Secular thinker killed by gunmen in southern Yemen, officials say
A Yemeni university professor and secular thinker was killed on Saturday in a drive-by shooting in southern Yemen, local officials said. Khalid Al-Hameidi was a known critic of Islamic extremists, at a time when dissent has become dangerous amid Yemen’s yearslong civil war. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting. The officials said that the gunmen are believed to have been either members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which the US considers the world’s most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, or an affiliate of the Islamic State group. The two militant groups...
Florida wins SEC East by rolling past Tennessee
Florida coach Dan Mullen promised a national championship before he’d even coached a game for the Gators. Bold words, but Mullen took the biggest step yet to backing them up with Saturday’s SEC East-clinching win at Tennessee. The Gators’ 31-19 victory in Neyland Stadium was not their best effort of a special season, but was enough to earn Florida a trip to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2016. This time, though, quarterback Kyle Trask and a high-scoring offense give Florida a puncher’s chance in Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium, presumably against top-ranked, high-scoring Al...
Mob favourite no more, Poj weakens, lottery unlocked
Star falls from grace A promising young journalist has been forced to quit his online reporting job after a former classmate from his early student days complained he raped her. Thot Limsodsai, a darling of the student protest movement who reported live from their anti-government rallies, and was feted at industry events as an emerging talent, quit his job with the online news site The Reporters on Nov 26, after a half-hearted apology he posted online was met by savage criticism. His victim, who identifies herself on Facebook as Kewi Chayanis, and posted a searing account of her attack, said s...
The Bangkok Post
A region overwhelmed by virus, St. Louis-area children's hospitals accepting adult patients
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — With virus patients continuing to overwhelm area hospitals, the leaders of area children’s hospitals said on Friday they have begun accepting adult patients, and Mayor Lyda Krewson announced that the city has reopened a temporary morgue. State officials, meanwhile, said they expected even more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, but warned that it won’t be available for widespread distribution until next summer, and area leaders warned residents to stay vigilant. The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force reported a total of 896 virus patients across area BJC HealthCare, Mercy, S...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
No. 7 Kansas survives North Dakota State, 65-61
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas, a college basketball powerhouse that defeated fellow blueblood Kentucky by three points on Tuesday, survived a major scare from a mid-major opponent on Saturday afternoon at near-empty Allen Fieldhouse. The No. 7 Jayhawks, 1-1 versus top 25 teams this season and 4-1 overall, rallied from a seven-point deficit with 11 minutes, 45 seconds to play to nudge North Dakota State (0-4) of the Summit League, 65-61. The Jayhawks were favored by 24 points entering the game. KU, which trailed 8-0 early and led 35-33 at halftime, couldn’t muster any offense in the second half and t...
The Kansas City Star
Republican Senators Have Privately Called Biden To Congratulate Him On Presidential Victory
President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday that a number of Senate Republicans have privately congratulated him for his victory, despite President Donald Trump‘s ongoing refusal to concede the election. “There have been more than several sitting Republican senators privately called and congratulated,” Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I understand the situation they find themselves in.” He noted that “at least a significant portion of the leadership” would likely begin publicly recognizing his win after the Electoral College convenes on Dec. 14. A handful of Republican senators have already acknowle...
New leads may hold key in search for parents of 628 children separated at border
SAN DIEGO — The intensive effort to locate the parents of 628 children who remain apart from their parents after being separated at the border under Trump administration policies has been bolstered by new leads, attorneys reported this week. A group of volunteers dedicated to the search have recently gained access to two additional databases — including one belonging to the federal government — that hold potentially new contact information for parents who up to this point have been unreachable. While the development is promising, it is also drawing ire from attorneys who question why the gover...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Northwestern clinches the Big Ten West despite not playing Saturday — but its opponent in the conference title game is up in the air
CHICAGO — Despite not playing Saturday, No. 14 Northwestern clinched the Big Ten West Division title for a berth in the conference championship game. This is the second time in three seasons the Wildcats (5-1) have won the division title; they lost to Ohio State, 45-24, in the 2018 Big Ten final. The 2020 title game is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Indianapolis. Northwestern qualified without competing because of Big Ten rules for how many games must be played to be eligible. Only three games needed to be played Saturday for the Wildcats to clinch and eliminate No. 16 Wisconsin from contention. The...
Trump Claims Georgia Election Was ‘Scammed,’ Demands Senate Runoff Races Are ‘Called Off’
President Donald Trump‘s relationship with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has soured following the presidential election in which the state flipped blue — the first time since 1992. Kemp has not echoed the president’s unfounded accusations of widespread voter fraud and certified its election results, giving 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden He told Fox News last week that he was ashamed he had endorsed Kemp for governor and continued to put pressure on him this week, telling him to “call off” the Jan. 5 Senate runoff races. “You allowed your state to be scammed,” Trump wrote to Kemp...
Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp Says Sidney Powell’s Election ‘Fraud’ Case Could Hurt Senate Runoffs
A temporary restraining order obtained by former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell and Trump supporting lawyer Lin Wood could threaten Georgia’s Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) told a federal judge Friday. The order prevents general election voting data from being altered or deleted in Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee counties, as Powell pushes for an audit of the Dominion Voting Systems Inc. machines used by the state — to which both she, Wood and Trump have attributed election fraud, though evidence of widespread fraud is yet to be proven. “[T]here were all imaginable vari...