More than four in ten British Muslims want to see at least some aspects of Sharia Law in force in theUK, an opinion poll revealed last night. Forty-three per cent of followers of Islam living in the England believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea. Researchers also found “deeply worrying” levels of belief among British Muslims in conspiracy theories such as blaming the US government or “Jews” for the 9/11 terror attacks on America. The findings were revealed last night in one of the biggest surveys of opinion among Muslims ever carried out in the UK. Data from the polling firm ICM showed very similar views to the rest of the UK population on a range of key issues including the NHS, unemployment and immigration.
U.S. Unemployment Hits Lowest Rate in 9 Years:
The U.S. unemployment rate hit its lowest level in nine years in November, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. According to the data, nonfarm payrolls rose by 178,000 jobs from October to November, pushing the unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent—the lowest measure since August 2007. That rate exceeded the expectations of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal
, who had collectively predicted a 4.9 percent rate (the same as October’s).
Trump to Upset College Kids: Your Parents Voted for Me:
Following the first rally of his victory tour, President-elect Donald Trump
sat down late Thursday with friendly Fox News host Sean Hannity
for his first cable-news interview of his transition. The pair mocked college students who feel discomforted by the Trump electoral victory and have taken to protesting or participating in therapy sessions. “Anything you’d like to say to them to reassure their sensitive feelings that it’ll be OK?” Hannity asked his friend. “I think they’re gonna be very happy,” Trump replied. “I think we’re gonna have a very safe country, a very prosperous country. We’re gonna do things that are gonna create jobs for their parents, in many cases, where their parents are going to be able to do a lot better.” He paused, smirked, and turned to the camera, adding: “Although, most of their parents voted for me, so they don’t have the problem.”
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A rapidly aging white population and fast-growing younger minority groups are speeding demographic changes across the nation, hastening a political divide likely to have long-term ramifications. The percentage of the U.S. population that is white has decreased from 79.6 percent in 1980 to 61.9 percent in 2014. The percentage of Latino-Americans has increased from 6.4 percent to 17.3 percent over the same time period, while both the African-American and Asian-American populations have grown, too. There are growing signs that the rate of change is increasing. The number of non-Hispanic whites who died in 2014 outpaced the number of white births in 17 states, according to a new analysis from the University of New Hampshire. That’s the largest number of states to experience a natural decrease in the white population in American history.
Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast:
President-elect Donald J. Trump
inherited a complicated worldwhen he won the election last month. And that was before a series of freewheeling phone calls with foreign leaders that has unnerved diplomats at home and abroad. In the calls, he voiced admiration for one of the world’s most durable despots, the president of Kazakhstan, and said he hoped to visit a country, Pakistan, that President Obama
has steered clear of during nearly eight years in office. Mr. Trump told the British prime minister, Theresa May
, “If you travel to the U.S., you should let me know,” an offhand invitation that came only after he spoke to nine other leaders. He later compounded it by saying on Twitter that Britain should name the anti-immigrant leader Nigel Farage
its ambassador to Washington, a startling break with diplomatic protocol.
Duran Duran Lose High Court Battle Over U.S. Song Rights:
British new-wave icons Duran Duran lost a high court battle Friday to reclaim the U.S. rights to some of their most popular hits. The band had argued that stateside copyright laws allowed for a reversion of the songs’ copyrights to go back to the band, but lawyers for Gloucester Place Music Ltd., part of EMI Music Publishing, argued that English contract law said otherwise. The judge ultimately ruled for Gloucester Place, effectively keeping the U.S. copyrights to Duran Duran’s first three albums—Duran Duran
and Seven and the Ragged Tiger
—along with their 1985 Bond film theme song “A View to a Kill,” in the possession of the British company.
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, the visionary leader of Starbucks, said on Thursday he would step down as chief executive next year, handing over to his personally selected successor the management of the company he built into the world’s largest coffee business, with over 25,000 stores in 75 countries. Mr. Schultz, one of the most visible chief executives in the country, has made Starbucks a vocal part of the national conversation on issues like gun violence, gay rights, race relations, veterans rights and student debt. The succession will take place on April 3, and he will remain at the company as executive chairman, focusing on the company’s involvement in social causes and on growing Starbucks Reserve, the company’s new superpremium brand and chain of high-end stores. Mr. Schultz, 63, will be succeeded by his close friend Kevin Johnson
, the company’s current president and a longtime Starbucks board member.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Anne Hathaway seeing “The Humans” in NYC. ***Natalie Portman at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill in Midtown in NYC, where Lucy Liu also dined with two guests. ***Susan Lucci, Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and Charlie Rose having lunch together at Nello in NYC. ***Padma Lakshmi drinking Patrón cocktails at Sasha Petraske’s Middle Branch. ***New York Knicks playerCourtney Lee at Benjamin Prime in NYC. ***Stacey Bendet, Jessica Seinfeld and Georgina Bloomberg at a kickoff bash for the Alice + Olivia toy drive in NYC. ***Peter Thiel — the billionaire PayPal co-founder who helped wrestler Hulk Hoganbring down Gawker — made a rare public appearance at the World Chess Championship in New York on Wednesday. ***Heidi Klum was one of the stars of Art Basel, but stepped out in Miami without her respected art dealer boyfriend Vito Schnabel to celebrate her December cover of Ocean Drive Magazine. Klum mingled with guests including Venus Williams at the Roche Bobois Wynwood Warehouse, where she took to the microphone to address the crowd and tell them them about her experience custom-painting Furtif desk for the designer furniture company, which was being auctioned off for Unicef.
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LBN-R.I.P.: ***Burton J. Lee III, a cancer specialist and the White House doctor who found that President George H. W. Bush had an overactive thyroid after he was hospitalized for heart palpitations, tended to him when he regurgitated on a Japanese prime minister and vainly sought to send him on more mellow vacations, died on Nov. 25 at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 86. The cause was complications of bladder cancer, his wife, Ann Lee, said. ***Milt Moss, a comic actor who delivered the rueful catchphrase “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing” in a memorable commercial for Alka-Seltzer in 1972, died on Sept. 26 in Manhattan. He was 93. His nephew Roger Fox announced the death this week.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Roger Cohen: A friend once told me about going to see her father shortly before he died. He had advanced Alzheimer’s and peered at her blankly. Then he said: “You are home.” “Yes, Dad,” she said. “I’m your daughter.” He said, “I had you too much under my thumb.” Home, and what constitutes it, is the most potent of memories. It’s not excess of love we regret at death’s door, it’s excess of severity. If we lived every day as the last day of our lives, the only quandary would be how to find the time to shower love on enough people. We live distracted and die with too much knowledge to bear.
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s own personal life has prepared her for her role as the matriarch of a non-traditional family on “This Is Us.” “I’ve never really talked about this,” Moore explained to Byrdie, “but my parents are divorced. My mother left my father for a woman. And both of my two brothers are gay.” Though her parents were still together as sheand her siblings grew up, Moore, 32, noted her “seemingly traditional” unit began to shift as they got older. ***Mila Kunis
and Ashton Kutcher
have welcomed their second child, a rep for the actress confirmed. The little boy’s name has not been revealed. The couple, together since 2012, are also parents to a 2-year-old daughter named Wyatt Isabelle. ***Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA has been cancelled in San Francisco through Friday after the sudden death of technician Olivier Rochette
, son of the company’s co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix
, earlier this week. Variety writes that Rochette was struck in the head by an aerial lift an hour before the start of the performance on Tuesday night. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
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