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Syria in ruins but Assad's hold on power looks firm
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:24:01 -0500
BEIRUT (AP) ‚?? His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for the foreseeable future.
Man arrested in cop killing; mom accused of helping him flee
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:50:04 -0500
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) ‚?? Tips from informants helped lead law enforcement to the man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer, and the suspect's mother is accused of helping him evade arrest during a four-day manhunt, officials said Tuesday.
Donald Trump‚??s Pricey New Christmas Hat Gets Exactly The Reception You‚??d Expect
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:48:57 -0500
This time, he‚??s selling a Christmas version of his famous lid, with ‚??Make American Great Again‚?Ě covered in embroidered lights on the front and ‚??Merry Christmas‚?Ě on the back.
Trump says he‚??s declaring North Korea a terrorism sponsor
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:46:05 -0500
Trump said the designation would trigger ‚??further sanctions and penalties‚?Ě and that it ‚??supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.‚?Ě
Venezuela arrests six top executives from PDVSA's US subsidiary Citgo
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:57:09 -0500
Venezuela on Tuesday arrested the acting president and five other top executives in charge of Citgo, the US refinery subsidiary of troubled state oil company PDVSA, on corruption charges. "Six senior executives have been arrested," said chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab, adding that the charges included embezzlement, bid rigging, money laundering and criminal association. The Citgo chief, Jose Angel Pereira, was arrested in Caracas.
Apologizing For Predatory Behavior Requires More Than Saying 'I'm Sorry'
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:44:34 -0500
In 2011, Angie‚??s* male colleague at the Smithsonian‚??s National Museum of Natural History brought her into an isolated hallway and grabbed her butt without her consent.
Off-Duty Officer Fatally Shoots Robbers While Holding His Baby
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:06:50 -0500
The father was shopping when two hooded men stormed a pharmacy
Robert Mugabe to face impeachment by Wednesday as ‚??source of instability‚??
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:29:36 -0500
Zimbabwe's military appealed for calm on Monday as MPs prepared to to impeach Robert Mugabe as a "source of instability" amid mounting public outrage at his refusal to step down as the country's president on Sunday.¬† In a public address on Monday evening, the military, which launched a soft coup against Mr Mugabe last week, said it had agreed on a "road map" out of the deadlock and that a former vice president whose sacking triggered the crisis would return to the country shortly.¬† "We remained seized with Operation Restore Legacy... we have made further consultation to agree on a road map on the prevailing situation‚?Ě Gen Constantino Chiwenga, the head of the armed forces, said in a press conference. "We are encouraged by communication between the President and former vice president. We will advise the nation about talks between the two." Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled the country after Mr Mugabe was fired him as vice president earlier this month, has not been seen since the coup began. The military is widely assumed to be seeking to install him as president. ¬† Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare, Sunday, Nov, 19, 2017 Credit: AP Mr Mugabe shocked the world and sparked confusion in Zimbabwe when he used a televised address - expected to be a resignation speech - to claim that military coup did not represent a challenge to his authority and that he would preside over the party‚??s December congress as previously planned. The speech, which came after his own party recalled him as their leader and organised massive street protests calling for his resignation in a bid to pressure him to resign, was so unexpected it sparked speculation he had been handed the wrong speech, possibly with the collusion of the generals.¬† ‚??We were disappointed yesterday in the midst of all those generals he appeared to swap [speeches]‚?Ě Chris Mutsvangwa, the head of the country‚??s influential veterans association, said at a press conference on Monday morning, referring to footage that showed Mr Mugabe shuffling papers and one of the generals seated behind him handling a sheaf of A4 sheets before he began speaking on Sunday. Mr Mutsvanga, whose organization was once a bastion of support for Mr Mugabe but is now calling for his removal, said the president's refusal to stand down a "dereliction of duty". Addressing Mr Mugabe directly, he added: "Your time is up." Jubilation in Zimbabwe as Mugabe is sacked by his own party 01:20 A senior military source told the Telegraph that the country's generals had nothing to do with the non-resignation and were ‚??stunned‚?Ě and left ‚??furious‚?Ě when Mr Mugabe finished his ¬†rambling 20 minute speech without stepping down.