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Afghan forces claim control of embattled city from Taliban Afghan forces claim control of embattled city from Taliban
- August 15, 2018

Residents hid in their homes or attempted to flee the fighting , with basic provisions increasingly scarce and expensive, according to residents and officials. The Taliban say they met with Alice Wells, the top USA diplomat for South Asia, in Qatar last month for preliminary talks. "Only the governor's office, police headquarters and intelligence agency's compound are in the hands of the government and Taliban are pushing to take them", said Chaman Shah Ehtemadi, a lawmaker from Ghazni . (more...)
Iraqi PM Abadi cancels visit to Iran amid backlash on USA sanctions Iraqi PM Abadi cancels visit to Iran amid backlash on USA sanctions
- August 15, 2018

The US ambassador to the United Kingdom called yesterday for the government to abandon European allies and side with President Trump over Iranian sanctions. Under the nuclear agreement, also known as the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action, the Persian country pledged to enrich uranium to only 3.67 percent and surplus remit it to Russian Federation. (more...)
Grieving Orca Mother Finally Lets Her Dead Newborn Go After 17 Days Grieving Orca Mother Finally Lets Her Dead Newborn Go After 17 Days
- August 15, 2018

She's also known as Tahlequah, a name she was given as part of the adopt a whale program at The Whale Museum on Washington's San Juan Island. The calf died shortly after birth on July 24. Not a single orca born in the past three years has been known to survive, according to the Center for Whale Research . She was seen Saturday with fellow members of her pod, chasing a school of salmon. (more...)
Donald Trump's show of military strength Photogallery Donald Trump's show of military strength Photogallery
- August 14, 2018

President Donald Trump made no mention of Senator John McCain who has been one of the president's fiercest critics. It also authorises a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, the largest in almost a decade, as well as boost the size of the Navy and the ranks of the military by 15,600 active-duty troops. (more...)
"Trumps calls Omarosa a 'lowlife' at 'Bikers for Trump" rally
- August 14, 2018

The alleged tape figures a central role in Manigault's book, where she says that she sought to uncover the evidence of racism until she was sacked by White House chief of staff John Kelly. "I never expected him to lie to the country". She was vicious, but not smart. "In fact, there are several former employees from the White House who actually signed this agreement, who are all being paid $15,000 for their silence". (more...)
DOD releases 4-part plan for Space Force DOD releases 4-part plan for Space Force
- August 13, 2018

It says the department will establish a Space Command to develop warfighting operations, a Space Development Agency to more quickly identify and develop new technologies, a Space Operations Force of leaders and fighters and a new support structure. (more...)
Charlottesville Anniversary: Rallies Planned One Year After Death of Heather Heyer Charlottesville Anniversary: Rallies Planned One Year After Death of Heather Heyer
- August 13, 2018

The student rally escalated enough to prompt a lockdown at UVA medical. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said officers will endeavor to keep far-right demonstrators and counterprotesters separate from one another. Flowers and messages are left at a memorial to Heather Heyer ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, 2018. (more...)
Erdogan says crash of lira ‘political plot’ against Turkey Erdogan says crash of lira ‘political plot’ against Turkey
- August 13, 2018

As the currency continued to fall, United States President Donald Trump announced on Friday he had doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally before admitting that relations between Washington and Ankara were "not very good". (more...)
Argentina: Senators reject bill to legalise abortion Argentina: Senators reject bill to legalise abortion
- August 11, 2018

After more than 15 hours of debate , a total of 38 senators voted against the abortion bill while 31 voted in favor, in spite of pressures from a wealthy abortion cabal with powerful backing from the mainstream media. US -based organizations such as Live Action, Human Defense Initiative and the National Right to Life Committee expressed their opposition to the bill as well. (more...)
Tourists flee Lombok as Indonesian quake death toll hits 98 Tourists flee Lombok as Indonesian quake death toll hits 98
- August 11, 2018

Salama, 52, was at a prayer class in the mosque of Karangpangsor village when the 6.9-magnitude quake struck the tropical holiday island on Sunday evening, killing more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless as buildings collapsed. (more...)
At Least 4 Dead in Shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick At Least 4 Dead in Shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick
- August 11, 2018

