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Possible political motive seen in Berlin killing of ethnic Chechen exile

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:43

Prosecutors are considering the possibility of a political motive behind the killing on Friday of an ethnic Chechen exile in Berlin, allegedly by a Russian citizen who shot the victim twice in the head as he walked through a park. The victim, 40, was identified by Georgian human rights organisation EMC as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, which described him as an ethnic Chechen citizen of Georgia, who had fought on the side of rebels who in the 1990s sought to free Chechnya from Moscow's control. "We have no evidence pointing towards a classic criminal motive," said Martin Steltner, spokesman for Berlin prosecutors on Monday, adding that they were considering the possibility of a political motive for the killing.

A person reportedly died and 320 passengers and crew had to be evacuated after a cruise ship in Russia caught on fire

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:10

The ship was reportedly docked in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday when the fire began in the cabin of one of the ship's mechanics, Fontanka reported.

The U.S. Navy SEALs Have Special Ops Jet Skis

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 10:51

The SEALs and potential adversaries Iran and Russia both use personal watercraft.

Their Death Sentences Were Overturned Because of Racial Bias. Now North Carolina Might Leave Them Back on Death Row

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 09:55

They proved racial discrimination affected their trials. But they still might have to stay on death row.

Former Staffers Urge Gillibrand to End ‘Performative and Obnoxious’ Presidential Campaign

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 09:23

Two of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's former staffers are urging the New York Democrat to discontinue her 2020 presidential campaign rather than continue fighting to qualify for the next Democrat primary debate.“It would be best if she decided that this was not her time,” one longtime Gillibrand fundraiser told the New York Post. “Most people that I talk to are very happy with her as their senator and don’t want her to give up her Senate seat and don’t see any realistic traction for her.”Gillibrand, who has yet to breach one percent in major national polls, is working to secure the 130,000 individual donations required to appear on the debate stage next month in Houston — an appearance that one former staffer believes will only serve to harm her future political career.“I don’t know that anyone even wants to see her on the debate stage. Everyone I have talked to finds her performative and obnoxious,” a former senior staffer in Gillibrand’s Senate office told the Post.“She comes across as an opportunist to the public. I think that’s the biggest problem,” said the staffer, noting Gillibrand's reversal on gun rights and immigration restrictionism, causes she championed as a member of the House representing a rural upstate New York district but later abandoned when she ran for the upper chamber. “I think she’ll have to seriously evaluate her campaign and her candidacy if she doesn’t make this debate.”Gillibrand has received roughly 115,000 individual donations, which places her behind upstart candidate Marianne Williamson, a self-help author with no political experience who has already surpassed the threshold required to qualify for the next debate.

Indiana attorney general exposes the real reason behind California's homeless crisis

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:44

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says California's Proposition 47 has had unintended consequences.

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Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:00

Rejection of international law on the rise, Iran's foreign minister says

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:30

The rejection of international law is on the rise, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, during a meeting in Beijing with the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi. "Rejection of international law, not just lack of respect for international law, but, in fact, contempt for international law, is on the rise and we need to work together," Zarif told Wang, in comments in front of reporters. Zarif said he was in Beijing to brief the Chinese official on his recent meetings in France on the Iran nuclear deal, but he gave no details.

Malaysia hopes to pay for military equipment with palm oil

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:18

Malaysia is in talks with at last six countries on the possibility of using palm oil to pay for arms, as Southeast Asia's third-biggest economy seeks to replace old equipment to boost its defence capabilities. Malaysia has struggled to update its defence equipment over the years and a cut in its defence budget this year all but derailed efforts to replace navy ships, some of which have been in service for 35 years or more. Costs have been a big hurdle but using palm oil to help pay for equipment could open new avenues to upgrade, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Monday.

Mass shootings are a call to arms for some black Americans, not a moment for gun control

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 07:00

Black gun rights advocates say limiting access would make them more vulnerable to racist attacks, especially in the absence of real problem solving.

Cardi B might be one of Bernie's most powerful 2020 allies. Seriously.

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 05:01

"She’s a no-B.S. person," says one aide to the Democratic hopeful. "And Bernie Sanders loves no-B.S. people."

We need an active, robust Republican primary with choices that aren't Donald Trump

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 05:00

The presidency hasn’t changed Trump, he is changing the presidency. I hope he gets more primary challengers. Give Republicans a chance to reject him.

Iranian tanker no longer has Turkey destination: shipping data

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 03:42

An Iranian tanker at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran is no longer recorded as heading for Turkey, Refinitiv Eikon shipping data showed on Monday, having switched to a Turkish destination at the weekend. The vessel, fully laden with oil, had previously been heading to the port of Kalamata in southern Greece but Greece had said it would not offer any facilities to the tanker. Shipping data on Saturday had then indicated the vessel was to dock at the southern Turkish port of Mersin on Aug. 31.

‘Let’s integrate these citizens’: Amazon tribe’s survival threatened by Bolsonaro’s construction plans

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 02:57

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro campaigned on promises to bring development to the Amazon.The centrepiece of his project? Hydroelectric dams that would turn the Amazon’s gushing rivers into cheap and reliable energy.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 00:41

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in China on Wednesday for a visit that will include meetings with top Chinese officials over the South China Sea and attendance at a world basketball championship game. Duterte's visit will be his fifth to China but the first during which he plans to finally raise the result of the 2016 Hague arbitration case that mostly invalidated China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Syria soldiers eye Turkish outpost in recaptured town

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 22:42

Syrian soldier Ahmad Amuri rolls up on a motorbike to hand water bottles to comrades standing guard under pistachio trees, just a few dozen metres from a Turkish observation point in northwest Syria. President Bashar al-Assad's troops seized the town of Morek from jihadists and allied rebels on Friday, encircling the Turkish outpost. "Calm has returned to Morek," Amuri told AFP on Saturday, with water bottles in a black plastic bag, a cap on his head and his uniform covered in dust.

'Words and pictures matter': Two Alaska 13-year-olds arrested for middle school shooting plans, police say

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 21:27

Alaska authorities arrested two 13-year-old students for planning to bring a gun to their school and shoot people, the Juneau Police Department said.

Trump ‘suggested firing nuclear weapons at hurricanes to stop them hitting US’, report claims

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 19:51

Donald Trump suggested firing nuclear weapons into hurricanes to prevent them hitting the US, reports in Washington claim.The president is said to have raised the idea of bombing hurricanes with senior Homeland Security and national security officials on numerous occasions, dating back as far as 2017.

Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 19:19

Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, sending temperatures soaring .

A Georgia attorney thought a man hit his Mercedes with a golf ball. He ran him over and killed him, DA says

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 19:08

An Atlanta attorney has been charged with murder after he allegedly struck and killed a real estate investor he says hit his car with a golf ball.