¬† "They still respect him, so they would not check [the text of the speech]. They believed he would resign. The couldn't do anything to stop him," said the source, a long-serving senior officer. ¬† Mr Mugabe has been under effective house arrest since the Zimbabwean military seized control of the country on Tuesday night in a coup designed to prevent him his wife, Grace, from succeeding him as president and install Mr Mnangagwa instead. In an effort to retain a semblance of legitimacy for their actions, the generals have attempted to persuade Mr Mugabe to resign in accordance with the country‚??s constitution rather than to simply oust him in a classic coup d‚??etat. He was widely reported to have agreed to do so before Sunday night, when he claimed he would preside over the Zanu-PF party congress on December as planned. ¬† Zanu-PF, the party Mr Mugabe founded and which he has led in office for more than 37 years, met to debate a parliamentary impeachment motion after the 93 year old president ignored another deadline to step down. The party had demanded that Mr Mugabe resign by midday local time (10:AM GMT). People cheer soldiers during a march in the streets to demand that President Robert Mugabe resign and step down from power in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 19, 2017 Credit: Barcroft Media A draft of the¬†impeachment and¬†no-confidence motion, which the Telegraph has seen, lists grievances including failing to address corruption, sending the country into a 15-year "economic tailspin", allowing his wife, Grace Mugabe, to assume his constitutional responsibilities, and accusing deputies of plotting coups without evidence.¬† "This attests to the President's poor sense of judgement and disrespect for the law," reads the motion which was drafted by Lovemore Matuke, the Zanu-PF chief whip in parliament.¬† "[The motion] herefore calls upon this house to cause the removal of the President from office in light of the above," it adds. Zimbabwe‚??s constitution allows parliament to remove the president if two thirds of both houses find him unfit to carry out his duties. Parliament first would have to vote by a simple majority to appoint a select committee to investigate Mr Mugabe‚??s fitness to rule. People cheer during a during a march in the streets to demand that President Robert Mugabe resign and step down from power in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 19, 2017 Credit: Barcroft Media Paul Mangwana, Zanu-PF‚??s deputy secretary for legal affairs, told reporters at the party's Harare headquarters that impeachment could be set in motion as early as Tuesday and could be completed in two days.¬† Other legal experts have warned it could take weeks, however.¬† MPs from the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe‚??s main opposition party, said they would meet on Tuesday to agree a position on a possible impeachment vote. Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, warned that infighting inside Zanu-PF and differences with the military over how to handle the crisis should not be allowed to prevent a "fresh start" for the country. "It would be inimical to progress and the future of the country if all this action was about power retention at all costs," Mr Tsvangirai wrote on his party‚??s website. Gen Constantino Chiwenga, head of the Zimbabwean military, looks on while Robert Mugabe reads a speech on Sunday Credit: ¬†Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP The development came as one of Grace Mugabe's closest allies said he had manged to flee the country.¬† Jonathan Moyo, the tertiary education minister and a key figure in G40, the faction surrounding Mrs Mugabe, tweeted that he and at least 50 other senior party officials were "outside of the country." The tweet was later deleted Theresa May said on Monday that it was clear Mr Mugabe had lost the support of the Zimbabwean people but that the outcome of the crisis remained uncertain. "We don't yet know how developments in Zimbabwe are going to play out. What does appear clear is that Mugabe has lost the support of the people and of his party," said James Slack, Mrs May‚??s spokesman. Mr Slack said Britain "would appeal for everyone to refrain from violence and hope to see a peaceful and swift resolution to the situation." Kenneth Kaunda, a former president of Zambia, arrived in Harare on Monday in a bid to persuade Mr Mugabe to make a ‚??dignified‚?Ě exit.
Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 To Keep A Massive Data Breach Quiet
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:33:54 -0500
Uber confirmed Tuesday that it had paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet after an October 2016 attack led to the disclosure of 57 million customers‚?? personal data,¬†Bloomberg first reported.
In 1991, America Stopped Building the Ultimate Submarine Russia or China Still Can't Beat
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:25:00 -0500
The extreme quietness of the¬†Seawolf¬†class gave the Navy the idea of modifying the last submarine, USS¬†Jimmy Carter, to support clandestine operations. The¬†MMP¬†gives¬†Carter¬†the ability to send and recover Remotely Operated Vehicles/Unmanned Underwater Vehicles and¬†SEALs¬†and diving teams while submerged. The¬†Seawolf-class¬†submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built.
Watch This High Schooler Demand Answers From Her Congressman On DACA
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:21:47 -0500
The sophomore at Port Richmond High School on New York‚??s Staten Island asked her congressman, Dan Donovan (R-NY), a hard-hitting question during a town hall forum on Sunday afternoon.
Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:21:41 -0500
An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Trump Tears Into Jeff Flake On Twitter After Senator Says GOP Is 'Toast'
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:25:45 -0500
Donald Trump¬†lashed out at Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) after he was heard over a hot mic saying the Republican Party would be ‚??toast‚?Ě if it stuck with Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Donald Trump Is Shutting Down His Charitable Foundation
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:46:01 -0500
Looks like Donald Trump may actually be keeping a promise.
Meghan McCain and Ben Domenech Are Married
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:23:02 -0500
The conservative co-host of ABC‚??s The View, 33, who is the daughter of Senator John McCain, wed conservative pundit Ben Domenech, 35, just before sunset at the bride‚??s family ranch in Sedona, Arizona, a rep for McCain tells PEOPLE exclusively
Allegations Against Al Franken Could Cost Democrats A Progressive Fighter In The Senate
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:36:10 -0500
WASHINGTON ‚?? The allegations of sexual harassment against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
Whitefish Shuts Down Operations In Puerto Rico, Claims It's Owed $83 Million
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:02:51 -0500
Whitefish Energy is halting work on Puerto Rico‚??s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid after claiming the U.S. territory owes the company $83 million.
Sarah Sanders Asks Press To Say What They're Thankful For Before Questions
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:13:43 -0500
The Thanksgiving holiday spirit took a bit of a strident twist during Monday‚??s press briefing by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Neil Cavuto Shreds Trump: 'You're The President... Why Don‚??t You Act Like It?'
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:58:49 -0500
Check out Neil's latest Common Sense pic.twitter.com/4r7E6lEqFw‚??
19 Crazy Delicious Ways To Roast Sweet Potatoes
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:46:04 -0500
102-year-old Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family died meets nephew he didn't know existed
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:26:39 -0500
A 102-year-old Polish man who believed his entire family had died in the¬†Holocaust was reduced to tears this week when he met a nephew that he didn't know he had.
U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policies
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:09:34 -0500
The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws by discriminating against Asian-American applicants.
33 Hearty Soups That'll Feed A Hungry Crowd
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:04 -0500
Turkish lira hits record low against dollar
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:44:13 -0500
The embattled Turkish lira hit record lows against the dollar on Tuesday as investors took fright over an impending trial in the United States and changes to banking regulations. The Turkish lira lost over one percent in value to trade at 3.97 to the dollar late morning, testing the never-before-reached 4.0 ceiling, before rallying slightly to 3.95 in the early evening. The latest drop followed the delay on Monday of a scheduled trial in the United States of Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank, accused of defying US sanctions on Iran.
Argentina's navy says fresh noises are not from missing submarine
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:06:29 -0500
Argentina‚??s navy has said sounds detected from the bottom of the ocean are not from the submarine which has been missing in rough seas for five days with 44 crew on board. Spokesman Enrique Balbi said ‚??a biological source‚?Ě was behind the noises which were picked up by two Argentinian navy ships searching for ARA San Juan and by sonar buoys dropped by a US P8 surveillance plane.
Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:48:51 -0500
NEW DELHI (AP) ‚?? A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film "Padmavati" rumored to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.
U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:37:15 -0500
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to "consider the risks" when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen. The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Iran-aligned Houthis from Yemen towards the Saudi capital Riyadh. The missile, which the Houthis said was in response to Saudi-led air strikes on civilians in Yemen, was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.
American Mother Held Hostage by Taliban Details 'Intolerable' Situation for Her Children
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:40:36 -0500
‚??This was an intolerable situation for a child to be in, the constant fear"
US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:25:54 -0500
The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake ...
US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:35:54 -0500
US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 jihadists, military officials said. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time (0730 GMT), killing more than 100 militants," the US Africa Command said in a statement.
Karina Vetrano murder : Man beat jogger so hard her teeth broke, court hears
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:13:00 -0500
Cathie and Philip Vetrano heard the accused Chanel Lewis explain that he struck Karina Vetrano so hard that her teeth broke. In a pre-taped confession, Mr Lewis said he ‚??lost it‚?Ě and grabbed the 30-year-old from Queens as she ran past him through a marshy swamp along a bike path in Spring Creek Park. The confession was recorded back in February 2017 after Mr Lewis spent the night in a police precinct watching cartoons.
12 Ways To Eat Sushi You Haven't Thought Of Yet
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:02:07 -0500
Writer Calls On Women Of Color 'To Divest From Lena Dunham' After Controversy
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:13:14 -0500
Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO‚??s ‚??Girls,‚?Ě generated widespread controversy last week after issuing and then walking back a statement defending Murray Miller,¬†a writer and producer on the show whom actress Aurora Perrineau said raped her when she was 17 and he was in his 30s.
Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 8 Women
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:09:46 -0500
A bombshell Washington Post report provided similar accounts from eight women on the television journalist‚??s behavior, corroborated by family and friends. Rose has now been suspended from both CBS News and PBS.
"I remember feeling really scared that he could be around any corner, because we weren‚??t sure exactly where he was."
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:09:25 -0500
Chelsea Sobolik had just come off a double shift at a Red Robin restaurant when she decided, at the last minute, to join a group of friends for a midnight screening of ‚??The Dark Knight Rises‚?Ě in Aurora, Colorado. After the shooting, Sobolik took a year off to rest and recover, something that would not have been possible without Red Robin‚??s Giving Fund ‚?? a charitable donation her colleagues made with every check to support workers during tough times. Between this fund, the free mental health care she received from the Aurora Mental Health Center¬†and help from her family and friends, Sobolik feels grateful for all the support that has helped her cope, but she considers recovery a lifelong process.
Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:10:34 -0500
TOKYO (AP) ‚?? A Japanese woman was arrested Tuesday after police say she confessed to putting four newborns in concrete-filled buckets two decades ago and having been filled with guilt over not caring for her babies.
Footage shows African migrants being sold as slaves at auction for as little as ¬£300 each
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:18:59 -0500
The Libyan government is to investigate allegations that African migrants are being sold as slaves at auctions. Tens of thousands of migrants, many of them from West Africa but also Bangladesh, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea, are being held in camps and warehouses on the Libyan coast, hoping to reach Europe. When the warehouses become overcrowded, or if migrants are unable to pay traffickers for the boat journey towards Italy ‚??¬†where many are rescued by NGO-operated vessels ‚??¬†they are sold. The existence of modern-day slave markets has been known for months, with testimony from the International Organisation for Migration and other humanitarian agencies, but last week CNN obtained video footage of one such auction.¬† In scenes reminiscent of the 19th century, when the slave trade was rife, auctioneers advertised a group of West African migrants as ‚??big strong boys for farm work.‚?Ě The auctioneers referred to the migrants in Arabic as ‚??merchandise‚?Ě. The CNN footage showed buyers bidding for the migrants, who were sold off for as little as $400 each. One West African man told the television network: ‚??Sure, I was sold‚?Ě.¬† Others recounted how they were beaten by their ‚??owners‚?Ě as they put to work. Ahmed Metig, the deputy prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli, said the allegations would be investigated. He said he would establish a "commission to investigate these reports in order to apprehend and bring those responsible to justice.‚?Ě Migrants sit in a detention centre run by the interior ministry of Libya's eastern-based government, in Benghazi Credit: Reuters Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea and chairman of the African Union, where many migrants come from, called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". The Senegalese government called the apparent slave market a "blight on the conscience of humanity". The IOM reported the existence of slave markets in April. ‚??The reports of ‚??slave markets‚?? for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],‚?Ě said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM‚??s head of operation and emergencies.¬† ‚??The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.‚?Ě Migrants who are rescued at sea and brought to Italy have told how they are beaten, tortured and in some cases raped by traffickers in Libya.¬† Many young women end up as prostitutes on the streets of Italy, with Nigerian girls as young as 13 forced to sell themselves for as little as 10 euros (¬£8.90) a time, terrified into submission by gang rape and voodoo curses. It is estimated that 80 per cent of Nigerian teenage girls and young women who make it to Italy are forced into the sex trade.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Resigns
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:08:03 -0500
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe‚??s authoritarian president, agreed to step down on Tuesday, according to the speaker of parliament.
Former Texas Cheerleader Killed When Driver Crashed Into Her Car While Using Breathalyzer: Cops
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:51:08 -0500
After teen was killed in a car crash in Arlington, Texas, police are investigating the other driver, who was using a court-ordered breathalyzing device
15 Tweets That Accurately Describe Thanksgiving After Marriage
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:30:17 -0500
Stressful attempts to split the holiday between two families,¬†kitchen calamities¬†and uncomfortable conversations with in-laws: Welcome to Thanksgiving as a married couple!
Trump-Russia probe: Mueller requests dismissal documents on former FBI Director James Comey, reports say
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:25:33 -0500
Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the Justice Department turn over a range of documents, including some about the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey, it has been reported. Mr Mueller is currently leading an investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, and is also reportedly examining whether Mr Trump himself obstructed justice by asking Mr Comey to drop an investigation into then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Mueller Turns Eyes to DoJ, Asks for Documents
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:49:54 -0500
Paul Rosenzweig, former senior counsel on Ken Starr's investigation, talks with Rachel Maddow about the relationship between Robert Mueller's investigation of Donald Trump and the Justice Department.
