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  • Rachel Maddow Defends Niger Theory After Experts Call It 'Conspiracymongering' news

    Rachel Maddow on Friday doubled down on her controversial reporting on the deadly Niger ambush on U.S. troops, in which she linked President Donald Trump’s travel ban with the deaths of four soldiers.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:46:34 -0400
  • Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents' Vow Not To Boycott Israel news

    A suburb outside of Houston is requiring residents who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to certify that they do not boycott Israel in order to apply for grant money to rebuild their home or business.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:05:14 -0400
  • These Are The Three Richard Spencer Fans Arrested For Attempted Homicide In Gainesville news

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― About five hours before his companion allegedly fired a bullet toward several protesters, and a day before police charged him with attempted homicide, Colton Fears, in an interview with HuffPost, laid out the grievances that had brought him to town.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:04:15 -0400
  • More Actors Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Coercion and Assault news

    Academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong details her harrowing 2011 encounters with Weinstein in the New York Times.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:39:42 -0400
  • The Latest: Navajo leader supported death penalty in case news

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man charged in the killing of a Navajo Nation girl (all times local):

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:09:08 -0400
  • Stephen Paddock's Las Vegas hotel room won't be rented out again, raising the question: What will happen to it? news

    The hotel room from which Stephen Paddock gunned down almost 60 people at a music festival in Las Vegas will no longer be rented out to the public, the hotel has said. The company did not provide any details about what it would do with the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Adam Lankford, a professor of criminology at the University of Alabama, said MGM had the right idea in shutting down the hotel room.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:41:00 -0400
  • Spain Takes Control of Catalonia, Pushing a Crisis Into Higher Gear news

    Spain has acted upon Article 155

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:03:20 -0400
  • New Tax Proposal Could Affect 401K Plans for Millions of Americans news

    According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the proposal being considered would reduce the amount a worker could contribute tax-free to just $2,400 a year.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:16:38 -0400
  • Three wounded in shooting near US mine in Papua news

    At least one gunman has wounded three people near a huge Indonesian gold and copper mine owned by US firm Freeport-McMoRan, the company said Sunday. The attacks on Saturday injured two policemen and a security contractor, according to Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama.

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:05:28 -0400
  • Tiger Kept At Truck Stop For 17 Years Dies, But The Legal Battle Isn't Over news

    The tiger at the center of a years-long legal battle between animal rights activists and a Louisiana truck stop owner has died, but the owner’s desire to get another tiger means the fight likely isn’t over.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:25:25 -0400
  • Donald Trump Tries A New Tactic To Attack Congresswoman Who Exposed His Lies news

    President Donald Trump pushed his feud with a Florida congresswoman into the weekend by tweeting that she “is killing the Democratic party.”

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:06:17 -0400
  • Report: Fox Renewed Bill O'Reilly's Contract After $32 Million Harassment Settlement news

    Fox News extended host Bill O’Reilly’s contract for $100 million over four years shortly after he reached a $32 million agreement to settle claims of sexual harassment from a former network employee, The New York Times reported Saturday.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:33:22 -0400
  • Costumed pooches prance In annual Halloween Dog Parade in New York City

    More than 500 animals wore costumes to what is known as one of the largest dog Halloween events in the United States. The 27th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City continued its reign as October’s cutest event, bringing together New York’s fluffiest pets and their ever-creative owners. This year’s crop of dog models – dressed in costumes that ranged from the President to the Devil to Kellyanne Conway – put on a delightful show for spectators.

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:01:45 -0400
  • Alabama inmate defiant before his execution for killing cop news

    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The convicted killer of a police officer used his final moments before being put to death to curse at the state of Alabama, raising his middle fingers in defiance at the start of a lethal injection his lawyers described as inhumanely painful.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:56:34 -0400
  • Man wearing shirt covered in swastikas gets punched in head outside Richard Spencer speech news

    A man wearing a shirt with emblazoned with swastikas was punched and spat at outside of Richard Spencer’s speech in Florida. The smirking man swaggered into the gathered crowd while protesters tried to block his path. Some protesters attempted to come to the man’s aid.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:05:00 -0400
  • Pa. Teacher Allegedly Attacked by Brick-Wielding Parent After Confiscating Student’s Phone news

    A Pittsburgh woman was arrested after allegedly attacking her daughter’s teacher by striking her in the face with a brick over a dispute about a confiscated cell phone, PEOPLE confirms