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant also cited the fearless work of first responders in a statement of his own. The shooting left two more people dead - both civilians, a man and woman - but police have not released their identities. Donavan said she has lived in her apartment for almost four years and that the area is very peaceful. Some residents say they heard the gunshots just after 7am, and more fired since. (more...)
Kentucky Senator Delivers Letter To Russia Kentucky Senator Delivers Letter To Russia
- August 11, 2018

Trump's meeting with Putin received lower marks, with 23 percent calling it successful and 35 percent calling it unsuccessful. Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts revealed the contents of the letter on Wednesday. In addition, Putin in Helsinki allegedly spoke with trump about the new ban the deployment of weapons in outer space and called for the establishment of a consultative mechanism at the level of Ministers of defence and foreign Affairs. (more...)
Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments
- August 10, 2018

David Lammy, a member of the opposition Labour Party, called Johnson a dime-store version of President Trump and said he was "fanning the flames of Islamophobia" for political gain. Sources close to him have said that he stood by the article in which he argued against a burka ban of the kind adopted by some European countries. (more...)
US Space Force: America to 'establish space dominance' by 2020 US Space Force: America to 'establish space dominance' by 2020
- August 10, 2018

Most of the satellites are operated by the Air Force , which is likely to see a decrease in responsibilities after the proposed reorganization. On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man " on issues pertaining to the USA military and space . (more...)
Trump declares victory for Republican in very tight OH special election Trump declares victory for Republican in very tight OH special election
- August 08, 2018

Polls are now open for today's Kansas Democratic and Republican primaries. The central OH race was the marquee contest on a day when four other states held nominating contests, including a battle for governor in MI in which a mainstream candidate beat a progressive and a high-profile conservative challenge to the incumbent Republican governor in Kansas. (more...)
New Mexico sheriff: Compound searched, 11 kids removed New Mexico sheriff: Compound searched, 11 kids removed
- August 08, 2018

When officials finally entered the makeshift compound, they found what one officer called "the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen". The children, aged 1 to 5 had no shoes and "rags for clothes", the local sheriff said, adding that they had now been taken into protective custody for their own safety. (more...)
Malaysian ex-PM Najib to be charged with money laundering Malaysian ex-PM Najib to be charged with money laundering
- August 08, 2018

In a civil suit seeking to seize assets allegedly bought with 1MDB money, the DoJ alleges that playboy financier Jho Low used about $250 million stolen from the fund to purchase the Cayman Islands-registered yacht. Malaysia's anti-graft agency has called on Najib Razak, the former premier who is embroiled in a graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB ), to appear at its office on Tuesday. (more...)
South Sudan government and rebels sign peace deal South Sudan government and rebels sign peace deal
- August 07, 2018

The signing ceremony was attended by Presidents Omer al-Bashir, Yoweri Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta , Ismail Omar Guelleh, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheire and Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen. On Friday, Kiir pledged the deal would "not collapse" because it, unlike the previous peace initiatives, had not been imposed by outside powers. "These outstanding issues that are not yet resolved we shall resolve them as soon as I land in Khartoum", said Kiir who added that the ... (more...)
Chicago Has Brutally Violent Weekend Chicago Has Brutally Violent Weekend
- August 07, 2018

Johnson said no one has been apprehended in connection to any of the weekend shootings. They're all expected to survive. But according to The Chicago Tribune's crime team analysis , since Monday, 1,785 people have been shot this year - which is 480 fewer than last year. (more...)
Venezuela says it has ID'd mastermind, accomplices in apparent Maduro assassination try Venezuela says it has ID'd mastermind, accomplices in apparent Maduro assassination try
- August 07, 2018

Colombia called the claim absurd and said it had become "customary for Maduro to blame Colombia for any kind of problem in his country". In this case, Maduro wasn't targeted by a lone gunman or any person at all - his "attacker" was a pair of explosive-carrying drones. (more...)
Trump’s Ex-Advisor Rick Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort Trump’s Ex-Advisor Rick Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort
- August 07, 2018

