Hillary Clinton joined her fellow Democrats in calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump on Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton joined her fellow Democrats in calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump on Tuesday.

Clinton made the statement while speaking to People Magazine, saying the country is in a “crisis.”

“I did not come to that decision easily or quickly, but this is an emergency as I see it,” she told the magazine.

“This latest behavior around Ukraine, trying to enlist the president of Ukraine in a plot to undermine former Vice President Biden or lose the military aid he needs to defend against Trump’s friend Vladimir Putin — if that’s not an impeachable offense, I don’t know what is.”

Clinton’s comments came the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would back an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Pelosi reached her decision after reports surfaced that the Trump administration blocked the release of whistleblower report related to his relationship with Ukraine.

“The president of the United States is betraying our country on a daily basis,” Clinton added in her interview with People.

“This man who is in the Oval Office right now is a clear and present danger to the future of the United States.”

A grand jury indicted a California man for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last week

A grand jury indicted a California man for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend last week — five years after she disappeared in her native Hawaii.

Bernard Brown will be extradited from Sacramento to the island of Maui to face charges in the murder of 46-year-old Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, who was reported missing by her daughter on January 14, 2014, authorities said.

The mother of three was last seen leaving Brown’s home in Wailuku on January 12, Maui police said. Several days later, her purse was found in a dumpster at the nearby Wailuku Community Center.

Her body was never found.

Family and neighbors had told Hawaii News Now that Brown was abusive and local authorities had long considered him a person of interest in the case.

He left Hawaii in early February 2014.

The case surrounding Monsalve’s disappearance was featured in Dateline NBC’s “Missing in America” series.

Her daughter, Alexis Felicilda, said she’d been waiting for Brown’s arrest for a long time.

“This man has changed my life,” she added.

Texas Rep. Al Green was the first congressional Democrat to explicitly call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment

WASHINGTON — Texas Rep. Al Green was the first congressional Democrat to explicitly call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, and now, nearly two and a half years later, he says he feels “vindicated.”

More than 160 Democrats in the House now support an impeachment inquiry — including many from conservative districts — with a flood of support coming shortly after it was reported that Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.

 House Democrats met late Tuesday afternoon, and Pelosi made an announcement that she now backs a formal impeachment inquiry, following months of avoidance of the topic, frustration with the press, and caution to members of her caucus on the topic.
“I felt then as I feel now that I’m being vindicated. I said that I would be vindicated and I am being vindicated — the truth has been vindicated,” Green, the eight-term Democrat, told BuzzFeed News in an interview. “I felt compelled because for me it was about more than making a speech. It was about taking a stand that would be based on principle, not politics.”

In a lengthy phone interview with BuzzFeed News, Green said his decision to wave the flag on impeachment — back in May 2017, just four months into Trump’s presidency — came because he is a “liberated Democrat,” and that he was doing so “in the spirit of Shirley Chisholm,” the black feminist political icon who was the first black woman elected to Congress.

“To be true to myself, I could not stray from this cause,” he said.

Green also introduced and forced a vote to move forward on articles of impeachment in December 2017. At that time, 60 Democrats joined Green.

Pelosi has long been protective of the more moderate and vulnerable members of her caucus; as more moderates came out in support of an impeachment inquiry, it became harder for her to avoid action.

Green, a Democrat from Houston, did not have a national profile. But as a red-state lawmaker from a blue district, he faced very few, if any, political consequences for emerging as the face of the effort to impeach Trump. Further, for Democrats uncertain how to navigate Washington with the White House and both chambers of Congress under Republican control, Green represented a wing of the anti-Trump movement in Congress who viewed Trump’s actions — even pre-Charlottesville — as a matter of national security.

Green’s comments came Tuesday afternoon after a whirlwind news cycle that fundamentally changed the impeachment debate on Capitol Hill. Pelosi announced her support for an impeachment inquiry, a stunning reversal highlighting the seriousness of an apparent effort by Trump to ask a foreign entity to help him gain a political advantage against a possible opponent.

