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‘Materialism Will One Day Bring Change.’ Why a Senior Defector Believes North Korea’s Days Are Numbered

An influx of capitalist culture and a swelling desire for material goods could one day spell the end for North Korea’s Kim dynasty and hasten the pariah state’s re-entry into the international community. That’s according to a high-ranking defector who spoke recently to TIME.

Thae Yong-ho, a former diplomat who held posts in Denmark, Sweden and the U.K. said that while the regime’s elusive leader, Kim Jong Un, may have no intention of undertaking reforms or giving up his nuclear weapons, change is inevitable.

Thae, who was once a member of North Korea’s elite, defected to South Korea with his wife and two sons in 2016. He lives under the protection of the South Korean government, and travels with an entourage of body guards.

As the DPRK’s deputy ambassador in London, Thae’s main responsibility was to counter criticism of Pyongyang’s human rights record and any negative media coverage. He has described becoming disenchanted with Kim Jong Un’s rule and escaped just as he was being reca..

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Justin Trudeau Admits to Also Wearing Blackface Makeup in High School Following TIME Report

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday night for wearing brownface at a 2001 “Arabian Nights”-themed party—less than two hours after TIME published a previously unreported yearbook photo from the event at the private school where he was teaching.
In a new revelation, Trudeau also admitted that he wore blackface “makeup” in high school to sing “Day-O,” a Jamaican folk song famously performed by African-American singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.
“When I was in high school I dressed up at a talent show and sang ‘Day O.’ With makeup on,” he said.

The publication of the photo embroiled his campaign in scandal, with Canadian reporters asking why he had not been forthcoming about the image if he knew it existed.
Five weeks before election day on Oct. 21, Trudeau is in a dead heat with the Conservative Party. According to CBC News’ poll tracker on Sept. 18, which aggregates all publicly available polling data, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Pa..

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The U.S. Says the Attack on a Saudi Oil Site Was an Iranian ‘Act of War’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations an “act of war” against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.”

Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warned the U.S. it will retaliate immediately if it is targeted.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said he is moving to increase financial sanctions on Tehran over the attack. He was noncommittal on whether he would order U.S. military retaliation.

At a news conference, Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack Saturday that did heavy damage to the heart of the Saudi oil industry was “launched from the north and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” Yemen is south of Saudi Arabia, while Iran and Iraq lie to the north.

Al-Malki stopped short of accusing Iran of actually firing the weapons itself or lau..

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Saudi Arabia Says Iranian Missiles and Drones Hit Oil Facilities

(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) — Saudi Arabia alleged Wednesday that Iranian cruise missiles and drones attacked the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry, showing journalists the remains of the weapons while stopping short of directly accusing Iran of launching the assault. Iran denies being involved and has threatened the U.S. it will retaliate “immediately” if Tehran is targeted over the attack, which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
The news conference by Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki comes after a summer of heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. over President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrawing America from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

While the U.S. has said Iran was behind the attack on Saudi oil installations this weekend, al-Malki made a point not to directly accuse Iran of firing the weapons or launching them from inside of Iranian territory. The kingdom has sought help from international investigators and the United Nations, both lengt..

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Graeme Gibson, Canadian Author and Margaret Atwood’s Longtime Partner, Dies at 85

Graeme Gibson, the Canadian author of books including Five Legs and Perpetual Motion and longtime partner of author Margaret Atwood, has died. He was 85.
His publisher, Penguin Random House, announced his death in a press release Wednesday.
Atwood said in a statement that her longtime love “went out on a high.”
“We are devastated by the loss of Graeme, our beloved father, grandfather, and spouse, but we are happy that he achieved the kind of swift exit he wanted and avoided the decline into further dementia that he feared. He had a lovely last few weeks, and he went out on a high, surrounded by love, friendship and appreciation. We are grateful for his wise, ethical, and committed life.”
The Handmaid’s Tale author recently told TIME for its Sept. 3 cover story that she became a caretaker to Gibson while he battled dementia, bringing him to doctor’s appointments while completing her latest novel, The Testaments, a sequel to her acclaimed dystopian best-seller.
The literary couple m..

