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Africa Fashion Week Showcases the Continent’s Best Talent – TIME

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The lights dim on the catwalk as a capacity crowd quiets in anticipation. A pounding drum rhythm builds suspense as, backstage, stylists swarm the waiting models, applying last-minute dabs of foundation, glittering lip-gloss and bursts of hair spray. Next to the catwalk, professional photographers jostle for space with fashion bloggers preparing to snap candids with raised iPhones. The scene could come from any of Europe or America’s frenzied fashion shows,…

Chitown Clothing Pulls ’85 Bears’ Design After Artist Claims It Was Stolen – DNAinfo

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The ’85 Bears View Full Caption CHICAGO — A Chicago T-shirt company has pulled a design after a social media campaign called out the company for lifting it from a local artist without credit or compensation. Chitown Clothing’s $20 shirts and $40 crewnecks featuring “The ’85 Bears,” a play on the Super Bowl-winning year for the football team, were nearly identical…

Protests spread far beyond Ferguson Smoke bombs fired on Ferguson crowds – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Are protests taking place near you? Please share photos, videos and thoughts with CNN iReport if you can do so safely. (CNN) — Screams of outrage. Crowds marching down streets, blocking intersections and interstates. Fists raised in silence. As the Ferguson grand jury’s decision was announced Monday night, protesters around the country — who had begun to gather hours earlier — responded in solidarity. In New York, a roving crowd…

Lawmakers in US Push for More Iran Sanctions – Businessweek

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Republicans in the U.S. Congress stepped up calls for new Iran sanctions after negotiators extended nuclear talks until July, ensuring an uphill fight next year against opposition from some Democrats and a threatened presidential veto. The American lawmakers were urged to act yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the failure to reach a deal “gives an opportunity to continue the economic pressures that have proven to be…

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defense secretary – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a…

Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ among arrests after clashes at Hong Kong protest site – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hong Kong (CNN) — Bailiffs began clearing a major pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district Tuesday, triggering scuffles, arrests and a stand-off with growing crowds of protesters. Pro-democracy activist and lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, commonly known as “Long Hair,” was among those arrested, his office confirmed. Hundreds of police were in attendance to support the bailiffs efforts to remove barriers from Mong Kok’s Argyle Street, between the…

US and UK intelligence services could be responsible for Regin snooping spyware – The Independent

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The software, which when it was identified yesterday was said to have likely been created by a nation state, had been spying on victims from at least 14 countries around the world. But there were no victims from any of the ‘five eyes’ countries — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — and experts have speculated that the software could have been created by intelligence agencies within…

US|Protests After Grand Jury Declines to Indict Ferguson Officer – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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With No Immediate Prospect of Sanctions Relief for Iranians, Support for … – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Hagel’s exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation Monday amid pressure from the White House clears the way for a new Pentagon leader but still leaves the administration divided over the issues that helped lead to his downfall – most notably how to approach the intertwined problems of the Islamic State militants and the civil war in Syria. Hagel’s exit starkly illustrates how much national security priorities have shifted in the past two…

Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom – Chicago Sun-Times

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — It’s a story so good, it bears retelling, and President Barack Obama did on Monday as he awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abner Mikva, the Chicagoan who’s been a congressman, federal judge, Bill Clinton’s White House counsel, a law professor and much more. “As a University of Chicago student, Abner Mikva stopped by the local Democratic headquarters and asked to volunteer,” Obama said. “I love this…

Meet the models of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – New York Post

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is just mere weeks away — find out which of your favorite models will be strutting their stuff on the VS catwalk in December. Meanwhile, Drake prepares to open his first brick-and-mortar shop for his clothing company, October’s Very Own. -Twenty-seven models are scheduled to appear in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which airs Dec. 9 — among them are Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana…

Africa Fashion Week Showcases the Continent’s Best Talent – TIME

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The lights dim on the catwalk as a capacity crowd quiets in anticipation. A pounding drum rhythm builds suspense as, backstage, stylists swarm the waiting models, applying last-minute dabs of foundation, glittering lip-gloss and bursts of hair spray. Next to the catwalk, professional photographers jostle for space with fashion bloggers preparing to snap candids with raised iPhones. The scene could come from any of Europe or America’s frenzied fashion shows,…

Chitown Clothing Pulls ’85 Bears’ Design After Artist Claims It Was Stolen – DNAinfo

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The ’85 Bears View Full Caption CHICAGO — A Chicago T-shirt company has pulled a design after a social media campaign called out the company for lifting it from a local artist without credit or compensation. Chitown Clothing’s $20 shirts and $40 crewnecks featuring “The ’85 Bears,” a play on the Super Bowl-winning year for the football team, were nearly identical…

Kathy Griffin Mulls Replacing Joan Rivers on ‘Fashion Police’ – ABC News (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

By Luchina Fisher@luchinaFollow on Twitter Bruce Glikas/Getty Images Kathy Griffin is still mulling whether to take the late Joan Rivers’ place on “Fashion Police.” “It’s definitely something that I’ve put a lot of thought into,” Griffin told People. “Obviously there is an emotional tie for me because Joan was such a good friend of mine, a close friend, truly a mentor – but also a legit friend. We talked about…

Amazon pushes further into fashion with 46000-square-foot photo studio in London – GeekWire

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amazon is opening a 46,000-square-foot photography studio in London, where it plans to crank out photos of the latest European fashions. The studio, once its completed next year, will complement a 40,000-square-foot studio in Brooklyn, New York, which opened a year ago. Together, the two studios signal that Amazon is serious about fashion, including clothing, shoes and accessories, even though it has been a category that it has struggled with…

Ferguson Grand Jury to Announce Decision on Michael Brown Shooting Today – NBCNews.com

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Authorities in Missouri pleaded for calm Monday night as the anxious city of Ferguson waited for a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, three months ago. Businesses boarded their windows, the National Guard was at the ready, and schools closed for the following day. Gov. Jay Nixon pledged that law enforcement would focus on…

Hagel’s exit is no staff shake-up – Politico

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Getty By Josh Gerstein 11/24/14 7:18 PM EST As dramatic as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s abrupt resignation Monday was, it’s far short of the overhaul of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and national security team many current and former officials had been looking for. Hagel’s role in the administration’s national security…

Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline – Reuters

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal. Western officials said they were aiming to secure an agreement on the substance of a final accord by March but that more time would be needed to reach a consensus on the all-important technical…

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