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Groom sexually assaulted wife's bridesmaid before wedding, police say

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 14:16

According to police, the assault stopped when the bride caught him.

Protesters in Ukraine rally against election in rebel east

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 14:05

Thousands rallied in Ukraine's capital Sunday against the president's plan to hold a local election in the country's rebel-held east, a move seen by some as a major concession to Russia. Ukraine, Russia and Russia-backed separatists on Tuesday signed a tentative agreement on guidelines for holding a local election in eastern Ukraine, where a five-year conflict between the rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 13,000 people. France and Germany, which help broker the talks, hailed the agreement.

Rwanda kills 18 assailants after deadly national park attack

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 13:45

Rwandan security forces have killed 18 people who were part of a group that carried out a deadly attack in a tourist hub in the north of the country on Friday, a police spokesman said. The assailants, who mostly carried traditional weapons like knives, attacked Kinigi sector in Musanze district, where the Volcanoes National Park offers tourists the chance to view endangered mountain gorillas. In a statement on Sunday, police spokesman John Bosco Kabera said security personnel pursuing the attackers had killed 18 of them and also that the death toll from the assault had risen to 14.

There's a second Trump-Ukraine whistleblower and this one has first-hand knowledge of the allegations

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 13:15

Attorney Mark Zaid says he is now representing both the first whistleblower who sparked the Trump impeachment inquiry and the second whistleblower.

Ron Johnson interview: 'I do not trust the FBI or CIA'

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:36

In a heated interview with Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd on Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) declared that he does not trust the CIA or FBI while beginning a series of conspiratorial attacks on Democrats and intelligence officials regarding the Ukraine scandal.

This Sunken Russian Submarine Has Buried 'Nuclear Treasure' (Think Nuclear Weapons)

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:00

They can be yours, if you can dive down to crushing depths.

Germany could face refugee influx bigger than 2015 if EU does not agree quota system, interior minister warns

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:48

Germany's interior minister warned on Sunday that the country could soon face a refugee influx bigger than the one it dealt with in 2015, as he sought support for his plans for an EU quota system for rescued migrants. "We need to do more to help our European partners with controls at the EU's external borders. We’ve left them alone for too long," Horst Seehofer told Bild newspaper. "If we don’t do this, we’ll experience a wave of refugees like in 2015 - or perhaps an even larger one.” Mr Seehofer, a member of the conservative CSU party, was one of the most critical voices in the German government towards Angela Merkel’s decision to open the country’s borders in 2015. But his new plan has surprised many by committing Germany to taking in a quarter of the asylum seekers that arrive in the EU via the sea crossing from North Africa to Italy.  He has not committed to accept any of those entering the EU via Greece or Spain.  In a trip to Turkey and Greece which was spurred by a sharp rise in migrant crossings in the Aegean over the past year, the veteran politician said he would push for increased EU funds to be assigned to Turkey, while offering more technical support for Greece's coast guard. An agreement signed with Ankara in 2016 was key in turning the tide on a surge of migration which saw over a million asylum seekers arrive in Germany. Ever since the crisis peaked in 2015 Berlin has been pushing in Brussels for a binding quota system, but these efforts have foundered in the face of resistance from eastern Europe. Mr Seehofer's quota proposals have proven unpopular inside his own party. Ralph Brinkhaus, CDU/CSU faction leader in the Bundestag, suggested over the weekend that the plan would encourage smugglers to increase their activities. "This is the interior minister’s initiative, it does not come from the CDU/CSU faction in the Bundestag. We will have to take a very close look at his plans," Mr Brinkhaus said.

'Completely inappropriate': Trump condemned by third Republican senator as impeachment momentum grows

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:12

A third Republican senator has broken from their party to publicly criticise Donald Trump over the president’s calls for foreign governments to investigate Joe Biden.Mr Trump has publicly asked China and Ukraine to launch investigations into Mr Biden, his main 2020 election rival, over unsubstantiated corruption allegations.

