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If 'Harry Potter' had been set

in America: What we learn

101 /100

from 'Fantastic Beasts'



The world of " Harry Potter " is quintessentially

British. From broomstick flights over London to

meals of treacle pudding, it's hard to imagine the

beloved series taking place anywhere else. But as

readers learned when international wizards

Dan Fogler on finding the 'sad clown'

in the new 'Harry Potter' world of 'Fantastic Beasts' latimes.com 2016-11-20 21:28 system article.wn.com MPs warn shrunken fleet needs more ships to defend 102 /100 our shores and the Falklands 1.5 (1.02/11) The Royal Navy has been shrunk to a ‘dangerous and historic low’ and now does not have enough ships to combat global threats, MPs warn today.

The naval force must be increased if the country is to continue to protect its shores and the Falkland Islands, while contributing to Nato and other commitments, they caution. The current fleet of 19 frigates and destroyers – of which only 17 are usable – is ‘woefully low’ and to cut it any further would be ‘completely unacceptable’, a report concludes. And it is an ‘inexcusable failing’ that Britain’s most modern ship – the Type 45 destroyer – cannot operate off the coasts of hot countries for long periods without its engine cutting out, they say.

Compared to 35 ships in 1997, the fleet is ‘way below the critical mass required for the many tasks which could confront it’, the review by the Commons’ defence committee found. The crossparty MPs said: ‘As an island nation, the important of the Royal Navy to UK defence must not be underestimated. ‘The current number of frigates, destroyers and personnel inadequately reflects the potential threats and vulnerabilities facing the UK and its interests overseas.’ The dire assessment comes weeks after it emerged the Ministry of Defence has to refit the engines of all six Type 45 destroyers because they cannot cope with warm seas. The new report noted: ‘Blame for those failures can be attributed to both the MoD and its contractors, but the taxpayer will have to foot the bill.’ MPs said this was a ‘startling error’ given that the Royal Navy had undertaken significant operations in the warm seas of the Gulf for decades. The report said: ‘The UK’s enduring presence in the Gulf should have made it a key requirement for the engines. ‘The fact that it was not was an inexcusable failing.’ In October, a Russian fleet including the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, sailed through the North Sea and English Channel en route to the Middle East. The MPs warned that although the MoD said the ships were ‘man-marked’ all the way, it was a ‘stark reminder why the UK needs enough surface ships to present a credible response’. The Royal Navy has to protect British waters, and also has commitments in the North and South Atlantic, the Falkland Islands, the Gulf and contributions to the four Standing Nato Naval Task Groups, the report noted. ‘We are of the opinion that the Royal Navy requires an increase in the number of frigates, destroyers and personnel if these standing commitments are to remain sustainable,’ it said.

Tory MP Julian Lewis, the committee chairman, said the surface fleet was at a ‘pathetic low’. He added: ‘For decades, the numbers of Navy escort vessels have been severely in decline. The fleet is now way below the critical mass required for the many tasks which could confront it, if the international scene continues to deteriorate.’ He said the surface fleet faced a ‘prolonged period of uncertainty, as the frigate class is replaced in its entirety and all our destroyers undergo urgent, major remedial work on their unreliable engines’. If the Government fails to deliver the programme on time, the UK will ‘lack the maritime strength to deal with the threats we face right now, let alone in the future’. Under current plans, the 13 Type 23 frigates will be replaced with eight new Type 26 Global Combat Ships and at least five new General Purpose frigates. But MPs said they were ‘concerned at an apparent degree of complacency and lack of urgency’ when it came to building the Type 26.

Royal Navy risks having 'pathetically low total' of ships, warn MPs theguardian.com 2016-11-20 21:26 Larisa Brown www.dailymail.co.uk

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(1.02/11) CHICAGO — Bail was denied Sunday afternoon for two teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Illinois congressman’s grandson following an argument over a pair of basketball shoes.

The 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl appeared before Cook County Judge James Brown wearing juvenile detention center sweatshirts, their heads bowed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Brown called the killing of U. S. Rep. Danny Davis’ grandson a “total callous disregard for human life.” Police said the two were arrested after they were identified as suspects in Friday’s shooting death of 15-year-old Javon Wilson. The shooting stemmed from a dispute over basketball shoes, police said, adding that Wilson knew his attackers and they may have been friends at some point.

Chicago has seen a dramatic rise in the number of shootings and homicides, with August being the deadliest month in the city in two decades. There have been 673 homicides so far this year, including the fatal shootings of the cousin of Chicago Bulls basketball star Dwyane Wade, a police officer’s son and the son of a famed percussionist. Davis said he was told that a boy traded slacks for shoes with Wilson’s 14-year-old brother, but thought better of the trade and went to Wilson’s house with a 17year-old girl. He said the pair forced their way in the house and argued with Wilson before the boy shot Wilson in the head.

Davis, who was re-elected this month to his 11th term in the 7th Congressional District and is a former Chicago alderman, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the charges brought him continued remorse at the loss of his grandson.

“I feel a great deal of empathy, especially for the families of the two individuals who are involved,” Davis said. “I’m sure that’s not the way they were hoping to go into their Thanksgiving week.” Davis said it’s unfortunate the teens “would have access to a gun that could lead to that kind of mayhem” and that he will “continue to work with those who are trying to get guns out of circulation.” He also says more funding is needed for education and after-school programs.

