions I’m going through during this time.”

Tarek has also been hitting the gym now that he’s single. He shared a snap of himself showing off his buff arms in Costa Rica.

Christina hit back with several sexy pics from a recent photo shoot.

As of now, Tarek has had the last word sharing a picture of himself shirtless at the gym.

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“I shot this and was too embarrassed to share so I didn’t… I know my journey has inspired many people so I made the difficult decision to post.. this is after battling 2 cancers and a debilitating back injury. My doctor said “You would probably never be able to lift weights again”… that motivated me to prove him wrong and get into the best shape of my life!” he wrote.

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Amber Alert: Sighting of missing teen, teacher at Oklahoma Walmart confirmed


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says there has been a confirmed sighting of Amber Alert teen Elizabeth Thomas and her suspected kidnapper Tad Cummins in Oklahoma.

The TBI says based on a tip received on Thursday, they recovered surveillance footage which showed Cummins and Thomas at a Walmart on East I-240 Service Road in Oklahoma City on March 15.

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The video was taken two days after Thomas disappeared on March 13. The TBI says Cummins appears to have darkened his hair. The images show Thomas may currently have red hair.

This is the first confirmed sighting by the TBI of Thomas and Cummins out of about 1,200 tips. Investigators are working to identify what vehicle they were using.

Thomas, 15, is believed to have been kidnapped by Cummins, 50. Cummins is Thomas’ former teacher and had been fired amid an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate contact. He’s facing charges for aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

The TBI has stressed that this is not a romance, but a kidnapping and Thomas remains in danger. Cummins is believed to be armed with two guns.

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Hawaii woman's dog shot, killed at Honolulu airport


A heartbroken woman is demanding to know why an airport security officer had to shoot and kill her dog in Hawaii this week.

Kaiele, a 2-year-old pit bull, was shot in the head Tuesday evening at Honolulu International Airport. Leisha Ramos says she was holding her 5-month-old baby and was trying unsuccessfully to hold the dog when he was shot.

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“I was just in shock,” Ramos said. “He was such a sweetheart. He never attacked anybody.”

Ramos told KHON-TV she and her boyfriend Jadd Matsuda flew in from Big Island. Kaiele was tied to a tree. She said the officer came up to them as they were putting luggage in the car.

She said the officer told them the dog didn’t belong there and they had to leave. She said he took out his gun.

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“My boyfriend was telling him, ‘What are you going to do? Shoot my dog?’ And my dog was chained,” Ramos told the station.

She said the chain broke and she held onto the other end.

“I’m holding him, holding (my baby) at the same time,” she said. “Finally, he just pulls. He’s running to my boyfriend to see if he’s okay. He gets shot. He wasn’t running aggressively. His tail was still wagging.”

Ramos said Kaiele was running to her boyfriend, not the officer.

She said after the shooting the officer called over the radio that shots were fired and walked away.

“That’s all he did, walked away, and I’m screaming, ‘You shot my dog!’, trying to hold his head up from bleeding, but he died instantly. I thought he got tased or something. I didn’t think it was an actual handgun,” Ramos said.

The officer told the station over the phone that he was just doing his job, and that “I’m terribly sorry that you lost that dog.” KHON did not identify the officer.

The Department of Public Safety confirmed Wednesday that an investigation is underway but did not release further details.

 ”It would be premature to release findings until the investigation is complete,” the department said in a statement.

The officer’s employer, Securitas Security Services, did not respond to questions about the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Russia missile goes hypersonic


The race to develop an unstoppable and unbeatable weapon capable of defeating all the military defense systems in the world is getting much too close for comfort.

According to multiple reports, Russia is expected to begin production soon of its 3M22 Zircon, a hypersonic missile that will travel 4,600 miles per hour — five times the speed of sound — and will have a range of 250 miles. That’s just three minutes and 15 seconds from launch to impact.

Guided hypersonic missiles will be more accurate than traditional ballistic missiles and could conceivably be armed with nuclear warheads, according to the geopolitical analysis firm Stratfor.

And they’re coming, whether we like it or not. And they’ll be on our doorstep sooner, not later.

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“State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 … and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year,” the Russian news agency TASS reported last year, quoting sources. And last month, Russia’s Interfax news agency cited a source familiar with the Zircon project who said the 5-ton missile is likely to be tested for the first time this spring — earlier than the projected date of 2018 — “from a sea-based platform.”

The International Business Times (IBT) reported that the U.S. Navy is concerned the missile could be fitted to a Russian warship.

Hypersonic speed is the stuff of science fiction. As explained in IBT:

“The missile employs revolutionary scramjet technology to reach its hypersonic speeds whereby propulsion is created by forcing air from the atmosphere into its combustor where it mixes with on-board fuel – rather than carry both fuel and oxidizer like traditional rockets. This makes it lighter, and therefore much faster.