Green said he drew support from many of his colleagues, but his bluster — which rankled some members inside the caucus who characterized Green’s approach as premature — was not without consequences. He said the most difficult part was “realizing that taking the stand would put others in jeopardy.” Green said his office received multiple death threats and additional steps were taken to protect himself and his staffers, including at his district office in Houston.

 

Asked if he looked forward to speaking with her, Green said, “I always enjoy hearing from anyone who wants to speak to me, and obviously that would include the speaker.”

He went on, “It’s not like she and I don’t talk to each other. I talk to her, and I’m always honored to be in her company. … I’ve had a lot of things said, but I don’t single people out. I don’t recall anybody that I’ve singled out, so I don’t think I’ll start today. I’ve tried to state my position, and I understand that people will differ with me. But that doesn’t change my position.”

Green is getting what he wants. But he is also wanting to make Trump’s discrimination against minorities and people of color part of the investigation into Trump’s actions as president, which could signal his next fight. His hope is that “there will be at least one article of impeachment concerning the president’s bigotry infused into policy that is harming our society.”

British forces need more “non-lethal” options to disable our enemies, the defence head has said.

British forces need more “non-lethal” options to disable our enemies, the defence head has said.

General Sir Nick Carter warned that the world is a less stable place than at any time in his 42-year career.

Speaking to an international audience at a Defence and Security event in London, the Chief of the Defence Staff said the British military needed to develop more non-lethal options to give politicians greater options in future conflicts.

The pace of change is “more profound than anything humanity has experienced outside of the two world wars,” he said

He cautioned that challenges to the international rules-based order at the pace of recent years inevitably “breeds instability”.

“We are living through a period of phenomenal change,” he said.

Activities short of actual combat such as cyber attacks – increasingly referred to as the grey zone – mean that highly technical military technology is often rendered redundant.

The military needed to have “smaller and faster capabilities to avoid detection…and emphasise the non-lethal disabling of enemy capabilities thereby increasing the range of political and strategic choice,” General Nick said. 

“This is compounded by a rapidly evolving character of conflict brought on by the pervasiveness of information and the extraordinary advances in technology.”

“We are now being challenged on multiple fronts,” he said.

“Constant competition with rivals in the so-called grey zone is increasing the focus on military capabilities which are not designed to have a kinetic or lethal impact in the way that conventional capabilities tend to be.”

Air raid sirens were tested across the Saudi Arabian capital on Thursday

Air raid sirens were tested across the Saudi Arabian capital on Thursday as the country prepared for a possible escalation with Iran, following a weekend attack on its oil fields raised the stakes in the conflict.

Text messages were sent out to residents ahead of the 1pm tests in Riyadh and neighbouring provinces, which civil defence said was to ensure the sirens were “effective and ready.”

 

He said there was “plenty of time to do some dastardly things . . . We’ll see what happens.”

“The US stands with Saudi Arabia and supports its right to defend itself,” Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, tweeted from Jeddah following a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mr Pompeo said the attack on the world’s largest oil processing plant and knocked out half of Saudi’s production, was “of a scale we’ve just not seen before”.

“‘Act of war’ or agitation for war?” he said in a tweet. “For their own sake, they should pray that they won’t get what they seek.”

In an interview later with CNN, he said: “I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want war; we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation… But we won’t blink to defend our territory.”

One working theory being considered by US intelligence is that the cruise missiles were launched from Iran and programmed to fly around the northern Persian Gulf through Iraqi air space instead of directly across the gulf where the US has much better surveillance.

Riyadh, which said it is still investigating the assault, on Wednesday displayed the remnants of 25 Iranian drones and missiles it said were used in the strike as undeniable evidence of Iranian aggression. 

“We have had strikes on Saudi, even on Riyadh, before. But this feels different. The Houthis, we can deal with,” said Khaled, who did not wish to give his last name. “But Iran is another matter.”

