As refugee crisis worsens, Merkel and Hollande want EU to move faster By Erik Kirschbaum5 hours agoFrench President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a joint statement at …By Erik Kirschbaum Related Stories
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and France will press the European Union to move faster and with more unity to deal with the worsening refugee crisis, amid complaints from Germany that it is shouldering too big a burden.Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss how to speed up relief for thousands of migrants, many of whom risk dangerous sea voyages to reach southern Europe before making their way across the continent.German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference on Thursday with his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve that the EU must move more quickly as migrant numbers across the EU have surged in recent months.”It’s unacceptable for European institutions to continue working at the pace they are currently operating at,” said de Maiziere, one day after he said Germany will receive a record 800,000 refugees and asylum-seekers this year.De Maiziere said he and Cazeneuve agree Italy and Greece need considerable EU help to set up „waiting areas” for newly arrived refugees. Countries bordering the EU will also need EU support to counter smugglers as well address the causes of mass migration, he said.”It’s obvious that Italy and Greece will need help and that will cost a relatively large amount of EU money,” said de Maiziere, a close ally of Merkel, who earlier on Thursday complained Germany has taken in 40 percent of the EU’s refugees.”That is too many for the long run,” he told German TV.De Maiziere told the news conference that the EU Commission needs to apply far more pressure on countries outside the EU, especially those seeking to join the EU in the Balkans, to take back refugees failing to qualify for asylum.Merkel, who called it „extremely unsatisfying” that Germany is taking in a disproportionate numbers, said earlier this week that the EU urgently needs to come up with joint policies in the face of the worsening humanitarian crisis. She said the issue would become more pressing for Europe than the euro zone crisis.”We need a common European asylum policy,” she said.Britain said on Thursday it will contribute 10 million euros to increased French humanitarian assistance and a fast-track asylum process for thousands of migrants camped in Calais in the hope of crossing the Channel.The measures were announced by British Home Secretary Theresa May and Bernard Cazeneuve during a joint visit to the northern French port city of Calais.In Istanbul, the head of Turkey’s relief efforts Fuat Oktay told Reuters that Europe does not grasp the magnitude of Syria’s refugee crisis and should open its borders to shoulder a responsibility Turkey has been bearing alone.Tens of thousands of migrants are arriving in Italy and Greece each week.Germany has become a magnet for refugees fleeing war, violence and poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as 218,221 people arrived seeking asylum in the first six months. That led Germany to raise its full-year forecast to 800,000 from the original January forecast of 300,000 and May’s 450,000.(Additional reporting by Thorsten Severin; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Dreading another Clinton? Looking for a political problem solver? Ex-Maryland governor Martin O’Malley wants to be your guy. But if facing Hurricane Hillary weren’t enough, he’s now discovering that the very thing that once made him seem presidential suddenly threatens to ruin him.Jason Zengerle on how running for president is harder than it looks on TV By Jason Zengerle
