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Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 07:18

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz on Tuesday welcomed the killing of a leading Syrian weapons scientist but declined to comment on reports his government was behind the fatal bombing. General Aziz Asbar, head of a Syrian government weapons research centre, was killed along with his driver when the bomb hit his car on Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Asbar headed the Maysaf research centre in Hama, which was hit by Israeli air strikes last month and in September last year, the Observatory said.

7-year-old girl killed in murder-suicide during weekend visit with her father

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:50

The child's stepfather made the grisly discovery. "We knew this was gonna happen one day, we just prayed it wouldn't," he said.

Best Bites: Chicken Caesar pasta salad

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:47

Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your

11 Foods You Should Never Try To Cook In An Instant Pot

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 05:45

The Instant Pot is arguably the greatest kitchen appliance of all time. Anyone

Twin blazes form California's largest ever wildfire

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:32

Two fires mercilessly roaring through northern California have grown so rapidly that they are now the largest ever to ravage the state, authorities said. Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 283,800 acres (114,850 hectares) -- an area nearly the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles -- and are just 30 percent contained, according to state fire authority CalFire.

Rick Gates Shows Why Trump Is So Worried About Witness Flipping

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:19

When Rick Gates took the stand in Paul Manafort’s Virginia trial Monday, he quickly showed the power Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team can wield if they can get witnesses to “flip” against former friends and colleagues.

Jeep Wrangler-Based Outpost II Camper Is Ready For Anything

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:53

Unfortunately, you can't buy one.

Thanks To Trump, Saudi Arabia Won’t Accept Even Mild Criticism From Its Friends Now

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 22:25

WASHINGTON ― Saudi Arabia's steadily escalating spat with Canada over a

Polish tourists killed in sightseeing plane crash in Alaska

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 21:28

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Searchers on Monday found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane carrying Polish tourists in Alaska's Denali National Park — a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to distress calls.

11 Impressive Questions To Ask At The End Of Every Job Interview

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:23

No matter how prepared you are, a job interview is a nerve-wracking

After Years Of Alex Jones' Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories, Why Now?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:20

Backlash against Alex Jones grew to a new level on Monday as YouTube announced

Court's AT&T-Time Warner ruling 'clearly erroneous': US gov't

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:13

The US Justice Department attacked Monday a court ruling that allowed June's $85 billion mega-merger between AT&T and Time Warner to go forward, saying a federal judge had relied on faulty economics. The June decision by US District Judge Richard Leon had dealt a stinging defeat to the Justice Department and handed a total victory to the companies. "The court agreed that Time Warner enjoyed bargaining leverage before the merger but it illogically and erroneously concluded that Time Warner will have no increased leverage post-merger because blackouts are 'infeasible' so Time Warner cannot credibly threaten them," the brief said.

Canada defiant after Saudi Arabia freezes new trade over human rights call

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:11

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and David Ljunggren RIYADH/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa's call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. In her first public response to Saudi Arabia's actions, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, "Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights." Riyadh on Sunday recalled its ambassador from Canada and gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave.

Beachgoers Stunned After Dead Baby Blue Whale Washes Up On Japan Shores

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:41

A dead baby blue whale washed up on the shores of Japan on Sunday, about 40

Parkland suspect: Voice told him to burn, kill, destroy

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:40

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told a detective that a demon in his head — "the evil side" — told him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought about going to a park to kill people about a week before 17 people were gunned down at the school, according to a transcript of his interrogation released Monday.

Eleven children in US rescued from 'extremists' at 'filthy' hideout

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:05

Five people have been arrested in New Mexico after police raided a remote desert encampment and found 11 children living among potential Muslim extremists in “filthy” conditions. The three women – mothers of the 11 children aged between one and 15 – and two men were all charged with child abuse. One of the men, Siraj Wahhaj, 39, was wanted in his home state of Georgia for questioning over the disappearance of his three-year-old son, Abdul. Both father and son were last seen in December, when Wahhaj told his wife, Hakima Ramzi, that he was taking the boy to the park. The boy's mother told police her child suffered from seizures along with development and cognitive delays. Documents made public in a court filing on Monday said Wahhaj told the boy's mother, before fleeing Georgia, that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child because he believed he was possessed by the devil. Abdul was unable to walk owing to his disability.   Georgia man Siraj Ibn Wahhaj after his arrest  Credit: AFP Wahhaj’s relatives, including his father, an imam at a mosque in Brooklyn, New York, launched a social media campaign to try and find the missing boy. The toddler was not found in Friday's raid, however, which was months in the making. Police finally went in after the sheriff in Taos, New Mexico, was forwarded a note from someone on the property, given to Georgia police, which read: “we are starving and need food and water.” Jerry Hogrefe, sheriff of Taos County, said: "I absolutely knew that we couldn't wait on another agency to step up, and we had to go check this out as soon as possible." The sheriff described planning "a tactical approach for our own safety because we had learned the occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief." Relatives' social media accounts show the Wahhaj family to be devout, but with no evidence of extremist beliefs. A view of the compound in Amalia, New Mexico, where police rescued 11 children and arrested two armed "extremists" Credit: AFP Mr Hogrefe and his men were met by Wahhaj and his colleague, Lucas Morten, who were armed with an AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols, including one in Wahhaj's pocket. The men at first refused to follow verbal direction, police said, during Friday’s day-long operation. The women - Jany Leveille, 35, Wahhaj's second wife; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, a 35-year-old author of Muslim self-help books – gave themselves up. Subhannah Wahhaj is married to Morten, a relative told The Telegraph. The compound in Amalia, New Mexico Credit: AP When officials finally entered the makeshift compound, in remote northern New Mexico, they found what one officer called "the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen". Mr Hogrefe told ABC News the children were hungry, thirsty and filthy. "I've been a cop for 30 years. I've never seen anything like this. Unbelievable," he said. Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity "They were skinny, their ribs showed, they were in very poor hygiene and very scared," he said. Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity Credit: AP All five adults were held in detention in Taos, charged on Sunday with child abuse. The children were taken away for medical tests.  Mr Hogrefe said authorities have reason to believe the boy was at the compound several weeks ago, and  they were continuing their search for him. Morten was additionally charged with harbouring a fugitive and Wahhaj was booked without bond on his Georgia warrant for child abduction. Sherry Jarrell, an occupational therapist who lives on a 70-acre property not far from where the arrests were made on Friday said the area is beautiful, but residents don’t always know who their neighbours are. “It’s a great place,” she told Taos News. “But strange people live out on the mesa. People that are trying to get away from things.”

Manafort trial - live updates: Rick Gates claims political consultant Konstantin Kilmnik controlled hidden overseas accounts

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:55

The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will arrive this week with the testimony of his “right-hand man” — the person the defenceis seeking to blame for any crimes. Rick Gates, who also served in a senior role in President Trump's campaign, has been a key cooperator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team as part of their investigation into Russia election meddling and any possible collusion with Mr Trump's campaign team. The trial, set to resume on Monday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, is the first of Mr Mueller's prosecutions to reach a jury.

State Department On Saudi Arabia-Canada Spat: We're Staying Out

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:53

WASHINGTON ― The State Department made its first comments on the dispute

Manafort trial: Rick Gates admits to committing crimes while working for former Trump campaign manager

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:25

The deputy of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has admitted to criminal activity while working for the political operative and told a court he helped him file false returns. On the fifth day of the trial of Mr Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank and tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, prosecutors introduced the man they believe could be their star witness - the defendant’s 46-year-old right hand man and deputy, Rick Gates. Mr Gates told the court he was appearing as part of a plea deal, having agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.