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Florida shooting: Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz stopped at Subway and McDonald's before being arrested, sheriff says

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:23

Police are piecing together the timeline of events before and after the mass shooting at a high school in Florida, saying the suspect stopped at both Subway and McDonald's before being arrested. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that the suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, arrived at Marjory Douglas High School via Uber at 2:19pm lcoal time (8:18pm BST) on Wednesday. In total, police say Mr Cruz killed 17 students and staff and injured 14.


Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacks

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:34

Colombia on Thursday said an increasing number of Venezuelans were taking part in attacks by Marxist ELN rebels and in criminal activity, as hundreds of thousands of migrants flee over the border to escape a humanitarian crisis at home. Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said he had expressed concern to his Venezuelan counterpart General Vladimir Padrino in a telephone conversation, and that they had agreed to meet to coordinate security plans at the border. Villegas said Venezuelans had collaborated with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in attacks in Colombia and been involved in killings and robberies.


Amy Schumer Says No Wedding Gifts, Please Give To Gun Safety Group

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:49

Comedian Amy Schumer had a request on Thursday for any friends and followers who might be thinking about sending her wedding gifts: Consider donating to the anti-gun violence organization Everytown for Gun Safety instead.


Gus Kenworthy Has 'No Patience' For Trump, Pence And Other Anti-LGBTQ Lawmakers

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:26

For Gus Kenworthy, being one of the first openly gay men to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics is “a bit of a trade-off.”


2019 BMW Z4: Der Supraganger

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:25

Will the next Z4 be taken more seriously?


Senate Votes Down Multiple Bills To Help Dreamers After Veto Threat On Bipartisan Proposal

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:24

WASHINGTON ― The Senate was supposed to spend the week discovering what it could pass to help undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.


Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:18

KEDROVOYE, Russia (AP) — For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say that her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for the first time in the Syrian war.


Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Vigil For Florida School Shooting Victims

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:58

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Florida on Thursday, one day after a mass shooting at a local high school left at least 17 people dead.


Student arrested after posting Snapchat threatening 'Round 2' of Florida shooting 'tomorrow'

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:42

A South Carolina student was arrested on Thursday after posting a Snapchat threatening a repeat of Wednesday's deadly mass shooting, which took place at a Florida high school.


ICE arrests dozens in Los Angeles area immigration crackdown

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:36

At least 100 people are believed to have been arrested since Sunday as part of a federal immigration crackdown in the Los Angeles area.


Israeli attorney general lauds police probe into Netanyahu

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:21

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's attorney general on Thursday praised a police investigation into the prime minister over corruption allegations, saying it was conducted "thoroughly" and "by the book" even as the Israeli leader has shrugged off its conclusions.


Hero geography teacher died protecting group of students from Florida high school shooter

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:42

A heroic geography teacher was gunned down as he saved a group of students during Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school.


Violence during Rio carnival 'unacceptable:' minister

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:42

Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann has called violent crime during Rio de Janeiro's carnival "unacceptable" and promised more security. "It is clear to us that the situation in Rio during the carnival was unfortunate," Jungmann said in comments after meeting President Michel Temer late Wednesday. Jungmann was referring to a rash of robberies and assaults during the biggest event of the year in Rio, which saw massive street parties before culminating earlier this week with the samba parades.


Florida shooting: FBI received tip about 'I'm going to be a professional school shooter' YouTube comment

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:31

The FBI was tipped off about a YouTube comment from someone using the name “nikolas cruz” who said they were going to "be a professional school shooter” in September - five months before a man with same name allegedly opened fire on pupils in Florida. The bureau had received information about the comment last year, said Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the Miami division. It is unclear whether it is the same Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of murder after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.


Venezuela's Maduro to attend Americas summit, defying host Peru

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:28

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he will attend a summit of Western Hemisphere nations in April despite the host Peru saying he is unwelcome. Peru said on Tuesday that Maduro's "presence will no longer be welcome" after a decision to hold early presidential elections in his crisis-torn country without reaching an agreement with the opposition. Peru's statement followed a meeting of the 14-nation Lima Group, also Tuesday, urging Venezuela to reconsider holding elections on April 22 on the grounds that conditions for a free and fair vote, as demanded by the opposition, did not currently exist.


Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:26

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men. The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


Officials Haven't Found Evidence Linking Florida Shooting Suspect To White Supremacists (UPDATE)

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:18

The Republic of Florida, a white nationalist militia, confirmed Thursday that the man charged in Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was involved in some of its activities.


On eve of investigation, Vatican says pope meets sex abuse victims often

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:29

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis regularly meets with victims of sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Thursday, a disclosure that follows intense criticism of his defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed comments the pope made in private during a visit to Peru last month which were reported on Thursday by Civilta Cattolica, a journal of the Jesuit religious order. "The Holy Father meets victims of sexual abuse, either individually or in groups, several times a month," Burke said in a statement, adding that the pope "tries to help them heal the grave wounds caused by the abuses they suffered." Remarks the pope made last month have created one of the greatest image crises of his papacy, which marks its fifth anniversary next month.


Ramaphosa elected president of South Africa, vows anti-corruption fight

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:31

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. Ramaphosa faces an uphill battle in revitalizing growth, creating jobs and stamping out a culture of graft in a nation still polarized by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Ramaphosa, in brief remarks to parliament ahead of his first state of the nation address expected on Friday, said he would work hard "not to disappoint the people of South Africa".


Russia: 5 citizens probably killed by US strike in Syria

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:19

MOSCOW (AP) — After a week of unanswered questions, Russia acknowledged Thursday that five of its citizens may have been killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the first time Russians have died at U.S. hands in Syria's chaotic battlefield.


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