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:19:17 -0400
  • 'Unacceptably high' number of Afghans flee military training in U.S.: report news

    By Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go "absent without leave" at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday. Of the 320 foreign military trainees who left while on courses in the United States from 2005 to 2017, 152 - or more than 47 percent - were Afghans, said a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR found that the rate of asylum seekers among Afghan military trainees rose in recent years as violence in the Islamist Taliban insurgency spread across Afghanistan and security forces sustained heavy casualties.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:41:25 -0400
  • Soda tax supporters try to pivot from Chicago setback news

    US public health advocates are hoping to pivot after a major setback in Chicago, where local lawmakers repealed a soda tax after only two months following fierce industry-backed lobbying. On October 11, the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which includes Chicago, nullified the penny-an-ounce levy, which was seen as a means to discourage consumption of sugary drinks that can lead to obesity, diabetes and other ills. "It's a setback," said Jim O'Hara, director of health promotion policy at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:46:17 -0400
  • Jews and Arabs unite to try to save Jerusalem’s Hill of Evil Counsel from being turned into luxury flats news

    In another city, the fight over the hilltop property plot might be an unremarkable planning battle, pitting profit-driven developers against unhappy local residents. But Jerusalem is no ordinary city and the Hill of Evil Counsel is no ordinary hill.  The hilltop is so called because it is the spot where Caiphas, the Jewish high priest, decided to betray Jesus and hand him over to the Romans for crucifixion. It is a key site in the New Testament and the birthplace of the centuries-old anti-Semitic trope of Jews as “Christ killers”.  Now, Jews, Muslims and Christians are fighting to keep the area from being turned into luxury flats.  The Hill of Evil Counsel, which has sweeping views of Jerusalem’s Old City, had been administered for hundreds of years by the Greek Orthodox church, which owns huge swathes of property in the city, including the land on which Israel’s parliament is built upon.  In recent years the church has gone on a controversial land-selling spree, taking in millions of dollars from property deals. In one of the deals, it agreed to sell a 110-year lease for the hilltop to Michael Steinhardt, an American financier and David Sofer, a London-based Israeli businessman. Theodore Friedgut, a retired Canadian-Israeli professor, has lived on the site for more than 50 years and will lose his home if development goes ahead Credit: Quique Kierszenbaum The developers plan to cement over the open space - once used by British military bands for practices - and build apartment buildings, where the flats and their epic views will likely end up in the hands of wealthy foreigners who visit Jerusalem a few times a year.  The developers’ project, and the church’s decision to sell them the lease, have infuriated local residents.  “The Greek church have no right to lease it and to destroy it. They are supposed to protect it, not sell it off the highest bidder,” said Sarah Sallon, a British-Israeli doctor who has lived in Jerusalem for 30 years. “‘This magnificent view is all of our heritage and we fight for it as a group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.” Sarah Sallon has been involved in trying to stop the development going ahead Credit:  Quique Kierszenbaum / Telegraph A church official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the current Greek patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos, had inherited a mountain of debt from his predecessor, who was forced from power in 2005 and exiled to a small room in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre compound.   “We did not wake up one morning and say: Hill of Evil Counsel, lets develop that area. We came into power with a big problem and with 40 million shekels (£8.7 million) in debt connected with the area and we had no choice. We had to deal with it,” he said.  The church relies on income from its property portfolio to survive, the official added.  The Abu Tor neighbourhood where the hill is located is divided between Israeli and Palestinian residents and was a frontline during the 1967 war. Israeli troops once used the second floor of a hilltop monastery to look down on Jordanian forces below. Abu Tor literally means “father of the bull”, after one of Salahedin’s generals who according to legend rode a white bull into battle against the Crusaders.  The Greek Orthodox church has administered the site for hundreds of years  Credit: Quique Kierszenbaum / Telegraph Palestinian families from the eastern part of Abu Tor said they joined with their Jewish neighbours in opposing the plans, and were worried an entrance road planned for the development might force some of them out of their homes. “We will join any demonstrations against this,” said Nawal Zakaria Bazalamit, the 74-year-old matriarch of her family.     A law firm representing the developers did not respond to a request for comment.  Opponents of the plans don’t know if they will prevail against the well-heeled developers. Theodore Friedgut, a retired Canadian-Israeli professor of Russian history, has lived on the hill for more than 50 years and remembers surveyors coming immediately after the 1967 war, looking for potential opportunities. “We saw there was interest in develop all the way back then,” he said. But Mr Friedgut points out that misfortunes have befallen those who have previously tried to commercialise the site.  In the 1980s a consortium tried to take over the Hill of Evil Counsel in partnership with the church, but the project collapsed and the two sides fought a bitter legal battle.  Another time, a Greek priest allegedly began to put pressure on the few families who lived in rent-controlled houses on the hill, demanding they pay more. According to locals’ stories, he drowned in the River Jordan soon after, not far from the spot where Jesus is said to have been baptised.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0400
  • President Trump To Release JFK Files news