Manafort, a flamboyant figure in Washington for decades, became known for his consulting and lobbying work for ethically questionable worldwide leaders like Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych. But Manafort's defense team is expected to use Gates, too. Manafort's attorneys have sought to blame Gates for the financial crimes, in addition to embezzling money from Manafort. (more...)
Donald Trump admits son was getting dirt on Hillary Clinton Donald Trump admits son was getting dirt on Hillary Clinton
- August 06, 2018

He said reports that he is concerned about the 2016 meeting his son had in Trump Tower are "fake news". Trump launched today's battle by tweeting , "The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE". (more...)
UN Yemen envoy to invite warring parties to Geneva on Sept UN Yemen envoy to invite warring parties to Geneva on Sept
- August 06, 2018

The pro-Houthi Al-Masira television said at the time that the rebels had targeted a Saudi warship named Al-Dammam, without providing further details. John Ging Director of the Coordination and Response Division of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), also addressed the Security Council on the dire situation in Yemen. (more...)
Hundreds evacuated in Virginia after dam overflows Hundreds evacuated in Virginia after dam overflows
- August 06, 2018

Lynchburg Director of Water Resources Tim Mitchell said at a 3 p.m. news conference that the dam would continue to be watched around the clock. A flash flood warning was to remain in effect until 11:30 a.m. The road, now usa 221, needed expansion and improvement. At 919 PM EDT, county dispatch reported the imminent failure of College Lake Dam on the Blackwater Creek . (more...)
Aeromexico plane crashes in north-central Mexico with no fatalities Aeromexico plane crashes in north-central Mexico with no fatalities
- August 05, 2018

Investigators have located the black boxes of the jet that was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango to Mexico City when it crashed in stormy weather about 4 p.m. Smoke billows from a downed Aeromexico jetliner as passengers walk away from the crash site in a field near the airport in Durango , Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (more...)
China, ASEAN countries hold simulated naval drills China, ASEAN countries hold simulated naval drills
- August 05, 2018

During the annual meeting of their foreign ministers in Singapore Thursday, an agreement was announced on an initial draft of a "code of conduct", a set of rules to discourage aggression and reduce chances of accidental clashes and miscalculations. (more...)
Venezuelan president attacked in drone explosion Venezuelan president attacked in drone explosion
- August 05, 2018

Venezuela Information Minister says several drones loaded with explosives exploded close to where President Maduro was speaking. Seconds later Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up to the sky and winced after apparently hearing an unidentified sound. (more...)
Pence: Pence: "Our boys are coming home"
- August 04, 2018

Trump also took to Twitter earlier to praise an "incredibly attractive ceremony" in Hawaii , where Vice President Mike Pence helped welcome the remains to the United States. "This is consistent with North Korea's public line, which is that its successful test program is now transitioning to mass production of nuclear and missile systems", he said. (more...)
China says USA tariff threat runs against trend of the times China says USA tariff threat runs against trend of the times
- August 04, 2018

It will be September at the earliest before the US decides whether to impose those tariffs. This is on top of the new tariffs already imposed on $34bn worth of products from China, and an additional $16bn scheduled to go into effect soon. "With the U.S. threatening to increase tariffs to 25 per cent from 10 per cent and the Chinese vowing not to react to "blackmail" to get them back to the negotiating table, this could be the catalyst that tips sentiment and some markets into a tailspin to the ... (more...)
Federal judge orders stop to release of 3-D-printed guns Federal judge orders stop to release of 3-D-printed guns
- August 03, 2018

Trump spoke after eight states filed suit against the administration, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. Trump, for his part, has spoken at the NRA's annual conference in each of his two years as president and has resisted gun control after a number of high-profile mass shootings. (more...)
Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion
- August 03, 2018