Such a hypothesis would explain how they were not picked up and intercepted by Saudi’s costly missile defence system.

 

 

Gantz demands Netanyahu resign

Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s centrist party, insisted Thursday that he will “not be dictated to” by Benjamin Netanyahu in post-election negotiations and repeated his demand that the prime minister resign to make way for a new unity government.

“Blue & White, headed by me, has won the election. Blue and White is the largest party,” Mr Gantz said in his first comments since election night. “The process of building a government has begun. We will not be dictated to.”

Mr Lieberman is expected to eventually throw his support behind Mr Gantz, according to Israeli media reports, but has yet to say so officially. Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, will make a decision next week on which leader should be tasked with forming a government.

Mr Netanyahu then called on Mr Gantz to join with his Right-wing coalition to form a unity government. “The nation expects us, both of us, to accept responsibility and work together,” Mr Netanyahu said.

The two party leaders met briefly at a memorial ceremony for Shimon Peres, the late Israeli president, where they smiled and shook hands in front of the cameras. But the moment of political harmony did not last long.

 “One person is preventing the formation of a liberal unity government,” Mr Lapid said. “When faced with the choice between what’s important for the country and what’s important for one person, the country comes first.”

Mr Gantz dismissed the prime minister’s offer as “spin”. His deputy leader, Yair Lapid, put it more bluntly by saying that Mr Netanyahu’s resignation was the only thing standing in the way of a unity government between Blue & White and Likud.

 Mr Gantz hopes that if Mr Netanyahu refuses to step down then his own Likud ministers will rise up and force him out. So far Likud ministers are insisting they will remain loyal to Mr Netanyahu. 

If he fails, then Mr Netanyahu could be given another chance at cobbling together a majority. Israel could be plunged into an unprecedented third election in a year if neither side is able to reach a majority of 61 seats.

If Mr Gantz is unable forge a unity pact with the Likud then he he will face daunting math to try to form a majority. Once tasked by the president, Mr Gantz would have a maximum of 42 days to assemble a government.

Workers at the Abqaiq Aramco oil plant in eastern Saudi Arabia heard the first missile land just after 3.50am. 

They grabbed their gas masks and ran first to the stabilisation columns – one of the most vital parts of the facility – which were on fire.

“The terrorist strikes were still going on when the first team arrived,” said Khaled al-Ghamdi, operations manager at Abqaiq. “The first hour is known as the golden hour and they knew they had to try to get a handle before it burned out of control.”

The overnight team thought it was an explosion caused by a malfunction – extremely rare but not unheard of at the world’s largest oil processing plant. By strikes two, three, and four, they were in no doubt as to what was happening. This was a deliberate, targeted hit.

 

Some 150 miles away at the exact same moment, a combination of missiles and drones struck a second processing site at Khurais. Saudi Aramco bosses were woken in the middle of the night to be told the news.

By sunrise on Saturday the damage to both plants was clear. Whoever was responsible had managed to cripple the kingdom’s oil production, halving it from more than five million barrels per day to just two overnight. Oil prices rocketed to record highs – higher even than at the start of the Islamic revolution of 1979 and during the Arab-Israeli war oil embargo.

 Saudi Arabia has suffered a number of much smaller-scale and much less consequential attacks in the past few months, almost exclusively at the hands of Iran-backed Houthis which the kingdom is fighting in neighbouring Yemen. The militia did claim the latest strikes – but they were met with widespread scepticism.

As one official in Riyadh put it to the Telegraph, “such an attack on Saudi’s oil industry is like a knife through its beating heart.”

Instead, last weekend’s strikes brought the long-running shadow war between Saudi Arabia and Iran out into the open. If US intelligence is to be believed, this was the first major attack by Iran, from Iran, on its foe.

All eyes are now on Saudi Arabia, which cannot leave the attack unanswered but also knows confrontation with Iran must be avoided at all costs.

Saudi Aramco put on a press tour of the two sites on Friday – a rare exercise in transparency for a hermit kingdom not known to open its doors to journalists.