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“It uses no fans, rotating turbines or moving parts – just an inlet where air is compressed and a combustor where the air is mixed with fuel. Fewer moving parts also means less chance of mechanical failure.

“The Zircon … would be capable of destroying the world’s most advanced warships and aircraft carriers in one strike and could be put into action by 2020.”

The Zircon will have a radar target seeker and an optical-electronic complex that can trace and detect targets, also at hypersonic speed, according to the Strategic Culture Foundation.

“It will greatly reduce the reaction time that [Western military units] have to deploy their own defenses and counter-measures,” Tim Ripley, who covers defense issues for Jane’s Defence Weekly, told the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

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He said the Zircon could render Western anti-aircraft defenses “obsolete,” and he warned that Russia appears far ahead of the U.S. in development.

“In the public domain, the West seems to be quite a long way behind,” Ripley said. “But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some black, super-secret project run by the U.S.’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.”

In fact, the U.S. may not be behind at all. According to Stratfor, U.S. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello announced in late February that the Air Force plans to have operational prototypes of its own hypersonic missile ready for testing by 2020.

And Stratfor forecasts that the U.S. and China will likely have the first operational long-range hypersonic missiles in their arsenals by 2025, years ahead of Russia.

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India is also working to develop a hypersonic missile. According to India Today, India is developing its BrahMos II missile in collaboration with Russia, and it will use the same scramjet technology as Zircon.



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Border wall bidder getting death threats, deemed traitor because he is Hispanic – New app alerts undocumented immigrants of ICE raids


The owner of a Texas construction company interested in the massive border wall project along the U.S.-Mexico border said he is receiving death threats and being called a traitor in part because he is of Mexican descent.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘You’re Latino. How can you build a wall to keep other Latinos out?’” said Penna Group’s CEO Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga to The Washington Post.

The Fort-Worth businessman said it was not an easy decision to bid on the controversial project — not least because 80 percent of his workforce is Latino.

TRUMP’S BORDER WALL FUNDING WILL LIKELY HAVE TO WAIT

“We need to be a productive part of the solution, rather than sit on the sidelines,” Evangelista-Ysasaga said when Penna’s bid was first announced. He explained that one of the reasons he jumped in was that he had heard rumors that other firms might propose inhumane methods like electrified barriers.

Still, he said he has received dozens of menacing phone calls in the last few weeks. “[They are just] “random people calling into the office and just screaming,” he told the Post.

Approximately 200 companies have responded to the federal government’s requests for proposals for a solid concrete border wall and, according to the Post, 32 companies are Hispanic-owned.

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ANTI-IMMIGRATION

“The American people have been asking our politicians for 35 years to do something about immigration, and nothing has been done,” he told the Dallas Morning News earlier this month.

“Our hope is that with a secure border … they will finally have an appetite to pass some real comprehensive immigration reform.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expected to start awarding contracts by late-April after the deadline for proposals was extended to April 4.



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‘The Watcher’ sent another creepy letter to NJ couple, lawyer says


The owners of a New Jersey home have received a fourth creepy letter from a letter-writing weirdo known as “The Watcher.”

A lawyer for Derek and Maria Broaddus of Westfield told a judge in court papers the letter arrived Feb. 20.

The letter contained specific threats and was “more derogatory and sinister than any of the previous letters,” lawyer Lee Levitt said in court papers filed in early March, NJ.com reported.

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Westfield police declined to comment on the latest letter, citing an ongoing investigation.

Broaddus and his wife say they can’t live in their six-bedroom home because of the letters.

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The first three arrived in 2014 after they bought the home for $1.3 million.

One asked the couple, who have children, if they brought him the “young blood” he requested.

They sued the prior owners of the house in June 2015, claiming that they also received a letter from “The Watcher” but never disclosed it. That family has since countersued, stating that the letter they received was not threatening and alleging that they were defamed.

Broaddus and his wife say the stalker has a “mentally disturbed fixation claim” on the home.

They are also suing Westfield because the town’s planning board rejected their plan to raze the house and subdivide the land so they could build two houses.

“The Watcher” said in a letter that the house has been watched by his grandfather in the 1920s and his father in the 1960s.

“I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming,” the letter said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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FBI releases photos from 9/11 attack at Pentagon


The FBI released an archive of photos showing the devastation at the Pentagon in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

A total of 27 photos were uploaded to the FBI website “FBI Records: The Vault” under the page name “9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images.”

The photos show fragments of American Airlines flight 77, which left Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., around 8:51 a.m. ET that morning. While on its way to Los Angeles, the plane was hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. ET.

Efforts by firefighters to combat the ensuing blaze and emergency responders rushing to the scene are included in the collection.

Overhead photos show the massive hole left in the side of the Pentagon when the outer rings of the building were penetrated by the aircraft.

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Other photos include investigators going through the debris, and images of the scorched interior of the building.

A total of 189 people died at the Pentagon, including 125 who worked at the facility. 



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