    President Trump announced on Twitter that he will be releasing the classified JFK files on Oct. 26. The move will allow thousands of documents detailing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to be released to the public.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:52:54 -0400
  • The Most Common Financial Mistakes To Avoid news

    Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or managing a healthy nest egg, there are certain classic money blunders you’ll want to avoid.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:46:26 -0400
  • 7 Misleading Things EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Said In His Interview With Time news

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tense look broke into a toothy grin at the end of a 22-minute interview with Time Magazine when the reporter called his response to a question “good, but lawyerly.”

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:31:53 -0400
  • Transcript errors and omissions prolong Jodi Arias appeal news

    PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias' case remains a headache for Arizona's court system long after her murder trial had spectators lining up for seats, attorneys squabbling in court and two different juries deadlocking on whether she deserved the death penalty.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:35:02 -0400
  • Boy kicked out of Cub Scouts after challenging Republican senator accused of racism news

    Ames Mayfield of Broomsfield, Colorado, decided to do some research on Senator Vicki Marbles before she visited his Cub Scouts den, his mother says. “I didn’t, that was made up by the media,” Ms Marble responded.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:38:00 -0400
  • Kit Harington Read The Final 'Game Of Thrones' Scripts And Couldn't Help Crying news

    Kit Harington knows everything about the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:43:55 -0400
  • The U.S. Army Has a Deadly New Sniper Rifle news

    Heckler & Koch showed off its M110A1 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle this week. Despite a brief period of ambiguity wrought by budget-jousting among lawmakers in Congress, the Army’s new and improved sniper rifle is alive and well. Heckler & Koch showed off its M110A1 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle, selected for the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) program on the floor of the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference and exposition in Washington this week, a first up-close-and-personal look at the lightweight rifle.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:37:00 -0400
  • Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province news

    Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday as the central government said it had wrested back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a sweeping operation after a controversial independence vote. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said police, counter-terrorism units and allied militias seized the Altun Kupri region, extending the central government's territory to within 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:26:13 -0400
  • DNA Helps Solve 1995 Cold Case Killing of 17-Year-Old Girl news

    Investigators had long hoped to find justice for Suzanne Nauman.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:40:52 -0400
  • 25 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

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    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:59:06 -0400
  • Democrat who comforted soldier's widow accuses Trump's chief of staff of using racist term against her news

    The congresswoman who accused Donald Trump of offending the widow of a green beret killed in action says that the administration’s response to her claims included a “lie” and a “racist” insult. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters on Thursday that he was “stunned” when he saw Rep. Frederica Wilson discussing the call between Mr Trump and Myeshia Johnson. Ms Wilson says she was in the car when the call took place, and that Mr Trump told Ms Johnson that her husband “knew what he was getting into”.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:00 -0400
  • Betty Price Wonders If People With HIV Should Be Quarantined news

    WASHINGTON — Georgia state Rep. Betty Price (R) — the wife of Tom Price, who resigned last month as President Donald Trump’s health secretary amid investigations into his frequent use of private planes — wonders if isolating people with HIV would help stop the disease’s spread.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:04:42 -0400
  • The Latest: King: Catalonia is "an essential part" of Spain news

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:40:23 -0400
  • Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus on North Korea threat news

    Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus discusses the North Korea threat and more on "This Week."