He added, however, that there is a question of whether Americans conspired with Russian Federation to violate US laws. The New York Times , in a January article detailing an attempt by Trump to fire Mueller previous year that the President ultimately backed off from, said Trump claimed one of Mueller's conflicts stemmed from a dispute over fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. (more...)
United States accuses Russian Federation of 'pervasive' election meddling United States accuses Russian Federation of 'pervasive' election meddling
- August 03, 2018

Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said Thursday. USA national security chiefs have lined up to warn American democracy is in the "crosshairs" of foreign adversaries for elections in 2018 and 2020. Democrats and Republicans have lobbed criticisms at the Trump administration over their response to election interference. "Since January 2017, the president has taken decisive action to defend our election systems from meddling and interference", Bolton said. (more...)
Russian Military Police Announce Joint Patrol of Israeli-Syrian Border Russian Military Police Announce Joint Patrol of Israeli-Syrian Border
- August 03, 2018

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that it was tracking the movement of the men toward the border fence with Israel on the Golan Heights on Wednesday evening. The incident took place in the southern part of the Golan Heights, where a demilitarized buffer zone was established between Israel and Syria. There was no immediate Syrian government response to the border clashes reported by Jordan and Syria on Thursday. (more...)
More than 1000 homes destroyed as Carr Fire rages on in California More than 1000 homes destroyed as Carr Fire rages on in California
- August 03, 2018

A fire that struck Tuesday afternoon in Mendocino County continued to burn unchecked Wednesday morning, estimated at 1,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. Grass Valley firefighters found a dish and provided the two newfound friends with fresh water as other firefighters searched for a way to contain the pair for the SPCA; they were able to find an animal carrier. (more...)
Lisa MacLeod Admits Ontario Tories Broke Election Vow By Scrapping Basic Income Lisa MacLeod Admits Ontario Tories Broke Election Vow By Scrapping Basic Income
- August 03, 2018

In an afternoon news conference, Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said the government would come up with a plan within 100 days to overhaul the "disjointed patchwork system" left by the previous Liberal regime. "And our efforts to fix social assistance will go hand-in-hand with our commitments to reduce gas prices by 10% litre, lower hydro rates, and provide targeted tax relief for working parents and minimum wage earners, all of which will provide focused benefits to lower income ... (more...)
John Kelly says he accepted Trump's request to stay on through 2020 John Kelly says he accepted Trump's request to stay on through 2020
- August 03, 2018

Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminished in recent months, with the President circumventing numerous policies and protocols the retired Marine Corps general put in place when he entered the West Wing a year ago. (more...)
Zimbabwe Election: Ruling ZANU-PF Leading with Majority Parliamentary Seats Zimbabwe Election: Ruling ZANU-PF Leading with Majority Parliamentary Seats
- August 02, 2018

Provided he also emerges the victor of the presidential race, Mr Mnangagwa will have to take on the onerous task of placing Zimbabwe on an even keel after the corruption and diplomatic isolation that marked the 37 years of the Mugabe regime, while also engaging the opposition to ensure that there is no confrontation that blocks developmental works. (more...)
Trial begins for Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort Trial begins for Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort
- August 02, 2018

If convicted on all 18 counts , Manafort could receive 305 years in prison. I'll say it loud for the people in the back: THIS IS A TAX EVASION AND BANK FRAUD TRIAL. Gates embezzled money from Manafort. Manafort's wife, Kathleen, was sitting behind him in the courtroom. But that strategy was at odds with what was happening behind the scenes, the officials said. (more...)
New N. Korea missiles unlikely to doom talks, experts say New N. Korea missiles unlikely to doom talks, experts say
- August 02, 2018

The Washington Post reported on Monday that U.S. intelligence agencies are seeing signs that work is under way on one or two liquid-fueled ICMBs at the Sanumdong research facility, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. (more...)
Trump questions 3-D gun sales as U.S. states sue Trump questions 3-D gun sales as U.S. states sue
- August 02, 2018

Along with Washington state, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania , Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland and the District of Columbia are working on finalizing the lawsuit and plan on filing it later on Monday, Ferguson said. "Americans have the right to this data", he told the Inquirer and Daily News in a Sunday night interview. The election-year headache is a problem of the administration's own making. (more...)
Photos show NK building new ICBM near Pyongyang Photos show NK building new ICBM near Pyongyang
- August 02, 2018