Obama Wishes Joe Biden A Happy Birthday With An Adorable Meme
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:04:08 -0500
Joe Biden may be another year older, but these memes never get old.
Philippines' Duterte defends troops on looting in Marawi siege
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:39:40 -0500
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday rejected allegations by a rights group that troops engaged in looting during the bloody battle against Islamic State followers in the southern city of Marawi. Duterte also assured soldiers he would protect their interests following allegations by Amnesty International that they had committed abuses during the five-month battle in Marawi that left over a thousand people dead. "Those (allegations) of stealing in Marawi, I don't believe it.
U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:32:37 -0500
The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.
Kate Steinle: Victim of Deadly 'Russian Roulette' or a Tragic Accident?
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:56:19 -0500
The case became a flashpoint in the 2016 election because the accused is an undocumented immigrant
As World Turns More Slowly, We Face Earthquake Boom, Scientists Warn
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:15:09 -0500
More powerful earthquakes could rock the globe in 2018 because of infinitesimal changes in the speed of the Earth‚??s rotation, scientists warn.
Tide of Public Opinion Turning Against Moore
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:11:56 -0500
Rachel Maddow reports on the strengthening position of Doug Jones, the Democratic challenger to Roy Moore as Moore maintains local party support but suffers rejection by national Republicans and local media.
What 3 Creepy Meetings With Charlie Rose Taught Me About Toxic Sexism And Blurred Lines
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:49:25 -0500
A few years ago I belonged to the group of people who thought that working for Charlie Rose represented the holy grail of journalism.
This idyllic Swiss village wants to pay you more than ¬£50,000 to move there
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:27:00 -0500
If it‚??s ever been a distant dream of yours to wind up in a tiny and beautiful mountain village, consider this. The Swiss town of Albinen, located in the scenic canton of Valais, wants to pay people 25,000 Swiss francs (¬£18,900) each to move there. The council will soon be voting on the new initiative, which aims to repopulate a community that has dwindled to just 240 residents, reports The Local. Under the scheme, each new adult resident will be paid the fee, with an additional 10,000 Swiss francs (¬£7,600) per child. For a family of four, that‚??s more than ¬£53,000. Most of the previous residents who have left the village have been families with children, according to Swiss news agency ATS, with the last three departures leading to the closure of Albinen‚??s school. It should be noted, however, that this was never exactly a thriving neighbourhood. Its highest ever number of inhabitants on record was 380, back in 1900. What‚??s the catch? There are certain conditions attached to the proposed offer. New residents must be under the age of 45, and are required to build or purchase a property to live in full time, not used as a holiday home, worth at least 200,000 Swiss francs (¬£151,900). You‚??ll also have to remain in residence there for at least 10 years, or forfeit the fee. Officials hope that Albinen‚??s flailing economy will benefit from an influx of new homeowners through taxes, building contracts and the purchase of local produce. Switzerland has a high level of immigration from EU countries What does Albinen have to offer? Six square miles of Alpine land makes up the municipality of Albinen, huddled at an altitude of 4,300 ft in the south-west of Switzerland and dwarfed by its surrounding mountains. ¬† Most of Albinen is farmland and forest, with its settled area of buildings and roads accounting for little over three per cent of it. Only 240 residents live here, surrounded by forest and farmland Credit: Wikipedia Commons Xenos There's little going on in the town's centre, save for its narrow cobbled turns, centuries-old houses, a church and a shop. And you‚??ll need to learn German, the region‚??s first language.¬† But hop in the car and it's less than four miles to Leukerbad, home to one of Europe's largest medical wellness, beauty and thermal baths complex. Charlie Chaplin, Tolstoy and Goethe were among those who travelled to the village to bathe in the calcium- and sulphate-rich thermal waters.¬† Switzerland tours Prefer to live in Italy? This is far from the first time a shrinking town in Europe has offered to pay people to move there, most commonly in Italy. Just last month, the Italian town of Candela in Puglia announced it would hand out up to ‚?¨2,000 (¬£1,792) for new residents. They must live permanently in the village, rent a house, and have a salary of at least ‚?¨7,500 (¬£6,723). Earlier this year, Italy also said it was giving away 103 of its historic buildings for free, with one catch - all takers will need to commit to transforming the properties into tourist facilities including hotels, restaurants or spas.