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:10:32 -0400
  • Solar industry fears for thousands of jobs should U.S. impose import restrictions news

    By Florence Tan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore-headquartered solar panel maker REC hopes to be exempt from potential U.S. restrictions on imports following a recent trade finding that said no significant injury to the United States had been caused by makers including those from Australia, Canada and Singapore. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce by early next year measures which his administration will take to limit imports after the U.S. International Trade Commission found in September that U.S. panel makers had been harmed by cheap imports. Many companies have warned that a solar trade dispute involving potential import tariffs between the United States and other countries could cost thousands of jobs and slow down the development of the clean energy technology.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:19:48 -0400
  • Why Building 'Baby' Aircraft Carriers Would Be a Bad Idea for the U.S. Navy news

    The Navy can buy smaller, cheaper carriers rather than the $13 billion Ford-class behemoths it is currently constructing, according to a new study by RAND Corporation. The RAND study is a public version of a classified study conducted in 2016 at the behest of the U.S. Navy, which was ordered by Congress to examine cheaper options than the Ford-class carriers.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:31:00 -0400
  • Mogadishu death toll rises to 358 as Somalia president to announce ’state of war’ on al-Shabaab news

    Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray on Friday at the site of the country’s deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing. Somalia’s president will announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabaab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said. The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is set to launch on Saturday, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters. Somalia’s army spokesman Capt. Abdullahi Iman said the offensive involving thousands of troops will try to push al-Shabaab fighters out of their strongholds in the Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions where many deadly attacks on Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and on Somali and African Union bases have been launched. Also on Friday, the U.S. military said it had resumed its fight against al-Shabaab with a drone strike. The extremist group has not commented on Saturday’s truck bombing in Mogadishu, which Somali intelligence officials have said was meant to target the city’s heavily fortified international airport where many countries have their embassies. The massive bomb, which security officials said weighed between 600 kilograms and 800 kilograms (1,300 pounds and 1,700 pounds), instead detonated in a crowded street after soldiers opened fire and flattened one of the truck’s tires. Deadly truck bomb hits Somalia's capital 00:44 Somalia’s information minister Abdirahman Osman said late on Friday that 56 were people still missing. Another 228 people were wounded, and 122 had been airlifted for treatment in Turkey, Sudan and Kenya. "This pain will last for years," said a sheikh leading the Friday prayers at the bombing site, as long lines of mourners stood in front of flattened or tangled buildings. Men walk near destroyed buildings as thousands of Somalis gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu Credit: AP Since the election of the country’s Somali-American president in February, the government has announced a number of military offensives against al-Shabab, Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group, only to end them weeks later with no explanation. Experts believe that has given the extremists breathing space and emboldened them in their guerrilla attacks. Iman, Somalia’s army spokesman, told the AP that troops recaptured three towns in Lower Shabelle region from al-Shabaab on Friday in preparation for the new offensive. Somali officials did not give details on what role the U.S. military might play. There was no immediate response late on Friday from the U.S. Africa Command. The U.S. has stepped up military involvement in the long-fractured Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump approved expanded operations against the group early this year. The U.S. has carried out at least 19 drone strikes in Somalia since January, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Thousands of Somalis gather to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 Credit: AP The latest U.S. drone strike occurred Monday about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of the capital, the U.S. Africa Command told the AP earlier on Friday. It said it was still assessing the results. Earlier this week, in response to questions about the massive truck bombing, a Pentagon spokesman said the United States has about 400 troops in Somalia and "we’re not going to speculate" about sending more. In April, the U.S. announced it was sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the country in roughly two decades. The U.S. said it was for logistics training of Somalia’s army and that about 40 troops were taking part. Weeks later, a service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabab. He was the first American to die in combat in Somalia since 1993.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:25:57 -0400
  • Police Hunt Possible Serial Killer After 3rd Murder in Less Than 2 Weeks: 'Someone's Terrorizing The Neighborhood' news

    The killer's third victim was a 20-year-old with autism.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:12:01 -0400
  • Elon Musk to Start Hyperloop Project in Maryland, Officials Say news

    This is the first step to making the hyperloop a reality.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:36:00 -0400
  • 20 Sweet Pumpkins That Are Actually Cakes

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    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:33:04 -0400
  • Report: White House Rushed Condolences To Gold Star Families news

    Multiple families of military service members killed in the line duty are now getting rush-delivered letters from President Donald Trump, days after Trump claimed he had called the immediate families of all service members who had been killed since he took office in January.