Jared Fogle Will Be ‘Marked’ Man in Prison, Expert Says Anita Bennett and Tim Kenneally August 20, 2015Jared Fogle Will Be ‘Marked’ Man in Prison, Expert Says Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s life is about to take a radical turn, and according to one prison expert, that turn will be very unpleasant.Fogle appeared in federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday and agreed to plead guilty to distribution and receipt of child pornography and unlawful sex acts with minors. Hollywood jail consultant Larry Levine says Fogle’s guilty plea will make him a “marked” man behind bars.“He is going be a marked person while he’s in there. He is going to be treated as an outcast,” Levine told TheWrap. “The people that are hated in prison are rats and snitches No. 1, and the other ones are rapists and child molesters.”Also Read:Subway Guy Jared Fogle Dumped by Wife After Pleading Guilty to Child Pornography ChargesLevine would know. He was a troubleshooter and efficiency expert for organized crime and has done time in 11 different federal correctional institutions. After leaving his life of crime behind, Levine started Wall Street Prison Consultants and now advises jail-bound clients on how to survive behind bars. He even consulted on the CBS drama “The Good Wife” and the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”The convict-turned-consultant warned that Fogle likely will be branded a “chomo” — prison slang for a child molester — the second he walks through prison doors. “Nobody wants to have that jacket on them, the chomo jacket,” he said.Court documents released Wednesday show that Fogle agreed to a sentence of no less than five years, while prosecutors agreed not to seek a sentence of more than 12 and a half years, although they could have asked for much more time.Stanley L. Friedman, a former federal prosecutor who now does criminal defense work, told TheWrap that that window represents “a very favorable deal” for Fogle, noting that it’s not unusual for a defendant in Fogle’s position to “be facing a sentence in excess of 10 years.”Also Read:NY Post Sparks Outrage With Jared Fogle ‘Enjoy a Foot Long in Jail’ CoverFederal judges have wide discretion in sentencing and Fogle could get more than 12 and a half years. But as Friedman noted, several factors could work in Fogle’s favor, such as the fact that he’s agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution, to be divided among 14 minor victims.“It’s very common for people to be ordered to pay restitution, but they don’t pay it, so if somebody’s paying it upfront, I think the court will very favorably consider that,” Friedman said.Fogle’s attorney Jeremy D. Margolis told reporters Wednesday that a plea hearing has not yet been scheduled. For now, Fogle is on home detention with GPS monitoring.According to Friedman, Fogle’s legal team has an opportunity to make the case for leniency. The court could look favorably on what Fogle has suffered since the sandwich chain cut ties with its spokesman after 15 years in terms of lost income, lost contracts and damaged reputation.Fogle’s attorney will also likely commission a report from a private psychologist, Friedman said. If the report determines that Fogle is unlikely to recidivate, or repeat his wrongdoings in the future, that too could help him come sentencing time.Also Read:Disgraced Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle Allegedly Paid 16-Year-Old Girl $100 for Sex“The defense lawyer would be asking for five [years],” Friedman estimated.Even if he is sentenced to just five years, Levine said Fogle’s fame will make those years difficult. “Everybody is gonna know that Jared the chomo is here and he’s gonna get his footlong every day,” Levine explained in raw prison parlance.The prison consultant expects that Fogle will be sent to one of three low-security federal correctional institutions that offer counseling to sex offenders: in Seagoville, Texas, Englewood, Colorado, or Elkton, Ohio. But Levine warned that the Subway spokesman is unlikely to find much protection from prison guards. “The cops aren’t everywhere,” he explained.Worse, Levine said that prison authorities have even been known to provoke attacks on sex offenders. “When I was in custody, it was the staff that would tell the other inmates who the child molester inmates were because the staff didn’t like them either,” he said. “The staff would want to beat them up, but they can’t beat them up. They’d tell the inmates, so the inmates could beat them up. It’s a crazy thing.”