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Israel’s Election Has Ended in Deadlock. Here’s What Could Happen Next

Israel’s second election in fewer than six months has ended in political deadlock, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uncertain future and paving the way for protracted coalition negotiations. As the official count filtered in on Wednesday, no side emerged with a clear path to government.

“The era of Netanyahu is over,” claimed one opposition lawmaker as exit polls emerged Tuesday night. But while the prime minister is down, he’s not yet out. As pre-election polls had predicted, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party together with allied right-wing nationalist and religious parties fell well short of securing the 61 seats required for a parliamentary majority. But so did his principal opponent Benny Gantz, who leads the nominally centrist party Blue and White. With 91% of the votes counted, Blue and White had 32 seats, with Likud on 31. It remains to be seen which of the two leaders Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, who occupies a largely ceremonial role, will ask to fo..

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Israel’s Two Main Political Parties Are Deadlocked After a Repeat Election

(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job.

The election’s seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he’ll insist upon a secular unity government between Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White parties, who based on partial results are currently tied at 32 seats each out of the 120 in parliament.

Without Lieberman’s endorsement, both parties appear to have fallen well short of securing a parliamentary majority with their prospective ideological allies.

With results still pouring in, Lieberman insisted the overall picture was unlikely to change. He also demanded a secular “liberal” government shorn of the religious and ultra-Orthodox allies the prime minister has heavily courted.

“The conclusion is clear, everything we said throughout the campaign is coming true,” he said outside his home in the West Bank ..

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E.U. Chief Says the Risk of a No-Deal Brexit ‘Remains Very Real’

(STRASBOURG, France) — The risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal remains “very real,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker declared Wednesday as EU lawmakers debated the ramifications of a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Juncker, who met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, said a no-deal Brexit “might be the choice of the U.K., but it will never be ours.”

After the debate, the European Parliament is set to adopt a resolution laying out its concerns about Britain’s impending departure from the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31. Johnson has been adamant the U.K. will leave the EU on that date with or without a withdrawal agreement.

The main sticking point over a Brexit deal is the Irish border backstop, which would require Britain to respect EU trade and customs rules in order to avoid a hard border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland until a better solution is found.

“I hav..

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‘This Is a Global Fight.’ Cantonese Pop Diva Denise Ho Wants the World to Stand Up With Hong Kong

Geneva, Sydney, Taipei, New York—at another point in Denise Ho’s career these might have been stops on a concert tour. Instead, the Cantonese pop diva turned icon of Hong Kong’s protest movement has been traveling around the world drumming up support for her city’s struggle against authoritarian China.

Ho has spent the last five years hitching her stardom to Hong Kong’s democracy fight, and in response, has been banned from the lucrative mainland Chinese market and dropped from sponsorship deals and by her record label.

As a singer, Ho hit the mainstream in the 2000s. Then, in 2012, she was the first major female star in Hong Kong to come out, and began advocating for LGBT+ rights. In 2014, she was arrested for joining the “Umbrella Revolution,” a protest movement calling for free elections and an end to Beijing’s encroachment on semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

Amid the enclave’s latest political upheaval, Ho continues to be one of the most prominent celebrities on the front lines. When ..

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Israel’s Netanyahu Says He’ll Seek to Form a ‘Zionist’ Government Without Arab Parties

After an apparent election setback, Israel’s prime minister says he will seek the formation of a new “Zionist” government that excludes Arab parties.

Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a small crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than five hours after voting ended.

Initial exit polls placed challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party just ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, hurting Netanyahu’s chances of remaining as prime minister.

Exit polls are often imprecise, and Netanyahu said he would wait for official results before making conclusions.

But he said he would not allow the formation of a new government with Arab partners. He said: “There will not be and there cannot be a government that leans on Arab, anti-Zionist parties.”

Netanyahu’s campaign repeatedly questioned the loyalty of Israel’s Arab citizens.

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Saudi Energy Minister Says 50% of Crude Oil Production Restored After Attack

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman made the comments Tuesday night at a news conference in Jiddah.

The attack Saturday struck a Saudi oil field and the world’s largest crude oil processing plant, which knocked out 5.7 million barrels of crude oil production per day for the kingdom, or about 5% of the world’s daily production.