    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:36:12 -0400
  • Chinese official: Fallen politician plotted against leaders news

    BEIJING (AP) — A senior figure in China's ruling Communist Party accused a dismissed regional leader of plotting to "usurp party leadership," adding to accusations against the former rising star.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:52:13 -0400
  • Woman heartbroken after discovering her dog wasn’t euthanised for five months after she bid 'final' farewell news

    A woman who thought she had paid for her dog to be euthanized has been surprised to find out that her dog was kept alive for five months after the procedure. New Jersey woman Keri Levy says that she made the difficult decision to put down the miniature pinscher she had owned for 15 years, but was astonished to receive an anonymous tip five months later that her pup was still alive. “It broke my heart in a way like my heart has never been broken,” Ms Levy told ABC News.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:12:00 -0400
  • Mexico catches, releases endangered vaquita porpoise news

    Mexico captured a rare vaquita marina porpoise as part of a bold program to save the critically endangered species, but released it because it was too young to be separated from its mother, officials said. The vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal fishing. "The successful rescue made conservation history," Mexican Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said in a statement.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:29:44 -0400
  • Eyes on Odinga as Kenya election board CEO takes leave before vote news

    By Duncan Miriri and Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says he will boycott a presidential election re-run due next week, said on Friday he would announce a "way forward" the day before the scheduled poll, raising the possibility he might participate after all. At a memorial in western Kenya for opposition supporters killed in protests against the vote set for Oct. 26, Odinga told his supporters not to attack "innocent people" including people who support his rival President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya is holding the re-run after the Supreme Court threw out the result of an Aug. 8 election won by the incumbent Kenyatta but disputed by the challenger Odinga.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:47:44 -0400
  • Lord Balfour: I had to look up in an encyclopaedia how my forebear changed British history 100 years ago news