The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country's leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. Still, North Korea has taken some actions since the summit , including the repatriation of dozens of sets of remains from Western soldiers killed during the Korean War. (more...)
Facebook Pulls Fake Accounts That Mimic Russian Tactics Ahead of Election Facebook Pulls Fake Accounts That Mimic Russian Tactics Ahead of Election
- August 02, 2018

Credit: Frederic Legrand/ShutterstockAccording to the Times , Facebook told lawmakers that it hasn't been able to conclusively tie the accounts to Russian Federation, but that it still believes the country may be involved. But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer accused the White House of "not doing close to enough" to "shield" US voters from such foreign influence efforts. (more...)
Trump says he would 'certainly meet' with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Trump says he would 'certainly meet' with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
- August 01, 2018

If they want to meet, I'll meet anytime they want , anytime they want, ' he said. After a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House on Monday, the United States president expressed his willingness to reopen negotiations with Iran in an unusually soft tone. (more...)
Rescuers attempt to reach 'hundreds' stranded on Indonesia's Lombok: Disaster agency Rescuers attempt to reach 'hundreds' stranded on Indonesia's Lombok: Disaster agency
- August 01, 2018

An estimated 689 people remain trapped on the mountain, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency. The number of casualties could increase as data were still being collected from other locations on the island, he said . (more...)
Pres. Trump 'looking into' 3D guns issue Pres. Trump 'looking into' 3D guns issue
- August 01, 2018

Trump was referring to the National Rifle Association , the powerful gun lobby that has become an integral part of the Republican political machine. "Already spoke to NRA, doesn't seem to make much sense! " he tweeted Tuesday morning. Markey, Blumenthal and other Democrats filed legislation that would prohibit the publication of a digital file online that allows a 3D printer to manufacture a firearm. (more...)
Shark safely returned to aquarium after stroller heist Shark safely returned to aquarium after stroller heist
- August 01, 2018

The aquarium is in Leon Valley, a suburb northwest of downtown San Antonio . But this fish tale has a happy ending - Ms. Helen is safely back at home. A shark was dressed up as a baby, put into a pushchair, and stolen from an aquarium in broad daylight. Authorities used the license plate of the truck to locate one of the suspects. (more...)
Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard
- July 31, 2018

This worker is unidentified but is part of the ship's "Bear Watch Team" - an armed teamed trained to accompany the expedition leaders as they guide passengers on excursions. "On the contrary", the statement explains, "polar bears are only observed from aboard ships, from a safe distance". "Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has worked comprehensively and co-operatively with the Norwegian authorities to reconstruct and clarify the incident on the ground and will continue to do so", the company added. (more...)
High turnout in first post-Mugabe poll High turnout in first post-Mugabe poll
- July 31, 2018

Mugabe, whose 37-year rule came to an end when he was forced to resign in November, told reporters at his mansion in Harare on Sunday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government was unconstitutional and ruled by the gun. "I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality", Mr Mugabe said. "I wish to meet him if he wins". (more...)
Grace Mugabe could stand trial for assault after immunity revoked Grace Mugabe could stand trial for assault after immunity revoked
- July 31, 2018

Mugabe was involved in a physical altercation with South African model Gabriella Engels previous year, when Mugabe had found her in a Sandton hotel with her two sons. "Even if the NPA decides not to prosecute, we will have the ability to go the route of a private prosecution with advocate Gerrie Nel", Kriel pointed out. (more...)
'Very positive signals' after U.S., Taliban talks 'Very positive signals' after U.S., Taliban talks
- July 31, 2018

Earlier media reported about the meeting of the USA delegation , headed by the Director of the Department of state for South Asia, Alice wells and representatives of the Taliban. They added that Washington was "exploring all avenues to advance a peace process in close consultation with the Afghan government". During the Taleban's five-year rule that ended with the 2001 US-led invasion, leader Mullah Mohammed Omar said regardless of whatever concessions they agreed to, including allowing ... (more...)