Second Whistleblower Has Given Evidence to IG on Ukraine Call

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 09:12

Yuri Gripas/ReutersA second whistleblower with first-hand knowledge of the allegations that sparked the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has already given evidence to Michael Atkinson, the head of the intelligence community’s internal watchdog office. Mark Zaid, the attorney for the first whistleblower, confirmed to The Daily Beast, that he represents both people. ABC News first reported that the second whistleblower had spoken to the inspector general. It is not clear if the second whistleblower is the same person described in a New York Times article published last week, or if this is a new, third, whistleblower prepared to collaborate with the impeachment investigation. That person was reported to have spoken with Atkinson, but he or she had not yet asked for protection under the official whistleblower program. Zaid told ABC that his newest whistleblower client, also described as an intelligence official, had first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoing by the president in his dealings with Ukraine over investigating Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.The attorney later told CNN’s Jake Tapper that his client has “not filed own complaint” and does not need to, and Zaid confirmed that his client has “first-hand knowledge that supports the first whistleblower.”On Sunday, Zaid confirmed on Twitter that his new client had first-hand knowledge of the call. “They also made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against,” he wrote on Twitter. “This WBer has first hand knowledge.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Four People Dead, Five Injured After Shooter Opens Fire in Kansas City Tequila Bar

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 07:50

Sergio Flores/ReutersFour people are dead and five are injured after two gunmen opened fire in the Tequila KC bar in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday morning, according to Police spokesman Thomas Tomasic. The gunmen are still at large. The Associated Press reports that the shooting stemmed from an earlier altercation at the private club-like bar after which the two gunmen reportedly returned with weapons. Local media reported early on that the shooter or shooters walked into the popular tequila bar on 10th and Central Ave. and opened fire.Tomasic told reporters at the scene that there were about 40 people in the bar at the time of the shooting, and that many of them left a trail of blood as they escaped. He told reporters, including the Associated Press, that a clear picture had not yet emerged. “Obviously being a bar at 1:30, stories vary a lot,” he said, according to the A.P.Tomasic earlier told CNN that police arrived to find four dead people inside the bar but that they did not have an accurate description of the suspects. “We do not have a good enough description yet, to put anything out for a suspect, or suspects, we don’t even know how many,” he said.The five injured people are reportedly in stable condition. The victims were all men, ranging from their mid-20s to mid-50s. On Sunday, the Kansas City division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that they were also involved in the investigation to find the perpetrators. This story is developing.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Chinese military issues warning to Hong Kong protesters amid clashes as tens of thousands defy face mask ban