    The 5th Earl of Balfour first realised the significance of the Balfour Declaration when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy at Eton, hailing a taxi while on holiday in London. A copy of the Declaration – made a century ago by Arthur Balfour, the former prime minister who later became foreign secretary, backing the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine – hung on the wall of his loo at home, where the young Balfour read it without really appreciating its importance. The iconic document was never discussed at home or school.  So it was a crucial moment in Lord Balfour’s life when a Jewish London cabbie spotted his school trunk with his surname painted on it. “Is this yours, mate? Are you anything to do with the prime minister?” (His ancestor, the 1st Earl of Balfour, served as Conservative Prime Minister from 1902 to 1905.) “Yes,” he said, explaining he was his great-great nephew.  “I don’t believe this!” said the taxi driver. “Wait till I get home and tell my family. What he did for us! Tonight, it’s Passover and you’re my last fare before I knock off to go off to the East End for Passover dinner.” The driver then pulled off the road and started singing Jewish songs to the teenage boy.  Arthur James Balfour who served as Prime Minister of the Conservative government of 1902-1905 Credit: Print Collector/Hulton Archive “I was so bowled over by this that I was late, and I dashed out of the cab, leaving a family picture in the back of the cab,” says Lord Balfour, 68, a banker. “I thought it was now in the East End. Instead, he went to the lost property office, all the way up in north London, deposited it, stuck a label saying Balfour on it. I was able to find it the next day. “That was my first time I realised the importance of the declaration to Jewish people.” Today, a fine Philip de László portrait of Arthur Balfour presides over Lord Balfour’s drawing room in his handsome Sussex house, where he lives with his wife, Lady Tessa, a daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. They have four daughters, all interested in their ancestor’s 100-year-old Declaration.  The Declaration was sent by Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the de facto secular head of British Jewry, on November 2, 1917. It was then passed on to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The short, single-page document declared: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” Lord Balfour standing beside a portrait of his ancestor  Credit:  Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph The Declaration was absolutely vital in the long build-up to the eventual creation of the state of Israel in 1948 – which also happens to be the year the current Lord Balfour was born. Despite that teenage meeting with the taxi driver, the Balfour Declaration played little part in young Roderick Balfour’s life. “It was never mentioned by anybody at school, or very much as I grew up,” he says. “At school, everyone said: ‘Are you related to that loser Balfour?’, because he lost the 1906 election. They didn’t know about the Declaration. “But you go to Canada, Argentina, France or anywhere in the [Jewish] diaspora, and they all know about it. This country has less knowledge than anywhere else.” Lord Balfour listens to an address during his 1925 visit to Palestine. Credit: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical In fact, Lord and Lady Balfour have just returned from a seminar – “From Balfour to Brexit” – in Jerusalem. Whenever he goes to Israel, he is reminded of the affection in which his great-great uncle is held. “People come running up to you and just say: ‘Thank you,’” he says. “I started going to Israel on bank business in the 90s and saw Balfour Streets in every town. The Prime Minister lives today on Balfour Street.” However, Lord Balfour sees imperfections in the modern state of Israel. “I have major reservations,” he says. “There is this sentence in the declaration, ‘Nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.’ That’s pretty clear. Well, that’s not being adhered to. That has somehow got to be rectified. Talking to the more liberal elements of Jewry, they would acknowledge there has to be a greater economic role for the Palestinians.” It was only in the 1990s that Lord Balfour really began to appreciate the magnitude of his ancestor’s Declaration. In 1990, he started working at NM Rothschild, the merchant bank run by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, a cousin of the Lord Rothschild to whom Arthur Balfour addressed his Declaration. Lord Arthur Balfour points out a feature of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to Governor Sir Ronald Storrs during a visit to Jerusalem, 9th April 1925 Credit:  Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive When Lord Balfour joined the bank, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild asked him: “What sort of a Balfour are you? Are you Balfour Beatty [the construction company]?” (“I said I’m one of the poor, government Balfours,” Lord Balfour replied.) And then, in 1992, on the 75th anniversary of the Declaration, Lord Balfour saw in the papers the list of attendees at the anniversary dinner; there wasn’t a Balfour among them. He got in touch with the Anglo-Israel Association and asked if he could get involved with future events. This year, he and Jacob Rothschild – the current Lord Rothschild, whose forebear Walter Rothschild received the Declaration – will host a dinner on the anniversary in a government venue in London. “There are a huge number of events going on on the same day,” says Lord Balfour. “Jacob Rothschild is very kindly organising a dinner, which he and I are nominally joint hosts of, although it’s very much his initiative.” Royal Albert Hall where the celebrations will take place Credit:  Mo Peerbacus / Alamy Stock Photo Lord Rothschild’s team have located descendants of those involved in the Declaration from around the world. Among them will be a Lloyd George, in honour of David Lloyd George, prime minister at the time of the Declaration; and a member of the Sykes family: Sir Mark Sykes, Bt, devised the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, which laid out national boundaries in the Middle East.  Next month, there will also be an event at the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the Declaration, which Lord Balfour will attend with his family. The event will include a 500-voice massed Christian choir, a Klezmer band, the Israeli Dance Institute and the Israeli singer Tally Koren. Lord Balfour never met his famous ancestor – he died in 1930, aged 81. But he speaks of him with great affection. “We all knew about Arthur James because he had been prime minister, and the family were immensely proud of him,” he said. “We all knew him as Nunkie, although I never met him. My father was nine when he died, so he knew him well. He was very much loved.” "We all knew about Arthur James because he had been prime minister, and the family were immensely proud of him.” Credit:  Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Arthur Balfour was an intellectual – “primarily a Bible-reading philosopher”, says Lord Balfour – but a well-connected one, too. He was a leading member of the Souls, an elite salon of Victorian upper-class intellectuals. Balfour’s uncle, the Marquess of Salisbury, who was known to the family as Bob, had been prime minister before him: “That’s where the expression ‘Bob’s your uncle’ comes from. In other words, it’s quite easy to get on if ‘Bob’s your uncle’.” But rather than a popular turn of phrase, it is for his Declaration that his family would like him to be remembered.  “It was a great humanitarian gesture,” says Lord Balfour. “Humanity should be extremely grateful.” • Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie Magazine

    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0400
  • NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week news

    A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:15:44 -0400
  • Maker of Bosch Expands Dishwasher Recall to 663,000 Models news

    The manufacturer of Bosch and other dishwasher brands today recalled 469,000 dishwashers because the power cord can overheat and catch fire. The recall is an expansion of a two-year-old recall th...

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:15:11 -0400
  • At Least 60 Dead After Suicide Bombers Attack Mosques in Afghanistan news

    Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:10:18 -0400
  • The White House Keeps Attacking Congresswoman Who Has Been Right All Along news

    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) took a victory lap in her feud with President Donald Trump after the White House was caught falsely maligning her for the second time this week.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:08:04 -0400
  • 5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with Israel news

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    Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:37:00 -0400
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