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s High Election Board has proposed November 1 as a date for possible snap parliamentary elections, ruling AK Party officials said on Thursday, paving the way for a break in a political deadlock after the collapse of coalition talks.Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu formally ended attempts to find a junior coalition partner on Tuesday, more than two months after the last vote, handing the mandate back to President Tayyip Erdogan and making a fresh election almost inevitable.”Parties put forward their own views on the proposed date and after that an agreement will be sought. Nov. 1 and Nov. 22 are suitable for us,” one senior official from Davutoglu’s AK Party told Reuters.The political uncertainty, coupled with a surge in militant conflict, has shattered investor confidence and sent the Turkish lira early on Thursday to a record low of 3.0 against the dollar – a plunge of some 22 percent so far this year.Erdogan said on Wednesday Turkey was heading rapidly towards a new election and only the „will of the people” can resolve the political impasse.The AK Party, which Erdogan founded, in June suffered its biggest election setback since coming to power in 2002, failing to win a single-party majority for the first time.(Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses; Writing by Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk; editing by David Dolan)
Men claim to find Nazi train loaded with treasure in Poland 10 hours agoWalbrzych, south-western Poland, 2013. (Grzegorz Polak/Getty Images)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — According to Polish lore, a Nazi train loaded with gold, artworks and weapons vanished into a mountain at the end of World War II, as the Germans fled the Soviet advance. Now two men claim they know the location of the mystery train and are demanding 10 percent of its value in exchange for revealing its location.Historians say the existence of the train has never been conclusively proven, but authorities are not passing up this chance at possibly recovering treasures that locals and the government have sought for 70 years.”We believe that a train has been found. We are taking this information seriously,” Marika Tokarska, an official in the southwestern Polish district of Walbrzych, told The Associated Press on Thursday.She said her office received two letters this month from a law firm representing the men, a Pole and a German who have chosen to remain anonymous, saying they are seeking 10 percent of the value of the train’s contents for revealing its location. The documents from the lawyers say the train is 150-meters (490-feet) long and loaded with guns, valuables and precious metals, but do not specify where it is. Authorities say they are willing to pay the reward if the information pans out.A lawyer for the men, Jaroslaw Chmielewski, compared the find to the „wreck of the Titanic” in an interview on a local radio station.Tokarska said that hiring a law firm gives a degree of credibility to the two men’s claims, as do indications that they are familiar with the train’s contents. But there are also reasons for caution: The first letter included some references to the area’s topography that indicated they might not know the area very well.Joanna Lamparska, an author who has written about the train and the region’s history, says she believes it could be a scam.”We have had a lot of stories like that in the last few years with people claiming they know where the train is,” Lamparska told The AP. „But nothing was ever found.”Local stories say a German train left from the German city of Breslau (today the Polish city of Wroclaw) in April 1945 and headed westward toward Waldenburg (now Walbrzych.) At some point in the 60-kilometer (40-mile) journey it vanished.During the war, Adolf Hitler had started creating a secret underground system in the area under the Owl Mountains, a project called „Riese,” or „Giant.” The region still belonged to Germany at the time and the project included seven separate tunnel systems. It was probably intended to be a military headquarters, though the project remains shrouded in mystery to this day.Lamparska describes the area as one filled with meadows and mountains where the Nazis had secret rail lines and tunnels with camouflaged openings that went under the mountains.The source of the train legend was a Polish miner who claimed he was told about it just after the war by German miners; he said they saw it being pushed into one of the tunnels. The miner has spent his life since trying to find the train, Lamparska said.Already, the district governor has convened a meeting of firefighters, police, military and others to explore how they can safely handle the train if it is finally found. Not only could it be armed with explosives, but methane gas underground could add to the risk of an explosion.The mystery is now compounded by questions about who the two men are.”It could either be nonsense or they got the information directly from the Germans,” local rescuer Krzysztof Szpalkowski told the private broadcaster TVN24. „Maybe one of these men is a descendant of people who took part in this action.”