So unexpected was it that Tehran might direct and deliver its own assault, Saudi Arabia’s anti-missile defence system was facing south towards Yemen rather than north towards Iran and Iraq. Tehran is suspected of sending its missiles a circuitous route round the northern Persian Gulf through Iraqi air space, which allowed it to successfully evade sophisticated Saudi radars.

 

 Visiting the ruined sites it was immediately clear the strike had been clearly planned and cleverly executed, a raid far beyond the capabilities of the Houthis.

Riyadh is clearly keen to drum up support for any coordinated response against Iran. It has already shared much of its evidence with the US and plans to present it at the United Nations General Assembly in the coming week.

At Khurais, cranes had been erected around two burnt-out stabilisation columns, which form part of oil-gas separation units.

At Abqaiq, gaping holes were being mended in spherical “three-phase separators”, which perform the crucial function of separating fluids into gas, oil and water.

Parts are being urgently shipped from as far away as the US and Europe.

Experts who looked at the Telegraph’s photographs from the site suggested that the scale of the attack had probably been underplayed.

Under its de facto young ruler Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has been trying to open up to the world. That Friday’s tour even happened is the clearest sign of that to date.   

Next year Riyadh is hosting the G20 summit. The kingdom will need to instill confidence that it will be able to protect such important visiting delegates from any possible future attack.

“You can see, there is a lot of damage,” said Mr Ghamdi, the manager at Abqaiq, pointing to a scorched stabiliser. “But we have some of the best teams in the world. Within seven hours the fires were extinguished. Within 24 hours we brought production back to 30 per cent.”

Around 1,100 Aramco employees work at the Abqaiq plant on a normal week, but until the company manages to restore normal output – which they estimate to be by the end of the month – they have 6,000 working 24/7.

Any cover up would have seriously eroded trust in Saudi Arabia, not just of its allies but of investors ahead of a much-anticipated international public offering for the state-owned Aramco – billed as the world’s largest ever IPO.

“Yes, the attack happened,” said Mr Ghamdi, “but had it been any other country that would have been it [for the industry]. We must remember that Saudi is strong. The world should know that.”

The Iranian foreign minister has claimed that the UK offered release £400m owed to Iran from a decades-old deal in return for Tehran freeing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The Iranian foreign minister has claimed that the UK offered release £400m owed to Iran from a decades-old deal in return for Tehran freeing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker.

Mr Zarif said both Mr Hammond and Mr Johnson considered the idea but that it was nixed by Mr Hunt because he harboured ambitions to become prime minister and did not want to be seen to be paying a ransom to Iran.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Javad Zarif said that both Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson were open to the proposal when they were foreign secretary but that it was taken off the table by Jeremy Hunt.

The idea involves the UK returning £400m which the Shah of Iran paid in the 1970s to purchase 1,750 tanks and armoured cars from Britain. The UK did not deliver the tanks after the Shah was overthrown and Iran has repeatedly demanded the money back.

“Jeremy started talking about ‘you’re asking for ransom’. And I said: ‘Come on, this is not something that I started. This is something that Philip started,’” Mr Zarif said. “Jeremy started to play tough because he wanted to become prime minister and it didn’t work out for anybody.”

He added that he had also discussed the proposal with Dominic Raab, the current foreign secretary, without reaching a conclusion.

“[Mr Raab raised it] and I told him that there was an offer from their side which unfortunately hasn’t been fulfilled. Basically he made a statement and I made a rebuttal and then we said goodbye.”

Richard Ratcliffe, Nazanin’s husband, told the Guardian he was glad that Mr Zarif had made the offer of an exchange of payments for his wife’s freedom so explicit. “I am glad that foreign minister Zarif has been so clear. Transparency has been a long time coming,” he said.

An international arbitration court ruled in 2009 that the UK must pay the money back but Britain’s own high court has yet to issue a ruling on the subject.

“We will highlight our concerns over innocent people being held in Iran without due judicial process at the UN this week.”