The prince added that within this month, production capacity will be up to 11 million barrels per day by the end of September. It had been around 9.6 milllion barrels per day before the attack.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, whom a Saudi-led coalition have been fighting since March 2015, claimed the attack. However, U.S. and Saudi officials say they believe Iran carried out the assault, something denied by Tehran.

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Gas Explosion at Russian Lab That Holds Ebola and Smallpox Samples

A gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian bioweapons facility which stores viruses including Ebola, smallpox and Anthrax.

The blast occurred on Monday after a gas cylinder exploded during scheduled repair work on the fifth floor of the six-story Russian State Centre for Research on Virology and Biotechnology, commonly known as Vector, the facility said in a statement.

No biological material was held in the sanitary inspection room where the explosion occurred, and no structural damage was caused to the concrete laboratory building, the center added.

One worker was taken to hospital and is being treated in intensive care for burns, Russia’s TASS news agency reported. A fire, covering 30 square meters was later extinguished by fire fighters.

The bioweapons facility, located in Koltosvo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, is known for being one of two centers in the world housing samples of smallpox. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the only other center i..

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  • Social-Media-Fotoverbot, Rundfunk-Gedächtnis, Lautes Grönemeyer-Echo 18. září 2019
    1. Urteil: Polizei darf keine Fotos von Versammlungen in sozialen Netzwerken veröffentlichen (netzpolitik.org, Markus Reuter) Das Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster hat entschieden, dass die Polizei aus Essen keine Fotos von Demonstrierenden beziehungsweise Versammlungsteilnehmenden auf Twitter oder Facebook veröffentlichen darf. Ein Urteil, das bundesweite Bedeutung haben könnte. 2. Der mühsame Weg, das Rundfunk-Gedächtnis zugänglich zu machen (uebermedien.de, Daniel […]
  • „Tausend Zeilen Lüge“, SUV-Panzer, „Kraft durch Freude“ beim Boxen 17. září 2019
    1. „Claas Relotius war nie Reporter“ (spiegel.de, Juan Moreno) Der Journalist Juan Moreno hat ein Buch über das geschrieben, was der „Spiegel“ den „Fall Claas Relotius“ nennt, was aber auch der „Fall Spiegel“ heißen könnte. Immerhin veröffentlicht der „Spiegel“ nun einen Auszug des Buchs, nachdem er dem Autor — nach dessen Aussage — wenig bis […]
  • Was kümmert sie ihr Geschwätz vom Absatz zuvor? 16. září 2019
    Popstar Sam Smith schrieb am vergangenen Freitag bei Twitter: Mit dieser Aussage landete Smith auch bei Bild.de: Sam Smith (27) möchte ab sofort nicht mehr mit männlichen Pronomen angesprochen werden, stattdessen wünscht sich Smith ab jetzt eine genderneutrale Ansprache. Bereits Anfang des Jahres erklärte Sam Smith, non-binär zu sein, sich also weder dem männlichem, noch […]

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  • Le Musée de la Résistance de Châteaubriant 17. září 2019
    Les 21 et 22 septembre 2019, le Musée de la Résistance de Châteaubriant participe à la 36e édition des Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, organisée par le Ministère de la Culture. A cette occasion, le musée est ouvert le samedi et le dimanche de 14h à 18h. L’entrée et les animations sont gratuites pour tous. Au […]
  • Abbaretz pleine nature, de nouveaux aménagements 17. září 2019
    De nouveaux aménagements sur le site d’Abbaretz pleine nature. Nathalie Mauclair, double championne du monde de trail sera présente à l’inauguration samedi 21 septembre 2019 à 11h30. Bienvenue à Abbaretz pleine nature ! Les visiteurs peuvent découvrir dès l’entrée du site les nouveaux aménagements réalisés par le Département de Loire-Atlantique qui a pour ambition d’accueillir […]
  • La location des vélos à assistance électrique simplifiée 28. srpna 2019
    La location des vélos à assistance électrique en libre-service à Châteaubriant est simplifiée. À partir du lundi 2 septembre, des cartes avec un forfait d’heures sont en vente à l’Office de Tourisme, ainsi qu’au guichet unique des familles. Afin de faciliter la location des VAE sur les deux stations libre-service. Celles de la gare et […]