Slovakia Just Told Muslim Migrants to Stay Out By Rebecca McCray | Takepart.com8 hours agoSlovakia Just Told Muslim Migrants to Stay Out European leaders have set an ugly limit on which weary travelers they’ll allow to cross their borders as thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to make the deadly trek across the Mediterranean. The majority of migrants seeking asylum in Europe—62 percent—are from Syria, Eritrea, and Afghanistan. These are mostly refugees seeking sanctuary from war, religious extremism, oppression, and poverty.Related Stories
That status hasn’t garnered sympathy from everyone. Slovakian officials have made clear their disdain for the influx of Muslim migrants in particular. “We could take 800 Muslims, but we don’t have any mosques in Slovakia, so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?” Ivan Netik, a spokesman for the country’s interior ministry, told the BBC this week. Because of this alleged challenge for Muslims to fit in with Slovakian society, Netik suggested the country would only welcomeChristians.“Refusing refugees on the grounds of their religion is blatant discrimination,” Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland tweeted on Thursday. “Slovakia should reverse its position.”The total number of refugees and migrants making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing has risen to 264,500 this year, according to the United Nations. Under the European Union’s resettlement plan, which seeks to distribute the migrants and refugees evenly, Slovakia is supposed to receive 200 people. The resettlement calculations are based on GDP, population, and unemployment rate, among other factors. Several countries, including Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria, refused to accept the proposed quotas last month.Slovakia isn’t the only country that has expressed anti-Muslim sentiment amid the migrant crisis, though Netik’s comments are some of the most pointed. Protests organized by anti-Islam groups have taken place in both Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while Hungarian officials circulatedsurveys among citizens asking for their perspective on the link between migration and terrorism. Hungary has also erected a physical wall on its borders to keep out migrants. Germany and Hungary have received more asylum claims than any other European Union countries.Meanwhile, Macedonia has declared a state of emergency, which permits a military presence to monitor two of its borders in an attempt to stem the arrival of refugees. In the past two months, approximately 44,000 people have crossed Macedonia, which borders Greece, on their journey through Europe. The pressure on Greece and Italy, where tens of thousands of migrants are currently waiting to be resettled, is mounting.The number of refugees crossing the Mediterranean—which Human Rights Watch calls the “world’s deadliest migration route”—shows no sign of decreasing. In July, 107,500 migrants arrived in the EU—a monthly record, according to the border agency Frontex.
With humor and honesty, Carter talks about his cancer By KATHLEEN FOODY4 hours ago Yahoo News Video President Carter discusses cancerYahoo News Live Archive President Carter discusses cancerATLANTA (AP) — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels „perfectly at ease with whatever comes.”Carter said doctors had removed melanoma from his liver, but found four small tumors in his brain. Later Thursday, he received radiation treatment. He also began receiving injections of a newly approved drug to help his immune system seek out and destroy the cancer cells wherever else they may appear.Wearing blue jeans and a blazer, Carter spoke with good humor and unsparing honesty, revealing that he had kept suspicions of cancer from his wife, Rosalynn, for weeks until the diagnosis was confirmed in June.”Now I feel it’s in the hands of God, whom I worship, and I’ll be prepared for anything that comes,” he said.Carter’s team of doctors at Emory Health Care includes Dr. Walter Curran Jr., who runs Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. Treatments for melanoma have improved tremendously recently, and Carter’s prospects are good even at the age of 90, Curran said. But he cautioned against the idea that Carter can be „cured.””We’re not looking for a cure in patients who have a disease like melanoma that has spread,” Curran said. „The goal is control and to have a good quality of life.”Carter said he thought the cancer was only in his liver and was removed with surgery on Aug. 3, but an MRI exam that same afternoon showed the spots on his brain. Carter said he went home that night thinking he had only a few weeks to live, but found himself feeling „surprisingly at ease.”The former president didn’t discuss his long-term prognosis, but said he will cut back dramatically on his humanitarian work while following the orders of a team that includes the world’s best „cancer-treaters.”His treatment regimen will include four injections of pembrolizumab, which was approved by the FDA for melanoma patients last year, at three-week intervals.”This is not a eulogy in any way,” said grandson Jason Carter, who is taking over as chairman of the board of trustees at the Carter Center, which promotes peace, democracy and health care improvements around the world.Still, his grandfather’s responses to reporters often expanded into reflections on his life, faith and family.FILE- In this Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter reaches to embrace hi …”I’ve had a wonderful life,” Carter said. „I’ve had thousands