He described his grandson as “a pretty regular kid” who loved playing basketball and knew all the pros and their stats, who also loved music and whose grades were improving Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form Send questions/comments to the editors.

Judge denies bail to two teenagers charged with the murder of Chicago congressman's 15-year-old grandson dailymail.co.uk

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Paul Keating famously said "when the government changes, the country changes". One might also say that when the president of the United States changes, the world changes. Speaking at the APEC summit in Lima, Chinese President Xi Jinping More countries interested in joining RCEP trade deal -Chinese delegation dailymail.co.uk 2016-11-20 21:17 system article.wn.com

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President-elect Donald Trump won election by torching every rule in the political book, calling government officials “very, very stupid” and promising to hire the best people to fulfill “every dream you’ve ever dreamed.” Now, as Trump assembles his governing team, he and the Republican-controlled......

Trump won by rejecting the political rules. Will the GOP Senate give him more leeway with Cabinet nominees?


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(1.02/11) Job seekers, advisers and would-be allies paraded through Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, over the weekend as President-elect Donald Trump worked on filling his Cabinet. By Sunday, Marine Gen. James Mattis had emerged as a leading contender for secretary of defense.

Members of the Trump team took to the Sunday talk shows. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who heads Trump's transition, and the incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, defended Trump's Cabinet picks so far and elaborated on Trump's more controversial campaign promises, including the reinstatement of waterboarding and a ban on Muslims entering the country.

Trump, who met Saturday with Mattis, called him "the real deal" and a "brilliant, wonderful man. " In a tweet early Sunday morning, Trump said "General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General! " A person familiar with transition discussions, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that no decision has been reached about whether Mattis will join the Trump administration. Now a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Mattis has publicly criticized Obama's defense and national security policies.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, whom Trump met with on Saturday for more than an hour, is under "active and serious consideration" to serve as secretary of state, Pence said.

"I know the president-elect was very grateful that Governor Mitt Romney came here to New Jersey yesterday," Pence said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation. " "We spent the better part of an hour together with him. And then I know that the two of them actually had some private time together. I would tell you that it was not only a cordial meeting but also it was a very substantive meeting. " It is still an open question whether Romney, once a fierce critic of the president-elect, would be willing to serve in a Trump administration.

After Trump and Pence attended services at nearby Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster, they began back-to-back meetings with a dozen people, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been ousted as chairman of Trump's transition team ; former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hard-liner. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said "there definitely is a possibility" that more Cabinet announcements could be made Monday.

In his interview on CBS, Pence did not rule out the possibility that Trump could reinstate waterboarding as an interrogation technique against accused terrorists during his administration, a practice that Congress made illegal after its use during the George W. Bush administration.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum, insisted that any attempt to bring back waterboarding, which simulates drowning, would be quickly challenged in court.

"I don't give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do," McCain said. "We will not torture. My God, what does it say about America if we're going to inflict torture on people? " Pence said he has "great respect for Senator McCain" but added that "we're going to have a president again who will never say what we'll never do. " "What I can tell you is that going forward, as he outlined in that famous speech in Ohio, is that a President Donald Trump is going to focus on confronting and defeating radical Islamic terrorism as a threat to this country," Pence said.

In December, as a candidate, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the country.

Asked about the idea of such a ban, Priebus, who appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, said "I'm not going to rule out anything, but we're not going to have a registry based on a religion. " Priebus was asked on another Sunday television show about a tweet in February by retired Lt. Gen.

Michael Flynn, whom Trump has chosen as his national security adviser. Flynn tweeted "Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL. " "Is that the official policy of the Trump administration, that fear of Muslims is rational? " asked Jake Tapper, host of the CNN show.

"Well, of course not," Priebus said. "Look, I think, in some cases, there are radical members of that religion that need to be dealt with, but certainly we make it clear that that's not a blanket statement for everyone. And that's how we're going to lead. " Priebus also vowed that Trump's White House counsel will ensure that Trump avoids all conflicts of interest with his business ventures during his administration.

Last week, Trump held a meeting at Trump Tower with three business partners building a Trump property south of Mumbai. His daughter Ivanka Trump, a vice president at the Trump Organization and one of the family members who will be in charge of Donald Trump's businesses after he takes office, attended his meeting last week with the Japanese prime minister.

Tapper cited those examples and asked Priebus, "As White House chief of staff, you're supposed to look out for any political or ethical minefields. Is it seriously the position of the Trump transition team that this is not a huge cauldron of potential conflicts of interest? " "Obviously we will comply with all those laws and we will have our White House counsel review all of these things," Priebus said. "We will have every 'i' dotted and every 't' crossed, and I can assure the American people that there wouldn't be any wrongdoing or any sort of undue influence over any decision-making. " Priebus also defended Trump' s choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as attorney general. Several minority and civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, have spoken out against the selection week, sharply criticizing Sessions and referring to accusations of racism that kept him from a federal judgeship in 1986.

"It is outrageous and outright dangerous to have one of the most racist politicians in Congress, who has made it his life's mission to hurt Latinos, immigrants and African Americans, as the head of the Department of Justice," said Cristobal J. Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, a group dedicated to increasing the number of Hispanics in office.

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