Don’t call people obese – instead use phrases like “living with obesity” – the British Psychological Society suggests. 

Psychologists said finding new ways to describe the issue could mean that those who needed to lose weight were more likely to accept health advice.

And they said it was “more holistic” to describe such individuals as “people with obesity” or “people living with obesity” rather than simply calling them obese.

“It is important to avoid language and explanations that locate the ‘problem’ of obesity within individuals. Whilst obesity is caused by behaviour, those behaviours do not always involve ‘choice’ or ‘personal responsibility.’ What individuals eat and how much physical activity they do is largely determined by their genes, psychological factors and their social environment,” they conclude.

They said: “Obesity is not simply down to an individual’s lack of willpower. The people who are most likely to be an unhealthy weight are those who have a high genetic risk of developing obesity and whose lives are also shaped by work, school and social environments that promote overeating and inactivity.

Those behind the study argue that people become overweight or obese as a result of a complex combination of factors, including genetics, responses to stress from childhood, sedentary lifestyles and lack of healthy food options.

The report said that dieters are also “particularly susceptible to emotional eating.”

“People who live in deprived areas often experience high levels of stress, including major life challenges and trauma, often their neighbourhoods offer few opportunities and incentives for physical activity and options for accessing affordable healthy food are limited.

 

It can leave people feeling belittled, berated and disrespected. It makes them worry that they will not be taken seriously and leaves them reluctant to address their weight concerns.

 

Christopher Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “The idea that we should de-stigmatise obesity while encouraging the government to ‘approach the problem in the same way it did smoking’ is laughable. Smokers are virtually second class citizens in Britain thanks to a conscious process of ‘denormalisation’.

 

Chartered psychologist, Dr Angel Chater from the University of Bedfordshire, one of the authors of the report, said: “Adult obesity levels in England increased by 18 per cent between 2005 and 2017, and there were similar increases in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

He said there was a “negligible” difference between describing someone as an “obese person” or a “person with obesity”.

Earlier this year the Royal College of Physicians joined the World Health Organisation in calling for obesity to be classified as a disease.

“This cannot be explained by a sudden loss of motivation across the four nations of the UK.

“The increase in obesity can in part be attributed to changes in the food supply and physical activity environment.”

Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said:   ” Language is so important and the Society is absolutely correct in its advice. There are millions of people whose genetic makeup  predisposes them to gaining weight and their difficulties are made the worse by having to cope with an environment in which maintaining a ‘healthy weight’ is a battle.

He said it was “abusive” to label people in any way that suggested they had chosen to be obese.

A handful of nuts a day could cut the risk of obesity by almost a quarter, research by Harvard University suggests.

Ahandful of nuts a day could cut the risk of obesity by almost a quarter, research by Harvard University suggests.

Experts said that eating a few nuts each day, instead of turning to crisps or biscuits, could help to ward off middle-aged spread.

The research also examined the potential impact of swapping an unhealthy snack – such as chocolates, pies and donuts – for nuts.

Over the course of the study, those taking part were putting on average of 0.7 lbs a year.

The twenty year study of 290,000 adults aged 24 to 75 found a higher intake of nuts was  associated with a 23 per cent lower risk of putting on 11 pounds, and of becoming obese.

Nuts are rich in healthy unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals and fibre, but they are calorie dense, so it has often been debated about whether they can help dieters.

The findings, published in the online journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, come from an observational study, so could not prove cause and effect.

They also highlighted evidence that the high unsaturated fat content of nuts increases resting energy expenditure, which may also help to stave off weight gain. In addition, the effort of chewing nuts could reduce the desire to continue snacking, researchers suggested.

But researchers suggested that the high fibre content of nuts can delay stomach emptying so making a person feel sated and full for longer. Nut fibre also binds well to fats in the gut, meaning that more calories are excreted.

They said turning to a handful of nuts a day was “a relatively manageable way of helping to curb the onset of obesity”.

The US study involved almost 290,000 men and women, aged between 24 and 75.