of friends, I’ve had an exciting, adventurous and gratifying existence. So I was surprisingly at ease, much more so than my wife was.”Rarely letting his grin fade, Carter said he has not felt any serious pain or weakness, and slept for 14 hours the previous night after receiving his first injection.”I think it’s about the best sleep I’ve had in many years,” he said.Carter’s next few months are in flux. He said had been committed „up until this morning” to flying to Nepal in November to build more houses on a Habitat for Humanity trip. It would have been the 33rd such mission for the former president and his wife, but doing it this year would mean postponing the last treatment.”If I don’t go, the rest of my family will probably go to take my place,” he said with a hint of resignation.Carter described a more limited routine. He plans to host his extended family at Rosalynn’s 88th birthday celebration in their hometown of Plains on Saturday, and will keep teaching Sunday School at their small church. He said he looks forward to his 91st birthday on Oct. 1 and, as much as he’s able, will continue lecturing at Emory, raising money for his center’s $600 million foundation, and meeting with experts on guinea worm and other diseases the center is working to eradicate.Said Jason Carter: „I don’t think anybody who knows him was surprised to see him sitting here saying, ‘I’m going to be completely honest and transparent about what’s going on with me and I’m going to face it,’ with this deep and abiding faith and courage and analytical brain and all those other aspects of him that have led him to lead this incredibly giant human life.”Carter opened by thanking his wife of 69 years, who sat quietly in the front row, never reaching for the tissues placed near her chair.Marrying her was the best thing he’s done in his life, Carter said, and his eyes often returned to her during the 45-minute news conference. He said he appreciated all the well-wishes, including calls from current and former presidents. „First time they’ve called me in a long time,” he added playfully.Carter said his cancer story began in May, when he caught a bad cold while monitoring an election in Guyana. Doctors found a spot on his liver during a follow-up exam and recommended its removal. But he wanted to complete a book tour before the surgery, and delayed telling others until the diagnosis was certain.More tests since then have not determined where his melanoma began or how it spread, but Curran said that won’t hinder treatment. Carter said more testing could find it elsewhere in his body.When Carter learned he has cancer, „he was worried that he wasn’t going to get to finish the book he was reading,” his grandson said. But now, „having spoken with the doctors, he understands that there’s a period of time and he’s going to be able to go catch some fish, and hopefully catch more of his grandkids’ baseball games.”Carter, the nation’s 39th president, served in submarines in the Navy and spent years as a peanut farmer before running for office, becoming a state senator and Georgia governor. His „plainspoken” nature helped Democrats retake the White House in 1976 in the wake of President Richard Nixon’s resignation.On Thursday, Carter said he remains proud of what he accomplished as president, but is more gratified by his humanitarian work since then, which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.Asked to name his biggest regret, he brought up the failed mission to rescue American hostages in Iran, a fiasco that many believe ended any hopes for another four years in the White House.”I wish I had sent one more helicopter to get the hostages, and we would have rescued them and I would have been re-elected,” he said to wide laughter in the room. „But that may have interfered with the foundation of the Carter Center. If I had to choose between four more years and the Carter Center, I think I would choose the Carter Center.”Then again, „It could have been both,” he added with a wink, prompting another round of laughs._AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
Trans Mountain says pipeline will boost economy as critics cite flawed processBy Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – 3 hours ago RELATED CONTENTA pipeline is pictured at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Burnaby, …By Laura Kane, The Canadian PressVANCOUVER – An expanded Trans Mountain pipeline would add $18.2 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product over 20 years, benefit First Nations and reduce environmental harm, Kinder Morgan says.The energy giant filed its final written submissions to the National Energy Board on Thursday, arguing the $5.4-billion proposal is a safe and viable option to transport diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s coast.”The scrutiny and rigour this project has undergone, both inside and outside of the formal NEB process, is unprecedented,” said Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada.”Our team takes pride in the efforts made to consider input and present the very best scientific and technical evidence to both the public and the regulator,” he said in a statement.Kinder Morgan hopes to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain line by laying almost 1,000 kilometres of new pipe from Edmonton to Metro Vancouver. The project would increase the number of tankers to 34 per month from five in Burrard Inlet.The Metro Vancouver regional council and North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation are among the interveners who staunchly oppose the