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 07:37

The Chinese military issued an unprecedented warning amid another night of chaos and violence in Hong Kong on Sunday, as masked protesters risked tear gas and arrest to march in defiance of an emergency ban on face coverings. As the initially peaceful mass protest on Hong Kong island and in Kowloon spiralled into violent clashes with riot police, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army warned protesters they could be arrested for targeting its barracks with laser lights. The warning, the first of its kind during four months of escalating unrest in the global financial hub, was displayed on a yellow flag as hundreds of demonstrators shone laser pens at troops in fatigues. The soldiers responded with spotlights as they filmed the scene. The nearby Kowloon Tong metro station was trashed, its windows smashed into tiny pieces. The entire mass transit rail system, which has been targeted by protesters who believe it has colluded with the government and police against them, was suspended on Sunday evening. Wildcat protests sprang up and disappeared quickly around the city as bands of protesters played a game of cat and mouse with the riot police. The most radical among them threw Molotov cocktails at advancing officers, who responded with tear gas and arrests. A journalist was struck on the head, briefly setting his helmet on fire. An emergency law has criminalised protesters wearing face masks Credit: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images In one isolated moment of brutality, a taxi driver was badly beaten by protesters after he drove into them. It is not clear what sparked the incident. The day had started out peacefully as tens of thousands of protesters - including families with children and elderly people - attended two large unsanctioned rallies. It was a sign of the widespread public anger at a move by Carrie Lam, the city's chief executive, to use a sweeping Emergency Regulations Ordinance to enforce a face mask ban that many believe impairs their freedoms. “We are suppressed by the strong government. They suppress us through a law to threaten the people to stay at home. That’s why we have to come out to voice our opinions,” said a woman called Mrs Mak, as she sheltered under her husband’s umbrella. “I have to come out to fight for the youngsters, because I am nearly 60. I come out because I have to support them. The future belongs to them. I want the government to hear what people are saying,” she said. The crowd was visibly nervous, at times stopping and running backwards, after months of angry confrontations between police and protesters that have resulted in over 2,000 arrests, two live shootings and the firing over more than 4,000 tear gas canisters. Some protesters lit fires to block traffic in the city centre Credit: Vincent Thian/AP By mid-afternoon the police had launched tear gas at protesters erecting barricades along major routes, before pushing demonstrators back and making multiple arrests in the shopping district of Causeway Bay. Ms Lam had justified the ban as necessary to end the turmoil that began with a controversial mainland extradition bill but has since spiralled into a wider call for democratic rights. However, many in Hong Kong believe the move has only fuelled mounting public anger. On Sunday morning a group of pro-democracy lawmakers failed in a high court bid to seek an emergency injunction against the ban, arguing that emergency powers bypassed the legislature and contravened the city’s mini-constitution. Sharron Fast, a law expert at the University of Hong Kong, warned that the use of the emergency regulation had given the chief executive an “unlimited amount of power, in which she alone can enact laws”. She added that Ms Lam could use it to enact more draconian measures including censorship laws. Protesters who marched in torrential rain voiced their anger that the mask ban would not also be applied to the police. Demonstrators have included an independent investigation into police brutality as one of their key demands. Ms Fast said that granting that demand could help to calm the situation. “I think it is still not too little too late. It would take some time, but it would have a pacifying effect.”

Israel's Amazing F-35I Stealth Fighter Looks Almost Unstoppable

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 07:00

Kings of the skies.

Jewish death row inmate wins appeal days before execution after judge’s ‘regular racism and antisemitism’ revealed

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 06:54

For more than 15 years on death row, Randy Halprin filed challenge after challenge to his sentence. The denials began to stack up.Finally, on Friday, one of his appeals persuaded Texas’ highest court to stay his execution, which had been scheduled for 10 October.

Ilhan Omar defends black man jailed for oversleeping and missing jury duty

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 06:28

Ilhan Omar has leapt to the defence of a 21-year-old man who was imprisoned for oversleeping and missing the first day of his jury service.Deandre Somerville, from West Palm Beach in Florida, was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 150 hours of community service and handed a $223 (£180) fine for sleeping through his alarm.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber: America's Most Powerful Bomber Ever?

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 05:45

The Air Force is starting to worry.

Why China Engages in Such Massive Live Fire Military Drills

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 05:00

They are for the U.S. Navy.

When India's Aircraft Carrier Caught Fire, China Thought It Knew Why

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 02:45

Terse words between rivals.

Hong Kong Plunges Deeper into Crisis as Protests Break Out for the Third Consecutive Day

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 02:42

Months of unrest have plunged the city into a deep political crisis

Pompeo denounces 'harassment' after Democrats subpoena White House

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 23:27

The Trump administration complained Saturday of harassment by Democratic lawmakers who issued subpoenas for documents regarding President Donald Trump's alleged pressuring of Ukraine for political favors. The latest explosive turns in the impeachment investigation against Trump came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Democratic-led congressional committees leading the probe of having "harassed and abused" State Department employees by contacting them directly for documents rather than going through department lawyers.

The Latest: Morning arraignment expected in homeless attack

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 22:16

The suspect in the New York City attacks that killed four sleeping homeless men and left another critically injured has been taken to a hospital for evidence collection. Twenty-four-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos was escorted out of a Manhattan precinct house late Saturday by two uniformed police officers who put him in an unmarked car. Detectives at the scene told journalists Santos was being taken to a hospital to gather DNA evidence.