project, citing environmental and public health risks and little benefit to the economy.The energy board will make a recommendation to the federal government in January.In documents filed Thursday, the company addressed scathing evidence issued by interveners earlier this year. One expert report from Metro Vancouver found toxic benzene fumes from a spill could make up to one million people sick.Kinder Morgan said the report, conducted by Levelton Consultants Ltd., is misleading because it presents a worst-case scenario without qualification and doesn’t account for its planned $100-million investment in spill response.It also vowed to meet 145 draft conditions issued last week by the energy board, but asked for scheduling changes. For example, the board asked for some reports to be filed a year before construction, but the company hopes to begin some work in June 2016.The company said it has signed 28 mutual benefits agreements with First Nations and promised to create employment and training opportunities for aboriginal communities.Trans Mountain spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said public feedback has prompted changes to the project, including thickening pipeline walls in cities, and routing to avoid 22 major river crossings.”We believe that the input and feedback we’ve received has made a better project — a stronger, safer, more responsible project. And we will continue to listen.”Spencer Chandra Herbert, environment critic for B.C.’s Opposition New Democrats criticized the board for only requiring Kinder Morgan to respond to written questions rather than face oral cross-examination.”Just imagine any trial, in any court in this land, where the judge and jury would not have the benefit of cross-examination,” he said. „The process wouldn’t work.”Yet, the National Energy Board and Kinder Morgan want us to think that’s OK here, for a project of such high risk to millions of people.”Vancouver’s deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston defended the city’s expert reports, including its spill model, which found oil would float into English Bay in two hours.He said the model was done to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration standards, while Kinder Morgan’s model appeared to be „something they came up with on their own.”Johnston said the company had two months to reply to the reports, while interveners now have just two weeks before responding at hearings in Burnaby in September.He also lambasted the energy board for not considering climate change in its review.”This proposal is saying the project is in our best interests, when we’re facing one of the worst droughts in our history,” he said. „This process is an embarrassment for the NEB.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
Teacher who brought Argentinian dancer to B.C. hopes she recovers from injury By The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – Tue, 18 Aug, 2015The Canadian Press – Lucila Munaretto, the Argentinian ballerina whose dramatic style earned her a scholarship to a dance school in Vancouver, has suffered a devastating head injury, but supporters are hoping …more NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – Supporters are hoping for a miraculous recovery after an Argentinian ballerina whose dramatic style earned her a scholarship to a dance school in Vancouver suffered a devastating head injury.RCMP say Lucila Munaretto, 21, missed a stop sign and struck a vehicle on Thursday while roller-skating on a road in North Vancouver.Pacific Dance Arts artistic director Yaming Li said the dancer had injured her foot prior to the accident and was on her way to visit a friend.Li said he noticed the shy young dancer at a school in Brazil three years ago and offered her a scholarship that brought her to Vancouver in the fall of 2012.”She does not come from an affluent family in Brazil but I did see her talent so I wanted her to continue,” he said Monday. „I thought if she came to Canada she might have some potential.”Li said Munaretto’s family had moved to Brazil from Argentina 10 years ago.Earlier this summer, Munaretto was invited to a six-week ballet program in Toronto and earlier played the role of Gretel in a production of „Hansel and Gretel” in Regina.”She’s a very dramatic and beautiful actor on stage,” he said.”She had such a good opportunity and almost made it to her dreams. We want to make all our efforts to see her recover as much as possible.”Li said he asked about 20 dancers to record encouraging messages for Munaretto and that he put them on a CD that was played by her bedside.”We had messages from Europe, many of them from Brazil, and also from local Canadians.”Li said Munaretto was seen moving her hand and foot in response to the voices and music played from a production of „Cinderella,” her most recent performance, and from Chopin, from a previous show.”Last night, doctors were very, very impressed with the improvement. They were shocked.”The school has started a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for her rehabilitation, he said.”It’s a really long journey and I feel really, really sad. I’m just hoping for miracles though I feel she is not going to be fully recovered, dancer-wise.”Laura Lopez, a volunteer who helps foreign students at the dance school with housing arrangements and visa applications, said Munaretto’s mother arrived from Brazil on Sunday night and has been telling the dancer stories from her childhood.”This morning she was improving a lot. She’s exceeding expectations, considering her injuries.”— By Camille Bains in Vancouver